Hooper to give way to Williams for Potter finale?

According to, Nicholas Hooper will not return to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hooper has composed the soundtracks for both Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. The post states that the films have put “too great a strain on his family life” and that he believes a “certain composer” [John Williams] should complete the series he started. Until we receiver further confirmation, please treat this as a rumor! Thanks to Matthew for the tip! Read More »

JKR: A Year in the Life to air on ABC tomorrow

You may recall that a documentary aired in the U.K previously, featuring a year in the life of J.K. Rowling while writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Good news for U.S. fans–“J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life” will air on ABC tomorrow: Thursday, July 16 at 8:00. Thanks to Ashley for the tip! Read More »

Potter set to pass Bond as No. 1 movie franchise

The name is Potter…Harry Potter. According to an article in the New York Daily News, the boy wizard is set to surpass 007 as the largest grossing film franchise of all time. “The past five 'Harry Potter' movies have grossed a total of $4.48 billion worldwide at the box office. The James Bond movies come in at $5 billion over the course of 22 films, starting with 'Dr. No' in 1962.” We'll be sure to let you know when Potter takes over the No. 1 spot. Read More »

Deathly Hallows update: Broadbent and Staunton to return

In recent days, it has been confirmed that Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton will reprise their roles as Slughorn and Umbridge, respectively, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The BBC confirmed Broadbent's return in this interview, where Broadbent talks about working with the cast of the Potter films. David Heyman confirmed Imelda Staunton's return during his Q&A session in Los Angeles. Here's the audio. Thanks to Leaky and Snitch Seeker! Read More »

The Los Angeles Times talks to Tom Felton

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is here and The Los Angeles times has released its final installment of its Harry Potter countdown–an interview with Tom Felton. He talks about Draco's role in Half-Blood Prince and working with some of Britain's best actors: DM: What do you remember about shooting that climactic scene on the Astronomy Tower? TF: It was intense! When we shot it I was surrounded by the cream of British actors [Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter were present, as was the Dublin-born Gambon], and the scene itself is very intense. There’s lots of shouting, screaming and tears. We had good fun with that one. It was the scene I was most looking forward to. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince sets midnight release record

It's an amazing new record! Variety is reporting that midnight ticket sales for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reached $22.2 million, setting a new midnight gross record in the film industry: That figure beats the $18 million earned in midnight runs by Warners’ very own “The Dark Knight” and the $17 million earned by 20th Century Fox’s “Star Wars: Episode III -Revenge of the Sith.” “Half-Blood Prince” opens in the same Wednesday slot that “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” did in 2007. “Order of the Phoenix” grossed $12 million in midnight runs on its way to a $139.7 million five-day debut. B.O. observers expect the boy-or rather, teenage-wizard to be as popular as ever, if not more so. It’s been two years since the last Potter pic, or the last book in J.K. Rowling’s series, creating a pent-up demand. Read More »

BBC Radio 1 reports live from the set of DH

UPDATE: You can now listen to the show, watch videos of the set and view pictures here. Today BBC Radio 1 are reporting live from the set of the Harry Potter films, where cast and crew are currently filming both parts of Deathly Hallows. As part of their Harry Potter Day celebrations they will be interviewing several cast and crew members as well as reporting on the sets and filming. You can listen to the live feed now on their website or by tuning into Radio 1 now. The set report is expected to last until 3 pm (GMT). We'll be sure to update this post if they reveal anything juicy about the next film. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince hits U.S. theaters

With it just past midnight on the East Coast, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has officially hit theaters here in the United States! The movie has already opened in the United Kingdom and Australia among other countries. So whether you're at a release party tonight or going later on today, we hope you enjoy the best Potter film to date! Also, don't forget to tweet #Dumbledore and check out the HPA's What Would Dumbledore Do website. Read More »

Chance to win official movie prop from HBP

You can be one of the only Muggles ever to win an authentic Harry Potter prop. Just register as a WB Studio Insider for your chance to win the love potion from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes! Then, upload your photo to their fan gallery for 10 extra chances to win! When you register as a WB Studio Insider you could also win one of these great prizes: – A $1000 Shopping Spree at and a Blu-ray™ Player – A Harry Potter Years 1-5 Giftset on Blu-ray™ or DVD – Exclusive Harry Potter Collectibles from the Harry Potter Shop – V.I.P Tickets for the WB Studio Tour in Burbank, CA – Coupon Codes Redeemable for Merchandise at Click the link below to find out more about what you receive as a WB Studio Insider. As a charter WB Studio Insider, you’re in on the action and inside the studio! 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 »

HBP is the most-fresh Potter film yet at Rotten Tomatoes is a movie review site that grabs ALL the movie reviews for every film and puts them into one percentage rating. This can give you an overall feel for how good a film is going to be. Have you seen Half-Blood Prince's overall review? It's currently standing at a 98% with 41 reviews – and that is the highest percentage for a Potter film to date! Prisoner of Azkaban ranks second with an 89% rating. Granted, all of the reviews aren't in yet so the percentage may slide down a bit. This is, however, a very exciting sign of what we all can expect from the film! Read More »

David Heyman discusses HBP, DH in Los Angeles

As we initially told you last week, Potter producer David Heyman appeared at the Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA's Third Street Promenade last night. Over 100 fans showed up to ask him questions – including MuggleNet reader Andrew W. Thanks to him we now have a report from the Q&A where David answered, among other things, whether or not composer John Williams would return for Deathly Hallows. Heyman revealed that they had spoken with Williams specifically about Part 2 and will try to get him if they can fit it into Williams' busy schedule. Check out the link below for more of what David Heyman had to say! Read More »

MTV interviews with Dan and Emma

EDIT: Sorry to everyone outside the U.S., but these videos can only be viewed by U.S. residents. We'll have a better link when it's available! MTV has posted its hilarious interviews with Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson. They talk about the usual–kissing and the end of the franchise–but also some new topics, including what the actors won't miss once it's all over. Check out the seven videos here! Read More »

B-Roll footage from Half-Blood Prince filming

Here's some very cool B-roll footage from the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in 3 parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3. Beware of spoilers! Thanks to Torrance! Read More »

New interview with director David Yates

Two days before the premiere of the long awaited sixth movie, has posted a great interview with director David Yates. In it, he discusses how he got the job to direct four movies in a row, the MPAA rating for Half-Blood Prince, and how filming for Deathly Hallows is going. He reveals that while they are aiming towards directing part one of the two-parter Deathly Hallows first, filming for the second half had to be done as well due to the availability of the actors. Shooting for both movies is scheduled to end around spring, according to Yates. He also mentions a bit about Bill Nighy, who talked a bit about working with the director earlier today. In reference to the humour in the sixth movie, Yates had this to say: I really love the humor. I like humor. I think it leavens the load a little bit, and Dan, Rupert and Emma do it quite well. Even though the next script is quite intense, and Steve's really great at pairing it with little moments that are quite charming. They're not gags. They're just really delicate funny humorous bits. Then I'll throw in a few things, like the scene ... Read More »

Bill Nighy excited to work with Yates on Deathly Hallows

Bill Nighy, who is set to play Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, recently did an interview with about working with director David Yates. “I was with him when he got the job a couple of years ago,” Nighy told us earlier today, “and I said, 'Oh, well maybe now I won't be the only English actor who's not in Harry Potter' – that was like five years ago. Anyway, I finally made it under the wire. We may have talked about it before, but he's one of the most gifted directors I've ever worked with. He's a quiet genius, David Yates. I'm delighted and very pleased I'm going to be in 'Harry Potter,' but I'm doubly pleased because it's with David.” Read More »

Notes from the US, UK Half-Blood Prince premieres

MuggleNet was at both the United States and United Kingdom premieres of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and we decided to pull some of the most interesting information we learned from the stars and put it into one round-up post. If you'd like to watch the video interviews for yourself, use the following links: US premiere | UK premiere Read More »

Yahoo! posts new clip from Half-Blood Prince

Just less than 36 hours until Half-Blood Prince opens on the east coast of the United States and we now have another clip to show you from the film. Exclusively on Yahoo!, it's an 80-second scene where Harry and Dumbledore are discussing the Horcruxes and how Dumbledore believes Voldemort's magic is “beyond anything I've imagined.” Read More »

JKR to visit Leavesden more often during DH filming

Reuters has a new article looking at the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and in it director David Yates discusses Jo's involvement with the films: “She's really gracious, she's not territorial,” he said. “She kind of recognizes the challenges of adapting (a book for a film) and she's really sympathetic to that.” “She said now that the shooting part is coming to an end she might just pop in more often, which we would love,” Yates said. “She was so busy with all the other books she couldn't (visit much more than once a year).” Thanks to Isabelle for the tip! Read More »

MuggleCast #176: LIVE in New York City!

Recorded less than 24 hours after the US premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Emerson, Ben, Micah and I hosted a live MuggleCast at the Borders of Columbus Circle in New York City to discuss the premiere and the film. It was a GREAT show with a wonderful audience, and we're pleased to announce that the show is now available on our iTunes feed (press “Subscribe” for it to appear if it hasn't already!) In the show: – Andrew and Emerson conducted interviews from the red carpet and have some juicy details to share. – Having all the seen the film, we try to give our best spoiler-free review. – Fans ask us questions about the film one by one! – Emerson and Ben discuss their new book,'s Harry Potter Should Have Died. – Special thanks to Borders and everyone who attended! 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 the MP3 file ... Read More »