Category Archives: Harry Potter

November 18, 2016

Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty in Fantastic Beasts Movie

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemThe movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (rated PG-13) has found a new star in Faith Wood-Blagrove. The 10-year-old girl will play Modesty, who is described as a “haunted” character with an “inner strength and stillness.” Perhaps thanks to a little magic, the character “has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”

Modesty Barebone is Mary Lou’s youngest adopted daughter. Mary Lou Barebone is a No-Maj and the outspoken leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS), otherwise known as the Second Salemers. Bent on exterminating all magic, Mary Lou fiercely crusades against the wizards and witches she is convinced live among them. She enlists her adopted children, who all live in fear of her wrath.

A bit precocious, Modesty manages to hide her disobedience from her strict mother. Playing her favorite game of hopscotch, she chants anti-witchcraft rhymes. But out of sight of her mother, she rebelliously scatters the Second Salemers leaflets to the four winds instead of passing them out.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared that she was excited to find Modesty, signaling that the character may be significant to Fantastic Beasts.

Fantastic Beasts producers held an open casting call in July 2015 to find a girl who could take on the part. Over 10,000 young girls, ages 8-12, showed up to audition for the role. The girls came with their families and waited for hours in line before getting the chance to audition. All of the girls received certificates after their auditions. About 100 girls were invited to move forward with the next round in the audition process. Out of the thousands of young actors who tried out for Modesty, 10-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove from the UK was chosen for the role. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be her first movie

The career of Rupert Grint was launched in a similar way to Blagrove’s, also at the age of 10. He heard about the role of Ron in the Harry Potter movie, and then got cast from an open casting call. Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood in the last four Harry Potter movies, also auditioned for her role through an open casting call after hearing about it on MuggleNet.

Faith will be working alongside Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be in theaters on November 18, 2016.

November 11, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie

Posted by at 1:24 am in Harry Potter, Movies & TV | Permalink

Eddie Redmayne as Newt ScamanderFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (rated PG-13) takes us to a new era of the Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away in New York City. The film marks the screenwriting debut of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.

It will be the first of five mega-movies set in the magical world about 70 years before the start of the Harry Potter story (so obviously, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were not born yet). The films will follow magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido Scamander (whose grandson Rolf will later marry Luna Lovegood). Newt was a Hufflepuff who graduated from Hogwarts in 1915. From 1918 to 1927, he traveled all over the world researching magical creatures for the book he was writing called . . . Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we know went on to become a Hogwarts textbook. In his travels, he visited New York, which is where this movie will start.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge. This is a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt…and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

 

October 14, 2016

Fantastic Beasts Fan Event

Posted by at 1:15 pm in Harry Potter, Movies & TV | Permalink

I have seen the first 10 minutes of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  movie (rated PG-13), and it is EPIC! I was at a worldwide fan event for the new movie in New York City with a whole theater full of Harry Potter fans. Other fans around the world participated, and I can tell you there were wands waving, screams of excitement when a surprise guest appeared (Hint: Her name begins with J.), and even some hyperventilating in the New York theater during this event.fantastic beasts fan event

Watch the highlight video!

For reals, guys! I was there! Am I a lucky no-maj, or what? The movie comes out on November 18, 2016, so get ready!

Sonja

October 7, 2016

Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes

Posted by at 10:30 am in Harry Potter, Writing Prompt | Permalink

professor-mcgonagallHappy Birthday, Professor McGonagall!

Happy Birthday on October 8 to one of our favorite teachers of all time – Minerva McGonagall!

Born half-blood to a Muggle father and witch mother, she attended Hogwarts from 1947-1954. She was engaged to be married but ran away to work for the Ministry of Magic. Years later, she married another man – her old boss at The Ministry of Magic, but he was tragically bitten by a deadly Venomous Tentacula. She then threw herself into her work as Hogwarts Transfiguration Professor, advisor and close friend to Dumbledore, and head of Gryffindor. To celebrate, we’re rolling out our Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes as written by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series.

  1. “He’ll be famous—a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  2. “Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Wood – I’ve found you a Seeker.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  3. “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do, Potter.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  4. ‘We’ll leave it to you, then, Gilderoy, Tonight will be an excellent time to do it. We’ll make sure everyone’s out of your way. You’ll be able to tackle the monster all by yourself. A free reign at last. (Chamber of Secrets)
  5. “Sybill Trelawney has predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favorite way of greeting a new class.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  6. “You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die, you need not hand it in.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  7. “Moody, is that a student? Moody, we never use transfiguration as a punishment!” (Goblet of Fire)
  8. “Are you quite sure you wouldn’t like a cough drop, Dolores? (Order of the Phoenix)
  9. “We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” (Deathly Hallows)
  10. “Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” (Deathly Hallows

Do you see any of your faves? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below. Class dismissed!

-Ratha

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

August 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party

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Last Saturday, I went to the coolest, most magical party EVER. As my fellow Harry Potter super-fans know, the new Harry Potter book (for ages 12 and up) came out this weekend, and bookstores all over the world held midnight release parties. I went to the Strand Bookstore in New York City – with over 1,000 other Harry Potter fanatics!

The entire bookstore was packed with witches and wizards wearing their Hogwarts robes. I felt like I was hanging out in the Great Hall!

HoneydukesI played trivia games, drank Polyjuice Potion, and even took an elevator ride with Moaning Myrtle. My favorite part of the evening (besides getting the book, of course) was coloring pages from the Harry Potter Coloring Book in the Rare Books room. This place felt almost as magical as Hogwarts. Old books that Hermione would have loved filled the shelves, string lights hung above all the tables, and the Harry Potter movie soundtrack played in the background.

At around 11:30, it was time to line up at the checkout counter. Ten seconds before midnight, we all started counting down, and when it was officially July 31, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Harry. Within seconds, I had my copy of Cursed Child, and I started reading right when I got home.

I’m almost finished, and I have to stay, this book is as unpredictable as it is magical. I have no idea what’s going to happen next!

Have you started reading Cursed Child? What do you think? Let us know in the Comments!

Laura, Scholastic Intern

July 29, 2016

Muggle Mob

A Flash Mob in New York City Celebrates a New Harry Potter Story
by Adedayo Perkovich

In New York City, Harry Potter fans stopped traffic! More than 300 people streamed out of Scholastic’s headquarters onto Broadway, the street in front of the building. Scholastic employees and their children were part of a flash mob celebrating the July 31 publication of a new Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.

Watch the Muggle Mob video.

Scholastic is the United States publisher of the best-selling Harry Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard named Harry Potter and his classmates at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The eighth Harry Potter story is a script book based on a play that’s opening in London, England, on July 30. The play is by Jack Thorne and is based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany.

SHARING THE MAGIC

I had no idea what to expect as I entered Scholastic in the morning. Scholastic editors and artists whispered excitedly as they flooded down the escalator. The only word I caught was “Muggle.” In the auditorium, we were each given a copy of one of the original books in the series and a paddle announcing the publication of The Cursed Child.

Billy DiMichele, vice president of creative development at Scholastic, said that we were about to become a “Muggle Mob.” We would celebrate the upcoming release of The Cursed Child by doing a giant read-aloud in the middle of Broadway.

“This means that [we] can continue to share the magic with new generations of children,” DiMichele said.

LUCKY READERS

Excitement continued to build as we rehearsed our movements and practiced reading aloud. Abram Chen, 10, said that he was thrilled “that there is going to be a new book to read.” Abram considers himself to be a Hufflepuff, his favorite house at Hogwarts.

As for editorial assistant Patrice Caldwell, she is “absolutely Slytherin,” she said. “It’s kind of cool to be here and imagine what it felt like when the first seven books came out,” Caldwell added. “This is a way to delve back into that world.”

After a few run-throughs, we calmly strolled outside with our paddles hidden inside our books, pretending to be tourists and typical passersby. Suddenly, music started playing and we rushed into our places in the middle of Broadway. (The street had been blocked off by the police for the event.) Then we read aloud from the Harry Potter books.

Our voices rose along with the music. Right on cue, we faced the Scholastic building and looked up. A giant, billowy banner began to drop, revealing the cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

We held up our paddles and cheered. Then we went into the crowd of observers and gave away copies of the original books to happy readers.

Lesley Little saw everything from the sidewalk. “This is fantastic,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the new play. I’m going to get to see it in London in September.” Suzanne Lewis, a Gryffindor, added, “This was a lot of fun. I could tell, even from blocks away, that something wonderful was happening.”

June 28, 2016

Best Dobby Quotes

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Dobby clay model  by Jim KayHappy Birthday to Dobby the House Elf! Celebrate with Quotes!

In honor of our favorite house elf, Dobby, from the Harry Potter series and his birthday on June 28th,  we would like to take a moment to reflect on his awesomeness and wisdom.

As many of you know, Dobby started as a house elf enslaved to the Malfoy family. He loved Harry, and Harry eventually helped Dobby earn his freedom when he tricked Lucius Malfoy into giving him his freedom. He then worked at Hogwarts, giving us tons of hilarious one-liners and escapes until the bitter end. But enough about that! Let’s now celebrate Dobby with some of his most memorable quotes!

  1. “Dobby will have to punish himself most grievously for coming to see you, sir. Dobby will have to shut his ears in the oven door for this.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  2. “Dobby has never been asked to sit down by a wizard — like an equal --”(Chamber of Secrets)
  3. “Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  4. Harry: ”You’d better clear off before my bones come back, Dobby, or else I might strangle you.”
    Dobby: ”Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  5. “Harry Potter mustn’t be angry with Dobby. Dobby did it for the best.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  6. “Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes sir! But sir . . . they has made a mistake in the shop, Harry Potter. They is giving you two the same.” (Goblet of Fire)
  7. “Professor Dumbledore said we is free to – to . . . call him a – a barmy old codger if we likes, sir!” (Goblet of Fire)
  8. “And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter!” (Half-Blood Prince)
  9. “Kreacher will not insult Harry Potter in front of Dobby! No he won’t, or Dobby will shut Kreacher’s mouth for him!” (Half-Blood Prince)
  10. Bellatrix Lestrange: ”You stupid elf! You could have killed me!”
    Dobby: ”Dobby never meant to kill! Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure!”(Deathly Hallows)

I can’t say how much I loved Dobby’s character. What about you guys? Share your deepest thoughts in the Comments below!

-Ratha

Dobby clay model by Jim Kay

June 8, 2016

Harry Potter Kid Review

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Ever read a book where the main character lives with mean relatives because something happened to his or her parents? That’s how Harry Potter’s life has been for all of his eleven years. He must endure life with his aunt’s family, the Dursleys, who make him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. He only has extremely faint memories of his parents, whom he was told died in a car crash.

One day, he gets a letter addressed to his cupboard. Before he can read it, his uncle tears it up. But the letters keep coming, and Harry’s aunt and uncle become terrified. They run from the letters to a small hut on a small rocky island.

Harry realizes that his eleventh birthday is coming up tomorrow. He counts down the minutes and seconds as he tries to fall asleep.

At midnight exactly, Harry and the Dursleys receive a surprise — a surprise that whisks Harry away to a world of magic. He learns about his parents and so much more.

But there’s a villain on the loose — the man who murdered Harry’s parents. The clock is ticking, and few know his plans.

My mom had trouble getting into the first book, and it took her a few tries. She’s very glad she stuck with it. If you don’t like it at first, just push through the first few chapters. The first time I read this book, I was in first grade. I have read it many times since, and have read all of the books in the series at least once. The last four are a little darker, but I was fine with them.

The book Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling is amazingly well written, and expresses old concepts in new ways. It brings together bravery, friendship, and knowing whom to trust. This book would be great for anyone who wants to escape into another world. If you already love Harry, then you can go to the Harry Potter Message Board to chat with other Harry Potter fans.

Julie, Scholastic Kids Council

March 15, 2016

Harry Potter Book Club Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Welcome back to the magical STACKS Book Club! What an amazing ending to J. K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! This book is filled with so many villains, so many friends, and so much magic, I hardly know where to begin. We’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined Meeting 1 or this is your first time, please join the conversation!HP1_KK

  • What type of mischief would you get into if you had an invisibility cloak?
  • Would you be afraid of entering the forbidden forest?
  • Hagrid’s giant, three-headed dog is named Fluffy. If you had a three-headed dog, what would you name it?
  • What would your reaction be if you discovered your friend was raising a baby dragon?
  • What obstacle would you be best at completing: catching a winged key, winning a game of chess, or solving a riddle and drinking the correct potion?
  • What would you be thinking if you were face to face with Voldemort?

Post your answers in the Comments below and ask your own questions to the STACKS Book Club! To meet and chat with other Harry Potter fans, join the Harry Potter Message Boards.

–Brian, STACKS Staffer

February 10, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted by at 10:09 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

harry potter and the cursed childHARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I & II  (for ages 12 and up) to be published in print  at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016

Scholastic will publish a script book (for ages 12 and up) based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (for ages 12 and up), the eighth Harry Potter story, will be priced at $29.99 U.S. and $39.99 Canada. The script eBook will be published by Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions by Scholastic in the US and Canada, and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK.

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.