Back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a new movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Afgelopen week is het filmen van Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them begonnen in Engeland: het begin van een nieuwe trilogie over de magische wereld van Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling, auteur van de Harry Potter boekenreeks, maakt hierbij haar debuut als scenarioschrijfster en schreef zelf het script gebaseerd op haar gelijknamige boek Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Het verhaal speelt zich zeventig jaar voor Harry Potter af in de wereld van muggles, magie en Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Academy Award winnaar Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) speelt de magie-zoöloog Newt Scamander die op onderzoek uit gaat naar magische dieren, zoals de Hippogriff, Flobberworm en Kappa. Hij verzamelt zijn bevindingen in een boek, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, dat later verplichte literatuur zal worden in het eerste jaar op Hogwarts.

De film wordt geregisseerd door David Yates, die eerder Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tot en met de laatste film uit de reeks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, regisseerde.

De film zal 17 november 2016 in de bioscopen te zien zijn.

Bron: BusinessWire

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Last week, the principal photography of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has started in England: the beginning of a new trilogy about the magical world of Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, mades her debute as screenwriter. Rowling wrote the screenplay herself based on her book with the same name Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The story begins 70 years before Harry Potter in the world of muggles, magic and Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) plays the magizoologist Newt Scamander who researches magical beasts, like the Hippogriff, Flobberworm and Kappa. He publishes his findings in his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwhich will be mandatory literature in Hogwarts first year.

The movie will be directed by David Yates, who also directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The movie will be in theaters on 17 November 2016.

Source: BusinessWire

Part 2: The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest | The most excited e-mail of my life

This blog is part two of my journal about my unexpected journey to New Zealand, as winner of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest!

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On the 3rd of October I got the most excited e-mail of my life: I was the potential winner of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest in Holland! Wait, what… potential winner? What doest that mean?

I was at work when I received the e-mail. My colleagues probably thought I sufferd from a stroke when I tried to tell them the news. They didn’t believe it (neither did I yet), so we all gathered around my desk, reading the e-mail about being a ‘potential winner’. The organisation had to make sure me and my guest met their entry requirements. So like our lives depended on it, we rushed to fill in forms, get our passports (we only had an identification card with which you cannot travel outside of Europe) and an ESTA, all within three days!

Meanwhile on Twitter, #Hobbitfancontest went mad! It was known that 75 winners got a message and how many winners each country had (only one from Holland… a.k.a. me!). People were dying from anticipation (figuratively speaking), but we weren’t allowed to talk about it yet! Finally on the 23rd of October it was official: we were going on an adventure to real Middle-earth, New Zealand! I was so relieved! And we received a lovely postcard from Sir Peter Jackson himself.

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A postcard from Peter Jackson

The winners from over the whole world found each other on Facebook and a secret group was created. It was so nice to speak with everyone about the contest, to see all of their videos and get to know each other better. Only seven days left and we would really see each other!

We got even more excited when we got the initerary! We could not believe what Warner Bros, Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand had planned for us: visiting Hobbiton and other filming locations across New Zealand, visiting Weta workshop and of course, meeting Sir Peter Jackson at the private screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Wellington!

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The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Initerary

This was kind of my reaction:

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I still couldn’t believe that this was happing. But I better start believing, because on October 31st me and my lucky boyfriend got up at 5.00AM to get to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. We travelled from Amsterdam to London, from London to Los Angeles and from Los Angeles to Auckland. A 25 hour flight to the other side of the world. We got closer and closer to Middle-earth. During our flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, we travelled with Air New Zealand, it’s lovely crew and the most epic safety video ever made in the style of Middle-earth, which they show on every flight.

The time difference between Holland and New Zealand is precisely 12 hours (for us the New Zealanders live in the future), so I felt a bit like a time traveller and had no idea which day it was. But according to our initerary, we arrived on Sunday the 2nd of November at 7.00AM in Auckland, New Zealand! Our journey to Middle-earth was about to begin.

Read about day one of our unexpected journey to Middle-earth in my next blog!

“If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.” – Samwise Gamgee, (FOTR)