Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ given official cinema release date



In September last year, Warner Brothers announced that they would be partnering with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to bring her spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the big screen. Rowling is set to write the script for the film which comes from her world of witches and wizards, and is inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

Intended as the first in a new series of films, Warner Brothers have yet to find a producer, director or any cast, but seem extremely confident in the franchise by announcing the release date for the film. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to arrive in cinemas on November 18th 2016.

This puts the film in direct competition with an as yet untitled Disney film due for release five days later, which again proves Warners confidence in the film.

Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara revealed in March that the studio was following in the footsteps of “The Hobbit” franchise with three “megamovies” for “Fantastic Beasts.”

Tsujihara had said that “Fantastic Beasts” would resemble the eight Harry Potter movies in response to a question of whether the films would re-use the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”


Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride at Universal Studios:

Also revealed today are some images and a video, plus all the details about a new Harry Potter ride arriving at Universal Studios, Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort has provided a more detailed look at its “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” ride inside Diagon Alley, the expanded portion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park that will open this summer.

The ride is one of the main attractions inside the new area, and will replicate the moment in J.K. Rowling’s books and movies when Harry, Ron and Hermione break into one of the most guarded places in the wizarding world, Gringotts bank, to retrieve a magical object that will help defeat Lord Voldemort.

The exterior of the ride features a 60-foot dragon that breathes fire. Inside, visitors will encounter the goblins that operate the bank and its vaults, villainous Death Eater, Beallatrix Lestrange and Voldemort.

Stuart Craig, the production designer on Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” film franchise, worked with Universal’s creative team to design the high-tech attraction, that combines 360-degree themed sets, 4K digital high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D Infitec projection systems and live special effects. That includes the ornate marble columned bank, the ride’s cars that will take guests through the vaults and characters (see below).

“Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will change the way you think about theme park attractions,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “We’ve created an entirely new type of ride that propels guests into the story like never before, and guests will remember it long after their visit to Diagon Alley.”

(Source: Variety)


Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts


Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts



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