The Shape of Potter

Week of the Geek — 9/16/17

Hi guys! Welcome to this Week of the Geek. It’s been kind of a slow week for geek news, but there’s a few cool things to look at. Let’s dive in with…


A new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming movie The Shape of Water has dropped, and has spread across social media like wildfire. Del Toro is known for his signature dark atmosphere and realistic monsters though in this case who the “monster” is might be debatable. The movie comes out this December.


Any Star Trek fan knows that the music is integral to the series, with each one (okay, with the exception of Enterprise) having an easily recognizable orchestrated theme song. With Star Trek: Discovery’s premiere date sneaking up on us, CBS released a featurette where you can hear the opening music for the series. It is an original work that blends in some elements of the original series’ theme song.

If you’re suffering from Game of Throne withdrawals, don’t worry — HBO is here to make it a little easier with an animated history of the Targaryans. This is just the first part of a series of animations that will be included with the physical release of season 7 in December.

In other Game of Thrones news, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys told an audience in Pennsylvania that the crew would be filming multiple endings to the final season so that no one will know which is the true ending. After the struggle against hackers releasing episodes early this past season, it’s really no surprise there are protective measures being taken.

Other Stuff

For those of us who never got our letters to Hogwarts but want to live out our wizarding world dreams anyway, Pottery Barn has made that a little easier. The store has released a line of Harry Potter-themed decor, including bedding, lamps, mirrors, and throw pillows. Unfortunately, many of the items are pretty pricey, but they certainly open up some beautiful decorating options.

This week my ‘recommend’ is a little different — I’d like to encourage you to go check out this fundraiser from My Angel with Paws. MAWP is a charity based in Deland, Florida that breeds and trains service dogs to those who need a little assistance in their everyday lives. Unfortunately, when Hurricane Irma came through, their training facility was heavily damaged by floodwaters. Any donation amount or a share on social media can help them get back to training these important dogs!

That’s all we’ve got for this Week of the Geek! Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you next week!

Game of Doctors

Week of the Geek: 7/15/2017

Welcome to Week of the Geek, where we break down all the biggest happenings in the geek and pop culture world from the last week. Like last week, there’s not a ton going on due to SDCC being next weekend, but because of that the next two weeks should be HUGE. Check out what’s been happening below!


Game of Thrones season 7 poster

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres tomorrow, July 16th, on HBO! The show airs at 8pm. If you don’t have HBO but still want to catch it, Hulu is currently running a special offer that gets you HBO free for a month.

The BBC announced late this week that they would be announcing the next Doctor to star in Doctor Who tomorrow after the end of the men’s Wimbledon. Moffatt has previously stated that this regeneration will be “slightly different“, and there’s a lot of speculation that the Doctor might be female this time around, but no one really knows anything for sure until tomorrow.

A teaser trailer was released this week for season 2 of Stranger Things, which will begin airing this October. The teaser is very minimal, with no real information revealed other than the air date.


Disney released the first trailer for its upcoming movie based on the popular book, A Wrinkle in Time. The movie stars Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kahling, and Reese Witherspoon, along with Storm Reid in the lead role of a girl trying to save her father from “the darkness”, and is set to come out in March of next year.

Also coming out of D23 were some exciting cast announcements, including that of the upcoming Aladdin live action movie. It was announced that newcomer Mena Massoud will play Aladdin, Naomi Scott of the recent Power Rangers movie will play Jasmine, and Will Smith will play the genie.

For those who may not know, D23 is a convention-like event put on by Disney, sort of the ComicCon of the Disney world. To follow other D23 news as it is announced, follow the Nerdist newsfeed here. As of this posting, the Avengers Infinity War trailer was just shown at D23, but it wasn’t available online yet.

There’s only 13 days left to support the Labyrinth of Bones on Indigogo! The project has been fully funded, so now we’re in the realm of cool stretch goals. Get in on this awesome indie comic while you can!

Fantastic Godzillas and Where to Find Them

Welcome to Week of the Geek! Not a whole ton of geek news this week — with SDCC coming up soon, the rumor mills might slow down a bit as the studios save the big announcements for the convention. Keep reading for what we did learn this week!


Daenerys costume

First up, the ever-present Game of Thrones. As season 7 looms closer, HBO has released the titles for the first three episodes of the upcoming season. Personally I’m avoiding looking at them, but you can check it out here if you’re feeling brave with the spoilers.

The Godzilla anime we discussed a few weeks back now has its first trailer, albeit only in Japanese so far. The premise seems to be that kaiju have taken over the earth, and humanity is fighting back, with a protagonist who is out for vengeance after seeing his parents killed by Godzilla. The anime is expected to be released in the U.S. later this year.

If you were excited by the news of a Castlevania series coming to Netflix, your time has come — it’s here! The series dropped on Netflix on Friday, July 7th.

Speaking of Castlevania, the producer from that series made an exciting announcement this week — he’s working on an Assassin’s Creed anime that many expect will also find a home on Netflix. Adi Shankar made the announcement on his Facebook, but no further details are forthcoming at this time.


  • Spiderman: Homecoming is now in theaters and, by all accounts, doing incredibly well. We don’t have any official numbers coming in yet, but the film seems to be receiving rave reviews across the board.
  • The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themsequel began filming today, and Warner Brothers headed the rumor mill off at the pass by releasing an absolute ton of information about the upcoming film. For starters, Dumbledore will have a larger role than many fans previously assumed, as he will be teaming up with Newt Scamander. We’ve also learned that Leta Lestrange will make an appearance, as will a magical circus. There’s really too much information for me to cover here, so head on over to Nerdist’s fantastic breakdown of everything there is to know.

    Other Stuff

    The geek community has come together this week to send their heartfelt condolences to Marvel legend Stan Lee, who lost his wife of 69 years, Joan Lee, on Thursday morning. Stan Lee credited his wife for much of his success, as she encouraged him to write his first superhero hit, The Fantastic Four, which launched his and Marvel’s success. Joan made several appearances alongside Stan in Marvel movies , voiced a few Marvel cartoon characters later in life, and was much beloved by the comic book community.

    Don’t forget to check out the Labyrinth of Bones Indigogo for a great opportunity to order a copy of a fantastic indie comic while supporting indie writers and artists. As a bonus, there’s now a tier available that includes a special edition soap from Fandom Finery!

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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Labyrinth

    Welcome to this Week of the Geek! Lots of scool stuff to get to, so let’s dive right in.


    The first trailer of the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came out this week, and was received a lot better than a lot of people (myself included, I’ll admit) expected. The movie follows four teenagers that are sucked into a video game, leading to some pretty amusing body-switching antics.

    Netflix released the first trailer for its highly anticipated Death Note movie this week. The reception to the trailer has been mixed — hardcore fans of the original manga in general aren’t excited with the more action-based premise that the movie seems to promise, but the argument has also been made that after multiple Japanese animated and live-action adaptations of the franchise, Netflix needed to do something with this one.

    Slight correction to a story from last week: in contrast to what multiple outlets were reporting, a sequel to Wonder Woman has not been confirmed. However, at this point, as successful as the movie was, we’re pretty hopeful.


    Marvel’s Inhumans premiered its first trailer this week, announcing that the television show will debut on Imax screens around the country on September 1st before settling on its home at ABC television on September 29th. While we’ve seen glimpses of the Inhumans on Mavel’s Agents of Shield, this trailer is our first time seeing the royal family, featuring Anson Mount and Iwan Rheon as contentious brothers.

    If you live in or around Washington DC, and you love Game of Thrones, you might want to check out the Westeros-themed pop-up bar. The bar is huge, featuring multiple regions from the fictional world as well as themed drinks.


    Scott Patterson of Gilmore Girls fame is working on establishing his own coffee brand, in an oddly parallel move to his character’s career choices. The actor has been working on developing the brand, Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee, in his time off from acting.

    Remember the awesome Gene Hoyle, who gave Week of the Geek a fantastic interview a couple months ago? He’s back, with the crowdfunding kickoff for the Labyrinth of Bones, which we were given a preview of with his interview! Check out Labyrinth of Bones on Indiegogo to learn how you can support a fantastic indie comic author and get yourself a copy of his up and coming publication. Look below for another look at the preview we got to see with Gene’s interview.


    If you miss being a kid and enjoying the cool tones of LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow, this podcast is perfect for you. LeVar Burton Reads is a 30- to 60-minute podcast featuring the actor reading short stories from a variety of genres. Check out the preview above!