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OOTP to premiere on HBO in June

The HBO schedule for Order of the Phoenix is now online, and the fifth film in the Potter series is set to begin in high-definition on June 22nd at 9 PM EST. The Making Of special, which originally aired back in November, will start airing again on the June 19th. Thanks, Julee, for the tip! Read More »

Hogsmeade structures begin to appear at Wizarding World

Over the past few months, we've been updating you on various construction photos from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Today, Screamscape.com has a few new pictures from construction, most notably one of a building from Hogsmeade Village. We've also received word from a source who tells us that the entire Lost Continent area will close in early 2009 to make way for The Wizarding World. Two places inside Lost Conintent, the Voyage of Sinbad and Dueling Dragons (a show and a ride respectively) will both be kept but converted to Potter. It's important to take this information with a grain of salt until we get official confirmation, even though rumors have been rampant lately about The Lost Continent's future. Thanks to Trish and Katie for the tips! Read More »

Introducing the 2008 Fan Fiction Meets YouTube Contest

UPDATE: By popular demand we have extended the deadline for submissions to May 21st. Several of you requested more time because school is wrapping up now and the previous deadline was too soon. For all you budding screenwriters and filmmakers out there MuggleNet, Magical Tours, and Alivan's have come up with the perfect contest for you! All you have to do is re-write a scene from any of the seven Harry Potter books, film it on video, and submit it to YouTube. Go HERE for complete contest details. 1st Prize is a complete set of all the British versions of the Harry Potter books – adult covers, boxed and sealed! 2nd Prize is a Majestic Hogwarts School robe, and 3rd Prize is your choice of wands from the Classic or Majestic Collections both from our friends at Alivan's. Also, Magical Tours has extended the sign-up dates for last-minute guests for the MuggleNet Express Tour. Go to Magical Tours for more details, and to see a new video from the 2008 Magical Tours Intern, Thomas Pardee check this out. Read More »

Suzanne Toase to play Alecto Carrow in HBP

According to United Agents, actress Suzanne Toase is currently filming her role as Alecto Carrow for the sixth Harry Potter film. It is yet unknown whether she'll reprise the role in Deathly Hallows. Thanks to everyone who emailed in! Read More »

MuggleCast #143: Point Number 4

Another week, another new episode of our Harry Potter podcast! Join Laura, Eric, Micah, Elysa, Matt and I for a discussion of the past week's top Potter news stories, Chapter by Chapter, Make the Music Connection, and much more. Including: – Rowling documentary, HBP video game, and court case transcripts. – Chapter 27: The Final Hiding Place. – How did the dragon fly over London and nobody noticed? – We discuss Voldemort developing a very false sense of security. – Why didn't Harry notice Voldemort only named six places the Horcruxes could be? – Voicemails return. – Make the Music Connection and Chicken Soup. All that and much more can be found on Episode 143! To download for free, we recommend subscribing through Apple iTunes. Just click here and then press “Subscribe” to the right of our album art. No iPod or MP3 player needed! You can also visit the MuggleCast website to listen right within your browser. Enjoy! Read More »

CC #262: Week of April 20, 2008

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Broadway Equus tickets on public sale today

Tickets for Equus on Broadway starring Potter stars Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths are now on sale to the general public. Previously, they were only available to American Express cardholders. To purchase, click here and then click “Find Tickets” towards the top right. As we told you earlier this month, previews begin on September 5th and then the show officially kicks off on September 25th. Thanks, Callie, for the tip! Read More »

Warner Brothers announces Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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This morning, Warner Brothers Consumer Products and Becker Group announced Harry Potter: The Exhibition, “a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series.” According to the press release, the exhibition will span 10,000 square feet and host “elaborate displays of authentic costumes, props and artifacts from popular environments featured in the films.” The tour will begin in Spring of 2009. Exact dates and locations will be forthcoming, but they recommend keeping an eye on the official exhibition site. We’ll update you with more as we know it! Read More »

Deathly Hallows Part 1 Release Date Set: 11/19/10

ComingSoon.net received a hot tip early Friday morning, revealing that Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released November 19th, 2010. The news comes just a little over a month since Warner Brothers announced the final book will be split into two films. No word yet on the exact date for Part 2, but Heyman has previously stated in an interview with the LA Times to look for a May 2011 release. Thanks, Matt, for the tip! Read More »

The U-Bend #46: Where Did All the Ron Rons Go?

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by Andrew Lee “You know. You still want me.” – Ron Weasley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Welcome to The U-Bend! Dim the lights, close the blinds and shut the door. Today you are about to learn the truth about a horrifying Harry Potter secret that J.K. Rowling didn’t want you to know. Many bothans died to bring us this information and only the mind of a genius (i.e. me!) could decipher it. Now a quick warning: The information you are about to read has the power to change the very nature of the ending of the entire Harry Potter series as we know it. Prepare to have your mind blown! First, it all relates back to a key scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Approximately two-thirds of the way through the book we learn something very important: Other characters can learn to beat Harry, because Harry is predictable. In this case, after years of stunning Quidditch defeats and savage spell attacks on the train ride to Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy finally manages to beat Harry Potter by using years of knowledge to his advantage. This is very important because it teaches us two things: 1. Other characters learn from Harry’s actions, and ... Read More »

EA announces HBP video game in development

UPDATE: PocketGamer.co.uk received a sneak peak at the Nintendo DS version of the game and their review is here! Electronic Arts, makers of every Potter video game to date, has announced that production of Half-Blood Prince is underway. The release will coincide with the release of the film, and EA is thrilled about this next installment: “We believe that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game represents a milestone in the movie tie-in genre,” said Harvey Elliott, Head of EA Bright Light studio in the UK where the Harry Potter franchise has its home. “Building on the technological advancements of previous games in the series and with a particular focus on the unique control system of Nintendo’s WiiTM, the team here is working closely with the filmmakers to create an immersive interactive experience that captures the story, the action, the excitement and, above all, the fun of the film.” The game is scheduled to be released on Wii, PS2, PS3, PC, MAC, X360, DS, and mobile devices. Thanks to Jamie for the tip, and we'll update you with more information in the coming months! For more information on the other Potter video games, click here. Read More »

Full transcripts from JKR vs Lexicon trial

Complete transcripts from the JK Rowling/Warner Bros. court case against RDR Books/HP Lexicon are now available. Click here for day one (April 14th), here for day two (April 15th), and here for day three (April 16th). Thanks to Stanford Law School. Read More »

ABC News to make Rowling documentary

Reuters reported earlier this evening that ABC News “20/20″ is working on a behind-the-scenes documentary on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The in-depth profile, which will air in November, includes several interviews, the book tour for the final “Harry Potter” installment, and a tour of locations that inspired her characters. It even hints to what the future holds for Harry and his friends. Read More »

The Magic Quill #135: The Spy Who Jinxed Me

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by Robbie Fischer Concepts contributed by Dragonic, greyniffler and Linda Carrig The house-elf looked in at the bathroom door and uttered the filthiest oath it knew – which translates into English as “Socks!” The steady drip of water from the pipe that ran along the ceiling was falling on the floor that the elf had mopped not half an hour ago, while the bucket that he had placed under the drip stood bone-dry, eight inches away from where the drops were falling. The creature grumbled as he mopped up the puddle and repositioned the bucket so that each drop fell in its center: TINK . . . TINK . . . TINK. Then it went about its previous errand of picking bits of ash and dust off the priceless Persian rug in Master’s study, which had to be done by hand, speck by speck. The house-elf grumbled about this, too. He liked to grumble, actually. He grumbled about the absurdity of Master’s explanation of why Carpet had to be picked rather than swept – something about the sweeper causing wear and tear on the rug’s ancient, delicate fibers – when it was manifestly obvious that Carpet was of the flying ... Read More »

CC #261: Week of April 13, 2008

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MuggleCast #142: Court is in Session

On this week’s episode of our Harry Potter podcast we take an in-depth look at the ongoing trial involving J.K. Rowling and RDR Books. Join Eric, Laura, Micah, Elysa and I as we have one of the more serious discussions in our three years of podcasting (but don't worry, we still have fun). – The trial was very emotional for both Jo and Steve but did it have to get to this point? – We review testimony given and comments made by both sides and offer our thoughts. – Breaking down the “fair use” doctrine, we try and get inside the head of Judge Patterson. – Which of the four categories of fair use would go in Jo or Steve's favor? – The negative impact this could have on the Harry Potter fandom and the “floodgates” that could open. – Elysa brings up a few previous court cases that have dealt with the “fair use” doctrine and the precedents set seem to favor J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. (Harper and Roe Publishers vs. Nation Enterprises). – Make the Music Connection provides some laughter after a very serious episode. All that and much more discussion can be found on this week’s ... Read More »

Emma Watson to play Napoleon love interest

According to this article from Reuters, Emma Watson has been chosen to take over a role originally slated for actress Scarlett Johansson, because of her age: Watson, 18, will play Betsy Balcombe, a young, impetuous noblewoman trapped on the isolated British island of St. Helena who falls in love with Napoleon, who has been exiled there. The film, titled Napoleon and Betsy, is scheduled for release some time in 2009. Read More »

Behind the scenes look at Beedle the Bard care

Yahoo! Local has posted a new video giving an inside look at just how much care Amazon puts into protecting Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of small fairy tales that JK Rowling donated to charity (the winning bidder was Amazon). Daphne Durham, Amazon's Book Managing Editor, talks about what it's like to hold the book and it's said that there are still some hidden secrets yet-to-be-revealed within the book. Thanks to Lori and Charles for the tip! Read More »

HPA reaches over 3k signatures for petition

The other day, we told you about The Harry Potter Alliance's goal of reaching over 1,000 signatures for a petition against genocide in Darfur. Thanks in part to all of you MuggleNet visitors, their expectations were far surpassed! Check out what Andrew Slack, founder of HPA, had to say about it right here. If you haven't signed the petition yet, read more about it and find out how to sign it by clicking here! Read More »

HP Fan Trips announce Equus/HBP NYC Trip

Our friends at HP Fan Trips have announced a really great trip for anyone who may be interested visiting New York City for two big Potter-related events this fall. From November 20th to the 22nd, join HP Fan Trips and fellow Potter fans for a weekend of seeing the Equus stage play starring Dan Radcliffe and the Half-Blood Prince film! Full details can be found right here. Read More »