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Part 2 of MuggleCast/Portus Jim Dale Interview Now Online!

On Saturday night we brought you the first part of MuggleCast and Portus' exclusive interview with Potter audiobook narrator Jim Dale. Today, Portus has the second half of the interview online! Just visit their podcast in iTunes and press “Subscribe” to grab their latest episode for March. Don't forget both MuggleCast and Jim Dale will be giving presentations at Portus 2008 in Dallas, Texas. Visit their site for more details, including how to register! Read More »

HP Fan Trips presents HP Quest!

HP Fan Trips, who hosts Potter-centric trips to the United Kingdom, has teamed up with Alivan's to create a new FREE virtual journey for everyone: HP Quest. From their website: The object of the quest is simple – solve a series of weekly clues and you'll be able to register to win a variety of weekly wizarding prizes and a chance to win the School of Wizardry trip. Each week a new series of clues will be released. Participants solve the clues to discover new “destinations”/new website addresses. Fans must play each week to be eligible for that week’s prize drawing. Each website address provides the next set of riddles/challenges that need to be solved. Total number of clues imbedded in your website will be determined by the number of participating partners and the level of participation of each partner. The first weekly drawing was held today and will continue through April 25th. It all leads up to the Grand Prize drawing on that day: a trip for two to Ford's Castle in England. For more, be sure to check out their website, and don't forget about their special trip for MuggleNet fans as well! Read More »

Greyback actor talks about his role

Dave Legeno is set to play the part of Fenrir Greyback in Half-Blood Prince. The 44-year-old spoke to The Star saying, “Daniel will be taking his own 17 stone monster in this film – me.” The fighter, known as The Legend Killer for his giant-slaying ways, added: “He is a lovely guy but let's just say he will have his hands full when I get hold of him.” Check out a scan of this brief interview here, thanks to Snitch Seeker. Read More »

MuggleCast #137: Tripping Over Curtains: The Jim Dale Story

As promised, the latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast is here, featuring MuggleCast and Portus' interview with Jim Dale! As the narrator of the US and Canada Potter audiobooks, Jim is one of the most knowledgeable people in the Harry Potter industry. In the first part of our interview, he shares his views on the recently announced Deathly Hallows split, the process for recording the audiobooks, and MUCH more. – One of his sons is actually a movie helicopter operator who has worked on the Potter films. – What is his favorite Potter character voice? Which one is the hardest – or as he puts it – the most annoying to do? – He discusses how he prepares to record the Potter books: some water and a green apple anyone? – How long does it take him? More like how long is he given! The answer may surprise you. – Does he ever read the books for enjoyment and what is his relationship with J.K. Rowling? – Just what does he think about the HP fandom? To download, we recommend subscribing for free through either Apple iTunes or the ZUNE Marketplace. If you are already subscribed, just refresh your ... Read More »

Rowling to attend 2008 British Book Awards

Author J.K. Rowling will attend the 2008 Galaxy British Books Awards in association with the Richard & Judy Show on April 9th. The announcement was made on the show this past Friday after a short piece officially announcing the awards. Thanks to Fi for sending this in! Read More »

Half-Blood Prince confirmed for IMAX

ComingSoon.net reports that, in a conference call on Friday, IMAX Corporation revealed Half-Blood Prince will indeed be playing on the big BIG screen. It will be simultaneously released on the same day it hits regular theaters, which is November 21st. You may remember that Prisoner of Azkaban through Order of the Phoenix have also been released in IMAX, so this should come as no surprise! Read More »

Radcliffe, Grint, Felton talk HBP

E! has just released a new interview with Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton where they discuss the sixth Potter film and some of the cuts that have been made. Also in the clip is footage of the crew filming a corridor scene with Dan and Rupert at Gloucester Cathedral. Thanks to The Daily Snitcher for the tip! Read More »

Heyman speaks out on Deathly Hallows split

Thanks to Todd for pointing out that Empire Magazine has a brand new interview with Potter producer David Heyman, who reveals lots of new information regarding Wednesday's announcement: The extended shooting time means there’ll be nearly two years between the release of Half-Blood Prince and the first part of Deathly Hallows in 2010. Are there any concerns about that? Actually, we would have been in a very similar place if we’d done one film, because it would have been four and a half hours long. The shoot would not have been considerably shorter, so it would have been on similar lines. And when do you expect to start shooting Deathly Hallows? Early next year. Most of 2009 will be filming. We’ll be anticipating shooting in February. We’re all really excited about the possibilities and the challenges of seven. It’s going to be a cracker. Read the full interview here. See more quotes from Heyman in the original announcement, and screenwriter Steve Kloves' thoughts here. Thanks again, Todd! Read More »

MuggleCast #136: Happily Split

Our special LIVE episode of MuggleCast, recorded Thursday evening with over 1,300 people listening, is now available! Join us for over two hours of Deathly Hallows film discussion as we take your calls, bring back old co-hosts, and much more! – Ben and Kevin return to co-host the show! – Was the split done to make more money? – Is the 6 month wait between part one and two THAT bad? – Where should the split be made? – We give Jamie a quick call and Ben messes with his head. – We take YOUR calls about the split! Our regular weekend show, to include an interview with Jim Dale, will still be released Sunday evening… so get listening! To download, we recommend subscribing for free through either Apple iTunes or the ZUNE Marketplace. If you are already subscribed, just refresh your feed. You can also find full shownotes and alternate download links at the MuggleCast website. Enjoy! Read More »

Steve Kloves talks Deathly Hallows split

Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves today sent an email to the Baltimore Sun, shedding light on his thoughts of the Deathly Hallows split announced yesterday: “Years ago,” he writes, “we briefly – and seriously – considered doing Goblet of Fire as two films. So this concept is not altogether new. As for Deathly Hallows, I intuited – almost from the first moments I began reading it and certainly once I’d finished – that to realize the story in a single film was going to be a tall order. Others in 'the group' felt similarly. So the idea of two films began to get kicked around as early as late summer of 2007. We didn’t take it lightly. But ultimately everyone felt that despite the challenges it would present, it was the most sound creative decision. I’m sure some will think we’re crazy. Read the full interview here! Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip. Read More »

Deathly Hallows split confirmed; David Yates to direct

UPDATE: As expected, this morning Warner Brothers issued a press released about the split. No new information is revealed. Story highlights (Digg this story!): – Part 1 to be released November 2010, Part 2 May 2011. – JK Rowling was “cool” with the idea, according to Heyman. – Warner Brothers to make official announcement tomorrow at ShoWest. It's official! The LA Times has confirmed that Deathly Hallows will be split into two films AND will be directed by OOTP and HBP director David Yates. Read the full article HERE. Quotage from the article: Producer David Heyman said the decision was made with some anxiety and only after considerable deliberations. The producer joked that “while my wife and Warner Brothers were pleased” to hear that the Potter movie magic will continue into the next decade, he himself fretted that the cynical observers would see the decision as a purely mercenary move. “I swear to you it was born out of purely creative reasons,” Heyman said during an interview in a converted airplane factory outside London that has been home base to all of the “Potter” productions. “Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book. You can remove scenes ... Read More »

Matt Lewis speaks at Collectormania, confirms DH split

Collectormania 2008 hosted Matt Lewis and his brother yesterday in Manchester, England, where he answered several questions about the Harry Potter films. Snitch Seeker has a small report from Matt Lewis' talk, where one reader says he did confirm previous rumors that Deathly Hallows would be split in two. All of these leaks and quotes from people inside the Potter film are adding up, and at this point an announcement from WB should be imminent. We'll keep you posted! Read More »

Harry Potter films to be re-released in Blu-ray

Good news for those of you who plan to make the switch to Blu-ray DVDs: Warner Brothers has announced that several films will be released in a special book-like edition, including Harry Potter. HighDefDigest.com reports: …the studio will kick off a new line of deluxe next-gen releases geared towards the collector's market. Sure to please film buffs, the slate of ten releases will wrap the high-def picture and sound in a handsomely bound volume containing rare and never-before-seen archival material. We're not yet sure which Potter films will be re-released, nor what “archival material” they will include. However, we'll keep you updated. Thanks to Matt for the tip! Read More »

Latest construction photos from Wizarding World

Construction continues to make progress at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Florida. The last time we updated you, vertical construction had begun on an unknown area of the park. Just two weeks later, we have, well, more basic construction to show you. However, progress is progress and we look forward to showing you more exciting pictures in the coming months. We'd also like to point out this article from Jim Hill Media, which comments on the rollercoaster war going on between competing theme parks in Orlando. This includes Univeral's Dueling Dragons ride, which is set to be turned into a TriWizard Tournament-themed coaster. Thanks so much to Jillian for the pics! Read More »

Happy birthday Remus

JK Rowling's official website has been updated wishing Remus Lupin a happy birthday for the 10th of March. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince filming takes place at Millenium Bridge

Milo from has sent in a report from the Millenium Bridge in London, where crews have been filming this weekend for Half-Blood Prince. Details: – Filming is for the bridge collapsing scene. – About 60 crew members and 120 extras. – Stuntmen will be falling into the river. – Bridge was being filmed with helicopter, on foot, and mounted camera crane. – Crews were only allowed to film every half hour to allow public on bridge. – More location shoots will be taking place in London. You can see a nice collection of photos right here in our galleries. Milo also tells that she asked a crew member about Deathly Hallows being split in two, to which he smiled and nodded. Expectedly, he also said filming for both parts will occur back to back. Thanks again, Milo! Read More »

New interview with JK Rowling

Jo Rowling recently granted a lengthy interview to the Edinburgh “Student” newspaper in which she discusses religious opposition to the books, her depression, Dumbledore's sexuality and more. Below is an excerpt: How does she react to those who disagree with a homosexual character in a children's novel? “So what?” she retorts immediately “It is a very interesting question because I think homophobia is a fear of people loving, more than it is of the sexual act. There seems to be an innate distaste for the love involved, which I find absolutely extraordinary. There were people who thought, well why haven't we seen Dumbledore's angst about being gay?” Rowling is clearly amused by this and rightly so. “Where was that going to come in? And then the other thing was-and I had letters saying this-that, as a gay man, he would never be safe to teach in a school.” An air of incredulity descends on the room as if Rowling herself still can not believe this statement. She continues: “He's a very old single man. You have to ask: why is it so interesting? People have to examine their own attitudes. It's a shade of character. Is it the most important ... Read More »

Emma updates site about Empire awards

Emma Watson has added a new post to her official site where she talks about the Empire awards taking place tonight. She says, “I think I'm also presenting an award which will be great! I really hope it will be a good night for Potter! Fingers crossed!” Emma has been nominated for Best Actress, Dan Radcliffe for Best Actor, David Yates for Best Director, Nicholas Hooper (who composed the fifth film's soundtrack) for Best Soundtrack, and OOTP itself for Best Film and Best Sci-fi/Fantasy. The awards will be broadcast tomorrow at 9 PM on ITV2. Read More »

MuggleCast #135: The Jim Dale Approaches

On this week's episode of our Harry Potter podcast, we proudly announce that Jim Dale, narrator of the US Potter audiobooks, will be joining us next week! It gets better for listeners: you get to ask Jim your questions! Listen to this week's episode for details. Plus: – MuggleCast News guest anchor Edith gives us the news. – Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 20 and 21 of Deathly Hallows. – Discussion topics include the Deathly Hallows, Xenophilius Lovegood, and more. – Voicemails return and we have lots of fun questions and answers! – Make the Music Connection challenges our musical creativity. – Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul: Baby Edition! All that and much more can be found on this great new episode of MuggleCast. To download, we recommend subscribing for free through either Apple iTunes or the ZUNE Marketplace. If you are already subscribed, just refresh your feed. You can also find full shownotes and alternate download links at the MuggleCast website. Enjoy! Read More »

Jim Dale to present at Portus 2008

We are very happy to break the news that Jim Dale, narrator of the US Potter books, will be presenting at HPEF's Portus 2008 this July! Portus representative Aziza Aba Butain talks about how excited they are to be hosting him: “We've just confirmed that Jim Dale, the amazing “reader” of all the HP audio books for the US , Broadway icon and the narrator of ABC's new hit series “Pushing Daisies”, will be presenting at Portus in July. This will be Jim Dale's first HP conference. We're all very excited and honored to have a guest so involved with the series be apart of Portus's Programming. Mr. Dale is quite the dynamic, accomplished speaker and we can't wait for Portus to arrive. Portus's monthly newsletter, The Portal, will be updating soon with the latest on Jim's programming. This will, undoubtedly, be a must-see conference for Harry Potter fans. We cannot wait to find out what Portus and Jim Dale have to offer! If you're interested in attending Portus, you must register! Visit Portus2008.org for more information. Don't forget, MuggleCast will also be hosting a podcast at the conference as part of their Podcast Palooza. This is one conference that ... Read More »