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Photos: Deathly Hallows Horcrux props on display at San Diego Comic Con

This year’s gigantic Comic Con expo opened for a preview today in San Diego, and Super Hero Hype snapped pics of various Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows props that are on display. Most notable are a variety of Horcrux props that were used for the film: - Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem - Elder Wand - Hufflepuff Cup - Time Turner - Gaunt Ring and Resurrection Stone - Riddle’s Diary - Slytherin’s Locket See more photos at this link!  Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip. Read More »

Tom Felton attending Comic Con to premiere new Deathly Hallows footage

The official Harry Potter film twitter has revealed that actor Tom Felton will be attending WB’s presentation at this weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego. WB had previously stated that no cast would be present. New clips from Deathly Hallows will be unveiled during the WB panel on Saturday, July 24 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Read More »

The Hogwarts Express pulls into the National Railway Museum

According to a new article, the most famous train in cinematic history, the 1937 GWR 4900 Class 5972 ‘Olton Hall’ Steam locomotive, also known to fans as the \”Hogwarts Express,\” will be taking its place on display for all to see in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum. The Director of Fun for the National Railway Museum (NRM) is 7-year old Harry Potter fan Sam Pointon. Sam was appointed by the NRM last summer to ensure the museum’s family-friendly summer activities stay on track. Of the ‘Olton Hall’, Sam said, \”I really liked seeing ‘Olton Hall’ in the museum’s South Yard last year, but now I want it to be in the Great Hall where more locomotives are and where I can get up close\” Read More »

Infinitus 2010 underway from Orlando

The MuggleNet team has been attending Infinitus 2010 in Orlando, Florida over the last few days. The conference got off to a great start on Thursday with the Opening Feast and there has been tons of formal programming and educational offerings here at the symposium. MuggleCast did two live shows on Friday (one at the Royal Pacific) and another at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks as part of Night of a Thousand Wizards. We look forward to giving a full report in the coming days. Look for MuggleCast Episode 203 on Sunday, which will be a combination of both of yesterday’s live shows. Be sure to follow HPEF on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information. Read More »

Deathly Hallows Comic Con panel day and time announced

Comic Con has revealed their Saturday schedule, which includes the Warner Brothers panel taking place on that day from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM.  The Deathly Hallows portion, which follows panels on Warner Brothers films The Green Hornet and Sucker Punch, reads: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Every saga has a final chapter. Kick off the year of Harry Potter with a first look at the coming screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a program created just for Comic-Con fans. One way. One hero. One destiny. Don’t miss it! As we reported yesterday, no cast or crew will be attending Comic Con but Warner Brothers promises new clips and an opportunity only available to Comic Con attendees. Read More »

Warner Brothers confirms new Deathly Hallows footage at Comic Con, but no cast or crew to attend

A couple weeks ago we reported that Warner Brothers would be presenting new footage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. At the time we did not know whether or not cast or crew would appear.  We’ve just learned that due to scheduling conflicts, they will not be in attendance. However, WB tells us to still expect never-before-seen footage as well as props and a \”special opportunity only available to Comic-Con attendees.\” Read More »

New website, trailer for Potter parody Harvey Putter

Our friends at Richardson Productions have launched a new trailer for their Harry Potter parody Harvey Putter!  It will be premiering at Infinitus 2010 (the same place we’ll be) on July 16th. Visit the new website now to see the brand new (and awesome) trailer, a new forum, the Harvey Putter lexicon, and more. Alternatively, you can see the trailer right here on Vimeo.  It’s pretty impressive – we recommend you check it out. If you’d like to pre-order the two-disc special edition, click here!  That link will also give you access to the film’s soundtrack. Read More »

Five years later, The Wyrd Sisters and Warner Brothers reach settlement

UPDATE: It is being reported out of Manitoba that the band has lost the $40 million lawsuit. There's an update today concerning a story that dates way back to 2005. Prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Canadian band The Wyrd Sisters attempted to stop the film from playing in Canada because their band name was used in the film. The case has now been settled – but details have not been disclosed: A $40-million lawsuit launched by The Wyrd Sisters, a little-known Winnipeg folk group, has been settled out of court, representatives for both sides confirmed to The Canadian Press. However, the settlement is subject to a confidentiality clause that prevents either side from revealing what, if any, money has changed hands. You can read a timeline of events concerning this case right here. We're still glad Canada got to see Goblet of Fire after all! Read More »

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is looking for diehard Harry Potter fans

Likely to tie in with her upcoming episodes from Universal Orlando, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has announced that they are looking for kids “who know everything about Harry Potter”: Do you have a precocious child who knows everything there is to know about Harry Potter books and movies? Is talking about Harry Potter his or her favorite subject? If so, we want to hear about them! Click here to tell us about your little wizard. You can fill out the submission form on this page. The page doesn't explicitly state any age limit – so everyone should feel free to apply! Read More »

Harry lands safely in Haiti, bringing over 16,000 pounds of life-saving medical supplies

We have an update today from the Harry Potter Alliance with respect to the Helping Haiti Heal fundraiser held back in January to assist those devastated by the effects of the Haitian earthquake. The official presentation of the check for $123,754.41 was made by Andrew Slack to Partners in Health representative Jackson Compere. You can read all about it right here. Additionally, photos from the first plane arriving in Port-au-Prince, appropriately titled “Harry,” can be seen below. The plane landed at 8:22 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 3 with over 16,000 pounds of life-saving medical supplies. Ron and Hermione are scheduled to follow. – Partners in Health rep with Harry's plane – Supplies from Harry's plane – More supplies from Harry's plane – Supplies with Goblet of Fire book Thank you again to everybody who contributed! Read More »

J.K. Rowling thanks everyone who is Helping Haiti Heal

It's been almost two weeks since the Potter community came together with others online to raise money for the relief effort in Haiti. Since then, Helping Haiti Heal has raised close to $97,000 thanks to all of your incredible efforts! If we get to the $105,000 mark, Partners in Health will name the three full cargo planes we funded after Harry, Ron, and Hermione. This morning J.K. Rowling has passed along a message, specifically to all of you: To everyone who has helped raise such an incredible amount for the earthquake survivors in Haiti: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Like many others, I made a personal donation to the DEC shortly after the earthquake happened; but never did I expect such an amazing response from all of you. You cannot imagine how awed, moved and humbled I am to know that planes named Harry, Ron and Hermione are going to be flying off to help. I did not need this to remind me how extraordinary Harry’s fans are, but you keep giving me proofs. THANK YOU! – Jo Remember, that you can still donate right here with a chance to win some great prizes! Read More »

Fact: Sheep can recognize each other in pictures.

Hey guys! I just wanted to give you a quick update about a few of the projects Gaby and I have been working on that we're really proud of! Many of you know about Givoogle (Use Google to raise money for charity!), and GivesMeHope (FML for optimists), but a few weeks ago we launched LoveGivesMeHope – full of stories that make you go “AWWW!” Here's a recent one that got to me (yes, Gaby turned me into a big softy): When my sister was younger she came home from school one day and demanded I take her to the library so she could get books on sign language. …I asked why? She told me there was a new kid at school who was deaf and she wanted to befriend him. Today I stood beside her at their wedding watching her sign… “I DO”. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of OMG Facts – the official website of the #1 fact source on Twitter. Created four months ago by 16-year-old Adorian Deck, a former MuggleNetter, @OMGFacts already has 335,000 followers. OMG Facts uses GMH's user moderation system to ensure ONLY the most interesting facts are published. Here are a ... Read More »

Second Helping Haiti Heal broadcast occurring today at 2 PM

The Harry Potter Alliance has united with fan communities across the world, raising over $50,000 for Helping Haiti Heal! That money will charter an entire cargo plane that will bring critical life-saving supplies to thousands of Haitians and more. Today at 2 PM ET will be another Livestream event (not as long as last week's – but just as important nonetheless) at thehpalliance.org/haiti! And we're still going! When you donate at thehpalliance.org/haiti/prizes, you become eligible to receive one of over 200 thank you gifts based on individual donation levels. These gifts include a: -Full UK set of seven signed Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, along with a handwritten card from the author!!! -Signed guitar from Harry Potter actor Tom Felton's personal collection. -Harry Potter book signed by the Harry Potter cast (courtesy of actress Evanna Lynch)!!! -Signed copies of Unseen Academicals and Wintersmith by author Sir Terry Pratchett! -A signed copy of Harlequin Valentine from Neil Gaiman! -And so much more! We are less than $17,000 away from chartering a second plane for Partners In Health! Every little bit helps – please donate today! Read More »

Potter joins with other fandoms to raise over $33,000 in just six hours for Haitian relief efforts

Earlier today, Harry Potter fans joined with members of fandoms from other popular books, movies, and TV series in a home-grown effort to contribute to the growing humanitarian aid and charitable relief activities in Haiti. The Helping Haiti Heal webcast, benefiting Partners in Health, raised over $33,000 in just six hours time! The fundraising efforts will continue throughout the week until Saturday, January 30 at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to donate please visit this page. You can become eligible for the now more than 200 gifts generously given by so many different people. The signature item is a signed U.K. Edition set of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, including a handwritten thank-you card from the author. Today's webcast will be available in its entirety shortly, as will the individual podcasts you heard on today's stream. We will keep you posted on all the details! Many thanks to the Harry Potter Alliance, The Leaky Cauldron, HPANA, and all the others who made today such a success! But most importantly, thank you to all who donated! Read More »

JK Rowling Donates Signed Set of Harry Potter Books to Helping Haiti Heal

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has donated a full U.K. edition set of her books, as well as a handwritten card, to Helping Haiti Heal, the multifandom donation drive kicking off tomorrow via Webcast. This extremely rare item joins more than 100 special gifts, including a signed book by author Neil Gaiman, five dedicated books by Sir Terry Pratchett, original conception art from the film Where the Wild Things Are, and much, much more. Join us at 2 p.m. Eastern tomorrow at thehpalliance.org/haiti to find out more about how to donate and stand a chance to receive any of these amazing gifts! All donations will benefit Partners in Health, an humanitarian organization in Haiti that has been aiding those most ravaged by the January 12 earthquake. Read More »

Helping Haiti Heal – raise money for Haiti with the entire Harry Potter fandom and beyond

Harry Potter fans have joined with members of fandoms from other popular books, movies, and TV series to create Helping Haiti Heal, a home-grown effort to contribute to the growing humanitarian aid and charitable relief activities in Haiti. This Saturday, January 23rd, at 2 P.M. EST, HPA's PotterWatch, PotterCast, MuggleCast, Hogwarts Radio, and FictionAlley will come together for a live fundraising webcast on Livestream to benefit Partners in Health.  This four hour live event will feature a donation drive where donors have the opportunity to win prizes, leaders and celebrities from various segments of popular culture, wizard rockers, interviews with civic leaders and Haitian Americans, and so much more. The MuggleCast LIVE portion will begin shortly after 2 PM ET. To help us spread the word, tweet the following: “We're Helping Haiti Heal – learn about a huge fandom event happening Sat. from 2pm to 6pm ET! http://bit.ly/5603s6 #hhh” Wizard Rock bands Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Remus Lupins, Ministry of Magic, Lauren Fairweather, and The Whomping Willows will perform as part of this live event. Many amazing, unique, and rare prizes are available do donors, including: Half-Blood Prince DVD and Blu-ray copies donated by MuggleNet ... Read More »

Support Haiti recovery efforts by purchasing a Redwood Wand

Alivan's is donating 100% of the profits from all Redwood wand sales to the Red Cross to go directly to Haiti. All you need to do is purchase one of their Redwood wands (in either of the two Redwood designs) between now and Jan. 31st and Alivan's will take care of the rest. This is a great time to get a wand you've been wanting and help people in dire need! At the end of this campaign Alivan's will let us know how much was raised through wand purchases. We'll share the info with you when we receive it! Read More »

Send help to those affected by the Haiti earthquake

As many know, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, and the country fears that more than 100,000 have died. Many more are currently in need of assistance, and the Harry Potter Alliance is rallying Harry Potter fans to donate to the cause: Please consider donating $10 to Haiti by texting “HAITI” to 90999. Or if you have access to a credit card, we highly recommend you donate to Partners In Health as they have been in Haiti for over 20 years and have written the book on health and human rights. Partners in Health both tackle the symptoms as well as the root causes. We encourage everyone to give what they can so the people of Haiti can begin recovery efforts. Read More »

Deathly Hallows Deluxe Edition, signed by JK Rowling and Mary GrandPre, up for charity auction on eBay

There is a very special collection of Harry Potter-related items up for sale on eBay this evening. 100% of the winning amount will be donated to two not-for-profit organizations. 50% will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid Florida Chapter, and the other 50% will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc. The gem of the collection is a Deluxe Edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows signed by JK Rowling and Mary GrandPre. What's more, Mary GrandPre drew a sketch of Harry within the book – it is the only Deluxe Edition copy with such a treat. Other items include a wand, cloak, and scarf donated by Alivan's, signed copies of MuggleNet's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7 and Harry Potter Should Have Died, two MuggleNet shirts, a signed copy of Melissa Anelli's Harry, a History, and a National Multiple Sclerosis Society t-shirt and wristband. The auction runs from now until January 21st. You can see a video news report about the auction at this link. Click here to read more details and to place your bid! Read More »

Get ready for the New Year by looking at Potter over the past twenty years

2010 is looking to be another great year for Harry Potter fans. So far we know of two big events: the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in the Spring and the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on November 19th. While you get ready to ring in the New Year, we wanted to remind you about two end-of-year specials here on MuggleNet. These were originally posted over the weekend. – Our 2009 Year in Review looks back at the top Harry Potter news stories of the year. We also highlight some MuggleNet-related numbers and recall the best videos of the year. – Our Harry Potter Timeline is an exhaustive look back at the Harry Potter franchise. From Jo's original idea in 1990 to the release of Half-Blood Prince earlier this year, you'll see all the news and events that made the franchise what it is today. Do you have high hopes for Potter in 2010?! Read More »