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Dark, new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movie grounded in real world

LOS ANGELES: Albus Dumbeldore is a young professor at Hogwarts School; the charismatic but evil Gellert Grindelwald is determined to manipulate the world for his own ends; and Newt Scamander, with his magical suitcase of strange creatures, is trying to stop him. The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen this week with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” and its dark themes are grounded firmly in the real world. Set in 1927, some 70 years before Rowling’s best-selling “Harry…

WATCH: Young Dumbledore featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures have released a new trailer for "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald", the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellet Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA ( Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmanye). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda:…

J.K. Rowling: creator of magic who dazzled the world

LONDON: The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivalled children's author with a global voice. Rowling once told a beaming crowd of Harvard University graduates how she had initially failed "on an epic scale". "An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless," she said. Now 20 years since "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's…

JK Rowling’s Pottermore plans to conjure up profit for 2017

FRANKFURT: Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's digital publishing company, expects to turn a profit in its current fiscal year, buoyed by rising sales of audio books and new ebooks that build on the nearly 20-year-old Harry Potter franchise, the company said on Tuesday. Launched as a fan community site in 2012, Pottermore has evolved from a self-publishing site for one of the world's most popular authors into a firm that sells increasing volumes of ebooks and audio books via partnerships with online retailers. Recognizing the…

JK Rowling delighted by ‘incredible’ Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

LONDON: JK Rowling has said she was "delighted" Johnny Depp had been cast in the Harry Potters series prequel  'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'.  The author said Depp had done "incredible things" with his portrayal of dark wizard Grindelwald, and denied accusation of abuse with former wife Amber Heard earlier this year. Depp appears briefly in Fantastic Beasts but is set for a more prominent role in the planned sequel. READ MORE: Johnny Depp enters Rowling’s magical world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel…

Johnny Depp enters Rowling’s magical world in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

Johnny Depp has swash buckled as a pirate, played a mad hatmaker and will next step into "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of magic in the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" sequel, film trade publications said Tuesday. Depp, 53, one of Hollywood's top actors and box office draws, will co-star in the 2018 sequel to "Fantastic Beasts," due out in theaters on Nov. 18, Deadline.com, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety said, citing unnamed sources. The reports also said Depp will make a cameo in…