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Take a virtual tour of the Diagon Alley set from ‘Harry Potter’

(WHAS11 News) – The Street View feature on Google Maps has come a long way since it was unveiled internationally in 2008. Users can view panoramic landscapes, 360-degree angles of  iconic locations and get view-by-view directions.

One of the lesser known features, though, is that some locations are interactive. This feature makes some of the most notable addresses able to be explored from the comfort of the user’s computer chair.

What better way to spend an afternoon than wandering up and down the streets of Diagon Alley from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series? 

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Friday Box Office: ‘Coco,’ ‘Justice League’ And ‘Wonder’ Hold Firm

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This weekend was another quiet one, and not just because of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Over the next two weeks, almost every major studio (Warner Bros.,/Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, STX, Focus Features, Universal/Comcast Corp., etc.) will drop a major new movie into wide or limited release. Of course, opening one of those four trillion newbies this weekend might have stemmed overcrowding, but that just meant that A24 got to treat The Disaster Artist (which expanded into 841 theaters and seems heading for a $6 million debut) as a proverbial new release. It also means solid holds for older movies and one last chance for moviegoers to play catch up before Ferdinand and The Last Jedi kick off the Christmas/Hannukah blitz.

Pixar and Walt Disney’s Coco was the top movie on Friday and it will be the top movie of the weekend for its third and final time. The animated gem earned another $4.272 million (-35%) on Friday for a likely $19m (-31%) weekend and $136.3m 19-day total. It’s catching up to Moana ($4.2m third Friday, $18.5m third weekend) with smaller drops and about equal raw day-to-day numbers. The Walt Disney toon had $144m by the end of weekend four, and is achieving holds comparable to Toy Story 2. If Coco can withstand the return of the Jedi, it has a real shot at ending up just over/under Moana and Toy Story 2‘s respective $245-$248m domestic cumes.

Warner Bros.’ Justice League may end up the biggest-grossing “flop” of all time by the end, but it’s not giving up without a fight. The Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon superhero sequel earned $2.545 million (-44%) on its fourth Friday for a likely $9.6m (-42%) fourth weekend and $212.1m 24-day total. That fourth-weekend hold is comparable to Man of Steel (-45%), Suicide Squad (-41%) and Wonder Woman (-39%), while it’s still ahead of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in terms of holds and raw numbers. Had this movie opened bigger, these legs would be exactly what WB was hoping for when it slotted the Super Friends movie in the pre-Thanksgiving slot.

Lionsgate’s Wonder actually added 70 theaters in its fourth weekend and earned around $2.53 million (-30%), setting the stage for an $8.6m (-29%) fourth Fri-Sun frame and a 24-day total just over $100m. You know, if Lionsgate could have just waited until Monday to cross $100m they would have gotten their own post. But now they may have to settle a Sunday morning headline. Nonetheless, the Jacob Tremblay/Julia Roberts/Owen Wilson drama is Lionsgate’s biggest domestic offering since La La Land back in late 2016, and it’s possible (if not yet probable) that this $20m heartwarmer will challenge that film’s $151m domestic total for the title of Lionsgate’s biggest non-Twilight/Hunger Games release.

Walt Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok earned another $1.676 million (-36%) on its sixth Friday for a likely $6.3m (-36%) weekend and $301m domestic cume. Again, if Walt Disney could have just waited until Monday or Tuesday, they would have gotten their own post out of the $300m+ milestone, but now they’ll have to share the headline with Wonder. I’m sure they are devastated as they preemptively count their Star Wars and Infinity War bucks, but it’s the little things, right? Nonetheless, it’s already MCU’s third “no Tony Stark” $300m+ grosser after the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 grossed around $1.586 million (-26%) on its fifth Friday as the family-friendly comedy has kept pace with Fox’s adult-skewing Murder on the Orient Express ($1.51m/-26% on Friday). The comedy sequel should make $5.75m (-24%) for the fifth weekend bringing its cume to $91m, while the murder mystery will earn $5m (-26%) for a new $92.6m domestic total. Skipping around a moment, Sony’s The Star earned $800k on Friday (-10%) for a likely $3.6m (-12%) fourth weekend and $32.2m 24-day total. The faith-based toon has already tripled its opening weekend and should hang in there at least through Christmas, so mission: accomplished on that score.

The late-breaking Oscar season is finally kicking into gear, and that makes sense as the movies are starting to be better (and more crowd-pleasing) as we head into the next lap. Shape of Water expanded into 41 theaters for what may be a $30k per-theater average, but I’ll go into that in the “new releases” post. A24’s Lady Bird earned around $1.015 million on Friday while expanding to 1,557 theaters and should make $3.6m (-16%) in its sixth weekend for a $22.33m domestic total. It’ll easily become the studio’s biggest domestic grosser right around the time it earns its 200th positive Rotten Tomatoes review to continue its 1.00 batting average. Now if everyone who (justifiably) loves Lady Bird could spend that $4 to rent Edge of Seventeen, that would be a win/win.

Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri expanded into 1,620 theaters in its fifth weekend and earned $835,000 (-39%) on Friday. The crowd-pleasing (and yet quite raw) Francis McDormand drama should earn around $2.86m (-35%) for the weekend to give it an $18.3m 31-day domestic total. It’ll eventually pass Gifted ($24m) to become Fox Searchlight’s biggest 2017 release, and it’ll be their biggest grosser since at least Brooklyn two years ago. Not to get melodramatic, but I am beyond thrilled that movies like Lady Bird and Three Billboards are kicking butt in this current theatrical environment. I’ve long been at a point where I fear for any movie that isn’t a tentpole-ish offering, so this is music to my ears.

Focus Features’ The Darkest Hour expanded to 53 theaters this weekend and earned $224,000 (+819%) on Friday. The Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill biopic should gross $770k (+611%) in its third weekend for a $14k per-theater-average and a $1.38m 19-day total. Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name expanded to nine theaters (including one well-within convenient driving distance, so that’s on my to-do list next week) in its third weekend. The acclaimed/buzzy/award-winning romantic drama earned around $84k (+8%) on Friday for a likely $300k (+2%) weekend. That’ll give the film a $33k per-theater-average and a $1.381m 17-day total. Finally, Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel expanded to 47 theaters and continued to not do very well at all. The poorly-reviewed Amazon release earned around $44k (+19%) on Friday for a likely $145k (+15%) weekend. That means a $3.1k per-theater-average and a $311k ten-day cume.

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Amber Heard supports JK Rowling on Johnny’s Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ casting

Actor Amber Heard has defended her former husband Johnny Depp’s casting in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”, saying she hopes the Hollywood star does well in his future endervours.

Heard’s statement comes after author J.K. Rowling, who is penning the script for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, defended Depp, as a lot of fans questioned his casting following domestic violence allegations made by the 31-year-old Heard.

In a statement on social media, Heard said she and Depp shared a relationship, which was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.

”… Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity,” the statement on Twitter read.

The actor had initially given her statement to Warner Bros, but decided to make it public after the studio included only “10 words of the original statement” in their comments, while standing up for Depp, who features as evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming film.

Last year, Heard filed for divorce from and a restraining order against the Murder on the Orient Express actor, narrating several incidents of physical, verbal and emotional abuse throughout their marriage.

On December 7, Rowling had shared her response to a fan on social media, who questioned the author’s agreement to let Depp be a part of the film.

She wrote back saying although she understood the concern of Harry Potter fans regarding their choice to continue with Depp in the role, the directors, along with her were “genuinely happy” to have him onboard the project.

”… Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling wrote.

She added both she and David Yates had considered the possibility of recasting the role for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindlewald.

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A pair of ‘Harry Potter’ actors hung out at a Pittsburgh Penguins game

Hockey rarely does celebrity appearances like the rest of the sports world. Nashville aside, there aren’t often fresh and exciting faces making rounds at hockey games like you’d see courtside at your city’s NBA arena.

That being said, the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled some nostalgia out of their hats on Saturday, as they hosted noted Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps. If those names don’t ring a bell, the pair of identical British twins played ginger brothers Fred and George Weasley in the famous worldwide franchise.

The brothers were also joined by Daniel Logan, the actor who played young Boba Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, as guests for the Penguins Saturday evening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The trio is a strange combination, but Pittsburgh is hosting Steel City Con 2017 this weekend, a comic con featuring all three actors as guests.

That’s quite a pull for the Penguins to nab a few actors from some of the nerdiest franchises in cinematic history while they’re in town for a local comic con. Not bad, Pittsburgh, not bad. Mischief managed, indeed.

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“Ron” de “Harry Potter” revela que ya no disfruta verse en las películas

El actor Rupert Grint habló sobre sus verdaderos sentimientos a la saga cinematográfica que lo vio crecer.

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Harry Potter es una de las sagas que más fans acumula alrededor del mundo. Sin embargo, uno de los actores, Rupert Grint, que da vida a Ron Weasley, ha comentado que ya no puede ver las películas, por una extraña razón.

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“Creo que salir en las películas me las arruina. Ya no puedo disfrutar de Harry Potter, no como fan, ¡nada es lo mismo!”, ha contado en una entrevista con Radio Times. Sin embargo, el actor no ha contado la razón específica, si es por su forma de actuar o porque simplemente no le gusta verse en pantalla.

 

Rupert Grint también ha confesado que la sobre atención que recibe por parte de los fans de Harry Potter no le molesta, aunque sí que le fastidió en un momento de su vida.

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“Definitivamente es manejable. Acabo teniendo que tomarme selfies (con fans) la mayor parte de los días, pero nunca me ha importado si hace feliz a la gente. Sin embargo, si que odio cuando la gente me toma fotografías sin preguntar. Era muy emocionante cuando tenía 11 o 12, pero se hizo muy duro en mi adolescencia. A veces solo quieres ser invisible”.

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The Internet Is Not Happy With JK Rowling’s Response To ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Controversy

Today, J.K. Rowling broke her silence on the casting of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise — and the Internet isn’t sure how to feel about it.

Fans have responded negatively to the casting for over a year now, since Depp first had a secret cameo as Gellert Grindelwald in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As some were quick to argue, it’s wrong to include Depp in such a major franchise, especially following the abuse allegations brought up by his ex-wife (and fellow Warner Bros. employee) Amber Heard.

The debate was kicked up again in a pretty big way last week, after Rowling blocked a fan on Twitter who asked why Depp was still cast in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But according to Rowling, any potential recasting was ultimately decided against.

“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling wrote earlier today.

Since Rowling posted her statement – which was accompanied by a statement from Warner Bros. as well – fans haven’t shied away from expressing their disappointment online. Here’s a round-up of some of those tweets.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

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‘Harry Potter’ And ‘The Hobbit’ Top New List Of Most Valuable Books

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If ‘The Hobbit’ is a first edition, in perfect condition and has a typo corrected by hand on the back, it could fetch as much $53,800

An online antique marketplace has revealed a list of the most valuable books people might have at home without ever realizing it.

First editions, or a full set of volumes, can command the highest prices as well as those that were manufactured as a one-off. For example, a special version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone comes out on top when it comes to valuations hitting just over $67,300.

Antique website LoveAntiques.com, with the help of Matthew Haley, director and head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams, has created a list of the tomes that may worth a ton along with what price they currently command in the market.

In the set of investor guidelines, Haley states the condition and completeness of the book are paramount, and any damage such as missing title pages or spine, could decrease the value of the item by a hundredth of what a collector would pay for it, compared to if it were in mint condition.

“Searching your bookshelves for treasures can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but in every auction, we have sellers who are stunned by how much their old books make,” he revealed. “If you have an extremely old, rare or a book similar to the ones on this list, which is in good condition, you really could be looking at a small fortune.”

Understandably, there are certain caveats that affect a book’s value so antique book prices can vary based on the overall condition of the book and the packaging that it’s in.

The guidelines also advise to keep the dust jackets for the books – most 20th century books need to have their original dust-jacket to be of collectible value. Although there are always exceptions, for example, the first printed edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone did not have a dust-jacket.

Additionally, for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to achieve its full $67,300 (£50,000) value it must be a hardback and have a series of numbers running from 10 down to 1 on the back of the title page. Meanwhile, if The Hobbit is a first edition, in perfect condition and has a typo corrected by hand on the back, it could fetch as much $53,800 (£40,000).

So, what are the page-turners that could be worth a fortune that may just be gathering dust on one of your bookshelves? For the full list of the 20 most valuable antique books and the expert’s set of investor guidelines you can check out the website but, after the jump, we’ve got a look at the top five. 

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Four ‘Winnie the Pooh’ books, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ can all fetch big bucks for first editions in great condition.

5. The four Winnie-the-Pooh books (1924-1928)

Author: A.A. Milne

Value: $5,388-$13,471 (£4,000-£10,000)

The rights to A. A. Milne’s Pooh books were left to four beneficiaries including his wife. After Milne’s death, she sold her rights to the Pooh characters to Stephen Slesinger, whose widow sold the rights after Slesinger’s death to the Walt Disney Company. In 2001, the other beneficiaries sold their interest in the estate to the Disney Corporation for $350 million.

4. A Christmas Carol (1843)

Author: Charles Dickens

Value: $20,207 (£15,000)

Published on 19 December, the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. By the end of 1844, 13 editions had been released. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been translated into several languages; the story has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera, and other media.

3. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901)

Author: Beatrix Potter

Value: $47,150 (£35,000)

Peter Rabbit is a fictional animal character in various children’s stories by Beatrix Potter. He first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and subsequently in five more books. Peter Rabbit was the first soft toy to be patented, in 1903, making Peter the oldest licensed character. In 1936, Walt Disney expressed interest in making a Peter Rabbit film but Beatrix Potter refused and didn’t give him the rights.

2. The Hobbit (1937)

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Value: $53,886 (£40,000)

As with A Christmas Carol, The Hobbit has never been out of print. Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, board games, and video games. The first printing of the first English-language edition can sell for between $8,000 and $26,900 at auction, although the price for a signed first edition has reached over $80,790.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Value: $67,358 (£50,000)

Rowling spent six years working on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury accepted it paying her a $3,360 advance and, because of that, she obtained a grant of $10,770 from the Scottish Arts Council to write the follow-ups. Her original name, Joanne Rowling, can be found in small print on the copyright page of this first British edition. Examples from this initial print run sold for as much as $33,460 in a 2007 Heritage Auction.

For the full list of the 20 most valuable antique books and the expert’s set of investor guidelines can be found here.

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Harry Potter reported to be leaving Freeform in January

Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, will be making some huge changes to their scheduled programming.

The Harry Potter weekends fans have grown to love will be no more starting January first.  The reason is simple: Freeform will no longer possess the ownership rights of the series.

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The rights are reportedly being transferred to Home Box Office.  HBO will air the series on their channel, so fans with HBO do not need to worry.  The signed deal is expected to last from 2018 until 2025, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Harry Potter films are owned by Warner Brothers.  HBO and Warner Brothers are both owned by Time Warner.  Because of this fact, it might surprise some that this change in ownership has not happened yet.  HBO already has the rights to Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them which means Potterheads might get to watch all 9 movies during the HBO series marathons.

According to Collider, “HBO is kicking off its new license on January 1st with Sorcerer’s Stone starting at 9am ET/PT and ending with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the early hours of January 2nd. The whole marathon starts anew on January 2nd at 8pm ET/PT, airing one Potter film a night through January 10th.”

The sequal to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will premier on the big screen November 16th, 2018.  This gives HBO plenty of time to add this film to their marathon line up as well.

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