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Contest Reminder

Happy Holidays! Winter break has officially started in most of the US so be sure to get working on your entries for the ‘Ultimate Fantasy Fan’ contest! There are only 11 days left! All you have to do is tell us in 500 words or less why you are the Ultimate Fantasy Fan and should be chosen as MuggleNet’s official representative at the premiere of The Spiderwick Chronicles! Don’t forget to check out the official site and watch the trailer on MySpace to get ideas for how being a fantasy fan will make you the ultimate reporter! Be sure to check out the Official Rules for all the details before Submitting your entry! Read More »

Video preview of JKR documentary

ITV has sent us a preview clip of the JK Rowling documentary, “JK Rowling… A Year in the Life,” which will air on December 30th on ITV1 at 7 PM, lasting one hour. We'll be sure to have a video of it online afterwards. We'll have another clip (showing an emotional Jo) for you on Sunday. Read More »

New actors cast for Half-Blood Prince

CBBC Newsround has revealed information about casting for the following Hogwarts student roles in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Cormac McLaggen – Freddie Stroma Blaise Zabini – Louis Cordice Romilda Vane – Anna Shaffer Katie Bell – Georgina Leonidas Leanne (Katie Bell's friend) – Isabella Laughland Marcus Belby – Robert Knox All the actors and actresses are relative newcomers so not much is known about them at the moment – we will update you as information is released. The film is set to be shown in theatres from November 21st, 2008. Read More »

Top selling Potter merchandise

Have a friend or relative who's a Potter fan and still can't decide what to get them for Christmas? We're here to help – below you can find the top 10 selling HP items at Warner Bros. shop: 1. Harry Potter “I Solemnly Swear…Mischief Managed” Transforming Mug 2. Harry Potter Collectible Wand by Noble Collection 3. Harry Potter “I Solemnly Swear” Adult T-Shirt 4. Harry Potter Collectible Time Turner by Noble Collection 5. Harry Potter “I Solemnly Swear” Woman's Fitted T-Shirt 6. Harry Potter Dumbledore's Army Elite Messenger Bag 7. Harry Potter Hogwarts Bookmarks Set 8. Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Juniors' Hoodie 9. Harry Potter Hermione Granger's Wand by Noble Collection 10. Harry Potter's Light-up Collectible Wand Read More »

MuggleCast #124: Co-workers at Play

Micah tells us what's really buggin' him on this week's episode of our Harry Potter podcast, alongside Eric, Matt, Andy, and I. We review the recently released Order of the Phoenix DVD and analyze Chapter 4 of Deathly Hallows. Plus: - Amazon.com revealed as winning bidder for The Tales of Beedle The Bard - We announce a big change coming to our show. - Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter: was it necessary? - Chapter-by-Chapter: The Seven Potters. - Ties to previous books: Polyjuice Potion and the Motorcycle. - Hedwig's death sets an early tone to the novel. - Was Expelliarmus the weakest explanation for the Death Eaters recognizing Harry? - The mysterious wand reaction that saved Harry's life. All that and much more can be found on this week's show! To download, we recommend subscribing (for free) within Apple iTunes or Zune Marketplace. That way, each episode will automatically be sent to your computer as soon as it is released. You can also visit the MuggleCast website for complete show notes and alternate download links. Enjoy! Read More »

New interview with JK Rowling!

Jo Rowling recently appeared on the Harry Potter podcast, PotterCast, and part one of this interview is now available for download here (right click and save)! Stay tuned for part two next week. Some of the items discussed in this part of the interview include: -The morals of Beedle the Bard -Who was right about Horcri? -Who made the first Horcrux? -Creating a Horcrux vs. splitting the atom -Will Jo tell us how to create a Horcrux? -The things that made her editor look like she wanted to vomit Read More »

Newsweek names Deathly Hallows Best Book of 2007

Newsweek has named Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the Best Book of 2007. The magazine lists their top 15 books of the year with the final installment in the Harry Potter series claiming the top spot. You could call it the most satisfying ending to a guessing game since the casting of Scarlett O'Hara. The seventh and final installment of the Potter series went in no radical directions (Harry didn't die), but Rowling made it look effortless when she niftily tied off one plot line after another. The kids who grew up on these novels–and therefore can't help but take them somewhat for granted–have no idea how lucky they are. Read More »

New trailer and screencaps for Ballet Shoes

A new 39-second trailer for Emma Watson's latest project, Ballet Shoes has surfaced online on Youtube. Screencaps from this can be viewed here at the Noel Streatfield forums. In addition, some new stills from the film have been posted on the BBC's Flickr page. Ballet Shoes will air in the UK on December 26th at 8:30pm. Read More »

Are you the Ultimate Fantasy Fan?

Like we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, our contest to search for the ‘Ultimate Fantasy Fan’ is finally here! We will be footing the bill for one lucky MuggleNet visitor and a guest to cover the premiere of The Spiderwick Chronicles! All you have to do is tell us in 500 words or less why you are the Ultimate Fantasy Fan and should be chosen as MuggleNet’s official representative at the premiere! Be sure to check out the film and watch the trailer on MySpace to get ideas for how being a fantasy fan will make you the ultimate reporter! You can also check out the galleries to see stills from the film! Entries are due December 31st, so spend your Christmas break wisely and get those quills ready! Be sure to check out the Official Rules for all the details before Submitting your entry! Good Luck! Read More »

Amazon.com reviews two more tales

Amazon.com has now released reviews of the third and fourth stories found in The Tales of Beedle The Bard, The Warlock's Hairy Heart and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump. All reviews can be seen on this page and keep checking back as a summary of the final tale has yet to be posted. Read More »

Rowling nominated for Great Briton Award

J.K. Rowling has been nominated for a Morgan Stanley Great Briton Award in the category of Arts. The awards honor the key figures of the past year – as nominated by the British public. Rowling was nominated in this category along with actor Sir Ian McKellen and artist Damien Hirst. On Rowling's accomplishments in 2007: This year saw the final Harry Potter novel published. Selling 11 million copies in its first 24 hours, it broke the record for the fastest-selling book; previously held by the sixth Harry Potter novel, which sold 9 million on its first day in 2005. The books have been translated into 64 different languages. The Order of Phoenix managed to become the first English-language book ever to top the bestseller list in France. In addition, the film of the Order of the Phoenix, in which Harry painfully begins to understand the battles with evil that lie ahead, was released this year. It was described as a deliciously dark affair, brimming with impressively gritty performances still managing to balance magical wonder with breathless excitement. The awards will be given out at a dinner ceremony in January. Read More »

New Telegraph interview with Emma Watson

The Telegraph has published a new interview with actress Emma Watson – her first, and arguably one of the most detailed, outside of the Harry Potter franchise. Her latest venture, Ballet Shoes – due to air in the UK on BBC 1 on December 26th – is discussed, as well as her ambition to be a successful actress. Emma comments that: “I was so nervous I nearly turned [Ballet Shoes] down. I'd just finished the last Harry Potter film, and it was the summer holidays and I hadn't had a break, but then I thought, 'I actually really want to be an actress, a proper actress who makes it her career'”. Sensibly, she also has a backup plan to continue with her studies, and has applied to read English and philosophy at prestigious Cambridge University. “I feel it’s terribly important to continue with my education, in case acting doesn’t work out for me”, she says. Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Read More »

Amazon.com posts review of second tale

As reported earlier this week Amazon.com, the winning bidder of The Tales of Beedle the Bard for a staggering $3.98 million will be posting reviews of all the stories contained within the book. They have now released a review of the second story, The Fountain of Fair Fortune. All reviews can be seen on this page. The auction was held to benefit The Children's Voice. Thanks to Dylan for the update! Read More »

First Official Still from Half-Blood Prince

Warner Brothers has released the first official picture from Half-Blood Prince, depicting Harry entering a room while clutching the Marauder's Map and a potion book. As a reminder, our Half-Blood Prince movie section is filled with information concerning the latest filming and cast news. Additionally, Warner Bros. has released the official description of the film: “Fantasy Adventure. Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s ... Read More »

Last chance to buy signed MuggleNet book

With only a few hundred copies left in stock, don't miss your chance to purchase MuggleNet's New York Times' bestselling book, What Will Happen in Harry Potter Seven. All copies are signed by Emerson Spartz and are being sold at the discounted price of $9.95. For additional savings, enter the code 14DAYSLEFT and save 10% off. Read More »

Amazon.com Revealed as Beedle the Bard Buyer (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Amazon has updated their site with their first review of the tale The Wizard and the Hopping Pot. Use the links below to see that review and more as they are posted. The online retail store has announced on their website that they made the $3.98 million purchase of Tales of Beedle the Bard at the Sotheby's-hosted charity auction today. Along with this announcement, they have released several details about the book: - The book is 157 pages. - Amazon plans to “take the book on tour to libraries and schools so that kids can get a look at the magic in the Bard's own handwriting.” - Amazon will not be making a print version of the book (they have no rights to publishing its contents). - On this page, you can find several high quality pictures of the book in all its glory. At the bottom of the page there is a video where JK Rowling's note to the buyer is read. - Amazon promises reviews of all five tales included in Beedle the Bard. - Official press release right here. For more information about today's bid, click here. Read More »

iTunes names MuggleCast “Best of 2007″

iTunes has put together a collection of podcasts that are the “Best of 2007,” and MuggleCast is on the list of “Classic” podcasts that are still going strong. Click here and then scroll down towards the bottom to see us listed. We thank iTunes for putting us on the front page of that list, and we also thank all of the listeners who have made the podcast such the huge success that it has become! Read More »

OOTP DVD released in US, new HBP sneak peek

The Order of the Phoenix DVD has been released in the United States today, a month after fans in UK and Australia got their hands on it. Several visitors have e-mailed in to tell us that there is a new sneak peek of Half-Blood Prince on the DVD. The clips differ from those that were available online to UK/Australia buyers. It has been uploaded to YouTube for those of you who don't hold the United States disc. If these clips are made available online for international viewers, please let us know via tips at staff dot mugglenet dot com! Additionally, Larry sent in this article from MTV which speaks with producer David Yates about Half-Blood Prince filming: That's because, as director David Yates points out, it's the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” of the Potter books, with massive making-out sessions to occur for several characters — Ron and Lavender, Harry and Ginny — as they come of age. “It's the 'American Graffiti' for this set,” Yates said. “I'm looking forward to developing the relationship between Ron and Hermione, and Ron and Lavender. There's a nice triangle there.” Follow this link for more from Heyman, Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Katie Leung ... Read More »

DH paperback out July 5th

Sticking to the usual pattern of releasing the paberback edition roughly a year after the hardback, Bloomsbury has announced that the papberback version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will hit shelves on July 5th, 2008 in the UK. It will retail at £8.99. It has yet to be announced when Scholastic will release the US paperback version. Read More »

MuggleCast #123: Anger

A few missing co-hosts this week leads me to let out my frustrations on this week's episode of our Harry Potter podcast. Join Micah, Andy, Matt and me for a great discussion on Chapter 3 of Deathly Hallows, including: - We discuss The Golden Compass and its controversy. - MTV's list of Wizard Rock bands is unfair and inaccurate. - What were the Dursleys feeling when they left Harry? - Would Harry come back to save them? - Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast soul. - We reminisce over the old Sorcerer's Stone VHS tape. All that and much more can be found on this week's episode! To download, we recommend subscribing (for free) within Apple iTunes or Zune Marketplace. That way, each episode will automatically be sent to your computer as soon as it is released. You can also visit the MuggleCast website for complete show notes and alternate download links. Enjoy! Read More »