Actor Johnny Depp will no longer be playing the role of Gellert Grindelwald in J.K. Rowlings’ #FantasticBeasts movie franchise, which is a series of prequels to #HarryPotter. Depp made the announcement today on his Instagram account claiming that #WarnerBrothers had asked him to leave the franchise.
Releasing a short statement of their own, Warner Brothers has confirmed that Depp will leave the franchise, but did not comment on the nature of the separation or confirm that they asked him to go.
Coming just days after Depp lost a libel lawsuit against a British tabloid that characterized him as being abusive, it’s likely that this is related to the ongoing controversy surrounding back-and-forth abuse allegations between himself and his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp did not specifically link the two in his letter, but he did bring the trial up, pledging to appeal the ruling.
The online collection was highlighted as part of #HarryPotterAtHome by the Wizarding World franchise team, promoting ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also includes J.K. Rowling opening up licencing for teachers to read Harry Potter to their pupils online.
The exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017 as a result of a collaboration between #Pottermore (now known as Wizarding World Digital), The British Library, and #Bloomsbury.
The exhibition includes historical artifacts related to magical topics, including:
The six-meter long Ripley Scroll, which is a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone as seen in the first book “Harry Potter and the #PhilosophersStone”, a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the #SorcerersStone”.
Synopses created by J.K. Rowling herself when she was writing Harry Potter.
Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.
The collection is divided — like the original exhibition — into various subjects, most of which are taught at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
While no release date has yet been issued, a new trailer for the upcoming mobile game “#HarryPotter: Wizards Unite” has been released. The game is similar to the very popular “Pokémon Go” augmented reality (AR) mobile game and is, in fact, being developed by the same company, Niantic, along with Warner Brothers.
The game will be available on all iOS & Android devices soon.
All 8 #HarryPotter movies and “#FantasticBeasts and #WhereToFindThem” are being re-released in September for the big screen. The 9 films will be shown from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, 2018 at all 141 Cinemark XD locations. Festival passes that allow viewing all 9 films will be available for $25.
Cinemark XD theaters can be found in 32 states. Please note that not all Cinemark theaters are XD. We strongly recommend that you confer with a desired location to make sure that it’s an XD theater before purchasing any tickets for these showing.
The real-life Hogwarts Express (a.k.a., the North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway) is looking to hire a volunteer #HarryPotter expert to greet fans at the Goathland Station, which was featured in the film as Hogsmeade Station.
The North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust needs super-fans to dedicate their time to answering the questions of Harry Potter fans who visit the station on a daily basis. The job will require the candidate to lead “small to medium-sized groups of Muggles and Wizarding enthusiasts on tours around Goathland station, delivering knowledge on the history of the railway and the station’s association with the Harry Potter franchise.”
The candidate will also be required to “Work with the Education Officer to create an engaging Wizarding itinerary with the aim of group visits and ensuring that they have an enjoyable visit that fulfils any required learning objectives.”