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‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ nominated for Independent Spirit Award & People’s Choice Award


The Perks of Being a Wallflower, staring Emma Watson, has just been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature AND a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie! The movie, which opened in theaters this September in limited release, is based on the book of the same title, by Stephen Chbosky. It tells the story of Charlie – played by Logan Lerman – a teenager starting his freshman year of high school, and the friends he makes along the way. Emma plays Sam, step-sister to Charlie’s first friend in high school, Patrick, who is portrayed by Ezra Miller. The film also stars Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) and Paul Rudd (Clueless, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). You can vote now for the People’s Choice Award by heading over to their website. The Independent Spirit Awards air on February 23 at 10 p.m. EDT, while the People’s Choice Awards air one month before, on January 9. Did you see The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Do you feel it deserves these nominations? I sure do – I personally loved it! Read More »

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter gets a holiday makeover

Exterior of The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

We have all wondered what it would be like to go to Hogwarts, especially during the holidays. The Great Hall lined with Christmas trees, the mistletoe hanging about the castle, and of course, the Christmas feast. Well, thanks to the team over at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter, now is your chance to see those things first hand! The tour will be getting a festive face-lift from December 1 through January 6. It will include all of the Christmas adornments straight from the series, including the tree-lined Great Hall & the food from the Christmas feast! From the official press release: For the first time, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter will undergo a seasonal makeover using the actual decorations and food props seen in the most successful film series of all time. Visitors will see firsthand how the vast Christmas feasts were created and how sets were transformed for festive scenes. Eight Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, adorned with authentic decorations as they first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™. In the film, these decorations are levitated onto the trees by Professor Flitwick, played by Warwick Davis. ... Read More »

MuggleNet attends Supanova Expo in Brisbane, Australia


Supanova Pop Culture Expo, the place where fans go to be face to face with “supa-star” celebrities, happened this past weekend in Brisbane, Australia, and MuggleNet staff member Alexandra was there to cover all of the Harry Potter action! Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), and Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas) were there representing the Harry Potter cast, and even held two panels for fans to attend and ask questions. Some of the questions were quite, and the answers quite hilarious: What animal from the series would Tom want as a pet? “Buckbeak.” What did they try get to keep, if anything, from the set? Chris: “My Weasley jumper!” MuggleNet live tweeted the entire event, and the rest of the questions and answers can be found on the MuggleNet Live Twitter. We were also lucky enough to be able to sit down and have a chat with Chris and Alfie. You can listen to the audio of the interview in full, and photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page. You can also read Alexandra’s full report from the event right here. Did you attend Supanova this past weekend? Did you get a chance to talk with ... Read More »

New limited edition of ‘Harry Potter: Page to Screen’ comes with a hefty price tag


Remember the $880 collection we reported on back in September? Well, break out your wallet Potter fans because the collection has been officially announced – and for not only $880, but $1000! The collection, which contains eight books, boasts about amazing features such as “never-before-published art and photographs, comes with its own cloth-covered shelf (as if from a shop in Diagon Alley), and includes a gilded portfolio of five frame-able prints, a replica of The Monster Book of Monsters, and eight gorgeous books chronicling the making of the Harry Potter films, from creatures and costumes to casting and set locations.” The collection, of course, sounds amazing, but even with the current 40% off that Amazon is offering, the box set would still come to a whopping $600. Potter fans are getting increasingly frustrated with the high price items that are coming onto the market – The Wizard’s Collection, for example – and they’re asking when it’s going to stop. There has even been an expanded, more comprehensive version of Harry Potter Film Wizardy released, which some still refused to purchase stating that they already had the book from years before. The collection does seem impressive, and with the limited release ... Read More »

A fan’s dream: meeting J.K. Rowling at Lennoxlove Book Festival


J.K. Rowling ended her promotional tour for The Casual Vacancy last night in Scotland, at the Lennoxlove Book Festival. Like the rest of her appearances, she was forthcoming, heartfelt, modest, and, of course, hilarious! Also like the rest of her appearances, there were hundreds of fans just dying to meet her. This is the experience of one of them, Alohomora! moderator, Laura (aka, Snapescape). The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. Set in an illuminated 13th century house estate, complete with gargoyles peering down at us from the large iron gates, I couldn’t help but think of Hogwarts. It was magical. After having gaped and awed at the surrounding building, we made our way towards the garden, where we would witness JK Rowling in all her splendour. Well, I say that, but I wasn’t fortunate enough to get tickets to the actual event, so I had to slum it with all the other peasants in a nearby marquee and watch Jo on the big screen. Not that I’m complaining though, we had a great time. To read Laura’s complete experience, head over to our The Casual Vacancy page. Read More »

Interested in meeting Alan Rickman, star of the new film ‘Gambit’?


Okay, so let’s face it, you probably aren’t interested in meeting Alan Rickman for a chance to talk with him about his new role in Gambit, a revenge movie revolving around con artists, but in fact to speak with him about his iconic role as the professor we all loved to hate (or, hated to love) Severus Snape. Regardless of your reasons, the exciting part is that you have a chance to meet him – if you live in or near London. According to 3GuysOnALondonTourBus, the stars of the film (which also includes Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, & Cameron Diaz) are going to make an appearance at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London, this coming Wednesday November 7 from 8-9 p.m. The hour long discussion will be regarding the film and will include not only Alan, but Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Tom Courtenay, and director Michael Hoffman. Tickets cannot be reserved for the event, so if you plan to attend, the website suggests arriving early. Will you try and meet Alan Rickman next week? If so, for what reason? What would you ask him if get the chance? Read More »

Daniel Radcliffe, ‘Woman in Black’ honored at First Annual 2012 Fright Night Awards


Daniel Radcliffe and his bone chilling thriller Woman in Black were nominated, and won, at the First Annual 2012 Fright Night Awards last night! The Fright Night Awards is a virtual awards show held exclusively online in which fans from all over the world can vote for their favorite stars in categories such as movies, television, celebrity costumes, and more! The awards show is funded by CancerBites, a “national blood cancer awareness and education campaign launching on Halloween. CancerBites has enlisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) to help fuel its mission. As the nation’s leading blood cancer patient advocacy organizations, LLS, LRF and MMRF will play an integral role in the campaign at every level: funding research to find effective new treatments and cures; connecting patients and their families to free educational information; and providing support services for patients at every stage of their cancer journey. The awareness campaign will encourage the public to support their efforts to beat cancer.” Dan won the award for Favorite Actor in a Horror Film for his role in Woman in Black, which won the award for Favorite Scare Movie of the ... Read More »

Whimsic Alley Craft Fair to be held next weekend in Los Angeles


Whimsic Alley, “Fine Shops since 1367”, is a magical shop located in Los Angeles, California which sells amazing handcrafted Harry Potter gifts. They have been named “Best of L.A.” by Los Angeles Magazine and “Best of 2010 & 2011” by L.A. Parent Magazine! They not only sell beautiful items, but they also hold amazing events such as annual Yule Balls & White Hippogriff Exchange Party, where everyone brings a gift and swaps! Another event that they hold semi-annually is their Whimsic Alley Craft Fair, which features “unique Wizard-World artisans from throughout the country.” There are gorgeous hand-crafted wands, jewelry, potions, and so much more! The store is absolutely incredible too! It feels like walking into Diagon Alley, complete with the staff dressed in wizarding attire. The event is being held two weekends from now, November 10 & 11, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, and feel like checking out this unique event (which, did I mention, is also FREE?), head over to their Facebook page for more information. Read More »

“Harry Potter” composer John Williams to be honored by Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

Composer John Williams, known for his work on classic themes like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and of course, Harry Potter, is being honored this Sunday, November 4, at the 7th Annual Benefit Gala for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA). Read More »

Trailer: Maggie Smith & Michael Gambon reunite for “Quartet”

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Arguably one of the best duos in the Harry Potter series was that of Professor Minerva McGonagall & Professor Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by the very talented Dame Maggie Smith & Michael Gambon, respectively. Read More »

The final seven chapters of “Chamber of Secrets” are now available for exploration on Pottermore!


Join hundreds of thousands of fans in exploring new moments and discovering new material! In the final seven chapters a lot happens, and Pottermore is sure not to disappoint! Read More »

“PocketWarwick” Review: The Davis is doin’ it!

Warwick Pocket Warwick

Last week we told you about a fun new game from the mind of Warwick Davis (Griphook/Professor Flitwick), PocketWarwick, where you have to keep a virtual Warwick Davis alive and help him climb through the ranks of Hollywood. MuggleNet was lucky enough to get an early copy of the game and let me tell you - I had a blast playing it! Read More »

Casting News: Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Gary Oldman & more

tom felton b&w photoshoot

In the post Potter era that we live in, it isn't uncommon to read about the new roles our favorite stars have recently signed on for. This week was no exception. Read More »

Calling All Artists! Alohomora! holds international design competition!


Alohomora!, MuggleNet's global re-read, is calling all artists for a global competition like no other! If you can draw, paint, or even digitize like no other, then this is the competition for you! Read More »

Harry Potter Studio Tour – an Actor’s Perspective


Just one week before all the amazing new Dark Arts features make their debut at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter, Potter actors Will Dunn (James Sirius) & Ellie Darcey-Alden (young Lily Evans) visited the attraction this past weekend - and were gracious enough to share their experience with us! Read More »


Warwick Pocket Warwick

PocketWarwick is a free mobile app game released by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, who played Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the films. It is brought to you by iDiot Films, Davis’s own creative company, Offficial, an entrepreneurial, innovation and investment company, and digital designers Matmi. Davis said on the app: “I came up with the idea of PocketWarwick because I love technology and apps. I wanted to somehow incorporate what I do as a performer in making something that was fun and playable. PocketWarwick is kind of a fusion of the old 90’s electronic pets Tamgotchi, The Sims and ‘me’. He lives inside your non-specific electronic handheld device. You have to make sure he’s entertained, fed, educated and washed, as well as managing his career. There are many interactions you can discover and new outfits and decorations to unlock. Download from the iTunes App Store here and the Google Play Store here. ‘Follow’ @PocketWarwick on Twitter and ‘like” Pocket Warwick on Facebook. “A little Hollywood in your pocket” Review by Kat Miller First off, I want to say that I am a huge Warwick Davis fan. He has been in two of the most lucrative film series of all time, Star Wars & Harry Potter. He was ... Read More »

Pottermore teams up with Barnes & Noble for year-long partnership


In yet another exciting way to bring Harry Potter fans together, Pottermore has teamed up with national book retailer Barnes & Noble to bring to you a year-long celebration! The two companies have teamed up in hopes that their events and partnership would help bring Pottermore into the real world, but still in a safe environment. Read More »

Warwick Davis to release mobile game, “PocketWarwick”


The much beloved Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick & Griphook the goblin, is launching a new mobile game for iOS & Android phones & tablets! The game, which releases in the Apple iTunes store October 25 and GooglePlay in November, is reminiscent of the Tamagotchi games of the mid 90's. Read More »

Win a ticket to see JK Rowling in New York City!

JK Rowling Casual Vacancy

If you werent't lucky enough to get a ticket - either because of the early on sale or simply because you weren't around at the time - now is your chance! The Alohomora! podcast team has ONE TICKET available - and they're giving it away to you! Read More »

Alohomora! Episode 13: “Return of the Pig” is now available for download!


The thirteenth episode of Alohomora! is now available for download! Listen in as hosts Noah, Kat, & Laura talk with fan guest, Amanda, and another very special guest also rears its controversial head! This week the hosts cover Chapters 7 & 8 of Chamber of Secrets. You can listen to the show directly in your browser below. Read More »