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Wedding scene to be filmed August 10

While at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, the David Thewlis fansite Thewlis Rox received word that some of Thewlis' outfits were “recently shipped back to England for David to use/wear during the 'Wedding' sequence” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They were also told that the scene will be filmed August 10. Thanks to Thewlis Rox for letting us know and be sure to check out their site for an exclusive report and pictures from the exhibit! Read More »

The Magic Quill #168: The Revolting Ones

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by Robbie Fischer Contest co-winners: Linda Carrig, Joe, and _houdini Runner-up: greyniffler Rigel had survived being chased by merhags, wereyaks, and enemies on the rooftops. After running through zigzagging alleys and across several bridges without hearing pursuit behind him, he began to think he could survive anything. Then he saw light ahead – an open square! No one would think of attacking him there… He put on a surge of speed, in spite of his weariness. The lure of open space called to him. It was almost close enough to touch, if he stretched out his arm… …and then the ground disappeared beneath his feet. He landed in a shoulder-roll, his fall cushioned by what seemed to be sacks of dried beans piled in an underground storeroom. Looking up from where he came to rest, he saw the hole he had fallen through as a rectangle of starlight in an otherwise pitch-black sky. Was this some sort of Venetian sewer with the manhole cover left off? It didn’t smell like one. In fact, it didn’t even smell damp – which, for an underground passage in Venice, could only mean one thing. Magic. Rigel sat up and tried to look around. ... Read More »

Paperback Deathly Hallows a US Best Seller

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in paperback on July 7 and is now on USA Today's US Best Seller list at No. 2. Here are the top 10 best sellers: 1. Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine by Glenn Beck 2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre 3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer 5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer 8. My Sister's Keeper: A Novel by Jodi Picoult 9. The Shack by William P. Young 10. Smoke Screen: A Novel by Sandra Brown Thanks to Snitch Seeker! Read More »

Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling!

Today, July 31, the author of the Harry Potter book series celebrates her birthday alongside her brainchild, Harry. We hope both have a brilliant birthday! Please join us in celebrating with birthday wishes in the comments. Read More »

MuggleCast #177: The Astronomy Tower of Terror

The latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast has arrived, and it's packed with Half-Blood Prince discussion! Join Micah, Laura, Mikey, Matt and I for our thoughts on the film, the latest news, and much more: - How'd Half-Blood Prince perform in the box office? Why did hamsters beat wizards in HBP's second week? - Ultimate Collector's Edition DVDs… is it too soon? - Theme Park news and Half-Blood Prince give us a new idea for a ride at the upcoming theme park. - Azkatraz recap! We had a ton of fun meeting and hanging with the listeners! - Our 4 year anniversary is coming up very soon. We discuss how we'll celebrate. - The rest of our show goes through lots of Half-Blood Prince talk. Best film? Best acting? Scariest scenes? What did WB miss? We talk about it ALL! To download the fun for free, we recommend subscribing through iTunes. Just CLICK HERE and then press “Subscribe” to the right of our album art. (Already subscribed? Refresh your feed!) No iPod or MP3 player needed! You can also visit the MuggleCast website to listen right within your browser, or to download the MP3 file to your desktop. Read More »

MuggleMayhem Updates

For those attending MuggleMayhem, there will be a display of original film props throughout the convention as well as a themed potion room for you to mix your own potions in. On the Saturday night an auction will be held for charity: items will include rare posters, promo items, t-shirts, signed items and a meal with the Harry Potter film actors attending the convention. Please see the official forum for more information. MuggleMayhem is a not-for-profit Harry Potter convention that will run between August 7th and 9th. It is a joint venture between MuggleNet and Showmasters Ltd. Read More »

Best beach book ever: Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has topped National Public Radio's poll of the 100 Best Beach Books Ever! Here are the top ten books on the list: 1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling 2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini 4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding 5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells 7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg 10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver Thanks to TLC! Read More »

Happy Birthday Neville Longbottom!

The calendar on J.K. Rowling's site marks today as Neville Longbottom's birthday. Happy Birthday, Neville! Read More »

Is Harry Potter bad for journalism?

Baylor University released an article today looking at the role Harry Potter may have on newspapers and journalism. “The books present an unnecessarily pessimistic view of journalism today,” says Dr. Amanda Sturgill, senior lecturer in journalism at Baylor and one of the study co-authors. “Since literature can play an important role in helping children learn and possibly empathize with situations experienced by the characters, the potential for influence on journalism is strong.” What do you think? Are Rita Skeeter and the Daily Prophet adding to the already declining credibility/opinion of newspapers and journalism? Read More »

Names of key attractions at Wizarding World revealed?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting today that some of the names for rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter have been uncovered. “A sleuth over at the IOACentral message boards has unearthed a dozen recent trademark applications made by Warner Bros. Entertainment that appear to be for rides, shops and restaurants that will be part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.” - Rides: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, Dragon Challenge - Shops: Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko's and Owl Post. - Restaurants: Three Broomsticks, Magic Neep and Butterbeer. Hogsmeade Village is also listed and described as a themed area. It will likely be the location of most of the shops and restaurants. Please treat this all as speculation for right now until we get further confirmation. Names are also likely to change with so much time before the park's opening. Read More »

J.K. Rowling chair goes for 20,000 pounds

Last week we reported that the chair in which J.K. Rowling wrote her first two Harry Potter books would be re-auctioned for the Books Abroad charity. Today, The Scotsman is reporting that the chair was sold for 20,000 pounds–one-third more than it went for last time it was auctioned. Matthew Ford, the art dealer organising the sale, said: “It's a chair you would pay a tenner for in a junk shop but, historically, it's the most important chair in Muggledom, and probably one of the most exceptional and rare pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia ever likely to be offered for sale.” Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to the Books Abroad charity. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince IMAX contest

IMAX has launched a contest for fans to win t-shirts and posters, to celebrate its release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price opening in the U.S. tomorrow, July 29. Residents of the U.S. and Canada can enter here! Many thanks to Leaky! Read More »

HBP remains at the top in the UK

While in the US animated film G-Force has beaten the latest Potter movie at the box office, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince remains at the top of the charts in the UK and Ireland for a second week in a row, the BBC reports. So far, the film as taken in approximately £33m, deeming it “the biggest UK box office success of the year so far.” Its success has Josh Berger, managing director of Warner Bros, calling it “nothing short of astonishing.” Read More »

New York Times looks at alcohol intake in HBP

The New York Times has a look at the role of alcohol in the Harry Potter book series and film franchise–particularly, the latest film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Alcohol educators say that they don’t want to ruin the fun, but that parents should be aware of alcohol’s role in the Harry Potter series, the books as well as the movies. Several studies suggest that movies influence teenagers’ behavior when it comes to drinking, drugs and tobacco. An Institute of Medicine committee on under-age drinking has said there is “a strong possibility” that youth exposure to alcohol through movies contributes to early initiation of alcohol use. … Alcohol experts say this does not mean that children shouldn’t see the new Harry Potter movie. It actually presents an opportunity for parents to talk to their children about alcohol, says Dr. Christopher Welsh, a University of Maryland psychiatrist and addiction specialist. Read More »

Dan Radcliffe to vote Liberal Democrat

In an interview with Attitude magazine, Dan Radcliffe revealed that he will be voting Liberal Democrat in the next general election. “I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem. “If all the people who liked them voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three-party system,” he added. He also discussed his loathing for homophobia: “I grew up around gay people entirely. I was the only child in my class who had any experience of homosexuality or anything like that.” Read the BBC's report of the interview here and check out magazine scans here thanks to DanRadcliffe.com. Read More »

Nighy to start filming next week

Earlier this month, Bill Nighy confirmed his role as Rufus Scrimgeour for the final Potter movies. In an interview with BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, he revealed that scenes with his character as the newest Minister of Magic will begin in the next week. “I start filming next week and I've been in for costume fittings and things. I can't tell you too much about it because they do literally, I think they kill me or take my house or something if I tell you anything too much. And for good reasons, so that it all comes as a bit of a surprise.” Read More »

G-Force beats out Half-Blood Prince at box office

The Associated Press is reporting that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came in second at the U.S box office this weekend, behind Disney's G-Force. The sixth installment in the Harry Potter franchise has now made $222 million total, which is $14 million ahead of where part five, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was after 12 days in theaters in 2007. And this week, “Half-Blood Prince” will start showing on 166 IMAX screens, which the last “Harry Potter” movie did from the start. Half-Blood Prince opens in IMAX July 29. Read More »

CC #304: Week of July 12, 2009

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Yates talks Potter series, finale with Vanity Fair

Director David Yates recently spoke with Vanity Fair, where he discusses the decision to split Deathly Hallows, the challenge of adding an additional scene in Half-Blood Prince, as well as the series in general. When asked about the task of having to please millions of fans: “It’s a very difficult juggling act but you just do your very best to make the film as in-the-moment as possible and you have to make certain choices, which are difficult at times, which just make that adaptation fit more into that cinematic experience in the theater.” On knowing he will have directed the majority of Potter films: “I’m really cool about that. It sort of raises the bar somewhat when I leave Potter and I move on and start doing other stuff.” Thanks to Tom for sending this in! Read More »

Nicholas Hooper will not compose Deathly Hallows

You may remember earlier this month there were rumors that Nicholas Hooper would not return to compose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we can now confirm that he, in fact, is stepping down. iF: After two POTTER movies, and I imagine the next two, do you hope to bring your own wealth of themes to Harry that will be as memorable as the music that started it all? HOOPER: I have made the decision not to do the next two HARRY POTTER films. I’ll be handing the baton on to another composer. It has been a roller coaster ride, and, I feel, an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to have scored such great films and such a fantastic story. Read More »