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Whimsic Alley to host Beedle release party

For Harry Potter fans in Southern California, Whimsic Alley is the place to be Wednesday night when The Tales of Beedle the Bard is released. The party starts on December 3rd around 10:00 p.m. PT with refreshments, games, contests, readings, and special guests. The book goes on sale at midnight. Admission to the event is free to all who would like to attend and no purchase is necessary. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. WhimsicAlley.com is also offering all MuggleNet readers a 15% discount on your order this holiday season. Click below for complete information on this special offer as well as further details on the release party. Read More »

HBP-tagged merchandise for sale at Hot Topic

Besides the countless Half-Blood Prince calendars and spools of yarn, there hasn't been much else in the way of merchandise related to the sixth film. Today though, MuggleCast co-host Matt and fellow roommate Bre spotted five items at Hot Topic with Half-Blood Prince tags on them (all of which are available on their website): a scarf (pic in store), a pair of gloves (pic in store), a tote bag, a second tote bag, and a beanie. Hopefully there will be more merchandise from Hot Topic to come! Read More »

Dan Radcliffe talks Equus, Deathly Hallows, Twilight

The Harry Potter star recently appeared on E! Daily Ten where he discussed his role in Equus on Broadway, what it'll be like to finish filming Deathly Hallows, and the mania surrounding the new Twilight film. You can see video of the interview here on YouTube. There's also this clip from E! where Dan discusses the jeans he auctioned off recently. Thanks to DanRadcliffe.com and Ashley for the tip! Read More »

First look at R.A.B. note, new Slughorn pic

The Noble Collection's latest catalog includes an area for their Half-Blood Prince items, and it includes this picture of Regulus' note to the Dark Lord. To see everything the Noble Collection has to offer, click here. On a related note, a new image from the German 2009 Half-Blood Prince calendar can be seen right here. It's a small image that depicts Slughorn and Harry in Potions class. Thanks to Snitch Seeker and Laura for the tip! Read More »

Emma Watson to appear on Blue Peter

The actress who plays Hermione in the Potter films will be appearing on the popular UK children's show Blue Peter. Emma's interview will air on CBBC and BBC1 this Wednesday, December 3rd, at 4:35 PM GMT. If anyone captures the video, be sure to send us a copy! Thanks to Snitch Seeker for the tip. Read More »

Sale at WBShop.com – get your Christmas gifts early

The official Harry Potter store, WBShop.com, is offering 25%-75% discounts on their most popular gifts during their four-day Black Friday/Cyber Monday holiday sale. Hurry, the sale ends at 11:59pm eastern time Monday! These items will not be on sale again. Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the MuggleNet family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a day full of delicious turkey and good family. Harry Potter fans have a lot to be thankful for this year. A new book by JK Rowling, three great trailers for Half-Blood Prince, and our great fandom. Read More »

BTB Contest Updates: Scholastic winners, Amazon France

There are more contest updates today regarding Beedle the Bard for you. First, Scholastic has announced the five winners of their national essay contest. These lucky Potter fans will each receive a trip to Edinburgh for JK Rowling's Beedle the Bard release event. Congratulations to them! Also, Amazon France is now a part of the signed-Beedle the Bard giveaway. The contest is only open to residents of France, and there are ten signed copies up for grabs. Simply answer five questions and you'll be entered! Don't forget, Amazon is hosting other Beedle-related contests: click HERE for American visitors, HERE for British visitors, and HERE for German visitors. Thanks to Gazette Du Sorcier and Emily for the tips! Read More »

Update: Dan Radcliffe jeans auctioned for $950

The jeans we told you Equus star Dan Radcliffe would be auctioning off at one of his performances ended up selling for $950. DanRadcliffe.com has this report: It was hilarious: they started the bid at $50, and it kept going up and up and finally looked like it was going to stop at about $700ish but then it kept battling between these two guys and finally one guy was like “IF HE SIGNS THEM I'LL GIVE $800″ and Daniel got really really excited and was like “YES I WILL SIGN THEM!!” and was jumping around on stage! It was so cute! But then the price kept jumping up and finally settled at $950. I have to say, it was adorable to see Daniel so genuinely excited, and he was so funny too! at one point as the bidding was going on he went, “come on now! you all know what happens in these jeans at the end of the first act!” Read More »

ABC Family to air Half-Blood Prince previews

As with every December within the past few years, ABC Family is once again running the Potter films as part of their 25 Days of Christmas special. This year will be extra exciting because they've announced some cool sneak peeks at Half-Blood Prince: To add to the magic, ABC Family will also be airing exclusive first looks at the new film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (opening in theatres July 17, 2009), throughout the weekend’s three-day event. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Michael Gambon discuss the upcoming film’s exciting storylines, as well as revealing insider information. ABC Family’s first looks at the latest Harry Potter feature film also offer viewers a sneak peek of never-before-seen footage of love running rampant through Hogwarts, a look into Tom Riddle’s past and an introduction of Hogwarts new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Horace Slughorn. Below is the schedule for the films that weekend: Friday, December 5th: (7:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Saturday, December 6th (1:30 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (5:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (9:00 PM – 12:00 AM ... Read More »

MuggleCast LIVE in London – tickets running out!

Our Beedle the Bard midnight release party at Waterstone's in the heart of London is quickly approaching! We've been informed that the tickets are running out, so if you want to get in on the fun, make sure you submit your information very soon. For full details, click here. We hope to see you there! Read More »

Lily PotterWatch – New HPA Chapter Charity Album

“Nitwit, Blubber, Oddment, Tweak,” the brand new University of Edinburgh chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, has made a grand entrance into the fandom by organizing a Wizard Rock charity compilation album as their first fundraising effort! Scheduled for release in February 2009, the proceeds of this album will go directly toward the HP Alliance's efforts toward civilian protection in Darfur and Burma. Bands are encouraged to contribute songs and others are encouraged to support the album and the chapter’s goals. Email HPAEdinburgh@gmail.com for more information or to submit music! Read More »

Further Beedle updates: UK contest, covers and scans

For our visitors in the United Kingdom, Amazon is now offering ten signed copies of the Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition. To enter, simply pre-order the Collector's Edition (if you've already pre-ordered, you're in!). Don't forget, there are also two contests for US and German customers. Additionally, three more versions of the cover and a scan from the Bulgarian version have now made their way online: – Bulgarian cover – Scan from Bulgarian version, featuring sketch by JKR – Spanish cover – Japanese cover Beedle the Bard is now 10 days away from release and will benefit The Children's High Level Group. Don't forget, MuggleCast will be hosting a live podcast at Waterstone's in London during their midnight release party. For more details, click here! Thanks to Harry Latino for the pictures! Read More »

Best of the 2007 Wizard Rock EP of the Month Compilation

Did you miss out on the 2007 Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club subscription? Have no fear, for a brand new compilation album featuring the best of the best from last year’s lineup is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com for only $10! All proceeds from this digital-only release will be donated to the Harry Potter Alliance. Check out the tracklist and more here! Don’t forget, there are still a handful of subscriptions available for 2008, so make sure to subscribe now before the final shipment in mid-December! Read More »

Amazon hosting two Beedle-related contests

The online retailer is currently running two Beedle the Bard-related contests: – First, the Amazon Customers Vote promotion will be held again this year and Beedle the Bard is included in their discount sales for 50% off: Of the 1,000 copies available for purchase through Amazon Customers Vote, the first 35 customers to place an order with a valid payment method will receive an extra special holiday surprise–a copy autographed by J.K. Rowling herself. Read all of the details right here, as the process for being able to purchase the Collector's Edition for 50% off are pretty detailed. – Second, Amazon Germany is holding a contest from now through December 2nd to win a signed Collector's Edition of Beedle the Bard. Simply answer the question on their site and submit the form. The contest is open to everyone outside of Germany as well. Thanks to Elysa, Kevin and Koury for the tips! Read More »

November 21st: the day HBP almost hit theaters

It was August 4th, 2006 when we learned Half-Blood Prince's November 21st, 2008 release date. Looking back at the comments our visitors wrote, most were confused about why Warner Brothers set a release date so early. Especially since we didn't even know the director. I decided to ask David Heyman about it when I visited the Order of the Phoenix set in September '06. He told us that the release date was set early for planning purposes – it was as simple as that. Two years and ten days after the original release date was announced, Warner Brothers decided that the film would be delayed until July 17th, 2009. Fans were devastated, and WB stated that the delay was to ensure they had a big film in Summer '09. Many speculated that WB's The Dark Knight had done so well that the additional money made from HBP would not be needed this year. So, here we are today with a somewhat surreal realization that all of us would be seeing Half-Blood Prince today if it weren't for the delay. Luckily, Warner Brothers has given us a cool little gift: today's opening of Twilight includes the latest (and in most people's ... Read More »

Deathly Hallows filming preparation underway

Back in May we told you that filming in the beautiful landscapes of Lochaber was expected to start late this year. Lochaber News is now reporting that filming scouts are observing the area and getting ready for b-roll shoots: Film executives and location and special effects personnel have just completed an updating recce of the four picturesque glens which have featured in all the previous Harry Potter blockbusters. They were researching the eventual making of not one but two movies out of JK Rowling's seventh and last best seller, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was published last year. Teams of cinematography experts and production designers visited Glenfinnan, Glen Etive, Glencoe and Glen Nevis, all Lochaber landmarks which have already become established in the series. As we learned earlier this year, cast filming for Deathly Hallows will not begin until February. Read More »

Scholastic updates site with Meet Arthur video

The US Potter publisher's official website has been updated with a nice Q&A with the editor of the Potter series. Arthur Levine talks about his job at Scholastic, his book selection criteria, and much more. Thanks to Sasha for the tip! Read More »

Reserve your tickets now for MuggleCast LIVE in London!

A few days ago we told you about our upcoming live podcast in London for the midnight release of Beedle the Bard. Now, ticket reservation is open at Waterstones.com! Tickets are £5 each, which includes your copy of Beedle the Bard! Simply enter the information requested on this page and hit 'Submit'. Waterstones will then be calling you in a few days to confirm your attendance and get your credit card information. We highly recommend viewing the terms and conditions of this event, which are at the bottom of the reservation page. Read More »

Emma attends ice rink opening

Emma Watson yesterday attended the VIP opening party for the Somerset House ice rink. The actress said she was “absolutely delighted” to be officially turning on the rink's Christmas tree lights. “I've been coming here since I was about 13 and I absolutely love it. It's Christmassy and wonderful,” she said. Check out some photos of the actress at the event below: – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Read More »