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Hearing the phrase “Harry Potter prequel,” I automatically assume it’s either a story about Harry Potter’s parents and the Marauders, or it goes further back and tells the story of Dumbledore during any of that man’s fascinating past.
Remakes are unoriginal, pretty much by definition. So it’s not unreasonable for people to complain when it seems like Hollywood is churning out remake after remake. With that said, I think a line needs to be drawn between your standard remake of a popular movie, and a remake of a movie that was based on a book. A remake of an original movie seems like an obvious cash grab.
Previously, you could only try this curious concoction at the Wizard World of Harry Potter, but for a limited time you can get Butterbeer at Starbucks. You just need to know the magic words
With the recent news that Warner Bros and J.K. Rowling were looking to turn bonus-book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find them into a new series of feature films, it's not a stretch to theorize that WB might also have its eye on other potential spinoff material from the massively popular franchise. After all, there's no shortage of material to work from, when factoring in the seven books in the series and the additional bonus books that have been published.
In response to the news that J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. are teaming up for a series of films based on Harry Potter Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, some have expressed doubt -- our own Katey Rich included -- about the choice of source material for the spinoff. But there are arguments to be made as to why Fantastic Beasts could prove to be a fantastic series, and I'm going to break those down for you right now.
Whether you're a Hermione or a Ron will probably determine your reaction to today's news that there will be a new series of films based in the wizarding world of Harry Potter (no, not the theme park, though that's probably inevitable)
Book 4 came out in 2000, right around the time the Harry Potter craze was first blowing up in the U.S., so the three-year wait seemed particularly long after devouring the first four books. In that space of time, author J.K. Rowling offered fans some new material to satiate our craving for all things Hogwarts, in the form of two books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages.
Reddit has given the world some silly games and ideas, but this might be the silliest one that we've completely loved. Over at this thread, which was picked up and Buzzfeed-ified here, user sixdoublefive321 starts the conversation: "If you watch the movie Jaws backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps throwing up people until they have to open a beach."
Google Maps can be an incredibly cool thing. Or it can be a total stalkery thing. It all depends on perspective and usage, I suppose. In some situations, it can be a great way to virtually visit places all over the world. Want to see what the ocean looks like up close or stand in the middle of Russia's Red Square? Google has that covered too.
While the Harry Potter franchise is an unmitigated success, pulling in more than $7 billion at the box office over eight films, many fans admit the first two in the series—both directed by Chris Columbus—don't hold up as well as their follow-ups.
Since Batman Begins debuted in 2005, everyone has taken a whack at impersonating Bale's Batman, but youtube uses PistolShrimps took his to a new level of absurdity with this video. What, this vid imagines, if Bale's gravel-toned Batman stepped in for Harry Potter's Hermione Granger? Star Wars' Princess Leia? 2001: A Space Odyssey's murderous computer HAL?
Maybe you wish for an invisibility cloak of your own that would allow you to slip out of the office unseen and dash off to whatever mischief you could manage. Well, science is finally making up for our decided lack of progress on the Back to the Future Part II-style hoverboard front with the creation of an actual invisibility cloak.
As a Harry Potter fan, I'll admit, the new Harry Potter Wizard's Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo set is a very nice looking set. With 31 discs included, featuring all of the movies and hours of bonus content, not to mention the fancy packaging, it's tempting to consider shelling out the understandably high cost, especially when considering half the movies I own are the originally released DVDs.
“Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance,” Klenotiz explains, before launching into a very detailed, scientific explanation of nucleotide bases, Trinucleotide repeats and Mendelian patterns of inheritance.
The Avengers is clearly off to an incredible box office weekend, with a head start internationally that already gives it $281 million in the bank, and a midnight opening last night that sets it up for a very, very big weekend