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Eleven Days with the Harry Potter Alliance

In celebration of the ONE-year anniversary of the Deathly Hallows release, the Harry Potter Alliance has announced their new official podcast: Potterwatch! Also, in eleven days (on July 31) the HP Alliance will invite everyone to celebrate the ELEVEN-year anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone release. As Andrew writes on the HP Alliance website, one and eleven are significant ages for Harry: “when he turned one he was sent out of the Wizarding World and into the Muggle World. When he turned eleven he was invited back from the Muggle World and into the Wizarding World.” In commemoration of July 21 to July 31 (ELEVEN DAYS), the Harry Potter Alliance has launched the first day of “ Eleven Days of Breaking Out of the Muggle Mindset!” Each day through July 31st, the HP Alliance will post “a simple exercise to help each of us tap into the magic of our creativity – away from the Muggle Minded world of Privet Drive and into the magic and mystery that Harry discovered at Hogwarts,” that participants can discuss in the HPA forums. Today’s activity is listening to the brand-new Harry Potter Alliance podcast Potterwatch, which gives further information on the Eleven Days project! Read More »

Platform 9 3/4 to make a move in September

The Londonist is reporting that a very popular tourist spot at King's Cross, Platform 9 and 3/4, will be moving to a different area of the station in September: Platform 9 and 3/4 will be shifted later this year to allow construction work on the West side of King's Cross, according to Jon Burden the former Duty Station Manager at King's Cross, who led a tour of the area yesterday. The enchanted platform will be relocated to the front of the station, close to the ticket office, in September. Thanks to Liz for the tip! Read More »

One year since Deathly Hallows

July 21st, 2007 was the day we all began to read the final book in JK Rowling's tale of Harry Potter. Can you believe a year has already passed? MuggleNet held two live events; one in Chicago, one in London. 11 million copies were sold in the first 24 hours. And who can forget the much-criticized early review from the New York Times? Share your thoughts about this one year anniversary in the comments! MuggleCast 154 will be released later today, where we'll discuss the release and the state of the fandom. Read More »

Wizarding World signs appear at Universal

IOACentral has some new photos online from Universal Studios, where cryptic signs are appearing on construction walls surrounding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. The photos are different from normal promo signs in that they depict no Harry Potter logo. Instead, each sign has two owls, a castle (Hogwarts), and a village (Hogsmeade). Additional photos show that the Enchanted Oak, rumored to be turned into something Potter-related, is already being torn down. We'll keep you updated! Thanks to Drew for the tip. Read More »

Larger version of Harry/Slughorn photo

Warner Bros. has just sent us a larger version of yesterday's photo of Harry and Slughorn in (what appears to be) the professor's office. Read More »

IMAX Half-Blood Prince teaser now online

As we accurately reported a few days ago, the IMAX teaser trailer for Half-Blood Prince only included some titles and a line from Dumbledore. Thanks to BlogHowarts.com, you can watch the trailer here on YouTube. Read More »

New photo of Harry and Slughorn in Half-Blood Prince

Entertainment Weekly has a new photo online from Half-Blood Prince! It's off Harry joining Slughorn in his office, where the potion teacher is giving him a lesson in chemicals. Thanks to Lori for the tip! Read More »

MuggleCast #153: Live from Portus!

Long overdue, our live podcast from Portus 2008 is now available! Join us for a fun episode of news discussion, fan interaction, and singing in the latest episode of our Harry Potter podcast. – We discuss some of the more popular events at Portus. – One news item to discuss: the IMAX HBP trailer. – Our first and last Epilogue by Epilogue. – A live Quote Quiz. – Questions from the audience, including the HPA's Andrew Slack. – Fans sing a new version of Good Morning Baltimore – MuggleCast edition. All that and much more can be found on Episode 153! 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 Harry Potter Alliance Pledge for Darfur

With the 2008 summer Olympics rapidly approaching, the Harry Potter Alliance has begun to promote the Switch Over to Darfur petition. Signers pledge that during the Olympics he or she will not watch the commercials, but instead tune into Mia Farrow’s reports from a Darfurian refugee camp. The HP Alliance believes that “it’s inconsistent with the spirit of the Games for China to fund a genocide abroad while hosting the Olympics in Beijing.” They are clear that they are not asking for a boycott of the Olympics, but that the pledge is “directed at the corporate sponsors of the Olympics, because of the influence they hold with the host country; if China will listen to anyone right now, it’s them.” The companies in question – notably Coca-Cola, General Electric, and Volkswagen – have been asked time and again “to urge China to help bring peace to Darfur.” Their refusals have shown the companies’ inclinations to choosing what is easy over what is right. With a recent success in waking up the UN Security Council with the Wanted for War Crimes petition, the HP Alliance acknowledges that it is time to wake up the Olympics’ corporate sponsors by honoring the “true ... Read More »

WB Mexico reportedly confirms HBP teaser with Mummy

Blog Hogwarts is reporting that the Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer will be arriving with The Mummy on August 1st in the United States. This information came to them from Warner Brothers Mexico. While this is by no means an official confirmation (an official one would be from Warner Brothers' US offices), it lends credibility to Mummy reports we received last week from a couple of movie theaters. We'll keep you updated! Read More »

EA previews Half-Blood Prince at E3

The E3 Media and Business Summit opened its doors this week in Southern California, and developers from all major video game companies are there to demo their upcoming products. Electronic Arts is one of those present, and one of the games they are showing off is Half-Blood Prince. A few new photos were revealed at E3, and they can be viewed over at GamerShell.com. The game is “scheduled for release in time for the movie launch this fall.” Read More »

Dan Radcliffe appearing at TimesTalk event

Playbill is reporting that the Harry Potter actor will be appearing at TimesTalk on August 19th in New York City to talk about his involvement with Equus on Broadway: “From the boy wizard in the 'Harry Potter' films and Rudyard Kipling's ill-fated son in 'My Boy Jack,' to the troubled teenager in Peter Shaffer's play Equus, Daniel Radcliffe is an actor of diverse talents,” reads a desciption of the evening. “Hear him discuss his Broadway debut in the drama, which starts previews on Sept. 5, and also how he's been able to move from screen to stage so seamlessly.” Read More »

Description of IMAX Half-Blood Prince teaser

Back in late June, we broke news of a “teaser trailer” coming with The Dark Knight in IMAX on July 18th. Last week, we learned that this teaser trailer is actually a 15-second preview. A MuggleNet reader who works at an IMAX theater has provided us with a description of the trailer, as well as the one line of dialogue in it. We understand that some people may want to be surprised, so highlight in between the arrows below if you'd like to read it before Friday! –>A black screen with Dumbledore saying “Once again I must ask you to do the impossible, Harry.” After that, the title is displayed as well as the release date. Read More »

Jim Dale speaks at Portus, treats crowd to reading

US Potter audiobook narrator Jim Dale spoke at Portus 2008 this morning, and what a treat it was! After months of anticipation, Dale took the stage and entertained the audience with live readings from a few of the Potter books. Scenes he read from (with full enthusiasm, singing, and physical acting) included the sorting hat ceremony in Sorcerer's Stone, the trio being with Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets, and Aunt Marge and Trelawney scenes from Prisoner of Azkaban. He wrapped his readings up with the Mad-Eye Moody/Ferret scene in Goblet of Fire. The audience was nothing short of enthralled while Dale spoke, acting like students in the Great Hall whenever there was a triumphant moment in the book scenes. In between readings, he talked about what it takes to record these lengthy Potter books and coupled the explanations with funny stories. Check out some pics from the event: – Jim speaking to the crowd: 1, 2, 3, 4 – Jim gets asked a question by an attendee – The audience listens to Jim reading Read More »

Rides close, bridge opens at Universal for Wizarding World

Lots of visitors have been emailing in with some new updates concerning the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Screamscape, a theme park fansite, has this report that talks about the changes: A new large wall was put up in front of the Dueling Dragons area this week, blocking off all access to The Enchanted Oak, Flying Unicorn, the major restroom facility and the main Dragon’s Keep store area. Dragon’s Keep merchandise has now been shrunk down to work from a merchandise cart by the lockers and is mostly only selling the smaller items. The new bridge across the lagoon to Jurassic Park has now opened and they have staffed (for now) an employee to stand there with a bullhorn telling everyone that the old pathway now dead-ends at Dueling Dragons. Additionally, our readers may want to be sure they're signed up for Universal's Wizarding World e-mail updates. Word has it that updates are going to start arriving soon! Read More »

Voldemort #1 movie villain of all time

AOL Moviefone has released their list of the top 25 movie villains of all time. Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes, came in top of the list with the following description: “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is the most powerful dark wizard to ever wave a wand, and he schemes to enslave the whole Muggle world. His slithering presence has been minimal in the films so far, but we've all read the books, so we know how much more evil he'll become.” Thanks to everyone who emailed! Read More »

Portus 2008 begins in Dallas, Texas

Hundreds of Harry Potter fans have descended upon the Lonestar State for the start of HPEF's Portus 2008! This year's HPEF symposium is quite a treat, as it includes several activities with US audiobook reader Jim Dale! Here are a few pictures from today's arrivals: – An attendee puts her name in the Portus Raffle. – Two attendees check out what Portus has to offer this year. – The Moaning Myrtles model the Portus sign. – The Hilton Anatole and the Dallas sky. – Portus volunteers and attendees speak with the Associated Press. MuggleCast will be a part of Portus' Podcast Palooza tomorrow, which starts at 6:30 PM. We will kick off our podcast at midnight, and hold a MuggleCast Meet Up the following day from 3 – 5 PM in the Common Room. If you want to still get in on the fun, it's not too late! Registrations are still available on Portus' website. Read More »

HBP mini teaser coming with IMAX Dark Knight?

Coming Soon has reported a tip they received from one of their visitors, who says there may be a 15-second promo for Half-Blood Prince coming with The Dark Knight in IMAX. While this isn't official, it goes in line with IMAX rumors we told you about a couple weeks ago. We'll let you know when Warner Brothers makes an official announcement! Read More »

Harry Potter Alliance gets results at the United Nations

You may remember that back in late May, we told you about the Harry Potter Alliance's petition against genocide in Darfur. Thousands of people in the Wizard Rock and MuggleNet communities signed the petition, and just yesterday HPA leader Andrew Slack reported some amazing news! Here’s what Nick Donovan, the Head of Campaigns, Policy, and Research at the UK-based Aegis Trust has to say: “You all at the HP Alliance made it possible to send almost 10,000 emails to the UN Security Council, asking for the Council to speak out and put pressure on Khartoum to hand the men over. Without your imaginative campaigns over 3/4 of these emails would never have been sent. “The end result is the first ever UNSC presidential statement condemning Sudan’s lack of action and demanding an end to impunity. Our actions helped, the pressure generated by other NGOs helped – and the grassroots emails sent by you all really made the difference – showing that it wasn’t just NGOs and members of the elite who care about Darfur – but people from all walks of life disgusted at impunity for mass murder and eager to see action.” Great work, everyone! For more on what ... Read More »

David Yates comments on recent HBP pics

Thanks to Jeremy from The Portkey for letting us know that USA Today's photo gallery of Half-Blood Prince pictures has been updated with quotes from director David Yates. Now we finally know what some of these pics (like this one of Harry and Hermione) are all about! On each photo at this link, there is a sentence or two from him describing the scene. There are also a couple words from producer David Heyman. Read More »