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Year in Review

Sibyll Trelawney

The Year in Review section is where we give our readers the chance to easily browse through the year’s most memorable Potter events and exciting stories. We’ve cataloged the highlights of every year since 2005, marking the fandom’s growth and change from a time before Deathly Hallows was released to the present day, so stay awhile and enjoy a blast from the past!

Harry Potter | The War
Harry Potter | The War
MuggleNet Harry Potter Oscars Announcement Ceremony
MuggleNet Harry Potter Oscars Announcement Ceremony
Five Questions with Kazu Kibuishi
Five Questions with Kazu Kibuishi
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

The Numbers:

  • MuggleNet news posts: 1,244
  • MuggleNet page views: 14,161,421
  • MuggleNet seen in: 216 countries, colonies, & territories by over 3,747,675 individuals

The Stories:

January 7 – In a poll, Hermione Granger was voted the best cinema role model with 19% of the overall votes.


January 7 – MuggleNet got nominated for a Shorty Award in the Fansite category.


January 8 – Pictures leaked of WWoHP Orlando expansions, letting all fans assume that the expansions were no longer just a rumor.


January 9 – Emma Watson won the award for Best Dramatic Movie Actress for her role as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the People’s Choice Awards.


January 11 – Rupert Grint’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman competed for a Golden Bear in the Berlin International Film Festival.


January 17The Casual Vacancy was ranked #23 on USA Today‘s Top 100 Best Selling Books of 2012 list.


January 19 – Daniel Radcliffe’s Kill Your Darlings premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received good first reviews.


February 7 – J.K. Rowling was honored with an award for philanthropy at the Beacon Awards. She was recognized for her involvement with the Volant Charitable Trust.


February 12 – BBC Radio named J.K. Rowling the 13th most powerful woman in the UK.


February 13 – Scholastic hired Kazu Kibuishi to design the new paperback covers for the Harry Potter books in honor of the fifteen-year anniversary of the publication of Sorcerer’s Stone.


February 19 – MuggleNet took part in Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s “Wand Week” in celebration of wands.


February 24 – MuggleNet hosted the first live MuggleNet Harry Potter Oscar Awards ceremony based on fan votes in each of the categories.


February 27 – The first rumors started popping up about WWoHP Orlando expansions being complete in summer 2014.


March 4 – MuggleNet’s fan fiction sections received its 10,000th submission, titled Laid to Rest, the final part in the writer’s Hollow Soldiers series.


March 17 – After countless rumors concerning Emma Watson playing a role in the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, Emma finally denied these assumptions on Twitter.


March 23Goblet of Fire was named the most popular book found in British households by the Sun.


March 29 – Richard Griffiths, the actor who portrayed Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, passed away at the age of 65.


April 1 – Some of the April Fools’ Day posts were hilarious, including Dame Maggie Smith being cast as the twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who and J.K. Rowling writing a comic book about Fred and George post-Hogwarts for charity.


April 3 – Pottermore released new, interactive content for PlayStation Home.


April 18 – MuggleNet posted its Quidditch World Cup roundup. UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, and Sam Houston State University won!


April 18Alohomora! celebrated its one-year anniversary.


April 24 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was officially announced at Universal Studios Hollywood.


May 2 – International Harry Potter Day was celebrated by fans around the world.


May 8 – Diagon Alley expansion at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was confirmed.


May 22Rare copy of Philosopher’s Stone sold for £150,000; includes J.K. Rowling’s illustrations of Snape, baby Harry, the Hogwarts crest, and annotations.


May 30 – The new fifteenth anniversary cover for Chamber of Secrets was released.


June 5 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosted “Animal Actors” event.


June 19 – MinaLima presented “The Graphic Art of Harry Potter” in a special exhibition.


June 27 – Bloomsbury released new covers for the adult UK editions.


June 27 – New illustrations from Mary GrandPré were compiled and released online.


June 27 – The fifteenth anniversary cover of Prisoner of Azkaban was revealed.


June 29Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix fifteenth anniversary covers were discovered before their official release date.


July 1 – MuggleNet Interactive celebrated ten years of magic and memories with a range of celebratory events.


July 1Entertainment Weekly honored the Harry Potter series with 7th place on their list of greatest books of all time.


July 4 – Warner Bros. Studios enabled virtual exploration of Diagon Alley via Google Street View.


July 13 – J.K. Rowling was revealed as the real author behind crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, previously under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.


July 23 – A first edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling, signed by “Robert Galbraith,” sold for £2,950.


July 31 – Scholastic revealed Kazu Kibuishi’s Deathly Hallows cover art, the last piece of the fifteenth anniversary collection.


August 2 – Warner Bros. announced the closure of the Harry Potter Dialogue Centre after ten years of operation.


August 11 – LeakyCon made its way across the pond to become the first major Harry Potter convention in the UK.


August 20 – Kazu Kibuishi spoke with the Scholastic blog about illustrating the fifteenth anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series.


August 27 – J.K. Rowling admitted that Dumbledore was the character she missed the most in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.


September 5 – Emma Watson was presented with the Woman of the Year award by Tom Hiddleston at the annual GQ Awards.


September 9 – A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sold on eBay for an astonishing $10,602.


September 12 – J.K. Rowling announced that she will be penning the first screenplay for a new Potter film series based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as part of an “expanded creative partnership” with Warner Bros.


September 16 – Warner Bros. signed on as global distributor for the BBC miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, due to start production in early 2014.


September 27 – MuggleNet spoke to Lumos’s Head of Communications about the aims behind J.K. Rowling’s charity.


September 27 – Warner Bros. trademarked, among others, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, provoking rumors of further films and adaptations.


October 1 – MuggleNet celebrated its fourteenth anniversary.


October 1 – David Heyman confirmed that he will produce the Fantastic Beasts film adaptation.


October 4 – First look at Wizarding World Orlando’s Gringotts carts was revealed.


October 7 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced it would host “Hogwarts in the Snow,” covering the Hogwarts model with a blanket of snow.


October 9 – The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic opened at Edinburgh University.


October 23 – Three new Potter Puppet Pals videos were released.


October 21 – Students of the New England School of Communications announced an adaptation of The Tale of the Three Brothers into a short film, including a nine-year-old girl playing the character of Death.


October 27 – The MuggleNet Podcast Family earned four nominations in the 2013 Podcast Awards.


November 8 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition announced its next location: Norrkoping, Sweden in May 2014-September 2014. This was its first European stop.


November 9 – J.K. Rowling raised £1,000,000 for Lumos with an event at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.


November 19 – Full Harry Potter Forever 46 stamp collection from USPS was released, with 20 stamps and a number of keepsake items.


November 20 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveiled the snow-covered Hogwarts model.


November 21 – Details for Wizarding World Orlando’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” were revealed, including cast Q&A, wand master class, MinaLima panel, Pottermore behind-the-scenes look, and a prop expo.


December 6 – Bloomsbury UK announced Jim Kay as the new illustrator of Harry Potter books.


December 8 – The first official photo of Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was released.


December 11 – J.K. Rowling’s charm bracelet sold for £20,000 at Sotheby’s, to benefit Lumos.


December 12 – A new video with Stuart Craig discussing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando expansion was released.


December 17 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park announced an upcoming webcast on January 23, 2014.


December 19 – More details about the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando were released.


December 20 – J.K. Rowling confirmed the Harry Potter stage play, a collaboration with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, focusing on Harry’s childhood.


December 20 – Two trailers for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando’s Diagon Alley expansion were released.

Harry Potter: The Quest - Cast Retrospective
Harry Potter: The Quest - Cast Retrospective
Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Beedle the Bard for Lumos
Beedle the Bard for Lumos

2012 Year in Review

2012 Year in Review

The Numbers:

  • MuggleNet news posts: 1,080
  • MuggleNet page views: 21,598,722
  • MuggleNet seen in: 216 countries

The Stories:

January 1 – Daniel Radcliffe gave his final performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


January 1 – Warner Bros. campaigned for Academy members to nominate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in a number of Oscar categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.


January 3 – Warner Bros. released “For Your Consideration” videos as further proof of their campaign for Oscar nominations.


January 4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was nominated for Best Fantasy Film at the Art Directors Guild Awards.


January 6 – Harry Potter: The Quest released a “goodbye” video from the cast and crew as they look back over ten years on set of the Harry Potter films.


January 6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received a Golden Tomato award for being named best reviewed film of the year on RottenTomatoes.com.


January 9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received five nominations by the Visual Effects Society.


January 11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won big at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, taking away four awards, including Favorite Movie and Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast.


January 12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Best Makeup and Best Sound at the Critics’ Choice Awards.


January 13 – David Heyman and Daniel Radcliffe accepted the award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking at the National Board of Review Gala.


January 24Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received just three nominations at the Academy Awards despite Warner Bros.’s campaign to gain greater recognition… and won none of them.


January 30Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


February 1Entertainment Weekly released a flashback video of Daniel Radcliffe back in 2001.


February 6 – A Chicago theater company produced a Potter-parody stage show entitled Chester and the Unbearable Burden, Parts I and II.


February 7 – Daniel Radcliffe accused Academy Award voters of snobbery following the Potter films nominations snub.


February 8 – Bonnie Wright and Oliver Phelps collected Blockbuster of the Year and People’s Choice Award trophies for the final Potter installment at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.


February 15Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, representing the entire Potter series, made #6 on Scholastic’s list of 100 Great Books for Children.


February 18 – Tom Felton attended MegaCon 2012 held at the Orange County Convention Hall.


February 23 – J.K. Rowling announced that she is writing a new book for adults, which will be released in the upcoming year.


February 25 – David Heyman was presented with the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by Gary Oldman at the International Cinematographers Guild 49th annual Publicists Awards.


February 26Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 came away empty-handed from the 2012 Academy Awards.


February 28The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, became the most successful horror film in British cinema history.


March 3 – Warner Bros. announced that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be selling Butterbeer on site.


March 3 – Hermione Granger was ranked second on a list for the most powerful female character in literature in FlavorWire as part of Women’s History Month.


March 8 – Pottermore announced that it will open to the public in April.


March 13 – King’s Cross Station gave Platform 9 3/4 a permanent home in the newly renovated Western Departures Concourse.


March 26Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Best Film at the Jameson Empire Awards; Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, David Yates, and Bonnie Wright were on hand to accept the prize.


March 27Potter e-books became available for the first time with the opening of the Pottermore Shop.


March 31 – The stars turned out for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter press event, ahead of the studio’s official opening.


April 3 – Hermione defeated Harry in MuggleNet’s Harry Potter Character March Madness Tournament Finals.


April 5 – Pottermore CEO reported more than $1.59 million worth of Potter e-books sold in first three days.


April 5 – James and Oliver Phelps attended Emerald City Comicon.


April 12 – Title, release date, and website were revealed for The Casual Vacancy.


April 13 – Rowling confirmed work on Harry Potter encyclopedia; royalties will go to charity.


April 14 – Pottermore opened to the public.


April 18Alohomora! was launched – come read the Harry Potter books with fans from all over the world!


April 29 – MuggleNet launched new podcast: MuggleNet Academia.


May 2 – Daniel Radcliffe was announced to star in drama TV show in the UK with Jon Hamm.


May 2The Battle of Hogwarts documentary film by Nicholas Acosta was released.


May 9 – J.K. Rowling received Freeman of the City of London honor.


May 9 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park was announced to arrive in Japan in 2014.


May 16 – A Harry Potter conference at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland was announced to host over 60 scholars.


May 22 – J.K. Rowling changed her mind and said that she “has no firm plans” to publish a Harry Potter encyclopedia.


May 25 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Harry Potter for Kinect on Xbox 360.


May 29 – Harry Potter nominated as Best Hero at the MTV Movie Awards.


June 3The Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer was released.


June 3Harry Potter won the MTV Movie Awards for Best Hero and Best Cast.


June 4 – Sony announced Book of Spells.


June 12 – Daniel Radcliffe launched The Woman in Black home premiere across YouTube and Facebook.


June 16 – Kenneth Branagh received royal honors from Queen Elizabeth II.


June 18 – It was announced that there would be a Harry Potter panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con this July.


June 19 – Daniel Radcliffe made an appearance in a new music video by Slow Club.


June 28 – It was announced that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson would be among stars with recorded video messages at the 2012 London Olympics.


July 3 – Cover art for The Casual Vacancy was released by Little, Brown and Company along with the official page count, at 512 pages.


July 5 – Slytherin House took the inaugural Pottermore House Cup, with 74,290,864 points, and was later awarded with “further congratulations.”


July 5 – The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection DVD set was revealed to include a full-color 24″ x 36″ map of Hogwarts grounds printed on fabric.


July 5 – The creators of Wonderbook: Book of Spells discussed J.K. Rowling’s role in Wonderbook and its relationship to Pottermore.


July 6 – Pottermore announced that members of Slytherin House would gain early access to explore the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


July 8 – The 2012 Muggle Quidditch Games in Cutteslowe Park in Oxford, UK began, and the schedule of matches was released.


July 10 – Pottermore opened the first four chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to Slytherin House.


July 11 – The first four chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were opened to everyone on Pottermore.


July 12 – Quidditch World Cup VI was announced to be held in Kissimmee, Florida, from April 13-14, 2013.


July 13 – LeakyCon announced their official programming, including MuggleCast seventh anniversary celebrations.


July 13 – Rupert Grint revealed that he will be running with the Olympic torch on its way to the opening ceremony.


July 14 – Daniel Radcliffe was announced to star in the film adaptation of Joe Hill’s book Horns as Ig Perrish. Emma Watson was announced to be shooting Noah on Long Island, New York.


July 14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 were listed by Amazon Germany to be released on October 19, but there was no confirmation from Warner Bros.


July 15 – Rupert Grint commented on The Casual Vacancy, saying that he is “quite intrigued.”


July 16 – Two videos from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection were released, featuring a map of the Hogwarts grounds as well as part of a discussion between J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, where they share what they miss most about writing the Harry Potter series. In separate interviews, Rupert Grint discusses his upcoming projects, including CBGB, and Bonnie Wright speaks about her directorial debut, Separate We Come, Separate We Go. A first look at Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor’s Notebook was also released.


July 16 – Team StarKid announced a staged reading of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year at LeakyCon 2012.


July 23 – Daniel Radcliffe was listed as #14 on Vulture.com’s 100 Most Valuable Movie Stars Today.


July 25 – Rupert Grint ran with the Olympic torch.


July 27 – The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, announced a Harry Potter movie marathon from August 4-5, with MuggleNet’s Keith Hawk in attendance.


July 27 – J.K. Rowling made an appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies, reading a passage from Peter Pan. The ceremonies also included a giant Voldemort.


August 2 – J.K. Rowling announced that she will be attending the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October, where she will discuss and sign copies of The Casual Vacancy.


August 3 – J.K. Rowling announced that she will be at the Southbank Centre in London for the release of The Casual Vacancy, along with an interview and book signing.


August 7 – A behind-the-scenes video from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, “Expanding Beyond the Page,” was released, featuring the start-to-finish process of creating digital scenes.


August 8 – An NPR poll awarded Harry Potter with the honor of being the best-ever teen fiction book.


August 13 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park began to offer new merchandise available for purchase such as Hermione’s Yule Ball dress and Lord Voldemort’s robes.


August 14 – The replica of Isle of Wonder that J.K. Rowling read from during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies was put up for auction.


August 15 – A video from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection that looks at how the Quidditch scenes were created in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released.


August 17 – Emma Watson was featured on the cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, in which she spoke about sharpening her American accent. She also confirms in an article with The New York Times that she will begin shooting Beauty and the Beast with Guillermo Del Toro.


August 17 – James and Oliver Phelps announced that they will be attending MegaCon 2013.


August 21 – A video from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection featuring the making of Rubeus Hagrid was released.


August 22 – J.K. Rowling announced her only public appearance in the US at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 16, which included an interview and book signing.


August 23 – An article from USA Today revealed that J.K. Rowling will make television appearances on ABC’s Nightline, World News, and Good Morning America and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as two print interviews, including one with USA Today.


August 27 – J.K. Rowling announced an interview with Jennifer Bryne during a primetime special on Australian TV called J.K. Rowling: Life After Potter on September 27.


August 27 – A clip was released on MTV News’ Fall Movie Preview from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson.


August 28 – A video from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection that highlights an extended version of the interview featured on the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Blu-ray/DVD was released.


August 28 – It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be returning to Discovery Times Square in New York during the holiday season.


August 30Harry Potter Film Wizardry was revealed to be revamped to include all eight films along with many more extras and will be available on October 23 as Harry Potter Film Wizardry Revised and Expanded.


August 30 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened the set of the iconic bridge, which was blown up by Neville and Seamus in the films, for the public to walk across.


September 4 – Emma Watson was featured in a video from UK’s Glamour magazine with behind-the-scenes footage from the photoshoot. Emma will also be starting a promotional tour for The Perks of Being a Wallflower and will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman.


September 5 – Yet another video from the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection was released, featuring a clip from the one-on-one conversation between J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves.


September 6 – A video was released from Emma Watson’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Emma revealed that she will be attending the MTV Video Music Awards.


September 6 – J.K. Rowling added the Lennox Book Festival in Haddington East Lothian (Scotland) to her Casual Vacancy tour.


September 7 – Dame Maggie Smith spoke to The Star about her experience on the Harry Potter films and her battle with cancer.


September 10 – Emma Watson appeared on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


September 10 – Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection was released in the UK, and four new behind-the-scenes clips were made available.


September 10 – Amazon UK released a new, limited-edition boxed set, costing about $880. Only 3,000 of these sets are available.


September 10 – Emma Watson spoke with Ryan Seacrest about The Perks of Being a Wallflower on his radio show.


September 12 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a free downloadable demo of Harry Potter for Kinect on Xbox LIVE.


September 14 – Daniel Radcliffe spoke with Canada’s CTV eTalk about filming The F Word and being in the “friend zone.”


September 14 – Emma Watson appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Michael and The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon as part of the Perks of Being a Wallflower promotional tour.


September 14 – J.K. Rowling’s first US network TV interview was announced to be with ABC’s Cynthia McFadden in Scotland.


September 18 – Pottermore opened up Chapters 5 to 11 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


September 20 – A video clip was released from J.K. Rowling’s interview with Jennifer Byrne from Australia’s ABC television.


September 21The Guardian released both a print and video interview with J.K. Rowling, which gave more insight into the plot of The Casual Vacancy.


September 23The New Yorker released a profile and interview with J.K. Rowling, providing readers with more information on themes and characters in The Casual Vacancy.


September 25USA Today interviewed J.K. Rowling, discussing topics from the Olympics to The Casual Vacancy‘s potential for film adaptation.


September 26 – J.K. Rowling was interviewed on Good Morning America, where she revealed personal information relating to The Casual Vacancy.


September 26 – J.K. Rowling alluded to the possibility of more Potter books in interviews with both MTV News and BBC News.


September 26 – J.K. Rowling read a passage from The Casual Vacancy on BBC’s The Culture Show.


September 27The Casual Vacancy was released in English.


September 27 – The Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 went on sale at select Target stores.


September 27 – J.K. Rowling’s publishers released a newsletter that shed light on why J.K. Rowling chose to write The Casual Vacancy.


September 27 – A video was released of Emma Watson on the red carpet at the London premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, including comments on The Casual Vacancy.


September 27 – J.K. Rowling attended a live streamed event from the Southbank Centre, where she read a passage from The Casual Vacancy. She also gave an interview, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of the book.


September 28 – A full transcript of J.K. Rowling’s interview at the Southbank Centre was released. It included talk about religion, the theme of death, and swearing in The Casual Vacancy.


September 29 – MuggleNet released its video interview roundup for The Casual Vacancy.


October 3 – Daniel Radcliffe began filming Horns in Vancouver.


October 7 – J.K. Rowling revealed that her next book will be for children during an appearance at the Cheltenham Lit Festival.


October 8 – Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe won BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes Awards.


October 9Harry Potter for Kinect was released.


October 10 – Tom Felton and Chris Columbus attended New York Comic Con.


October 15 – The release of PocketWarwick was announced.


October 17 – J.K. Rowling signed copies of The Casual Vacancy for fans at the highly-anticipated New York event; MuggleNet provided coverage and hosted a pre-event get-together.


October 21 – A Harry Potter-themed cruise named Wizards at Sea was announced as set to launch in July 2013.


October 22 – The online Harry Potter Shop had its grand opening.


October 26 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London hosted a special event called “Secrets Behind the Dark Arts”; it ran from October 27 to November 4.


October 30 – Pottermore released the final Chamber of Secrets chapters.


October 30 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition returned to New York City for the holidays.


November 1 – Daniel Radcliffe won Favorite Actor in a Horror Film, and The Woman in Black won Favorite Scary Movie of the Year at the first Fright Night Awards.


November 5 – Warner Bros. gave a UK dance school the rights to perform a Harry Potter ballet.


November 7 – A limited edition of Harry Potter: Page to Screen was released, featuring eight books for $1,000.


November 10 – Kenneth Branagh was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.


November 12 – A quotation from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was included in the 18th edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.


November 12 – The Harry Potter Complete Collector’s Edition 24-disc DVD set was announced to be released in Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the Gulf States.


November 13 – J.K. Rowling was short-listed for UK Author of the Year.


November 13Wonderbook: Book of Spells was released in the US.


November 14 – The first look at Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctor’s Notebook was released.


November 15The Perks of Being a Wallflower was nominated for Favorite Dramatic Film, Emma Watson was nominated for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, and the Harry Potter fandom was nominated for Favorite Movie Fan Following at the 2013 People’s Choice Awards.


November 16 – Edinburgh University hit its £350 million fundraising goal for the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.


November 18 – Boston University won the Northeast Regional Quidditch Championship.


November 18Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter documentary aired on Sky network.


November 19 – J.K. Rowling announced e-book sales from The Tales of Beedle the Bard to go to Lumos charity.


November 20 – Goodreads nominated The Casual Vacancy for Best Fiction Book of 2012.


November 21 – Gryffindor House won the second Pottermore House Cup.


November 22 – Michael Gambon received the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards.


November 22 – A MuggleNet Special Project was revealed: the 2013 Fandom Calendar.


November 26 – A behind-the-scenes video of Evanna Lynch’s Runway photoshoot was released.


November 26 – The trailer for Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey was released.


November 27The Perks of Being a Wallflower was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.


November 28 – J.K. Rowling was named #11 in list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.


December 1 – Daniel Radcliffe attended the Whistler Film Festival.


December 3 – BBC announced plans to turn The Casual Vacancy into a TV series.


December 3 – Ellie Darcey-Alden and Ryan Turner participated in Christmas Festival 2012 in Leighton Buzzard.


December 3 – Rupert Grint’s film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman was announced to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.


December 4The Casual Vacancy made TIME Magazine‘s Top Ten Fiction List.


December 6 – The first commercial for MuggleNet’s 2013 Fandom Calendar was released.


December 8 – MuggleNet was invited to special “Secrets Will Be Revealed” event at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.


December 10th – A Kaplan International Colleges study concluded that the Harry Potter films are the best way for the world to learn English.


December 10 – StarKid announced A Very Potter Senior Year script and album release.


December 10 – Helena Bonham Carter was announced to be honored at the 33rd Critics’ Circle Film Awards.


December 11Harry Potter actors were revealed to be filming scenes for theme parks.


December 12 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decorated for the holidays.


December 12Harry Potter was nominated for Favorite Film Franchise at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.


December 13 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park served its five millionth Butterbeer.


December 14 – The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 opened.


December 17 – Pottermore released Prisoner of Azkaban.

Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Trailer
Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Trailer
Deathly Hallows - Part 2 World Premiere
Deathly Hallows - Part 2 World Premiere
Pottermore Announcement
Pottermore Announcement
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

2011 Year in Review

2011 Year in Review

The Numbers:

  • MuggleNet news posts: 1,104
  • MuggleNet page views: 64,432,960
  • MuggleNet seen in: 220 countries

The Stories:

January 4 – Warner Bros. broke all box office records in 2010 thanks in large part to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.


January 4Deathly Hallows – Part 1 passed $900 million in worldwide box office gross, making it the third most profitable Harry Potter movie.


January 6 – 1 millionth Butterbeer was sold at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park!


January 17Deathly Hallows – Part 1 passed Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix to become the second highest Harry Potter film on the charts, at #10 of all time.


January 18 – News of a change in location for Snape’s death scene caused an uproar in the Potter community.


January 22 – The release date of Deathly Hallows – Part 1 on DVD was announced.


January 25Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was nominated for two Academy Awards… but wins neither.


January 28 – The creator of the Tale of the Three Brothers animation spoke about the sequence.


February 5 – MuggleNet launched a brand new essay section.


February 10 – Emma Watson was confirmed for her next movie role, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


February 13 – J.K. Rowling and David Heyman received an honorary award at the BAFTAs.


February 18 – The International Quidditch Association donated $5,000 to Book Aid International.


February 22 – The special features on the Ultimate Editions of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince were announced.


February 23 – We got our first look at Daniel Radcliffe preparing for his role as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


February 24 – J.K. Rowling posted her second tweet – an almost exact repeat of her first!


February 27Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was autotuned – hilariously – at the Academy Awards.


March 1 – Warner Bros. announced that the world premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 would take place in London on July 7.


March 3 – Warner Bros. announced that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will open in spring 2012.


March 7 – Emma Watson announced that she is taking a leave of absence from Brown University to finish up with promoting Potter.


March 9Deathly Hallows – Part 1 finally beat out Sorcerer’s Stone to became the top grossing Harry Potter movie internationally.


March 10 – We learned that Harry Potter: The Exhibition will add one more stop before going international – New York City!


March 16Prisoner of Azkaban was honored by First Light Awards as the Film of the Decade.


March 19 – ABC Family showed us a look at the last day of filming for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.


March 21 – Eric Scull interviewed Daniel Radcliffe about his role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


March 24 – The first deleted scene from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 surfaced: Petunia and Harry at Privet Drive.


March 25 – The copy editor of Order of the Phoenix through Deathly Hallows spoke about keeping the plots a secret – tough work!


April 1 – We learned that Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be the shortest of the series at just over two hours.


April 1 – Warner Bros. released two more deleted scenes from Deathly Hallows – Part 1.


April 2 – MuggleNet staff members attended a secret screening of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and shared a spoiler free report.


April 4 – J.K. Rowling’s camp said that the Harry Potter e-books were just around the corner!


April 4 – Two more deleted scenes from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 were released by Warner Bros.


April 5 – Helen McCrory revealed that multiple endings were shot for the Malfoys.


April 6 – Two additional deleted scenes from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 were released by Warner Bros.


April 8 – The final deleted scene from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released by Warner Bros.


April 9 – J.K. Rowling donated £50,000 (~$82,000) to aid victims of child slavery.


April 21Deathly Hallows – Part 1 DVD was launched to the top of the sales charts.


April 27 – Tom Felton spoke about Draco’s defining moment with MTV News.


April 27Deathly Hallows – Part 2 trailer appeared online.


May 3Deathly Hallows – Part 1 picked up six 2011 MTV Movie Award nominations.


May 11Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 won at the National Movie Awards.


May 12 – The first Deathly Hallows – Part 2 TV spot aired during The Vampire Diaries.


May 19 – The release date of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 was announced for the holidays.


May 23 – Warner Bros. released new Deathly Hallows – Part 2 promotional poster.


May 25 – Rickman to Rowling: “Thanks for all of it, Jo!”


May 26Empire Magazine asked Potter actors to summarize the series in one word.


May 29 – The Ultimate Editions of the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince DVDs became available for pre-order.


June 3Potter producer David Heyman was announced to receive Producer of the Decade.


June 5 – Emma Watson presented an exclusive clip from Deathly Hallows – Part 2 at the MTV Movie Awards.


June 8 – Fire! Spells! Swords! Eleven new Deathly Hallows – Part 2 action posters were released.


June 8 – The first stills were released from LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.


June 9 – Warner Bros. released Deathly Hallows – Part 2 trailer that looked back at how it all began.


June 10Deathly Hallows – Part 2 runtime was posted online; film is shortest of the eight.


June 13 – Daniel Radcliffe performed “Brotherhood of Man” at the Tony Awards.


June 15 – An official new “debuting tomorrow” trailer was released for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


June 15 – Pottermore was officially announced as J.K. Rowling’s next Harry Potter project!


June 16Deathly Hallows – Part 2 soundtrack track list was revealed.


June 16 – The final trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was released! Plus screenshots!


June 18 – Universal Orlando celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park grand opening.


June 23 – J.K. Rowling announced more details about Pottermore!


June 25 – PotterCon 2012 launched its registration period with the opportunity to win a free trip for two to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


June 29Potter was nominated in five categories at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards.


June 29 – It was announced that the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 world premiere in London would be live streamed.


July 2 – The cast and crew of Harry Potter said goodbye on their last filming days.


July 5 – Emma Watson and Rupert Grint spoke about “the kiss.”


July 6 – New Deathly Hallows – Part 2 interviews with Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Jason Isaacs, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Dame Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and more were released.


July 7 – J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint gave an emotional goodbye to the Potter series at the world premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


July 12Deathly Hallows – Part 2 soundtrack and video game were released today.


July 14 – Pottermore unveiled its new insider blog.


July 15Deathly Hallows – Part 2 shattered the midnight box office record.


July 16Deathly Hallows – Part 2 had a record-breaking opening day in the US.


July 17Deathly Hallows – Part 2 nabbed the opening weekend box office record.


July 17Deathly Hallows – Part 2 conjured up $475.5 million worldwide during opening weekend.


July 20Deathly Hallows – Part 2 set foreign records; fastest ever to half-billion mark.


July 21Harry Potter passed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.


July 22 – The official cover of Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey was released, and it was announced that it would be available for pre-order.


July 22 – MTV: What now? Expert fans of the series considered life post-Potter.


July 24Deathly Hallows – Part 2 passed Prisoner of Azkaban, grossing $834 million worldwide.


July 25 – Universal Orlando announced “Harry Potter Home Entertainment Celebration” to celebrate the Harry Potter films.


July 26 – David Yates and Oliver Phelps spoke Potter on an episode of MuggleCast.


July 30Deathly Hallows – Part 2 hit $1 billion in ticket sales!


July 30 – Alan Rickman discussed the Potter series and Snape’s twisting path.


July 30 – Pottermore beta info was revealed!


August 1 – Darren Criss was announced to replace Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway.


August 3 – Warner Bros. said they would “absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board” push Deathly Hallows – Part 2 for Best Picture nomination.


August 7Deathly Hallows – Part 2 passed Return of the King to become the #3 highest grossing movie of all time.


August 7 – The Potter series was honored with seven awards at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards.


August 9 – A new interview with J.K. Rowling on Pottermore revealed the wand selection process.


August 12Deathly Hallows – Part 2 became the top grossing US movie of 2011.


August 15 – New concept art and a trailer were released for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.


August 15 – Pottermore Insider Blog revealed that early access has begun!


August 16LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 was announced to hit store shelves on November 15.


August 16 – The official (creepy) teaser for The Woman in Black was released.


August 17Deathly Hallows – Part 2 set the Guinness World Record for largest 3D cinema projection.


August 20 – Evanna Lynch was sorted on Pottermore and shocked by the result.


August 23 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter tickets were announced to go on sale this fall.


August 25 – J.K. Rowling was listed as one of Forbes‘s 100 Most Powerful Women.


August 30 – New videos of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and a J.K. Rowling recap were released.


September 2Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was announced as the official Best Movie of the Summer.


September 3 – MuggleNet’s Emerson Spartz got married to Gaby Montero!


September 5Deathly Hallows – Part 2 eclipsed $1.3 billion worldwide.


September 7 – We got a first look at the Ultimate Edition DVD of Deathly Hallows – Part 1.


September 7Deathly Hallows – Part 2 picked up fourteen nominations at the 2011 SCREAM Awards.


September 8 – Nick Jonas was announced to be replacing Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss for the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


September 9 – Peoria Park District announced its seventh and final “Return to Hogwarts” celebration and festival for late September.


September 9 – Bloomsbury announced the release of a Harry Potter signature hardbook boxed set for November.


September 11 – Daniel Radcliffe was announced to sing on 2011 Broadway’s Carols for a Cure charity album.


September 13 – The boots worn by J.K. Rowling while she wrote Philosopher’s Stone were announced to be auctioned off.


September 13 – J.K. Rowling was named First Billionaire Author in the Guinness Book of World Records.


September 15 – HPEF’s Ascendio 2012 conference was announced.


September 16 – Rupert Grint was announced to have a voice-over role in Postman Pat movie.


September 19 – The official Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey trailer was released online.


September 20 – Warner Bros. announced Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD release date and features.


September 21LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 video game release date was confirmed.


September 23 – MuggleNet’s SnitchCenter opened!


September 26 – J.K. Rowling was honored by the University of Edinburgh.


September 27 – Pottermore sent out its one millionth invite – all beta users now have access.


October 1Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was announced to be the fastest-selling Blu-ray/DVD release of all time.


October 2 – MuggleNet was given an early look at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.


October 6 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opening date was announced.


October 6 – Warner Bros. announced that it would be releasing a comprehensive Potter Blu-ray/DVD collection set in 2012.


October 6 – The official video game trailer was released for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.


October 9 – Rupert Grint won Best British Actor at the BBC 1 Radio Teen Awards.


October 10 – Pre-sale tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter sold out in two hours.


October 12 – Years 1-6 of the Ultimate Edition Harry Potter DVDs were announced to be released in the UK in November.


October 13 – The stars of Harry Potter held a live Studio Tour web chat.


October 16 – The Potter series was honored at the 2011 SCREAM Awards, taking home six awards.


October 24Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2 were nominated for British Academy Children’s Awards.


October 25 – Warner Bros. announced that it would be pulling Potter movies from store shelves.


October 25Deathly Hallows – Part 2 picked up Hollywood Movie of the Year.


November 1 – It was announced that the Potter creative team would receive an Art Directors Guild Award in February 2012.


November 2 – Warner Bros. launched an Oscar consideration site for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


November 3 – Daniel Radcliffe was announced to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (along with the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).


November 5 – Warner Bros. released an Academy Awards “For Your Consideration” trailer for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


November 6 – MuggleNet reviewed Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Blu-ray, Disc 2.


November 7 – MuggleNet reviewed Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Blu-ray, Disc 1.


November 7 – J.K. Rowling buried a time capsule to mark the beginning of construction on the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh.


November 8Potter was nominated in six categories at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.


November 11 – Alan Rickman shared his thoughts on the Potter series and Snape, after many years of silence.


November 11 – MuggleNet provided live coverage for the “Harry Potter Home Entertainment Celebration” at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


November 12 – The fifth annual Quidditch World Cup began in NYC on Randall’s Island.


November 18 – MuggleNet attended Harry Potter: The Exhibition at its opening in Sydney, Australia.


November 22 – A new trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie, The Woman in Black, was released in theaters.


November 23 – MuggleNet reviewed LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.


November 27Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Best Film and Best Feature Film at the Children’s BAFTA Awards.


November 29 – MuggleNet attended and reviewed the opening of Seminar on Broadway, starring Alan Rickman.


November 29 – Daniel Radcliffe was announced to play Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings.


December 1 – MuggleNet’s 2011 Advent Calendar giveaway opened.


December 1Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack at the 2012 Grammy Awards.


December 1 – Daniel Radcliffe was nominated for a Grammy Award.


December 1 – National Board of Review named Deathly Hallows – Part 2 as one of the Top 10 Films of 2011.


December 6 – Universal announced plans for expansions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando and that a Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be opening in Universal Studios Hollywood.


December 7 – Daniel Radcliffe was named Entertainment Weekly‘s Entertainer of the Year.


December 7 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park was decorated for the Christmas season. Also, more rumors circulated regarding the expansion of the park into the rest of Universal Orlando.


December 10Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was named a semi-finalist for a Best Visual Effect Academy Award.


December 10 – Warner Bros. released a Golden Globes “For Your Consideration” ad for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


December 11 – The AFI recognized the Harry Potter film series with a special award.


December 14 – The Screen Actors Guild Award nominated Harry Potter for an award in Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.


December 14Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Best Ensemble Performance and Best Score at the San Diego Film Critics Awards.

Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 and 2 Trailer
Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 and 2 Trailer
A Very Potter Sequel
A Very Potter Sequel
Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Trailer
Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Trailer
Wizarding World Grand Opening
Wizarding World Grand Opening

2010 Year in Review

2010 Year in Review

The Numbers (as of December 20):

  • MuggleNet news posts: 885
  • MuggleNet page views: 73,383,384
  • MuggleNet seen in: 225 countries
  • MuggleCast downloads: 2,617,381

The Stories:

January 13 – First photos showed major progress at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


January 19 – A rumor surfaced that Alexandre Desplat will compose Deathly Hallows – Part 1. It was confirmed the next day.


January 21 – We got our first look at the Three Broomsticks inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


January 21 – After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Potter community came together to raise money for those in need.


January 26 – Both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were rumored to be released in 3D.


January 26The Financial Times reported that Warner Bros. is interested in purchasing Leavesden Studios for production and tourism.


January 29 – We learned that author J.K. Rowling sampled the Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and that the Forbidden Journey will have authentic props and rooms in its queue.


February 2Half-Blood Prince was nominated in Best Cinematography at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.


February 2 – Online video game websites revealed that there will be over 140 playable characters in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.


February 4 – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint ranked as the top earning actors of 2009, according to Movieline.com. They all individually out-earned actor George Clooney.


February 9 – In their third quarter fiscal report, Electronic Arts listed “Harry Potter Title TBA” for an October-December release.


February 17 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the box art for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.


February 17 – Author J.K. Rowling was added as a defendant in a plagiarism suit against Bloomsbury, claiming she stole the plot of Goblet of Fire from Adrian Jacobs’s The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.


February 20 – In an interview with The Telegraph, Potter production designer Stuart Craig revealed that Snape dies “an extremely good death” that brought him to tears.


February 25 – Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix Lestrange, told Rotten Tomatoes, “I do get a good death scene.”


March 1 – Daniel Radcliffe gave an in-depth interview with MTV where he discussed the epilogue and filming the forest scene with actors Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) and David Thewlis (Remus Lupin).


March 3 – Rhys Ifans, the actor who plays Xenophilius Lovegood in the Potter films, compared being asked to work on Deathly Hallows with being knighted.


March 4 – The 2010 Universal Studios Orlando Park Brochure was published with new details about the Flight of the Hippogriff, the Forbidden Journey, and the Three Broomsticks restaurant.


March 4 – BBC ranked Harry Potter as the top book to pass on to the next generation of readers.


March 4 – NBC announced that a special “Making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will air in June.


March 5 – The Hogwarts Express pulled into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


March 15The Today Show aired the first official video from inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, showcasing the Hogwarts Express and Hogsmeade storefronts.


March 18 – Alan Horn, President of Warner Bros., showed an unfinished clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at ShoWest.


March 21 – A fire destroyed part of the Deathly Hallows set during Battle of Hogwarts filming. Thankfully, nobody was injured.


March 24 – After previously stating that she would not return to the final Potter films due to other commitments, Emma Thompson confirmed two days of shooting as Professor Trelawney.


March 24 – Universal announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open on June 18. Additional details about the Forbidden Journey were revealed.


March 29 – In a new interview with MTV News, Harry Potter producer David Heyman said that Deathly Hallows will be even more epic in 3D.


March 30 – Bloombsury revealed that it will re-publish Harry Potter paperbacks with new covers in November to appeal to the next generation of readers who did not grow up with the book series.


March 30 – The release of the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game was pushed back to June.


April 2 – Ellen DeGeneres visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park with several lucky fans. She took viewers inside the park for a six-minute preview.


April 4 – Teams on the hit NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice were tasked with a Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park project.


April 5 – Author J.K. Rowling read from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the White House as part of their annual Easter Egg Roll.


April 5 – Covers for the Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were revealed.


April 8 – James and Oliver Phelps opened Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Toronto, the third stop on its North American tour.


April 8 – President of Universal Creative, Mark Woodbury, took fans on a tour through Hogwarts as he described the storyline of the Forbidden Journey ride.


April 9 – After a decade of filming, Alan Rickman confirmed in an interview that he has completed his role as Professor Severus Snape.


April 17 – In an interview with The Independent, Rupert Grint said that he is close to wrapping filming on the Potter series.


April 20MuggleCast interviewed actor Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick and the goblin Griphook in the Potter films, about his new book Size Matters Not and his work on Deathly Hallows.


April 22 – Plans to turn Leavesden Studios into a permanent Harry Potter visitor attraction to open in 2012 were approved.


April 25 – Warner Bros. announced that both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would run in IMAX theaters.


May 5 – The Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were given a November 25 release date.


May 6 – The sounds of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park started to fill the air at Universal Studios.


May 13 – In a new interview with MTV, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton spoke about filming the Deathly Hallows epilogue and the “aging training” he had to go through.


May 14 – TT Games updated its website, confirming LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 would be released on June 29.


May 14 – In a rare interview, John Hurt, the actor who plays Ollivander in the Potter films, spoke about his torture scene and the overall success of the franchise.


May 15 – According to a new poll in The Telegraph, author J.K. Rowling was voted the UK’s Best Role Model for Children.


May 17 – Universal hosted an event inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, giving previews to travel and media professionals.


May 20 – Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, and Emma Watson visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


May 24 – MuggleNet received its first report that filming had begun for the Deathly Hallows epilogue scene at King’s Cross station.


May 25 – NBC Universal announced that they would be airing a special on June 6 featuring the making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


May 26Half-Blood Prince won in the Family category, and the Harry Potter series won a Special Recognition Award at the 2010 National Movie Awards.


May 27 – While picking up two awards at the 2010 National Movie Awards, producer David Heyman revealed that the cast and crew had just two weeks left of filming.


May 27Entertainment Weekly named Harry Potter one of the Greatest Characters of the Past 20 Years.


May 27 – Actor Peter Mullan was cast as Death Eater Yaxley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


May 28 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park soft opened to the public. The first photos and reports were revealed.


May 29 – The all new MuggleNet 2.0 launched. It was our first major overhaul – ever!


May 29 – Our first look at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 video game from Electronic Arts featured a photo of Harry, Ron, and Hermione battling Snatchers and Fenrir Greyback in the forest.


June 1 – Electronic Arts officially announced the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 video game.


June 2 – We got our first look at Deathly Hallows props, including The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore and A History of Magic.


June 3 – We learned that the first clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would air at the MTV Movie Awards.


June 7 – A new Deathly Hallows clip featuring Voldemort, the dragon escape from Gringotts, Ron and Harry’s fight, and more aired at the MTV Movie Awards.


June 8 – The Mayor of London told The Telegraph that he wants the Harry Potter theme park in London, citing that you’re more likely to be shot in Orlando.


June 9 – In its landmark 200th episode, MuggleCast interviewed Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who revealed that the Deathly Hallows split had been decided and that they added a scene that will be incredibly dramatic and very moving.


June 12 – Filming officially wrapped for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


June 12 – It was announced that Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, and Daniel Radcliffe would attend the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


June 15 – Warner Bros. announced that John Williams would perform at the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


June 16 – Electronic Arts confirmed that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 video game would be released on November 19.


June 16 – Universal Studios hosted the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park with appearances by J.K. Rowling, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Rupert Grint, Matt Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, and Bonnie Wright and music by John Williams.


June 18 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened to the public. Thousands came out for the grand opening.


June 23 – The official Harry Potter Twitter was updated with the announcement that the first full-fledged trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be released online on June 28.


June 24 – After ten years, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton announced that he has completed filming the Potter series.


June 25 – In a detailed article, Yahoo! reported that heavier riders may not be able to experience the Forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


June 27 – Metro.co.uk began what was to become several days of photo releases from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, including shots of Harry and Voldemort and Hogwarts under attack.


June 27USA Today released several new photos from Deathly Hallows, including Voldemort and Harry dueling in the courtyard, Harry and Hagrid riding the motorbike, and Hogwarts surrounded by a protective bubble.


June 28 – Warner Bros. released the second official trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


July 2 – Warner Bros. released the first Deathly Hallows – Part 1 poster with the tagline “It all ends here.”


July 9 – Orlando Sentinel reported that after just three weeks of being open, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey had seen more than half a million riders.


July 12 – Release date and details were confirmed by Warner Bros. for the Ultimate Editions of Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.


July 12 – The musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, was announced to open on March 27, 2011.


July 14 – After adding J.K. Rowling as a defendant in February, the estate of British author Adrian Jacobs filed a lawsuit against Scholastic, claiming that Goblet of Fire is substantially similar to Jacob’s 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.


July 17 – Infinitus 2010, a Harry Potter convention run by HPEF, got underway from Orlando, Florida. Fans gathered to experience the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


July 17 – Emma Watson joined Twitter.


July 20MuggleCast released Episode 203, a combination of its live shows from Infinitus 2010 and inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at the Three Broomsticks.


July 22Deathly Hallows Horcrux props went on display at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, California.


July 23A Very Potter Sequel musical made its Internet debut on YouTube.


July 24 – New Deathly Hallows footage aired at Comic-Con 2010, featuring Dumbledore in his grave, Snape meeting with Voldemort, the Seven Potters, and more.


July 30The Wall Street Journal reported that there are rumors concerning a park to be opened in India featuring rides from Universal properties, including Harry Potter.


August 5 – Electronic Arts released the cover art for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 video game.


August 6 – In a new article with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson revealed her new, liberating hair cut.


August 7 – A franchise wrap party was held at Leavesden Studios, celebrating the end of the Harry Potter films.


August 10 – It was announced that the final North American stop on the Harry Potter: The Exhibition tour would be in Seattle, opening on October 23.


August 11 – The date of London premiere for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was set for November 11.


August 12 – A new article in Entertainment Weekly previewed Deathly Hallows, featuring new scenes and revealing where the films will be split.


August 16 – The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park saw one million riders in record time.


August 16 – Warner Bros. released nine high-res Deathly Hallows stills first seen in Entertainment Weekly and confirmed a plot change – Hedwig will be killed saving Harry.


August 18 – Durham University announced that they will offer the first Harry Potter class in the UK.


August 22Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was screen tested in Chicago.


August 22 – MuggleNet staffers Emerson Spartz and Eric Scull reviewed Deathly Hallows – Part 1.


August 27 – After being turned away from the Forbidden Journey ride for being overweight, Potter fan Banks Lee reported he has lost enough weight to be able to get on the ride.


August 30 – Rumors began to surface about the Wizarding World expanding into the current Lost Continent area at Universal Studios.


September 7 – MuggleSpace, our Harry Potter online community, passed 30,000 members.


September 11 – After numerous articles and complaints, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park modifies the seats on the Forbidden Journey ride.


September 14 – MuggleNet offered Potter fans an exclusive trailer for Harry Potter Film Wizardry, a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film series.


September 16 – The date for the New York City premiere for Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was set for November 15.


September 20 – MuggleNet introduced its own iPhone app.


September 22 – In anticipation of a Deathly Hallows – Part 1 trailer release, Warner Bros. released thirteen high-res stills.


September 22 – It was announced that the score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 would be released on November 16.


September 22 – The first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 finally made its way online!


September 24 – Oprah Winfrey’s website was updated with news that author J.K. Rowling will appear on her show on October 1.


September 25 – Warner Bros. released the first clips from the Ultimate Edition DVDs of Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.


September 27 – Hugo, Albus Severus, James Sirius, and young Lily Evans were cast for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


September 29 – The first posters for Deathly Hallows – Part 1, featuring Harry, Ron, and Hermione, were released.


October 1 – J.K. Rowling appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she said that Potter is still in her head and that she could definitely write Book 8 or 9. The focus of the interview was on her success, struggles, family, and of course, Potter. You can watch the interview here.


October 1 – A new poster was released for Deathly Hallows – Part 1, featuring the trio running in the forest.


October 5 – MuggleNet released its Deathly Hallows – Part 1 set report.


October 5 – The Motion Picture Association of America gave Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 a PG-13 rating.


October 6 – Warner Bros. released several high-res Deathly Hallows – Part 1 character banners, including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, Voldemort, Bellatrix, and Greyback. Later that day, MuggleNet exclusive posters of Snape and Voldemort with the tagline “The hunt begins.”


October 8 – Warner Bros. announced that it had scrapped plans to release Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in 3D. Producer David Heyman was quoted as saying that this was done to “preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books.”


October 12 – Worldwide release dates were announced for Deathly Hallows – Part 1.


October 13 – It was reported that Warner Bros. was working to release Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince in a 3D Blu-ray format.


October 14 – Two more Deathly Hallows – Part 1 promotional posters were released, featuring Dobby and the Seven Potters vs. Voldemort.


October 15 – Orlando Sentinel reported that Universal Orlando’s quarterly revenue rose 62%, operating profit more than doubled, and net profit nearly tripled thanks to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.


October 15 – Tickets for Deathly Hallows – Part 1 went on sale online.


October 18 – MuggleNet released an exclusive clip from the Ultimate Edition of the Goblet of Fire DVD that focuses on John Williams’s influence on the Potter series as a whole.


October 18 – Warner Bros. got the PR machine spinning, releasing eight new Deathly Hallows – Part 1 TV spots.


October 19Harry Potter Film Wizardry hit store shelves.


October 19 – J.K. Rowling traveled to Denmark to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Award, where she spoke about the impact of children’s books.


October 19 – The Ultimate Editions of the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire DVDs went on sale.


October 21 – FOX released the first promotional video for The Simpsons upcoming Halloween special, featuring Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.


October 23 – The run-time for Deathly Hallows – Part 1 appeared online at 147 minutes, making it the third shortest of all the Potter films.


October 24 – Daniel Radcliffe spoke with Potter fansites about the Deathly Hallows split, the overall plot, and more.


October 24 – The individual track titles for the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 score appeared online.


October 26 – After receiving the names of the individual track titles days earlier, samples from the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 score were made available online.


October 27 – The British Board of Film Classification gave Deathly Hallows – Part 1 a 12A rating.


November 3 – The Los Angeles Times released a clip from Deathly Hallows – Part 1 where Harry attempts to leave The Burrow, but Ron stops him. It was our first extended look at the acting in the film.


November 4 – In celebration of Warner Bros.’s “Join the Final Battle” campaign passing 55,000 fans on Facebook, fans got a 90-second clip of the Seven Potters scene.


November 5 – Fans received a third Deathly Hallows – Part 1 clip, this one featuring Harry, Ron, and Hermione battling Death Eaters inside a London cafe.


November 7 – The official Harry Potter website let it slip that Alexandre Desplat will return to compose Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


November 8 – It was reported that Warner Bros. had finalized its deal to purchase Leavesden Studios and was expected to open a Potter museum in spring 2012.


November 8 – In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. President Alan Horn revealed that Steven Spielberg wanted to make the Harry Potter franchise a cartoon and mash some of the films together.


November 8 – Two new Deathly Hallows – Part 1 clips were released online by ClevverTV, featuring Ron and Harry’s argument and Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor.


November 9 – E!Online gave us an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Deathly Hallows – Part 1, speaking with Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson.


November 10 – BBC interviewed Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson on life after Potter.


November 10 – In an interview with FilmMusicMag.com, composer Alexandre Desplat confirmed that he will return to score Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


November 11 – MuggleNet provided live coverage from the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 premiere in London. We later provided an initial-reaction review of the film.


November 12 – At the press junket in London, Daniel Radcliffe revealed that the epilogue scene from Deathly Hallows – Part 2 would be re-shot around Christmas time.


November 12 – Warner Bros. released video highlights from the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 London premiere where J.K. Rowling and the film’s top stars were interviewed.


November 14 – MuggleNet released its Deathly Hallows – Part 1 London press junket report.


November 17 – In an interview with MTV, Daniel Radcliffe said that author J.K. Rowling recently sent him a text message with a promise of no more Harry Potter books.


November 17 – MuggleNet reported on the 2010 IQA Quidditch World Cup.


November 19Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released in theaters worldwide.


November 19Deathly Hallows – Part 1 grossed $61 million on its opening day at the box office, putting it on pace to pass the previous franchise opening weekend high made by Goblet of Fire with $102.7 million.


November 21Deathly Hallows – Part 1 made $125.1 million during its opening weekend domestically. It added $205 million in overseas markets, giving it $330.1 million worldwide.


November 21 – MuggleNet released its video interview with director David Yates, producer David Barron, and screenwriter Steve Kloves from the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 New York premiere.


November 22 – After hitting store shelves earlier in the week, the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 video game got poor reviews by critics.


November 25 – The Los Angeles Times published an article wondering whether or not Warner Bros. would push Deathly Hallows – Part 1 for Oscar consideration.


November 28 – In its second weekend at the box office, Deathly Hallows – Part 1 remained at #1, pulling in $50.3 million, bringing its total in the US to $220.4 million.


November 29 – Reuters reported that Deathly Hallows – Part 1 had made $609.6 million worldwide after ten days in theaters.


December 2 – In a follow-up article, the Los Angeles Times wondered if Potter can ever capture Oscar magic.


December 5Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was knocked from its perch by Tangled at the box office. It remained at #1 abroad and by that time had grossed $713.3 million worldwide.


December 7 – Screamscape reported on rumors that Universal Studios Hollywood may be hoping to get a Wizarding World of Harry Potter of its own.


December 10 – Kelly Macdonald was cast as Helena Ravenclaw (The Grey Lady) in Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


December 10 – Warner Bros. Switzerland reported that the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 DVD would be released on March 18, 2011.


December 10Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was a semi-finalist at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects.


December 19 – A rumor surfaced concerning the first trailer release for Deathly Hallows – Part 2.


December 19Deathly Hallows – Part 1 climbed to the 25th highest-grossing film of all time.


December 21 – Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson returned to Leavesden Studios for Deathly Hallows – Part 2 reshoots.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Exclusive Look
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Exclusive Look
Half-Blood Prince Trailer 4
Half-Blood Prince Trailer 4
A Very Potter Musical
A Very Potter Musical
Wizarding World Fly Through
Wizarding World Fly Through

2009 Year in Review

2009 Year in Review

The Numbers:

  • MuggleNet news posts: 970
  • MuggleNet page views: 63,074,123
  • MuggleNet seen in: 227 countries
  • MuggleCast downloads: 2,590,981

The Stories:

January 4 – In the first of what will be several photo ops for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park this year, Tom Felton spent a day with his girlfriend at Universal Studios Orlando.


January 7 – The MPAA gave Half-Blood Prince a PG rating for “scary images, some violence, language, and mild sensuality.” It surprised fans because Order of the Phoenix received a PG-13 rating in 2007.


January 18 – A Half-Blood Prince trailer leaked via a Japanese fansite. Lots of new scenes were revealed. We later learned that the trailer was an incomplete version.


January 24 – In a period of just over one month, MuggleNet’s Harry Potter social network MuggleSpace passed the 10,000 member mark. The quick growth exemplified the power of the fandom!


January 28 – The Associated Press revealed that David Holmes – a stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe – was seriously injured on the set of Deathly Hallows, just days after test shooting started. We later learned that David could return for work.


February 3 – J.K. Rowling was inducted into France’s prestigious Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), in which the honorary title of “Knight” was bestowed upon her. The event took place at the Élysée Palace and France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy was there to welcome the author into the Legion.


February 6 – A Warner Bros. representative confirmed that Deathly Hallows would begin filming in mid-February and run through spring 2010.


February 8 – Daniel Radcliffe completed his role in Equus as Alan Strang and said that he hopes to return to theater in the future.


February 9 – Mary GrandPré opened an exhibit of her work at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. It included over 100 sketches by the Harry Potter Scholastic illustrator.


February 11Goblet of Fire composer Patrick Doyle spoke at the University of Syracuse about his work with the franchise and with MuggleCast in an interview conducted after his Syracuse event.


February 11 – Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton visited injured stuntman David Holmes in the hospital.


February 24 – Warner Bros. announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 would be released in theaters on July 15, 2011.


February 25 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition’s time in Chicago was extended to early September due to high demand.


March 3 – Tom Felton created his own Twitter account, marking the first time a major star in the Potter franchise connected with fans via social media.


March 4 – The killer of Robert Knox – the actor who played Marcus Belby in Half-Blood Prince – was convicted of murder. The killer received a life sentence.


March 5 – Warner Bros. released a surprise Half-Blood Prince trailer exclusively to fansites.


March 7 – Mary GrandPré spoke to MuggleCast in her first fansite interview. In it, she discussed the inspiration behind each cover, the most challenging design, her future work, and much more.


March 9 – The first photo from the set of Deathly Hallows appeared online. It depicted Daniel Radcliffe shooting scenes in a forest.


March 15 – Reports revealed that Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double David Holmes was paralyzed.


March 31 – It was revealed that J.K. Rowling would attend a dinner with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.


April 1 – MuggleNet released a series of fake news stories for our 2009 April Fools’ Day prank.


April 8 – J.K. Rowling decided to step down from MS Society Scotland after seeing changes in the organization that she could no longer support.


April 8 – Jamie Waylett was arrested on charges of drug possession after being caught with cannabis in his car. An investigation of his home revealed more cannabis and machines to cultivate the substance.


April 9 – MuggleNet’s own Emerson Spartz got engaged to girlfriend Gaby Montero. Emerson proposed in front of 21,000 people at the Chicago Bulls/Philadelphia 76ers game.


April 16 – The final trailer for Half-Blood Prince was released online. Plenty of new footage was revealed!


April 25 – The first shots from inside Harry Potter: The Exhibition were released online. The images showed what fans can expect when they attend.


May 5 – MuggleNet announced its second book, MuggleNet.com’s Harry Potter Should Have Died.


May 6 – The Health and Safety Executive of the UK told the production studio behind Harry Potter to improve safety. The message came after stuntman David Holmes was seriously injured on set.


May 26 – The running time for Half-Blood Prince was revealed at 153 minutes.


June 7 – The IMAX release of Half-Blood Prince was pushed to July 29 due to agreements already in place with Paramount for IMAX showings of Transformers.


June 9 – Michelle Obama and her children visited the Potter set after being personally invited by Daniel Radcliffe.


June 21 – An acting troupe produced and released A Very Potter Musical on YouTube. It went viral for several months and was a huge hit with Potter fans for its great music and funny dialogue.


June 24 – Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry set a new one-day record of 19,995 attendees thanks to Harry Potter: The Exhibition.


June 26 – The first review for Half-Blood Prince appeared online from Hollywood.com. They noted it had Oscar potential.


July 4 – BBC revealed that Rupert Grint contracted the swine flu and was recovering. Rupert had a full recovery and joked about his run-in with the swine flu in later interviews.


July 12 – MuggleNet posted its video interviews from the UK (here) and US (here) premiere of Half-Blood Prince.


July 15Half-Blood Prince set a midnight release record with $22.2 million in ticket sales.


July 15 – Hopes for John Williams to score Deathly Hallows began to soar when Half-Blood Prince composer Nicholas Hooper revealed that he won’t return for the final film.


July 16 – We learned that Half-Blood Prince pulled in $58.4 million during the first 24 hours at the box office.


July 16 – Jamie Waylett pleaded guilty to cannabis possession after being caught harvesting the illegal drug in his home in June.


July 16Half-Blood Prince set a world record with $104 million worth of ticket sales in the first 24 hours in theaters globally.


July 21 – After months of rumors, Emma Watson announced that she’ll be attending Brown University, starting in the fall.


July 21 – Jamie Waylett was ordered to do 120 hours of community service for growing cannabis plants in his home. He issued a statement apologizing to Potter fans as well as to those at Warner Bros.


July 22 – It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would move to Boston and open on October 25.


August 19 – Joshua Herdman revealed at a Potter fan conference that current plans for the Deathly Hallows split have it occurring right after being captured by the Snatchers and right before heading to Malfoy Manor. It was the first time we heard from a cast/crew member about where the films will be split. Herdman also revealed that they’ll be taking Jamie Waylett’s character out of the films.


September 4 – Ian Rankin revealed that the last time he saw J.K. Rowling, she was working on a Potter encyclopedia and drawing out family trees.


September 15 – Universal Studios Orlando announced several new sketches, videos, and details surrounding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. They also confirmed that it would open in spring 2010.


September 25 – To the surprise of many, J.K. Rowling joined Twitter. She said that she created the account to put an end to all fake ones and revealed that “pen and paper are her priority at the moment.”


September 30Half-Blood Prince broke the $300 million mark in the US and reached over $900 million worldwide.


October 1 – The month of October marked the tenth anniversary of MuggleNet.com. To celebrate, the website released several anniversary features throughout the month.


October 2 – President George W. Bush’s former speech writer claimed that J.K. Rowling was denied the US Presidential Award by the Bush administration because the Potter books promoted witchcraft.


October 5 – J.K. Rowling said at a fashion show that she was working on something but it wasn’t Potter.


October 26 – A single mother in the UK was asked by Warner Bros. to change things up at her Halloween party because she did not receive permission to sell tickets for the small event at her home.


November 2 – The building where J.K. Rowling wrote Sorcerer’s Stone re-opened as a cafe again after it had been turned into a Chinese buffet years earlier.


December 1 – The first official photo from Deathly Hallows was released by USA Today. It depicted Harry, Ron, and Hermione walking somewhere in London.


December 2 – David Yates commented further on the bare Deathly Hallows scenes, noting that Dan would be bare twice. The first time would come in the aforementioned visions Ron has, and the second time would occur in the King’s Cross scenes. He also revealed that his favorite scene is one not found in the book.


December 5 – The first trailer for Deathly Hallows appeared online after premiering on the Half-Blood Prince DVD. It included an intro by David Yates and David Heyman that revealed additional behind-the-scenes footage.


December 8 – It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would next be moving to Ontario, Canada, for an April 9 opening.


December 12 – Daniel Radcliffe and David Barron hosted a digital community screening of Half-Blood Prince for fans who had a Blu-ray copy of the film. Fans were able to watch the film live with Dan and David and ask them questions.


December 12MuggleCast won the Best Entertainment award at the 2009 Podcast Awards. It marked the third year our podcast received a Podcast Award thanks to the support of our listeners.


December 17 – The Half-Blood Prince DVD topped US and UK sales charges after a successful first week on store shelves.

Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise
Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise
http://www.potterpuppetpals.com Snape hears a strange ticking sound. Love ensues.
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement
J.K.Rowling at Harvard Commencement. Read more at http://goo.gl/ZpPS2
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince International Teaser Trailer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince International Teaser Trailer

2008 Year in Review

2008 Year in Review

The Numbers:

  • MuggleNet news posts: 630
  • MuggleNet page views: 38,014,008
  • MuggleNet seen in: 227 countries
  • MuggleCast downloads: 2,790,981

The Stories:


January 2 – MuggleNet was hacked by, in Emerson’s words, a group of “sexually frustrated men.” The website came back online three days later.


January 5 – Warner Bros. announced that all of their films, including the Harry Potter series, would only be produced in Blu-ray and DVD. This announcement immediately ended the HD-DVD/Blu-ray war because Warner Bros.’s commitment to Blu-ray gave Sony’s new high definition DVD format the majority of movie distributor supporters.


January 13 – Rumors from within the Half-Blood Prince set began to swirl over the possibility of Deathly Hallows being split into two films.


February 10 – Jim Dale won a Grammy Award for his reading of the Deathly Hallows audiobook.


February 11 – The Deathly Hallows film split rumor continued to gain momentum. The Daily Telegraph spoke to Potter producers about the possibility. While nothing was confirmed, it was clear that the producers were interested in the split happening.


February 19 – Confirmation of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince director David Yates directing Deathly Hallows was accidentally announced by children’s book author Lois Lowry.


March 12 – After many rumors, Warner Bros. officially announced that Deathly Hallows would be split into two separate films.


March 21 – The Potter fandom proudly learned that the hilarious Potter Puppet Pals won Best Comedy at the 2007 YouTube Awards.


March 24 – RDR Books requested J.K. Rowling’s presence in New York City at the Lexicon copyright case.


April 1 – MuggleNet created several fake news stories and posted them throughout the day to celebrate April Fools’ Day.


April 14-16 – J.K. Rowling, RDR Books, and Steve Vander Ark testified in court during a three-day trial. Throughout the week, numerous reports and statements surfaced in what turned into a very critical one for the Potter fandom.


April 22 – EA Games, creator of all the Harry Potter video games, announced that a Half-Blood Prince game was in development.


April 25 – ComingSoon.net reported that the release date for Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was set for November 19, 2010.


April 25 – Warner Bros. announced Harry Potter: The Exhibition, “a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series,” to open in spring 2009.


May 1 – For the first time in a decade, the weekly New York Times Best Seller List didn’t hold a single Harry Potter book.


May 28 – It was revealed that J.K. Rowling wrote a short Potter prequel for an upcoming Waterstones charity auction. The story involves James and Sirius three years before Harry’s birth.


June 4 – Rumors of a Harry Potter MMORPG started to pick up pace when a representative at Warner Bros. confirmed that the company is looking into the possibility.


June 5 – J.K. Rowling spoke at Harvard’s commencement ceremony. As the Harvard Crimson reported, J.K. Rowling “called on members of the class of 2008 to use their capacity to empathize and their experiences of failure to conquer apathy.”


June 10 – J.K. Rowling’s Potter prequel sold to a ghost bidder for £25,000.


July 2 – Fans became excited when many new, exciting, and official photos from the Half-Blood Prince film appeared in Empire Magazine.


July 12 – Jim Dale spoke at Portus 2008 to a huge audience of his fans. He became the first person involved with the Potter books to speak at a Potter fan conference. For close to an hour, Jim read excerpts from the Harry Potter books and entertained the crowd with his lively narration and signature voices.


July 18 – The very first trailer for Half-Blood Prince premiered with the IMAX version of The Dark Knight. To the disappointment of many, it was very short and didn’t include any video.


July 29 – The first Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer madee its way online and played in front of The Mummy in theaters.


August 14 – Warner Bros. announced that they would be delaying Half-Blood Prince until July 17, 2009. The news shocked fans and many speculated over why the decision was made.


August 19 – Alan Horn, President of Warner Bros., issued a statement to fans explaining why the decision was made. It didn’t go over well with fans.


September 2 – Development of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park continued in Florida.


September 7 – MuggleNet’s Eric Scull attended an early screening of Half-Blood Prince in Chicago, where Warner Bros. screen-tested the film in front of an audience. A couple of days later, he published a spoiler-free report to let fans know about the experience.


September 8 – The judge in the JKR/RDR books trial decided to halt the publication of the Lexicon because of its copyright infringement. RDR had to pay $6,750 in statutory damages.


September 9 – Electronic Arts officially announced the delay of their Half-Blood Prince video game. The news was expected after Warner Bros. delayed the film.


September 20 – Motivated by its record on child poverty, J.K. Rowling donated £1 million to the Labour Party.


September 22 – Scholastic announced that Deathly Hallows would be released in paperback on July 7, 2009.


September 22 – Warner Bros.’ case against the makers behind Hari Puttar was turned down by Indian courts, saying that Warner Bros. waited until the last moment to bring it to court.


October 20 – J.K. Rowling announced that she’ll be hosting a Beedle the Bard tea party in Scotland on the day of its release.


October 26 – A new international teaser trailer leaked online. The trailer included lots of new scenes we hadn’t seen before and ran for about 90 seconds.


October 29 – David Heyman discussed the Half-Blood Prince delay a little more and revealed that the film was just about complete.


November 8 – An illustration display appeared in Cedar Rapids with close to 100 pieces of artwork from Mary GrandPré – some of which had never been seen before. The exhibit was on display until February 5, 2009.


November 11 – In an interview with MTV, Emma Thompson revealed that she would not return as Professor Trelawney in Deathly Hallows because of another project she had scheduled.


November 13 – An excerpt from Prince Charles’s birthday book revealed J.K. Rowling’s favorite scene from Deathly Hallows.


November 14 – Warner Bros. released a new Half-Blood Prince trailer exclusively for fansites. The trailer premiered on the big screen in front of Twilight. Ironically enough, Twilight took Half-Blood Prince‘s first release date (November 21) after the delay was announced.


November 20 – Preparation for Deathly Hallows filming got underway in Lochaber.


December 3 – The Associated Press revealed that 8 million copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard would be released worldwide.


December 3 – Scholastic unveiled an original handwritten copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in New York City. MuggleNet was present to report for the fans.


December 4 – J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard was released in the US and UK. To the dismay of some Potter fans, many bookstores did not hold midnight release parties like they did for each book in the Potter series.


December 6 – ABC Family aired several Half-Blood Prince sneak peeks during their presentations of the first two Potter films.


December 9The Tales of Beedle the Bard became the fastest selling book of 2008, according to The Telegraph.


December 11 – The first stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition was announced for Chicago, opening on April 30, 2009.


December 17 – Scholastic announced that The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold 2.6 million copies worldwide in the first week on sale.


December 24 – In a first for the Harry Potter fandom, MuggleNet opened a social network designed specifically for Harry Potter fans.

2007 Year in Review

2007 Year in Review

January 10 – Bloomsbury re-released Philosopher’s Stone with a short introduction by J.K. Rowling.


January 18 – Laura Mallory appealed the court’s decision to keep the Harry Potter books on Georgia library shelves yet again.


February 6 – J.K. Rowling called Deathly Hallows her “favorite” book of the series, leaving fans to desire it even more.


February 8 – MuggleNet’s Deathly Hallows predictions book was reviewed by the New York Times.


February 10 – J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore comes back in some form in Deathly Hallows.


February 17 – Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal in Equus received positive reviews.


February 18 – Warner Bros. put their support behind Daniel Radcliffe in his West End debut following tabloid reports that Warner Bros. was disappointed in his decision.


February 25MuggleNet.com’s What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7 reached the #4 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List.


February 26 – J.K. Rowling sued eBay after several illegal e-book copies of the Potter series were placed up for auction.


March 5 – The first review of the Order of the Phoenix film surfaced, thanks to a very early screening in Chicago.


March 14 – Scholastic unveiled its marketing campaign for Deathly Hallows.


March 23 – Warner Bros. announced that Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson were all signed on for the final two Potter films.


March 27 – MuggleNet premiered their news in multiple languages, extending the reach of the website to several new groups of international Internet users.


March 28 – The cover art for Deathly Hallows was released for both US and UK editions of the book.


April 11 – Scholastic announced Knight Bus tour dates to promote the upcoming Deathly Hallows release.


April 11 – MuggleNet and other Potter fansites were featured in an Associated Press article.


April 17 – Casting for Half-Blood Prince began several months before filming.


April 20 – Rumors for Equus coming to Broadway continued to circulate, but none were officially confirmed.


April 21 – In other rumor news, word of a Harry Potter theme park continued to leak across the web. As with the Equus on Broadway rumors, none could be confirmed.


April 22 – The first trailer for Order of the Phoenix premiered for international movie audiences.


April 24 – Another trailer debuted on Yahoo! for US theaters.


April 25 – Bloomsbury revealed some of their security measures for Deathly Hallows to make sure there were no leaks.


May 3 – David Yates was unofficially confirmed as the director for Half-Blood Prince through an interview in Sci Fi Magazine.


May 10Order of the Phoenix received a PG-13 rating in the US due to its darker tone.


May 13 – J.K. Rowling contributed to the search fund for missing Madeleine McCann.


May 16 – HarryPotter.co.uk was revamped with a new Order of the Phoenix design for UK visitors.


May 16 – HarryPotter.com was revamped with a new Order of the Phoenix design for US visitors.


May 23 – J.K. Rowling announced her plans for the release of Deathly Hallows.


May 26Order of the Phoenix was revealed to be 138 minutes long by the British Board of Film Classification.


May 29 – Warner Bros. announced that Order of the Phoenix would be released two days earlier (July 11) than originally scheduled.


May 30 – Universal Studios announced plans to open a Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida, after years of speculation and negotiating.


June 1 – It was revealed that the Potter theme park would cost upwards of $295 million to build.


June 5 – US Potter book illustrator Mary GrandPré revealed that there is a reason for everything on the US Deathly Hallows cover.


June 8 – The cover art for the US Deluxe Edition of Deathly Hallows was released.


June 14 – J.K. Rowling announced a book tour across the US to read Deathly Hallows to fans. She would also sign a copy of the book for each person in attendance.


June 26MuggleCast, our Harry Potter podcast, announced plans to tour the US after the Deathly Hallows release to talk with fans about what happened in the book.


June 30The Today Show revealed the first footage of Deathly Hallows being printed at a secret location in the US.


July 3 – MuggleNet and MuggleCast announced plans for the release of Deathly Hallows. We were the only fansite to host two parties on opposite sides of the world.


July 6 – J.K. Rowling revealed in an interview that she “absolutely howled” upon finishing the writing of Deathly Hallows.


July 10 – MuggleNet released video coverage of the Order of the Phoenix US premiere, featuring interviews with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, David Heyman, Chris Rankin, Imelda Staunton, Emma Watson, David Yates, and many more.


July 10 – Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson were honored at the “Hand, Foot, and Wand” ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.


July 11Order of the Phoenix opened in US theaters.


July 13 – J.K. Rowling said that some people will “absolutely loathe” Deathly Hallows.


July 14The Guardian revealed the opening of the Deathly Hallows book, although there was no confirmation from an official source at the time.


July 16Order of the Phoenix grossed $330 million worldwide.


July 17 – Jim Dale said in an interview that Deathly Hallows has a surprise ending.


July 17 – Scholastic took action after scans of Deathly Hallows leaked online.


July 18 – With only a few days left before the release, J.K. Rowling asked any Deathly Hallows spoilers out there to preserve the secrecy and not leak any more information.


July 18The New York Times posted an early review of Deathly Hallows, which set off fury among fans and J.K. Rowling herself. The New York Times, however, stuck with their original intentions and kept the review online.


July 21Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel, was released to the world.


July 22MuggleCast released its pre-DH and post-DH episodes, which both went on to be our most-downloaded episodes ever.


July 23Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in the US within its first 24 hours.


July 24 – J.K. Rowling revealed the character who got the reprieve and announced that she does have plans to release a Harry Potter encyclopedia in the future.


July 26 – J.K. Rowling revealed more about the Deathly Hallows epilogue in the first part of an interview with The Today Show.


July 27 – J.K. Rowling explained why she changed the last sentence of the series to not include “scar” and her mother’s influence on the series in the second part of her interview with The Today Show.


July 27 – Scholastic announced Open Book Tour Sweepstakes.


July 29 – In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón stated that he was “very tempted” to direct Deathly Hallows.


July 29 – J.K. Rowling’s full interview with The Today Show aired on Dateline where she answered more Deathly Hallows questions and discussed the Potter movies and theme park.


July 30 – J.K. Rowling hosted a webchat on Bloomsbury’s website with fans, answering many much-anticipated questions.


August 2 – Scholastic announced that Deathly Hallows sold 11.5 million copies in 10 days.


August 4 – Warner Bros. announced that Order of the Phoenix had grossed over $708 million worldwide.


August 8 – J.K. Rowling lost a court battle to ban a photo of her son that was previously published by The Daily Express.


August 8 – Amazon released its final numbers for Deathly Hallows. Over 2.2 million books were pre-ordered as of July 20; 1.75 books per second were sold on the final day before release.


August 13 – A SEC filing reported by the Orlando Sentinel revealed that Warner Bros. and Universal had an agreement for a targeted release date of the Harry Potter theme park between December 15, 2009, and June 30, 2010.


August 23The Wiltshire Times reported that filming for the Half-Blood Prince night scenes was set to begin in October.


August 26 – John Williams said that he hopes he will return to score the final Harry Potter film.


August 26The Sunday Mirror rumored that a Harry Potter-themed musical is set to open in London’s West End.


August 29 – Initial information on the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD began to emerge online.


September 3 – Daniel Radcliffe appeared on The Today Show and discussed December Boys, filming for Half-Blood Prince, and the “definite possibility” that Equus would come to Broadway, and that if it did, he would reprise his role.


September 7 – Initial reports began to surface that the Order of the Phoenix DVD would be released on December 11.


September 10Harry Potter was named the highest-grossing motion picture franchise of all time, with $4.47 billion in ticket sales.


September 17 – Warner Bros. confirmed that the Order of the Phoenix DVD was set to be released in the UK on November 12.


September 17 – J.K. Rowling extended her Open Book Tour to Canada and read at the Wintergarden Theatre in downtown Toronto.


September 17 – Filming for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince began.


September 17 – Jim Broadbent was cast as Professor Horace Slughorn in Half-Blood Prince.


September 17 – Warner Bros. confirmed various details for the Order of the Phoenix DVD, including its December 11 release in the US.


September 30 – A signed set of the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling was auctioned for $37,100, with proceeds benefiting Books Abroad.


October 1 – Harry Potter was named Wizard of the Month on J.K. Rowling’s official website.


October 3Order of the Phoenix became the #6 highest grossing film of all time, pulling in $933.9 million worldwide.


October 5 – Director David Yates confirmed that young Tom Riddle had been cast but not yet revealed. It was speculated to be the nephew of Lord Voldemort actor Ralph Fiennes.


October 8 – J.K. Rowling adopted Sapphire, a retired racing dog from the Greyhound Rescue Fife.


October 9 – Pride of Britain Awards recognized J.K. Rowling.


October 10 – Warner Bros. announced that the Order of the Phoenix DVD would allow portable media and PC downloads.


October 11 – Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling sued an Indian community over a Hogwarts replica.


October 11 – Filming continued for Half-Blood Prince, as reports surfaced of scenes being shot for the Hogwarts Express and at Loch Arkaig.


October 12 – An Indian court ruled to allow the Hogwarts replica.


October 15 – J.K. Rowling held a press conference in Los Angeles, California, to officially kick off her Open Book Tour.


October 15 – First reports surfaced from the Los Angeles reading, with J.K. Rowling admitting that Harry will be a tough act to follow and that she has yet to start on the much-anticipated encyclopedia.


October 17 – MTV interviewed J.K. Rowling on the topics of how much the trio knew about the outcome of Deathly Hallows and the role of Christianity in the series.


October 18 – The Open Book Tour continued in New Orleans, Louisiana, where J.K. Rowling discussed both the personal and the political, including the realities of war and the debate that good always wins out over evil.


October 19 – Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, said that he will most likely not appear in Half-Blood Prince.


October 19 – At her first reading in New York City, J.K. Rowling said that she “married Harry” and also discussed the characters of Ron and Draco.


October 19 – At her second reading in New York City, J.K. Rowling answered many anticipated questions about various characters and also revealed that Professor Dumbledore was gay.


October 23 – J.K. Rowling further explained Dumbledore’s sexuality at her final tour stop in Canada.


October 25The Wiltshire Times reported from the first day of on-set filming for Half-Blood Prince.


October 26 – Information continued to emerge online from Half-Blood Prince filming in Lacock.


October 30 – Extras were cast for Half-Blood Prince.


October 31 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website, saying that she does not approve of “companion books” or “encyclopedias” to her series and later that day, filed suit in a Manhattan court against Harry Potter Lexicon owner Steve Vander Ark for publishing an “unofficial encyclopedic companion” to the series.


November 1The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book of five fairytales, including one within Deathly Hallows, was revealed by J.K. Rowling on her official website. J.K. Rowling said that six handwritten copies would go to those who helped her most with Potter, and one would be auctioned for charity.


November 2 – After several months of rumors and speculation, it was announced that Equus would be coming to Broadway in September 2008 with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.


November 15 – Amazon named Deathly Hallows the Best Book of 2007.


November 23 – Rowling was named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly.


December 6 – Barbara Walters named J.K. Rowling the Most Fascinating Person of 2007.


December 11Order of the Phoenix was released on DVD in the US, a whole month after UK fans got their hands on it.


December 13The Tales of Beedle the Bard went up for auction at Sotheby’s and sold for nearly £2 million, far surpassing all expections.


December 13 – Amazon.com, a popular online retailer, was revealed to have been the winning bidder of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Amazon went on to publish reviews of each tale within the book for fans.


December 14 – The first official still from Half-Blood Prince was released in a 2008 Film Preview press kit and depicted Harry clutching the Marauder’s Map.


December 21 – J.K. Rowling was named the Most Influential Person of 2007 by MSN.


December 27Deathly Hallows was named Book of the Year by USA Today.


December 30 – The documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life by James Runcie aired on ITV.

2006 Year in Review

2006 Year in Review

January 3Goblet of Fire was named the highest-earning film internationally for 2005. It earned $850 million.


January 5 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website for the first time in 2006, with some “New Year’s Writing Resolutions.”


January 6Half-Blood Prince was announced the best-selling book of 2005, with sales tallying $7.02 million – astonishing seeing as the book was released in July, halfway through the year.


January 9 – The IMAX version of Goblet of Fire was revealed to be the highest-grossing IMAX film ever.


January 10 – J.K. Rowling gave one of her most in-depth interviews ever with Tatler Magazine.


January 11 – It was announced that the Goblet of Fire DVD would be available on March 7.


January 14 – Thousands attended an open audition for Luna Lovegood.


January 18 – It was announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would be released in paperback on July 25.


January 19 – Aaron Lambert, the Half-Blood Prince thief, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail.


January 22 – Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) announced that he would reprise his role in Order of the Phoenix.


January 26 – J.K. Rowling attended a Romanian press conference.


January 27 – The first script reading of Order of the Phoenix took place in London.


January 28 – Katie Leung (Cho Chang) announced she would return for Order of the Phoenix.


January 28 – J.K. Rowling donated the Black family tree to Book Aid auction.


January 29Goblet of Fire was announced as the eighth-highest grossing film of all time.


January 30 – George Harris was cast as Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Robbie Jarvis was cast as young James Potter in Order of the Phoenix.


January 31 – J.K. Rowling released her list of the top 10 books for children.


February 2 – The actors playing the roles of Bellatrix Lestrange, Luna Lovegood, Professor Umbridge, and Tonks in Order of the Phoenix were announced.


February 4Order of the Phoenix casting rumors for the roles of young Lily Evans and Grawp circulated. They were later confirmed.


February 7 – Filming began on the Order of the Phoenix film.


February 7 – There was talk that Gary Oldman would not be in the fifth Harry Potter movie. However, Warner Bros. quickly debunked this rumor.


February 9 – It was rumored that the fifth movie would contain the scene where Harry saves Dudley from the Dementors, and the Wizengamot trial would also be included.


February 10 – More Order of the Phoenix casting news – the actors playing the roles of Amelia Bones, Dawlish, young Lily Evans, and young Peter Pettigrew were revealed.


February 13 – Italian newspaper La Repubblica published a photograph of J.K. Rowling’s Black family tree, which was up for auction.


February 17 – The first interview with new Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch was published.


February 19 – Rupert Grint attended the BAFTAs to represent the cast and crew of Goblet of Fire, which was nominated for three awards.


February 20 – Julie Walters attended the Irish screening of Driving Lessons and talked briefly about why she was cut from the fourth Harry Potter film.


February 21 – New information was revealed about the Black family tree.


February 21 – J.K. Rowling answered the question “What happens to a secret when the Secret-Keeper dies?” on her FAQ poll.


February 22 – Daniel Radcliffe’s mother bought, on his behalf, J.K. Rowling’s hand-written Black family tree for £30,000.


February 23Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released in Spanish as Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Prince“).


February 25 – The fourth Harry Potter movie became the fifth highest-grossing film outside North America.


February 26 – We found out that Evanna Lynch is a fellow MuggleNetter.


February 28 – J.K. Rowling commented on the progress of Book 7 on her official website.


March 1 – Emma Watson sent out a new newsletter.


March 7Goblet of Fire DVD was released in the US and Canada.


March 8 – In its first day, the Goblet of Fire DVD sold a staggering 5 million copies.


March 9 – J.K. Rowling made major updates to her official website.


March 10Forbes published their list of the world’s richest people and ranked J.K. Rowling at #746 with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.


March 14 – New Order of the Phoenix filming information was released.


March 18 – J.K. Rowling hosted a masquerade ball as a fundraiser for MS.


March 21 – New Order of the Phoenix filming information was released.


March 27Goblet of Fire became the fastest selling DVD ever in the UK. It was estimated that, in the first six days after its release, three copies were sold every second.


March 29Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was named Book of the Year at the British Book Awards ceremony. J.K. Rowling was in attendance.


April 4 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website, saying that Book 7 was going well and that Evanna Lynch is “perfect” as Luna Lovegood.


April 5 – Warner Bros. announced that Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix would hit theaters on July 13, 2007.


April 7 – The first WOMBAT results were released.


April 10 – A newspaper criticized J.K. Rowling’s article on her official website about our skinny-obsessed world.


April 12 – Warner Bros. charged Bajaj with copyright violation.


April 18Goblet of Fire grossed $20 million in IMAX theaters.


April 20 – J.K. Rowling helped set up an MS research center.


April 21 – Both J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe made it on the Sunday Times‘s Rich List.


April 29 – Girlguiding Scotland interviewed J.K. Rowling.


May 9Goblet of Fire was announced to become legally available on BitTorrent.


May 9 – Emma Thompson was announced to reprise her role as Professor Trelawney in Order of the Phoenix.


May 9 – J.K. Rowling won a privacy suit.


May 9 – Introducing… MuggleNet Axial!


May 9 – J.K. Rowling announced she would be visiting New York City for a book reading.


May 10 – MuggleNet staffer Andy helped out J.K. Rowling.


May 10 – The Goblet of Fire DVD set a world record.


May 13 – Nicholas Hooper was confirmed to compose Order of the Phoenix.


May 15 – J.K. Rowling spoke out for libraries.


May 18 – A letter from J.K. Rowling was released.


May 19 – A new dinosaur species was named after Hogwarts.


May 20Half-Blood Prince audiobooks entered the APA Hall of Fame.


May 25Order of the Phoenix casting changes were announced.


May 25 – Publishers said that a 2007 Book 7 release was likely.


June 11 – MuggleNet’s Gallery opened with over 39,000 pictures.


June 21 – The first promotional image for Order of the Phoenix was released.


June 23 – The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince paperback was released in the UK.


June 25 – J.K. Rowling attended the Queen’s 80th birthday celebration.


July 18 – It was announced that Order of the Phoenix could feature scenes using 3D technology.


July 25 – The paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released in the US.


July 28 – Daniel Radcliffe was confirmed to play a leading role in Equus.


August 1 – J.K. Rowling began her first trip to the US in over six years by holding a press conference in New York City with Stephen King and John Irving prior to the first night of Harry, Carrie and Garp.


August 2 – J.K. Rowling appeared for a second night on Harry, Carrie and Garp, giving a definitive response that “Dumbledore is dead!”


August 2 – The Leaky Mug held its second live podcast in New York City at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.


August 4 – Warner Bros. confirmed the release date of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film to be November 21, 2008.


August 13 – Daniel Radcliffe said that he “will bare it all” upon assuming the role of Alan Strang in London’s West End play, Equus.


August 14 – We got our first look at Natalia Tena as everyone’s favorite metamorphagus, Nymphadora Tonks.


August 24 – A new interview with Rupert Grint, in which he states that he wanted to continue playing Ron through the seventh film, was released.


August 24 – Jessica Stevenson was cast in the fifth film as Mafalda Hopkirk, who works in the Improper Use of Magic Office.


August 26 – “The Weasley Is Our King” storyline was cut from Order of the Phoenix.


September 4 – Voldemort was voted “Baddest Baddie” in Big Bad Read, an online Bloomsbury poll to find the UK’s favorite literary villain from a children’s book.


September 11 – J.K. Rowling debunked a rumor that she has written 750 pages of Book 7.


September 13 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website with the famous NAQ: Why did Dumbledore have James’s invisibility cloak at the time of his death?


September 19Child magazine says that J.K. Rowling was one of 20 who had changed childhood in America forever.


September 24 – Emma Watson stated that she was unsure about a future acting career.


September 25 – Warner Bros. released the first set of high-res photos from the fifth film, including our first glimpse of Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood.


September 29 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website with the second round of WOMBATs and discussed the “honor” of Harry Potter topping the most-banned books list.


September 29 – The Leaky Mug held its fourth live podcast, this time from Los Angeles, California.


October 2MuggleCast won the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Podcast Awards.


October 3 – The American Library Association reported that the Harry Potter series was voted as favorite banned book.


October 4 – Laura Mallory appealed again to the Gwinnett County School Board.


October 6 – The second round of WOMBAT results were delivered.


October 6 – Dobby was cut from Order of the Phoenix.


October 9 – Portuguese translator Isabella Nunes confirmed the identity of RAB.


October 10 – Commemorative J.K. Rowling plaque was installed outside the Edinburgh cafe where she wrote most of the first Potter novel.


October 10 – It was announced that the Order of the Phoenix trailer would be released on November 17.


October 14 – New technology created by Image Metrics was announce to be used for Grawp in the fifth film.


October 16 – Terry Gilliam stated that he is unwilling to direct a Potter film.


October 17 – J.K. Rowling said that she did not sign a letter of intent for a Harry Potter-themed park.


October 20 – Scientists created a real invisibility cloak.


October 25 – MuggleShop debuted.


October 27 – MuggleNet released What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7?


October 29 – David Yates estimated the running time of the fifth film.


October 31 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website, saying that she had a third title to choose from for Book 7.


November 6 – J.K. Rowling was listed among TIME Europe‘s heroes that have emerged in the past six decades.


November 15 – The first Order of the Phoenix promotional poster was released.


November 17 – The trailer for Order of the Phoenix debuted before Happy Feet.


November 20 – The Order of the Phoenix trailer became available online.


November 21 – HBO aired almost four minutes of footage from Order of the Phoenix.


November 17 – Electronic Arts announced the Order of the Phoenix video game.


November 28 – J.K. Rowling won her first literary award in over five years from her home country. She didn’t attend the ceremony but passed along the message that Book 7 is coming along nicely.


December 2 – ABC Family aired thirteen new clips from Order of the Phoenix during their broadcast of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.


December 14 – The Georgia Board of Education rejected Laura Mallory’s appeal in a unanimous decision to keep the Harry Potter books on library shelves.


December 19 – J.K. Rowling updated her diary to say that she dreamed she was Harry Potter. She also said that she is writing scenes that have been planned for a dozen years.


December 21 – The “Do Not Disturb” sign was removed on J.K. Rowling’s official website.


December 21 – The title of the final book was released: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

2005 Year in Review

2005 Year in Review

January 10 – Franz Ferdinand reconsidered contributing a song to Goblet of Fire.


January 17 – Rumors surfaced of a Harry Potter-themed restaurant, but they were quickly denied.


January 19 – David Yates was officially named the director for Order of the Phoenix.


January 19 – First information on the Yule Ball surfaced.


January 23 – The length of Half-Blood Prince was revealed on Barnes & Noble and Amazon websites.


January 24 – J.K. Rowling gave birth to a baby girl.


January 25 – It was announced that Mrs. Weasley would not be in the Goblet of Fire movie.


January 31 – In an article on her official website, J.K. Rowling warned fans of online scams.


February 4 – The first rumors of Elizabeth Hurley being cast as Bellatrix Lestrange appeared, and cropped up several more times throughout the year, but were still debunked each time by Warner Bros.


February 11 – The number of pages in the UK edition of Half-Blood Prince were revealed.


February 17 – A visitor of the Goblet of Fire set told MuggleNet that only Sirius’s head would make an appearance during the fireplace scene, making Gary Oldman fans upset at his minor appearance.


February 25 – Bad weather plagued the filming of Goblet of Fire and delayed production.


March 8 – The Half-Blood Prince book cover was released for US, UK Children, and UK Adult versions.


March 22Order of the Phoenix filming rumors began to stir, beginning with talk of filming in the Czech Republic.


March 30Half-Blood Prince promotional stand was released, revealing new artwork by Mary GrandPré.


March 30 – J.K. Rowling was noted as the 9th richest woman in the UK, with total earnings estimated to be £500 million-£65 million more than last year.


April 4 – Amazon guaranteed delivery of Half-Blood Prince to be on your doorstep on July 16.


April 10 – The Goblet of Fire running time was estimated at 150 minutes, as reported by IMDb.


April 12 – The first details of the Goblet of Fire video game were released by Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.


April 12Half-Blood Prince security was strengthened as the release date drew near, being described as “tighter than the United Nations.”


April 28 – The Half-Blood Prince audio edition in the UK was announced to be released on August 25. American editions were set to be released in the US and Canada on July 16.


May 9 – A conspicuous grammar error on the Goblet of Fire promotional poster was fixed at last, much to the relief of English-literate Harry Potter fans everywhere.


May 13 – MuggleNet webmaster Emerson Spartz announced a trip to Edinburgh to interview J.K. Rowling with Melissa Anelli from The Leaky Cauldron on July 16.


May 22 – J.K. Rowling spoke about her post-HP career.


May 24 – Bets placed on a specific character dying in Half-Blood Prince resulted in attention from the media on a possible manuscript leak. The bets turned out to be correct.


June 3 – Two copies of Half-Blood Prince were stolen but quickly rescued.


June 4 – J.K. Rowling wins J.K. Rowling vs. Half-Blood Prince thieves.


June 5 – MuggleNet’s huge Half-Blood Prince release party, Spellbound 2005, was officially announced.


June 8Half-Blood Prince broke pre-ordering records among online retailers.


June 9 – J.K. Rowling placed a “John Doe” injunction on Half-Blood Prince.


June 13 – Two Half-Blood Prince thieves were charged in court with possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen firearm.


June 20 – Barnes & Noble got 750,000 pre-orders for Half-Blood Prince and announced a J.K. Rowling simulcast at release.


June 21 – MuggleNet’s Harry Potter encyclopedia opened, detailing every aspect there is to know about the Harry Potter series.


June 28 – JKR-written mini-book fetched just over $45,000 on eBay.


June 30 – The Harry Potter series was added as a resource for proper word usage in the Oxford Primary Dictionary.


July 2 – Alice Newton, daughter of the Bloomsbury Books President, told the story of how she saved Harry Potter.


July 16Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released internationally in English to the delight of Harry Potter fans everywhere.


July 18Half-Blood Prince sold a record-breaking 6.9 million copies.


July 19 – Emerson Spartz and Melissa Anelli from The Leaky Cauldron interviewed J.K. Rowling (available here).


July 29 – J.K. Rowling was noted as the most powerful British woman.


August 3 – “Delusional” comment made by Emerson during the J.K. Rowling interview caused an absurd amount of chaos among H/Hr shippers.


August 8 – The Goblet of Fire movie received a PG-13 rating, surprising fans and intriguing regular movie-goers across the US.


August 8 – MuggleNet’s MuggleCast, the first major Harry Potter podcast, was released and quickly rose to #1 on the iTunes Top Podcasts list.


August 14 – J.K. Rowling’s family tree was published.


August 29 – A theory about RAB’s identity gained weight among the Harry Potter online community.


September 6 – A portrait of J.K. Rowling was put on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


September 7Harry Potter special-edition iPod and first-ever digital audiobooks were released on iTunes.


September 12 – J.K. Rowling took on eBay in acting on fake signed copies of Harry Potter books.


September 28 – The French edition of Half-Blood Prince saved about 6,746 trees by using eco-friendly paper.


October 4 – Over 300 million copies of Half-Blood Prince were sold across the world.


October 26 – A Canadian band named “The Wyrd Sisters” applied for an injunction to ban the Goblet of Fire movie in Canada.


October 28 – The Weasleys’ Ford Anglia, used in Chamber of Secrets, was stolen.


November 4 – “The Wyrd Sisters” failed to have Goblet of Fire banned in Canada after several court appearances.


November 6 – The Goblet of Fire world premiere kicked off in London.


November 12 – Pictures began to appear online from the Goblet of Fire premiere in New York City.


November 18Goblet of Fire was released in the US and UK, receiving positive reviews from critics and fans alike.


November 19Goblet of Fire grossed $36 million on the opening day and $101 million during the opening weekend.


November 27Goblet of Fire New York City red carpet interviews with Tiana Benjamin, David Heyman, Katie Leung, Mike Newell, Daniel Radcliffe, Miranda Richardson, Tolga Safer, and Jamie Waylett were released.


November 29Goblet of Fire broke $400 million worldwide in ticket sales.


December 3 – J.K. Rowling told her story of living without fame in a forward she wrote for the book One City.


December 4 – After three weeks in the box office, Goblet of Fire still continued to hold the #1 spot.


December 6 – A statement by Jim Dale caused fans to falsely assume that Harry dies in the seventh book.


December 11 – J.K. Rowling was interviewed by Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4.


December 12 – It was announced that the actress playing Luna Lovegood would be announced in January.


December 17 – J.K. Rowling was honored as the 2005 TIME for Kids Person of the Year but not TIME‘s Person of the Year.


December 24 – It was announced that a plaque would be placed at J.K. Rowling’s former writing spot.


December 24 – J.K. Rowling’s official website was updated with a new diary area and many more goodies.


December 27 – Harry Potter became the most blogged about person of 2005.


December 29Half-Blood Prince made USA Today‘s list of top books of 2005.


December 31 – The Goblet of Fire soundtrack made the top 10 of 2005.

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