2011 – Year in Review

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Find our year in review for 2011 here.

The Numbers:

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

The Stories:

January
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 – One 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Part 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
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
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.


December 19 – The London Mayor unveiled Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s new Diagon Alley set.


December 20 – The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 movie was named in the highly respected film critic Roger Ebert’s 2011 Top Films list.


December 21 – It was announced that an expo Muggle Quidditch match would be played in London, England during the 2012 Olympics.


December 30 – Broadway.com announced that Daniel Radcliffe was named Star of the Year for 2011.


December 31 – Both Alan Rickman and David Hayman discussed the challenge to portray the complexity of Snape’s past throughout the entire series.


December 31 – It was revealed that Helena Bonham Carter would be honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2012.


December 31 – The concept plans for a Wizarding World expansion were leaked.