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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jan 22, 2020 at 01:15. 16 comments

You Won't Find Harry Potter on HBO Max, Thanks to Streaming's Weird New Normal

You Won't Find Harry Potter on HBO Max, Thanks to Streaming's Weird New Normal

You might assume that Warner Bros.’big new streaming service would have one of the studio’s biggest movie franchises available when it launches, but it won’t. And the reason is...well, actually kind of depressing for anyone who isn’t Warner Bros., really.

The news was confirmed recently during the Television Critics Association winter press tour (as reported by Vanity Fair). Michael Quigley,...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Dec 20, 2019. 10 comments

J.K. Rowling Tweets Support for Researcher Dismissed for Transphobic Bigotry

J.K. Rowling Tweets Support for Researcher Dismissed for Transphobic Bigotry

J.K. Rowling—Harry Potter author and architect of its seemingly never-ending spinoff saga Fantastic Beasts—has a terrible history when it comes to how her works have treated minorities, whether it’s handling the history of other cultures , or her clumsy attempts to claim and then barely acknowledge LGBTQ+ representation. Now she’s coming under fire once more, resurfacing allegations of...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Dec 19, 2019. 5 comments

The Decade Fandom Went Corporate

The Decade Fandom Went Corporate
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In the last twenty years, fandom and mass culture have basically merged. Fans and fandom spent the 2000s fighting for legitimacy and proving their combined worth. And corporations? Well, they spent the 2010s learning how to...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Nov 05, 2019. 22 comments

A Third Fantastic Beasts Movie Is Coming, Whether We Want It or Not

A Third Fantastic Beasts Movie Is Coming, Whether We Want It or Not

The latest film set in J.K. Rowling’s literary landscape will take place in Brazil—and revolve around a character we barely got a glimpse of in part two. Huh. Nothing iffy about those odds!

Deadline reports that Fantastic Beasts 3, to be directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates (who also helmed the previous two Fantastic Beasts films) and co-written by Rowling and Potter regular Steve...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Oct 19, 2019. 22 comments

Ranking the 20 Best Witchy Fashions Because I Have Magic Powers Now

Ranking the 20 Best Witchy Fashions Because I Have Magic Powers Now

There’s something I need to tell you all: I have magic . It’s true! Even I was surprised. Now, I can’t conjure flames or raise people from the dead —as much fun as it would be to reanimate Benedict Arnold and, I don’t know, light him on fire or something. What I do have is an otherworldly knowledge...of style .

Gaze into my Swarovski crystal ball and let me take you on a journey of flowing...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Oct 05, 2019. 7 comments

The King's Man's Matthew Vaughn and Ralph Fiennes on Keeping Superheroes Human

The King's Man's Matthew Vaughn and Ralph Fiennes on Keeping Superheroes Human

Ralph Fiennes isn’t really one for superhero movies. The King’s Man star may be known for playing one of fantasy’s biggest villains in the Harry Potter series, but he’s stayed mostly clear of the Marvel and DC mega-movie universes. Why is that? As he and director Matthew Vaughn put it, there needs to be one thing at the center of it all: Humanity.

“Superhero movies are not the first film of...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Sep 21, 2019. 11 comments

Gonk Gonk, the Best Toys of the Week Are Here

Gonk Gonk, the Best Toys of the Week Are Here
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to [GONK GONK], io9's regular roundup of the [GONK GONK] toys we’ve seen tempting our [GONK GONK] this week. We’ve got a [GONK GONK] little Kirby, one of Magneto’s [GONK GONK] costumes in years getting a [GONK GONK],...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Aug 02, 2019. 11 comments

Universal Studios Orlando Just Announced an 'Epic' 4th Theme Park Without Saying What's in It

Universal Studios Orlando Just Announced an 'Epic' 4th Theme Park Without Saying What's in It

With Disney out here making Star Wars theme park attractions , the competition has to step it up. Universal Studios is doing that by building a fourth theme park in Orlando, Florida called Universal’s Epic Universe. But what exactly makes it “Epic,” we do not yet know.

Though the company held a press event this morning to reveal plans to build the park, which will be located just a few miles...

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Carlos Zahumenszky Carlos Zahumenszky Jul 25, 2019. 12 comments

Avengers: Endgame se inspiró en una saga muy concreta para explicar los viajes en el tiempo: Harry Potter

Avengers: Endgame se inspiró en una saga muy concreta para explicar los viajes en el tiempo: Harry Potter
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Recurrir a los viajes en el tiempo para impulsar la trama de una historia es un asunto complicado. Avengers: Endgame solucionó esa cuestión de una manera bastante directa, y ahora sabemos en qué se inspiraron los guionistas para crear unas reglas de viaje en el tiempo para los Vengadores: en Harry Potter.

Thanos casi...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jul 10, 2019. 7 comments

Voldemort Is Back and the Dune Reprint Gets a Release Date in the Latest Tabletop Gaming News

Voldemort Is Back and the Dune Reprint Gets a Release Date in the Latest Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's regular column all about the latest in board games and tabletop roleplaying. San Diego Comic-Con and Gen Con are around the corner, and with both of those we’re expecting a lot of exciting gaming news. In the meantime, there are some really cool announcements we’ve gotten over the past couple of weeks, including a release date for the long-awaited Dune...

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Jun 24, 2019. 2 comments

Haz que Harry Potter: Wizards Unite vaya más rápido con este sencillo truco

Haz que Harry Potter: Wizards Unite vaya más rápido con este sencillo truco

El desarrollador Niantic lanzó oficialmente el jueves pasado Harry Potter: Wizards Unite para iOS y Android, lo que hizo que personas como yo (y quizás como tú) pasasen su hora del almuerzo haciendo de magos y recolectando criaturas mágicas y otras cosas por ahí.

Si ya has jugado al juego, es probable que te hayas dado cuenta de una una cosa: va muy lento.

Cuando jugué por primera vez miles de...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jun 19, 2019. 18 comments

This Harry Potter Mobile Game Trailer Is a Better Wizarding World Movie Than Fantastic Beasts

This Harry Potter Mobile Game Trailer Is a Better Wizarding World Movie Than Fantastic Beasts
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Not gonna lie: I can’t say I’m all that excited for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new game from the people behind Pokémon Go that is basically Pokémon Go but with British wizards . But this launch trailer for the game really, really has me hankering for a modern Potter movie...

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Miguel Jorge Miguel Jorge Jun 13, 2019. 4 comments

El significado oculto detrás de los colores de cada una de las casas de Harry Potter en Hogwarts

El significado oculto detrás de los colores de cada una de las casas de Harry Potter en Hogwarts

Han pasado 12 años desde la publicación de la última novela de Harry Potter, y sin embargo, sigue siendo motivo de debate y estudio entre los cientos de fans tratando de descifrar significados ocultos del universo creado por J.K. Rowling. El último de ellos: los colores y su significado en la saga.

Para ser más exactos, los colores dentro de cada una de las cuatro casas de Hogwarts. En este...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jun 01, 2019. 7 comments

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit

This Week's Toys Are in Awe at the Size of This Absolute Pikachunit
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of the merchandise threatening to drain our wallets of their life essences. This week: McFarlane takes on the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hasbro conjures up an adorable little...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier May 23, 2019. 12 comments

We Love These Trading Cards Based on Real (and Fake) Sports in Movies

We Love These Trading Cards Based on Real (and Fake) Sports in Movies
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Fictional merchandise based on movies is the best. There’s just something special about owning a trinket based on, or from, a movie or TV show that you never thought possible, or maybe never even thought of. Imagine a poster from a...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore May 11, 2019. 19 comments

George R.R. Martin Thinks Gandalf Could Kick Dumbledore's Ass—Do You Agree?

George R.R. Martin Thinks Gandalf Could Kick Dumbledore's Ass—Do You Agree?

Did you know that Ian McKellen turned down the opportunity to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise after Richard Harris died because Harris once allegedly called McKellen a “dreadful” actor? George R.R. Martin probably knew that, and then some, this week when he took a moment at the Tolkien premiere to share some thoughts about Gandalf and Dumbledore.

During the evening’s question...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Apr 29, 2019. 2 comments

An Incredibly Sparkly Stag Might Just Be the Best Part of Lego's New Harry Potter Sets

An Incredibly Sparkly Stag Might Just Be the Best Part of Lego's New Harry Potter Sets
Toys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

Hagrid’s Hut? Keep it. Another attachment to the past Lego Hogwarts sets? Cool, but no big deal. A glistening, glittery Patronus figure? Okay, Lego, fine. You got me.

Thankfully said Patronus is part of the smallest set in Lego’s...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Apr 28, 2019.

Nobody Pronounced "Voldemort" Correctly, in Eight Movies

Nobody Pronounced "Voldemort" Correctly, in Eight Movies

If this tweet by J.K. Rowling doesn’t prove that authorial intent is irrelevant, then nothing will.

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Apr 23, 2019. 3 comments

The New Harry Potter Ride Will Feature One of Hagrid's Unique Creatures That Wasn't in the Movies

The New Harry Potter Ride Will Feature One of Hagrid's Unique Creatures That Wasn't in the Movies

A creature mentioned in the Harry Potter books, but never seen in the films, is finally coming to life in a new theme park ride .

Blast-Ended Skrewts—part-manticore, part-fire crab creatures bred by Rubeus Hagrid—are being realized for the first time in live-action as part of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a new ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Apr 10, 2019. 3 comments

Magical Smart Home Upgrade Lets Muggles Control Their Homes With a Wand Too

Magical Smart Home Upgrade Lets Muggles Control Their Homes With a Wand Too
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When his son asked for a Harry Potter themed birthday, Adam Thole decided to borrow an idea from Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which lets visitors cast spells using interactive wands. The results are quite possibly the most magical smart home upgrade you’ve ever seen, and one...

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