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January 3rd - Goblet of Fire was named the highest-earning film internationally for 2005. It earned $850m.
January 5th - J.K. Rowling updated her site for the first time in 2006 with some "New Year's Writing Resolutions."
January 6th - Half-Blood Prince was announced the best-selling book of 2005 with sales tallying $7.02m - astonishing seeing as the book was released in July, half-way through the year.
January 9th - The IMAX version of Goblet of Fire was revealed to be the highest-grossing IMAX film ever.
January 10th - Jo gives one of her most in-depth interviews ever with Tatler Magazine.
January 11th - It is announced the Goblet of Fire DVD will be available on March 7th.
January 14th - Thousands attend open audition for Luna Lovegood.
January 18th - It is announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in paperback on July 25th.
January 19th - Aaron Lambert, the Half-Blood Prince thief, is sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.
January 22nd - Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) will reprise his role in Order of the Phoenix.
January 26th - J.K. Rowling attends Romanian press conference.
January 27th - First script reading of Order of the Phoenix takes place in London.
January 28th - Katie Leung (Cho Chang) will return for Order of the Phoenix.
January 28th - J.K. Rowling donates Black Family Tree to Book Aid auction.
January 29th - Goblet of Fire is announced as the eighth-highest grossing film of all time.
January 30th - George Harris is cast as Kingsley Shacklebolt and Robbie Jarvis is cast as young James Potter in Order of the Phoenix.
January 31st - J.K. Rowling releases her list of the top 10 books for children.
February 2nd - The actors playing the roles of Luna, Tonks, Umbridge and Bellatrix in OOTP are announced.
February 4th - OOTP casting rumours for the roles of Young Lily, Young James and Grawp circulate. They are later confirmed.
February 7th - Filming begins on the OOTP film.
February 7th - There is talk that Gary Oldman will not be in the fifth Harry Potter movie, however Warner Brothers quickly debunks this rumour.
February 9th - It is rumoured that the fifth movie will contain the scene where Harry saves Dudley from the Dementors, and the Wizengamot trial will also be included.
February 10th - More Order of the Phoenix cast news - the actors playing roles including Amelia Bones, Dawlish, Young Lily and Young Wormtail are revealed.
February 13th - Italian newspaper La Repubblica publishes a photograph of JK Rowling's Black Family Tree, which was up for auction.
February 17th - First Interview with new Luna Lovegood actress, Evanna Lynch.
- Rupert Grint attends the BAFTAs to represent the cast and crew of the GOF movie, which was nominated for three awards.
- Julie Walters attended the Irish screening of Driving Lessons and talked briefly about why she was cut from the fourth Harry Potter film.
- New information is revealed about the Black Family Tree.
- Jo answers the question, "What happens to a secret when the Secret-Keeper dies?" on her FAQ poll.
- Dan Radcliffe's mother buys, on his behalf, JKR's hand-written Black Family Tree for £30,000.
- Harry Potter y el Misterio del Príncipe (HBP in Spanish) was released.
- The fourth Harry Potter movie is fifth highest-grossing film outside North America.
- We find out that Evanna Lynch is a fellow MuggleNetter.
- JKR comments on the progress of Book 7 on her website.
March 1st - Emma Watson sends out a new newsletter.
March 7th - Goblet of Fire DVD released in US and Canada.
March 8th - In its first day, the Goblet of Fire DVD sold a staggering 5 million copies.
March 9th - JK Rowling makes major updates to her site.
March 10th - Forbes published their list of the world's richest people, and ranked JK Rowling at #746 with an estimated net worth of $1 billion!
March 14th - New Order of the Phoenix filming information.
March 18th - JK Rowling hosted masquerade ball as a fundraiser for MS.
March 21st - New OOTP filming information.
March 27th - GOF becomes fastest selling DVD ever in the UK. It was estimated that, in the first six days after its release, three copies were sold every second.
March 29th - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was named book of the year at the British Book Awards ceremony. JK Rowling was in attendance.
April 4th - JK Rowling updates her site, saying that Book 7 going well and Evanna is "perfect" as Luna.
April 5th - Warner Bros. announces that Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix will hit theaters on July 13, 2007.
April 7th - First WOMBAT results are released.
April 10th - A newspaper criticises Jo's article on her website about our skinny-obsessed world.
April 12th - Warner Bros. charges Bajaj with copyright violation.
April 18th - GOF grosses $20m in IMAX.
April 20th - Jo helps set up MS research center.
April 20th - Order of the Phoenix release dates confirmed.
April 21st - Both JK Rowling and Dan Radcliffe make it into the Sunday Times' Rich List.
April 22nd - Three more OOTP release dates.
April 29th - Girlguiding interview with Rowling.
May 9th - GOF to become legally available on BitTorrent.
May 9th - Emma Thompson to reprise role in OOTP.
May 9th - Jo wins privacy suit.
May 9th - Introducing
May 9th - JK Rowling to visit NYC for book reading.
May 10th - MuggleNet staffer Andy helps out JKR.
May 10th - Goblet of Fire DVD sets world record.
May 13th - Nicholas Hooper confirmed to compose OOTP.
May 15th - Jo speaks out for libraries.
May 18th - A letter from Jo.
May 19th - New dinosaur species named after Hogwarts.
May 20th - HBP audio books enters APA Hall of Fame.
May 25th - Movie 5 casting changes and announcements.
May 25th - Publisher says 2007 Book 7 release is likely.
June 11th - MuggleNet's Gallery opens with over 39,000 pictures. It now contains over 49,000.
June 21st - First promotional image for Order of the Phoenix.
June 23rd - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince paperback released in the UK.
June 25th - The Queen's 80th birthday celebration coverage; JKR in attendance, sad to see HP end.
July 18th - OOTP could feature scenes using 3-D technology.
July 25th - The paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in the United States.
July 28th - Dan Radcliffe confirmed to play leading role in Equus.
August 1st - J.K. Rowling begins her first trip to the United States in over six years by holding a press conference in New York City with Stephen King and John Irving prior to the first night of Harry, Carrie and Garp.
August 2nd - Complete coverage of the second night of Harry, Carrie and Garp, including J.K. Rowling's definitive response that "Dumbledore is dead!"
August 2nd - The Leaky Mug holds its second live podcast in New York City at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square.
August 4th - Warner Bros. confirms the release date of the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be November 21st, 2008.
August 13th - Daniel Radcliffe says he "will bare it all" when he assumes the role of Alan Strang, in London's West End play Equus.
August 14th - We get our first look at Natalia Tena as everyone's favorite metamorphagus, Nymphadora Tonks.
August 24th - A new interview with Rupert Grint in which he states he wants to continue playing Ron through the seventh film.
August 24th - Jessica Stevenson is cast in the fifth film as Mafalda Hopkirk, who works in the Improper Use of Magic Office.
August 26th - "The Weasley is Our King" storyline is cut from Order of the Phoenix.
September 4th - Voldemort voted "Baddest Baddie" in Big Bad Read, an online Bloomsbury poll to find the UK's favorite literary villain from a children's book.
September 11th - JKR debunks rumor that she has written 750 pages of Book 7.
September 13th - JKR updates her site with the famous NAQ: Why did Dumbledore have James' invisibility cloak at the time of his death?
September 19th - Child magazine says J.K. Rowling is one of 20 who has changed childhood in America forever.
September 24th - Emma Watson states she is unsure about future acting career.
September 25th - Warner Bros. releases the first set of high-res photos from the fifth film, including our first glimpse of Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood.
September 29th - JKR updates her site with the second round of WOMBATs and discusses the "honor" of Harry Potter topping the most-banned books list.
September 29th - The Leaky Mug holds its fourth live podcast, this time from Los Angeles, California.
October 2nd - MuggleCast wins the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Podcast Awards.
October 3rd - The American Library Association reports the Harry Potter series is voted as favorite banned book.
October 4th - Laura Mallory appeals again to the Gwinnett County School Board.
October 6th - The second round of WOMBAT results are delivered.
October 6th - Dobby is cut from Order of the Phoenix.
October 9th - Portuguese translator Isabella Nunes confirms the identity of R.A.B.
October 10th - Commemorative J.K. Rowling plaque installed outside Edinburgh cafe where she wrote most of first Potter novel.
October 10th - It is announced that the Order of the Phoenix trailer will be released November 17th.
October 14th - New technology created by Image Metrics to be used for Grawp in fifth film.
October 16th - Terry Gilliam unwilling to direct a Potter film.
October 17th - J.K. Rowling says she did not sign a letter of intent for a Harry Potter-themed park.
October 20th - Scientists create a real invisibility cloak.
October 25th - MuggleShop debuts.
October 27th - MuggleNet releases What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?
October 29th - Yates estimates running time of fifth film.
October 31st - J.K. Rowling updates site saying she has a third title to choose from for Book 7.
- JK Rowling is among TIME Europe's heroes that have emerged in the past six decades.
November 15th - The first OOTP promotional poster is released.
November 17th - The trailer for Order of the Phoenix debuts before Happy Feet.
November 20th - The OOTP trailer becomes available online.
November 21st - HBO airs almost 4 minutes of footage from OOTP.
November 17th - Electronic Arts announces the OOTP video game.
November 28th - JK Rowling wins her first literary award in over five years from her home country. She didn't attend the ceremony but passed along the message that book 7 is coming along nicely.
December 2nd - ABC Family airs 13 new clips from Order of the Phoenix during their broadcast of SS and COS.
December 14th - The Georgia Board of Education rejects Laura Mallory's appeal in a unanimous decision to keep the Harry Potter books on library shelves.
December 19th - JK Rowling updates her diary to say that she dreamed she was Harry Potter. She also says she is writing scenes that have been planned for a dozen years.
December 21st - The 'Do Not Disturb' sign is removed on JK Rowling's site.
December 21st - The title of the final book is released: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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