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First notes from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 junket in London

We just wrapped up the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 press junket in London.  What follows are some of our notes from the 20 minutes we had with each of the actors and crew who attended: – On John Williams not returning for Deathly Hallows – Part 2, director David Yates said that in order for John to have returned, he would’ve needed to provide John with a rough cut of the film sooner than was possible.  Their schedules simply did not align, but he did make it clear both Williams and Yates wanted to work with each other. – Yates said he saw a rough cut of Part 2 a couple weeks ago and consulted JK Rowling about a few scenes.  He said she was very helpful (but he did not say what they discussed). – Yates said he removed a lot of the exposition found in the book in order to focus on the action going on instead.  A direct quote will be provided later. – Yates spoke passionately about the need to convert the films for 3D the correct way, citing their distate and pleasure with a couple specific scenes.  And exact quote ... Read More »

Early reviews of Deathly Hallows, Part 1 show mixed emotions on need for split

Several reviews are online tonight for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and there is some mixed reaction. From Reuters UK: \”More than even the most faithful of the earlier episodes, this film feels devoted above all to reproducing the novel onscreen as closely as possible, an impulse that drags it toward ponderousness at times and rather sorely tests the abilities of the young actors to hold the screen entirely on their own, without being propped up by the ever-fabulous array of character actors the series offers.\” From Total Film Magazine: \”The final story may well be colourful and complex, but, on this evidence, there’s absolutely no artistic justification for a two-movie split.\” You can get MuggleNet staffer Andrew’s take just minutes after seeing the film right here. Yahoo! Movies has some great photos up from the Red Carpet earlier today, including shots of Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Wright, Imelda Staunton and more. Read More »

New Deathly Hallows clip: The Last Will of Albus Dumbledore airs on ABC Family

As previously reported, during tonight’s showing of Sorcerer’s Stone on ABC Family a new clip aired from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. In it, you can see Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour presenting the The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore to Harry, Ron and Hermione at The Burrow. Be sure to check back tomorrow night during Chamber of Secrets when the Trio question Kreacher about the locket. We’ll post it here as soon as it comes online! Thanks to Kristin via Twitter! Read More »

MuggleNet’s initial-reaction review of Deathly Hallows – Part 1

We just had the pleasure of seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 here in London to prepare for tomorrow’s press junket with the main cast and crew. First, check out this 5-minute overview I did with Matt from UGO and Jenna from JoBlo. Here are a couple initial reaction notes (video review with a couple other movie website admins coming soon): – There were a few quick moments where things not covered in previous films (that were in previous books) were added to Part 1 for clarification.  – The Harry/Hermione vision that Ron has when the Horcurx takes over is definitely – as the MPAA describes – \”a brief moment of sensuality\” – We noticed a lot of nameplates in several scenes that all looked the same despite being in completely separate areas of the world.  Making it easier for viewers to follow along? – Dobby’s death is as moving as you’d hope.  We shed tears. – Can we give this film a definite review yet?  No.  The reality is we cannot decide how good Part 1 is until we see Part 2. – Overall, the film has a very raw feel.  It’s gory, it feels ... Read More »

House Brawl shirt you voted for now on sale

A few weeks ago we asked you to vote for this shirt to be printed by Threadless. Well, the House Brawl shirt that you voted for came out on top and is now available for purchase! Additionally, we’ll be giving away five shirts to celebrate! You must be a US resident. First five in the comments to answer who Prisoner of Azkaban is dedicated to will win a shirt! Congrats to Alice on a job well done! Read More »

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 coming to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch near you

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will now bring the world of LEGO Harry Potter to life on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, giving gamers the power to play with LEGO characters and models in a brand new way. – iPad Promo 1 – iPad Promo 2 – iPad Promo 3 Info on a release date for the app is forthcoming. Read More »

Live coverage of the London Deathly Hallows premiere

UPDATE: Everyone is now inside the theater! We’ll have a full recap with footage up later tonight! – Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes and J.K. Rowling have arrived – J.K. Rowling talks with fan sites – Matthew Lewis says his favorite film was PoA – David Yates discusses the franchise – Emma Watson speaks with reporters – Fellow MuggleCaster David Heyman – Jason Isaacs arrives on the red carpet Live coverage of the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will begin shortly at 12 pm ET/ 9 am PT. Here is a list of those expected to be in attendance (including author J.K. Rowling). You can follow all the action from the Red Carpet right here! MuggleNet staffer Nick is already there and will be reporting live, interviewing the cast and crew as they arrive. Check back here often and for up-to-the-minute coverage follow us on Twitter! Read More »

Watch the London premiere of Deathly Hallows, Part 1 tomorrow at 12 pm ET

The London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is less than 24 hours away and MuggleNet will be there to cover it all! You can watch the action from the Red Carpet LIVE beginning tomorrow at 12 pm ET/9 am PT. MuggleNet staffer Nick will be on hand speaking with cast and crew as they arrive. Be sure to check the site often and follow us on Twitter for instant updates! Read More »

Deathly Hallows – Part 1 box office update from Fandango

We have a brief update from Fandago about the latest ticket sales for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. 900 showtimes are already sold out, and the movie currently accounts for 83% of daily sales. Have you purchased your tickets yet?  If not, do so by clicking here! Read More »

Deathly Hallows composer Alexandre Desplat confirms return for Part 2 in new interview

Deathly Hallows composer Alexandre Desplat recently conducted an online interview where he openly answered questions about the two-part Potter finale: On his familiarity with the series: \”I have read the books, seen the films, and heard all the scores. I watched the movies again before I started writing. I kept myself away from listening too closely to the previous scores. I already had quite a good sense of what John Williams had invented for the series.\” On returning to the style that John William used in earlier films: \”I cannot write like John Williams. Only he can and I wouldn’t even dare to try. He is the Master of film composers but, only by pursuing our own path, our own voice can we have a chance to challenge ourselves to do our best.\” He also notes that his favorite character is Dobby and as far as why he was asked back for Part 2? He jokingly credits his accent. The composer says he still has a long way to go with Part 2. We first reported the other day HarryPotter.com revealed the news that Desplat was confirmed for Part 2. Thanks to Luke for the tip! Read More »

BBC interviews Dan, Emma and Rupert about life after Potter

The BBC recently sat down with actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to discuss life post-Potter. The trio talk about what it is like now that Harry Potter has come to an end and what lies ahead. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theaters Friday, November 19. Thanks to Jens! 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 »

E!Online goes behind-the-scenes of Deathly Hallows, Part 1

E!Online has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. The feature includes Dan, Emma and Rupert discussing the Deathly Hallows and how Harry, Ron and Hermione keep encountering the symbol throughout their journey. It also covers the subplot of Voldemort’s wand not being able to defeat Harry’s, and takes an inside look at Malfoy Manor during the Death Eater meeting. We get a brief interview with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and our first look at young Grindelwald hopping out the window with the Elder Wand. Thanks to Robert! 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 »

Harry Potter Wiki giving away trip to the Wizarding World in Orlando

Here’s another opportunity to win a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida.  Our friends at the Harry Potter Wiki are sponsoring this one. The prize package includes airfare, hotel, tickets, and more.  Entering is simple: post a comment on this page detailing what you would do if you had one day at Hogwarts. Full details can be found here!  Good luck to all who enter. Note: Writing your comment on MuggleNet will not put you in the running to win.  Please click here to read instructions. Read More »

MuggleNet Fan Fiction’s AudioFictions holding auditions for new readers

Our great Fan Fiction team is currently looking for new people to read for their AudioFictions feature.  In short, AudioFictions are Harry Potter Fan Fictions that you can listen to! I did one once and it was a blast.  To audition, visit their Forum and read all the details.  You’ll have to register first before reading. We hope to hear some of you on an AudioFiction soon! Read More »

Tom Felton takes Hero Complex Blog through Harry Potter props exhibit

If you’ve been to the Warner Brothers Studio Lot in Los Angeles, you probably know they have a great Harry Potter exhibit filled with lots of props, costumes, and creatures from the franchise. Today The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Blog has posted a video where Tom Felton takes the Blog’s writer through the exhibit. It’s a fun watch as Tom explains what he knows about each item. Read More »

Fan Art of the Week: ‘The Wizarding World’

This week’s fan art is best viewed in its full size by clicking here. The artist Ciera used permanent marker, ballpoint pen, and text from J.K. Rowling’s novels to create this incredible piece titled, ‘The Wizarding World’. Excerpts include scenes involving Hedwig from Hagrid purchasing Hedwig in Diagon Alley through Hedwig’s death in Deathly Hallows. The crest is formed with the motto for Hogwarts, ‘Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus’ written in VERY small letters. The composition is based off of a Sorcerer’s Stone still. Noah’s Notes: Ciera here expertly molds darker sentences to shade the characters, and give them form. Hedwig, especially, was done really well in this respect. Great work, and truly a tough undertaking for any artist! To submit your own work and to view our archives: head on over to our Fan Art Section. See you again next Tuesday! Read More »

Two new Deathly Hallows clips feature Ron and Harry’s argument, Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor

Two new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 have emerged online this evening, courtesy of ClevverTV. The first is a roughly :90 second clip entitled \”The Plan,\” which is the full scene of Harry and Ron’s argument in the tent. The second is just over a minute long and and titled \”Kill Harry Potter\”. It takes place at Malfoy Manor with Snape, Voldemort, Yaxley, Bellatrix and other Death Eaters planning how to capture Harry. Thanks to Joe! 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 »