Pottermore At Comic Con


The Pottermore Correspondent spent the day at San Diego Comic Con with the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last Saturday, and has released two reports:

‘Katherine, come on! We’re doing an interview with Pottermore,’ calls Eddie Redmayne, from the very back seat of the bus.

‘Have you got biscuits back there?’ comes Katherine Waterston’s reply, like maybe she won’t cooperate without snacks.

‘No,’ I begin, ‘but I promise to bring some next time.’ And I will. This lot has been at press conferences, autograph signings and Facebook Q&As all day and it’s hungry work.

Katherine joins me, Eddie, Alison and Dan. We’re huddled in a little group in the back of a bus in transit between venues at San Diego Comic-Con. These four actors play the main characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander, Tina and Queenie Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski. This is their first time at Comic-Con as a group, the mammoth fan convention in San Diego. What’s it been like?

‘I feel like what’s extraordinary about Comic-Con is that so much energy comes into the city for four days and you feed off that,’ says Eddie. ‘So, your adrenaline is pumping and pulsating through your body and you kind of feel elated. Slightly like you’re floating on a different planet. You almost can’t take it in; it’s too much visual stimulus.

‘You see people everywhere dressed in costume – I saw a guy dressed as Newt Scamander. I was like “I love it!” And there’s this Funko toy… That’s kind of amazing, although I think I’m going to take mine home and put freckles on it.’
‘Just think of one Harry Potter fan you know and then consider that we’re in a room with thousands,’ adds Katherine. ‘I’ve had conversations where someone is shaking and sweating because they know I’m in Fantastic Beasts. So I keep thinking of those people I know who love it so much, when I’m looking at this sea of smiling faces.’

But it must be hard, I say, to speak about the movie without revealing too much. The cast have been sworn to secrecy on everything from beast names to plot twists.

‘It is tricky because you’re constantly ruling out things in your head,’ says Alison. ‘But there’s so much richness to the human elements of this story, the relationships and the characters. There’s so much to talk about, but it’s actually quite fun to keep the mystery because then you know that people are going to go into the film and actually feel surprised. It’s like Christmas and I got you the best gift!’

Speaking of surprises, Dan got an especially lovely one at San Diego Comic-Con last year. He’s the only one in this group who has been here before, and it wasn’t to promote a film.

‘Oh man, it’s surreal,’ he says. ‘Last year, I was dragging my comics around and that’s really why I was here – to try and hawk my comics. I was in the audition process for this movie. So when they called me and told me I had the part, I was totally unprepared.’

‘Wait, you were here when that happened?’ interjects Eddie, beaming in disbelief.

‘I was here! I was on the floor, in the throng of it, working my way up stream with all my books, I was just sweating…’ says Dan.

‘And you got the call? I’ve got goosebumps,’ says Eddie.

‘My agent said, “Hey, you know, next year’s going to be a lot different,” says Dan. ‘I was just all tears, like I’d got the Golden Ticket. And now, here we are!’


To read the second report, click the link below:



Posted on July 27, 2016

Dan Fogler Talks Alison Sudol


The Pottermore Correspondent sat down with actor Dan Fogler who had some rather lovely words to say about his co-star Alison Sudol:

Dan Fogler’s got a husky Brooklyn accent. The kind of voice that makes everything sound wry or tough by default. It takes me a second to notice when he’s being sentimental. Talking about his Fantastic Beasts co-stars, his voice breaks – just a little, but enough to give his affection away.

Dan plays No-Maj character Jacob, a New Yorker who gets caught up in the magical chaos that follows Newt. As two of the movie’s central characters, the chemistry between Dan and Alison Sudol, who plays Queenie, was always going to be important.

‘Alison is an angel. She’s an angel,’ Dan says, emphatically.

‘The moment I saw her, I knew her energy was just perfect. When she gets in the make-up and she’s Queenie and she’s got the lights on her, she’s got skin that glows, you know? When I saw her for the first time, I was like, holy…. It’s Alison Monroe over here – Marilyn’s cousin.’

Now that he’s pointed it out, it’s obvious, isn’t it? There is something of Marilyn’s cheeky, guileless charm in Queenie’s look. The curls, the smile, the saunter, the hyper-feminine vibe – it’s all very Marilyn. But Dan’s not satisfied comparing Alison to just one classic Hollywood icon. He sees the world in pop culture allusions, as you’ll notice. He’s a film aficionado; he can’t help it.

‘She has that feminine, delicate quality about her that also lends itself to comedy in an Audrey [Hepburn] kind of way,’ he says.

‘Together we’ve got a bit of an Adelaide and Nathan Detroit [from Guys and Dolls] thing going. So I’m always referencing something, that’s where I come from. I do a lot of homages in my work so I’m always referencing something. That’s what it feels like with the two of us.’

A musical theater reference is perfectly fitting for Dan and Alison, of course. They’re both musicians in their other creative incarnations. Dan does rock-comedy in a band called 2nd Rate and Alison is the lead singer of the band A Fine Frenzy. ‘She’s the real professional,’ says Dan. ‘She’s a rock star.’


A brand new promotional image of Queenie and Jacob can also be seen in hi-res in our gallery:

Posted on July 5, 2016

Breakfast At Hogwarts


Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter will be hosting two very magical mornings for fans of the Wizarding World this August – Breakfast At Hogwarts.

Harry Potter fans of all ages can enjoy a magical Sunday morning this summer as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches ‘Breakfast at Hogwarts’. Guests will be invited to watch dawn break over the Hogwarts castle model while enjoying an exclusive breakfast reception. The iconic castle took a team of 40 people seven months to build from scratch with over 300 fiber optic lights installed to simulate lanterns and torches.

After breakfast, guests will be given early access to the Studio Tour where the Great Hall will be specially dressed for breakfast as it was in the magical film series right down to the boxes of Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls on the trestle tables. Guests will be joined in the Great Hall by staff members dressed in full Hogwarts’ uniforms for a complimentary souvenir photograph at the breakfast table.

Guests are then invited to walk among the authentic sets and discover the behind the scenes secrets at the studios where it all began, ahead of the first tour of the day. Highlights include the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, the Weasley kitchen at The Burrow and the iconic Platform 9 ¾ that houses the original Hogwarts Express locomotive.

Following a complimentary tankard of Butterbeer in the Backlot Café, guests will be able to step inside Harry Potter’s childhood home, number four Privet Drive, before wandering up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley.

The visit concludes in the Studio Tour’s lobby where a complimentary souvenir guidebook can be collected.

The first ever ‘Breakfast at Hogwarts’ events will take place on the 21st and 28th August 2016 from 8:30am and are open to all ages. Tickets are priced at £95pp for Adults and £75pp for children, with under 4’s being free.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 10am on the 6th July by clicking here or by calling the attraction’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900.

Posted on July 4, 2016

Feature 1 Analysis


In case you missed it yesterday, a brand new Fantastic Beasts Feature was released, entitled ‘A New Hero’, which you can watch below:

Our full breakdown is after the jump, just click ‘Continue’ below & all of our screencaps can be seen here:






Posted on June 24, 2016

A New Hero – Featurette


A brand new featurette titled ‘A New Hero’ has just dropped, which you can watch below:

A transcript of all that was said during the feature:

J.K Rowling: My heroes are always people who feel themselves to be set apart, stigmatised, or ‘othered’. That’s at the heart of most of what I write, and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was a textbook that Harry Potter used at school. While I was writing ‘Potter’, I became quite interested in Newt Scamander, so I knew quite a lot about Newt. He’s been travelling the world studying magical creatures. He calls himself a Magizoologist.

Newt’s creatures live in this magical case. You open it up, you can go down; it’s an amazing space.

Eddie Redmayne: Newt feels more at home with creatures than he does with human beings

Newt: ‘come on, give me a smile’ -creature sticks it’s tongue out-

J.K Rowling: Newt walks into a society he doesn’t really understand

Tina: Mr Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?
Newt: I know you have rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic people. That you’re not meant to befriend them, that you can’t marry them, which seems wildly absurd to me
Tina: Whos’s gonna marry him? [pointing to Jacob]

J.K Rowling: And then Jacob accidentally opens Newt’s case full of magical creatures

Jacob: Hey! Mr English guy! I think your egg is hatching!

J.K Rowling: So Newt gets embroiled in this adventure

Eddie Redmayne: He starts looking a bit more like a hero

J.K Rowling: It’s something that has implications for the who wizarding world


A full feature breakdown plus screencaps will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!

Posted on June 23, 2016

VidCon 2016


The Fantastic Beasts VidCon event will be live later tonight at 6pm PT, 2am UK time.

Popular vloggers from around the world were invited to the set of the Fantastic Beasts film in Leavesden Studios earlier this year and will be participating in a live Q & A session with fans.

You can watch the live-stream here:


This post will be updated throughout the night


No new information was revealed during the half hour event except perhaps the use of the spells ‘reducto’, ‘obliviate’ and ‘petrificus totalus’ in the movie. Here is a ‘sneak peek’ of the vloggers on set where you do get to see a bit of one of the New York streets:

At the end of the session the vloggers revealed that a surprise will be on social media for fans tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!

Posted on June 22, 2016

VidCon Event – June 22nd


Warner Bros have just announced that their Fantastic Beasts VidCon event will be taking place tomorrow, June 22nd at 6pm PT (2am Thursday 23rd in the UK).

The event will be hosted by 17 chosen popular vloggers from around the world, and will be streamed live via this YouTube channel. In addition to being live-streamed, if you are attending VidCon or are in the area, you have the opportunity to attend the event by RSVPing tickets through this link.

The ‘invitation’ above not only gives us VidCon event details, but also our first clear look at Newt Scamander’s wand and case:





Be sure to come back tomorrow for updates on VidCon, and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting our way through!

Posted on June 21, 2016