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New Deathly Hallows footage now available from LEGO: Harry Potter Years 1-4 Collector’s Edition

(Update: A higher resolution video is now available at this link) A new Deathly Hallows trailer included with the LEGO: Harry Potter Years 1-4 Collector’s Edition can be seen here on YouTube. This trailer does have a few new scenes including more from Deathly Hallows, Part 1. A few stills: – Harry outside of Hogwarts with his scar hurting – Ron outside Ministry of Magic – Harry and Hermione in Godric’s Hollow graveyard For all of our Deathly Hallows information, click on this link. Read More »

July Birthday Reminders

We would like to extend a very Happy Birthday wish to the actors, actresses, characters and MuggleNet/MuggleCast staff members that make Harry Potter, MuggleNet and MuggleCast so successful today. July: 9th – David O’hara – Albert Runcorn 10th – Fiona Shaw – Petunia Dursley 20th – Jeff Rawle – Amos Diggory 21st – Jamie Waylett – Vincent Crabbe 22nd – Rhys Ifans – Xenophilius Lovegood 23rd – Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter 27th – Rade Sherbedgia – Gregorovich 30th – Frances de la Tour – Olympe ‘Madam’ Maxime 30th – Neville Longbottom 31st – Richard Griffiths – Vernon Dursley 31st – Harry Potter 31st – J.K. Rowling May all of your birthday wishes come true. Read More »

Felton calls Draco ‘vulnerable character’ in new MTV interview

During a recent interview with MTV, Tom Felton – the actor who portrays Draco Malfoy – discusses how J.K. Rowling helped him understand the softer side of Draco. \”Jo always talked about him as being vulnerable, most bullies are. They’re actually hugely insecure and have their own problems, and he has the worst parental guidance of any child I’ve ever seen in my life.\” Tom additionally talks about how the director, David Yates, uses slightly different interpretations during the filming process from one take to another and how it’ll be interesting to see which version of a scene will make it into the final film. Read More »

Follow Up: Three rare, signed Harry Potter books raise $7361 for charity

A couple weeks ago we told you about a charity called Project Bangladesh. The charity’s mission is to build a school, a library, and a computer lab for needy children in Bangladesh.  They had placed rare Harry Potter books – signed by JK Rowling and Mary GrandPre – on eBay. Three of the four books up for auction were purchased, and the total amount raised for Project Bangladesh was $7,361! The Potter fans that bought the books and supported the cause: Shelly R., Jessica O., and Angie T. Learn more about Project Bangladesh at this link. Read More »

Video: Analyze the Deathly Hallows trailer right along with MuggleCast

The new Deathly Hallows trailer is obviously filled with a LOT of great new content. While we have already released the latest episode of MuggleCast – featuring our full analysis of the trailer – we made a second, abbreviated version of the show in video format that lets you watch the parts of the trailer we were seeing as we discussed them. To watch the video, head over to the MuggleCast website.  We hope we’ll help you figure out each and every scene and how it compares to the book!  To download the video to your computer, just click here.  We hope you enjoy! Read More »

MSNBC reviews LEGO Harry Potter, previews Deathly Hallows video game

With the much-anticpated LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 hitting store shelves today in the United States, plenty of thoughts and analysis are emerging online. Todd Kenreck, Game Editor of MSNBC.com, posted his video review of the game, where he gives it a solid 7 out of 10. Additionally, Todd previewed the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 video game set be released this Fall. He calls it a \”third-person shooter, not unlike ‘Gears of War.’\” Screenshots from the game are interspersed with parts of the newly-released Deathly Hallows. trailer. Read More »

MuggleCast #202: On His Knees – now available!

The latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast is now available for your listening pleasure!  It features our analysis of the just-released Deathly Hallows trailer.  We originally recorded this show live on Ustream to – at its peak – 2,000 simultaneous listeners. Listen as we go scene-by-scene to dissect even the smallest details.  Which shots go with which scenes from the book?  Which scenes are new?  Which just don’t make sense?  Your answers are all here! To download, just update your iTunes feed or visit the MuggleCast website for a direct download link.  Every episode is FREE to download and can be played back on your computer, iPod, or any other MP3 device!  Enjoy! Read More »

Second trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 released

Earlier this evening, Warner Bros. released the official trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. \r\n QuickTime high-res | QuickTime high-defintion \r\n Windows high-res | Windows high-definition \r\n Flash | iPod \r\n Scenes of note include: \r\n – Harry battling Voldemort in the courtyard – Harry walking to his death in the forest – Voldemort casting Avada Kedavra – Nagini attack Harry in Godric\’s Hollow – Voldemort casting a spell with the Elder Wand atop Dumbledore\’s tomb – Harry and a stunned Hagrid on the motorbike – Bellatrix hurling a dagger through mid-air – Gregorovich slowly backing into a corner – The Room of Requirement on fire – Snape in danger \r\n We just recorded Episode 202 of MuggleCast LIVE on UStream. It will be posted shortly with our full analysis of this epic trailer. Read More »

Warner Brothers to preview Deathly Hallows at ComicCon 2010

A new report from The New York Times reveals that Warner Brothers is planning to preview Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at this year’s Comic Con Convention in San Diego: This year, the four-day convention, which begins on July 22, will be host to what has become an obligatory parade of filmmakers and stars hawking their next big thing with extended film clips and question-and-answer sessions in the cavernous Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. Warner Brothers will be there with “Green Lantern,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and a film called “Sucker Punch,” billed as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns.” No word yet on when exactly the Deathly Hallows material will be screening, but we’ll let you know!  Since it is happening in Hall H (Comic Con’s big event area), we suspect the Deathly Hallows portion of Warner Brothers’ presentation will include clips from the film and appearances from the stars. Thanks to Thomas for the tip! Read More »

Goodbye bloody hands? Hermione cleans up for new Deathly Hallows trailer

Something I noticed from the stills that were released ahead of the Deathly Hallows trailer: Warner Brothers seems to have washed Hermione’s hands since the original trailer appeared on the Half-Blood Prince DVD. As you can see from this side-by-side comparison I made, the trailer of the Half-Blood Prince DVD shows Hermione’s hands quite bloody.  In the trailer set to be released today, her hands are squeaky clean. Is Warner Brothers doing this to keep the rating for the film lower than R or PG-13?  It’s one of the things we’ll discuss on our live MuggleCast today at 9 PM ET on Ustream. Read More »

Ahead of Deathly Hallows trailer release, WB releases seven high-res stills

Thanks to Warner Brothers for passing along several high-res stills that we’ve seen released in the past 24 hours but in lower quality: – Voldemort and his Death Eaters – Hagrid and Harry on the motorbike – Voldemort and Harry duel – Voldemort grips Harry – Ron about to destroy a Horcrux – Hogwarts get protection – Hermione with her hands up – Harry on the ground – The Dragon enters Gringotts The trailer will be released today at 7 PM ET! Visit MuggleNet at that time for the trailer. Additionally, check out these two photos from the trailer that appeared on Yahoo!: – Filch – Side shot of Harry in the forest Read More »

Third batch of stills from new Deathly Hallows trailer now online: Bellatrix, Gregorovich, Voldemort and more

Last night USA Today, Metro, and The Scotsman all released photos from tonight’s new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer.  Now a few more stills are online courtesy of The Telegraph: – Voldemort casts a spell – Ron laying on the ground – Wide shot of Harry in the forest – Harry casts a spell at Voldemort – Gregorovich – Wide shot of the Dragon – Bellatrix The trailer will be here on MuggleNet TODAY at 7 PM ET! Additionally, we will be hosting a live MuggleCast on Ustream at 9 PM ET to discuss the trailer. Read More »

USA Today posts photos from Deathly Hallows trailer, includes new details (updated)

UPDATE: The Daily Mail has released this close-up of Harry during his battle with Voldemort. USA Today is the latest newspaper to post photos from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer set to be released today, June 28th: – Hermione caught red-handed – Ron with a sword – Harry on the ground – The dragon destroys Gringotts – Hogwarts gets protection – Voldemort and Harry duel in the courtyard – Harry and Hagrid ride the motorbike– Voldemort, Bellatrix and Death Eaters Their preview also includes small descriptions of a few photos as well as pieces of a new David Heyman interview. The new movie focuses heavily on Harry’s tangles with the evil Lord Voldemort. \”Harry and Voldemort go wand to wand in the courtyard,\” says longtime producer David Heyman. In one scene, Voldemort grabs Harry’s face and malevolently hisses \”Why do you live?\” And brave Harry responds, \”Because I have something to live for.\” These last two films will be the first to be shown in IMAX 3-D. \”The technology has developed and offers great possibilities,\” Heyman says. \”We won’t be going for that ‘wow, things always jumping out at you’ effect. I think the best 3-D doesn’t ... Read More »

New Deathly Hallows pictures feature Harry vs. Voldemort, Hogwarts under attack (updated)

UPDATE: The Scotsman has posted a new photo of Harry walking through the Forbidden Forest.  Check it out RIGHT HERE! \r\n Metro.co.uk has released brand-new photos from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer set to be unveiled tomorrow evening. \r\n One clip sees him take on his evil nemesis Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, in a showdown that has shades of Star Wars and could be just as epic. \r\n – Harry and Voldemort – Ron and Hermione – Hogwarts under attack \r\n Don\’t forget MuggleCast will be live on UStream tomorrow night at 9 pm ET to discuss the trailer, these photos and much more! Read More »

Initial thoughts on LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, tweet us your questions

Earlier this weekend, I received my copy of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and wanted to offer some initial feedback on the video game — without giving too much away. – The amount of detail that has gone into this game is unparalleled to any Potter game before it. The graphics are great and the way they integrated the LEGO product is amazing. – The cut scenes are both true to the series and humorous (ex: when featured, Dudley is always stuffing his face with food). – It will take days to beat this game. There are countless areas of Harry’s world to explore, side projects, and multiple bonus levels. – You will have to play as characters other than Harry in order to advance the story (ex: Ron, Hermione, Scabbers, Hagrid, Griphook, Fang, Madam Pomfrey, to name a few) – As previously reported, there are tasks you are prevented from doing and playable areas you are not able to access until you reach a certain year and/or learn a specific spell. – As I am in the midst of Year 2, The Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, Gringotts, Knockturn Alley, The Burrow, Hogwarts Castle, The Quidditch Pitch, Hagrid’s Hut and ... Read More »

Emma Watson stars in rock video with group One Night Only

As we previously reported, the rock group ‘One Night Only’ was in New York City last month filming a rock video for the song Say You Don’t Want It. Today, the video has been released and you can watch it here. Emma Watson – the actress who portrays Hermione in the Potter series – starred in the video alongside band leader and fellow Burberry model George Craig. Tell us what you think of Emma as a rocker girl. Read More »

Helping Haiti Heal Wrap-Up Live Stream party Sunday, June 27th from 2 – 5 PM ET

A few months ago, the Harry Potter fandom came together with The Harry Potter Alliance to help raise money for Haiti. We’re now all getting together one more time on Sunday to host a wrap-up party and to raffle off a set of Harry Potter books signed by JK Rowling. The books were won in the original HHH raffle by Association of Electrical Contractors of NYC, and are now being re-raffled to benefit the AEC’s scholarship foundation and Kamp Kiwanis.  The books had been donated by The Association of Electrical Contractors back to The Harry Potter Alliance so they could be raffled again. JK Rowling herself recently wrote a letter to Andrew Slack – the founder of The Harry Potter Alliance – expressing her gratitude for the work that he and everyone else involved has done for Haiti.  You can read the letter Jo sent to him at this link. To enter the auction and to help us raise more money for charity, click here!  And please tune into the Livestream on Sunday, June 27th starting at 2 PM ET by visiting this page. Read More »

Rohan Gotobed cast as Young Sirius Black in Deathly Hallows

Young Sirius Black, according to Spotlight Children Casting, will be played by 12 year old Rohan Gotobed.  Fans will recall that in Deathly Hallows Chapter 33, The Prince’s Tale, best friends Severus Snape and Lily Evans (Harry’s mother) ride the Hogwarts Express sharing the same compartment with Sirius Black and James Potter. We assume this is the scene Rohan will be in. For the complete cast list, be sure to visit our Movie 7 section Thanks to Magical Menagerie for the tip. Read More »

Forbidden Journey ride may not accommodate heavier riders

All rides at an amusement park have size restrictions – usually a minimum height requirement – but there has been a lot of talk lately about the Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and its inability to accommodate heavier riders. One Yahoo article looks at how Universal is dealing with the fact that some visitors may not be able to ride Forbidden Journey. Universal seems to have anticipated this issue, stationing staff \”wizards\” and test-seats along the line and at the entrance to Forbidden Journey. Riders test their ability to fit in the seats, as well as the restraint (which must click three times to be deemed safe and for the potential rider to be allowed into the attraction). A report from Attractions Magazine gives a better idea of the size of the ride’s seats. I asked a couple of team members working the attraction and they didn’t know what the height limit would be, but I’m 6 foot 1 inches and after sitting down, I have about 6 inches of space above my head. So if you’re 6-foot 7-inches tall or shorter you should be OK. But another limit I noticed was the width of ... Read More »

Luke Newberry cast as Teddy Lupin in Deathly Hallows

According to A&J Management, Luke Newberry has been cast in the role of Teddy Lupin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. For a complete cast list be sure to visit our Movie 7 section. Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip! Read More »