Harry Potter

Hogwarts Legacy Review: As magical as it is memorable

February 7, 2023

I’ll be the first to admit it; I still pop in the older Harry Potter games on both the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2. My love for both the films and books aside, I simply love existing in this world and exploring the nooks and crannies that Hogwarts has to offer. So you could imagine […]

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10 of the Most Immersive Experiences in America

December 20, 2022

From Disneyland in California to Broadway in New York, America has long catered to those looking for an immersive experience, and few do it better. Here’s just ten of my favourite places to visit in the U.S.A. when looking to escape reality; immersing yourself in art, music, scenery, cowboys (you’ll see what I mean) and […]

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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the most confident of the series yet

April 6, 2022

There’s a certain amount of baggage and controversy that comes with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, additives that, for the sake of the film itself, I won’t delve into; a swift google will catch you up to speed though. From the off, Fantastic Beasts was always a series that seemed a […]

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Interview: David Yates on directing Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; “These stories mean something to a lot of people”

April 6, 2022

To say director David Yates is synonymous with the Wizarding World would be putting it mildly.  Having directed half of the Harry Potter film series – Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 – and both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes […]

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Win a double in-season pass to return to the Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

March 29, 2022

Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures we have 5 double passes (Admit 2) to give away for the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the anticipated continuation of the Wizarding World, starring Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne and Mads Mikkelsen, set for release in Australian cinemas from April 7th, 2022. Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude […]

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PlayStation’s upcoming State of Play will focus on Hogwarts Legacy

March 16, 2022

Gameplay footage from the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy will be shown off at this Friday’s PlayStation State of Play Stream. This will mark the first time gameplay footage has ever been revealed, with the game first being announced during Sony’s PlayStation 5 showcase, way back in September of 2020. According to PlayStation’s Official Blog, the 20-minute […]

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Interview: Ciarán Hinds on working with Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench on the “protected” set of Belfast

February 2, 2022

Predicted to be a major player at this year’s Academy Awards, Kenneth Branagh‘s acclaimed Belfast (you can read our review here) is the celebrated director’s most personal film to date, a semi-autobiographical drama about a young boy growing up in 1960’s Northern Ireland. Assembling one of the year’s finest casts, Ciarán Hinds, a decorated character […]

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Harry Potter Cursed Child

Why Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is better the second time

March 5, 2020

February 2020 marks the one year anniversary of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reaching Melbourne. With over 325,000 attendees surging into the Princess Theatre to watch the tale unfold across the last twelve months, the show has been a record-breaking success. Although it has been on stage since its London premiere for almost four years, […]

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Games Review: Lego Harry Potter Collection (Switch, 2018) brings the magic back to the Lego franchise

November 9, 2018

The Lego Harry Potter game franchise first launched in 2010, and has since been adapted and remastered for nearly every device imaginable. This includes, but is not limited to, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, iOS, OS X and Android. To be made available on literally everything is the mark of a true great, and with the release […]

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Theatre Review: Family-friendly Potted Potter is not quite potty enough (Seymour Centre until 23rd September)

September 20, 2018

First, there was the Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged, and now we have Potted Potter – The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff (a title that, like the eponymous show, tries desperately to cram as much as possible into a very short space). Covering all seven Harry Potter books […]

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Australian cast revealed for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s Melbourne premiere

September 3, 2018

Critically acclaimed as the single most awarded play in history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally hitting Australian shores with preview performances beginning early next year on January 19th, exclusively at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Producers have just announced the cast of 42 performers led by New Zealand actor Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gyton Grantley as Ron […]

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New trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes us back into the wizarding world

March 15, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes fans back into the wizarding world for a sequel to an admittedly fun film in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  In this newest trailer, we are transported back to the 1920’s as we join protagonist Newt Scamander once again, with the introduction of Jude Law in his highly […]

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Sydney is getting a boozy Harry Potter themed brunch in April

January 17, 2018

Coming to a hushed located in the CBD this April will be a huge Harry Potter themed bottomless brunch, set up like a Hogwarts dining room with unlimited butter beer and other specially created drinks. That’s the promise with The Wizard Brunch, announced today, well in advance (because of course tickets are going to fly), […]

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Wizardfest is Australia’s first touring Harry Potter inspired party

April 9, 2017

If you hadn’t noticed already, pop culture inspired parties are very popular. There’s something about dressing up and stepping into an IRL RPG-like world where you down cocktails named after cultural touchstones and quote things in badly imitated voices without getting awkward stares. So Wizardfest should go down a treat. What’s Wizardfest? Well as you […]

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Good Things are throwing a Polyjuice Potion party for Harry Potter fans this week (Melbourne)

January 9, 2017

After a successful pop-up Butterbeer Bar last year, it seems the team of South Yarra hotspot Good Things are dipping back into Harry Potter lore. Set for this week, the beloved bar will be transformed by a special Polyjuice Potion party, tasking the highly skilled witches and wizards behind the venue with providing Harry Potter […]

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Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (M) (UK, 2016) is visually spectacular and pure escapism

November 18, 2016

In Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them we are returned to the world of magic and wizards and witches but set in 1926 New York, USA well before our boy wonder Harry Potter was born. The film shifts the focus not only to a new protagonist but a brand new location which expands the […]

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Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Doctor Who stars join Supernova’s Brisbane and Adelaide 2016 line-up

October 17, 2016

Australia’s home grown comic-con, Supernova Pop Culture Expo, has announced a superstar line-up for Brisbane and Adelaide this year. The 2016 line-up will see exciting guest appearances from stars of our most beloved geeky films and television shows including, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Suicide Squad and Back to The Future. Natalia Tena […]

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New Lego Dimensions Battle Arena trailer shows off new game modes and characters

September 29, 2016

Lego Dimensions Battle Arena, a multiplayer-focused expansion for Lego Dimensions, has officially been announced and a trailer has been revealed. Parents be warned though: this is going to cost you a lot of money. The latest expansion for the Lego Dimension franchise is a local multiplayer split-screen combat-arena style game featuring all of the current characters, and some new, from […]

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Five book franchises other than Divergent we’d love to see adapted to the small screen

September 19, 2016

Popular novels don’t always translate well on the big screen. While some adaptations turn into new and interesting beasts, others crumble and leave devout audiences with a bad taste in their mouth. While book to film adaptations appear to be receiving a lot of criticism as of late – take the Divergent franchise for example […]

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The sequel to Fantastic Beasts is official; a release date confirmed

August 4, 2016

Attention Harry Potter fanatics and all lovers of fantasy – this one’s for you! Warner Bros. confirmed yesterday that a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which comes out later in the year, is already in the works. They also confirmed a worldwide release date of November 16th, 2018. The script will be written by […]

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Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe turns Neo-Nazi in latest film trailer of Imperium

July 7, 2016

Gone are the days of Harry Potter, yet Daniel Radcliffe has been setting himself pretty well in the world of cinema as of late. Reported by Dark Horizons, Radcliffe plays an interesting character for upcoming film title Imperium. His character role will be of Nate Foster, an FBI agent tasked with infiltrating the neo-Nazi movement. […]

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The Iris’ Weekly Australian TV Picks: 7 – 13 June

June 6, 2016

The Iris has chosen this week’s picks, so sit back and invest your nights with your small screens. Tuesday Once Upon a Time, 7Flix, 7:30pm AEST Emma disappears after becoming the Dark One. The rest of our heroes must come together to find her, an impossible quest. Unless they seek help from an unexpected character. […]

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New trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them welcomes you to New York

April 11, 2016

A new trailer for the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was released earlier today. As JK Rowling‘s first proper return to the wizarding world since she wrapped things up Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, it all looks very promising. The trailer introduces world-famous magizoologist New Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and shows […]

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

April 7, 2016

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a real-life incarnation of the fictional wizarding world we all know so well, opens to the public today at Universal Studios Hollywood. The park’s opening was celebrated on April 5th and featured a three-dimensional digital lighting projection on Hogwarts Castle, accompanied by music from the LA Philharmonic, conducted by […]

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J. K. Rowling brings the world of wizardry to North America in new four-part series

March 9, 2016

The snowball of new Potter related content continues through 2016 with the beginning of a four part, History of Magic in North America ‘textbook’. Serving as a prologue to the anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the new four part series will expand the ever-growing world of magic across the Atlantic sea and […]

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The first trailer for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has arrived!

December 15, 2015

It sure has been a big month for film teasers. As studios rush to release first-look trailers before all the attention turns to Star Wars, we have been given some pretty exciting looks into films like the new X-Men, a new Independence Day, Tarzan, The BFG, and even Star Trek. Now it’s time to return […]

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Interview: Matthew Lewis on growing up with Harry Potter and the attraction of the fantasy world

November 25, 2015

Sitting alongside Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis at the autograph signing table at Supanova Adelaide, I watch a trio of little girls who are engaged in a battle of charm with the 26 year old Leeds native. The girls compliment Lewis on being ‘very good’ in the Potter films before turning their attention to the […]

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extended to May 2017; tickets already going for $6,000 on resale sites.

November 11, 2015

If the latest information released about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t enough to satiate your Harry Potter hunger, then get ready for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, set to hit London’s West End with previews as soon as June next year. We last left Harry and the Potter family nineteen years after […]

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Plot details released for Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 7, 2015

The November issue of Entertainment Weekly has just been released, and with it is a bunch of first-look imagery and details on Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a planned trilogy. First off, it’s important to note that although J.K. Rowling was heavily involved in all 8 Harry […]

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Hanging at Supanova Adelaide with…James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter)!

November 24, 2014

  Drawing easily one of the largest crowds of Supanova’s latest Adelaide jaunt were James and Oliver Phelps, otherwise known affectionately as Fred and George Weasley from the popular Harry Potter film series. With a Q&A panel on Sunday apparently cracking a 900-strong crowd number, the British siblings fielded questions from fans of all ages, covering all different topics. Surprisingly, […]

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