In case you had an itch to scratch for fantasy adventure flicks or just feeling a little bit nostalgic for a classic series, it turns out you are in luck. Variety reports that the entire Harry Potter franchise, all 8 films, will be back in cinemas for one week only. A deal was struck between IMAX and Warner Brothers beginning October 13 this year.
For those reading between the lines, there is a touch of cynicism to the timing of the release. Though you might have forgotten, the spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out on November 18th. The idea is that this marathon will wet the audience's appetite for more Potter madness. Having raked in over $7.7 billion at the box office around the world already, the expectation to build on that will only hype further as the J.K. Rowling creation continues to go from strength to strength.
Harry Potter Getting The Digital Treatment
The rehashing of this iconic franchise is not only content to monetize it's operation with more movies. No - this time Harry Potter is becoming the latest play thing for Google's Daydream application. According to The Verge, the user can become a part of the universe by turning the Daydream controller into a wand, allowing them to cast spells.
The "virtual planetarium" is an added feature as customers can access a wide range of entertainment services at the click of a button. Other apps include the likes of Netflix, Hulu and HBO to make sure the video content keeps flowing.
Potter Stars Branching Outside The Box
The Telegraph reports how careful Daniel Radcliffe is with his small fortune from the Harry Potter franchise. But the 27-year old has not let the wizardry image hold him back from pursuing other projects considered more edgy. Starring in the psychological thriller Imperium this year, Radcliffe plays an undercover agent who goes inside a neo-nazi gang. With the role, the British actor appears rejuvenated and daring to see where his career will take him.
Likewise for Hermione Granger. Also known as Emma Watson. The 26-year old recently took to the UN of all stages to to forge through with the feminism movement and challenge cultural stereotypes and prejudices. Fair to say the Potter series was far more a help than a hindrance given their combined trajectories!