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 See below for complete details and good luck to everyone! Read More »

James and Oliver Phelps talk HBP video game

SnitchSeeker has posted a new interview with the actors who play Fred and George Weasley, James and Oliver Phelps respectively. The interview is centered around the Half-Blood Prince video game for which the guys recorded their voices. How does it feel now, having done the character and that's your voice, knowing that thousands of kids are playing the game? James: You kind of forget that you've done them when you come to play it. Well, we did so many lines that you can't really remember what says what. It's kind of hard when you're playing other games like where you're in character it's kind of like having the perfect character of … in that aspect it's really cool. Oliver: And it's quite fun as well when you're actually playing and you're running around as Harry Potter or Fred or George with a wand and see what they do. See what they say. James: One of the reasons they record us in the booths doing that is because then when we do our actions then they can add the actions to the character speaking. And when they're doing that it's very real. It's very true to our being. Read More »

Warner Brothers releases high-res HBP posters

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince posters we saw this past Thursday have now been officially released in beautiful high-res quality! You can see them at the links below: – Harry banner – Dumbledore banner – Harry with Dumbledore in Harry's glasses one-sheet 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 »

Watson, Issacs, and Gleeson attend UK BAFTAs

Three Potter stars were in attendance tonight at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, was seen on the red carpet and presented an award for 'Special Visual Effects'. While there, she spoke to The Metro about her future plans. Jason Issacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy, presented an award for 'Outstanding British contribution to cinema'. Brendan Gleeson, who plays Mad-Eye Moody, picked up an award on behalf of Martin McDonagh for 'Best Original Screenplay' – In Bruges. Snitch Seeker has a variety of pictures from the event that you can see right here. Thanks to them and Sam for the info! Read More »

Final Equus on Broadway performance today

As this news post is being written, the final performance of Equus on Broadway starring Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths is getting underway. Dan and Richard first started their Equus roles in London's West End in mid-February 2007. reports: When it closes, the acclaimed revival will have played 21 previews and 156 regular performances. Previews began Sept. 5, 2008, with an official opening Sept. 25. Radcliffe and Griffiths, who played to sold-out crowds in the London revival of the Shaffer play, reprised their work for Broadway audiences. Radcliffe stars as Alan Strang with Griffiths as Dr. Martin Dysart. Ever-busy stage and screen actress Kate Mulgrew plays Hesther Saloman, the role created on Broadway by veteran actress Marian Seldes in 1974. The production had to end around this time so Dan could get back to the United Kingdom to begin filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in the next couple weeks. Congrats to Dan, Richard, and the entire Equus team for two years of amazing theatrical performances! Read More »

Coverage of Cherrybomb World Premiere

As most of you may know, Potter film star Rupert Grint is getting ready for the release of his new film Cherrybomb. Today in Berlin, the world premiere of the film was held and photos can be seen here on and here on Oclumencia! Additionally, has audio up from a Q&A session held with Rupert the other day. The film will be released this year in the UK. No word yet on a US release date. Congrats, Rupert, on your success with Cherrybomb! Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince clips, interviews at Regal Theaters

MuggleCaster Matt and I were pleasantly surprised while waiting to see Coraline this evening when, before the trailers started, we saw a 'Regal Firstlook Play' sneak peek of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Some of the footage has already been seen in the trailers, but there were several new and/or extended clips including: Bellatrix on top of a table in the Great Hall throwing a spell (extended), Hermione throwing birds at Ron, Hermione's jealousy of Ron and Lavender (“Excuse me, I have to go vomit”), Dumbledore levitating items in the Dursley house, a couple of new lines from Dumbledore, new shots of the Inferi, and the “She Thinks You're the Chosen One” scene (extended). Spread in between the new clips were also new, short interviews with Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and producer David Heyman. If you'd like to see all this for yourself, we recommend checking out a film at a Regal Theater this weekend. Get there a good 20 minutes early to be sure you see the “First Look” video, which starts before the trailers. Read More »

Deathly Hallows rep confirms mid-February start

This morning we updated our post made yesterday about Leavesden Studios being closed (it is now open, albeit still under investigation). Now the BBC has an article about the studio being back open. They quote a representative at Warner Brothers who confirms filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows begins in just two weeks: A spokeswoman for the production team said filming on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows would begin later this month as planned. “We have not begun filming yet and will not do so for another two weeks. This has always been the case,” she said. “Filming will commence mid-February and go through to spring 2009.” We assume the rep meant Spring 2010, as filming will run for 54 weeks as they film Parts 1 and 2 at the same time. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed in the tip! Read More »

Harry Potter nominated at 2009 Kids Choice Awards

Harry Potter has consecutively been nominated in Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards, and this year is no different. He's been nominated in the “Favorite Book” category against the Twilight series, Diary of a Wimpy, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do It Yourself. Voting opens on March 2nd and the award ceremony takes place on Saturday, March 28th. Thanks to Tim for the tip! Read More »

Harry Potter the most-borrowed book in UK

The Telegraph is reporting today that Harry Potter was borrowed 109,000 times last year, making it the most borrowed book: The Government-funded Public Lending Right – which pays authors for books taken out in public libraries – said choices had been influenced by Richard and Judy, the husband and wife TV presenters. Five of the books named in the top 10 had been featured in their Book Club slot as part of their chat show. The PLR, which tracked figures between July 2007 and June 2008, also said books for children and young adults represented a third of loans nationally. Read More »

Part of Leavesden Studios still closed (Update: now open)

UPDATE: As reported by The Mirror, the entire set is now open again. An investigation still continues. It was just over a week ago now that Potter stuntman David Holmes was injured on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows during test shooting. Today, Safety Media Limited is reporting that the area where the accident occurred is still closed: A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the organisation is conducting an investigation into the incident and some of the set will remain closed. The representative explained: “The set has been cordoned off and will not be used again until we have finished that part of our investigation.” Thank to Sam for the tip. Read More »

Happy Birthday, Arthur Weasley!

JK Rowling's official website has been updated to wish everyone's favorite Weasley family father a Happy Birthday! Thanks to Nada for the tip. Read More »

Stephen King talks about his influence on JKR

In an interview with USA Weekend for an upcoming cover story, author Stephen King spoke about his influence on popular authors such as JK Rowling: “I think that has some kind of formative influence the same way reading Richard Matheson had an influence on me,” King explains. “People always say to me, 'Well, what about H.P. Lovecraft?' And the thing was, you read Lovecraft when you were a kid but I never felt that he was speaking my language. It was chillier than my heart was, and when Matheson started to write about ordinary people and stuff, that was something that I wanted to do. He also talks about Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, saying that she “can’t write worth a darn.” While the comments may surprise Twilight fans, most are probably aware of how Ms. Meyer has said herself that she is not a great writer. Or maybe Mr. King is just upset that Stephenie is too afraid to read his books. Thanks to “Anonymous” for the tip! Read More »

Video and pictures of JKR knighted by France

Today in Paris, JK Rowling was inducted into France's prestigious “Legion d'honneur” (Legion of Honor), in which the honorary title of “Knight” was bestowed upon her. The event took place in the Elysee presidential palace and France's president Nicolas Sarkozy was there to welcome the author into the Legion. JK Rowling accepted the award and spoke to those present in French, according to Europe1 (translation below): Full transcript (translation) of Jo's speech in French can be seen at the “read more” link below, thanks to our translator Clementine. For pictures of Jo at the event click here, and a video of her appearance can be seen here. (Translation of what she said coming soon). Congratulations again, Jo! Read More »

JKR to receive French Legion of Honor tomorrow

It was revealed today via that JK Rowling will receive France's highest honor tomorrow at the Palace Elysee in Paris, France. Congratulations, Jo! Thanks to for the tip. Read More »

David Holmes recovering, plans to return to work

The stuntman who was injured on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set this past Wednesday is recovering, but still cannot move his hands or legs. The Telegraph reports: …he has asked relatives to update his Facebook page as he recovers in hospital. He has assured his friends that he will be back in action before long. One message reads: “David wants to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and wishes. And don't worry… the stunt-runt will be back.” The article goes on to say that David had been taken to a hospital that specializes in spinal injuries. You can read the full article right here. We wish David a speedy and full recovery! Thanks to Sam for the link. Read More »

New Matt Lewis interview

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) participated in a fanchat today, discussing much including what he's most looking forward to film in Deathly Hallows: “I don't have a script yet so I can't be exactly sure how everything is going to work out. However, I think my answer will be a bit predictable! The scene I'm looking forward to the most is when Neville swings the sword and kills Nagini. That is going to be intense! In fact, the whole final battle sequence is going to be amazing. Still can't believe they're going to trust me with a sword though!” Read More »

Emma Watson: being sexy is embarrassing

In an insightful new interview, Emma Watson discusses how turning 18 was “tough;” how she finds being sexy embarrassing; and the prospect of a new film for her shortly. The actress also talked about the difficulty in overcoming the Hermione typecast: “I have no plans to do anything for the sake of it, or to shock people. I might be willing to take my clothes off for a Bernardo Bertolucci film, if it was a part that really made sense as part of my character. But I wouldn’t do it just to make a point, to move on from Hermione. I’d hate to be so tactical. I’m not just getting my kit off for anyone.” The article also notes that Emma is still unsure whether she will attend a British or American university. Thanks to Starrybird for the tip! Read More »

HPA STANDfast Campaign Coming to a Close

This year’s STANDfast campaign has continued the tradition of being a hugely successful civilian protection program. Since 2007, Harry Potter aficionados have donated over $14,000 to fund the protection of civilians in Darfur and Burma. This project officially ends January 31, so if you’re interested in contributing please do so soon on the Harry Potter Alliance website! For more information on the campaign, visit the main HPA page or see our previous post here. Read More »