Press

MuggleNet is the world’s #1 Harry Potter website! As a result, it has received a considerable amount of press attention over the years, especially during peak Potter periods – book and movie releases. Below you can find an archive of press articles in which MuggleNet was mentioned. Unfortunately, it is not complete; we have been recognized several other times by a number of media outlets but haven’t managed to keep a record of them.

If you have found MuggleNet mentioned in the press somewhere (past or present), please submit it using our feedback form on the “Contact Us” page!

2018

“The fall of fandom etiquette and the rise of ship war” – By Clare McBride | Syfy Wire | May 16, 2018

“Why devoted ‘Harry Potter’ fans feel betrayed by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise” – By Kim Renfo  | Insider | February 2, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

2017

“We Celebrated HARRY POTTER’s ’19 Years Later’ By Teaching Oliver Wood Magic” – By Dan Casey | Nerdist | September 15, 2017

“MuggleNet Live; Wonderland Cookie Dough; latest news – Attractions The Show!”  – Attractions Magazine  | September 7, 2017

“Universal Orlando Special After Hours Harry Potter Event In The Wizarding World!” – By TheTimTracker | September 3, 2017

“19 years later: Harry Potter fans and JK Rowling celebrate Albus Severus Potter boarding Hogwarts Express” – By Jack Shepherd | Independent | September 1, 2017

19 Years Later: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know” – By Jack Fennimore | Heavy.com | September 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

“There’s an Epic HARRY POTTER Party Happening in Florida This Fall” – By Alicia Lutes | Nerdist | July 7, 2017

“Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter With Al Jazeera”Al Jazeera | June 26, 2017 | Claire Furner is interviewed by Al Jazeera.

Puffs the Play | June 2017 | MuggleNet quoted on New York City subway advertisements.

“11 Harry Potter Podcasts Every Potterhead Needs In Their Life” – By Melissa Ragsdale | Bustle | June 12, 2017

“Will Jude Law’s Dumbledore be openly gay?” – BBC.com |  April 13, 2017

“MuggleNet Live Nineteen Years Later event takes over Diagon Alley on September 1” – By Seth Kubersky | Attractions Magazine  | March 22, 2017

“Harry Potter fans pay tribute to John Hurt in Universal’s Wizarding World” – By Banks Lee | Attractions Magazine  | January 29, 2017

2016

“Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts: The Secret Of The Wizarding World “ – By Ali Plumb | BBC Radio 1 | November 16, 2016 | MuggleNet’s Lizzie Gladwin with Sophie Reid present speaking at the 23:25 – 23:39, 26:13 – 26:20, and 26:34 –26:40 marks. There is also a screenshot of the old MuggleNet homepage at the 24:25 – 24:30 mark.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE” –  Flicks and the City | November 11, 2016 | Kat Miller, appears at the 26:17 mark.

“The cultural impacts of Harry Potter on the next generation” – By Tiffany Gee Lewis | Deseret News | November 11, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

“Claire Furner: the superfan” – By Mike Peake | FRIDAY | September 4, 2016, 11:01 a.m.

“What sorcery is this? A £140 ticket for new Harry Potter play now costs £8,327” – By Rob Davies and Laurie Chen | The Guardian | August 13, 2016, 7:02 p.m.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them live q & a with the cast” – Fantastic Beasts Movie | Facebook | July 23, 2016, 2:28 p.m.

“Harry Potter” – By Jim Kay | Jim Kay – Home of Illustrator Jim Kay | July 15, 2016

2015

“WWW: Friendship is magic” – By Hadas | Common Room | December 13, 2015, 7:26 p.m.

“How Snape became Harry Potter’s most unlikely sex symbol” – By Alice Vincent | The Telegraph | October 3, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

“Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood writes heartfelt post urging fans to audition for Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts” – By Emily Zauzmer | People.com | July 13, 2015, 5:20 p.m. EDT

“Expo Patronum! Fans attend Harry Potter convention at ExCel” – By Seema Hakim | Newham Recorder | April 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

“Expo Patronum, the Mugglenet Live 2015 Convention interviews” – By Colin Hart | HeyUGuys | April 21, 2015

“Harry Potter convention heads to ExCel” – By Seema Hakim | Newham Recorder | April 17, 2015, 1:09 p.m.

“Discover creative secrets and meet stars at Harry Potter expo at the Excel Centre this weekend” – By Rachel Bishop | The Wharf | April 15, 2015, 3:51 p.m.

“Los Angeles Times’ crossword contains clue about MuggleNet” – Los Angeles Times | March 12, 2015

“Harry Potter fans: How to unleash your inner wizard” – By accordgroup | orlando-ticket-deals.co.uk | February 26, 2015, 9:34 p.m.

“Fandom Friday: Harry Potter” – By Claire Furner | Radio Times | February 20, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

2014
Morning Report | December 7, 2014 | Eric Scull appeared on the Morning Report on Radio New Zealand to talk about Pottermore’s daily festive surprises during December 12-23, 2014.

“J.K. Rowling dishes on Dolores Umbridge in her new short story” – By Michael Frye | TimeOut New York | October 31, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

“Harry Potter fans flummoxed over origins of Albert Runcorn name” – By Oliver Clay | Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News | July 31, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

“Meet the First Viral Snapchat Stars” –  By Laura Stampler | Time Magazine | July 24, 2014

“Harry Potter trip a dream for Cody family: Contest win brought disbelief” – By Rachel Walton | codyenterprise.com | July 14, 2014

“Adult Harry Potter Fans delight at new installment from J.K. Rowling” – 89.3 KPCC | Take Two | July 9, 2014, 9:06 a.m.

“Video: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse of Potter”  – By Claire Furner | SkyNews Sunrise | July 2014

“Quidditch players are leaving Harry Potter behind as they aim for athletic credibility”By Jessica Contrera | Washington Post | June 29, 2014

“10 Reasons You’re Going to Love Diagon Alley – Universal Orlando Resort’s New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Addition” – By Caleb Graves | Fandango | June 26, 2014, 9:02 a.m.

“JK Rowling says Hermione should have married Harry Potter, not Ron” – By Saeed Ahmed | CNN | February 2, 2014

“4 reasons Harry Potter fans Are outraged and 5 reasons why they shouldn’t be”– By Joal Ryan | Yahoo Movies | February 3, 2014, 4:19 p.m.

“Attention Harry Potter Fans! Nine magical places and events you won’t want to miss” – By Casey Mullins | Babble | January 27, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

“Expelliarmus! Hogwarts fans lay into Russell Brand over his ‘Harry Potter poofs’ jibe at Cambridge University” – By Charlie Scott | Cambridge News | January 16, 2014, 6:05 a.m.

“Emma Watson as ‘The Little Mermaid'”Snopes | February 2014

2013

Building a parallel library” – By Isha Arora | Deccan Herald | November 5, 2013

2012

Watching Harry Potter helps the world learn English” – Marketwire via Comtex | December 10, 2012, 7:01 a.m.

New J.K. Rowling book: Harry Potter author to publish The Casual Vacancy” -By Cristina Merrill | International Business Times | April 13, 2012, 9:17 a.m.

“J.K. Rowling’s adult novel titled Lairs of Lady Po”  By Stephan Lee | Entertainment Weekly | April 2, 2012, 12:41 p.m.

2011

Harry Potter fans consider life post-Potter” – By Josh Wigler | MTV News | July 22, 2011, 7:09 p.m.

Growing up with Harry Potter– By Henry Hanks | CNN | July 15, 2011, 12:01 p.m.

“Harry Potter lives on through fan fiction” – By Michelle Miller | CBS News | July 11, 2011, 6:58 p.m.

“Rowling’s next spell: Creating Pottermore for fans” – By Carol Memmott | USA TODAY | June 23, 2011, 7:40 p.m.

“J.K. Rowling previews mysterious Pottermore site” -By Brandon Griggs |CNN | June 17, 2011, 1:56 p.m.

2010

“Harry Potter test screening earns rave reviews” – By Sean O’Connell | HollywoodNews | August 23, 2010

“Harry Potter’s Butterbeer recipe uncovered?” -By Associated Press | Fox News | July 2, 2010

2009

“Explaining Harry Potter’s lasting magic” -By Hillel Italie, Associated Press | CBS News | July 14, 2009, 5:29 p.m.

2008

“Voldemort Hath No Fury Like Angry Harry Potter Fans” – By Lauren A.E. Schuker | The Wall Street Journal | September 8, 2008, 11:59 p.m.

“Time for MuggleNet creator to spread his wings” – By Margaret Fosmoe, Tribune Staff Writer | SouthBendTribune | August 10, 2008

2007

“Ulysses Press Builds on Mugglenet” –  By Bridget Kinsella | PublishersWeekly | August 24, 2007

“However the Harry Potter saga ends, it won’t end” – The New York Times | July 20, 2007

“Harry Potter Book Spoilers Spread on Internet” – By the Associated Press | July 18, 2007

“Harry Potter spawns parallel Internet world” – By Mike Collett-White | Reuters | July 17, 2007, 10:47 a.m.

“Towns hope to keep Harry Potter magic going” – By Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press | USA Today | July 14, 2007, 2:06 p.m.

“Will Harry Die?” – By Brian Bethune | Macleans Magazine | July 9, 2007

“Potter sites wild about Harry” – By Hillel Italie, Associated Press | Toronto Star | April 11, 2007

“Children’s Book – February 2007”  – By Lee Siegel | New York Times | February 11, 2007

2006

“2006 People’s Choice Podcast Awards” CNNMoney | September 29, 2006, 8:51 p.m.

“On Religion: What sort of end will Harry Potter meet?” – By Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service | Naples News | September 16, 2006, 12:00 a.m.

“The Other Boy Wizard” – By Sara Figiel — News-dispatch Via Associated Press | Washington Post | August 3, 2006

2005

“Harry Potter fans are screaming with delight” – By Anthony Breznican | USA TODAY | November 20, 2005

“Me and Mad Eye Moody” -By Willie Dillon | Ireland Independent | November 12, 2005

“Website casts spell on Potter author” – By Chicago Tribune | July 11, 2005

Sore Thumbs | July 15, 2005 | MuggleNet and Harry Potter in general received a mention in the webcomic.

“Will era of superfan end with Star Wars?” Associated Press | May 27, 2005

2004

“Fan Site award goes to Mugglenet” SnitchSeeker.com |September 6, 2004, 8:01 p.m.

“Rowling Web Site Rife with ‘Potter’ Trivia” Fox News |May 27, 2004

2003

“Harry Potter: Ask the experts” BBC News | June 21, 2003, 10:19 a.m.

“A New Sign on Harry’s Forehead: For Sale” – By David D. Kirkpatrick |The New York Times | June 16, 2003

2002

No articles for this year

2001

“TV Guide.com – October 2001” TV Guide | October 28, 2001

Articles Missing or No Longer Available

People Magazine | June 2007 | People Magazine quoted Emerson Spartz on the subject of whether or not Harry will survive to the end of Book 7.

Wall Street Journal | May 11, 2007 | As the Harry Potter series draws to a close, the Wall Street Journal mentions MuggleNet’s book in an article titled Last Hurrah for ‘Harry’ Offshoots? The article discusses how the market for similar books may spike then fade after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Australian | April 2, 2007 | An article on April Fools’ Day online pranks gives MuggleNet’s joke a mention.

Ventura County Star | March 22, 2007 | The newspaper discusses MuggleNet’s book, What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?, and also talks to Ben Schoen about the reason why MuggleNet wrote a book in the first place.

USA Today | June 2006 | Potter doomsday approaches, but for whom?

Disney Adventures | April 24, 2006 | In a brief write-up about Book 7, the May edition of the magazine said “There’s not much news yet about the final book of the series, though Rowling did tell MuggleNet.com that in Book 7, ‘you will know more about Dumbledore.'”

Drogheda Independent | February 26, 2006 | In an interview with the Irish newspaper, upcoming Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch stated that she heard of the open auditions for the quirky Ravenclaw on MuggleNet.

Channel 4 (Florida) | CNN | AmNY | Fox News | Cincinnati Enquirer | Herald Leader (Kentucky) | November 18, 2005 | With scores of global news stations reporting on the release of the latest Harry Potter flick, some even referred viewers to our site. They cited us as a place to learn “HP Lingo.”

The Indianapolis Star | November 17, 2005 | The newspaper’s front page featured a story on MuggleNet and its founder, Emerson, describing how the site helps pay for him to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Nickelodeon Magazine | November 15, 2005 | The November issue of the magazine talked about the vast amount of Harry Potter fansites online and did a spoof on MuggleNet.

Movies.com | September 27, 2005 | MuggleNet won Movies.com’s prestigious “Best Movie Fansite” award, as voted by the fans.

The London Times | CBS2Chicago (video) | The Times of London | ABC News | Chicago Sun-Times | Philadelphia Inquirer | LA Daily News | Jerusalem Post | Seattle Post-Intelligence | China Daily | Indianapolis Star | Miami Herald | Charlotte Observer | New Orleans Times-Picayune | Newsday | San Jose Mercury News | MSNBC | Yahoo News | June 9, 2005 | Emerson Spartz was personally invited to interview author J.K. Rowling in her home in Scotland on the day of the sixth book’s release. The story received phenomenal media attention, hitting the AP wire and several TV and radio stations.

Netscape | April 29, 2005 | MuggleNet was named Netscape’s site of the day.

Urban Wire | June 16, 2004 | The website ranked MuggleNet #3 in a list of the Internet’s top 10 Harry Potter sites.

Detroit Radio Talk Show | July 20, 2003 | A radio talk show in Detroit spoke to MuggleNet shortly before the release of the fifth Harry Potter book.

LA Times | July 7, 2003 | The LA Times conducted a brief interview with MuggleNet’s Emerson Spartz on the night of Book 5’s release.

New York Daily News | June 15, 2003 | This article takes a look at the events taking place around the world in the run-up to the release of the fifth Harry Potter book, Order of the Phoenix, and mentions MuggleNet as one site that is constantly updated with tidbits of information related to the books.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | November 21, 2001 | The article talks about MuggleNet’s extensive content from mistakes, book covers, and movie information, to games, puzzles, and downloads.

NBC 5 Chicago | November 19, 2002 | The article talks about Emerson’s love for the site and how it’s ranked the #1 Harry Potter site in the world.

The Guardian | November 8, 2001 | This article rates MuggleNet as a top Pottermania site and the best site for Potter fans.

BBC | November 1, 2002 |The article has MuggleNet as a top Harry Potter site and gives it a five-snitch rating. It talks about the eye-catching design and the extensive info that’s more varied than a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

BBC | Date Not Available | This article rates MuggleNet as the #1 Harry Potter site in the world.

Washington Post | Date Not Available | This article shows MuggleNet as one of the best Harry Potter sites in the world.

WebUser Magazine | Date Not Available | Rated #1 in 2001 and in 2002.

Other Mentions

Fox 32 Chicago

KGMB CBS Honolulu

MyInKy.com

National Public Radio Chicago

National Public Radio South Bend

US*99 Radio

WSBT 22 South Bend

WXIN Fox 59 Indianapolis

Chicago Sun-Times

Lafayette Journal and Courier

LaPorte Herald-Argus

Michigan City News-Dispatch

NW Indiana Post-Tribune