Kit Harington is Ready to Move on from Game of Thrones

HBO
HBO

The cast and crew of Game of Thrones have been rather emotional lately—and with good reason. After eight seasons traveling the world to create the fantastical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, their time together is about to come to an end as the eighth and final season of the hit HBO series makes its way to fans in April.

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, warned that we're all going to need therapy by the time season eight reaches its long-awaited conclusion. Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, confessed to crying over the finale (twice). And now, Harington is offering some more intimate details about how emotional a journey the final season has been for everyone who works on the show—but that he's ready to move on.

During a recent interview with GQ Australia, Harington shared how exhausted the cast was by the time they wrapped filming for the final season. Harington believes that the final season's grueling schedule was “designed to break” the cast—and it apparently worked. “Everyone was broken at the end," Harington said.

"I don't know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so f***ing tiring. We were sleep-deprived,” the 32-year-old actor shared.

The beloved HBO series, which has skyrocketed many of its actors to stardom, began in 2011. For many of the cast members, the eighth season was seemingly the most they could do. "I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, 'I've had enough now. I love this, it's been the best thing in my life, I'll miss it one day—but I'm done,'" Harington continued.

Harington was in his early 20s when he first auditioned for Game of Thrones, and now that he’s married to Rose Leslie (who was killed off the show in season four), he says he's ready to move on to the next chapter of his life.

When asked about whether he'd be open to returning for one of the show's many rumored spinoffs, Harington was pretty firm in his response. "It was emotional to leave the job, definitely," he said. "But I wouldn't say I was sad: if, like me, you go all the way back to the pilot of Game of Thrones that's almost 10 years of your life—that's really unusual in an actor's career. It was a huge emotional upheaval leaving that family. But would I want to go back and do more? Not on your life."

Harington is currently starring in a production of Sam Shepard's True West in London.

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Wizarding World Orlando’s New Roller Coaster Is Full of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

While Universal Studios Orlando is already home to some incredible attractions in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as its very own Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, and even a Hogwarts Castle, the newest roller coaster seems to be bringing out the most dedicated of Potterheads. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, saw whopping 10-hour waits in its opening days, and for those lucky enough to have experienced the brand-new attraction already, it looks like many have deemed it worth the line.

GameSpot got to take a ride on the Motorbike Adventure, and writer Meg Downey noted all the great details riders will encounter as they soar through the Forbidden Forest—which included a load of Easter eggs.

In particular, Downey calls out the many Harry Potter nods on the walls of the castle ruins. The graffiti, which resembles cave drawings, includes a joke about a Hippogriff attempting to catch Draco Malfoy (likely in reference to the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where the cocky wizard encounters Buckbeak), a drawing of a Phoenix that looks just like Fawkes, and even some sweet writings from Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter.

A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a reference to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Universal Orlando

Additionally, the ride includes a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Downey, who reports that Hagrid has a poster of Nifflers in his main workshop.

The new ride seems to be a must-do experience for diehard Harry Potter fans, exploring some of the most mysterious parts of Hogwarts and the fun style of Hagrid and his creatures.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER