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Eastern Canadian Quidditch Championship on November 9th
Posted by Victoria - 30 Oct 2013
This years regional Eastern Canadian Quidditch Tournament will be held at Cherry Beach Fields in Toronto, on November 9th. The regionals have previously been held in Ottawa and Kingston, and this year's big city tournament will host 16 teams.

For more information on the tournament, and how you can get involved, check out the International Quidditch Association's official webpage.
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Emma Watson Attends Gravity Premiere; Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman's CBGB Released
Posted by Victoria - 10 Oct 2013
Emma Watson attended the New York City premiere of the film Gravity, on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Gravity is the latest film from Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron, and is produced by Potter producer David Heyman. It is currently in theaters and is considered a frontrunner for the 2014 Academy Awards.

Emma looked stunning in a simple white, off-the-shoulder mini dress by J. Mendel, with matching shoes of the same brand, a berry lip, and sophisticated up-do. Fashion forward fans will be happy to know that as always, the look was right on trend for the upcoming season, and topped many best dressed lists this past week. Emma's next project, Noah starring Russel Crowe and Logan Lerman, will be released in March 2014. Best of luck to Emma, as well as Alfonso and David!

In other news, the punk club flick CBGB, starring Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint, had its premiere this week. While Rupert did not make an appearance on the red carpet, Alan did. He plays the club owner in the film, which is available to watch on DIRECTV. (Note: this film is not geared towards young audiences).

We hope you are all having a great start to October, keep checking back for more exciting updates from us!

Happy Birthday to TheHPFan.com! September 27th, 2013 marked TheHPFan's 4th anniversary! We are so honoured and thankful for all of the continued support from our fans, and we hope to continue to deliver you with the content that you love and deserve. A more in depth birthday post is certainly on the way....you know we never miss a chance to celebrate!
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JK Rowling Announces New Harry Potter Spin-Off Film Series
Posted by Victoria - 12 Sep 2013
Today is the day that we have all been waiting for - the continuation of our beloved Harry Potter series! This morning Warner Bros. and JK Rowling made the official announcement that a new Harry Potter spin-off film is in the works, based off of JK Rowling's companion novel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latter was released in 2001 as an encyclopedia of magical creatures in the HP series, based off of a textbook by Rolf Scamander in the book series.

On her Facebook page, Jo revealed: "It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of 'Fantastic Beasts', realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood. As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros." Clearly, Jo has a very specific idea for this film and words cannot describe our excitement to see her take this on.

As far as the film's plot, Jo went on to briefly describe the setting, characters, and events, she has in mind. Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway." From this information, we can assume that the film will begin in the 1920's (Harry's story was set in the 90's, and if this is seventy years prior...) As Scamander was born in 1897, this should mean that he is between 23-33 years-old in the film, or at least at the beginning of it.

Time Entertainment has also done their research, and from their article at this link, we also know a bit more about Rolf and his life. "We know that Scamander began work on Fantastic Beasts in 1918, so it took him nine years of work and travel to get the book together; that alone could furnish more than enough material for a movie. But even beyond that, Scamander’s life was a pretty eventful one. He married a woman named Porpentina, about whom we have little information, but surely the movie will give us more (we do know that their grandson Rolf will go on to marry Luna Lovegood). Scamander was the creator of the Werewolf Registry in 1947, presumably in response to some lycanthrope-related crisis, and the 1965 Ban on Experimental Breeding, which put an end to the creation of new magical species, though he would have been in his late 60s by then. Scamander was also involved with the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau, which must hold tempting possibilities for Rowling the screenwriter: there are 10 species of dragon in all, and some of which we’ve never seen on screen ... Along with all the rest of it, Scamander put in some time as headmaster of Hogwarts. In fact he’s already made a few cameos in the movies—his portrait hangs in Dumbledore’s study—and in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, his name is glimpsed fleetingly on the Marauder’s Map. Though he’s supposed to have died in the early 1990’s, so that may just have been his ghost."

Other than any of this, we don't have many details as per the actual production of the film - projected release, director, etc. Rowling will screenwrite, and Warner Bros. will distribute, and many fans have suggested that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron throw his hat in the ring for director. We personnally are big supporters for Alfonso's participation. We even discussed the prospect with Devon Murray (the actor who portrayed Seamus Finnigan) over Twitter. His take? @TheHPFan Love that idea if its to be a bit darker. Or if on the lighter more magical side it would have to be Chris.

TheHPFan will continue with updates on this massive project, so keep checking back. Until then, we can only dream of the casting, premieres, announcements, and more, that are finally coming once again!
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Bloomsbury to Launch New Adult Editions of Harry Potter Books
Posted by Victoria - 01 Jul 2013
Bloomsbury, the UK publishers of the Harry Potter novels, has just announced the launch of new cover art for the existing adult editions of the HP books. So far, the cover art by artist Andrew Davidson, has been released for the first three novels in the series - The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban. These three jackets will be available as of July 18th, 2013, to be followed by the release of jackets for books four and five on August 15th, and six and seven on September 26th. A collective box set of all seven new adult editions, will be launched in October.

About the designs, artist Andrew Davidson said, “I wanted the illustrations to feel as if they had come from the pages of an old book, taken from the library at Hogwarts.” Val Brathwaite, Bloomsbury Children’s Design Director, added: “We had discussed Andrew Davidson’s work on previous occasions, thinking that his beautiful woodcuts would be perfect for a more sophisticated, rendition of the scenes. The overall impression was to create a harmony between the illustration, type and the bright colours, to give a contemporary look with a classic appeal.

The new jackets can be found on the new Bloomsbury Harry Potter books Facebook page, at this link.
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Win it! Harry Potter & Dumbledore Exclusive Box Set
Posted by Victoria - 19 Jun 2013


NECA is giving you the opportunity to win an exclusive collectable Harry Potter figurine box set, this week only on their website. Along with this prize, the winner will also receive a set of Hogwarts crest magnets.

To enter the contest, please visit their website. The giveaway will end after this week, and is free to enter.
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We're Back! Site Updates & Info
Posted by Victoria - 12 Jun 2013
TheHPFan would like to apologize for our lengthy absence from the site... it has been since mid-April, and we feel as though we have let you all down! Unfortunately, my schedule with school and extra curricular, as well as other stresses, has made it very challenging to keep up with daily updates on the site, as we also have not heard from our other staffers in many, many months and the pressure of updating has fallen entirely on my shoulders. We will hopefully be fixing this soon, but in the meantime, we have a few quick updates to let you guys know about!

Project Emma Update: During the recent increase of press surrounding Emma Watson and the release of her latest project, The Bling Ring, TheHPFan.com once again contacted the actress' representatives to potentially arrange an interview for our website. Unfortunately, the contact was dealt with too late, and Emma has now changed her focus to her studies, as she enters her final semester at university. Although we will not be interviewing her for the time being, we thank her publicists for their perpetual kindness and enthusiasm, and wish her the best of luck for finishing up school! Way to go, Emma! To read more about TheHPFan.com's interviews and involvements with Emma and the rest of the cast, click here.

General News Blog Updates: Obviously as we outlined above, updating the site has become very challenging to keep on top of, so as we work out some of these difficulties, we will be changing up how our blog works. In stead of posting 1-3 articles per day with the latest news on the Harry Potter cast, crew, fandom, JK Rowling, etc., we will be doing weekly news round-ups, synthesizing and compiling all of the important news at the end of each week. This not only lowers our stresses, it also makes it easier for you to find all of the Harry Potter news you need, in one place, at one time, regularly. We will of course be posting the occasional "breaking news" pieces separately when massive, exciting events or stories come about. You can also keep up to date with us (and talk to us - we LOVE getting tweets from you guys and always retweet, follow back, and/or respond) on our Twitter - @TheHPFan.
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