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Mugglenet Live: Expo Patronum

Leading Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet is hosting Expo Patronum, a fan event, this year in London, UK.

Taking place on Saturday 18th April 2015 at the Excel Centre, London, Expo Patronum invites fans to celebrate the past, present and future of the J.K. Rowlings’ Wizarding World. Tickets for the event are currently still available and can be purchased here.

 

As well as many of the actors being in attendance, Julie Tottman, the animal trainer of the film series will also be hosting demonstrations with a select few animals from the Harry Potter movies:

Julie Tottman with Hedwig, Crookshanks, & Fang*

Have you ever wondered how the animals within the Harry Potter series behaved so well? That would be thanks to animal trainer Julie Tottman. She began her career with animals directly out of school as a dog hairdresser. She got her start in film when she was asked to bring a few animals to a film set, where she fell in love with the work.

Julie has been an animal trainer for film and television since 1995 and is the head trainer for Birds & Animals Unlimited UK. She had to train and coach over 250 animals for the Potter films during the course of eight years of filming! Her favorite animals to work with in the films have been Crackerjack, who portrayed Hermione's feline Crookshanks, and all of the dogs who played the parts of Hagrid's loveable and wrinkled companion, Fang.

Julie won't be joining in the autograph sessions, but as she will be on the floor interacting all day, you can ask her for autographs at any time. This also goes for the panels, so don't be shy to go ask her about Fantastic Beasts in person!

This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how Fantastic Beasts will work, as far as filming animals goes,  so go check out the event and do let us know if you end up there!

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Posted on 14 Feb 2015 by Admin
Animal Actors

Warner Bros Studio Tour's event, Animal Actors, is back by popular demand!

The event runs from today, Friday the 13th, until Wednesday the 25th, and offers great insight into how Fantastic Beasts is going to be made. Like most of the Studio Tour's events, this is not one to be missed!

Back by popular demand, animal actors from the Harry Potter film series will return to the Studio Tour this February half-term. Visitors will be able to pose for pictures with a selection of animals, trained by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, as they revisit the incredible sets they frequented when working on the films. They’ll team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and will take part in live training demonstrations.

 

Tickets can be purchased from here

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Posted on 13 Feb 2015 by Admin
Fake Casting Call Rumour

Unfortunately a fake casting call for Fantastic Beasts has appeared online and tricked many fans of the movie who are eager to take part. 

From Acting-Auditions.org:

The Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them casting calls for all lead roles, as well as supporting roles, is getting underway. Filming will take place in New York City, as well as at the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in southeastern England.

All talent must be legally eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

 

According to the website, all you have to do is send in your headhsot and resume to the casting director.

As we know from all previous Harry Potter movies, Warner Bros are more fond of the open audition approach, and so we will hopefully hear about such an opportunity in the near future.

For the moment, please do not be fooled by this page, but by all means, do get excited for the movie! Shooting begins this August!

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Posted on 08 Feb 2015 by Admin
MinaLima Not Yet Started Work On Fantastic Beasts

Thanks to SnitchSeeker, who caught up with the movie designer duo at the Harry Potter Celebration in Orlando this week, we know that work has still not yet started on Fantastic Beasts:

 

Have you started work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet?
Mira: Not really. We went in to see what will happen, because they’re still developing the script. We’re all just waiting to see what she comes up with.

Eduardo: Nothing has started yet. It’s just very slow. But we are hoping that we are going to be full force very soon.

We know from producer David Heyman, that filming isn't due to begin until late this summer. 

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Posted on 04 Feb 2015 by Admin
David Heyman Talks Fantastic Beasts Crew

David Heyman gave an interview with Crave Online whilst promoting his new movie Paddington in which he discusses David Yates, Steve Kloves & J.K Rowling:

 

Is that why you brought David Yates back? Did he say, “Deathly Hallows sucked, I can do so much better with Fantastic Beasts?”

No, just he’s a great director. He knows the universe very well. He can handle the humour and the drama of the piece, and I think he’ll be great.

I think he’ll be great too, it’s just interesting that he made so many of the previous films, and now that you’re spinning off into… I don’t know the details, but a different direction, different time period, different characters, it seems like you may be keeping him as sort of a through line. That’s how it looks from the outside.

You could also argue Steve Kloves, myself, Jo are also through lines.

Yes, I guess it seems very homespun, to use your word.

Yes, but we’re all quite brave and bold in our approach to what we’re creating.

J.K. Rowling is writing this one, right?

David Heyman: Mm-hmm.

What’s that like? You said she was very hands off because it was a different process before. Is the process different now that she’s writing the script?

No. I mean yeah, she’s… no, not really. Just as on Potter films you go to Jo “What’s the seventh use of dragon’s blood?” Or “What’s the third?” or “What are the names for this and that? You’ve only got ten, we need a hundred.” She’d have it. So too on this. Whatever you read is just the beginning of her knowledge of it. She has so much greater knowledge than you could imagine.

So it’s the early days so I don’t know how that’s going to continue through the process, but her role in this – she’s a producer, but she was on the last Potters – is as a writer, and a creator. She knows that David Yates is going to be directing the film and she’s respectful of that, and supportive of him and myself and the producing team. It’s early though.

I’m not fishing, I’m just interested.

Yeah, no, I’m interested too!

Because I guess in the books you would adapt things, but now that it’s in the script can you change it? After all, J.K. Rowling wrote that…

But even within the books there were more changes. Steve Kloves adapted those much more than people realised…

He adapted the hell of out them.

And I don’t know if he gets nearly enough credit for the job that he did, because it’s Jo Rowling, so it’s almost as though he’s a cipher. But he’s so much more. To capture the spirit, one. Two, make the changes so there’s a cohesion, a cinematic cohesion within a two and a half hour story. When you’re taking material that is so beloved, and that people have issues and agendas about every single piece of it, to actually be as decisive and create something as complete as he did… I mean, he is… We were very lucky.

 So it looks like we're to expect a lot of humour in Fantastic Beasts! Can't wait! 

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Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Admin
Fantastic Beasts To Begin Shooting This Summer

Thanks to Hypable we have some interesting new information on the first Fantastic Beasts movie - that it may be the only one?

 

While promoting his new family film Paddington today, Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman revealed a couple of tidbits about the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff.

Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter movies said that Stuart Craig, the production designer behind the entire Wizarding World series, is returning for Fantastic Beasts.

“The experience of conjuring up these worlds is such fun,” Heyman said. “So to do it with and with Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram is involved too, and with David Yates, and Stuart Craig will be designing it; it’s great. It’s exciting, and it’s a great world to return to.”

Heyman also revealed that Fantastic Beasts will begin shooting in “late summer”. Until today we only knew that the plan was to start filming in 2015.

As for casting? “Early, early, early days. Really early days. I mean we’re at the very beginning.”

Interestingly, Heyman also commented on the fact that Fantastic Beasts will be a trilogy with this remark: “We’re making just one film, but I believe there’s been talk about it being three. But we’re just talking about it as one.”

One could interpret that comment – particularly the last sentence – as meaning that the first film will have a firm ending, but maybe he just means that they don’t have a script for the next film. After all, we know that J.K. Rowling only just finished writing the first.

The first Fantastic Beasts is due out November 18th 2016.

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Posted on 09 Jan 2015 by Admin
Animal Actors Event

Warner Bros. Studio Tour is bringing back its Animal Actors event this February 13th-25th! 

 

This half-term, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will get the chance to meet the animal actors who starred in the most successful film series of all time. From Friday 13th to Wednesday 25th February, a selection of animals will team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and take part in live training demonstrations.
 
A menagerie of owls, cats and a toad will return to the incredible sets they ‘acted’ on during production; led by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, who helped create the performances of more than 250 live creatures throughout all eight Harry Potter films.
 
Visitors to the Gryffindor common room set will find it occupied by a Red Persian cat that played Hermione Granger’s bandy-legged feline Crookshanks. He will be joined by a Maine Coon cat that portrayed Filch’s partner-in-crime Mrs Norris and the 14-year-old toad that played Neville Longbottom’s pet Trevor.
 
Outside Privet Drive, visitors will be able to pose for a picture with a Snowy Owl that played Harry Potter’s loyal companion and post-delivering bird Hedwig. Animal Trainers will hold flight demonstrations throughout the day on the Studio Tour’s backlot, showcasing the techniques they used during filming.
 
A parliament of performing owls will be stationed on the wizarding shopping street set,Diagon Alley, including the Great Grey Owl that played the Weasley family bird Errol and the tiny Little Owl that portrayed Ron’s companion Pigwidgeon.
 
Feathered and furry facts:
·         Although owls are generally considered to be wise, they are, in fact, notoriously difficult to train and can take up to three months to learn what a raven can master in a week.


·         The scene which required the largest number of birds to ‘act’ was the owlery scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Trainers took on the difficult task of teaching almost 80 owls to hoot, fly and sit still at the same time.


·         Initial groundwork for animal training takes about three to five weeks; when a script first arrived, the Animal Department would begin fundamental training, develop questions and ideas about how the scenes would be shot and then work with the director to finalise training plans.

 
The Studio Tour’s Animal Actors feature will run from Friday 13th to Wednesday 25thFebruary and all additional activities are included in the standard ticket price.

 

This event is the perfect start to our Fantastic Beasts year which will show insights into how exactly they train the animals in the movies to do certain things. It is not one to be missed!

You can book your tickets by clicking here & we hope to see you there! 

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Posted on 06 Jan 2015 by Admin

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