By Jeanette White
September 1st is a big deal for aspiring wizards. It marks the day students return to Hogwarts for the new term. Much like all back to school affairs this year, Back to Hogwarts Day will be celebrated a little differently.
In past years, the King's Cross Station in London was the main stage for the event. Hundreds of fans dressed in cosplay piled onto the platform to countdown the Hogwarts Express departure time at 11 am.
In 2019, the event included:
Although London remains the center of Back to Hogwarts Day, celebrations took place worldwide. For example, Indianapolis hosts a hugely-popular “Wizards Unite” event where fans flocked to White River State Park to partake in various festivities.
Due to current restrictions, Back to Hogwarts Day will be celebrated virtually this year with the Wizarding World's first-ever livestream. It includes cameos from Harry Potter film stars like Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, James and Oliver Phelps, and Cursed Child Production members. You can test your fandom knowledge with a Wizarding World trivia game and see how fans are celebrating Back to Hogwarts Day worldwide.
Oliver Phelps, aka George Weasley, stated, "The Wizarding World fans are the greatest, and getting the chance to share this special day with people all over the world is going to be brilliant. I'm really looking forward to everything this Digital Back to Hogwarts has in store, and it's a bonus that we can all do it from the sofa!"
So, wear your pajamas, or wear your best cosplay. Either way, be excited! We know George Weasley is.
If you want to nerd out this year from the safety of your home, make sure to check out the livestream on the Wizarding World website between 10:30 am BST and 11:30 am BST. Fans will still have opportunities to support the Lumos charity throughout the event.
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By Michael Austin
After five years of tirelessly looking for answers, fans of the Batman: Arkham series will finally get to see what's next for their beloved Gotham City.
Those who loved the critically acclaimed series have plenty to talk about after Saturday's DC Fandome event. The comic company announced the latest installment in the series, Gotham Knights, which is set to take place after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight.
Players will have the chance to play as Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Red Hood, and quite possibly a few other Gotham vigilantes, as they try to defend the city of Gotham following the tragic death of Batman at the end of Arkham Knight.
The trailer opened up with Batman sending one final message to the many crime-fighting members of the Bat-Family, alerting them that he's dead, and it's up to them to defend Gotham.
Some gameplay was showcased during the event (see below), featuring Batgirl and Robin taking on a beefed-up Mr. Freeze. The action began as Batgirl rode her Batcycle through the streets of Gotham during a thunderstorm.
As compared to the Batmobile gameplay in Arkham Knight, the feel of the Batcycle seems more refined and natural. The combat was eerily similar to previous installments to the franchise, although gadgets, team-up attacks and various special moves/finishers look to play a more significant role in this game.
Due to the destruction of Wayne Manor and the Batcave at the end of Arkham Knight, the Bat-Family has now been given a new base of operations called The Belfry. The developers claim it will play a vital role in Gotham Knights.
In a tag to the footage, it was revealed that The Court of Owls will serve as the primary antagonists in the new game. The secret society of villains first debuted during Scott Snyder's historic run on Batman. It'll be interesting to see whether the group's close ties to the Wayne family will carry into this video game adaption.
While all of this news is undoubtedly exciting to fans of the franchise, there is one small point of concern. While Rocksteady Studios was responsible for the incredibly successful main installments in the Batman: Arkham franchise, they're not behind this new sequel. Instead, WB Games Montreal is developing the game. This studo is responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins, the least popular and most criticized game in the franchise.
Nonetheless, the hype around this game is sure to be nothing less than fantastic. Let's hope that WB Games Montreal can deliver this time.
As we expand our team of nerd contributors, we're pleased to announce that Elise Baughman has joined the FTN family as our anime contributor. Not only does Elise have anime voiceover experience (she's Pan in Dragonball Z GT), she also interviews big names in the anime industry on Anime Adventures.
Outside of anime interviews, Elise has hosted morning talk shows and conducted red carpet interviews with Ray Romano, George Lopez, Alyssa Milano, Cedric The Entertainer, and Michelle Kwan and many others.
She's been on camera as well. Her film & TV work includes roles in films such as I am Gabriel and Hoovey and on TV series on NBC and the USA Network. She's also appeared in corporate and commercial projects in the retail, communications, technology, security, medical, food, banking, and automotive industries.
Here she is interviewing Justin Cook (Dragon Ball Z - Raditz, Super Buu, Dende and more):
The Stargirl TV series is been a hit with both critics and audiences since its debut on May 18, 2020. As with many popular characters who appear on the small screen, new fans might wonder where to start reading her comic book stories. Here's what you need to know:
Stargirl is new by comic book standards, and she's never appeared in her own series. So, FTN contributors Matt Moore and Regina Davis discuss Stargirl on Comic Book Noob and made these suggestions:
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