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John Williams involved in Half-Blood Prince soundtrack?

A new article released by The Boston Globe today talks about composer extraordinaire John Williams. Potter fans know him well for having composed the scores of Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban. Besides interesting information about Williams performing some of his Potter scores in Boston later this week, the article notes that he is hard at work on several soundtracks including Half-Blood Prince. But as was revealed back in November, Nicholas Hooper is set to score the sixth film. So what's the deal? The article cites “industry reports,” and a quick check on IMDB reveals that Williams is credited for the Harry Potter theme in Half-Blood Prince. The theme was originally composed for Sorcerer's Stone and has been used for every film since. The newspaper could have mistakenly assumed this meant he was actually involved. We'll let you know what Warner Brothers has to say! Read More »

Magical Tours YouTube Contest Ending Soon!

Remember, entries for this exciting contest are due by midnight next Wednesday, May 21st. Voting will begin on MuggleNet on Thursday, May 22nd, and the winner will be announced next Sunday, May 25th. Magical Tours and Alivan's are offering some great prizes for the best re-written scenes from any of the seven Harry Potter books, filmed on video and posted on YouTube. Go HERE for complete contest rules, prizes, and other details. Good luck to all our contestants! Also, Magical Tours has places for a few last-minute guests for the MuggleNet Express Tour. Go to Magical Tours for more details. Also, to see a new video from the 2008 Magical Tours Intern, check this out. Read More »

HBP mix: No trailer with Prince Caspian, new pic of Harry?

For the past few weeks now, rumors have been circulating around the web that the Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer would be released with Prince Caspian tomorrow. Warner Brothers never passed official word along, and today MuggleNet visitor Christine informed us that the Prince Caspian reel delivered to a movie theater she works for definitely does not include the trailer. Additionally, this new picture of Harry was sent in by Potterish and Oclumencia, likely from Half-Blood Prince (what Harry is wearing can be compared to this picture). It depicts Harry looking into some sort of drawer. Any ideas? Leave 'em in the comments! Thanks again to Christine, Potterish, and Oclumencia! Read More »

Happy birthday Prof. Sprout

JKRowling.com has been updated to wish the Herbology professor and Head of Hufflepuff house a happy birthday. Have a good one, Pomona! Thanks to Ashley for the tip. Read More »

JKR to donate to Story Card, available to public in summer

UPDATE: Waterstone's has kicked off a new contest in relation to this news, that gives three lucky winners the opportunities to be published in the postcard book alongside Jo and the other authors. Find details right here! Last week, it was announced that JK Rowling will be one of thirteen authors writing a “storycard” on one sheet of paper. Each author's story will then be auctioned off at “What's Your Story?” on June 10th. The money raised will go to the English PEN and Dyslexia Action charities. Just yesterday, a blog on The Guardian's website revealed that the stories will go on sale to the public later this summer. They will be packaged as a book of postcards and proceeds will also be given to the two charities. We'll let you know more as soon as we know it. Thanks to Pruneau for the tip! Read More »

Emma Watson ranks #94 on Maxim Hot 100

Maxim Magazine has released their list of the 100 hottest women for 2008, and Emma Watson is included at #94. You can see Emma's page right here, and check out the whole list at this link. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince to be Moaning-Less

Potter fansite SnitchSeeker.com caught up with the agency who represents Shirley Henderson, the actress who has played Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire. It was confirmed that Henderson will not be appearing in Half-Blood Prince, meaning Myrtle will not be there to console Draco before the sectumsempra scene. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed with the tip! Read More »

Chamber of Secrets film appears on iTunes

Back in February, we told you that Order of the Phoenix was the first Potter movie available for purchase on iTunes. This month, not only did iTunes enable the option to rent OOTP, but Chamber of Secrets is now up for purchase. You can buy the movie for $9.99 and play it back on your computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV. We'll let you know when the other Potter films make their way onto iTunes. Thanks to John for the tip! Read More »

Deathly Hallows filming to begin later this year

A short article released by The Scotsman this evening reveals that Deathly Hallows filming will commence later this year in the Scottish Highlands of Lochaber. You may remember that David Heyman revealed in an interview that filming would begin in February 2009, which obviously conflicts with this new report. It is our thinking that filming in Lochaber will likely just be b-roll scenic shots. Read More »

Draco Mix: Heyman talks, Singing Felton, and new photo

There are three Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton-related news stories today, including a new interview with David Heyman on the Draco character, Tom Felton's music career, and a new photo of him from Half-Blood Prince. – Movie Magic Magazine has released a new interview with David Heyman, who talks about Draco's character in Half-Blood Prince. The interview was conducted before the Deathly Hallows film split was announced, but it is still all new information. Read it at Tom Felton Daily. – Outside of the Potter films, Tom Felton has kept busy with a music career and an upcoming album. He has posted three videos of himself performing his own acoustic songs. One video, seen here, is a medley of four songs to be released on an upcoming iTunes album of his. We'll let you know when the songs are available. – A member of Leaky's online forums has posted a set report from a recent visit to the Half-Blood Prince set. Additionally, the person who visited the set received this signed photo of Draco from HBP. Read More »

Amazon posts Beedle the Bard Ballad Finalists

Last month they kicked off the contest, last week they announced the semifinalists, and today Amazon has posted the two finalists from the 13 – 17 and 18+ categories. You can now vote for which contestant you believe should win the trip to London to read from JK Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard. To vote, click here! As with voting for the semifinalists, you must have a free Amazon. The voting runs from today through May 19th, and the winner will be announced on May 22nd. Read More »

New promo pictures from Order of the Phoenix

A couple days ago, Oclumenia got their hands on several new promotional photos from Order of the Phoenix. Of particular interest are one of Lucius in Azkaban and Harry, Dumbledore, Bellatrix and Voldemort all posing for a friendly photo. Check 'em all out here in our gallery. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed in with the tip! Read More »

Interview with Half-Blood Prince Death Eater

Last week we told you about several new minor casting announcements, including a Death Eater played by Lord Johnpaul Castrianni. Today, Blog Hogwarts conducted a small interview with him, and The Portkey has translated it. The most interesting thing that came out of the interview was word that a few important casting announcements haven't been made yet. BH: Have you already shot scenes of Half-Blood Prince? In which scenes are you present? LJC: My scenes were filmed several months ago and I finished in February (2008). I was in the scenes regarding Alan Rickman, Dan, Michael (Dumbledore) Tom (Malfoy) and several other cast who I believe have not been officially published by Warner Brothers yet, so unfortunately I cannot comment on that yet. Read More »

MuggleCast #145: Yarning for Half-Blood Prince

This week's episode of our Harry Potter podcast is now online for your listening pleasure! Another great episode of Potter discussion, including Chapter by Chapter, Make the Music Connection, What If, This Week in MC History, Voicemails, and much more! Plus: – Matt kicks off the show with his tale of being questioned by the FBI. – News: BBC tracks Leavesden, Tonks talks, new HBP roles, and HBP yarn. – We wonder when WB will finally start spoiling us with HBP teasers. – Chapter by Chapter: Chapter 29, The Lost Diadem. – “What if…” we could make one choice for DH? – First Place winner of the Create Your Own MC Segment contest! All that and much more can be found on Episode 145! To download for free, we recommend subscribing through Apple 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. Enjoy! Read More »

New games up on Scholastic Potter website

Scholastic's official Harry Potter website has been updated with a few new games, including a timely one for Mother's Day. – Magnificent Moms – test your knowledge of mothers in the Potter series. – Polyjuice Pairs and Magical Matches – two simple memory games. Find all of the card pairs on the board in under one minute! – Potter Swap – match up sets of Potter books to eliminate them. Similar to the game Bejewled. Thanks to The Portkey for the tip. And Happy Mother's Day to all of you Potter-crazy Mom's out there! Read More »

OOTP TV Spot wins Golden Trailer Award

Thanks to Kaci for letting us know that a TV spot from Order of the Phoenix has won “Best Animation/Family TV Spot” at the 2008 Golden Trailer Awards, which were held yesterday in Los Angeles. The spot, titled “Great Wizards”, can be viewed here in QuickTime format. Read More »

Whimsic Alley to host interview event with Potter fans

Whimsic Alley, a Potter merchandise store located in Santa Monica, California, is one of the coolest places to shop for Potter in the world. So cool, in fact, that they are asking fans ages 8 to 14 to come out on May 18th to be interviewed on their love for the Potter books. The interviews are being recorded for a special project that cannot be announced yet, but they can say JK Rowling herself will be watching some of the interviews at a later date. For more information, check out their website! Best of luck to all you kids who participate. Read More »

Half-Blood Prince Sneak Peek by way of Yarn company

RupertGrint.net has spotted these new spools of yarn from German yarn company Opal. They have a new Half-Blood Prince collection with 8 color themes to be released Fall 2008. Each of the themes represents one character from the sixth Potter film and includes a picture. Those characters include Harry, Ron, Malfoy, Lupin, Tonks, Dumbledore, and Hedwig. Tonks most notably has a new, much shorter, haircut. Check 'em out in our gallery! Read More »

Smaller Half-Blood Prince casting roles revealed

Casting Call Pro UK has several actors and actresses listed for roles in Half-Blood Prince, and one of them may suggest how the film opens up. Teresa Mahoney, pictured left, has been cast as “Sofie” in “Boardroom – Opening Scene”. This leads us to believe that Half-Blood Prince's opening may stay true to the book. Other casting includes a Slytherin Student, a Death Eater, and a Slughorn Ball Graduate. Thanks to Ryan for the tip! Read More »

JKR in Mommy Hall of Fame

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, Chief Parenting has announced its inaugural Chief Mommy Officer Hall of Fame inductees, women they feel have “achieved greatness in their respective careers, while simultaneously maintaining their roles as exemplary mothers.” Jo Rowling is, of course, among them: “Unemployed, suffering from depression and solely raising her infant daughter on state benefits, Rowling wrote a little book titled Harry Potter.” Thanks to Shane for the tip. Read More »