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Oprah is looking for Harry Potter fans to share their stories about the franchise

The Oprah Winfrey Show is looking for Harry Potter fans to share their stories about how Harry Potter has impacted your life.  The description reads: What life lessons has the Harry Potter series taught you? Did reading about the death of Harry’s parents helped you cope with loss in your own life? Have the books helped you escape from a difficult time in your own life? If you could ask J.K. Rowling a question, what would it be? Tell us how J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series has inspired you or your family. Please only write if you are a muggle and willing to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. You can read more and write to the Oprah show at this link! At this time, we do not know when this Harry Potter episode will air. Thanks to Breanna for the tip. Read More »

Enter MuggleNet’s Deathly Hallows Split Script contest

Update: Submissions can be between one and two pages. One of the most anticipated questions about the upcoming Potter finale was: where would the two films be split? Well, now that we know, we want you to use your creativity! Write a one-page script from the emotional burial of Dobby to Voldemort’s seizure of the Elder Wand. Put on your director’s hat and use the actors and actresses as you see fit. Be as creative and descriptive as you can, leaving movie-goers wanting more. We’ll post the top 5 on MuggleNet and let you vote on which split you think is the best.   The top 3 vote-getters will receive signed copies of MuggleNet.com’s Harry Potter Should Have Died. Send your entries to micah at staff dot mugglenet dot com with \”DH Split Contest\” in the subject line. Contest ends Saturday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Good luck to everyone who enters! Read More »

It will rain November 11th in London; Deathly Hallows world premiere date set

Numerous readers have pointed out that the launch of the \”Join The Final Battle\” campaign has revealed the date for the UK premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The premiere is set for Thursday, November 11th in London.  We expect it to be held at Leicester Square.  We also expect it to rain very heavily (as it has done for the several of the UK premieres). With that date now known, we will predict that the US premiere will be held the following Monday or Tuesday.  No word yet on whether it’ll be in Los Angeles or New York City, but our money is on the latter. Our Deathly Hallows section has been updated with a Premieres page to keep track of the latest details. Read More »

Box Office Magazine wants diehard Potter fans for upcoming feature

Our friend Amy from Box Office Magazine is looking for some help from diehard Harry Potter fans!  She writes: Box Office is launching a new magazine for movie fans that will be hitting a theater near you in November. We’re looking for Harry Potter fanatics for a feature called \”Fantastic,\” where we’ll profile the best movie memorabilia collections in the country. We know Potter fans are diehard, but we’re also open to entries about other amazing displays. If you or a friend has a collection that reigns supreme, send us a few pictures and tell us about yourself at amy@boxoffice.com. So if you think you have an impressive collection, please do e-mail her! Read More »

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 »