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High-res version of Half-Blood Prince bad guys poster

Remember those cool Half-Blood Prince promos we showed you in a New York City subway station? One of them displayed four bad guys from the film (Bellatrix, Snape, Draco, Greyback). That bad guys poster is now online in high-res. See it right here, thanks to MrsLovett.org. They look great! Read More »

Nick Magazine feature on HBP film and DH paperback ad

The July issue of Nickelodeon Magazine has a cover story on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It includes new questions and answers with the cast, a Potter IQ test, and a new ad for Deathly Hallows paperback: – Cover of Nick Magazine with Harry – Half-Blood Prince feature (Page 1) – Half-Blood Prince feature (Page 2) – Deathly Hallows paperback ad Read More »

LA Times kicks off Potter interview series with Steve Kloves

The Los Angeles Times has some really cool news for Potter fans: “Each day, the blog will bring you new [Potter] interviews with the cast and crew, as well as exclusive news, photos, interactive polls and a few surprises.” The first interview is with Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, who provides some great insight on writing scripts for the series: What kind of things do you run by Rowling? A range of things, even something really simple. I once asked about the 12 uses of dragon’s blood, which is referenced in the books. There are writers who would write “12 uses of dragon’s blood” and not have a clue what they are; it just sounds cool. But I emailed her to ask (and this was 10 years ago), and 25 seconds later I get an email back with a list. Do tell. She's only mentioned “oven cleaner” in interviews. One is an oven cleaner, yes. Another is a spot remover. . . . It was really amazing. Really, the books are only the thinnest surface of what she knows about the series. Where Jo is helpful in a more serious way for me is when I want to know more about ... Read More »

Video interview with Adrian Jacobs Estate representative

On Monday, we told you about a new lawsuit against Bloomsbury from the Estate of Adrian Jacobs. The Estate claims that JK Rowling took various plot items from Jacobs' Willy the Wizard story. Thanks to MuggleNet reader Amy, we now know of a new video interview with an Estate representative. He spoke with the Australian Morning Show “Sunrise” – video is now available on their site. Watching this video shows you how weak the case is. The representative repeatedly mentions JK Rowling allegedly stealing the wizard train, wizard school, and wizard competitions. In our opinion, those three items are very broad accusations for a court case. Read More »

Revamped HBP UK site reveals new posters, score previews

The UK Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince website has been updated this morning with a very nice design, new posters, and previews of the score. Browsing the site will get you those score previews, and the site can even be put into “Full Screen” mode for a nice browsing experience. The new Half-Blood Prince posters can be downloaded and viewed using the links below: – Ron and Lavender, as Hermione watches them in the background – Luna with her copies of The Quibbler – An upset Hermione looks on as Ron and Lavender cuddle in the background – Harry and Ginny staring directly at each other – Draco from behind, opening the Vanishing Cabinet Thanks very much to Brandon for the tip! Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince Wii trailer appears on Facebook

Electronic Arts is busy getting the word out concerning their upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. Today, they released a new trailer from the Wii version. You can see it right here on their Facebook page. In particular, it shows you how using the Wiimote with the game works. It looks very well done! The game will be released in just a few weeks. Learn more about it right here in our video game section! Thanks to Rebecca for the tip. Read More »

Jessie Cave back for Deathly Hallows

There is a new interview with Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in the July issue of Tatler magazine. In the interview, she discusses her “crush” on co-star Rupert Grint and how she got the part of Lavender Brown: For the final audition I was kitted out in Hogwarts uniform and driven in a golf- buggy to the Gryffindor common room. I had to improvise in front of a room full of people with Rupert and a paper biscuit for half an hour. The article also states that Jessie will be back for the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film. One might recall that Lavender fights in the Battle of Hogwarts at the end of Deathly Hallows. Thanks to JessieCave.com for the scans! Read More »

Simon McBurney cast as Kreacher in Deathly Hallows

We've learned that the casting agency representing actor Simon McBurney lists him as having the role of Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Presumably he will just be lending his voice for the character. McBurney has also starred in such films as The Golden Compass and The Duchess. Thanks to Val for the tip! Read More »

MuggleCast #175: Fireside Chats

We're back! It's been a while since our last episode but we're making up for it with a couple new segments and a great panel of hosts. Join Laura, Eric, Jamie, Micah and I for a discussion of the latest Potter news stories, your feedback, games, and much more: – We cover Deathly Hallows casting and Presidential set visits. – Will IMAX regret its contractual obligations? – Should the MPAA take notice of the BBFC's 12A rating? – We introduce two brand-new segments you do not want to miss! – AudioFiction and Chicken Soup return. – Plus, Azkatraz is less than one month away! To download 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. We plan on having more new episodes throughout the month of July, so look forward to those! Read More »

Win a chance to see HBP in NY, London or Australia

Find out how you can win a chance to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before anyone else: Hot Topic is holding a contest to win a trip to the New York City premiere on Thursday, July 9. The grand prize winner will receive two round-trip airline tickets, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the premiere itself. You must be at least 13 years of age. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 26. Amazon.uk is giving fans the chance to win two tickets to the London premiere of the sixth film on Tuesday, July 7. You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United Kingdom. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. BST on June 30. And for our friends “Down Under,” Black Curtain Screenings wants to know why you are the biggest Potter fan ever. Enter here for a chance to see a screening of Half-Blood Prince on July 13 and also win a “Black Ticket,” which guarantees you two tickets to all screenings for the next 12 months. Good luck to everyone who enters, and thanks to Natalie for the Australia contest tip! Read More »

Harry Potter park construction update

As construction continues for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, we have new photos of the progress. The pictures were taken from different areas of Islands of Adventure, as well as an “off-site construction area about five miles north of Universal Orlando where work on snow-covered spires and rooftops is underway.” Enjoy! Thanks to Brian for letting us know! Read More »

Two more Half-Blood Prince TV spots air tonight (updated)

UPDATE: The second spot that was previously seen in lower quality can now be seen in much better quality right here on YouTube. Thanks to Brandon for the tip! We've received many e-mails tonight from viewers reporting two new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince television spots! The first one, which can be seen right here on YouTube, aired on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. It includes lots of new footage! The second spot was recorded in lower quality but includes some great new Quidditch footage among other things. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed! Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince TV spot with fresh footage appears

A Potter fan captured a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince television spot that aired last night. It's not the best quality, but you can see it right here on YouTube. The spot includes several quick new clips of the trio, Hagrid, and Slughorn! Thanks to Ameno, hpfan, and Snitch Seeker for the tip. Read More »

Five new Half-Blood Prince pics from Warner Brothers

It's a weekend treat! Warner Brothers has just passed along five photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Three of them are behind-the-scenes, and one is a lovely portrait: – Preparing to film at The Burrow – Harry and Dumbledore outside Slughorn's house with crew – Director David Yates walking through a library hallway – Harry and Slughorn at Slughorn's Party with crew – A beautiful portrait of Hermione Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince banners appear in L.A.

The slightly different Half-Blood Prince promo poster we showed you Sunday for an upcoming French train tour has made its way to Los Angeles, CA and now appears alongside the film's villains on at least one billboard. Images of this large and exciting banner can be found here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 This banner is located outside the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center mall in Culver City. Thanks to MuggleNet reader Andrew W. for the tip! Read More »

Emma talks Burberry, featured in Seventeen

We told you a few days ago that Emma Watson recently kicked off her first big advertising campaign with Burberry. In a new behind-the-scenes video, Emma discusses her history with the Burberry clothing line. Additionally, Emma is featured in the July issue of Seventeen magazine where she discusses her career and her role in the Potter series. You can check out scans from the magazine here courtesy of Snitch Seeker. Read More »

Hardwick Hall could serve as Malfoy Manor

The Telegraph is reporting this morning that Warner Brothers recently visited Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire to see if it was “suitable to feature” for use in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. A spokesman was quoted as saying: “It's certainly true that they have been to look but we are awaiting for confirmation. There's no guarantee that they are coming and, even if they did use it, it wouldn't be until next year.” One could speculate it would be used for scenes at Malfoy Manor. Thanks to Val for sending this in! Read More »

EA releases Nintendo DS trailer for Half-Blood Prince

As mentioned yesterday, Electronic Arts has opened a brand-new Facebook page gearing up for the release of the Half-Blood Prince video game. EA is continuously posting content to this page, including today, releasing a trailer for the Nintendo DS version of the game. You can check it out right Read More »

David Heyman says HBP is no darker than OOTP

In their latest newsletter to members, the UK cinema chain, Showcase Cinemas, released an exclusive interview with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince producer, David Heyman. In it he gives a brief but exciting snapshot of what we can expect from the sixth movie. When asked about the darkness of the film David said, ‘I don’t think it’s any darker than the fifth. I really don’t. I think it’s on a par with that.’ Talking about the overemphasis people place on the darkness of the films Heyman stated that, ‘Everybody obsesses with the darkness but ultimately I think that what it is, it’s very accessible, moving, funny and exciting.’ You can watch the clip here. Read More »

Evanna Lynch discusses role as Luna Lovegood

In a new interview with Irish Central, Evanna Lynch, the actress who plays Luna Lovegood in the Potter series discusses her character and her role in the upcoming Half-Blood Prince film. “Luna doesn’t change but her position changes in this new film. Most people are aware of her reputation for being crazy. She’s certainly picked on by the other students.” She also goes on to talk about her aspirations for performing in London's West End, the lessons she has learned and a potential Dumbledore-Luna relationship (in an alternate universe, of course). Thanks to David for sending this in! Read More »