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Trio film Deathly Hallows scenes in Central London

Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were in the Picadilly area of London this evening to film a few scenes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thanks to FadeYouthBlog.com, we have a few pics from filming! – Dan having a photo taken – Rupert standing by – Emma standing by – Dan standing by – Emma receiving some makeup – Dan and Rupert: 1, 2, 3 – Rupert and Emma: 1, 2 If any of you are in the London area and plan on checking out the filming, please send in pics to tips at staff dot mugglenet dot com! Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip. Read More »

Emma Watson talks filming schedule and more

The actress who plays Hermione Granger recently spoke with Interview Magazine. In it, she briefly touched upon her filming schedule for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: BLASBERG: Not only that, it’s probably tiring being Hermione. I was on the set with you, and those are long, long days. What time are you there every morning? WATSON: At the moment, we’re there at about 6:30 a.m., which means I’m picked up at about 5:45 a.m. We’re filming both the seventh and eighth movies at once, and I’m trying to do all of my scenes now and through the summer so I’ll be available for university come September-though it already looks like I’ll be working on Christmas and March breaks. BLASBERG: In these next two films, are most of your scenes with Dan and Rupert? WATSON: Yes. In the last book, they’ve left Hogwarts, and they’re traveling around together. It feels right that it started with the three of us and it’s ending with the three of us. It’s about our friendship. Thanks to Tonya for the tip! Read More »

HBP video game release date to be announced in May

As we reported last week, it seems that the date for the Half-Blood Prince video game has been moved from July 14 to June 30. Electronic Arts has e-mailed to let us know that official word on a launch date will come sometime in the middle of May. We will of course keep you posted as more information becomes available! Read More »

Dan and Emma go camping for Deathly Hallows filming

Finally we have a few more photos from the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Oclumencia scored some great pics of stars Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and some crew members in front of a tent. We all know what these scenes are for! Check them out right here. Read More »

Original UK PoA sketches go on sale

The original preparatory Prisoner of Azkaban sketches drawn by artist Cliff Wright will be up for sale at the 14th annual Glasgow Art Fair. The first drawing featuring Harry and Hermione on Buckbeak the Hippogriff will be up for sale at £13,000. The second sketch features “The Grim – a dog-like omen of doom.” It will be put up for auction at about £11,000. These were used as the basis of the UK cover, which you can see the standalone image at his website. Illustrator Cliff Wright said of his Hippogriff drawing: “The image is one of a series of 10 which were sent to the publisher Bloomsbury as rough ideas for character development and composition. The designs were also passed on to JK Rowling for her approval and any comments passed back to me. Thus, for example, the Hippogriff was based on a design that was sent through to me from Jo.” Read More »

WB releases high res Half-Blood Prince trailer screenscaps

Warner Brothers released these a couple days ago, but with all the news lately we wanted to save 'em for the weekend. 17 beautiful high res images from the new trailer: – Younger Dumbledore peering in at Young Tom – Hogwarts students pointing their wands to the sky – Ron whining about girls – Quidditch fans – Harry holding the locket – Harry looking out a Tube window – Just Harry – Just Harry 2 – Bellatrix running along a Great Hall table – Bellatrix casting the dark mark in the Astronomy Tower – Young Tom Riddle surrounded by smoke – Young Tom Riddle not surrounded by smoke – Snape in the Astronomy Tower – Professor Slughorn – Harry and Hermione – Draco looking at a feather – Dumbledore surrounded by fire Read More »

HBP video game now slated for June 30 release

Reuters recently released a new article about how expected video game sales this summer should help a struggling industry. Included in the list of games expected to boost sales is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the game may be available sooner than expected. “In June, Electronics Arts will release the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' game to coincide with the film of the same name by Warner Bros Pictures.” Amazon.com now lists the title to be released on June 30. It was originally scheduled for July 14. We're working with EA to confirm this change. Thanks to Leaky! Read More »

Harry and Dumbledore atop the Astronomy tower

In a follow-up to our story about the new Entertainment Weekly Half-Blood Prince feature, this news poster has received his copy of the magazine and has scanned the article. It includes a new photo of Harry and Dumbledore in the Astronomy Tower. See the article and new photo right here! Read More »

MTV to reveal extended look at HBP next week

In a news article taking a look at the new Half-Blood Prince trailer, MTV revealed that they'll be showing “an extended look at the film with commentary from producer David Heyman”. The extended look will appear next week during the summer preview. We'll let you know exactly when it airs (whether on TV or online)! Read More »

Entertainment Weekly previews Half-Blood Prince

Entertainment Weekly's latest issue (which should be arriving in most mailboxes today) has a lengthy new look at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In this particular quote, Steve Kloves talks about how this film may be different without a new Potter books in the works: And because we all know this, Prince raises an unprecedented question about the biggest film franchise in history: Will moviegoers still be wild about Harry? ''I'm not going to lie to you,'' says Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steve Kloves, returning to his role as official franchise scribe after taking the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, off. ''I do have some concern that because the books are over, the anticipation for the movies won't be the same.'' Read much much more right here! Read More »

MuggleCast #173: Mad Times (trailer analysis!)

The latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast is finally here, and it's all about the brand new Half-Blood Prince trailer that WB released just a few hours ago! Andrew, Matt, Mikey, and Micah hosted a really fun show as over 1,100 people listened live and participated. Laura called in for a couple minutes too. To download 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 to your desktop. Special thanks to Ustream and moderators Nick, Stephanie, and AndrewFP! Read More »

WB releases final Half-Blood Prince HD trailer!

(DIGG this story!) NEW POSTERS: As promised, Yahoo has released new Half-Blood Prince posters as well! Thanks BlogHogwarts.com! It's here! Warner Brothers has officially released the final trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Coming in at 2 minutes and 20 seconds, here is plenty of new footage available: Katie Bell being tortured, the Sectumsempra battle, Draco on the Astronomy Tower, as well as Snape uttering the cold words, “It's over.” Download links: WINDOWS HD: Small | Medium | Large WINDOWS STANDARD: Large | Medium | Small FLASH: Small | Large QUICKTIME HD (best version to watch): Large | Medium | Small QUICKTIME STANDARD: Large | Kinda Large | Medium | Small IPOD: Click Here Reminder: MuggleCast LIVE right here on Ustream tonight at 10 PM EST to discuss the trailer! Read More »

Original cast will be used in Epilogue filming

Taking a break from all the trailer news, MTV Movies Blog today reported that the Epilogue for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be filmed and that the current cast will be used. “'We will shoot it,' producer David Heyman confirmed for MTV News. Rowling wrote a flash-forward ending to 'The Deathly Hallows' that shows where the characters end up as they grow older. Heyman also indicated that the original Hogwarts actors would be filling those roles for the sequence, rather than being replaced by older lookalikes.” Read More »

Final Half-Blood Prince trailer leaks early

UPDATE 2: E! Online hasn't taken the trailer down just yet, as it turns out. It still exists on this page of their site… for now. High Resolution version will still be released tonight at 9 PM EST! UPDATE: The trailer has been taken down and will be available tonight at 9 PM EST. The final trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has leaked online a few hours early. There is plenty of new footage available, including Katie Bell being tortured, the Sectumsempra battle, Draco on the Astronomy Tower, as well as Snape uttering the cold words, “It's over.” Read More »

HBP Final Trailer: All-Day Coverage

With the final trailer for Half-Blood Prince set to debut hours from now, Warner Bros. has passed along a brand-new photo as a preview of tonight. In it you can see Hermione, Luna and Neville cheering on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Be sure to check back here throughout the day for complete coverage of the trailer, including its 9 p.m. ET release and a LIVE MuggleCast on UStream at 10 p.m. ET to recap and discuss. Read More »

USA Today looks at HBP, previews new trailer

USA Today has released a new article on the upcoming Potter film, including a bit of news concerning tomorrow's trailer. It will in fact be the final trailer and hit theaters on May 1 in front of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Director David Yates had this to say: “Once you're hooked into these stories, it's really difficult to let go. The audience has grown up with these characters. I think that gives them a very special relationship. I can't think of any other movie franchise that has had that. They started out at 10 or 11, and now they're 18 and 19.” You can also check out a few new pictures in the paper's Half-Blood Prince photo gallery. Thanks to Snitch Seeker! Read More »

Happy Birthday Emma Watson!

The actress who plays Hermione Granger in the Potter films turns 19 today. Emma has updated her site noting that her birthday has “snuck up” on her and looks forward to celebrating tonight with a family dinner. She also mentioned that no official decision has been made on her choice for university and filming for Deathly Hallows is keeping her busy. Happy Birthday Emma, from everyone here at MuggleNet! Read More »

Explanation for Half-Blood Prince move to July 15th

The Associated Press has a new article online with a quote from Warner Brothers Head of Distribution Dan Fellman. He explains why they moved the date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from July 17th to July 15th: That gives the movie a head-start on the weekend during what's shaping up as a highly competitive summer season for Hollywood, which has major franchise films opening virtually every week. “Every day the kids are out of school in summer is just like an extra Saturday,” Fellman said. Read More »

Winners of Fantastic Beasts contest announced!

MuggleNet visitors have voted, and it's time now to announce the winners of our Fantastic Beasts contest. First, we'd like to thank our fantastic sponsors: Alivans, Master Wandmakers for all your wizarding shopping needs, and Magical Tours for all your journeys to where Harry Potter was born! Now, here are the winners (you can see all the entries right here): 1st Place) Graphorn, created by Jaci S. 2nd Place) Feras Doloras (pictured above), created by Andrew M. 3rd Place) Garden Gnome, created by Ivonne L. 4th Place) The Will O the Wisp, created by Rowland C. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to EVERYONE who entered this contest! We all loved checking out the creativity you all put forth. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince moved forward to July 15th

UPDATE: Confirmed by Warner Brothers: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved two days forward to July 15th. You may all remember that they did this same thing with Order of the Phoenix in 2007, so it may not come as a surprise. Read More »