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YA Onscreen: Harry Potter News Abounds

It's CURSED CHILD time! Plus scoop on DANCE ACADEMY, JESSICA DARLING, OUTLANDER and more!

YA Onscreen: Harry Potter News Abounds

Welcome back to YA Onscreen, a lot of which is YA OnStage today! Let's hop to. 

Last week, we got a good look at the Potter family in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but we've also been treated to glimpses at the Granger-Weasley and Malfoy clans.

And JK Rowling rightly calls out those criticizing the casting of Noma Dumezweni, a black actress, as Hermione. "A bunch of racists," she says, and she's not wrong. 

Rowling is all over the place this week: here's an interview, here's where she begs fans not to post Cursed Child spoilers, here's where she reveals some Harry Potter secrets, here's where Time says the play is already a success even though no one has seen it yet. 

Some perhaps not-surprising Dance Academy casting news:

 


Disney sets a date for the...Mary Poppins sequel? Did we know about this? 

Here's the official Jessica Darling's It List trailer, which is moderately more professional than the last one we saw

Outlander's been renewed for two more seasons!

UnReal's been renewed for season three already!

Speaking of already, Aaron Starmer's Spontaneous, which doesn't hit shelves until August, already has a movie deal

For Covington High senior Mara, school is business as usual: popular kids, boring classes, and teenage drama — until her classmate, Katelyn, explodes during third period pre-calc, that is. Such is life for the characters of Spontaneous, a young adult novel that Awesomeness Films is adapting for the big screen, the company announced Wednesday.

Spontaneous, written by Aaron Starmer, revolves around Mara’s struggle to survive her final year of school as scores of her classmates meet the same grisly fate as Katelyn, seemingly at random. 

Into it!

Also into this: TJ Miller has joined the cast of Ready Player One as an epic troll. 

Nicola Yoon's debut novel Everything, Everything has also nabbed a movie deal, with Jean of the Joneses director Stella Meghie adapting the material for the big screen. It's about...

Maddy, a teen who has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to practically everything. She has spent 17 years hiding out in her home, only seeing her mother and her nurse, Carla. But when a boy named Olly moves in next door, Maddy begins to fall in love.
 

That's it for this week! Give us your thoughts downstairs. 

Meredith Borders's photo About the Author: Meredith Borders is a brewpub owner and freelance writer/editor living in Houston. Her dog's middle name is Hermione, and she makes purse decisions based almost entirely on their capacity to hold books.
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