Special Projects

Our special projects involve some of MuggleNet’s most festive activities and entertaining interactions with our community of readers across the world, whether its our grueling OWL examinations, which would set even the brightest among you biting your nails as you grasped straws at Transfiguration and Potions questions, or our annual 25 Days of Giveaways (previously known as the MuggleNet Advent Calendar giveaway), which features some of the greatest prizes a Potterhead could ever want. Projects such as the Wizolympics and March Madness among others are sure to grab your attention and show off just how much fun MuggleNet is prepared to have. The fun may be over for now on a certain activity, but keep checking back for new projects we have up our sleeves!

25 Days of Giveaways

 

MuggleNet's 20th Anniversary

We’re celebrating MuggleNet’s 20th anniversary with campaigns from July to November reflecting on the history of the site, the fandom, and the J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise, including 20 weeks of worldwide giveaways!

  • Top 20 Meaningful, Magical “Harry Potter” Moments - In honor of Mugglenet's 20th anniversary, here are 20 of the most meaningful, magical moments from the "Harry Potter" series. Vote for your favorites, and let us know which "Harry Potter" moment means the most to you!
  • Top 20 Moments of Foreshadowing in “Harry Potter” - To celebrate MuggleNet's 20th anniversary, here are 20 moments from the "Harry Potter" books that may have been bits of clever foreshadowing! Vote for your favorites!
  • Ultimate Year in Review: 2018 - We want to take the Time-Turner one last time to revisit 2018, a year that brought us the wildly discussed sequel "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" and the mobile game "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery".

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Halloween Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway 2018

We had some Halloween fun! We hid seven tasty Halloween treats on MuggleNet pages and articles throughout the site during the week of Halloween. Participants had to solve the clues in order to find them, the tricks were hidden as well, and the clues were designed to fool everyone!

A new clue was posted on social media outlets each day from October 25 to October 31. Followers had to use the clue to locate the correct page on the site, where they would have found a Halloween treat waiting for them. Each treat revealed one letter of a keyword. Once the participants had all the clues, and the unscrambled letters, the key word was submitted and entered into a special MuggleNet Halloween giveaway.

One randomly selected winner received a special Trick or Treat prize package.

March Madness 2016

In the United States, during the month of March, there is a fierce competition between 64 of the best college basketball teams nationwide, known as the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Basketball Tournament. The end goal: Be crowned champion.

MuggleNet did a similar tournament involving the Harry Potter series, selecting 64 favorite book chapters from the Harry Potter series and ranking them 1-16 and positioning the book chapters in four tournament brackets. The tournament voting was open to all to select a favorite book chapter per match-up. Each round lasted between two and three days before the winner was determined and who would advance to the next round.

The final winner was crowned on April 5, with No. 3 seed “The Flaw in the Plan” upsetting the No. 1 seed, “The Prince’s Tale.”

 

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OWLs (2012–2015)

MuggleNet OWLs

 

The MuggleNet Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations (OWLs) were held in the MuggleNet Great Hall every summer during the years 2012–2015. There were 12 exams, one for each course taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

Care of Magical Creatures – 50 questions

Charms – 50 questions

Defense Against the Dark Arts – 50 questions

History of Magic – 50 questions

Potions – 50 questions

Transfiguration – 50 questions

Ancient Runes – 25 questions

Arithmancy – 25 questions

Astronomy – 25 questions

Divination – 25 questions

Herbology – 25 questions

Muggle Studies – 25 questions

Each exam was timed (30 minutes for 50-question exams and 20 minutes for 25-question exams) and contained questions of varying difficulty. The questions included not only material from the seven-book Harry Potter series but also information from outside the books. This included J.K. Rowling’s Daily Prophet papers, Famous Witches and Wizards Cards, Pottermore, Quidditch Through the AgesFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and more.

A recap of the exam results and winners can be viewed below.

Contents

2015

Held: June 14–June 27, 2015

Number of exams taken – 13,079

Outstanding – 986 (8%)

Exceeds Expectations – 1,349 (10%)

Acceptable – 3,006 (23%)

Poor – 3,712 (28%)

Dreadful – 3,482 (27%)

Troll – 544 (4%)

Number of candidates who took exams – 4,511

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2014

Held: June 16–June 29, 2014

Number of exams taken – 29,608

Outstanding – 2,648 (9%)

Exceeds Expectations – 3,331 (11%)

Acceptable – 6,914 (23%)

Poor – 8,155 (28%)

Dreadful – 7,299 (25%)

Troll – 1,044 (4%)

Number of candidates who took exams – 8,749

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2013

Held: July 7–July 28, 2013

Number of exams taken – 24,885

Outstanding – 1,938 (8%)

Exceeds Expectations – 2,922 (12%)

Acceptable – 6,547 (26%)

Poor – 7,140 (29%)

Dreadful – 5,319 (21%)

Troll – 1,019 (4%)

Number of candidates who took exams – 7,202

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2012

Held: June 11–June 24, 2012

Number of exams taken – 63,592

Number of candidates who took exams – 22,891

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MuggleNet 2015 Fandom Calendar

The staff of MuggleNet, led by the Creative and Marketing Director Kat Miller, created our third annual MuggleNet Fandom Calendar. This calendar was only available in digital format on both iOS and Android devices.

The monthly grid of the calendar included a variety of information for Harry Potter fans:

  • Holidays for the US, UK, and Canada
  • Birthdays of Harry Potter book characters
  • Birthdays of Harry Potter movie actors/actresses
  • Birthdays of MuggleNet staff members
  • Special anniversaries of book and film release dates
  • Special anniversaries of MuggleNet ancillaries and podcasts
  • Unique events that occurred in the Harry Potter series
  • Unique fandom dates (e.g., Quidditch World Cup, LeakyCon, etc.)
  • Advertisements from MuggleNet’s close associates and companies

The calendar was released on December 30, 2014, and was available for direct download.

Wizolympics 2014

WizOlympics 2014

 

All posts relating to this event can be found here.

MuggleNet 2014 Fandom Calendar

The staff of MuggleNet, led by the Creative and Marketing Director Kat Miller, created our second annual MuggleNet Fandom Calendar. This calendar included monthly images sent in by fans of MuggleNet of special locations used by the filmmakers of the Harry Potter series.

The monthly grid of the calendar included a variety of information for Harry Potter fans:

  • Holidays for USA, UK, and Canada
  • Birthdays of Harry Potter book characters
  • Birthdays of Harry Potter movie actors/actresses
  • Birthdays of MuggleNet staff members
  • Special anniversaries of book and film release dates
  • Special anniversaries of MuggleNet ancillaries and podcasts
  • Unique events that occurred in the Harry Potter series
  • Unique fandom dates (e.g., Quidditch World Cup, LeakyCon, etc.)
  • Advertisements from MuggleNet’s close associates and companies

The calendar was released to the public for purchase on November 28, 2013 and was only available until December 10, 2013 when the calendar was sold out.

This is the first year that MuggleNet offered a Digital Calendar and was included with the purchase of the calendar when ordered prior to December 8, 2013. This digital calendar was then offered to the public in 4 different formats (Book Events, Movie Events, Fandom Events, and the full calendar) on January 5, 2014.

 

MuggleNet Fandom Calendar 2014 Back Cover

MuggleNet's Harry Potter Oscars (2013)

Harry Potter Oscars

 

Fans were able to cast their votes in the following categories for MuggleNet’s Harry Potter Oscars. The nominees were chosen using a system similar to the actual Academy Awards, with MuggleNet staff members serving as “the Academy.”

Here are the categories, nominees, and winners.

Live Awards Show

On February 24, 2013, MuggleNet hosted a live awards show for our Harry Potter Oscars through Google Hangouts on YouTube with hundreds of fans. The categories, nominees, nomination videos, and winners can be seen above. We had MuggleNet staff members hosting and MANY special guests presenting awards.

Check out the ceremony below.

Hosts: Keith Hawk, Laura Medicoff, Caleb Graves, Claire Furner, Eric Scull, and Laura Reilly

Producers: Kat Miller and Jonathon Rosenthal

All videos created by Laura Reilly

Guest Presenters, in order of appearance:

  • Dave Wedzik – Alivan’s Master Wandmakers
  • Arthur Parsons – Harry Potter LEGO Video Game Director
  • Andrew Slack – Harry Potter Alliance Charity Co-Founder
  • Megan Barrow – Webmistress of Magical Menagerie and Matthew-Lewis.com
  • Mark Oshiro – Blogger of “Mark Reads Harry Potter” fame
  • Rosie Morris – MuggleNet Fan Fiction Webmistress
  • Jonathon Rosenthal – Founder of TGTSHBN and Chair for MISTI-Con
  • Keith Cardin – Creator of myHogwarts and Head of Camp 9 3/4
  • Terrance Pinkston, Jr. – Hogwarts Radio Host
  • Afshan Azad – Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films
  • Alison Fahey – MuggleNet Staffer
  • Matthew Ziff – Actor and Quidditch player for University of Miami
  • Alexandra Maher – MuggleNet Social Media Manager
  • Dan Bergstein – Sparknotes Blogger of “Blogging Harry Potter” and “Twilight” fame
  • Irvin Khaytman – MuggleNet Editorialist hpboy13
  • Ellie Darcey-Alden – Young Lily Evans in the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 film
  • Micah Tannenbaum – MuggleCast Host
  • Alex Benepe – Co-Founder and CEO of the International Quidditch Association
  • Joe Moses – Team StarKid member, famous for portraying Snape in the AVPM series
  • Lev Grossman – Best-selling author of The Magicians series and TIME Book Critic
  • Noah Fried – Alohomora! Host and MuggleNet Content Manager
  • Emerson Spartz – Founder of MuggleNet and CEO of Spartz Media
  • Chris Rankin – Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films

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Official Oscar Categories

Best Actor Over 30

  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
  • Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
  • Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
  • Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore

Best Actor Under 30

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
  • James Phelps as Fred Weasley
  • Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
  • Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
  • Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Best Actress Over 30

  • Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
  • Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
  • Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Best Actress Under 30

  • Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
  • Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
  • Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown
  • Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Best Composer/Score

  • Alexandre Desplat – Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Alexandre Desplat – Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • John Williams – Sorcerer’s Stone
  • John Williams – Chamber of Secrets
  • John Williams – Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Nicholas Hooper – Order of the Phoenix
  • Nicholas Hooper – Half-Blood Prince
  • Patrick Doyle – Goblet of Fire

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón – Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Chris Columbus – Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chris Columbus – Chamber of Secrets
  • David Yates – Order of the Phoenix
  • David Yates – Half-Blood Prince
  • David Yates – Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • David Yates – Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Mike Newell – Goblet of Fire

Best Film Overall

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Best Hair

  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Jason Issacs as Lucius Malfoy

Best Visual Effects

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Potterized Categories

Best Actor in a Hero Role

  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
  • Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
  • Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Best Actor in a Non-Human Role

  • John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick
  • Leslie Phillips as the Sorting Hat
  • Shirley Henderson as Moaning Myrtle
  • Toby Jones as Dobby
  • Warwick Davis as Griphook

Best Actor in a Villain Role

  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
  • Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
  • Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

Best Guest Performance

  • Christian Coulson as Tom Riddle
  • David Tennant as Barty Crouch, Jr.
  • Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn
  • Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart

Best Performance by a Hogwarts Professor

  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
  • Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore
  • Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart

Best Performance by a Ministry of Magic Employee

  • Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour
  • George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt
  • Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
  • Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
  • Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge

Best Performance by a Squib or Muggle

  • David Bradley as Argus Filch
  • Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley
  • Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
  • Pam Ferris as Marge Dursley
  • Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley

Best Performance by a Weasley

  • James Phelps as Fred Weasley
  • Julie Walters as Molly Weasley
  • Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
  • Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Best Pet in a Leading Role

  • Crookshanks
  • Errol
  • Fang
  • Hedwig
  • Scabbers

Best Supporting Student

  • Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
  • Freddie Stroma as Cormac McLaggen
  • Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown
  • Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory
  • Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood

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Technical Categories

Best Corny Line or Scene

  • Don’t worry… I will be.”
  • “Everything’s going to change now, isn’t it?”
  • “He was their friend!”
  • “I love magic.”
  • “Something worth fighting for.”

Best Ending

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Best Harry and Voldemort Showdown

  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Best Horcrux Destruction

  • The Cup
  • The Diadem
  • The Diary
  • Harry Potter
  • The Locket
  • Nagini

Best New Scene (Not in the Books)

  • Harry and Hermione dance in the tent
  • Harry and Luna talk while she feeds Thestrals
  • Neville and Luna romance
  • Neville vs. Death Eaters on the bridge
  • Wand tribute for Dumbledore

Best Non-Human Digital Design

  • The Basilisk
  • Buckbeak
  • The Deathly Hallows dragon
  • Dobby
  • Fawkes

Best Opening

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Best Visualization of a Spell

  • Avada Kedavra
  • Expecto Patronum
  • Lumos Maxima
  • Morsmordre
  • Sectumsempra

Best Wand Design

  • Albus Dumbledore (The Elder Wand)
  • Hermione Granger
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Lucius Malfoy
  • Sirius Black

Best Wizarding Location or Set

  • The Burrow
  • The Chamber of Secrets
  • Diagon Alley
  • The Great Hall
  • The Ministry of Magic

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Announcement Ceremony

 

MuggleNet 2013 Fandom Calendar

The staff of MuggleNet, led by the Creative and Marketing Director Kat Miller created our first MuggleNet Fandom Calendar. This calendar included monthly images of various aspects of the Harry Potter fandom, such as Quidditch, Wizard Rock, Conventions, and more.

The monthly grid of the calendar included a variety of information for Harry Potter fans:

  • Holidays for USA, UK, and Canada
  • Birthdays of Harry Potterbook character
  • Birthdays of Harry Pottermovie actors/actresses
  • Birthdays of MuggleNet staff members
  • Special anniversaries of book and film release dates
  • Special anniversaries of MuggleNet ancillaries and podcasts
  • Unique events that occurred in the Harry Potterseries
  • Unique fandom dates (e.g., Quidditch World Cup, LeakyCon, etc.)
  • Special dates for Harry Potter related trips
  • Advertisements from MuggleNet’s close associates and companies

The calendar was released to the public for purchase on November 22, 2012 and was only available until December 31, 2012.

 

MuggleNet Fandom Calendar 2013

March Madness 2012

In the United States, during the month of March, there is a fierce competition between 64 of the best college basketball teams nationwide, known as the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Basketball Tournament. The end goal: Be crowned champion.

MuggleNet did a similar tournament involving the Harry Potter series, taking 64 characters that were selected and ranked 1-16 and positioned in four tournament brackets. The tournament voting was open to all to select a favorite character per match-up. Each round lasted between two and three days before the winner was determined and who would advance to the next round.

The final winner was crowned on April 3, with Hermione Granger defeating Harry Potter.

 

MuggleNet March Madness 2012