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Dec12

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a Mobile Narrative Role Playing Game set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry releasing next year

From Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment --

Today, Jam City, a Los Angeles based mobile games studio, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, announced a licensing agreement to create Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the first game in which players can create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student. The game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Portkey Games, a new label dedicated to creating gaming experiences inspired by the magic and adventures of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

"What an honor it is for Jam City to develop a mobile game for one of the largest and most iconic brands in history," said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City.  "As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we have great respect for the millions of people throughout the world who have followed the Harry Potter stories for more than 20 years.  This game is a labor of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World."

The new game lets Harry Potter fans live the dream of becoming a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by creating their own character and progressing through their years at Hogwarts. Along the way players will participate in all of the magical classes and activities they have come to love - like Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Duelling Club, and more.  Most of the iconic professors from the Harry Potter stories reprise their roles in the game.

"Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile gaming experience inspired by J.K. Rowling's spell-binding lore, and it will be an exciting, fun way for fans to experience the Wizarding World," said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "It is great to work with Jam City on the game, as the company has a proven track record of bringing rich, beloved worlds to players of mobile entertainment."

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will be available next year for mobile devices via the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.  For more details on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery as they are revealed, and to connect with other Harry Potter fans as you await your owl, visit www.facebook.com/HPHogwartsMystery/, www.twitter.com/HogwartsMystery, and for more information visit www.HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com/.

 
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Nov22

LEGO Dimensions holiday giveaway

Do you already own a LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack and wish you had some Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts packs so you can delve into the wizarding world this holiday season? Well, lucky you, we're holding a giveaway for the following games:

LEGO Dimensions Harry Potter Team Pack

Harry Potter (Harry/Lord Voldemort) Team Pack

 LEGO Dimensions Hermione Fun Pack

Hermione Fun Pack

LEGO Dimensions Fantastic Beasts Story Pack

Fantastic Beasts Story Pack

LEGO Dimensions Fantastic Beasts Fun Pack

Fantastic Beasts (Tina Goldstein) Fun Pack

All you need to do to enter is send us an email and let us know which pack (or packs) you'd like to win (list packs in order of preference).

Wait! You don't have a Starter Pack, you say? The big-ticket item needed to pay all of the wizardly games? No problem! For those of you new to the LEGO Dimensions world, email us with the type of console you own (PS3, Wii U, Xbox One or Xbox 360) and we'll choose one lucky winner to receive a Starter Pack plus one each of the four games listed above.

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

Contest is open to U.S. residents only.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to enter (Note: Each entry will be eligible to win the Starter Pack (in addition to the individual packs you list) as long as you let us know which console you have - only the Starter Pack is console-specific, not the individual games). Deadline to enter is Friday, December 1, 2017, at midnight (EST). You can read our review of this awesome game here.

Good luck! 

 
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Nov20

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Announce Bonnie Wright as the Next Harry Potter Film Star to Join “A Celebration Of Harry Potter” in 2018

From Universal Orlando Resort --

 

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. revealed more details about A Celebration of Harry Potter – the three-day fan event that will feature exciting experiences from across the Wizarding World on January 26-28, 2018. 

This year, returning fan-favorite Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) will attend the magical event and participate in festivities throughout the weekend, joining previously announced film talent Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). More talent will be announced at a later date. 

This year, the panels will feature new creative talent including the award-winning costume designer behind the last six Harry Potter films Jany Tamime and the Special Effects Supervisor for all eight Harry Potter films John Richardson. Guests will also be able to see returning fan-favorites and graphic and prop designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films and of Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.

At this year’s A Celebration of Harry Potter, guests will be able to see new content in immersive exhibits at the Harry Potter Expo. Expo participants will include: MinaLima, Pottermore, Scholastic, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. More details will be revealed at a later date.

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)

The Harry Potter Expo will be open to guests throughout the weekend and include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests an up-close look into the stories they love from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. 

MinaLima
Returning for their fifth appearance, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima will bring London's House of MinaLima to Orlando, showcasing the graphic designs of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Over the last 17 years, MinaLima have created the graphic universe of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as a series of bestselling books.
 
Pottermore
Pottermore will be bringing the latest news and announcements directly from the digital heart of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World (and just might have one or two exclusive reveals of their own up their robe sleeves).  This year, fans will be able to once again participate in Harry Potter - #AudibleRecall, now with updated questions and house-specific rounds running each day.  So get ready to find out if you have Prefect potential or all the brains of a Flobberworm. And if you get stuck on a question, just remember, as Dumbledore said, “It is our choices… that show what we truly are.”
 
Scholastic 
Scholastic celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter magic with the beloved books that started it all! Fans of all ages are invited to express what Harry Potter means to them by sharing a message on the Muggle Wall; fans will enjoy multiple interactive experiences and enter daily for a chance to win framed artwork from the stunning Illustrated Editions illustrated by Jim Kay, and boxed sets of Harry Potter books 1-7!  Collect one of kind giveaways and stay tuned for surprises!
 
Harry Potter: The Exhibition 
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is rolling out the red carpet to welcome visitors and celebrate the exhibition’s 9-year, 16-city (and counting) world tour. Guests will be treated to a display of some of the series’ most stunning costumes before strutting the runway to take a one-of-a-kind photo keepsake. All visitors will be able to enter into a draw for a chance to win a trip for two to the next host city for Harry Potter: The Exhibition. The city will be announced during the Welcome Event on Friday evening.  
 
Are you a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year, the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into their house, and you will have the opportunity to be sorted into your house in a Great Hall setting! Harry Potter: The Exhibition is proud to present the Sorting Hat Experience.
 
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a unique attraction offering Harry Potter fans of all ages the ultimate opportunity to journey behind the scenes and experience the magic that has gone into creating one of the most successful film series of all time. Visitors of the Studio Tour in England, UK, home to the series’ production, can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming. 
 
The Studio Tour will return to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018’ giving you the chance to see first-hand some of the incredible practical effects behind the magic of the iconic film series.
 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the critically acclaimed stage play, currently playing in London’s West End, and due to open in New York on Broadway in Spring 2018 and in Melbourne, Australia in early 2019. Visitors can expect to get an exclusive, never-seen-before look at imagery, designs and costumes from the production. 
 

A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER PANELS (Islands of Adventure theme park)

Panels and Q&A sessions will feature Harry Potter film and creative talent. Admission into panels and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

NEW: Graphic Design for Film: Creating Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, founders of the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic designers for the Harry Potter film series, specifically referencing Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to describe the process of developing the design of the shop from book to screen. Additionally, they will discuss their broader experience designing The Wizarding World from publishing to their involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. 

NEW: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Discover behind-the-scenes secrets with award winning Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson

For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is bringing John Richardson to A Celebration of Harry Potter to share his personal stories from working on the all eight Harry Potter films. In this panel, guests will discover how flying broomsticks, floating candles, fire-breathing dragons, wand explosions and more were created on set.

NEW: The Magic of Costumes in Harry Potter

Guests can join Jany Temime, the award-winning costume designer behind the last six Harry Potter films and exhibition curator Eddie Newquist, who will discuss the importance of costumes in the Harry Potter films and how specific pieces will continue to leave a lasting impression.  

More details about A Celebration of Harry Potter will be revealed at a later date. Guests will have access to Universal Orlando’s attractions throughout the weekend, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. 

Access to A Celebration of Harry Potter is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual or seasonal pass. Certain activities are first-come, first-served. Exclusive event vacation packages are also available for purchase and include special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, click here.

 

 
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Nov08

Niantic, Inc. & Warner Bros. Announce Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an Augmented Reality Mobile Game Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

From Warner Bros. and Niantic --

Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use state-of-the-art augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter's rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a new games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

Additional details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be announced in 2018.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, please visit: www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com and sign-up to receive the latest information and follow the game on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HPWizardsUnite/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/HPWizardsUnite

 
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Oct23

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open in Australia in 2019

From Sonia Friedman Productions --

Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, have today confirmed the record-breaking production will open in early 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, exclusively and only at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

Performance dates and ticketing details will be announced soon. Visit HarryPotterThePlay.com to sign up to the mailing list and receive ticketing information and news.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said, “When we embarked on this journey, it was an objective to ensure we could get the production to Australia as soon as logistically possible. You can’t ever assume a new play is going to have a further life, but we knew that if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did have a life beyond London and Broadway, that the next stop would be here.

“The Harry Potter stories have millions of fans across the globe, and so we’re very happy and proud that we’re able to bring our beautiful production to Australia, where we know a whole new audience will experience the eighth story. Melbourne is a fantastic city with such wonderful culture and heritage, and so we’re thrilled that the gorgeous Princess Theatre will be Cursed Child’s next home.”

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards earlier this year including Best New Play and Best Director.

The play will open on Broadway in April 2018 at the Lyric Theatre in New York.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison and music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. International Casting Consultant is Jim Carnahan and Australian casting by Janine Snape. Executive Producer of the Australian production is Michael Cassel.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

 
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