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Listen, we were all disappointed when we didn't receive a Hogwarts letter on our 10th birthday.

But with the latest Harry Potter news, this could be your chance to live in the wizarding world for a few months.

Pottermore revealed that Warner Brothers are looking to cast five new characters in the second Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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The website announced the news by sharing a post stating that an open casting call is taking place for the movie and they're looking for five people to take on new roles.

Better yet, the roles include portraying teenage versions of Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, Gellert Grindelwalk and Albus Dumbledore.

They're looking for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play a young Newt and Leta, as well as a new character, Sebastian.

Next on the list is actors aged 16 to 18 to play Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore as teenagers.

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"To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email casting.prod@wb.uc-ns.com with a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth," reads the website. 

"Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.

"No previous acting experience is necessary, but applicants need to be eligible to work in the UK (meaning they must be a UK, Irish or EU passport holder), and be available for filming between August and November 2017."

No acting experience needed? Sign us up!



Okay, so obviously JK Rowling has a lot of creative input when it comes to making movies about the fantasy world she has created.

So when the author posted a tweet of the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them script, Happy Potter fans had a meltdown trying to salvage any clues from the image. 

Unfortunately the snap leaves much to the imagination, as the only words visible are JK Rowling's name and some privacy fine print. 

Fans are clamouring for the title of the movie sequel, due out in November 2018. 

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She simply captioned the picture: “Having a beastly day…” which has led some fans to speculate that the caption may be part of the new film's name, but that's a bit of a stretch. 

JK Rowling and Warner Brothers are clearly keeping their (chocolate frog) cards close to their chests ahead of the second installment. 


The moment every Hogwarts loving muggle has been waiting for has finally arrived as the trailer for the much anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has officially been released.

A teaser for the Hollywood blockbuster was shown at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend where the film’s director David Yates handed out magic wands to thousands of lucky fans.  

He was joined at the convention by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne – who will play magizoologist Newt Scamander in the flick – and our very own Colin Farrell, who is set to earn his wand as a character named Graves.   

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on the 2001 book of the same name which JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Newt Scamander and while the story does not actively feature the original Harry Potter characters, it does focus on the magical creatures from the Harry Potter series.

The movie is set in New York in 1926 and tracks what happens when a collection of magical creatures are accidently unleashed upon the city.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set for release this November.



It seems that JK Rowling is never going to be finished surprising us with new Harry Potter material.

Last February, the author revealed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be making its way to bookshelves this July. And on top if that, fans are eagerly awaiting the play version which will hit London around the same time.

But now JK's publishing and entertainment company, Pottermore have announced some even better news.

On November 19 fans of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be able to own their very own screenplay of the movie.

The book is due for release the day AFTER the movie's November 18 premiere so anyone totally in love with the flick can keep up with Newt Scamander both on and off screen.

Can we love JK anymore than we do now?! 



If you are in anyway a muggle in LOVE with all things Harry Potter, you will probably already know that J.K Rowling's 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is being made into a feature film straight out of wizarding universe. 

What you may not know is that the trailer was just released today and well, we can't wait to get back to Hogwarts.

While J.K's Fantastic Beasts reads as a textbook guide to the fantastical creatures that inhabit the magical world of our favourite unfortunate wizard, the book has been adapted into a story for the screen. 

The movie centres around Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who is the author of the book Fantastic Beasts book in the Harry Potter series. 

When a magical expanding briefcase containing a number of fantastical and dangerous creatures is opened, it is safe to say that CHAOS ensues. 

The movie is set to be released in November of next year. 

Watch the trailer below:




Forget True Detective, Colin Farrell could be about to embark on his most exciting acting project yet – the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off.

Irish actor Colin is the latest star confirmed for Fantastic Beasts (And Where to Find Them), an "extension" of the hugely successful film franchise based on JK Rowling's Harry Potter books.

The film, set for release in November 2016, stars Eddie Redmayne in the lead role of Newt Scamander, the future writer of a Hogwarts textbook.

Colin will play Graves, a wizard Newt meets on his travels in New York. There go our hopes for a Dublin version of Diagon Alley, so.

Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterson are among the other names confirmed for the hotly anticipated film. While this will be Colin's first foray into the Muggle-free world, he has starred alongside other Harry Potter veterans including Brendan Gleeson (Mad Eye Moody), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Clemence Poesy (Fleur de la Coeur).

In fact, the Dublin-born actor has spoken in the past about his desire to work on a Harry Potter film. "I would like to be in something like that, ” he said in an interview back in 2008. “That would be genius.”

Speaking about Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them) in a recent statement, author JK Rowling said it would definitely not involve Harry, Hermione and co. "Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway," she confirmed.

We cannot WAIT for filming to get started.



Irish actress Evanna Lynch has taken to Facebook to in order to get young actors in the audition doors this July.

If you know any pint-sized Harry Potter lovers then Evanna, 23, wants you to encourage them to get themselves to London for the open auditions for J.K Rowling’s magical spin-off series Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will also be appearing.

According to the MuggleNet website, Warner Bros. has made the announcement that there will be an open call casting for a young woman’s role in London next Saturday.

The character is called Modesty  a “haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness.” Sounds like someone Evanna is familiar with. Modesty has “an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”

Evanna has drawn comparisons between her own character Luna and Modesty of the spin-off series. She also thinks that the opportunity is there for any mega-fans like her to land the role of their dreams, just as she did.

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On Facebook, Evanna wrote a post about the casting call that encouraged all the Potter fans out there to give it a try. She said:

“I was shy, awkward, too-sensitive-for-this-industry, had not one professional credit to my name and I faced many a raised eyebrow and skeptical comment when voicing my dream to audition.”

Evanna says she loved the character so much which was what ultimately got her the role even though she wasn’t a trained actor.


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“I only went out of love for the books and a fierce desire to tell Luna’s story the right way. But I was by all means, NOT ready or trained to audition for a role in a mega movie franchise.”

We think she did a pretty good job considering her character became loved by Potter fans around the world.


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Evanna wrote that she just wants to encourage any girls who feel like they’re too shy or might not fit the Hollywood ideal to try what they love. “Put all those alleged obstacles out of your mind and just go as you, nothing more, nothing less,” she wrote to her fans.

Nicely done, Evanna. 



Harry Potter fans rejoice! Our favourite author has once again given us further insight into the lives of our favourite characters.

This time round, JK Rowling offers an explanation into the deep-rooted resentment that the Dursley family feel towards Harry.

Ms Rowling has released her latest piece of Potter backstory on her website, Pottermore, which is used to interact with fans around the world.

In this post, the 49-year-old author explains how Vernon and Petunia Dursley treated Harry so wretchedly because of their longstanding animosity towards his parents, James and Lily Potter.

She describes the Dursleys as “reactionary, prejudiced, narrow-minded, ignorant and bigoted; most of my least favourite things.”

The author of The Casual Vacancy also explained how she came up with their dreary names. “’Vernon is simply a name I never much cared for. ‘Petunia’ is the name I always gave unpleasant female characters in games of make believe I played with my sister, Di, when we were very young.” She derived ‘Dursley’ from a village near her hometown of Gloucestershire.

Ms Rowling also explains her reasoning behind Petunia’s lacklustre final goodbye to Harry that left many fans feeling disappointed.

While Petunia looked as if she wanted to say something to Harry, she merely cocked her head and left without a word. “She gave him an odd, tremulous look and seemed to teeter on the edge of speech, but then, with a little jerk of her head, she bustled out of the room after her husband and son.”

Petunia’s creator explains that although Harry’s aunt does in fact have a buried love for her sister, her prejudices and jealousies don’t allow her to acknowledge it and “the realisation that she might never see Lily’s eyes again almost struggled out” of her, but she wasn’t able to admit it.

JK Rowling certainly is one author who takes the sting out of losing your favourite series. As well as frequently providing us avid readers with backstory updates, we can also look forward to the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, featuring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

We can’t wait! 



It's official – Eddie Redmayne has been cast to play Newt Scamander in JK Rowling’s new Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The 33 year-old Londoner won this year’s Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.

He will now turn his attentions to playing the ‘magizoologist’ who writes a textbook that will be studied by Harry and his friends in Hogwarts, years later.

Warner Brothers made the announcement saying that Redmayne has “emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors”.

The studio said they are “thrilled to welcome him into JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance”.

With Redmayne secured in the role, now we wonder who will play his love interest.

Last year, The Guardian reported that Harry Styles was possibly being considered to star in the film. These reports haven't been confirmed as of yet so we will just have to wait and see. 

According to The Wrap, there are two leading ladies in the Harry Potter spin-off. It is reported that director, David Yates, has been eyeing up Kate Upton, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, and a few others for the two roles.

We’re sure Eddie will deliver in this role and, starring alongside any of these women in a J.K. Rowling script sounds like a recipe for success to us. 



There was huge excitement in the world of Harry Potter yesterday as J.K. Rowling took to Twitter with a cryptic message.

The buzz started when the author posted an update on Sunday after a brief absence from social media, mentioning that not only was she busy finishing the screenplay for the HP spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but was also "working on a novel":

When a fan got excited about what the unnamed new book could be, the best-selling writer responded… 

…And then began taking things further with an even MORE cryptic message:

Why are you teasing us?!

As no-one has solved the riddle yet, speculation is of course rife that it's a teaser for a new Harry Potter book. Avid fans have found the words "Newt Scamander," "New York" and "History" in the puzzling message, which has been re-tweeted over 7,000 times.

Much as we hope that it is indeed a sign of exciting things to come, we reckon Ms. Rowling just felt like flexing her anagramming muscles with some fun riddles! Also, Newt Scamander just so happens to be the fictional author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so it could all just be a very complex plug for the new film. Booo!

Since finishing the Harry Potter series back in 2007, the celebrity author has branched out from fantasy writing, publishing three books for an older audience – two of which have been under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. 



J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November 2016.

But we can’t wait that long!

The book was published in 2001 as one of Harry’s Hogwarts textbooks,

It will be adapted by Warner Bros. and set years before the arrival of the famous boy wizard, played by Daniel Radcliffe in the movies.

CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara previously revealed the book will be turned into a movie trilogy.

He said, ”Three mega movies are planned. The main character will be a ‘magizoologist’ named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.”

The casting, or who will direct the ‘mega movies’ has yet to be decided, but we can’t to see who is lined up for the wizardly roles!

Rowling has sang the CEO’s praises for agreeing to pen the first of the spin-off movies.

She said, ”When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn’t PR-speak but the literal truth.

”We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”