2016 is the year that Harry Potter fans have been waiting for! There’s a new movie, a new book, and a gorgeous new theme park experience at Universal Studios Hollywood, not to mention loads of new products from elope! Let’s break down the five reasons that make this an incredible year for J.K. Rowling readers worldwide:
1. THE FILM
As an umbrella brand comprised of Harry Potter books, films and themed entertainment, the WIZARDING WORLD franchise encompasses every corner of J. K. Rowling’s richly imagined fictional universe. The informational hub for all things Wizarding World is Pottermore, the officially sanctioned fan website that release Wizarding World news, stories, features, and activities like this famous Sorting Hat quiz that will sort you into your Hogwarts House.
Harry Potter may be the best loved and most recognized magical hero, but he’s not the only wizard worth several films of wild adventures. Get ready to meet Newt Scamander and a whole host of new characters and creatures as the much-anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them — J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel opens in theaters November 18, 2016. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards takes places 70 years before Harry Potter begins his studies at Hogwarts, and will delve into the American magical traditions of the Wizarding World.
The film focuses on the mythical creatures of that universe, as told by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) during his time at the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Learn more here at fantasticbeasts.com and be sure to check out the gorgeous trailer!
2. THE PLAY
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story ever to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from late May 2016.
3. THE BOOK
Thanks to the new play about Harry Potter as an adult with a job and a family, an eighth Harry Potter book is coming this summer – containing the script. A hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II will be released on 31 July, the day after the play has debuted on stage. Says the BBC of the London theatrical debut:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will tell the “untold part” of the boy wizard’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents, Rowling has said.
It will pick up the story 19 years after Harry was last seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, waving his two eldest children off to Hogwarts.
4. THE PARK
The WIZARDING WORLD franchise opened a new global theme park to connect with fans of all ages in early April 2016. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood offers everything from magical spells to magical creatures, and from dark villains to daring heroes.
Visitors can explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle, peruse the shops of Hogsmeade, and sample fare from some of the wizarding world’s best-known establishments. Plus, there’s the experience pulse-pounding rides and attractions that transport you into a world of magical thrills and excitement. Check out this video of the Grand Opening Celebration featuring star-studded presentations and attendees!
5. THE GEAR: COMING SOON!
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