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David Heyman speaks further about HBP delay

ComingSoon.net recently sat down with the producer of the Potter films to talk about his upcoming film The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. Thankfully for us fans, they also asked him about the Half-Blood Prince delay to July 2009. In the interview, Heyman confirms that the film is complete except for one 'tweak' they'll be making. He also says that to prevent the film from leaking, it will not be pieced together until it has to be printed for theaters (six weeks prior to opening). Read the piece for David's thoughts on the delay itself, too. Coming Soon also had a quick interview with David Thewlis in the same article. He says that the romance between Tonks and Lupin will be set up in Half-Blod Prince in preparation for Deathly Hallows. EDIT: Moviehole.net has two interviews with David Thewlis from the same press event. You can check them out here and here. Thanks to Snitck Seeker for the tip! Read More »

Half-Blood Prince most-anticipated movie of the next year

MovieTickets.com recently surveyed movie-goers and asked what movie they're most looking forward to seeing in the next year. Unsurprisingly to us Potter fans, Half-Blood Prince takes the top spot. X-Men Origins, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, and Angels & Demons round out the top five. See the complete list right here, along with some other survey results. Thanks to Laura for the tip! Read More »

Coltrane discusses role in Potter finale

In a new interview with BBC News, actor Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) discusses the upcoming two-part finale to the Harry Potter movie franchise and what he has been doing to pass the time. “I'm actually producing these days. I've got three things on the go. I'm trying to knock one of them out before we start filming Potter seven in February. There's going to be downtime between film one and two. You know, they're shooting it in two parts, so there'll be a week or two in the middle.” Additionally, Coltrane sat down with Empire Online in a new video interview where he talks about, amongst other things, the flying motorbike scene in Deathly Hallows. Read More »

New photos from Half-Blood Prince appear online

Several new photos from Half-Blood Prince, including a shot from the recently-leaked international trailer, have appeared online courtesy Potterish. You can check them out at the links below: – Harry and Dumbledore in the Underground – Long shot of Narcissa Malfoy – Ron and Hermione looking up (very reminiscent of the HBP back cover!) – Ron and Lavender sharing a moment – Slughorn looking suspicious in the Great Hall – Slughorn extracting a memory – A young Horace Slughorn – A young Tom Riddle Read More »

HP Alliance Call to Action Regarding CA Proposition 8

The Harry Potter Alliance, continuing their perpetual effort to support equal rights for all, is asking for your help to ensure that every Californian be afforded the same liberties regardless of sexual orientation. Drawing on the lessons of love we learn from the Harry Potter series and remembering the greatest wizard of them all, Albus Dumbledore, the Alliance has been striving consistently to raise awareness about this serious issue. Today, Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters writes in the HP Alliance Patronus Alert newsletter, “If you live in California and you are able to vote, I ask you to take some time and think about whether or not it's fair to deny couples the right to marry. Think of any people that you might know that would be affected by this constitutional amendment. Would it be legal to deny people the right to marry based on race or social status? If the answer to that question is no, then why should it be legal to do so based on sexual orientation?” If you are in California, sign up here to encourage fellow Californians in person or here to do so by phone! If you’re not in California, sign up ... Read More »

MuggleCast #160: Live HBP International Trailer Talk!

An unexpected episode to say the least – 700 people listened live earlier today as we discussed the recently-leaked International Half-Blood Prince trailer. In this impromptu show: – Our initial reactions to the trailer. – Are some of the effects finished in this thing? – Why all the fire?! Burn, baby burn! – Dumbledore acts better when he's dying. – Warner Brothers has no weekend staff, it seems. – Thanks so much to Ustream for hosting us! All this and a LOT more fills a 90-minute LIVE show. 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, or to download the file to your desktop. Enjoy! Read More »

New Half-Blood Prince international teaser trailer!

We don't know how, or when, or who, but several readers have tipped us off to this brand new international Half-Blood Prince trailer that hit the web this morning. The trailer has new scenes and dialogue that wasn't seen in the first trailer. The new trailer runs roughly a minute and a half and includes several new scenes! Read More »

Ministry of Magic Elections: Hogican Party Finals

MuggleNet's Ministry of Magic Elections, where YOU decide who should be the next Minister of Magic in the Wizarding World, has reached its second to last election! We're down to the final Hogican election this week, which decides the sole candidate representing the Hogican party! The contenders, as voted upon by YOU, are Kingsley Shacklebolt VS Molly Weasley. As with last week's Wizocrat final election, the two remaining candidates now have a list of stances on important issues to help you cast your vote. You can check them out below their respective profiles here. Keep in mind though: as is the case with real-world elections, these stances and each candidate's solutions may be slightly skewed to grab your vote! Once you review their stances, vote for who should represent the Hogican party by using the poll on the right side of MuggleNet. Voting will end Thursday night (that's tonight). Good luck to the candidates! Read More »

Vote for MuggleCast at the 2008 Podcast Awards

Thanks to your help MuggleCast was recently nominated at the 2008 Podcast Awards in the category of Entertainment. Voting opens today and runs through Thursday, November 6. MuggleCast is opposed by nine other great podcasts and we need your help to pull out the victory. You can vote every 24 hours. Be sure to check your e-mail after each vote as random voters will be asked to verify their submissions. You have 24 hours to validate your vote. Once again, thanks to everybody who nominated us and as always we appreciate your support! Read More »

College Quidditch tournament taking place this weekend

Last year, readers may remember that Middlebury College received a lot of press surrounding their Intercollegiate Quidditch League. Several colleges competed for the World Cup, and this year, 14 teams will be traveling to Middlebury for the 2008 tournament! The event will take place on Sunday, October 26th, from 10 AM to 6 PM in the middle of the campus. For more information, you can check out their website. Good luck to all of the teams, and we'll update you with the results next week! NOTE: It's important to mention that this tournament has been graciously supported by our friends at Alivan's, who have contributed lots of Potter-related merchandise. Read More »

Potter readers can be split into four types, says expert

A new article in The Telegraph reports that Potter readers are split into four types based on the Hogwarts houses: His research found 'Hufflepuff' readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over. 'Gryffindor' readers are eager and energetic and will devour the latest Potter book in one sitting, but quickly move on to new things. 'Ravenclaws' are subversive and take the stories with a pinch of salt, while 'Slytherin' readers are not fussed about the books. Read More »

Scholastic announces Beedle essay contest, exhibit

The US publisher of the Potter series has announced a children's essay contest, with the grand prize (five of 'em!) being a trip for two to Jo's Beedle the Bard tea party on December 4th: …fans are asked to write an essay of 200 words or less describing how they have helped others. Because so many kids today are taking an interest in helping others in their schools, communities and around the world, the Scholastic contest gives them an opportunity to write about causes they care about and what they’ve done to make a difference. The contest begins today and entries must be received by 5 p.m. EST on October 30. Additionally, Scholastic announced that an original copy of Beedle the Bard will be on display from December 5th to January 4th at The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City. The original copy was graciously lended to the library by Scholastic's Arthur Levine, who edited all seven Potter books. Read More »

JK Rowling to read from Beedle the Bard at party

BBC News is reporting this morning that our favorite author will be reading from Tales of Beedle the Bard at a 'Beedle' tea party in Scotland on the same day the book is released in the US and UK: She will read extracts from one of them at the Beedle tea party at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), hosted by The Children's High Level Group (CHLG). The party will take place in Edinburgh on Thursday 4 December, the same day as the tale goes on sale in shops. The National Library of Scotland has borrowed an original copy of the tales from Barry Cunningham, JK Rowling's first editor. The Scotsman has a quote from Jo where she describes the importance of the Beedle proceeds: “Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children in eastern Europe are living in appalling conditions in large, residential institutions,” she said. “Contrary to popular belief, fewer than 4% of them are orphans, but are in care because they are considered disabled or their families are poor or from ethnic minorities. The charity is publishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard to raise money to fund our work in helping these children out of institutions and in ... Read More »

New interviews with Scholastic staff behind Harry Potter

Scholastic's official website has been updated with a very nice new “Quick Quotes Quill” section. It holds interviews with several key members of Scholastic's Potter team. They all discuss how the Potter books are created, promoted, and much more. As an example, Francine Colaneri, VP of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing, discussed how much paper it takes to create Beedle the Bard and Deathly Hallows: Q: How much paper did you purchase for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? What's the typical amount of paper purchased for a non-Harry Potter book's first printing? A: 16,700 tons or 33,400,000 pounds. The typical amount of paper for a non-Harry YA first printing ranges from 10,000 to 200,000 pounds. Q: Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, which Scholastic book have you purchased the most paper for? And how does that compare to the amount for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? A: The Tales of Beetle the Bard requires 2,222,000 pounds; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows required 15 times as much paper. Check them all out right here. Thanks to Lauren and Arcangel24 for the tip! Read More »

Associated Press interviews Dan Radcliffe

Dan continues his promotional rounds for his performance in Equus on Broadway, and the latest one comes from the Associated Press. In this interview, Dan mainly discusses Equus and his move to New York City. You can check it out right here on YouTube. Thanks to HPANA for the tip! Read More »

2009 Half-Blood Prince agenda scans

Just when you thought the great HBP calendar scan surge had ended, we have another batch for you thanks to BlogHogwarts. These pictures are from the 2009 Half-Blood Prince agenda book and can be viewed right here. While some are old, we're also treated to some new photos of the trio, Draco, and others. Read More »

Happy birthday Flitwick

JK Rowling's official site has been updated to wish Hogwarts' Charms teacher a happy birthday; have a great day, Professor Filius Flitwick! Read More »

Ministry of Magic Elections: Wizocrat Party Finals

MuggleNet's Ministry of Magic Elections, where YOU decide who should be the next Minister of Magic in the Wizarding World, are well underway! We're down to the final Wizocrat election this week, which decides the sole candidate representing the Wizocrat party! The contenders, as voted upon by YOU, are Hermione Granger VS Lucius Malfoy. New this week in our Election Center are each candidate's stances on their most important issues to tackle in office. You can check them out below their respective profiles here. Keep in mind though: as is the case with real-world elections, these stances and each candidate's solutions may be slightly skewed to grab your vote! A tricky thing, these politics! Once you review their stances, vote for who should represent the Wizocrat party by using the poll on the right side of MuggleNet. Voting will end Friday night (that's tonight). Good luck to the candidates! Read More »

French cover released for Beedle the Bard

The slipcase cover for the French edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was released earlier today. It depicts a picture of Dumbledore reading a book at his desk while taking copious notes. You can get a closer look at the image here courtesy of SnitchSeeker.com. This French edition will be released on December 4th. Read More »

MuggleCast to host special podcast at Azkatraz

HPEF announced earlier today in their newsletter that they will be hosting a live podcast with MuggleCast at Azkatraz 2009 in San Francisco, CA. The great thing about it? The podcast will immediately follow the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 12:01 a.m. on July 17, 2009. Azkatraz attendees will have the opportunity to see the sixth Potter film in a reserved theater with hundreds of other fans before chatting about it with the hosts of our podcast. Make sure to go to the HPEF website to register, check out all the events, find out how you can help and sign up for the newsletter. When you register, enter the name “MuggleNet” in the referral area so HPEF knows where you came from! The convention runs from July 18-21, 2009. More information will follow as it becomes available. We will discuss this in full on our next episode of MuggleCast. Read More »