Daniel Radcliffe to guest star in The Simpsons.

The Simpsons

Good news: Daniel Radcliffe will make his return to a beloved franchise! Nope, sadly not that one. The Harry Potter star has recorded another role for The Simpsons.

In an episode airing this coming season, Bart will encounter Diggs (Radcliffe), a strange older boy with a passion for falconry, among other things. “Diggs is a combination of Holden Caulfield, Finny from A Separate Peace and the kids in Lord of the Flies — only a little more screwed up,” executive producer Al Jean tells Entertainment Weekly.

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via EW.

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Kibuishi unveils 15th anniversary Harry Potter cover art

If you haven’t seen the new Harry Potter cover art, here it is.

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The Mary Sue reported on the information regarding the new cover and the artist.

Kazu Kibuishi‘s lovely illustrations aren’t going to be replacing Mary GrandPré‘s iconic dust jackets on the US hardcover editions of theHarry Potter books. They’re going on the 15th anniversary paperbacks, which will begin their release with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this fall.

Said Kibuishi of the opportunity to illustrate Harry Potter:

When I was asked to submit samples, I initially hesitated because I didn’t want to see [Mary GrandPré’s art] reinterpreted!  However, I felt that if I were to handle the project, I could bring something to it that many other designers and illustrators probably couldn’t, and that was that I was also a writer of my own series of middle grade fiction. As an author myself, I tried to answer the question, ‘If I were the author of the books – and they were like my own children – how would I want them to be seen years from now?’ When illustrating the covers, I tried to think of classic perennial paperback editions of famous novels and how those illustrations tend to feel.  In a way, the project became a tribute to both Harry Potter and the literary classics.

If you like the art, you’ll have to wait until September to pick up any books with it.

Who else (besides me- I love the new art) is planning on getting new copies?

$1000 Harry Potter collection to be released

And you thought the Wizard’s Collection was expensive.

EW reports that the studio is releasing Harry Potter: Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (never mind that I’m pretty sure can’t have two colons in the same title).  The eight-volume collection is designed to resemble a bookshelf at Hogwarts; “Six of the books focus on the workings of the creative departments behind the films — wardrobe, props, special effects, and the like — while the seventh is a commemorative keepsake offering an intimate look at the relationships that developed between the cast and crew over the decade it took to produce all eight films. But the best part by far is the eighth book: a scale replica of The Monster Book of Monsters (don’t worry, it doesn’t bite — I hope).”  I have no idea how that’s worth $1,000.

But maybe it’s worth $600?  The set is currently 40% off at Amazon, and you can click here to pre-order it.  The set is limited to 3,000 editions worldwide, and will be released on December 4th.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Here’s a list of the extras:
• A cloth-covered case, styled to look like a shelf from a shop in Diagon Alley
• A cloth-bound edition of Harry Potter: Page to Screen 
• Seven additional volumes detailing theHarry Potter creative team’s ten years of extensive efforts:
* The Creature Shop Compendium: Flora and Fauna from the Harry Potter Films
* Environments Envisioned: Building Fantastic Sets and Scouting Dramatic Locations
* A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films
* Movie Magic: Practical Props and Exciting Effects
* The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
* Ten Years Later: Life on Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew
* Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire: Costuming the World of Harry Potter

• A replica of The Monster Book of Monsters film prop
• A gilded portfolio of five frame-able prints of original Harry Potter concept art

Source: Collider

 

A Casual Vacancy reviews vary

Since J.K. Rowling’s new book has come out, reviews have poured in from major media outlets all around the world. The standpoint on the book goes from dull and unimaginative to a beautifully written work of fiction. However, the book is definitely being purchased.

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is reportedly “on track to become the year’s bestselling novel in hardcover,” according to EVP of Little, Brown Michael Pietsch.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

In this post, I’ve compiled some notable snippets from various reviews, as well as my own perspective.

The first tidbit, from the Winnipeg Free Press, sums up the general standpoint of A Casual Vacancy nicely.

Her incredibly hyped new novel, which follows her seven-volume Harry Potter children’s series, the most commercially successful books in publishing history, shows first and foremost an author who refuses to repeat herself. It also shows that that she is the real deal.

Magic there is not. This is a remorselessly gritty and mundane book, a sustained exercise in what the author clearly conceives as the social-realist mode. It is structured around two funerals and a suicide and includes the piteous death of a child. It is centrally concerned with a council election and the consequences of malicious internet postings.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Though it’s undoubtedly going to happen, it would be unfair to compare this novel to the Harry Potter books. They’re worlds apart.

This is a complex book with lots of layers, humor, pathos and allegories everywhere. Readers may even find a timely message in this story of rich and poor and the politics that accompany them.

Source: The Spectrum

The ability to create characters who move you so much that you want to shout aloud “Don’t do that!” or “Don’t say that!” is rare. Krystal Weedon moved me to laughter, admiration, distaste, anger and finally, in her great battle against such unfair and immense odds, to tears.

Source: The Guardian

In my opinion, all of these reviews were partially true. A Casual Vacancy was extremely hyped-up, and no matter what, it will still be a best-seller, just because it’s J.K. Rowling. When it comes to the actual review of the book, I won’t say I wasn’t a little disappointed. In the beginning, I couldn’t help but compare it to Harry Potter. However, a few pages in, it was almost like Rowling was trying too hard to distance herself from her previous work. The amount of sexual references, curse words, and other mature topics were overwhelming. But once I moved past the obscenity, I found myself in a story that I genuinely enjoyed. Contrary to other reviews, I thought the characters were amazingly well done. I loved how each character’s background connected to the others.

I only have two real criticisms of the book. First, there was little suspense. The reader’s omniscient view made an air of mystery almost impossible. Secondly, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. There were little uplifting moments, but mostly I just felt dejected with where the story left off. Not that there’s anything wrong with a sad book, but I wish the audience hadn’t been left hanging where they were. Overall, I thought A Casual Vacancy was well worth a read. It was thought-provoking and enjoyable. Best of all, the social and political aspects in the plot reflect perfectly on the conflict we face in our lives today.

StarKid productions prepares new Potter musical

First came A Very Potter Musical, starring Darren Criss and the rest of the StarKid cast. Then came A Very Potter Sequel. Hold onto your pointed wizard hats, because A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year is coming to a YouTube channel near you! As told by Entertainment Weekly

A Very Potter Musical‘s various parts have since been viewed millions of times, allowing Criss and his comrades — collectively, they’re known as Team StarKid — to create a similarly popular sequel in 2010, as well as a variety of other productions. But when Hollywood beckoned that same year, Criss moved on to bigger things, and plans for a third Potter parody — A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year — had to be put on hold. Until now.

Criss and StarKid reunited this year at LeakyCon, a convention for Harry Potter devotees held August 9-12 in Chicago. The old gang had just three days to rehearse AVPSY, according to an account of the event posted on Tumblr’s Storyboard blog. They performed their musical just once to a crowd of adoring fans from around the world — and though the final product hasn’t hit YouTube yet, Tumblr did put together a preview video that explores the phenomenon and shows a few sneak peeks of Criss in his Potter garb. Check it out below.

Who’s getting pumped up?… Because this is gonna be totally awesome.

Win a Trip to London and Check Out the Harry Potter Exhibit!

This is probably about as close to getting an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, as Warner Bros., in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly, is giving away a chance for you to win a trip to London to visit the Warner Bros.’ Studio, which of course includes access to the Harry Potter Experience.

EW is excited to announce that Warner Bros. is giving away a prize sweeter than some Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’ candy. To mark the upcoming Sept. 7 release of the 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection set, the studio will be giving away a grand prize: A 3-day, 2-night trip for four to London to tour Warner Bros.’ studio, as well as  access to the “The Making of Harry Potter” exhibit. Two first prize winners will receive the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, containing all eight films on DVD/Blu-ray plus extras spread out over 31 discs.

I’d say that’s quite a wonderful Grand Prize… like winning the House Cup or something!  Just click on the image about to enter the sweepstakes.  You can enter once per day!

Check out the full article and the exclusive video of one of the behind-the-scenes extras that is part of the Wizard’s Collection set by clicking here.

Tom Felton attending New York Comic Con

Our favorite Slytherin will be signing autographs and answering questions at New York Comic Con, running October 11-14. Entertainment Weekly wrote about Tom’s attendance.

In addition to playing Draco Malfoy, the English actor also appeared in last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apesreboot and will next be seen in horror movie The Apparition, which opens in theatres August 24.

Who’s excited for The Apparition? I know I am.