Harry Potter Fan Trips Hits a High Note!

New destination, new adventures. Be one of the first to see Dan Radcliffe's newest Broadway performance in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on HP Fan Trips newest tour, a weekend in New York City.

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Potter fan uses passion for series to raise awareness for Tourette syndrome

Liz Riesterer walks across the Michigan State campus fully clad in wizard robes - and she does it for good reason. Riesterer, who received MuggleNet's Award in 2009, is turning the attention she receives from her Hogwarts attire into funds and awareness for Tourette syndrome.

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Fan reflects on her unforgettable journeys with HP Fan Trips

When Jeannette Parrish, a fifth grade school teacher from North Carolina, decided to travel to Scotland, she was unaware it would be the first of many vacations with HP Fan Trips. Over the course of 5 years she’s traveled 4 times with the popular HP Travel Group. \”It was the first time I had been to Europe, and it was a perfect experience to encourage me to do it again,\” she said regarding her first tour, The Scotland \”Apprentice\” Family Tour. \”While I enjoyed everything about the trip including the accommodations, the movie sites, the story tellers and the train ride, I would have to say that the Harry Potter party at Edinburgh castle introduced me to not only Harry Potter history but Scottish history too,\” she added, \”It was stunning, these trips introduced me to a huge group of friends that I still keep in contact with today.\” The initial visit was so wonderful, Jeannette followed up her Scotland Tour with 3 London / Scotland tours. \”By having a different tour guide each time, I saw and learned something new and wonderful from each visit no matter how many times I saw the sites.\” This Holiday Season, you can ... Read More »

Experience Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at a D-Box theater

Prior to reading this title, have you ever heard of a D-Box Theater? There are only 48 D-Box cinemas in the world, but if you’re near one, we recommend you watch Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in the theater again; it will be an experience you won’t want to miss! Luckily, MuggleNet reader Hilary went to one recently and she was kind enough to send us her full review, which you can read right here. Fly through the air with Snape, swim to get the locket horcrux, and slither like Nagini. This will seem like a 2 1/2 hour ride on Forbidden Journey…can you handle that? Thank you Hilary for your review!  Check out her Tumblr blog here.   Read More »

MuggleNet reviews Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook, enter to win a copy

With the holiday’s approaching rapidly and Harry Potter fans everywhere trying to scoop up the latest merchandise hitting shelves from the release of the latest blockbuster, the recently released Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook may be a fantastic gift to add to your list. I was asked to do a full review of this collector’s guide and I was surprised that it isn’t just a book for the ultimate collector of Potter merchandise; a casual collector and fan of the series will enjoy it as well. This is truly a fantastic book for every fan to own. Additionally, we are announcing a new contest for U.S. residents: create a unique display of your Harry Potter merchandise (clothes, books, memorabilia, posters, etc.), take a photo (maximum of 3 photos per contestant), write a brief description of the photo and send it to by Wednesday December 15th. The top 5 results for most unique display (not necessarily the largest) will win a signed-copy of the Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook. Good luck to all! Read More »

Give the Gift of Magic; Special Holiday Offers from HP Fan Trips

Imagine sitting in the theater among fans and friends, moments away from viewing the final film in the Harry Potter series. For the past six days you’ve traveled to the same locations as seen in the films, experienced the magical world, and met new fans and friends all along the way. Celebrate the end of an era in the beautiful country that brought the beloved series to life – Britain! Book from now until December 31st and receive these special Holiday Offers: – The Crown Jewel Tour (July 9-17 2011 – 9 days/8 nights) Receive a special holiday gift box upon purchase – complete with a personalized certificate and photo album to use on the trip, and other unique surprises. Ah! But there’s one more gift; as a Holiday Bonus, when you book these packages from now till Dec. 25th, you will receive them gift-wrapped, ready to present to that special wizard in your life. For The Family: – Scotland “Apprentice” Family Tour (July 12-17, 2011 – 6 days/5 nights) Designed with the family in mind, this trip highlights the beauty and exciting exploration of the Scottish Highlands. This itinerary includes the top-rated excursions and sights from the past seven ... Read More »

Entrance to Platform 9 3/4 appears in New York City, Potter fans not having luck getting through

The New York Daily News has online a photo of a New York City subway entrance that appears to offer an entrance to the Hogwarts Express.  They write: The number is visible on the south side of 14th St., just around the corner from the Regal Cinemas Union Square 14, which shows the seventh installment of the wizard films based on author J.K. Rowling’s books, \”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,\” at least 16 times daily. The charmed sticker is slapped in the slot that featured a \”W\” until June when that line went out of service. The design mimics standard Metropolitan Transportation Authority signage and at first glance could pass for a relic from the defunct No. 9 line. Read more at The Daily News!  Thanks to everyone who sent this in. Read More »

Photos from last night’s Deathly Hallows premiere in New York City

Check out these photos from last night’s Part 1 premiere in New York City: – Dan Radcliffe – Emma Watson – Rupert Grint – Tom Felton – Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick  Concerning our video footage, we’ll be reviewing it today and tomorrow to see what we can put together.  We only had the chance to personally interview David Yates, David Barron, and Darren Criss. Read More »

Updates on today’s Deathly Hallows – Part 1 New York premiere

The cast and crew of the Harry Potter films are descending upon New York today for the United States premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 1. MuggleNet will be at the premiere and will provide full coverage throughout the day.  Stars are expected to arrive beginning at 6 PM ET. The box on the right side of this page will stay updated with our lastest tweets.  Tuesday we’ll have online our video interviews. Additionally, our friends at MTV will be streaming live from the premiere starting at 6 PM ET until the last of the stars arrive.  It’ll be right on the homepage of  Read More »

Update on post-Deathly Hallows NY premiere fan party: location secured

A couple weeks ago we told you we’re planning a fan party to take place in New York City after the premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 1.  We now have a location for the event: R Bar218 Bowery Street (Between Prince Street and Spring Street)New York, NY   There will be a $10 cover to pay for snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, the DJ, and venue.  A bartender will also be there to serve drinks to those 21 and older. Please update your RSVP accordingly so we know exactly how many people are coming.  Thanks! Read More »

Enter for a chance to win IMAX tickets for Deathly Hallows, Part 1

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 just days away, our friends who brought you Harry Potter Film Wizardry are now giving you the chance to win some great prizes. Top prize gets four (4) IMAX tickets to Deathly Hallows, Part 1, one (1) IMAX Deathly Hallows, Part 1 poster and one (1) copy of Harry Potter Film Wizardry. Enter for a chance to win by sending an email to filmwizardry at harpercollins dot com with your mailing address before 1 pm ET on Thursday, November 18. Winners will be randomly selected. There will be one (1) first prize winner, three (3) second prize winners and six (6) third prize winners. Read More »

Last chance to enter MuggleNet’s Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition sweepstakes

A few weeks ago we told you about a great sweepstakes MuggleNet was running in promotion of the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire Ultimate Editions. Well, the sweepstakes is coming to a close on November 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST. So go here and enter your e-mail address and date of birth for your chance to win if you haven’t already. Please note this sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents only and you must be 18 years old (as of October 15, 2010) to enter. Only ONE entry per person is permitted. The grand prize package includes: – A brand-new Blu-ray player – Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray) – Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray) Three (3) first prize packages include: – Two (2) sets of the Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition DVD – Two (2) sets of the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition DVD – Keep one for yourself and give another to a friend! Good luck to everyone who enters! Read More »

Moviefone wants to know… Are you the Biggest Harry Potter Fan in America?

Are you the biggest Harry Potter fan in America? If so, Moviefone wants you to prove it! Submit a short video (no longer than three minutes) right here, telling them why you think you deserve to get the title! Once you’ve uploaded your video, fellow fans and supporters can vote you up or down. On Monday, November 22, the entry with the most \”up\” votes will be crowned America’s number-one ‘Harry Potter’ fan. Good luck to all who enter! Read More »

WB Canada sets Harry Potter Fan Appreciation Day for November 12

In anticipation of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Warner Bros. Canada today announced Harry Potter fan appreciation day taking place Friday, November 12 at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto. Fans are welcome and encouraged to dress as their favourite Harry Potter character and enjoy Wizarding World treats and the chance to win awesome Harry Potter prizing at the first ever Harry Potter fan appreciation hour. DATE: Friday November 12, 2010 LOCATION: Yonge & Dundas Square TIME: 4PM – 5PM WHAT: Harry Potter fan appreciation hour, celebrating Harry Potter fans with Wizarding World treats and prizes Read More »

Will you be in New York for the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 premiere? Come to a fan party!

If you’ll be in New York City for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 on November 15th, we’re planning an event you should come to! MuggleNet and our friends at Leaky are planning a fan party following the red carpet arrivals of the stars.  It’ll be a great way to meet fellow Potter fans in the Big Apple. While we don’t have an exact location yet, we need you to RSVP so we know how big of a venue is required.  Please visit this Facebook page to let us know if you’re coming! More details will be announced soon.  We hope to see you there! Read More »

Enter MuggleNet’s Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Sweepstakes!

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 less than two weeks away, we imagine you’re itching to feed your need for Potter. Starting today, MuggleNet is launching a brand new sweepstakes where you can win a variety of awesome Part 1 gear! Here’s a sample of what you can win: – Two tickets to Part 1 in IMAX – A copy of the Part 1 Soundtrack – A copy of the Part 1 video game for XBOX – A Part 1 movie poster – A variety of Potter clothing, goodies, and more To enter, simply visit our Sweepstakes page and follow the instructions! You’ll also find a complete list of prizes up for grabs. Good luck! Read More »

Escape to the World of Harry Potter with HP Fan Trips!

A truly magical journey can be a reality when you book with HP Fan Trips. With several tour packages and excursions available for 2011, the Wizarding World is only a swish and click away. In the past we’ve highlighted our excursions and featured activities, now here are what some fans have to say about their experience: It felt truly magical–of course, being in Scotland helped! I wanted you to know how much we appreciated you careful attention to detail–you made sure that everyone was well-taken-care-of, and that everyone’s wishes were fulfilled. Your sensitivity, kindness, generosity, and professionalism made this trip the most wonderful experience we have ever had with a tour. – LuAnn F, Bally, PA I wish this trip lasted forever and would definitely do it again…It was the best time of my life. – Cheyenne H, CA We did the pricing, if you tried to do everything on your own there is no way we could have fit it all in or paid what we did. An excellent value and so much was included! – Kristin K, Oakland, CA Sign-up today and see why so many fans choose HP Fan Trips for their Harry Potter tour destinations. We’re ... Read More »

MuggleNet’s Deathly Hallows Split Contest winners announced

After all of your hard work, we are pleased to announce we have the Top 3 winners for our Deathly Hallows Split Contest. On September 4th, we asked you to put on your Directors hat to write a movie script for the split of the Potter finale: a script that would leave the moviegoers anxious to see Part 2 in July. We were not disappointed! After receiving nearly 100 entries, we came up with the Top 5 and let you decide the winner. It was an incredibly close race right up to the end. However, after over 2,000 votes, below are the Top 3: Maxine C. Sasha M. Jace B. These 3 winners will each receive a copy of \”’s: Harry Potter Should Have Died\” and a box of Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies. We would like to once again thank ALL of our entrants listed here, and special congratulations to our 3 winners. Read More »

Interview: Dinah Bucholz, author of ‘The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook’

Last week we shared Part I of my interview with Dinah Bucholz: author of ‘The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook’, today we have the conclusion of the interview. Additionally, we told you last week we would have a limited number of signed copies available for MuggleNet fans to win. Here is how you can get yours: Every Thursday over the last few weeks, we have highlighted Harry Potter related recipes that you submitted. We are now going to reward you for your new submissions. If your recipe is featured on our front page, you will receive your own-signed copy of ‘The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook’. We have a limited number, so put on your thinking caps and cooking aprons and send us your very best Harry Potter related recipes. Follow the submission guidelines found here and don’t forget your photo. Have fun and good luck! Check out this video of author Dinah Bucholz making Harry Potter’s favorite Treacle Tart dessert. Read More »

Harry Potter’s strength shows us how to stay strong and create a better world

We’ve added a touch of purple to the site today to recognize a grassroots movement powered by people who want to raise awareness about the need for equality. Recent suicides in the LGBT community have brought attention to a major issue: bullying on the internet and in real life.  Ignorant and immature acts by bullies have led victims to consider whether their lives are worth living. One reason the Harry Potter community is so special is because it’s accepting of everyone.  My experience – which many can attest to – is when you meet someone who also enjoys Harry Potter, you have made a friend.  You will bond over your mutual admiration of the characters, the story, and JK Rowling’s strong message of love. I was a victim of relentless bullying in middle school and part of high school.  Thanks to the wonderful community of Harry Potter fans on the internet, I knew one day I’d be able to be surrounded by great people like those I became friends with online. To anyone who is bullied, we at MuggleNet have this message for you: You are not alone in this world because this community is here for you.  We all ... Read More »