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 »

New way to enter Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes

MuggleNet was the first to kick off Warner Home Video's “Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes” a few weeks ago, and now Cinematical has the next part of the contest! By visiting their site and participating in the “Death Eater's Duel” game, visitors gain more entries into the Sweepstakes. The prizes? A trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, copies of Half-Blood Prince on DVD, and many more! Increase your chances of winning by visiting Cinematical! Read More »

Oxford University now has a Gryffindor house

Wouldn't it be cool for your school's houses to be named after the four Hogwarts houses? At Oxford University, students are currently on their way to making that happen. For the first time in 550 years, the Magdalen College Junior Common Room at Oxford has been changed to the Gryffindor common room. From The Telegraph: Students are now campaigning to rename Christ Church, St Hughs and Merton colleges common rooms after the three other houses in Hogwarts; Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. “Magdalen College embodies the values of courage, daring, nerve and chivalry,” third-year student Zoe Tyndall, 21, who proposed the name change. “These are the characteristics of the Gryffindor house in Harry Potter novels.” The motion was passed with only six students opposing the name change. Tom Meakin, President-Elect of Magdalen Junior Common Room added: “Magdalen does after all look a little bit like Hogwarts, and not to put any noses out of joint, but my Vice-President does look a little bit like Hagrid.” Read More »

Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes – new way to enter

Just last week MuggleNet and Warner Home Video launched the Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes, where visitors could participate in various Half-Blood Prince DVD-related activities and earn more entries into the contest. Today, they've launched a new way to enter with their partner CafeMom Games: The Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes continues its journey by launching Join the Slug Club! CafeMom Games has the activity EXCLUSIVELY this week so participants will have to head over there in order to gain another entry towards The Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes. Professor Horace Slughorn is delighted to invite visitors to join the Slug Club. Anyone who aspires to be anyone in the wizarding world hopes to end up on his shelf! Through the magic of Harry Potter, you can stand alongside Slughorn's favorite students from Hogwarts. In this activity, users are able to Join the Slug Club by either uploading pictures of their face into one of the moving sequences or using a webcam or mobile video cam to upload their video image into the frame. Read More »

Felton talks Deathly Hallows at Memorabilia convention

Potter actors Tom Felton and Warwick Davis were both in attendance at a Memorabilia fan convention in Birmingham over the weekend. Both spoke to fans about Potter, and Tom had some interesting things to say about his work with Deathly Hallows. From The Telegraph: Felton said: “We've just finished doing the most substantial bits of filming. “I think we're revelling in the fact that this is it- the last one. I get quite emotional just thinking about it.” “I'm not looking forward to not being blonde anymore. I've forgotten what my real hair colour is.” A report on Snitch Seeker from a fan who attended the convention also reveals that Tom touched on filming the Epilogue: Tom was asked if he was to be used in the epilogue and as yet doesn't know but he told us that a mould of his face and the others was made last year and he was asked to provide photos of his brothers & father and remarked he couldn't wait to see himself wrinkly. Read More »

Potter fan hits roadblock with Halloween party

A single mother from the United Kingdom was planning to have a Harry Potter-themed party this weekend to celebrate Halloween. Instead Ms. Marmite Lover will have to change things up a bit. Last Friday, she received a cease-and-desist letter from Warner Bros. suggesting that her “proposed use of the Harry Potter properties…without our consent would amount to an infringement of Warner's rights.” Ms. Lover was looking to charge a small entry fee (as she has for other themed parties), but says that no harm was intended. She set up a small site to purchase tickets online. “My living room holds under 30 people, this is hardly some cynical money spinning exercise – at a maximum of 25 British pounds a head I won't make a profit, I'll be struggling to cover the costs of the ingredients and props I've shelled out on, such as dry ice and miracle berries.” Warner Bros. said they do not, of course, object to her holding a generic wizard/Halloween night and that is what Ms. Lover has been forced to do. What do you think of this? Should Warner Bros. be shutting down Potter-themed Halloween parties? Or is Ms. Lover in the wrong? Read More »

2010 Potter Itineraries from Magical Tours now posted

Our friends at Magical Tours have let us know that their great Harry Potter themed tours in Britain are ready for reservations. Next summer, five tours are being offered. It’s a little soon to tell too much, but their 2010 tour season is slated to have some really amazing surprise events. Magical Tours also revealed that there will be another Summer Intern Contest – soon to be announced right here on MuggleNet! Visit Magical Tours to see what’s coming up next summer, and stay tuned to MuggleNet to get the details on the contest to determine who will win an all-expense paid summer internship to learn the travel biz while traveling to all the Harry Potter book and movie locations in England and Scotland! Read More »

Infinitus 2010 registration now open

Registration for Infinitus 2010 is officially open! The people who brought you Lumos, Prophecy, Portus and Azkatraz are back at it again! HPEF is offering an early bird registration price for $165.00 until midnight of September 7th, 2009. After that, registration will be $180.00 until March 31, 2010. It will then increase to $200.00 pending availability. Be sure to put “MuggleNet” in the referral box when signing up! Please note that your registration will include all Formal Programming except Keynote Luncheons (which can be purchased at a later date). Information about tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be available soon! For complete information, head on over to Infinitus will take place in Orlando, Florida from July 15-18, 2010. Read More »

Potter meets real world: moving pictures in print

We all know that there have been numerous attempts at a real life invisibility cloak in the Muggle world, but here's a new one: in the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, CBS will be publishing video ads within the printed magazine itself! Daily Prophet and/or moving portraits much? From the Financial Times: The cost of the full-motion video ad was not disclosed, but it will be far more expensive than traditional print ads, according to executives familiar with the technology, developed by a US company called Americhip. The willingness to spend on such a promotion highlights the radical means marketers are employing to reach consumers at a time when a growing number of people are using new technologies such as digital video recorders to avoid ads. “It's part of the future – a way to engage consumers in new and surprising ways,” said George Schweitzer, president of CBS marketing group. “How do you sample a drink? You give them a taste.” Unfortunately, the ads will only be issues delivered to New York and Los Angeles residents. If anyone can send in video of this impressive feat, please do send it in to us! Read More »

Hedwig crop circle found in UK?

A giant crop circle that looks like an owl has been found in a field in Wiltshire, UK, and there are theories that it's a tribute to Hedwig. Steve Killick, a Harry Potter fan, said: “It is very exciting to think that there are fans of Harry from other galaxies. “Most of the world has fallen in love with Harry Potter so it makes sense that most of the universe will do eventually too.” Pattern expert Karen Alexander dismissed the claims: “The owl is an ancient symbol of wisdom, so perhaps it is a message to people that we should be thinking deeper about the world around us. “This is obviously a time of some upheaval in the world so perhaps this is a sign that we should be looking backwards for some wisdom in how to deal with today's problems, rather than anything to do with Harry Potter.” Karen Alexander is a party pooper. See the crop circle here, and thanks to Cassie for the tip. Read More »

Final updates for MuggleMayhem

Great news for fans attending MuggleMayhem: we have some last minute guest updates for you. Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle) and Robbie Jarvis (young James Potter) will both be attending the convention. Also, Natalie Tena's (Tonks) band will be playing a set on the Saturday night themed party. For those of you not attending, you still have time to buy a ticket! Read More »

MuggleMayhem Fan Fiction contest

Are you attending MuggleMayhem? Enter the fan fiction competition and you could win some very special rare prizes at the event. Full details on the official forum. Read More »

MuggleMayhem Updates

For those attending MuggleMayhem, there will be a display of original film props throughout the convention as well as a themed potion room for you to mix your own potions in. On the Saturday night an auction will be held for charity: items will include rare posters, promo items, t-shirts, signed items and a meal with the Harry Potter film actors attending the convention. Please see the official forum for more information. MuggleMayhem is a not-for-profit Harry Potter convention that will run between August 7th and 9th. It is a joint venture between MuggleNet and Showmasters Ltd. Read More »

Malcom Gladwell totally looks like Prof. Trelawney

Mediate matches 30 news anchors, talk show hosts, and other “media muggles” with their Harry Potter equivalents. It's like a Harry Potter edition of Totally Looks Like, except with personality included. Funny stuff: Anderson Cooper: Fleur Delacour (“That silvery hair…those bewitching eyes…how could you not be transfixed?”) Chris Matthews: Mad-Eye Moody (“He barks. He blurts. He sometimes seems a little nuts. Need we say more?”) Bill O'Reilly: Draco Malfoy Martha Stewart: Molly Weasley Brian Williams: Gilderoy Lockhart Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Fred and George Weasley Go read the rest! Read More »

Notes from Azkatraz

Book critic Lev Grossman made a hilarious blog post on, describing his Azkatraz visit for everyone who did not have the chance to attend the convention this past week. Here are some of his comments: Harry Potter fans are really nice and friendly and clever. They also stay up too late and drink way too much. Chris Rankin was here, who plays Percy Weasley in the movies. He is in fact a nice and regular dude, who hung out in the evenings despite the incessant squeeing from fangirls. He also did a karaoke performance of “Summer Lovin'” from Grease. UPDATE: Here's video of said performance. Thanks to Ronbon! Read More »

MuggleNet events in San Francisco

Thanks to everybody who stayed up for the 3am LeakyMug last night! Now, we have more info on our three discussion/signings remaining in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday: SATURDAY, July 18th – 10am Parc55 Hotel (Market Street Room) 55 Cyril Magnin St. San Francisco, CA 94102 SATURDAY, July 18th – 3pm Books Inc. 2251 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca 94123 (415) 931-3633 SUNDAY, July 19th – 6:30pm Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included! AZKATRAZ – Market Street Room This event is ages 18+ – Azkatraz attendees only. We hope to see you there! We're in the process of planning a second tour now, so stay tuned! Read More »

Potter Event in London area

If you're in or around London this weekend check out the London Film and Comic Con, where several stars from the Harry Potter films will be appearing. Guests include: James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) Angelica Mandy (Gabrielle Delacour) Nina Young (The Grey Lady) Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle) Let us know if you attend! Read More »

Help the fandom take over Twitter with #Dumbledore

With just hours to go now before the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, our friends at The Harry Potter Alliance have put together a massive effort to remind the world that value of love that Dumbledore taught is what we need in our lives and this world right now. More on Dumbledore's message in the Potter series can be found on the HPA's What Would Dumbledore Do website. How do you help out? Including “#Dumbledore” and “Harry Potter” in as many tweets as possible over the next 24 hours. The goal is to get the phrase “#Dumbledore” into the Twitter Trends list (the Trends list displays the Top 10 most-used phrases on Twitter at any given time). So get tweeting! If we can get “#Dumbledore” in the Twitter Trends list we'll be showing the world how much we love Albus Dumbledore's messages in the series. Read More »