All our Harry Potter dreams could be coming true, if reports Daniel Radcliffe will reprise his role as the wizard in a new film are true. It's been five years since the release of The Deathly Hallows part 2 and according to sources in the US, Warner Bros. are keen to work their big screen magic on the West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with the original Harry reprising his role as the now adult wizard. The two-part play, which focuses on the antics of Harry's son Albus' and the next generation of Hogwarts students, opened to rave reviews earlier this month, with the book version of the script setting record sales. According to the New York Daily News, the movie studio behind the Potter franchise is keen not to miss out and are looking to bag the movie rights to the play and get Radclife on board. “Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry,” a source told the US … [Read more...] about Daniel Radcliffe set to reprise his role as Harry Potter in movie version of The Cursed Child?
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The Amazon Last Minute Christmas Deals are kicking off today, treating shoppers to heavy discounts on thousand of products, including great savings on selected Disney and Harry Potter products. From a Garmin kids activity tracker to Disney Princess dolls and a Harry Potter Top Trump game, there are tons of top Christmas gift ideas for children and teens, including up to 70 per cent off selected toys. Here are five of the best Disney and Harry Potter gift ideas in Amazon's Last Minute Christmas Deals event today. Disney Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 Activity Tracker for Kids with Adjustable Band, £49.99 (save £30) The Disney Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 Acvitivity Tracker for kids is a fun yet practical gift to motivate your child to be more active. What better time for them to learn positive habits than over the Christmas holidays too! The activity tracker lets children unlock app adventures, games and step icons featuring their favourite Disney characters by completing activity goals. … [Read more...] about Amazon Last Minute Christmas Deals: Five of the best Disney and Harry Potter gift ideas
JK Rowling has just surprised us all with the news of three new Harry Potter books - and we basically just can't wait. The trio of 'bite-sized' stories will launch in the UK on 6 September and promises to be a combination of brand new material and Pottermore content, all of which have been written by Rowling's fair hand. A statement reads: "The Pottermore Presents series will launch in September and is intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series with short-form content that is entertaining, creatively curated by the Pottermore staff and accessed easily on mobile platforms. In a statement to TIME, Pottermore CEO Susan Jurevics added: "Pottermore Presents is intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series with short-form content that is entertaining and thematically curated by the Pottermore editorial team.” All three books are now available to pre-order at Amazon.co.uk now for £1.99 . What do we know about the new Potter books? The first installment, Hogwarts: An … [Read more...] about JK Rowling is releasing THREE new Harry Potter books – and you can pre-order your copy now
J.K. Rowling still has the magical touch as Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is set to become the biggest book of the decade. The book form of the script, a long-awaited continuation of the Potter story, has been disappearing off shelves in the biggest single week of sales in the UK this decade. The print version of the West End play, which was published on July 31, has already sold more than 680,000 copies in Great Britain. The previous record holder in the past 10 years was Fifty Shades of Grey in 2012, with 664,478 print copies sold, according to Nielsen BookScan. Bookshops around the country celebrated the release of the Harry Potter book, which contains parts one and two of the script complete with stage directions, with midnight parties. Set 19 years after the events of the seventh and final book, The Cursed Child brings back the wizard, now grown up and an employee at the Ministry of Magic. Harry and his wife Ginny Weasley wave their youngest son Albus Severus, named after … [Read more...] about Harry Potter and The Cursed Child set to become the biggest book of the decade
Harry Potter is enjoying something of a comeback at the moment. Wizarding fans have been queuing around the block to get their hands on the newly-released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book. And selfie-sharing app Snapchat has got in on the action with a brand new Harry Potter-themed filter. Filters are animated additions that you add to selfies before sending them to your mates. This one gives you a scarf, some specs and a scar - turning you into the boy wizard himself. And, predictably, the online community is getting pretty enthusiastic about it. Even Hollywood stars are getting involved in the fun. Actress Kate Hudson showed off a picture of herself with the filter applied. Snapchat is often producing new features to keep things fresh. Earlier this year it revealed Face Swap - a popular way for people to combine their selfies with some unnerving results. The addictive messaging app now features emoji-like stickers, similar to the ones you can select in Facebook Messenger. … [Read more...] about Harry Potter fans embrace ‘magical’ new Snapchat filter with predictably enthusiastic results
Students need Shakespeare’s universal lessons more than ever Why don’t plants have brains? How many pebbles are there on Brighton Beach? Are religiously-minded people morally obliged to oppose foxhunting? Oxford University is renowned for such curveball interview questions. They are brilliant levellers, designed to see how applicants react to the novel and arcane. Yet even a literature interviewee would hardly expect a question about Harry Potter. One academic, however, keen not to penalise those unfamiliar with the Shakespearean canon, suggests that asking candidates about JK Rowling’s boy wizard might be more inclusive than quizzing them about the Bard. Other tutors use soap operas to spark... … [Read more...] about I adore Harry Potter but he shouldn’t replace the Bard