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TIME Magazine looks at books translated to movies

Celebrating the release of the new book-to-film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, TIME Magazine has a new feature looking popular books turned into popular films. The Harry Potter series is of course included on this list: Though J.K. Rowling's 1997 book had already sold hundreds of thousands of copies by the time Hollywood released its first Potter film, Sorcerer's Stone turned the boy wizard into an international pop icon virtually overnight. The movie earned close to $1 billion at the box office and guaranteed that the remaining books in the series would find their way to the big screen. The last installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, is expected to be released in the summer of 2011. See the entire list – which looks at Willy Wonka, Stuart Little, and many others – at this link. Thanks to Vivi for the tip! Read More »

DH sneak peek to be included on Half-Blood Prince DVD

When the Order of the Phoenix DVD was released close to two years ago, fans were treated to a nice look at Half-Blood Prince. WB has decided to do the same with the Half-Blood Prince DVD and will include a sneak peek of Deathly Hallows. The feature was discovered when DVD Empire posted the back cover of the DVD on their website. Remember: MuggleNet has a comprehensive Half-Blood Prince DVD info page that you can check out right here! Thanks to Maggie and Leaky for the tip. Read More »

No Firenze in Deathly Hallows? Maybe…

Back in August our friends at UHP reported that actor, Ray Fearon, was rumoured to reprise his role as Firenze in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Earlier this week we contacted Ray Fearon's agency, to see if they could shed any light on the situation. They responded to say that as of yet they have not been approached about this role and that currently this rumour is incorrect. With just under 9 months of filming still to go, this could all change. With so many familiar faces returning, it is still likely that we may get to see our favourite Centaur on the screen one last time. In the meantime be sure to check out our Deathly Hallows film section for a wealth of information, including an updated Cast list. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince now available for pre-order

Amazon has sent out announcements that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now available for pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray and Amazon Video on Demand! The DVD/Blu-ray combo can be purchased here and the single-disc DVD can be purchased here. For more info visit Amazon. Read More »

Robbie Coltrane talks about the end of the Potter series

All the actors are understandably sad that filming for the franchise is slowly coming to the end, and Robbie Coltrane is no different. He plays Hagrid in the series and recently spoke to the Radio Times about it: “We were all going – 'Yeah, it's gonna be tough on the kids…'” “Then eventually we were all saying 'Yeah, it's gonna be pretty tough for me too'.” The actor admits one thing he will not miss when filming ends is the beard he has to wear for his role as Hagrid. “It's all horrible. But at the end of the day, they take it off and then two girls come to my trailer with a pot of hot oil, they dissolve the beard, rub my face with oil.” he said. Thanks for the tip, Adam! Read More »

Video from Wizarding World construction site

It may be hard to get a good view of how construction on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is progressing by only viewing photos. So, why not check out a video of construction? Orlando Attractions Magazine has posted this new video of construction around the Wizarding World. It provides a great view of how things are progressing! Thanks to Shelby for the tip! Read More »

Wizarding World continues to receive exterior treatment

This Is Briandom has another photo report up from a recent visit to Universal Studios Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter construction site. The photos depict some nice progress on the exterior buildings of the Wizarding World, including Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Check them all out right here! The park is scheduled to open in Spring 2010. Read More »

Let MuggleNet keep you up to date on Deathly Hallows!

We know. You wake up every morning and say to yourself, “Argh! What the heck is going on with Deathly Hallows filming?!” You check MuggleNet and read up on the latest filming news, but did you know we have a comprehensive Deathly Hallows information section that archives all the news we get? What's more, we've recently made big updates to the Cast and Filming information pages! They're loaded with info pertaining to Part 1 and Part 2. Check them out and visit often because they'll be updated with new info as quickly as we get it! Read More »

Ace of Cakes works up new Potter cake for HBP premiere

UPDATE: Photos posted on BizBash back in July show the cake (in the shape of the Hogwarts Express) along with decor at Half-Blood Prince party. Thanks, Katie! You may remember that for the Order of the Phoenix Los Angeles premiere in July 2007, Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman created a very cool Hogwarts cake (pictured) for the cast, crew, and special guests. As it turns out, the cake was so good Duff was invited back to create a cake for the Half-Blood Prince New York premiere! An episode of Ace of Cakes featuring a behind-the-scenes look at his creation will air on the Food Network starting October 29th at 10 PM EST. Thanks for the tip, Mika! On a related note, FeltBeats caught up with Duff at the Half-Blood Prince premiere and he revealed a couple details about this new cake. You can watch the interview right here on YouTube. Read More »

Dan Radcliffe to star in Broadway musical?

Variety is reporting that Dan Radcliffe will be starring in an upcoming musical titled “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway. Producers, directors, and choreographers are already in place but Dan is the only cast member set for the production. A reading set to be held in December will determine who the other cast members are. From Variety: Written by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, “How to Succeed” chronicles the rise of a crafty window cleaner as he follows the advice of a self-help manual to connive his way up through the ranks of the World Wide Wickets Co. and get the girl in the process. As most fans know, Dan starred in London and New York productions of the stageplay “Equus” alongside fellow Potter actor Richard Griffiths during 2007 – 2008. We'll update with more when we can! Thanks to Maggie for the tip. Read More »

Middlebury to host third annual Quidditch World Cup

Middlebury College is set to host the Third Annual Quidditch World Cup later this month. As you may recall, Middlebury has made everyone's favorite sport from the Harry Potter series popular across college campuses. The event will take place on October 25th from 9 am – 5 pm with 26 teams competing from around the United States. You can get all the information and latest updates on their Facebook page or by following them on Twitter. Be sure to check out MTV's coverage of this up-and-coming college sport! Thanks to Emily for sending this in! Read More »

MuggleCast #182: Tweets to Micah

The latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast has arrived, and with it is the triumphant return of Chapter by Chapter! Its been two years since we wrapped up our Sorcerer's Stone Chapter by Chapter series, and now it's back in a new format for Chamber of Secrets. Plus: – JK Rowling creates a Twitter and hints at a writing project. – Will she use the Twitter account often? And what is she writing? – We predict when the Encyclopedia will be released (if that is what she's writing). – We start with Chapters 1 – 3 from Chamber of Secrets. – Does Dobby know about the Horcruxes from this early point? – Andrew points out an example of Jo forwarding a death in Deathly Hallows. – Quote Quiz and Make the Music Connection return. All that and a LOT more can be found in this week's show! To download the fun for free, we recommend subscribing through iTunes. Just CLICK HERE and then press “Subscribe” to the right of our album art. (Already subscribed? Refresh your feed!) No iPod or MP3 player needed! You can also visit the MuggleCast website to listen right within your browser, or to download ... Read More »

Harry Melling on life after Dudley Dursley

Harry Melling–the actor who plays Dudley Dursley–discussed his recent weight loss and his career in an interview with the Telegraph. On returning to the set of Deathly Hallows after his weight loss, Melling no longer looked like Dudley. Dudley doesn't feature in the sixth Potter film, so there was a long gap between playing the butterball bully in the fifth, aged 16, and shooting the seventh film, this year. In the meantime, he had changed almost beyond recognition, to the producers' alarm. “They did this double-take, 'Oh my God, we are going to have to do something,' and I felt very guilty. They could have recast, but instead they padded me out.” Despite not being a lead in the movies, Melling is happy with his career. “I can now shed the child-actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley.” Read More »

Fans credited with Cherrybomb release

Fans joined forces to start a petition for the release of Cherrybomb–a film starring Rupert Grint–and succeeded. As the BBC reports, the film has found a distributor and will be released sometime in 2010. Rupert Grint was thrilled. I'm delighted by the huge support the film has already received on the official Facebook page and other sites on the web and am so grateful to my fans in particular, who have travelled the world to support the film at festivals and preview screenings.” Thanks to Chris for the tip! Read More »

Maggie Smith discusses battle with cancer

The Times Online recently interviewed Dame Maggie Smith, where she discussed her career, her role in the Potter films as Professor McGonagall, as well as her battle with breast cancer. Smith, who was diagnosed last year, tells the story of how she filmed her scenes for Half-Blood Prince mid-treatment. The actress is very candid in the interview, saying that she even accepted the possibility of dying. Thankfully, the doctors have given her an “all-clear,” as she goes for a check-up later this month. Smith is set to begin filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows shortly, but notes, “she is racked with doubt about her acting future after being 'knocked sideways' by her illness.” All of us here at MuggleNet wish Maggie a full and speedy recovery! Read More »

Rowling to receive inaugural H.C. Andersen Award

Author J.K. Rowling will be the recipient of the first ever Hans Christian Anderson Award next year in Denmark. The Potter author will travel to Odense to accept the award in person on October 19, 2010. “The city already has a strong link to Rowling’s books and hosts an annual Harry Potter Festival, which transforms the City Hall into Hogwarts School for witches and wizards. The festival is run in conjunction with the public library to encourage children to read.” In addition, Rowling was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on October 4, by animation and gaming company DQ Entertainment for her outstanding contribution towards children's entertainment. Thanks to Tine for the tip and translation! Read More »

Rowling working on something, but not Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling announced, while at the Stella McCartney show, that she is indeed putting “pen to paper.” “I’m working on something, but it’s not Harry Potter,” she said. “I need a Harry break.” You may recall that she mentioned she was busy writing when she posted her first Twitter message last month. What could it be? Read the Telegraph's report right here. Read More »

Hogwarts starts to come together at Wizarding World

The vertical construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park is finally getting VERY exciting! The tallest tower of Hogwarts and exterior walls have been put into place, and WOW do they look cool! See the pictures right here on OrlandoUnited.com. Construction is expected to continue through early next year. Universal announced several weeks ago that the park will open this Spring. You can read everything we've got on the Wizarding World right here! Thanks to Emily for the tip. Read More »

Helen McCrory returns for Deathly Hallows filming

Rotten Tomatoes UK has released a new interview with the actress who plays Narcissa Malfoy in the Potter films. In it, she repeats what she told our own Nick Myers at the Half-Blood Prince UK premiere – this film, unlike the others, can have a “full stop” finish: “It's got a full stop,” she told us. “I think up to now, every director who has done a Harry Potter has had to do a dot-dot-dot. They know it's a sequel, they know there's another film coming out. But with this one, we can actually make everything have an epic ending. It's going to be final. And it's going to be huge. There doesn't have to be any more pauses or dot-dot-dots. So they're letting out all the stops with this one.” Helen also reveals that a table read for Part 2 of Deathly Hallows is taking place today, and she mentions that many around the set have grown up with the franchise and are sad to see it go. Thanks to Joe from Rotten Tomatoes! Read More »

Help us raise $10k to fight breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MuggleNet would like to encourage prevention and early detection, as one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her lifetime. This issue is close to the Potter community, as Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) is herself a breast cancer survivor. A BeMitt is a new tool designed to assist women in performing their monthly self-breast exam. Beth Bromberg, creator of the BeMitt, had several benign lumps removed from her breasts yet still wasn't doing her monthly exams. When her then 20 year-old daughter Jenna, a Harry Potter fan and MuggleNet visitor, discovered a lump in her breast, she decided it was time to spread awareness to make self-exams not just easier but more effective. She invented the BeMitt, a mineral oil-filled mitt that magnifies texture – allowing women to better know their breasts and increase the likelihood of early detection. For every BeMitt sold during October, BeMitt will make a donation to Susan G. Komen For The Cure, and MuggleNet will match that donation in an effort to raise a total of $10,000. Show your support by purchasing a BeMitt at this link. If you have a Twitter account, please ... Read More »