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Potter DVDs to be re-released, win a trip to the set

The Harry Potter DVDs are set to be re-released on June 15th in standard and Blu-Ray formats in the UK, and Warner Brothers is hosting a very cool contest to celebrate the occasion: To mark the re-release of the first five Potter films – starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – on Blu-Ray and DVD this summer, Warner Home Video has hidden a token inside one of the discs, offering a fan the chance to visit the set of the seventh and final instalment, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. The winner will spend a week on the set at Leavesden Studios, Hertfordshire, working with members of various production departments including set decoration, hair and make-up and the prop department. A whole week on set! The press release goes on to explain that you'll have the chance to meet several cast and crew members. There are also three runner-up prizes that include box sets and goody bags. Read More »

Take a ride on the Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express will be traveling on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for eight days later this month, according to a new report coming out of Gloucestershire. Fans will be able to ride the train while it makes an appearance at the Cotswold Festival of Steam, and later when it takes passengers between Cheltenham Racecourse and Toddington stations. Read More »

Ride the Hogwarts Express with HP Fan Trips

Our friends at HP Fan Trips have an exciting new journey for fans to participate in: HP Fan Trips™ is pleased to announce the limited availability of tickets for a steam train journey in the carriages used for the “Hogwarts Express” in the filming of the Harry Potter movies. These tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $145 US (approx. 79 GBP) per ticket. If you're interested in more information, click here! Read More »

HarryPotter.com updated with wallpaper, buddy icons

The official Harry Potter website has been updated with new desktop wallpapers and instant messenger buddy icons based on the first two posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. You can see them by clicking here, then selecting Downloads at the top! Read More »

Chris Rankin to attend Azkatraz

HPEF announced this morning that Chris Rankin, the actor who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films, will be attending Azkatraz 2009. Rankin will be participating in various events throughout the weekend and holding a Q&A session at A Dessert with Chris Rankin. Date and time are yet to be determined, but tickets can be purchased by those holding a full registration, a Merlin's Circle registration or a single-day registration. There are only 125 tickets available to the Q&A session and they run $65 until April 1. Check out the full press release below. Read More »

MuggleCast, HPEF announce reality podcast competition

Do you have what it takes to be the next Potter Podcaster? Have you ever listened to your favorite podcast and thought, “I can do that!” – well here’s your chance! In their newest edition of the Azkatraz Informant, HPEF has announced it is teaming up with MuggleCast to create The Next Biggest Podcast Idol Survivor – a contest and endeavor to make the next great Harry Potter podcast. The competition culminates on Monday, July 20, when the winners will get the chance to podcast live from AZKATRAZ in San Francisco, California as part of the Podcast Palooza. The basics: Individuals will submit auditions on YouTube for our panel of judges by March 15, 2009, and the top 5 will be chosen to make the new podcast. Guided by our judges, the winners will go through all the steps necessary to make a successful podcast: giving it a name, making the website, defining roles for each host, editing the podcast, finding theme music, and much more. The entire process will be documented on HPEF Presents (the official podcast of HPEF), MuggleCast, and YouTube. For questions, please e-mail pr@hp2009.org. See below for complete details and good luck to everyone! Read More »

Photos from Cedar Rapids Mary GrandPre exhibit

Back in November we told you about a Mary GrandPre exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The exhibit holds close to 100 sketches by the US Potter book illustrator. Now, MuggleNet visitor Kristin has sent us a great batch of photos from the exhibit. There's a lot of really cool work to be seen: a bird's eye view of Hogwarts, concepts for Deathly Hallows including this one and this one, a sketch of the merpeople scene in Goblet of Fire, and a LOT more! All can be seen in our gallery. Thanks again to Kristin for the pics! Read More »

Magical Tours fan photo contest winners

Last month, we ran a fan photo contest in conjunction with Magical Tours. MuggleNet visitors had the chance to submit a photo that best represents what it is to be a Harry Potter fan. These photos were taken at Harry Potter events far and wide and each represents a unique angle on the fandom! We received many great entries and narrowed it down to 12 semi-finalists. The winners were voted on by MuggleNet visitors. You can view the winning entries here! Congratulations to Stephanie Gallo, Clair Schaub, Katie Aiani, and Amanda Melhuish for winning the Ultimate Fan Photo Contest! If you are also an ultimate Harry Potter fan, now is your chance to join other fans on the trip of a lifetime! Magical Tours is currently registering for their summer 2009 tours but they are filling up fast! This is your chance to join other MuggleNet visitors on a once in a lifetime trip to see the filming locations of the movies! To read more about the filming locations visit FindHogwarts.com and then learn about the tours at Magicaltours.org Congratulations again to the winners! Read More »

The Breaking Dawn LeakyMug Live at Azkatraz 2009

This July 17, MuggleCast and PotterCast will be joining forces once more for, seriously, the nuttiest thing we've ever done: A live LeakyMug at 3 a.m. Why would we do this? Because we'll all be just returning from a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and what better time to talk about it than when we're delirious (for better or worse) about it? So, put this on your calendar: July 17, 2009 Where: Azkatraz 2009, San Francisco, CA Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Only registered guests of the conference can get into this show; you can register Read More »

HP Fan Trips searching for Summer Internships

Our friends at Fan Trips.Travel are looking for some interns for their upcoming summer tours this July. If you have always wanted to experience an award-winning HP Fan Trip, this is your opportunity to do a little work in exchange for an amazing adventure! For more details, click here. Read More »

HP Fan Trips announces 2009 line up

Our friends at HP Fan Trips have announced their schedule of upcoming tours for next year! There are four to choose from, and they all occur around July's Half-Blood Prince movie release. Definitely check out the tours if you're looking for a great way to experience the world of Harry Potter in England. Read More »

Warner Brothers loses “Hari Puttar” case

Sometimes WB wins some, and sometimes they lose some. The latter was the case this time when a Dehli, India courtroom turned down Warner Brothers' case claiming that the upcoming 'Hari Puttar' film was too close to the Potter brand. The BBC reports: “The case has been dismissed. The court said that Warner Bros had known the title of the film since 2005 and had delayed bringing the case to court until the last moment,” lawyer Pratibha Singh was quoted by news agency AFP as saying. The Delhi High Court also said that consumers who read the Harry Potter books, written by JK Rowling, were sufficiently educated to know that Hari Puttar was different, the agency quoted the lawyer as saying. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with the tip! Read More »

Platform 9 3/4 to make a move in September

The Londonist is reporting that a very popular tourist spot at King's Cross, Platform 9 and 3/4, will be moving to a different area of the station in September: Platform 9 and 3/4 will be shifted later this year to allow construction work on the West side of King's Cross, according to Jon Burden the former Duty Station Manager at King's Cross, who led a tour of the area yesterday. The enchanted platform will be relocated to the front of the station, close to the ticket office, in September. Thanks to Liz for the tip! Read More »

Portus 2008 begins in Dallas, Texas

Hundreds of Harry Potter fans have descended upon the Lonestar State for the start of HPEF's Portus 2008! This year's HPEF symposium is quite a treat, as it includes several activities with US audiobook reader Jim Dale! Here are a few pictures from today's arrivals: – An attendee puts her name in the Portus Raffle. – Two attendees check out what Portus has to offer this year. – The Moaning Myrtles model the Portus sign. – The Hilton Anatole and the Dallas sky. – Portus volunteers and attendees speak with the Associated Press. MuggleCast will be a part of Portus' Podcast Palooza tomorrow, which starts at 6:30 PM. We will kick off our podcast at midnight, and hold a MuggleCast Meet Up the following day from 3 – 5 PM in the Common Room. If you want to still get in on the fun, it's not too late! Registrations are still available on Portus' website. Read More »

Wizard Rocker diagnosed with cancer, cancels Portus show

Mark of the amazing wizard rock band Marked as His Equal has announced in his latest blog that he will be unable to attend and perform at Portus 2008 as scheduled due to being diagnosed with cancer and having to go in for further surgery. Mark is confident that the cancer will not be fatal, though he needs to have several lymph nodes removed as a precaution. Further details can be found in his blog. Please leave him comments, love, and well-wishes on MySpace! Read More »

Harry Potter actors attend SuperCon 2008

SuperCon 2008 was held over the weekend in Weston, Florida. Potter actors Natalia Tena (Tonks), Devon Murray (Seamus), Hugh Mitchell (Colin Creevey), and Danielle Tabor (Angelina Johnson in SS through POA) were all present during the event and participated in a panel discussion. Snitch Seeker has video of their talk right here. In it, they talk about their favorite Potter characters, fan experiences, and whether or not they've read Deathly Hallows (they all say no). Read More »

Magical Tours YouTube Contest Ending Soon!

Remember, entries for this exciting contest are due by midnight next Wednesday, May 21st. Voting will begin on MuggleNet on Thursday, May 22nd, and the winner will be announced next Sunday, May 25th. Magical Tours and Alivan's are offering some great prizes for the best re-written scenes from any of the seven Harry Potter books, filmed on video and posted on YouTube. Go HERE for complete contest rules, prizes, and other details. Good luck to all our contestants! Also, Magical Tours has places for a few last-minute guests for the MuggleNet Express Tour. Go to Magical Tours for more details. Also, to see a new video from the 2008 Magical Tours Intern, check this out. Read More »

Whimsic Alley to host interview event with Potter fans

Whimsic Alley, a Potter merchandise store located in Santa Monica, California, is one of the coolest places to shop for Potter in the world. So cool, in fact, that they are asking fans ages 8 to 14 to come out on May 18th to be interviewed on their love for the Potter books. The interviews are being recorded for a special project that cannot be announced yet, but they can say JK Rowling herself will be watching some of the interviews at a later date. For more information, check out their website! Best of luck to all you kids who participate. Read More »

HP Fan Trips announces HP Quest Grand Prize Winner!

Nearly two months ago we told you about HP Quest, an online Potter scanvenger hunt brought to you by HP Fan Trips. Today, they announced the grand prize winner, who happens to have found out about the Quest through MuggleNet! Lucy Adams of Australia has won a trip for two to the HP Fan Trips' School of Wizardry, July 23-27, 2008 at Ford’s Castle in England. Congrats to her! For a list of the weekly winners, click the Read More link below. And lastly a reminder: HP Fan Trips' Equus and HP6 trip is selling out quick! For an all-in-one trip to see Equus on Broadway and Half-Blood Prince in the city, check out their site. Read More »

HP Fan Trips announce Equus/HBP NYC Trip

Our friends at HP Fan Trips have announced a really great trip for anyone who may be interested visiting New York City for two big Potter-related events this fall. From November 20th to the 22nd, join HP Fan Trips and fellow Potter fans for a weekend of seeing the Equus stage play starring Dan Radcliffe and the Half-Blood Prince film! Full details can be found right here. Read More »