HELEN MIRREN TO HOST ‘HARRY POTTER’ GAME SHOW

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren says she is thrilled to be hosting a new quiz show, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, which will air as part of the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the film series.

“I knew someday I’d get a ‘Harry Potter’ role, and I’m so pleased to take part in the 20-year film celebration,” said Mirren, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The show is set to air later this year on networks TBS and Cartoon Network’s ACME before airing on HBO Max.

In a statement, Mirren said: “The films inspired such enchantment and wonder for so many of us, and it will be such a treat to reignite that magic for the countless fans who continue to revel in this spellbinding world.”

Hogwarts Tournament of Houses will see fans of ‘Harry Potter’ battle it out in a trivia contest for bragging rights and the honour of being named House Cup champion.

In a statement, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics president Tom Ascheim said: “(WarnerMedia) is creating an arena for the leagues of ‘Harry Potter’ film fans to flex their knowledge of the wizarding world.

The statement further read: “There’s no one better than Dame Helen Mirren to add some British grandeur to this event that will debut across our WarnerMedia brands and platforms”.

The first film in the eight-part series Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in November 2001 and launched Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, who played the main magical student trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, respectively.

The films are based on the best-selling book series by author J.K. Rowling, which spans seven novels set at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and has sold an estimated 500 million copies.          - IANS

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