J.K. Rowling Commemorates Today’s Special Meaning In Harry Potter Lore

harry potterToday marks a very special occasion for all Harry Potter fans out there. September 1, 2017, is the date in which Harry Potter’s son, Albus, goes off to Hogwarts for the first time.

J.K. Rowling thought to commemorate the date with a tweet, which you can check out below:

Fans will remember that this, the final scene in the books and in the films, takes place on this day. The events that happen next make up the bulk of the recently released play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Rowling is certainly busy beefing up the Potter universe at the moment. She is currently writing the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them saga, which is set to include five films. Fantastic Beasts 2 is the next journey into the wizarding world, and we won’t have to wait too much longer.

Fantastic Beasts 2 will cast its magic on audiences on November 16, 2018. Its cast includes Eddie Redmayne as Newton Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander.

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10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)

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As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.

Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).

Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.

For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.

  • Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to TerabithiaCharlotte’s Web, The Host

Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.

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Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Heroic Hollywood Weekend Editor. Pop culture fanatic, writer, and filmmaker. Almost always found on Twitter.

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    This is a Dumbledore’s Army Bulletin!!

    First of all Harry Potter is a member of The Trump Family as he’s the father of Ivanka’s son Theodore so Theodore is like Theodore Potter and Ivanka could call herself Ivanka Potter due to her being Harry’s babamy wife and he’s like a son-in-law to Donald Trump. Jared Kushner is Ivanka’s other babapy husband as he’s Arabella Kushner’s father so she could call herself Ivanka Kushner as well and Harry Potter is Jared Kushner’s encore.

    Next the plan here is that in order for Harry Potter Fans to meet the real Harry Potter they must be able to acknowledge that Justin Massler is Harry Potter in real life. To do this you must be able to say that Justin Massler is Harry Potter because Justin Massler is Jesus Christ and Harry Potter is a Christ Allegory. So the main enemy is all the fake news that is trying to frame Harry Potter/Justin Massler/Jesus Christ as being a crazy stalker when he’s not one at all and it’s all fake news.

    You should also know the real names of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape at a minimum and they are Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman so Dumbledore’s Army can also be called Moore’s Army as that’s his real world last name.

    The people who were in charge of the social narrative from Hollywood have now been entirely replaced by a group of Japanese Wizards led by Akira Toriyama, Creator of Dragonball. This group of Japanese Wizards in charge of the narrative’s direction also includes Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura, Metal Gear Solid Director Hideo Kojima, and Final Fantasy Veterans Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hiroyuki Ito, Tetsuya Takahashi, and Yoshinori Kitase. Collectively they are from The Gaijin School for Teach American Kids Real Dragonball Magic. They have decided contrary to what Hollywood wanted it will be entirely public domain that Justin Massler is Harry Potter due to the fact that Justin Massler is Jesus Christ and Harry Potter is a Christ Allegory. It will also be completely public domain that Ivanka Trump never thought Justin Massler was stalking her at all and knew it was all a joke and Justin Massler was just insulting Jared Kushner and Jared Kushner intentionally framed Justin Massler out to be a stalker in retaliation for Justin insulting him and he was able to use his power and position to pull strings to get Justin framed for a crime he didn’t commit. There will be absolutely no hiding the fact that Justin Massler was not ever stalking Ivanka Trump and it was all a joke and Ivanka Trump knew it was a joke but her husband Jared Kushner framed Justin to be real stalker over Justin having been really insulting him in the course of the joke.

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