DH Update: Ifans, Isaacs talk Potter

In a new interview, Rhys Ifans still rumored to be playing the role of Xenophilius Lovegood, has talked a little bit more about his character in the upcoming Potter film. “It’s been kind of a real honour being asked to be part of a project like that, and though I haven’t got kids myself, a lot of my friends have kids, so it’ll be great to do something they can see. He’s a good wizard – a really great guy.” And Jason Isaacs, the actor who plays Lucius Malfoy in the Potter films, recently did a short interview at the 2009 Empire Awards, saying he is “heartbroken” that everything will soon be coming to an end. He also let on that he will be returning to the set to begin filming his part in June. Thanks to Jen and Tom for the tips! Read More »

WB releases high-res Half-Blood Prince character posters

Warner Brothers has released high resolution versions of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince posters we first saw last week. You can check them out in our gallery right here! Read More »

Wizarding World website updates with new poll

The official website for the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park has been updated with a new poll question: What type of wand would you prefer to own? You can answer by clicking here, then clicking on Poll at the top. As always, you can keep track of the latest info related to the park at this link. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with the tip! Read More »

Felton, Issacs, Carter attend Empire Awards

The actors who play Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, and Bellatrix Lestrange in the Potter films respectively are attending this year's Empire Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. A few photos of Tom Felton and Jason Issacs have already appeared on Wire Image, and a live blog from the event is right here. As of the time of this news post, Helena Bonham Carter (the actress who plays Bellatrix) had won in the Best Actress category. We'll update you with more info later today. Thanks to Nick for the tip! Read More »

JKR among authors to receive public library bonus

Several popular authors, including JK Rowling, will be receiving cheques from the state of Ireland because of their popularity in libraries. As The Times Online reports: Binchy said many bestselling authors donate their cheques to charity but they remain an important incentive. “It’s only fair that if hundreds of people borrow your book, you get paid,” she said. “It’s especially important for those who don’t get huge sales. When you see that PLR written on an envelope your heart soars because it’s never bad news. It’s confirmation people are reading your books.” Read More »

Happy Birthday Brendan Gleeson!

The actor who portrays Mad-Eye Moody in the Potter films is celebrating his 54th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Brendan! Thanks to Sofia for the tip. Read More » 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 »

Third part of recent Tom Felton interview online

Feltbeats has released the third part of their interview with the actor who plays Draco Malfoy in the Potter films. In it, Tom talks all about his love for music and how he got started: Q: How long have you been playing guitar? A: I dunno, that’s a bit of a funny one, that. It’s a bit like, “How long have you been walking?” I’ve been HOLDING a guitar for maybe… well, I got my first real guitar on my nineteenth birthday, and I’ll be twenty-two this September. So, I mean, I know I had played before I got that guitar, but I had never really played seriously. So, I’m coming up on two or two and a half years, if that makes sense. Read the rest of the interview (along with parts one and two) right here! Read More »

Harry and Voldemort grace cover of latest EW

In a follow-up to the story we brought you earlier, we now know that this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly features Harry and Voldemort on the cover. Both are part of new lists by Entertainment Weekly: the Top 20 Heroes (Harry) and the Top 20 Villians (Voldemort… obviously). We showed you their entry on Harry earlier today, and we now have their entry on Voldemort (no new pics are found in the article): 8) Voldemort – Why Him: Cruel with no hope of redemption, Harry Potter's nemesis (Ralph Fiennes in the films) is an old-school unrepentant, power-hungry, control-freak. But his loathing for anyone who doesn't meet his definition of “normal” is utterly of the moment. Most Evil Move: Killing Harry's parents. Biggest Weakness: Motherly love. Read More »

Rhys Ifans to star in Deathly Hallows

While making an appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Rhys Ifans stated that he would be starring in the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Ifans did not say what part he had been cast for, so let us know in the comments what character you think he would do a good job portraying. UPDATE: Several reports are suggesting that he will play Xenophilius Lovegood. Please treat this as a rumor until confirmed. You can check out the latest casting info in our Movie Section. Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip! Read More »

Poésy in talks to reprise role as Fleur Delacour

Poésy, who played Fleur Delacour in Goblet of Fire , is in talks to reprise her role in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , according to her representatives. Nothing is confirmed so far, but we’ll keep you updated. Thanks to Snitch Seeker. Read More »

Potter makes All-Time Coolest Heroes list

Entertainment Weekly has published a list of 20 characters who are the coolest heroes this world has ever seen. Harry Potter comes in at #4: WHY HIM: Orphaned, cast out, and in the throes of adolescent hormonal revolt, J.K. Rowling's boy wizard (played by Daniel Radcliffe on screen) is the embodiment of the corny bumper sticker: Why be normal? MOST HEROIC MOVE: Obliterating Voldemort by deploying his secret weapons: love, loyalty, and the good ol' Expelliarmus. BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Misses his mommy and daddy. See the full list right here! Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince video game trailer released

EA has released another new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game trailer through Yahoo! The trailer starts with a pensieve-like feel and then moves into several action packed clips from the game. If you want to learn more about the game, check out this section of our site. Thanks to Yahoo and Emily for the tip! Read More »

WB releases HBP character banners

Warner Bros. has released six brand-new character banners for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, including those of: – Harry Potter – Albus Dumbledore – Ron Weasley – Hermione Granger – Draco Malfoy – Severus Snape Read More »

Deathly Hallows to be shot in Pembrokeshire

WalesOnline is reporting this morning that crews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a new Robin Hood movie are expected to be shooting in the town of Pembrokeshire: Planning officer Cathy Milner said: “It’s a huge bonus for Pembrokeshire. There’s the input of the finance, and it will also raise the county’s profile.” Ms Milner said Freshwater West had captured the film makers’ imagination and six days’ filming was planned for early May. The Harry Potter crew is expected to be in the area for 50 days. A set will be built in Pembroke Dock and moved to a site in the dunes. Work is expected to start in the area after Easter. Filming for Deathly Hallows will continue until early 2010. For everything we've got on the film, click here! Read More »

Another new Half-Blood Prince shirt at Hot Topic

Hot Topic has a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shirt available for sale. This one is based off of another poster for the film that premiered a couple months ago. You can find out more about the other Half-Blood Prince shirt Hot Topic has right here. Thanks to Emilie for the tip! Read More »

Wizarding World entrance under construction at park

A couple of new photos from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park construction site have appeared online. Both are from what appears to be the main entrance to the Potter park: – Wide shot of area – Area closer to the entrance As you can see from the thumbnail on the left of this news post, the construction photos depict a bare-bones version of the entrance seen in the concept art. Thanks to MuggleNet reader Jhonny and for the tip! Read More »

Tom Felton talks Potter, music, and more

SnitchSeeker and Feltbeats recently interviewed the actor who plays Draco in the Potter films. In it, Tom discusses what he does on set in between takes: FB: So, their next question is: “Have you ever brought your guitar onto the set of Harry Potter, and if so, have you ever jammed with any of the other actors?” TF: Evvvvveryday. That's where I learned to play guitar! It's no secret that there can be quite a lot of time-waiting on the film set. I just took a guitar in… Actually, the first person who started showing me stuff was my driver. I had the same driver from the first film, a very nice guy called Jimmy Adams. He actually played the left-handed guitar, and obviously I'm right handed. But, it was a little bit tricky then to show me anything decent. Now, he showed me a couple of moves, and he's been a great resource. I just learned pretty much from there. Read much more right here. Read More »

EA discusses Half-Blood Prince video game for Wii

IGN has revealed that Electronic Arts will be giving a new look at the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game next week at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. In anticipation, they have spoken with EA and learned a couple of new facts: IGN: What are the biggest advancements to the title over previous Potter games? Darren: We started from a very solid foundation in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with a highly authentic Hogwarts and really focused on bringing more action and excitement to drive forward the narrative. This experience is enhanced with specific improvements such as full camera control, different times of day at Hogwarts, and improved navigational elements such as a player's ability to call up Nearly Headless Nick at any time to guide them through the various missions. You can read more cool details right here. The article includes two new screenshots as well. If any coverage from GDC appears online we'll be sure to pass it along! Read More »

Hinds rumored to be cast as Aberforth Dumbledore

It is being reported that Ciarán Hinds has been cast in the role of Aberforth Dumbledore for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When reached by MuggleNet, Warner Bros. neither confirmed nor denied the rumor. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. No word yet on if the goat from Order of the Phoenix will reprise its role in the final films. Thanks to TLC for the tip! Read More »