‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is coming to the U.S.

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LOS ANGELES — Happy almost holidays, No-Majs. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, is scheduled for a Spring 2018 New York City debut.

The two-part show, which debuted in July 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre, is ironing out the details to move to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre when it finishes its run in the UK.

Pricing for the New York City show has yet to be disclosed, but the show’s stage producer hinted in a statement that low-priced options would be available. 

Many in the UK have complained about the availability of low-priced tickets, with eager theater-goers forced to pay higher prices.  Read more…

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Tilda Swinton reveals why she doesn’t like the ‘Harry Potter’ films

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LONDON — You don’t meet many people who dislike Harry Potter. Most either love the franchise or are indifferent to it. But it does have its critics.

Tilda Swinton might be one of the biggest.

The British actress mentioned her dislike of the films in a recent interview with The Scots Magazine

When talking about her own school experience — she attended London’s West Heath Boarding School— she described it as “a very lonely and isolating environment”.

The experience seems to have put her off J.K. Rowling’s depiction of Hogwarts. Read more…

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Syrian girl who received Harry Potter books is ‘trapped’ after bombing

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The Syrian girl who was sent a Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling has been displaced in Aleppo along with her mother after her house was destroyed by bombing. 

Talking to Mashable via direct message on Twitter, Bana Alabed said they’re still trapped in the rebel-held areas in the eastern part of the city 

“Still inside, we can’t escape. If we go to regime side, they will kill us. We received many death threats,” she said. “We’re just waiting. We’re together.”

Earlier, the 7-year-old tweeted a picture of her house reduced to rubble:  Read more…

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I love you J.K. Rowling, but ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is not ‘affordable’

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LONDON — Back in October 2015, I was one of thousands of Harry Potter fans who joined the eager online queue for Cursed Child tickets.

The whole process was exciting and incredibly frustrating. In the end it took four-and-a-half hours, I was booted out of the system once and had to rejoin the queue in 17,742nd spot, and when I finally did get tickets I was so deliriously excited I barely registered the fact I’d just spent £240 for two seats that came with a “view may be partially restricted” warning. Read more…

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Syrian girl thanks J.K. Rowling for her ‘Harry Potter’ books

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It’s been a series of magical moments for Bana Alabed. 

The 7-year-old girl who has been tweeting from a war zone in Aleppo, Syria is now able to escape into the magical world of Harry Potter, thanks to a gift from the author herself.

On Thursday, Bana’s account, which is run by her mother Fatemah, shared a video of her thanking the author for sending copies of the books. 

“My friend, Joanne, how are you? I started reading the books. Thank you very much. I love you,” Alabed said in a video, showing the cover of the Philosopher’s Stone on a phone.   Read more…

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