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Founded in 2010 and opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials.
Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.
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Today, November 18th marks a fantastic day for all JKR fans! It’s the return of the magic! Released today is the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie, the script, and all tie-in books! Enjoy & have a fantastic day!
On Saturday, November 12th, 2016, an advance screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and special Q/A between screenwriter, J.K. Rowling and lead star, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) took place with proceeds supporting J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos. Our Co-Founder, Michaella covered the event. Below is her account & spoil-free review. Enjoy!
Merlin’s beard! What a magical night! Let me begin by first thanking Lumos, Jo, and the amazingly fantastic cast of “Fantastic Beasts” for an incredible, unforgettable night! Not only was the movie more fantastic than words can say but I had myself a truly magical adventure.
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
Carnegie Hall – 6:00 PM
As we took our seats, I spotted a familiar face but let me back up a bit. Earlier in the day, I received a tweet from a young girl dressed as Tina, saying she was attending the advance screening and hoped to see me there. There must have been magic in the air because that same sweet young girl was sitting right in front of me – out of all the seats in Carnegie Hall! It was a magical start to an enchanting night!
Shivers ran down my spine as Eddie Redmayne and Jo were introduced on stage. After a thunderous applause, they sat down and began to discuss Lumos. Although I have been a huge supporter of Lumos from the start (see Spread The Light), hearing Jo speak live about the issue with institutions; the neglection, corruption, and abuse within them was profoundly moving (see the video below & visit Lumos for more information on this crucial issue).
The discussion then turned to Fantastic Beasts and a bit of Harry. Although it’s not new news, it’s still worth mentioning, Jo confirmed again that there will be five Fantastic Beasts movies that span 19 years. She talked about how the characters in Fantastic Beasts have become her favorite (especially Credence and Jacob – easy to see why). The most interesting comment to me was how Jo described Warner Brother’s London Studio Tour as walking through her mind. Makes me want to book a trip to the studio right now!
Jo and Eddie then surprised us all by introducing the rest of the cast and the film’s director on stage! We welcomed them with a standing O and they invited us to sit back and enjoy the movie. The cast exited the stage, the room darkened, as the enchanting theme played and the WB logo appeared on the screen! The excitement in the air was electrifying!
Fantastic Beasts – The Film [SPOIL-FREE REVIEW]
Where do I even begin with the movie?! Fantastic Beasts is the perfect mix of Jo’s witty humor (that HP book humor that didn’t make it into the movies), dark and powerful undertones (that are so meaningful), adorable magical creatures (my favorite the Niffler), and of course, Rowling’s signature twists and turns.
Be ready to fall in love with these incredible characters! (Possibly even more than the golden trio, if you can believe that!) My two favorite characters (can’t possibly pick one) are Jacob, played by Dan Fogler and Queenie, played by Alison Sudol. They are so sweet, charming, funny, and loving!
Let’s talk acting! I had high expectations on the acting front and was not in the least bit disappointed. Eddie’s method style acting shines through in such a powerful way. He is Newt and is one with the CGI creatures. All the trips Eddie made to the London Zoo most certainly paid off. There’s one particular scene where Newt preforms a mating dance and call to lure a creature into his suitcase. The scene is moving and comedic all at the same time. It’s the equivalent of a documentary on National Geographic, if they had one for magical creatures that is haha!
Fantastic Beasts – More Than Meets The Eye
Fantastic Beasts is much more than just an enchanting story about magic and beasts. Heavy undertones of politics can be found throughout the movie from a strong, female, African American president of the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America – Could Michelle Obama be Jo’s inspiration here?) to the introduction of a character who embodies why the work at Lumos is so crucial, Credence played by Ezra Miller. Like the rest of Jo’s works, there is so much more than meets the eye, hidden meanings and messages scattered throughout the film. It makes the film that much more powerful and is done in such a way that only Jo could pull off (not too in your face or discreet, done just right).
After The Movie – The Real Excitement Begins
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
With Katherine Waterston (Tina)
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
Katherine Waterston (Tina)
I overheard something about an after party being held upstairs and Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore chanted in my head, “Curiosity is not a sin…”. My mother and I made it upstairs to find Dan Fogler (Jacob) and Katherine Waterston (Tina) in the flesh!!! I couldn’t help myself from walking up to Dan and asking for a picture. He happily agreed. Dan is just as sweet as the character he plays! My mother fell so in love with Jacob, she asked to kiss Dan on cheek lol. He replied, “You want to kiss me? Sure!” and she kissed him as I turned away laughing. Katherine was busy talking to another guest but I couldn’t resist taking a pic of myself near her. Our night ended there but I left completely ecstatic with the widest grin, one that my mom hadn’t seen on me since the last time I was at Carnegie Hall in 2007 meeting Jo backstage!
I’m going to leave you on a teasing note, there are much more dangerous things than beasts!
A once in a lifetime item has come up for auction! Bid on this baseball cap designed & decorated (not to mention, signed) by Jo with an adorable Golden Snitch attached to it (aka a ping pong painted gold by Jo)!
(P.S. Doesn’t look “poorly” designed to us, Jo! Looks incredible & we would love to own this cap, if we had the money of course lol!)
To bid on this one-of-a-kind memorabilia, click here! Happy bidding!
JK Rowling recently went on twitter to confirm that there will be five movies in the Fantastic Beasts series.
The plotting of this series is said to include the character Gellert Grindelwald in his youth. The new Fantastic Beasts featurette hints at a larger story that may have something to do with trouble that Grindelwald is causing in Europe during the time period that Fantastic Beasts is set in.
JK Rowling assured her fans that there is a “natural arc” to the five movies and that the reason for the five movies is story-related. Harry Potter film series producer David Heyman, also teased that the second movie in the follow-up series will be set in another global capital city — though he wouldn’t say which one. He also said that Fantastic Beasts will feature a cameo by young Albus Dumbledore. The studio has already staked out a sequel release date for November 16, 2018.