Monday, February 29, 2016

Are Your Copies of the Harry Potter Books Worth Any Money?

     Harry Potter fans across the world believe that their books are valuable -- even if it is just to them. However, did you know that you might be in possession of some copies of the Harry Potter books that are worth a lot of money? If you happen to be in possession of first edition copies of the Harry Potter books, you can possibly make thousands of dollars off of your books.

    If you want the specifics: a hardback copy of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (that's the British version, folks, not Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) can be worth $55, 000. One reason that this version of the first book is so sought after by collectors is that the author's name is Joanne Rowling instead of J.K. Rowling, like many of us are so used to seeing.

     If you have a copy of the deluxe version of the Philosopher's Stone, that can make you a pretty penny as well. They have been sold for up to $2, 500. For those of us that own the American version of the book, those are worth a decent amount  of cash as well. First American editions can fetch up to $6, 000 (possibly even more if the books is sign by J.K. Rowling).

     The sequel to the Philospher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, is also worth a bit  of money as well. You can get up to $9, 000 dollars if your copy is in good condition. As for the Prisoner of Azkaban, if it is credited to Joanne Rowling you can get up to $12, 000. As for the fourth book, around that time J.K. Rowling stopped signing books as much, so signed copies can fetch up to $2, 000.

    So Harry Potter fans, if you have a first edition of any of the HP books, take good care of them. They're worth a lot of money. They'll probably be worth a lot more before you know it.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Full Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Has Been Released!

        Harry Potter fans across the world have been on the edge of their seats since the announcement of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Ever since the news of who would play the Golden Trio has been announced, we've all been dying to learn about who else would be taking the stage alongside Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley. The production will include an astounding total of 42 actors.

L-R: John Tiffany, Jamie Parker, Jack Thorne, Noma Dumezweni, Paul Thornley, and J.K. Rowling

Now here comes the part you've been waiting for. Welcome the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko,  Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Bili Keogh, Chipo Kureya, James Le Laucheur, Helena Lymbery, Tom Mackley, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith, Nathaniel Smith, and Joshua Wyatt.

The full cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Seven of these names are the names of child actors who will alternate between roles.  Pottermore has yet to release who these actors will be playing in the upcoming play. Regardless of who is playing who, I'm excited to see how the whole thing unfolds. The play will premiere at London's West End at the Palace Theatre this summer.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Harry Potter Actors' Transformations

        If you've seen the movies enough times, you probably know what all of the main characters look like. However, what you might not know is that several of them were treated kindly by puberty and they look a lot different than you might remember them.

      One of the most famous transformations (one that you probably already know about) is the transformation of Matthew Lewis, the actor who played big-eared, buck-toothed, shy Neville Longbottom. We all remember that in his younger years, he was chubby and cute only in a little kid kind of way. Now, however, you can find Matthew Lewis modeling (half-naked at that) for Attitude magazine.

       Another incredible transformation was that of actor Harry Melling, who played Harry Potter's fat and bully of a cousin Dudley Dursley. These days, the only thing that is big about Harry is his hair. His frame has slimmed down considerably. Harry has gone on to write a play.


     Lastly, another interesting transformation is that of Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ron Weasley's little sister and Harry Potter's love interest. In the movies, she looks pretty plain jane until we reach the end of the series. We see Bonnie go from looking like a little girl to becoming a beautiful woman.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Starbucks is Making Butterbeer?!

      Reading about all of the deliciously magical foods and drinks in the Harry Potter books has made this Harry Potter fan wish that they were real. After all, who wouldn't want to try warming Butterbeer? Fortunately, however, we Muggles now have the opportunity to try Butterbeer. All you have to do is pay a visit to your local Starbucks and they can make you the wizard's favorite beverage.

Luckily, there are two recipes for Starbucks' Butterbeer. One warm, one cold so you can enjoy Butterbeer no matter what time of year it is. If you're looking for something to coo l you down, you will probably want to try the Butterbeer frappe. In case your barista isn't familiar with how to make a Butterbeer frappe, here is what you'll need to tell them:

  • Ask  for a Creme Frappuccino base. Make sure you ask for whole milk because milk with less fat will make your drink the wrong consistency. 
  • Add three pumps of caramel syrup
  • Add three pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle

Voila! You have a refreshing Butterbeer frappe for the hot summer months.

        Since you're not going to want a cold drink during the winter months, I've also found the recipe for a hot Butterbeer latte.

  • Whole milk steamer
  • Add caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Add toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, and 4 for venti)
  • Add cinnamon dolce syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, and 4 for venti)
  • Whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top (or you could even do a creme brulee topping)
  • Optional: add some espresso shots to your drink if you prefer a coffee taste)

Enjoy your Butterbeer and feel like a witch or a wizard -- at least for a few minutes.

Friday, February 19, 2016

How Much Did Harry Really Inherit?

        When Harry Potter was growing up, he was used to hand-me-downs and not having a lot of money. So when young Harry turns eleven and eventually discovers that his parents left him with a large inheritance. As we follow Harry through his years at Hogwarts, we see Harry having plenty of money to purchase his school supplies and everything that he needs to get through his years at school.

     Young Harry even has money to spend money on things that he wants and he even has enough money to spend money on other things. In the movies, we see Harry spending money on his friends, social events, and basically anything that he wants. That leaves many fans wondering this: how much money is in Harry Potter's vault at Gringott's?

      One genius Potterhead went through the trouble of trying to calculate at least the bare minimum of what Harry's galleons could have costed in American dollars. If this gives you any idea of how much money Harry has: When Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, he won about 1000 galleons. In American money, that's about $25, 000. Harry lent the twins $25, 000 to start their joke shop.

      A Reddit user called NeokratosRed used their impressive mathematical skills to calculate that there's a bare minimum of 50, 625 galleons in Harry's vault. Since we know that each galleon is worth $25, so the minimum amount of money in Harry's vault is is $1, 265, 625.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Harry Potter Fan Creates a Working Weasley Clock

      In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Weasley family has a famous clock sitting in their home. While most clocks tell you the time, the Weasley's clock tells you the location of each family member. For years, this clock only existed in the books and the movies. However, a Harry Potter fan has made this clock real!

The real life version of the Weasley's clock

     This clock was made real by Duke University student Trey Bagley. Bagley went and bought an antique clock and then got to work creating a remake of the Weasley's clock  for his own family. He began drawing out vector patterns and began working with a friend who is familiar with Illustrator.

    Inside the body of the clock, Bagley put and Internet of Things development hardware kit called Particle Proton. He then connected it to an addressable LED strip. Lastly, he used the task automater If This Then That to set location-based rules for each member of his family.

      The clock hands represent Bagley and his family members. They light up to show which family members are home, at work, on the way, forest, and mortal peril.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 Facts That You Didn't Know About Harry Potter

     Those of us who have read the Harry Potter books and seen the movies countless times are probably a little bit cocky about how much we know about Harry Potter. Today, however, you will learn ten interesting facts about the Harry Potter series that you probably didn't know.

Harry and Lord Voldemort are Related
         One fact that you may not have been familiar with is this: Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort are related, although not closely. They are related through Ignotus Peverell (one of the Three Brothers from  The Tales of Beedle the Bard) and Salazar Slytherin.

The Original Snitch Was a Bird
      When Quidditch was first played, the golden snitch was originally a bird called a Snidget. However, because many wizards found it cruel that a live animal was being used for sport, the golden snitch was created by a wizard named Boman Wright.

The Epilogue in the Deathly Hallows Almost Went Quite Differently
    J.K. Rowling has admitted that the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows almost went quite differently. Rowling considered putting Dudley in the epilogue with a magical child. However, Rowling decided that a magical child could not have been produced by Dudley due to Vernon Dursley's DNA.

The Troll Scene Was Almost Cut
     The troll scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was almost cut from the book entirely. Although Rowling's editor suggested that the scene be cut,  J.K. Rowling insisted that the scene stayed in the book. She insisted that Hermione would have to do something extraordinary to redeem herself in Ron's and Harry's eyes because she had been so annoying before this scene.

Hagrid is Based on a Real Person
     Another interesting fact is that our favorite lovable half-giant was based on an actual person. When J.K. Rowling was nineteen, she met a "huge and terrifying" Hell's Angel biker at a pub in England. He had spoken to her about how his petunias hadn't done very well that year. Rubeus Hagrid is based off that man.

The Marauder's Map Was Stolen From Harry
      People often wonder if any of Harry's children got their hands on the Marauder's Map while they were attending Hogwarts. HP fans will be delighted to hear that young James Potter stole the map from his father's desk. The tradition of trouble-making Potters lives on.

Ron Weasley Originally Swore a Lot
      In the original copies of the Harry Potter books, Ron Weasley swore a lot. (This isn't very surprising considering that the books hinted at the fact that Ron swore frequently). However, J.K. Rowling's editors decided that wouldn't be a good idea since the book was being marketed to children.

Voldemort Was Incapable of Loving
       Another interesting fact is this: Lord Voldemort was incapable of loving. This is because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion.

Fred and George Bewitched Snowballs to Hit Quirrell's Turban
      In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the twins bewitch some snowballs to hit that back of Professor Quirrell's head. This in itself is pretty funny. However, this scene becomes absolutely hilarious when you realize that Lord Voldemort's face is in the spot where the snowballs were hitting.

Dumbledore Was Gay and He Had a Crush On...
     We've all known for years that Dumbledore was gay. However, what you might not know is that Dumbledore had a crush on his good friend (at the time) Gellert Grindelwald. This makes me wonder... Was this big fight a lover's quarrel?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Actors You Didn't Know Were in Harry Potter

      When Harry Potter actors come to mind, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are some of the first names that come to mind. But did you know that there are quite a few well-known actors who got their start in the Harry Potter series?

Scarlett Byrne 
       We're all familiar with the girl who played Draco Malfoy's little girlfriend in the Harry Potter series, Pansy Parkinson. She was played by the actress Scarlett Byrne. Today she is more well-known as Nora Hildegard in The Vampire Diaries.

John Cleese
      Although actor John Cleese didn't get his start in the Harry Potter movies, many of us who are familiar with him didn't recognize him when he played our favorite Hogwarts ghost, Nearly Headless Nick. This actor is most famous for his sketch work in the world famous Monty Python.

Luke Youngblood
     None of us can forget cheeky Lee Jordan who was played by Like Youngblood. After his time acting in the Harry Potter series, this actor went on to play Magnitude in Community.

Julianne Hough
     Did you know that Julianne Hough made a brief appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? She played an unnamed Gryffindor student. However, she is most well-known for being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Recently she went on to play Sandy in Grease.

Domhnall Gleeson
      All of us remember Domhnall Gleeson for his role as Bill Weasley in the last Harry Potter movie. However, you might recognize him as General Hux in the newest Star Wars movie.

David Tennant
     David Tennant played the creepy Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. However, he really made a name for himself by playing the ninth doctor in Doctor Who. More recently,  he had parts in Jessica Jones and Broadchurch. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Favorite Non-Trio Harry Potter Characters

      Everyone loves the Trio. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley are names that people throughout the world are familiar with. But other characters from the Harry Potter series deserve some attention too. Today I'll be talking about a few of my favorite characters and why they're my favorite.

Ginny Weasley
      One of my all-time favorite characters is undoubtedly Ginny Weasley. Once she gets over her initial shyness around Harry, we found out that Ginny is actually a really badass character. Not only is she capable of defending herself due to the fact that she grew up around a hoard of boys, but emotionally she is also a strong character. As we see after Harry breaks off his relationship with her, she doesn't mope about and wonder why Harry doesn't want her. Instead, she understands his point of view and fights the good fight while Harry and the rest of the Trio are off destroying Horcruxes.

Neville Longbottom
     Now, I'll be honest, I didn't pay much attention to Neville until OotP. But as we soon find out, there's so much more Neville than meets the eye. With some practice, he learns to cast spells well and he even goes on to perform some pretty advanced magic. During the last book, we see Neville leading the old D.A. group to keep Hogwarts and his friends safe.

Luna Lovegood
     Lastly, another one of my favorite characters is undoubtedly Luna Lovegood. In my opinion, the movies didn't do her justice at all. Not only was Luna lovably weird, but she was also smart and brave. She always did what she thought was right even if others didn't quite see it her way. She was also very brave when she was kidnapped by Death Eaters and locked away in a basement. Luna also had a great way of looking at things too. If she was in a difficult situation, she always found the bright side of things.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Official Announcement of an EIGHTH Harry Potter Book

        Yes, Harry Potter fans, you read that right. J.K. Rowling has announced that a new Harry Potter book is in the works. If you've read any od my previous blogs, you knew that this has been a possibility for a while now. Because so many Harry Potter fans can't make it all the way to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being performed, it has been decided that the play will be turned into a book.

     The book will be a two-parter. It will be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016. This book, however, will not be written by JKR. It is written by playwright Jack Thorne, who wrote the script based on an original short story by JKR. The story takes place nineteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this story, Harry Potter is an overworked Ministry employee who is married to Ginny Weasley. They are married and have three children together. The story focuses on young Albus Potter who is having issues dealing with a family legacy he never wanted.

     I personally am so f-bomb stoked about this news. I'm one of those Harry Potter nerds that didn't know what to do with all their time once the final book and movie was released. Not only do I have Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to look forward to, but I also get to look forward to the newest book this summer. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Harry Potter Facts You Probably Didn't Know

     For Harry Potter fans who have re-watched the movies and re-read the books a thousand times, there is honestly not a lot about Harry Potter that we don't know. Because of that, we are constantly looking around for more new and exciting Harry Potter facts.

Why Did Snape Hate Neville?
      Anyone who has read the books or seen the movies will know that Snape did not like Neville. He always went out of his way to give Neville a hard time. Why is that? It is because Snape knew what the prophecy concerning Harry said. Snape knew that Neville could have been the Chosen One. Snape resented Neville for not being the Chosen One because if he had been, Lily would still be alive.

Harry Lost His Ability to Speak Parseltongue 
         During Harry's second year at Hogwarts, we discover that Harry can speak snake language. In the later books, we found out that this is because Harry himself is a Horcrux and that is why he and Voldemort share so many similarities. However, after the seventh book, when the Horcrux inside Harry is destoryed, he loses his ability to communicate with snakes.

OotP Could Have Been Very Different
     We all know who dies in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What we didn't know, however, is that this HP installment could have gone very differently. Instead of killing off Sirius, J.K. Rowling had considered killing off Arthur Weasley instead. However, J.K. decided against this because the death of Ron's father would have darkened his character and caused the Trio to collapse.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Top 3 Scenes That We All Wish Had Been in the Movies

Basically All of Ginny's Humorous Scenes
      Let's be honest here, the Harry Potter movies did an awful fucking job of representing Ginny. If you haven't read the books, you basically just see Ginny tagging along with her siblings sometimes and being a bothersome little sister. However, if you've taken the time to read the books, you know that Ginny Weasley is a totally rad character. She's funny, got a fiery temper, can cast one hell of a bat bogey hex, and she's a stunner.

      As you probably remember, Winky was Barty Crouch Sr.'s house elf. She played a big part in GoF, but she was totally cut from the movie, as was Dobby. Not  only do we miss seeing Dobby and Winky's amusing interactions with one another, but we also miss the part where she is accused of casting the Dark Mark.

The Riddles
      During Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore and Harry observe a memory where we visit the House of Gaunt. Here we meet the grandfather, uncle, and mother of Lord Voldemort. In this memory, we learn a lot of important things about Voldemort's family. In later memories (which were also cut from the film), we also learn about Lord Voldemort's father as well.

      These are just a few of the many scenes that all of us wish had taken place in the movies. In my opinion, more of the movies should have been split into two parts because there really are some important things from the books that was totally cut from the movies.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Some of the Funniest Harry Potter-Related Posts

      Any Harry Potter fan who has a Tumblr knows how intense the Harry Potter fandom can get on that website. If you're looking for small details from the books or movies that you missed, awesome fan theories, or the funniest memes and GIFs on the Internet, then Tumblr is the place for you.

     I've gone through countless memes, GIFs, and Tumblr posts to find some of my favorite funny Harry Potter posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

       Like many American Harry Potter fans, the fact that they changed the Philosopher's Stone to the Socerer's Stone was, to put it frankly, ridiculous. Hopefully this Tumblr post at least makes you giggle a bit.

This post combined my two favorite things in the world: Harry Potter and Mean Girls.

A question all of us are dying to know the answer to...

This post is absolutely gold and one of my top five. 

The Darkest wizard of all time couldn't even manage to kill an infant. Fucking useless wizards are, I tell you....

If anyone was wondering, Harry Potter fanfiction actually does get that weird.

In case you were wondering which houses have their priorities in order...

little blonde lesbian from the snake house.

As you can see, there is some absolute gold floating around on Tumblr. It's definitely worth taking the time to investigate all of the Harry Potter information laying around on Tumblr. I personally love to take some time to investigate all of the awesome posts laying around. As a Harry Potter fan, I've learned stuff that I didn't know about the series from other Tumblr users.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- The Book?

     Anyone who still even half way follows the news in the Potter fandom knows that the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being produced. Although we're all very excited about the play, what about those of us that can't make it all the way to London to see the play in person? Never fear, Harry Potter fans, news has been released that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being turned into a book!

The Rowling Library had this to say on the matter:

"And there seems to be good news now. Our sources have informed [us] that at least two publishers are trying to get the rights to publish the script play. Remember, it is not […] J.K. Rowling’s work, given the play is written by Jack Thorne, and he will probably be listed as the author – which is an important fact to be considered in the negotiations.
This is all we know so far – but two publishers negotiating to get the publishing rights is a good sign and almost a confirmation that we will have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child published as a book.
We have been asked to keep the name of the publishers to ourselves."
       As for my personal opinion on the matter? I am personally so excited that I can barely contain myself as I write this. Hopefully everything goes through and those of us who don't live in England will have the opportunity to see where Harry, Hermione, and Ron are as adults. Not only will this allow us to see where their careers have taken them, but it will also give you some idea of how married life is working out for Ginny and Harry as well as Hermione and Ron. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Top 5 Things That Every Harry Potter Fan Must Own

      As a true Harry Potter fan, you've obviously read all of the books and watched all of the movies -- several times. Although you may own the books and the movies, there are a few things that every HP fanatic just needs.

Back-Up Copies of the Movies and Books

      If you're serious about Harry Potter, you definitely need a back-up copies of the movies and books. You never know when a DVD is going to break or a friend neglects to return a book. Not to mention that those of us that have first editions of the HP books want to keep them in mint condition. Having back-up books can give you the books to read while keeping your first editions safe.

A Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

    Yes, ladies and gents, even us Muggles can obtain a Hogwarts acceptance letter for a small charge. Show off your acceptance letter by framing it and hanging it on your wall or maybe you're considering this as a gift for someone else. Regardless of your reasons for purchasing, just do it. It will be the most cherished piece of Harry Potter memorabilia. If you really want to get into the spirit Harry and Ginny's wedding invitation and a ticket for the Hogwarts express are also available.

A Wand

      Something else that every HP fan needs is a wand. After all, what is a wizard without one? You can always browse the internet for an original wand; however, if you want to feel more like a witch or wizard from Harry Potter, you could always purchase a replica wand. The cool thing about the replica wants is that a.) they come in a fancy box just like they did at Ollivander's and b.) the detail put into them is so much like the wands from the movies that you really will feel like a proper witch or wizard.

A Marauder's Map

       What is the magical mischief-maker without a copy of the marauder's map? Any HP fan would be stoked about this map because of the detail put into it. It is even made of actual parchment paper. You can even purchase a display case for your marauder's map so you can show off your map to your friends.

Merch With Your House Crest on It

      Anyone who is a regular on Pottermore has probably taken the time to get themselves sorted. Of course, being a proud member of your house, you probably want to get some merchandise with your house crest on it. From shirts to robes to scarves, no matter what you're wearing you will display your house spirit proudly while piquing the curiosity of fellow HP fans.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Casting Debate

       All of us have been screaming with anticipation since J.K. Rowling announced that the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was being produced. We get to see our favorite trio return again -- this time as adults. However, as you probably know if you've been following the news about the play, there as been some backlash about the casting.

     The character Hermione Granger has already been cast and she will be played by black actress Noma Dumezweni. Many Harry Potter fans were delighted at the fact that there would be a person of color portraying their favorite bushy-haired girl. However, there were also many fans who did not like the fact that Hermione would be played by a black actress. In fact, there were many things said about the casting choice on Twitter, such as:

"Hermione is white. I will not stand by whilst the PC police and cultural Marxists try to erase white female heros." - @TheSamGrady

"I'm offended by the casting of #CURSEDCHILD hermione is a white character. we may not make POC characters white so white should not be POC." - @1006michelle


     Although there were many that did not agree, there were also many that were excited at the prospect of a black Hermione. In fact, many of the original Harry Potter actors spoke up in support of the new Hermione. J.K. Rowling had this to say on the matter:

"Canon: Brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione." - J.K. Rowling.

     As for my opinion on this? Who cares what color Hermione is? Yes, a white girl played her first. Because of that, many of us think of Hermione as being white. However, as J.K. said, there was nothing in the books that said that Hermione was white. It's nice to see more people of color being represented in the world of Harry Potter. As long as she's a good actress, the color of her skin shouldn't matter.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

      All of us Harry Potter fans have been sitting on the edge of our since since news was released that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was being made into a film. For you Harry Potter fans who haven't had the opportunity to read the book, it is exactly what you would expect: a real-life version of the textbooks from the Harry Potter series. Learn what and manticore eats, what a puffskein is, and ehy you shouldn't leave milk out for a knarl.

      The movie, however, is going to be quite different than the book. The film focuses on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). It follows him as he visits the United States to meet an important American official. Newt Scamander's brief case, which is filled with magical creatures and their habitats, bursts open. This is bad news because it sends American authorities after him and alerts the extremist magic-hating organization, the New Salem Philanthropic Society of his presence. Because of this, violence, fear, and tension is present between witches and wizards and their non-magical counterparts. This is the first of three films.

     I personally am very excited about this movie. Eddie Redmayne is a fabulous actor and I think he can really bring the character Newt Scamander to life. It's also pretty exciting that his character will be visiting the United States. It will be interesting to see how American witches and wizards differ from British ones. I'm also interested in the New Salem Philanthropic Society. I hope they add in enough information about it to make it interesting. It's also going to be interesting to see what the wizrding world was like before Harry Potter.