Another set of JK Rowling's autographed Harry Potter books has been put up for auction
by the National Braille Press today for the Hands On!
Books for Blind Children charity. This organization "strive[s] to eliminate the literacy gap that separates blind children from the mainstream." The auction
will continue until October 25, 2007 at 9:00 PM EDT and on the next day it will be featured live at the gala hosted by The Tonight Show's
Jay Leno beginning at 7 PM and ending at 9 PM.
Posted by on 10-03-2007 at 5:13 PM
As it is now October 4th in the UK, JK Rowling's official website has been updated
to wish our favorite Transfiguration teacher a Happy Birthday!
Posted by on 10-03-2007 at 6:47 PM
In a new interview
with Variety, Harry Potter producer David Heyman discusses what lies ahead for him after the last two films as well as what it has been like to work with actors both young and old. Heyman takes little credit for the development of the young stars citing their relationships with actors such as Gary Oldman and Maggie Smith:
"It's because of their commitment and curiosity to develop their craft. We've given them the platform, but they're here because they're good."
For more, including why Heyman thinks every role is important click here
. Thanks to everyone who submitted the tip!
Posted by Micah on 10-05-2007 at 11:16 AM
The Herald is reporting
that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently welcomed a new member to her family when she adopted Sapphire, a retired racing dog from the Greyhound Rescue Fife. Rowling made a favorable donation of £1,000 and wasn't recognized at first by the shelter's owner, Mrs. Fernie.
"When I looked at the cheque I couldn't believe it. The first thing I noticed was the amount she had made it out for. Then I spotted her name and realised who it was. I just said, 'Oh, I didn't recognise you,' and she just smiled politely. She was a lovely woman - the whole family were very nice."
Thanks to HPANA
Posted by Micah on 10-08-2007 at 9:27 PM
In this week's episode of our Harry Potter podcast
, we make Harry a pig and Dumbledore's motives slaughter. Was the famed headmaster setting the boy wizard up for an inevitable death? Or was The Great Bearded One absolutely sure that The Chosen One would survive He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named's plans? Okay, enough nicknames and we'll get straight to the point. On this week's show:
- Where is Jo going with Wizard of the Month?
- Ttitan Tiffin as young Tom Riddle?
- The news that launched a thousand shrieks.
- Was Pettigrew braver at age eleven?
- We discuss the morality of Dumbledore.
- Did he help Harry by distancing him?
- Was what Dumbledore did morally permissible?
- Would Harry have chosen his path if not for Dumbledore?
Join Laura, Eric, Jerry and I for all that, some classic MuggleCast segments, and much more! To download, we recommend subscribing for free
within iTunes. Using Apple's free music software will allow you to automatically get each show as soon as it is released. You can also find full show notes and alternate download links over at the MuggleCast website
Posted by on 10-08-2007 at 11:22 PM
Do not fret... it's not the Harry Potter film you're thinking! The Scotsman is reporting that Jo has not seen the 1986 film Troll
, which features two characters named Harry Potter. Even more coincidental, the plot involves a magical ring which can turn a troll back to his human form.
The revelation was made newsworthy because a remake is currently in the works, scheduled for a release in 2009. No word yet on whether or not Dan Radcliffe will be cast as Harry Potter.
Posted by on 10-09-2007 at 11:46 AM
In an article published yesterday by GMTV
, we have learned that our favorite author will be recognized alongside several others for her inspirational work at the British Pride Awards:
Twelve years ago, a woman sitting in Edinburgh coffee shop could be seen scribbling in a notebook, creating the life of a schoolboy wizard. Since the success of Harry Potter, Jo has inspired a new generation of avid readers, and she has encouraged a whole host of wannabe writers to put pen to paper. But despite a full-time writing schedule, Jo is also President of the charity One Parent Families, the patron of The Multiple Sclerosis Society and co-founder of the Children's High Level Group, helping young people in care.
The awards will be aired on ITV1 tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 9 PM GMT. If anyone is able to capture video or screenshots of Jo's appearance, please send it in!
Posted by on 10-09-2007 at 11:59 AM
Warner Brothers is pioneering a new digital download concept with the upcoming Order of the Phoenix
DVD release, Video Business reports
. WB will be including two digital copies of the fifth Potter film on its DVD, which you'll be able to download onto your PC or portable media player:
Jim Wuthrich, Warner senior VP of digital distribution, unveiled the development at Tuesday’s DVD Forum conference here, as he discussed the studio’s plans to meet what it sees as a growing consumer demand for digital content.
“You can buy the DVD and have the option of the digital copy,” said Wuthrich. “This future-proofs the format for consumers.”
While there is no word yet on exactly which media players you'll be able to put OOTP on, we can assume WB is targeting the very large iPod and iPhone markets. Both devices are capable of playing movies on-the-go. The DVD will be released in the UK on November 12th and the US on December 11th. Thanks to Lauren for the tip!
Posted by on 10-10-2007 at 11:52 AM
A Prague court today suspended and fined
Czech publisher Vlastimil Svoboda for printing and selling pirated copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Back in 2001, printing house Ottovo Nakladatelstvi published 10,000 copies of the fourth Potter novel knowing another local printer had the rights. The fine was equal to roughly $10,200.
Posted by Micah on 10-10-2007 at 2:00 PM
CBC News, based in Canada, is reporting
that an Indian community is being sued over their replica of the Hogwarts castle. Made out of canvas and papier mâché, the castle was going to be used in an upcoming festival. However, a representative for the community groups claims they had no idea they needed to seek permission. From CBC:
The group had also hired artists to create a replica of the Hogwarts Express, the train that Harry Potter and his young wizard friends take to the school, as well as life-sized models of the main figures in the best-selling series of books.
The group has spent about $30,000 for its replica, called a pandal.
"It's just a theme.… We have also modelled the Titanic and no-one sued us," said another organizer, Robin Mukherjee.
A lawyer will try to fight the lawsuit on Friday. For the full story, click here
Posted by on 10-11-2007 at 12:20 AM
Filming for the sixth Harry Potter film continued this past weekend. Lochaber News is reporting
that 100 students from Lochaber High School in Fort William filled in as "apprentice witches and warlocks" for scenes involving the Hogwarts Express.
The article goes on to say that filming has begun again in Glencoe, Glenfinnan and Glenspean to help ensure the continuity with the previous films. But for the first time, however, cameras have been shooting at Loch Arkaig (most likely for the cave scene).
"An airborne film unit, and cameramen aboard a fish farm boat have been shooting computer-enhanced sequences, above and on the loch."
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Posted by Micah on 10-11-2007 at 12:31 AM
As reported yesterday, a lawsuit was filed against an Indian community that had created a replica of Hogwarts castle
to be used in an upcoming festival. Today, an Indian court rejected
the claim made by author J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers for copyright breach.
"The group's lawyer said they argued that since the celebrations were held in the public interest and they were not for profit, the community did not need to pay compensation."
Neither court officials nor the lawyers for J.K. Rowling were immediately available for comment.
Posted by Micah on 10-12-2007 at 12:19 AM
Common Sense Media has announced
that JK Rowling and the Potter series are recipients of their "ONnie" award, which recognize winners "for bringing us great, family-friendly entertainment, and providing leadership on kids and media issues."
Congratulations to Jo! Thanks to Tracy for the tip.
Posted by on 10-12-2007 at 9:15 PM
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling begins her open tour of the United States at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The local media is already beginning to cover her visit to the United States. A small piece
was done on the tour opening earlier this morning on FOX 11 in Los Angeles. Thanks to Maris and Michelle for the clip!
Be sure to check back for more updates throughout the next week as more news develops from all of Jo's readings!
You can also check out this clip
from the local ABC affiliate.
Posted by Micah on 10-15-2007 at 12:01 AM
Jo Rowling opened her U.S. Book Tour earlier today at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California reading an excerpt from the seventh Potter book (Chapter 3: The Dursleys Departing
) to roughly 1,600 eager listeners. She then took 12 questions from the audience before signing copies for all in attendance.
that JKR is enjoying her time away from meeting deadlines and has yet to start on the much anticipated Potter Encyclopedia. She even confesses Harry will be a tough act to follow:
"I want to fall in love with someone the way I fell in love with Harry. I never think about a particular genre. It is all about the story and the characters, but it has to be something I adore."
We will post the questions and answers from today's reading as soon as they become available.
Posted by Micah on 10-15-2007 at 7:04 PM
Additional reports from JK Rowling's LA stop on her Open Book Tour are emerging online. JK Rowling was greeted with a standing ovation from the 1600 school students who were lucky enough to attend the reading at the Kodak Theatre. "It wasn't like this when I was a teacher. If it had been, I might never have left."
However, despite leaving teaching to write, JK Rowling praised teachers saying "Good English teachers are worth their weight in gold." The Los Angeles Times
reports that though JK Rowling doesn't know what genre she'd like to pursue next, she does want to continue writing, which is ironic as JK Rowling claims no one in here family thought writing was a “sensible thing to do” growing up. Lucky for us, she didn't let that stop her!
Check out the article and we'll post more as it becomes available!
Thanks to Jessie Murray for the tip!
MTV has an interesting report
with a few new bits of fan reaction and information concerning Snape:
Earlier, Rowling said she was particularly pleased with how Snape's story played out throughout the course of the series, contrasting his character arc with that of Dumbledore.
"Although [Dumbledore] seems to be so benign for six books, he's quite a Machiavellian figure, really. He's been pulling a lot of strings. Harry has been his puppet," she explained. "When Snape says to Dumbledore [toward the end of 'Hallows'], 'We've been protecting [Harry] so he could die at the right moment' — I don't think in book one you would have ever envisioned a moment where your sympathy would be with Snape rather than Dumbledore."
As it is now October 17th in the UK, JK Rowling's official website has been updated
to wish our favorite Charms teacher a Happy Birthday!
Posted by Micah on 10-16-2007 at 6:49 PM
Jo will continue her Open Book Tour on Thursday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in front 1,600 students at 10:00 a.m.
The Times-Picayune reported
earlier today on the importance of Rowling's visit to the city, which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, quoting various student essays that were submitted in order to attend Thursday's event:
"J.K. Rowling is also an inspiration to everywhere, but especially New Orleans. She is proof that if you try hard enough, you can, like a phoenix, raise from the ashes to a marvelous life."
"When Hurricane Katrina was rolling in the Gulf of Mexico I immediately thought of taking my Harry Potter books with me. I knew wherever I was headed or how long I was going to be away from home, being back at Hogwarts with Harry, Hermione, and Ron would bring back comforting memories of my childhood.
As always check back throughout the week for the lastest on Jo's book tour.
Posted by Micah on 10-16-2007 at 9:06 PM
In two new articles with MTV, JK Rowling discusses
just how much she revealed to the trio prior to the release of Deathly Hallows
. Jo states that, whilst none of the actors explicitly asked her for information, "[she] told all of them little bits,” adding that Emma "nearly fell off the chair laughing" when she heard of a storyline regarding Hermione.
Dan Radcliffe, however, experienced the downside to being 'in the know' as, in telling his school friends he knew the ending of Deathly Hallows
, he was immediately "besieged and started to panic".
The second article
focuses on the somewhat controversial issue of Christianity and its place in the Harry Potter
series. "To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious," Jo says, proceeding to discuss how it was inevitable that there would be religious references in the books as "they're very British" and so religious quotes and imagery would naturally be encountered by the characters due to the setting.
When it comes to commenting on her own beliefs, Jo says, "I go to church myself [but] don't take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion."
Posted by on 10-17-2007 at 12:31 AM
The National Trust village is set for filming to begin
there next Wednesday for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
According to the Wiltshire Times, the area will be used to shoot night scenes involving actors Dan Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, as well as some Death Eaters.
"There has been a lot of preparation going on and they have been doing things to the outsides of houses on Church Street.
Filming will occur between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. with the cooperation of local residents. Thanks to Joe for sending this in!
Posted by Micah on 10-18-2007 at 08:53 AM
Here are the first photos
of JK Rowling at today's US Open Book tour reading in New Orleans. Jo offered some advice
to aspiring writers: "Read a lot. And write what you know."
We'll hopefully know more soon. Remember that Jo's next reading will take place in New York City.
Posted by on 10-18-2007 at 3:34 PM
Chris Rankin, the actor who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter
films, recently gave an interview
to New Zealand's TV3. Chris talked about, in particular, what it is like to be a part of the Potter franchise and also mentioned that it is "unlikely" that his character will be in the upcoming Half-Blood Prince
movie, although he is still hopeful that he will return for the final installment of the series.
Posted by on 10-19-2007 at 11:37 AM
The MuggleNet founder will be a guest on At Large with Geraldo Rivera
on FOX tonight, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30ish (the producers said he would be on during the second half of the show). He will be discussing the ramifications of Jo's revelation as to Dumbledore's sexual orientation.
The video is now available
Posted by on 10-20-2007 at 2:11 PM
Gloucestershire Cathedral, the backdrop for Hogwarts scenes in the first two Harry Potter
movies has just been confirmed
as a filming location for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
. Additionally, students from local schools, King's, Crypt and Denmark Road will be invited to audition for roles as extras in the film. There is no news yet as to when these scenes will be filmed.
Thanks to Roxy for letting us know!
Posted by on 10-21-2007 at 09:23 AM
On its spectacularly stunning *fifth birthday*, MuggleNet's premiere fan-interactive segment The Crazy Caption Contest
is given a new title... 'version 2.0'!
First begun in 2002 by webmaster Emerson Spartz himself, this segment has since grown into the mighty MuggleNet's largest and most fan-interactive segment throughout these many years of Potter. To celebrate, the contest has been given a *double dose* of fan interactivity, as all visitors now have the opportunity to vote on each week's winners. Not only this, but voting has been made available on every one of the contest's 250-week lifespan, creating hours of hilarious fun to be had in reading and 'judging' the winners of the past!
There has never been a better time than now to check out this cool segment on MuggleNet, and become hooked! We are VERY proud to bring such a cool renovation to the section that has been loved increasingly for the past five years, and which may very well continue for a few more.
Posted by on 10-23-2007 at 3:32 PM
The clip is now online on YouTube
. Thanks to everyone who have been sending clips in!
We've heard from fans that a skit aired last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live parodying MuggleNet founder Emerson Spartz's interview last Saturday on At Large with Geraldo Rivera
. We would love to see the clip, so if you recorded the show, send me an email at ben at staff dot mugglenet dot com
and let me know - even if you don't know how to transfer it from your DVR/Tivo to your computer. Thank you!
Posted by on 10-24-2007 at 4:32 PM
David Thewlis, the actor who plays Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter series recently did an interview
while promoting his new book, "The Late Hector Kipling" in Toronto for the International Festival of Authors. One of the questions he answered was in response to the recent news concerning Dumbledore's character, saying he initially believed Lupin to be gay:
"The funny thing when Alfonso Cuaron directed 'The Prisoner of Azkaban,' the first film that I appear in, he had the idea that Lupin was gay and he described my character like a 'gay junkie.' And of course Lupin turns out not to be gay because he marries Tonks and has children."
Thanks to Tonya and Susie for sending this in!
Posted by Micah on 10-24-2007 at 8:54 PM
The Wiltshire Times has a nice report
from the first day of on-location filming for Half-Blood Prince
, which is set to be released on November 21st, 2008. The scene involving Harry and Dumbledore going to visit Slughorn is the scene the crews are working on, and Dan Radcliffe is scheduled to be on set. From the report:
They painted a number of houses and put up brown tape on some properties to imitate wooden beams. Residents in Church Street have been asked to black out their windows with blinds during the nighttime filming. A giant light was set up behind Cantax House to flood the street in artificial moonlight and crowds gathered to watch what was going on. A member of the film crew said: "The light will look like moonlight and it is made up of lots of smaller lights inside to give that strong effect.
The Wiltshire Times also has a photo gallery from the make-shift set, and you can check those out (with nice captions) right here
. Thanks to Daniel and Jamie for the tip!
Posted by on 10-25-2007 at 11:21 AM
Harry Potter actors will come together to attend Patrick Doyle's "Music from the Movies" at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, October 28th. Featuring music from the Goblet of Fire
composer, the event will be held in aid of Leukaemia Research. Doyle is himself a leukaemia survivor and will join the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus for this very special performance.
The event will be directed by actor Kenneth Branagh, who played Professor Lockhart, and supported by other Harry Potter actors including: Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) and Robbie Coltrane (Professor Hagrid). Others in attendance will include Richard E. Grant, Sir Derek Jacobi and Dame Judi Dench. These stars will introduce some of the greatest film soundtracks of all time.
To take advantage of a special ticket offer for as low as £10, use the code "2639" when calling the Royal Albert hall box office at 020 7589 8212 or by visiting their website
Posted by Micah on 10-25-2007 at 7:40 PM
New photos have appeared on BuzzNet.com
where you can see actors Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) and Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) on this set!
Our friends at Leaky have been receiving
various reports from readers who have visited the on-location filming of Half-Blood Prince
Ettie writes that "the part I saw was the walk to, and entry into the house. They did about 6 takes. When I left they were shooting them leaving the house, and you could hear Slughorn's voice agreeing to take the job and demanding a pay rise. Inside the doorway I could see a white staircase and light blue walls. Michael Gambon was really nice and took a moment to walk over and speak to some of the children and parents watching the set. He asked if everyone was cold and said he was freezing. He was wearing the gray robes he has worn before in other Potter films. Daniel was wearing trainers, T shirt and jacket."
For more information from the set, click here
. Filming continues through Saturday morning and we'll continue to bring you new information as we receive it. If you have any filming reports for us to post, please e-mail them to tips at staff dot mugglenet dot com
Posted by on 10-26-2007 at 10:42 AM
earlier this week, Patrick Doyle's "Music from the Movies" was held tonight at the Royal Albert Hall to benefit Leukemia Research with several Harry Potter actors in attendance. Kenneth Branagh (who directed the event), Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton and Mike Newell all turned up to show their support. Photos
are now available via Getty Images.
Posted by Micah on 10-28-2007 at 8:54 PM
Ben returns to our Harry Potter podcast
this week and there's so much discussion, it requires a lot more than just one pint of butterbeer. Laura, Micah, Eric and I join Ben in going over everything JK Rowling revealed at her book reading last week at Carnegie Hall, including:
- Dumbledore is gay - initial thoughts from the hosts!
- Eric gives us a full report on MuggleCast LIVE in Australia!
- We go over each of the questions answered at the October 19th reading in NYC.
- Andrew, Laura, and Micah talk about meeting Jo. (Yes, life is now complete.)
- Should Jo have revealed Dumbledore's sexuality?
- Why does it matter, and why is it front-page news?
- The hosts become quite opinionated when it comes to fans who act as though Dumbledore being gay tarnishes his character.
All that and much more comes in this very entertaining and important episode of MuggleCast. We want to warn listeners that this episode does contain mature discussion and nothing within the show should be taken personally if it were to offend you (which we're pretty sure it won't).
With that said, we recommend subscribing for free in iTunes
if you're a new listener (current listeners: update your feed). Full shownotes and alternate download links can be found over at the MuggleCast website
Posted by on 10-29-2007 at 00:30 AM
JK Rowling has updated her official website
wishing Molly Weasley a happy birthday for October 30th. Happy birthday, Mrs. Weasley!
Posted by on 10-30-2007 at 06:59 AM
Casting for extras in the sixth Harry Potter film, Half-Blood Prince
, took place
in Gloucester recently where many young students lined up before the casting team.
Marketing manager Sharon Bird said: "The whole experience becomes a huge part of school life and children really enjoy being part of what is probably the biggest movie series in history."
Best of luck to those who tried out!
Posted by on 10-30-2007 at 12:19 AM