Deck the MuggleNet Halls with our 2009 Holiday Theme

Want to feel a little more festive while visiting MuggleNet this Holiday? Switch over to our 2009 Holiday/New Years layout! Thanks, Dylan! While you're in the spirit – have you watched our Holiday Greetings video? Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating today! Read More »

AOL Moviefone names Prisoner of Azkaban one of the “Best Movies Ever”

AOL Moviefone has released a list detailing what they believe are the best films of the decade, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes 10th place: During his third year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) learns that Lord Voldemort's acolyte Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped Azkaban prison with an eye toward making Harry's “Boy That Lived” moniker an overstatement. No worries, Harry's friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) are on hand to help him sort out the shifting allegiances — and shapes! — in a tale where nothing is as it seems. Darker than the first two Potter films, to legions of fans the third installment of J.K. Rowlings' juggernaut may or may not be the best of the bunch; but, really, what Muggle wouldn't enjoy this. Do you agree that out of all the Potter films, this is the best one? Personally, I'd put Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince on this list instead. Thanks to Rory for the tip! Read More »

Holiday Greetings from the MuggleNet staff!

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MuggleSpace celebrates its 1st birthday!

I received this e-mail the other day from Johanna which pretty much sums it all up: Hi MuggleCast! I just wanted to thank you for creating MuggleSpace. I met three other Swedes there, and we decided to meet for real. So we did. And it was awesome! If you hadn't created MuggleSpace, I wouldn't have met them at all. MuggleSpace is a great place to meet people that you have a lot in commmon with, so thank you! It has been a fantastic year of social networking on MuggleSpace, and we hope it continues for years to come! Thank you to each and every member (now totaling close to 25,000) who has contributed to MuggleSpace simply by signing up and meeting new Potter-loving friends. The success of MuggleSpace wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the hard working staff who maintain the social network and keep it fresh. Huge thank-yous go out to Luke the Referee, Madam Rosmerta, Luff 'puff, Duchess Bex Evans, Allie/Magical Sea Star of Hotness, Lucas, Ashlee, Queen/Empress Alexandra, Royal Peasant Christalina, Kelsey, Adri, Mikey, Fatima, Heidi, and Emmielovegood. You're an amazing team! Read More »

USA Today gives Potter six spots on Top 10 Books of 2000s List, but not No. 1

The Harry Potter series continues to pick up the accolades as the decade comes to a close. USA Today has released an article documenting the top books of the 2000s, with Potter taking 6 of the top 10 spots. Surprising to some may be that you don't see a Potter book until No. 3. The reasoning? Rowling was a best seller before 2000, when fourth book 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' sold a record 3 million copies its first weekend. By 2007's release of the finale, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' speculation about Harry's death (unfounded) rose to levels not seen since Charles Dickens' 19th-century serials. A record 8.3 million copies sold in a day. The top 2 spots went to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Order of the Phoenix came in at No. 3 and Deathly Hallows was way down the list at No. 7. Prisoner of Azkaban was the only Potter book that failed to make the list. Do you agree? Leave your thoughts in the comments! Read More »

WB releases cast list for Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Miranda Richardson confirmed

Warner Brothers has released a list of Deathly Hallows – Part 1 cast members in a 2010 Preview Kit for members of the press. There are several new-to-Potter cast members listed who we've confirmed over the past year, including Bill Nighy (Scrimgeour), Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius), Ciaran Hinds (Aberforth), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Grindelwald), and David O'Hara (Runcorn). But, we did notice one actress who we thought may not come back. Miranda Richardson, known to Potter fans for her role as Rita Skeeter in Goblet of Fire, will be in Deathly Hallows. She had made some (quite frankly) strange remarks about returning for future Potter films during Goblet of Fire's New York premiere in November 2005: “Why aren't I coming back? I don't know. Partly because it's always nice to see new people. And also because they'll have a different angle on the story. It's never going to be the book on film exactly. The book is one thing, the film is another. They'll take certain aspects from the book and, you know, make it something that they hope will be commercial and people will want to see.” You can see video from this interview with MuggleNet at this link, starting at the ... Read More »

Ask Emma a question about Fair Trade Fashion

It was announced in September that Emma Watson would be working on a new fashion line with People Tree which'll be available in February 2010. Emma will be working as a creative advisor. To mark the news, People Tree is offering an opportunity for fans to ask Emma a question about her association with Fair Trade Fashion: Are you eager to know why she thinks it's so important? Why she's so excited about using fashion as a tool to help reduce poverty? Maybe you are wondering why she chose to work with People Tree or what benefits she thinks sustainable fashion can bring? Or perhaps you just want to ask her why young people should care about where their clothes come from at all? If you would like to ask Emma a question about Fair Trade and sustainable fashion simply film yourself asking your question and email the MPEG to Emma will be answering the questions via video. Please have your questions submitted by January 17th! For more information, click here. casino online Read More »

Scaffolding comes off Hogwarts at Wizarding World theme park, more

Orlando news stations have noticed that construction scaffolding surrounding Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park has been removed. This is the first time we're getting a look at Hogwarts Castle without construction equipment blocking our view. Our guess is the exterior is finished! You can watch a brief video showing the completed castle at this link. The poor reporter almost trips over the phrases “invisibility cloak” and “hippogriff”. Additionally, Orlando Park News has a comprehensive photo update showing the now scaffolding-free castle. The report also shows other areas of the park continuing to receive treatment. For more on the park, visit our Wizarding World info section! Read More »

Dan Radcliffe participates in table read of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying musical

In October, Variety reported that Dan Radcliffe would be starring in the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. At the time, Dan was the only cast member set for the production. Today, Broadway World is reporting that Dan participated in a table read of the musical in New York City on Monday. The reporter was very pleased with Dan's performance during the read: First things first. Daniel Radcliffe was AMAZING. He interpreted the role in a charming, adorable and fresh way. He sang great. I think everyone was there to see if he could do it. And boy, he really did it. He was great. He came off as a full-fledged musical star. Those of us who saw him in Equus know he has the stage chops as a dramatic actor but now I can say that he could easily take Broadway by storm as a musical comedy star, too. After that final Harry Potter movie comes out, this guy can do whatever he wants in any medium. I loved him. And it seems to me that he is the youngest actor to play the role of Finch. And his youth made the show feel fresh ... Read More »

Emma Watson wishes fans a Merry Christmas on new Holiday site

Emma Watson has updated her official website with a new holiday mini site featuring a video message from the star. The mini site also includes new photos and an area where you can wish Emma a Merry Christmas. Among other things, Emma notes that she's currently filming Deathly Hallows for a week while on winter break from Brown University. Visit Emma's new site at this link! Happy Holidays to you too, Emma! Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with the tip. Read More »

JK Rowling is the bestselling author of the decade

To the surprise of no Harry Potter fan, The Telegraph has published a list of the bestselling authors of the decade and JK Rowling sits at the top: The top 100 authors dominate sales. As The Bookseller has explained, some 100,000 titles are published every year, but these authors account for 1 pound in every 6 pound spent on books and a fifth of revenue. J K Rowling, who has seven of the decade’s top 10 bestsellers, sold 29 million books with a sales value of 215 pound million, but Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was the bestselling book of the decade, selling 5.2 million copies to 4.4 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To view the full list of bestselling authors, click here. On a related note, The Guardian recently published a list of this decade's icons. Harry Potter, of course, is on the list. Read More »

The Minister speaks: Bill Nighy discusses role as Scrimgeour

In a new interview, actor Bill Nighy, who will play Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows talks about his role in the two-part finale. “Scrimgeour is a tragic figure. He knows what's coming. It's a very moving thing to play.” “He's also very powerful and has had a very complicated progress to the top. And he has an interesting relationship with Harry, who views him initially with contempt. But then it's softened by subsequent events.” “There's a scene where he delivers Dumbledore's legacy to the three children. He gives them all the things Dumbledore has left them, and that's when it's indicated he may not be around for much longer.” Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip! Read More »

Ka-Ching! Half-Blood Prince finishes theater run with $934,559,990

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has officially left all movie theaters as of December 17th, and the grand box office total is in: $934,559,990 $301,959,197 came from the United States box office while international ticket sales accounted for the remaining $632,600,793. We wonder how much the film would have made it was released as originally scheduled in November 2008! Thanks to Curtis for the tip. Read More »

Happy Birthday to Ralph Fiennes!

Actor Ralph Fiennes, who portrays You-Know-Who in the Potter films, turns a year older today, Dec. 22! Join us in wishing him the best on his birthday! Read More »

Orlando named 2010 top destination by ABC News for Wizarding World theme park

ABC News has named Orlando, Florida, as one of the top travel destinations of 2010. The reason? “Universal Orlando opens the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure this spring. For theme park fans keeping an eye on new attractions for 2010, 'the Harry Potter project at Universal is in a category of its own in terms of scope,' said David Mandt, spokesman for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. The marquee attraction will be a high-tech ride called 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' that will take guests through scenes and rooms from the blockbuster Potter movies.” Will you be headed there next year? Don't forget Infinitus 2010 will be taking place from July 15-18, 2010 right in Orlando. Thanks to Griffin! Read More »

MuggleCast #187: Magic is Muscle – plus live show announcement!

The latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast has now arrived! It's jam packed with news, our penultimate Chapter by Chapter segment for Chamber of Secrets, and an upcoming live show announcement! – News: Potter top Twitter trend, HBP screening, DH filming update and more. – Laura and Mikey give their thoughts on the DH trailer. – Is there a secret to each Chapter 13 in the Potter series? – Does Harry have a Horcrux moment when he first encounters Riddle's diary? – Did Dumbledore sense the presence of a deathly hallow in Hagrid's hut? – And did the governors really believe Hogwarts would be safer without Dumbledore? – Ford Anglia to the rescue! Did it grow a mind of its own? All that and a lot more can be found on this week's episode! 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 to your desktop. Live Show Announcement: Please join us on ... Read More »

Death Eater actor Thompson donates first edition Potter books for charity

Michael Thompson, who is set to play one of 20 Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, took the time this weekend to donate his Potter book collection to the British Heart Foundation. For the past few years Mr. Thompson has been collecting first editions of the famous books written by JK Rowling. He has about 60 Harry Potter books at home. Thompson is spending much of this month filming on set and will wrap up in January. Thanks to Scar Potter for passing this along! Read More »

The Economist looks at “the Harry Potter economy”

As Potter fans, we know that the franchise has had a huge impact financially on various companies who own rights to the Harry Potter brand. Now, The Economist has an article online looking at the success of those companies. Despite claiming that the series is “not great literature,” the article is still a good read. A sample: In fact the Harry Potter books were the iceberg. As each book appeared it drew new readers to the series and expanded sales of earlier books in a snowball effect. Thanks largely to the boy wizard, Bloomsbury’s turnover, which had gradually increased from 11m pounds in 1995 to 14m pounds in 1997, took off. In 1999 it stood at 21m pounds. Two years later it was 61m pounds. By the middle of this decade, with Bloomsbury’s revenues above 100m pounds, rival publishers were griping that there was no point bidding against the firm for a children’s title. So far the books, which are published in America by Scholastic, have sold more than 400m copies worldwide. Not all were read by the young. Central to the books’ success was a repackaging, with a darker cover, for adults embarrassed about being seen reading a children’s ... Read More »

Tom Felton names David Yates an inspirational director

The Times Online has a new “Significant Others” feature online where Potter actor Tom Felton names six very important people in his life. He talks about members of his family and his friends, including Order of the Phoenix through Deathly Hallows director David Yates: David Yates [who directed the past three Harry Potter films] has this beautiful calmness and clarity about what he wants. I had no confidence in my ability to be an actor for the rest of my life, but he embedded a passion for film in me. Read More »

Phelps twins confirm appearance at Wizarding World theme park opening

Via his Twitter account earlier today, Oliver Phelps told a fan that he and his brother James would indeed be attending the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in the Spring. The news comes after Bonnie Wright and Tom Felton confirmed to a magazine last week that they'd be at the park opening. If we had to bet on it, we'd guess the opening of the park will be treated like a Potter film premiere with many stars from the franchise attending. For more about the theme park, visit our info section! Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip. Read More »