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Gryffindor wins the 2nd House Cup on Pottermore

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As we reported previously, the Pottermore House Cup Championship was set to be awarded today and the final results are now in: Gryffindor Wins with 48,538,348 points 2nd Place – Slytherin with 48,495,275 points 3rd Place – Hufflepuff with 48,438,276 points 4th Place – Ravenclaw with 45,455,773 points The last House Cup winner was Slytherin House, who earned early access to the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets chapters when they were released on Pottermore. With the final chapters of Chamber of Secrets recently released, we don’t expect Prisoner of Azkaban chapters to be released for several months. So at this time we have no idea what Gryffindor house will win, but we will be sure to report on it as soon as it is announced. Pottermore also just completed the House Pride Week with several pieces of fan art that you can see on the Pottermore Insider blog right here. Congratulations to Gryffindor house! Did you help your team win? Read More »

HP Fan Trips celebrates 10th Anniversary with special gift when booking before Nov. 26

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HP Fan Trips has been providing Harry Potter fans with the most memorable adventures possible for the past decade. If you have not had the opportunity to be part of one of these magical experiences in travel, now is the time to book your special trip for 2013. As something extra special this year, HP Fan Trips will be giving away anniversary presents to everybody who books their trip by November 26, 2012. Choose one of the following gifts: Limited Edition FanTrips.Travel Base Ball Cap Autographed photos of Stanislav Ianevski/Louise Cordice (Viktor Krum and Blaise Zabini) Entrance ticket to The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter Many of the HP Fan Trips are arranged so you can attend LeakyCon London, which begins on August 8. Just choose your trip from one of the magical adventures below: HP Fan Trips Highlights (5days/4 nights) – August 4-8, 2013 HP Fan Trips Excellent Adventure (9 days/8 nights) – “Sorcerer“: July 31-August 8, 2013 or “Apprentice”: June 27-July 5, 2013 (50% SOLD OUT) Loch, Stock and Barrel Tour (10 days/9 nights) – “Sorcerer“: July 30-August 8, 2013 Dungeons and Castles Tour (7 days/6 nights) – “Sorcerer“: October 27-November 2, ... Read More »

GoodReads nominates ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling for Best Fiction Book of 2012

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GoodReads.com has nominated J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel The Casual Vacancy for the Best Fiction Book of 2012. As we reported previously, The Casual Vacancy received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, but for fans of Harry Potter the book was a far cry from the setting of the Hogwarts Saga while still possessing that flavor and touch of brilliant storytelling from the accomplished author. When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what if first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelation? Show your love for J.K. Rowling by heading on over to the GoodReads website and cast your vote now for The Casual Vacancy. Read More »

Accio Holiday Gifts! Warner Bros. unwraps online ‘Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide’

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today the Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide, an artistically illustrated digital catalog designed to offer Muggles the chance to shop for all of their Harry Potter presents in one place. The digital catalog will be available starting November 20 on www.harrypotter.com/giftguide and via the Harry Potter Facebook page. With offerings from a variety of world-class licensees including Noble Collection, Gentle Giant, Bioworld, Rubie’s Costume Co., Elope, Insight Editions, The Printorium, Tonner Doll and Mead, among many others, the Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide features a plethora of Harry Potter-inspired apparel, prop replicas, collectibles, toys, publishing products, and much more. Each product image functions as an intuitive hyperlink that directs users to the purchase point, giving all Muggles access to their own personal Diagon Alley. “Just in time for the holidays, the Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide gives fans the chance to browse through a great selection of Harry Potter offerings and instantly connect with the products they want,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “It’s as easy as waving a wand.” Designed by MinaLima, the creative design team behind the aesthetic elements of the Harry ... Read More »

J.K. Rowling to headline ‘Bath Literature Festival’ March 2013

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J.K. Rowling will be headlining the Bath Literature Festival in the UK for further promotion of her latest work, The Casual Vacancy , next year from March 1-10. Other authors lined up to attend this Independent newspaper sponsored festival include Sandi Toksvig, Helen Dunmore, PD James, and Kate Mosse. For more details about the event, visit the Bath Literature Festival website here. It should be an exciting event! Let us know if you plan on attending. Read More »

MuggleNet’s secret project to be unveiled on Friday – this will make your year complete!

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That’s right! MuggleNet has been working on a very secret project for you, the fans of Harry Potter, and it will be unveiled right here on MuggleNet this Friday, commonly known as Black Friday. Throughout the week will be providing you various hints on our Twitter and Facebook pages. You can take as many guesses as you would like and we will NEVER tell you if you are correct, but in the end, this will definitely be something EVERY Harry Potter fan will want. We’re excited, are you? Read More »

Rowling announces eBook proceeds for ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ to go to Lumos charity

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Today, J.K. Rowling has announced that all of the proceeds from the eBook sales for The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be given to her charity, Lumos. Lumos was launched on February 25, 2010 and was previously known as the Children’s High Level Group, a charity that had been established by Baroness Emma Nicholson and author J.K. Rowling. From the Lumos website: Lumos is an international NGO, founded by J K Rowling, which works with children in the European Region.One million children in the European Region live in large, residential institutions. We believe this is a form of abuse because research shows that, despite best intentions, institutions harm the health and development of children. We aim to put an end to the systematic institutionalisation of children, within the next 20 years. To do this, we work on seven different levels – from the individual child to international decision makers – to transform education, health and social care systems for children and their families and help children move from institutions to family-based care. To hear more about Lumos from the Harry Potter author, check out this video right here. You can order The Tales of Beedle the Bard from the ... Read More »

Boston University defeats Emerson College to win the Northeast Regional Championships in Muggle Quidditch

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MuggleNet Snitchcenter was on location with MuggleNet’s own field reporter and photographer Kat Miller at the Northeast Regional Championships that took place this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. The event was an official International Quidditch Association tournament between 24 teams and provided wining bids for 11 of those teams to move on to the Quidditch World Cup that takes place next April in Kissimmee, Florida. MuggleNet Snitchcenter will provide all of the scores and news from the tournament over the next week along with some amazing photographs. But the main story is the final match that just occurred between Boston University and Emerson College, which were ranked 5th and 12th in the world respectively. Photo of Boston University provided by @IQAquidditch, click on HERE for full size image of the Northeast Regional Champions. MuggleNetLive had full coverage of the final match, which included a false snitch snatch, but in the end Boston University caught the snitch and ended the game winning by a final score of 150-80. Hofstra University (ranked 10th in the world) came in 3rd place. You can check out all of the latest Muggle Quidditch news, and world rankings right here in MuggleNet SnitchCenter. If you have ... Read More »

MuggleNet officially welcomes 5 new staff members to the team

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You may have noticed that some of the recent news posts have been written by unfamiliar names. That’s because MuggleNet has just hired 5 new staff members including one full member and four news interns. We officially welcome the following MuggleNet team members: MuggleNet Staff Member Alexandra Maher Age: 19 Location: Sydney, Australia Pottermore House: Ravenclaw A Little About Me: I have been a fan of the Harry Potter movies since the beginning but I didn’t get into the books until much later, finally finishing Deathly Hallows in 2009. In October 2010 I applied to be a MuggleCast transcriber, and I proceeded to eagerly volunteer to transcribe for Alohomora! and MuggleNet Academia in 2012. MuggleNet News Interns Veronica Lloyd Laura Medicoff Jessica Jordan Claire Furner Age: 18 Age: 17 Age: 22 Age: 22 California, USA Ottawa, Canada Connecticut, USA Surrey, England Please join us in congratulating the new MuggleNet staff members! You can head on over to the MuggleNet About Us page to find out more about all of the MuggleNet, MuggleNet Interactive, MuggleNet Fan Fiction, MuggleSpace, and MuggleNet Transcription team members and staff. Read More »

‘Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide Is Here’ at the Harry Potter Shop

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Finding the perfect holiday gift can be stressful. To relieve customers of this burden, WBShop has created the perfect solution to the elusive gift search with their holiday gift guides! Check out separate gift guides for WBShop and HarryPotterShop! Check out some of these special offers: Harry Potter Collectible Time-Turner By Noble Collection from Warner Bros. Deluminator Prop Replica From Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows from Warner Bros. Harry Potter Divination Crystal Ball from Warner Bros. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Replica Make sure you take care of all of your close Harry Potter friends this Holiday season by simply clicking on the banner above. Read More »

‘Harry Potter’ actress Julie Walters to take part in fundraising performance this Sunday

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According to an article in the Daily Mail, stage and film actress Julie Walters – who portrayed Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter series – will co-star with Patrick Stewart for a special fundraising performance of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” this Sunday, November 18, at the St. Martin’s Theatre. St. Martin’s Theatre is celebrating it’s Diamond Anniversary (60th year) of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap”, which is the longest running show of any kind with over 24,000 performances. It is quite simply a great piece of theatrical history because of what it is, a whodunit written by the greatest crime writer of all time. Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, who was given the rights to “The Mousetrap” for his ninth birthday, will join producer Stephen Waley-Cohen in unveiling a memorial to Dame Agatha at St Martin’s Cross. It takes the form of a giant book containing her portrait. Read More »

Edinburgh University hits fundraising goal for Rowling MS clinic

Back in August of 2010, we reported that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had donated £10 million to Edinburgh University to help open a research clinic for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the disease that took the life of her mother Anne at the age of 45, and was slated to be named the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in her honor. Today, it was announced that the fundraising campaign by the university has reached its goal of £350 million and the research clinic is set to open next year. The announcement marks the end of a six-year fundraising drive to finance research, maintaining the buildings and providing financial aid for students. According to an article in Scotland’s STV News, the University director of development and alumni engagement had this to say: “What is significant, and what the university is most proud of, is that the campaign has funded projects that have the potential to change people’s lives for the better. Fundraising has become an integral part of the university and we will continue to work with supporters to ensure that all areas of the university can flourish.” In addition to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, projects receiving support include The ... Read More »

Staffer Eric Scull celebrates 10 years with MuggleNet!

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Today, MuggleNet staffer and MuggleCast co-host Eric Scull (pictured above with his father… not really…) celebrates 10 years with the site. Eric started way back on a Fall day in 2002, when Goblet of Fire was still fresh off the presses. He has a been a pillar of the Potter fan community, having dedicated roughly half his life to MuggleNet, running the site’s Caption Contest, participating in numerous events, and attending conventions all over the world. From London to Sydney to Las Vegas to New York, Eric has represented the site in literally all parts of the globe. Here’s a small sample of Eric’s work, from the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebration. Many know him for his colorful, opinionated, and often times spiel-like contributions (hence the Twitter name @spielerman) on our podcast MuggleCast, which he has helped co-host since Episode 3 — that was over 7 years ago. Having helmed the infamous Caption Contest for the better part of a decade, we felt it only appropriate to allow you all the chance to caption this photo of Eric from LeakyCon 2012! From all of us here at MuggleNet, congrats on 10 years with the site! Read More »

‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and ‘Harry Potter’ fans nominated for 2013 People’s Choice Awards

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This appears to be a day in the news for the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower as we just released the date for the Blu-ray/DVD release as well as the date for the film to be available via Digital Download. However, now we can report that the film starring Harry Potter starlet Emma Watson has also been nominated for a People’s Choice Awards for 2013 along with every single one of the Harry Potter fans in the World! Emma Watson just tweeted the following: And Perks was nominated . AWESOME!!!! Happy happy happy O wait! This is getting completely out of control. Harry Potter was nominated for Favourite Movie Fan Following! True Dat! We have THE most incredible Fans. : ) congrats guys xxx Here are the nominees related to Harry Potter stars: Favorite Movie Icon: Emma Thompson Favorite Dramatic Movie:The Perks of Being a Wallflower Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Emma Watson Favorite Movie Fan Following: Potterheads, Harry Potter The People’s Choice Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 9 p.m. EDT. While we certainly wish the very best in these awards for Emma Watson and Emma Thompson, the fans of ... Read More »

‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ will be released on Blu-ray/DVD February 2013

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If you still have not seen the wonderful Stephen Chbosky film The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson, you will be able to purchase the movie when it gets released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy on February 12, 2013 according to an article in The Ohio. However, the film will be available for Digital Download on January 22. Heralded as The Breakfast Club for a new generation, this film featured stellar performances by stars Emma Watson, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief), and Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin). The film follows beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Miller) as they shepherd Charlie (Lerman) through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, wild parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a quest for the perfect song. Entertainment Weekly reports that the film will include tons of special features, including:  two audio commentaries; one featuring screenwriter/director Stephen Chbosky, and the other with Chobsky and the cast; deleted scenes; dailies; and a featurette. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Blu-ray/DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively. Have you seen ... Read More »

Warwick Davis stars in third series of ‘An Idiot Abroad’ on Sky 1 HD

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As we previously reported, actor Warwick Davis will be joining show host Karl Pilkington in the latest three-part installment of the popular Sky 1 travel program An Idiot Abroad. Following Karl and Warwick as they recreate Marco Polo’s epic 5,000 mile journey from Venice to Eastern Europe, India, and China, An Idiot Abroad will see the “chalk and cheese” pair experience new cultures and enjoy old traditions in the “trip of a lifetime.” The show will also reveal Warwick’s varying experiences of being a small person in different cultures. Warwick Davis commented in an article by Digital Spy, “I have so many amazing memories of my travels with Karl; the people we met and the cultures we experienced. My eyes were opened to the diversity and beauty of our world. I am really proud of the show, and can’t wait to share it with the viewers of Sky 1 HD.” An Idiot Abroad 3 begins on Friday, November 30 at 9 p.m. on Sky 1 HD. Will you be tuning in to witness Warwick on his travels? Read More »

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 13: “Political Science in the Harry Potter series”

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The latest episode of MuggleNet Academia is now released for your listening and academic pleasure. Lesson 13: "Political Science in the Harry Potter Series" dives into the issues of the political parties and philosophies of government and compares them to the Hogwarts Saga. Join Keith Hawk and John Granger as we are joined by Professor Daniel Nexon, of Georgetown University, and guest student Kara Szames of Toronto, Canada. Read More »

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2’ Ultimate Editions are now available!

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The Harry Potter Shop has the Ultimate Editions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2 now available right here. This Ultimate Edition collection is filled with more than six hours of special features and collectibles including a photo booklet featuring 48-pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and behind-the-scenes insight. The collection also includes four limited edition character cards, a lenticular card, and more! If you are like many fans who have been collecting the Ultimate Editions for the exclusive documentary included with each one, now is your time to complete the set. You can order the collection now for only $43.99 by heading to this link right here. Read More »

Waterfall seen in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ to undergo repairs

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Recognize this waterfall? That’s because it appears in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film while Harry battles the Hungarian Horntail during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. The Steall Falls, near Fort Williams in the UK, is so popular with walkers that it now needs repairs to its surface due to erosion. On average, 40,000 people a year climb the 393 ft. path up the falls. According to an article on deadline, the repair funds come from The John Muir Trust as well as donations from the public, which shows just how important the trail is to people. Footpath officer of the trust, Chris Goodman, said, “The path is justifiably popular – the trail is suitable for young families on a day out and elderly people who may find it too difficult to reach high summit.” Repairs will involve a helicopter because it will be the easiest way to drop necessary materials down on the path. This need and methods used for repair will mean closure for the path and road through Glen Nevis when work needs to be completed on the aerial section. Goodman also stated, “The trail retains that feel of wildness that people ... Read More »

Wonderbook: ‘Book of Spells’ available today in the U.S.

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Wonderbook: Book of Spells, featuring new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, is available today in the US and on Friday, November 16 in the UK, as well as in other territories throughout the week. Book of Spells comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which becomes your own magic wand. In the world of Harry Potter, Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells is 200 years old, and is traditionally kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. Book of Spells is the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore™, a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling built around the Harry Potter books. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Features: Discover the magic. Wonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before. Learn the art of spell-casting. Chapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practice 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way – as well ... Read More »