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!
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January 1 – The Pottermore Correspondent revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the action on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
January 7 – It was announced that Warner Bros. Studio Tour London would be marking the 15th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by hosting a series of special events across the year, including an inside look at the set of number four, Privet Drive.
January 7 – Emma Watson launched her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.
January 8 – It was announced that Running Press would release a collectible Quidditch set.
January 8 – It was announced that the selection committee would create a US National Quidditch Team.
January 12 – VIDEO – The second trailer for Colonia, starring Emma Watson, was released.
January 14 – Alan Rickman, who portrayed Severus Snape, passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.
January 15 – Emma Watson launched a new website for her HeForShe campaign.
January 17 – Details were revealed about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, including news that Flight of the Hippogriff would be bigger and faster than the Florida version.
January 19 – J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson were both nominated for Shorty Awards.
January 19 – Bonnie Wright announced her new directorial project, a film based on the short story “Medusa’s Ankles” by A.S. Byatt.
January 20 – Funko officially released images of Harry Potter Wave 2 Pop! Vinyl figures – Harry Potter in his Triwizard Tournament uniform, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in their Yule Ball garb, Dobby, Draco Malfoy, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood, a Dementor, and Albus Dumbledore.
January 21 – Warner Bros. and Global Experience Specialists announced that they would extend the world tour of Harry Potter: The Exhibition until spring 2020.
January 21 – Emma Watson was listed in Forbes magazine in its annual “30 Under 30” line-up.
January 22 – VIDEO – Sir Kenneth Branagh accepted London’s top honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.
January 22 – VIDEO – Emma Watson spoke on gender parity at the 2016 World Economic Forum.
January 24 – Pottermore released the Great Wand-O-Graphic – an infographic tracking the statistics for wand usage throughout the Harry Potter series.
January 24 – Gary Oldman presented David Heyman with the Producers Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards.
January 25 – It was announced that J.K. Rowling would be honored with the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award at the 2016 PEN Literary Gala and Free Expression Awards.
January 28 – Pottermore announced that the Sorting and wand selection quizzes had returned to the site.
January 29 – Pottermore revealed the names and locations of several other wizarding schools, including the North American school, Ilvermorny.
January 30 – VIDEO – Pottermore released an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featuring the stars of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them discussing their roles and experiences so far as new additions to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
January 30 – Eddie Redmayne announced that filming had wrapped for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on January 29.
January 30 – VIDEO – The first day’s coverage of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort included a Q&A with special guests Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, and Rupert Grint.
February 2 – Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a new ticket reservation system, as well as demand pricing.
February 4 – As part of Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, Bloomsbury Children’s Books found that the Patronus Charm was the world’s favorite spell from the Harry Potter series.
February 5 – Emma Watson was appointed a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall College.
February 5 – Actor Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) returned to the West End to star in the comedic play Hand to God.
February 7 – VIDEO – Daniel Radcliffe joined a number of other British actors to protest cuts made to BBC.
February 8 – Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) dedicated her Evening Standard Film Award to the late Alan Rickman (Professor Snape).
February 10 – Bloomsbury UK revealed its plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
February 10 – Publishers Scholastic and Little, Brown UK announced that they would be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with release set for the summer.
February 11 – Just a day after its publication was announced, the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child topped multiple bestseller charts.
February 11 – MuggleNet offered readers a sneak peek of what they could expect from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
February 12 – Even more Funko vinyl figures were announced, and MuggleNet was able to provide exclusive details on what fans would be able to add to their collections.
February 13 – The cover illustrator and release date for a new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were announced by Bloomsbury UK, and the illustrator would be none other than Jonny Duddle.
February 13 – Soft launch rehearsals were held at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, in anticipation of its April opening.
February 14 – MuggleNet staff members shared how they celebrated Harry Potter Book Night, held on February 4, with our event report.
February 15 – We got another look at Daniel Radcliffe in Now You See Me 2, when a poster featuring his character was released.
February 16 – In a new interview, Katie Leung (Cho Chang) discussed her upcoming mini-series, One Child, and the Harry Potter series.
February 17 – CineConcerts and Warner Bros. teamed up to create a Harry Potter concert series.
February 17 – VIDEO – A new trailer and teaser poster were released for Emma Watson’s film Colonia, and it was also given a US release date.
February 18 – Fans got a first look at Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) as Winston Churchill in the television film Churchill’s Secret.
February 18 – Emma Watson talked about her decision to take a step back from acting roles in 2016.
February 20 – Eddie Redmayne talked about how he immersed himself in magizoology for his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
February 22 – A limited-edition Sorcerer’s Stone print by comics artist Gerhard was available for pre-order from Dark Hall Mansion.
February 23 – Pottermore reported on costume designer Colleen Atwood’s work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
February 23 – Visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London were invited to discover the secrets behind how character Rubeus Hagrid came to life in the Harry Potter films.
February 24 – MuggleNet provided a taste test of the food that fans could expect from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
February 26 – In discussion with Gloria Steinem, Emma Watson talked about how she had come to embrace her “Hermione side.”
February 26 – The full cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced, and rehearsals for the play began.
February 28 – Actress Noma Dumezweni talked about playing an adult Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
March 4 – Imelda Staunton and Sir Kenneth Branagh received Olivier Award Nominations.
March 4 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced the casting of Scorpius Malfoy.
March 5 – J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter chair went up for auction via Heritage Auctions.
March 6 – J.K. Rowling surprised Scottish book club fans by making a rare appearance.
March 8 – Pottermore released new writing from J.K. Rowling, introducing fans to North American magic, called “Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century.”
March 8 – Emma Watson launched HeForShe Arts Week in NYC.
March 9 – Pottermore released a second post from J.K. Rowling on the “History of Magic in North America,” called “Seventeenth Century and Beyond.”
March 10 – Pottermore released the third installment of “History of Magic in North America,” titled “Rappaport’s Law.”
March 11 – The final installment of the “History of Magic in North America” was revealed on Pottermore, introducing fans to four American wandmakers, called “1902s Wizarding America.”
March 15 – Harry Potter Film Concert Series announced Los Angeles dates.
March 17 – MuggleNet’s March Madness, book chapters edition, began.
March 17 – J.K. Rowling was announced as one of Time’s Most Influential People on the Internet.
March 19 – The US National Quidditch team was announced for the 2016 World Cup.
March 22 – The tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were revealed.
March 22 – Universal announced the Potter stars who attended the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
March 23 – Sarita Allison, prosthetic artist for the Potter films, talked about her experiences on the set of the movies, ahead of the special Easter event at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
March 27 – J.K. Rowling opened up about the horrible circumstances that led to the founding of her charitable organization, Lumos.
March 28 – Sonia Friedman talked about casting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and working with J.K. Rowling.
March 29 – Harry Potter: Magical Places & Characters coloring book was released.
March 29 – Publishing partners for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were revealed.
March 30 – The first look into Jim Kay’s illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released.
March 31 – New Harry Potter jigsaw puzzles were announced.
March 31 – Six Potter alumni were nominated for BAFTA TV Awards.
March 31 – Emma Thompson backed a campaign to end homophobia in Scottish schools.
April 2 – The Harry Potter Alliance brought its book drive to US Quidditch Cup 9.
April 4 – Multiple Harry Potter alumni were awarded at the Olivier Awards.
April 4 – It has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe will portray the anti-magician antagonist Walter in the movie Now You See Me 2.
April 5 – The winner of MuggleNet’s March Madness, book chapters edition, was the No. 3 seed “The Flaw in the Plan” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
April 5 – Universal Studios Hollywood sold out for its opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
April 6 – J.K. Rowling’s writing chair was sold at auction.
April 7 – Cursed Child found its Rose Weasley in actress Cherrelle Skeete.
April 10 – Eight-time Oscar nominee composer James Newton Howard was revealed to compose Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s film score.
April 10 – The teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts was released.
April 11 – Pottermore dished on fantastic beasts shown in the teaser trailer.
April 12 – New attractions were unveiled for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan.
April 13 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened the doors to number four, Privet Drive.
April 14 – The first look at Rupert Grint in Adolf the Artist was revealed.
April 18 – The Paris Titans team won the European Quidditch Cup championship match .
April 20 – The QC Boston team won the ninth annual US Quidditch Cup.
April 25 – Emma Watson discussed her movie Regression.
April 26 – It was announced that the Fantastic Beasts screenplay would be published as a book.
April 27 – The Fantastic Beasts production designer discussed the making of the Salem memorial.
April 28 – MinaLima released new Harry Potter stationery.
April 29 – Emma Watson interviewed Geena Davis discussing feminism and sexism in Hollywood.
April 29 – MuggleNet celebrated July 31 with another fabulous YALC Potter party.
May 12 – It was announced that J.K. Rowling would be attending a special gala performance of Cursed Child with proceeds going to her children’s charity, Lumos.
May 16 – Fans in Liverpool were given a chance to see the motorbike that Hagrid rode in Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The bike was on loan as part of an exhibit celebrating the city’s role in film over the last 60 years.
May 16 – During a Q&A session, Bonnie Wright used her experiences to give us a list of eight tips for creatives.
May 17 – While being awarded the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for work in opposing oppression, Rowling used lessons taught in Harry Potter as examples for how to spread tolerance and respect.
May 18 – It was revealed Steven Spielberg was set to present composer John Williams with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
May 26 – Through the Pottermore Correspondent, we were given a glimpse at the Fantastic Beasts creative team’s inspiration for 1920s New York, the Tenement Museum.
May 30 – In a Fantastic Beasts roundup, we got to hear from the women of the film about what it was like working with Eddie Redmayne, what it was like on set, Tina and Queenie’s apartment, and their feelings for J.K. Rowling.
May 31 – A week before the Cursed Child previews, we were given the first Potter “family portrait,” featuring Harry, Albus, and Ginny.
May 31 – The Shanghai International Film Festival announced that it would be screening all eight Harry Potter films as a part of the festivities.
June 1 – Sales for Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Belgium broke records for ticket sales – over 75,000.
June 1 – VIDEO – Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint were sorted on Pottermore, as well as Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch in subsequent days.
June 1 – Daniel Radcliffe returned to the world of magic in Now You See Me 2 and claimed he might not see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
June 2 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child revealed the Malfoy “family portrait.”
June 5 – J.K. Rowling finally opened up about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in her only interview prior to the opening of the play in London.
June 6 – J.K. Rowling confronted online criticism of Noma Dumezweni being cast as Hermione.
June 6 – Daniel Radcliffe discussed his life after Potter and some of his weird choices in roles for upcoming films.
June 6 – The cast and creative team behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child provided insight into the origin of the new stage production.
June 7 – MuggleNet attended Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and provided a spoiler-free review of Part One of the play.
June 8 – Despite the request from Jo to #KeepTheSecrets, fans offered their opinions on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
June 9 – MuggleNet posted the second part of the spoiler-free review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
June 10 – LEGO Dimensions announced the inclusion of Harry Potter and Newt Scamander in the latest version of the game.
June 12 – MuggleNet reported on a special 60-minute Q&A session with Potter producer David Heyman.
June 17 – In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, MuggleNet took a look back at all the things J.K. Rowling had done to give back to fans and to prove that love conquers all, including donating flowers to the memorial service of a victim of the shooting.
June 20 – Noma Dumezweni talked about playing Hermione and how she found the character to be fascinating.
June 20 – A new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poster was revealed, and an announcement was made about a surprise to take place at VidCon.
June 21 – A new block of tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced.
June 21 – Scholastic and Bloomsbury announced plans to release an updated edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book in 2017.
June 23 – VIDEO – J.K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne introduced fans and press to Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, and Jacob Kowalski.
June 23 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child press performances were moved ahead by one week, and the embargo on reviews of the play was lifted.
June 23 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced its plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with special events and guests.
June 27 – J.K. Rowling announced that she, David Yates, and Eddie Redmayne, along with other members of the cast, would attend a special screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York City to benefit her foundation, Lumos.
June 28 – VIDEO – Pottermore revealed the origins of the North American wizarding school, Ilvermorny, with all-new writing from J.K. Rowling, which included the four different Houses students were sorted into.
June 30 – Newly designed Harry Potter DVD, Blu-ray, and Steelbook covers were announced by Warner Bros. and HMV.
June 30 – Emma Watson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
June 30 – Daniel Radcliffe raised hopes for Potter fans by saying he would not rule out a return to the role of Harry Potter.
June 30 – A deluxe edition of Jim Kay’s illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was announced to be released in October 2016.
July 4 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced Breakfast at Hogwarts, a special ticketed event in front of the Hogwarts Castle model.
July 8 – Funko Pop! announced its first Fantastic Beasts figure: Newt Scamander.
July 13 – We learned that Warner Bros. had acquired Cursed Child trademarks, including for motion picture films.
July 16 – MuggleNet reported on Leviosa, a first-time Harry Potter fan convention in Las Vegas.
July 16 – MuggleNet teamed up with the Hogwarts Running Club for its Fantastic Beasts 5K virtual run.
July 20 – The first test screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was held in Chicago.
July 23 – VIDEO – San Diego Comic-Con held a Fantastic Beasts panel, featuring David Yates, David Heyman, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, and Alison Sudol, and a new trailer was released.
July 26 – The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book topped Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists and was Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.
July 30 – HarperCollins announced three books that would detail behind-the-scenes work on Fantastic Beasts.
July 30 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opened with a red carpet gala attended by J.K. Rowling. The script book was released that night at midnight release parties worldwide.
August 3 – Scholastic sales of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reached above two million in the first two days of publication.
August 4 – Warner Bros. announced its partnership with the Noble Collection to release Fantastic Beasts merchandise.
August 5 – Bloomsbury announced the release of several Fantastic Beasts tie-in books, including J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities and Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook.
August 8 – Bloomsbury announced celebration plans for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2017, including special Hogwarts House editions and an exhibition at the British Library.
August 9 – Universal Studios Japan announced special Halloween festivities for 2016.
August 17 – Pottermore announced the publication of the three Pottermore Presents e-books, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, for release on September 6.
August 23 – The international trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released.
August 26 – The first photos of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, surfaced.
August 31 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced special Fantastic Beasts screening events.
September 1 – VIDEO – Disney released a sneak peek of the new Beauty and the Beast film.
September 1 – The 1920s-inspired cover of Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook was revealed.
September 3 – Rupert Grint was spotted on the set of the television show Snatch for his first day of filming.
September 8 – Warner Bros. and TT Games announced that PlayStation’s LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 will be combined on one disc for the Playstation 4.
September 9 – Matthew Lewis was named Man of the Month by the UK’s Phoenix magazine.
September 10 – Alan Rickman, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Thompson, and many more Potter stars were named on the Evening Standard’s list of London’s Most Influential People 2016.
September 11 – VIDEO – We get a first look at the Harry Potter expansion for LEGO Dimensions, including scenes from Hogwarts, the Chamber of Secrets, Hogsmeade, and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
September 12 – The people of Utrecht, Netherlands, received the happy news that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would be headed their way in February 2017.
September 12 – MuggleNet visited the set of Fantastic Beasts and reported on our fantastic findings.
September 12 – Alison Sudol spoke on her character Queenie, meeting J.K. Rowling, and female role models during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – MuggleNet’s report on the Fantastic Beasts set visit continued.
September 12 – Eddie Redmayne talked about wands, his character Newt, and the beasts of Fantastic Beasts during MuggleNet’s set visit.
September 12 – Director David Yates spoke on his return to the wizarding world during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – Dan Fogler talked about being a No-Maj in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – Ezra Miller spoke on his experience with the Potter series during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – Producer David Heyman talked about getting back into the wizarding world during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – Production designer Stuart Craig spoke on designing the magical landscape of New York during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – MuggleNet reported on all of the beasts we spotted on the set of Fantastic Beasts.
September 12 – Katherine Waterston spoke on becoming her character Tina during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 12 – Colin Farrell talked about his character Graves in an interview during MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts set visit.
September 17 – VIDEO – J.K. Rowling spoke on her charity Lumos in a live chat to launch We Are Lumos worldwide.
September 17 – Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Eddie Redmayne would be making an appearance at PopFest.
September 19 – The adorable Funko Pop! collection ofFantastic Beasts characters is unveiled.
September 22 – VIDEO – The much-awaited Patronus quiz went live on Pottermore, leading to some very mixed feelings among fans.
September 22 – We learned that the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack would be released on November 4, 2016.
September 23 – VIDEO – Emma Watson spoke in front of the UN General Assembly on gender inequality and violence against women.
September 24 – Bloomsbury revealed a sneak peek at Jim Kay’s illustration of Lockhart from the illustrated Chamber of Secrets.
September 24 – Terence Bayler, who played the Bloody Baron in the original Potter movies, passed away at age 86.
September 26 – MinaLima announced they would be in Paris with a new graphic art exhibition during November.
September 28 – Fans got a sneak peek inside Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook.
September 28 – VIDEO – The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released.
September 28 – Warner Bros. announced that it was hosting a Global Fan Event at participating theaters, including a live Q&A with the cast and never-before-seen footage from the Fantastic Beasts film.
September 28 – The EU and Haiti came together to fight child trafficking with a little help from Lumos.
September 29 – J.K. Rowling was named Hollywood’s most powerful author of 2016.
September 30 – Emma Watson met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about gender inequality.
September 30 – We got our first look at Emma Watson as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
October 3 – The international tour schedule for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series was revealed.
October 3 – IMAX announced that it would re-release all eight Harry Potter films in theaters for a one-week-only event.
October 4 – The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition was released, and illustrator Jim Kay talked about bringing the magic of the book to life.
October 6 – Pottermore revealed the history of MACUSA, filled with magic, deception, and more.
October 7 – When the full track list for Fantastic Beasts was released, MuggleNet speculated on song titles and what they would reveal about the plot of the upcoming film.
October 7 – VIDEO – The first listen to the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack, featuring the opening track, was released.
October 9 – The release date for Emma Watson’s new film, The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and John Boyega (The Force Awakens), was revealed.
October 13 – Tickets for Fantastic Beasts officially went on sale.
October 13 – At the Fantastic Beasts Global Fan Event, J.K. Rowling announced that there would be five movies in the series, which sent fans into madness.
October 15 – MuggleNet reveals its role in the Newsweek Special Edition – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
October 18 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced a Fantastic Beasts interactive mobile game, just days after MuggleNet speculation.
October 18 – SpeakBeasty‘s first live episode, “Live at NYCC 2016!,” became available for download.
October 23 – David Yates revealed the second Fantastic Beasts film will feature young Dumbledore at Hogwarts and more.
October 26 – Hugh Mitchell made his case on why Colin Creevey didn’t deserve to die in the Battle of Hogwarts.
October 26 – Emma Watson encouraged women to vote in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.
October 27 – Eddie Redmayne was announced to star as Newt Scamander in Children in Need sketch.
October 27 – Empire Magazine featured new, intriguing facts on the Fantastic Beasts series, as well as an advanced, special edition, moving cover.
October 29 – Emma Watson partnered with eco-friendly clothing line Zady to promote ethical, eco-conscious fashion.
October 31 – MuggleNet announced it would be at the NYC Fantastic Beasts premiere.
November 1 – Emma Watson received the Inspiration Award at the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar UK Women of the Year Awards in London.
November 1 – Rumors broke out that Johnny Depp could star in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts alongside official reports of his cameo role in the first film.
November 1 – Bonnie Wright discussed her rewarding experience of visiting Haiti with Lumos.
November 1 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was nominated for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy.
November 2 – We got our first look at Emma Watson as Belle on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
November 2 – Hot butterbeer was added to the menu at the Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
November 2 – MinaLima, designer duo of the Marauder’s Map, released Fantastic Beasts art prints and stationery for online pre-order.
November 3 – Eddie Redmayne talked about his prior acting experiences and acting methods in a lengthy interview with CBS.
November 3 – Bloomsbury released an illustrated Harry Potter box set, inclusive of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
November 3 – WaterTower Music released an 18-track YouTube playlist of the entire Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack to listen to for free.
November 4 – It was announced that 60,000 Cursed Child tickets were to be released for sale on November 22.
November 5 – The Noble Collection released its official Fantastic Beasts collection, including the wands of Newt Scamander, Percival Graves, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and Seraphina Picquery.
November 7 – At the press junket for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston talked about the work of Lumos, feminism during the 1920s, and more.
November 7 – David Yates revealed more Fantastic Beasts sequel spoilers with one pertaining to the films exploring the rise of Gellert Grindelwald.
November 7 – MuggleNet interviewed Ezra Miller to discuss his character, Credence, and his meeting with J.K. Rowling.
November 7 – VIDEO – J.K. Rowling discussed how she perceives the differing perspectives of Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob.
November 8 – A new Harry Potter exhibition opened in Singapore, which houses various multimedia exhibits and offers special collectibles.
November 9 – The Cursed Child script was shortlisted for the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year.
November 9 – David Yates was announced to receive the prestigious Citizen of Honour in Liverpool, England.
November 10 – MinaLima announced an exclusive midnight launch party to be held on November 18 at 12:01 a.m. GMT in celebration of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
November 10 – A new teaser poster of Beauty and the Beast was released, thanks to Emma Watson’s tweet.
November 10 – J.K. Rowling gave further information on Albus Dumbledore’s past at a press conference in New York City ahead of the film’s release.
November 10 – The Fantastic Beasts world premiere took place in New York City with numerous red carpet interviews with J.K. Rowling, Eddie Remayne, and more.
November 12 – David Heyman compared the Harry Potter film series with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in an article for the Telegraph.
November 14 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the award for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London.
November 14 – We received a first look at Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in the filming of Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling) Cormoran Strike series.
November 14 – Lumos invited MuggleNet to attend J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts benefit screening at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan.
November 14 – Universal Orlando Resort launched the online Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Challenge.
November 15 – The UK received its own Quidditch Premier League with the launch of eight teams competing for the title.
November 15 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made it to the final round of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy.
November 16 – NYC & Company collaborated with Warner Bros. to launch a Fantastic Beasts-inspired campaign known as Fantastic NYC.
November 16 – VIDEO – The Beauty and the Beast trailer shattered records for the most views in 24 hours with total views amounting to a whopping 127.6 million (excluding China).
November 17 – The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added additional international tour dates, and the show conductor, Justin Freer, spoke of his excitement for the tours to come to the UK.
November 17 – Universal Studios Japan debuted its first-ever Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
November 17 – James Newton Howard discussed how it felt to score Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and to join J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
November 18 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay and the film were released.
November 19 – Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities were released, which feature prop design and pull-outs from Fantastic Beasts and pop-up scenes from Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter, respectively.
November 20 – Fantastic Beasts dominated the weekend box office with a whopping $218.3 million worldwide.
November 22 – Warwick Davis became set to cover a new documentary called Fantastic Beasts and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which will provide exclusive access to the Fantastic Beasts cast and crew and J.K. Rowling herself.
November 25 – VIDEO – Sam Clemmett, who plays Albus Potter in Cursed Child, talked to Pottermore of his experience in the play production.
November 26 – J.K. Rowling kindly sent Harry Potter books to a seven-year-old girl in Aleppo, Syria.
November 30 – VIDEO – Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson donated sunglasses to Specs Appeal, run by Sightsavers, which works to improve the lives of those with sight loss.
November 30 – Matthew Lewis visited schools in Leeds, England, to discuss career aspirations and his Harry Potter experience.
December 1 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them passed the 500-million-dollar mark in its second week.
December 2 – Cursed Child was nominated for 11 WhatsonStage awards, including Best New Play and Best Direction.
December 2 – VIDEO – Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World was released for Android, iPad, and iPhone.
December 3 – Universal Studios Hollywood removed the 3D effects on its Forbidden Journey ride, citing complaints such as motion sickness and dizziness.
December 7 – Cursed Child won for Best Fantasy in the Goodreads Choice Awards.
December 8 – The first wave of talent was announced for 2017’s A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
December 10 – Cursed Child became Amazon’s bestselling, most gifted, and most wished-for book of 2016.
December 11 – Hollywood professionals named Hermione Granger their favorite female film character.
December 14 – A recently discovered species of spider was named Eriovixia gryffindori, after Godric Gryffindor, due to its similarity in appearance to Gryffindor’s Sorting Hat.
December 20 – J.K. Rowling announced her newly redesigned interactive website, which crashed shortly thereafter with all her fans trying to access it.
December 21 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter was named the UK’s most popular tourist attraction.
December 24 – J.K. Rowling offered a Christmas message of kindness, caring, and hope via her Twitter account.
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January 2 – New construction photos were published, showing the latest developments of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
January 8 – David Heyman revealed that previous Harry Potter production designer Stuart Craig would be returning to the wizarding world to work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
January 12 – MuggleNet announced that J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, would be the sole charitable beneficiary for MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum.
January 13 – The Harry Potter Alliance achieved its biggest victory yet: Warner Bros. officially moved forward with plans to make all chocolate sold at Warner Bros. outlets and through its licensed partners 100% UTZ or Fair Trade, following the HPA’s campaign Not in Harry’s Name.
January 13 – Bloomsbury revealed four exclusive illustrations from Jim Kay’s illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition.
January 23 – More images were released from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, showing that the framework for the Hogwarts towers had been put in place.
January 25 – Emma Watson delivered a speech at the UN Women’s press conference on January 23 to launch UN Women’s newest project, IMPACT 10x10x10, a follow-up to the HeForShe campaign.
January 26 – It was confirmed that Emma Watson would be starring in a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon.
January 26 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter announced that their latest expansion would contain the original Hogwarts Express steam train, officially opening on March 19.
February 1 – The trailer aired for the Casual Vacancy miniseries.
February 6 – The first clip from the Casual Vacancy miniseries showed news of Barry Fairbrother’s death spreading through the town.
February 6 – J.K. Rowling took to Twitter, revealing why 12 Grimmauld Place is in the middle of Muggle London, what happened to Fluffy, and why the Harry-Horcrux wasn’t destroyed when Harry was bitten by the Basilisk.
February 6 – MuggleNet reviewed Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Book Night, which took place February 5 at Waterstone’s Piccadilly.
February 10 – Bryony Evens, who worked for the Christopher Little Literary Agency, talked about pushing for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be published.
February 12 – J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter that she had written a Patronus quiz for Pottermore.
February 13 – Funko announced a new line of Pop! Vinyl figures featuring seven Harry Potter characters – Harry, Ron, Hermione, Voldemort, Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape.
February 20 – J.K. Rowling donated £5,000 to Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.
February 27 – Philip Errington, the writer of J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013, discussed the detailed research he did for the book and what J.K. Rowling had to say about it.
March 3 – MuggleNet reviewed the new Hogwarts Express at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London premiere event and interviewed actor Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley).
March 6 – Bloomsbury released an image of Flourish and Blotts from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
March 6 – The South, Southwest, and West Quidditch Regional Championships all crowned their winners!
March 8 – Emma Watson participated in a live Facebook conversation on International Women’s Day to discuss HeForShe.
March 10 – J.K. Rowling became a recipient of the British Red Cross Humanity Award.
March 16 – Emma Thompson (Proffessor Sybill Trelawney) was cast as Mrs. Potts in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson.
March 18 – It was announced that Tom Felton’s documentary, Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, would air on BBC Three on March 23.
March 20 – J.K. Rowling visited the British School in Nepal, where she discussed Harry Potter and Lumos and gave advice for creative writers (audio file on page).
March 20 – New clips were released of Daniel Radcliffe from Tom Felton Meets the Superfans.
March 20 – New clips were released of J.K. Rowling and Rupert Grint from Tom Felton Meets the Superfans.
March 24 – It was revealed that fans would be able to see “part” of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hollywood.
March 26 – The US and UK covers for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with artwork by Jim Kay, were revealed.
March 27 – It was announced that Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) would receive a Legend Award at the Jameson Empire Awards.
April 9 – J.K. Rowling launched the US branch of her charity, Lumos.
April 13 – A hardback illustrated copy of J.K. Rowling’s infamous 2008 Harvard speech, titled J.K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives, hit shelves in aid of Lumos.
April 14 – Pottermore updated and told users to expect new and exciting changes to the site.
April 18 – MuggleNet held MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum at London’s ExCeL Centre, our very first convention, which featured numerous members of the Harry Potter cast and crew.
April 20 – Warner Bros. announced that the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be released in IMAX format.
April 22 – Emma Watson was honored for her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador at the Time 100 Gala.
April 23 – We talked updates on what the special guests at MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum have been up to!
April 24 – J.K. Rowling announced that Career of Evil would be the title of the third installment in the Cormoran Strike series.
April 28 – MuggleNet launched its monthly Quibbler contests.
April 30 – Daniel Radcliffe was named the Celebrity Straight Ally at the British LGBT Awards 2015.
April 30 – Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Tom Sergeant in Skylight.
May 10 – Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) was awarded the Pragnell Shakespeare Birthday Award during a ceremony in late April.
May 12 – Rupert Grint won two Audience Choice Awards for his debut role on Broadway in the production It’s Only a Play.
May 12 – J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, was shortlisted for the UK 2015 Charity Awards, in recognition of its work in Moldova.
May 16 – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was named the best ride that doesn’t go upside down by the Orlando Informer.
May 17 – Australia’s National College Quidditch championship took place, and the University of Western Sydney took home the title.
May 19 – An annual film festival held in memory of late Harry Potter cast member Rob Knox (Marcus Belby) saw its most popular year ever for submissions.
May 20 – Bloomsbury UK released a new illustration by Jim Kay, leading up to the release of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
May 20 – Universal Studios Japan unveiled its plans for a 3D version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
May 27 – We got a sneak peek at Harry Potter graphic design duo MinaLima’s new edition of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
May 27 – We pondered on casting rumors surrounding the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, namely who would play Queenie, Tina, and Jacob.
May 27 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood announced an expansion set to include a photo opportunity featuring Harry Potter.
June 2 – Universal Studios announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park would be expanding to Hollywood in the spring of 2016.
June 5 – MuggleNet teamed up with UK charity Booktrust for a Harry Potter party at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) at London Film and Comic Con.
June 5 – Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling commented on Redmayne’s casting as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
June 7 – MuggleNet previewed the Jim Kay-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, available from Bloomsbury and Scholastic on October 6.
June 10 – Pottermore released a new wizarding world timeline outlining key wizarding world events and characters, which revealed some names and facts for the first time.
June 12 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced a new feature, Sweets and Treats, showing visitors how film food was made for the series.
June 14 – MuggleNet’s fourth annual Ordinary Wizarding Level Examinations (OWLs) began!
June 15 – Actress Katherine Waterston was cast as Porpentina in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and was said to play a “pivotal role” in Newt’s adventures in New York City.
June 18 – Scholastic announced that it would be releasing new US editions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages.
June 18 – Universal Orlando celebrated the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s fifth anniversary with a red carpet appearance by J.K. Rowling.
June 23 – Pottermore released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the site, including entries on Petunia Dursley, Peter Pettigrew, Extension Charms, and the Sword of Gryffindor.
June 24 – Bloomsbury UK announced that it would release new Harry Potter adult hardback editions, with cover designs featuring woodcuts by Andrew Davidson.
June 26 – Daniel Radcliffe and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Eddie Redmayne were invited to join the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
June 28 – It was announced that Tom Felton would be honored with the Giffoni Experience Award at the 45th Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, making him the second Harry Potter actor to win a Giffoni, after Alan Rickman.
July 6 – Celebrating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, UK fans got a taste of entering Diagon Alley with a unique photo opportunity at London’s King’s Cross.
July 7 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter received two awards from Theme Park Insider.
July 15 – Bloomsbury announced a deluxe edition of the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, set for an October release.
July 18 – Actor John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Congratulations, Sir John!
July 18 – Warner Bros. held an open casting call for the role of Modesty in Fantastic Beasts at ExCeL Centre London.
July 28 – Harry Potter fans were called to action to help update the Harry Potter Lexicon.
August 5 – After a casting call in July, Faith Wood-Blagrove was cast as Modesty in Fantastic Beasts.
August 5 – Colin Farrell was cast as Graves in Fantastic Beasts.
August 7 – Jenn Murray was cast as an unspecified role (later revealed as Chastity) in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
August 7 – MuggleCast celebrated its tenth anniversary.
August 10 – Venues for the 2015-2016 Quidditch season were announced, with Columbia, South Carolina, winning the bid to host the Quidditch World Cup.
August 12 – With rumors flying about the start date for the filming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, cast members began to tweet about rehearsing for the film.
August 14 – J.K. Rowling revealed that her research into the subject matter for Career of Evil gave her nightmares.
August 14 – J.K. Rowling tweeted that Tina and Queenie’s surname in Fantastic Beasts is Goldstein and also confirmed that the sisters are distantly related to Anthony Goldstein from the Potter books.
August 17 – Filming for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them began at Leavesden Studios.
August 17 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced the return of its Back to School event, to take place in September. The event allowed visitors to take part in design and storyboarding workshops.
August 20 – Pottermore announced the last House Cup via Twitter.
August 20 – The Fantastic Beasts casting announcements continued to roll in, with Jane Perry confirmed to be already working on the film.
August 21 – J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to reveal that fans already knew the name of the “Cursed Child” and that she blames Tom Felton for making girls have an unhealthy love for Draco Malfoy.
August 25 – Responding to a perceived lack of ethnic diversity in the Fantastic Beasts cast, J.K. Rowling tweeted that the whole cast of characters was yet to be revealed and that not the entire cast is white.
August 26 – J.K. Rowling tweeted about the possibility of there being Hogwarts House hybrids.
August 28 – The Harry Potter Alliance joined the Copyright Coalition to help protect fan fiction and fan art, as Congress attempted to change laws regarding fair use.
September 3 – Pottermore began to allow users to print personalized certificates of their progress on the site.
September 4 – J.K. Rowling narrated a video for Lumos, highlighting the plight of eight million children in orphanages.
September 9 – Hufflepuff won the final Pottermore House Cup. J.K. Rowling described it as “the dawn of the age of Hufflepuff.”
September 10 – Shanghai, China, was announced as the next tour stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
September 10 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter announced its Dark Arts feature, which ran for two weeks in October in celebration of Halloween.
September 10 – J.K. Rowling made headlines by reminding everyone that the “T” in “Voldemort” is silent.
September 15 – Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book was made available for pre-order, and was later released in November.
September 22 – Pottermore relaunched with new content and reports from the Pottermore Correspondent. J.K. Rowling provided new information about the Potter family history.
September 24 – J.K. Rowling revealed on Twitter that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be told in two parts.
September 29 – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter announced Dinner in the Great Hall, a special event to take place December 3.
September 29 – Emma Watson discussed her experiences with sexism in the film industry, as part of a report in the Guardian.
October 6 – The Jim Kay illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released.
October 8 – Ron Perlman joined the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
October 10 – John Williams became the first composer to receive the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
October 12 – It was announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be filming on location in Liverpool, England.
October 14 – It was announced that the seasonal Hogwarts in the Snow feature would return to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London beginning on November 13.
October 20 – The first pictures were released from the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
October 20 – J.K. Rowling released the third book in the Cormoran Strike series, Career of Evil, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
October 22 – Artwork and ticket information was released for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, giving insight as to how the play’s two-part format would work.
October 23 – The synopsis for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was revealed.
October 28 – Priority booking tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went on sale, breaking records.
October 29 – It was announced that Daniel Radcliffe would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
November 3 – Pottermore and Entertainment Weekly revealed information about Fantastic Beasts’s newly revealed title design. We also learned that the film would be set in 1926.
November 4 – We got our first look at Newt Scamander on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
November 4 – MuggleNet interviewed Aïcha Wijland, the artist responsible for J.K. Rowling’s favorite fan art of young Sirius and James.
November 4 – Entertainment Weekly gave us a glimpse of New York’s wizarding world, through official photos from the set of Fantastic Beasts.
November 5 – MuggleNet searched for plot clues in the new Fantastic Beasts photos.
November 5 – Entertainment Weekly revealed the plot of Fantastic Beasts.
November 5 – Fantastic Beasts character descriptions were released, revealing information about Queenie’s magical talents, the franchise’s first No-Maj (Muggle) main character, and much more!
November 5 – MuggleNet discussed David Heyman’s statements on diversity in the Fantastic Beasts cast.
November 5 – Eddie Redmayne chatted with Cinema Blend about the pressure of being the new leading man in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
November 5 – MuggleNet took a look at some of the beasts that we hoped to see in Fantastic Beasts.
November 6 – Entertainment Weekly released an article detailing five secrets we might have missed from its Fantastic Beasts cover, including new information about the MACUSA and Newt’s briefcase.
November 6 – MuggleNet wondered if Albus Dumbledore would be in Fantastic Beasts.
November 9 – John Williams’s works were voted into the top ten movie scores of all time, including the Harry Potter score.
November 9 – The Pottermore Correspondent reported from the set of Fantastic Beasts, revealing information about the NYC set and the Goldstein sisters’ apartment.
November 11 – The second wave of Harry Potter Funko Pop! Vinyl figures was announced.
November 12 – MuggleNet reported that a signed, deluxe, illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone would be sold at a Sotheby’s auction to raise money for Lumos.
November 12 – Harry Potter graphic design team MinaLima announced the opening of an exhibition of their work at the Coningsby Gallery in London.
November 13 – Ron Perlman revealed that Newt Scamander comes to visit his character’s nightclub in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
November 16 – The first episode of MuggleWatch, MuggleNet’s biweekly video update on Potter news, went on the air.
November 18 – Storm Barney damaged the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set and forced at least four hundred members of the cast and crew to evacuate.
November 19 – The IQA announced that the 2016 Quidditch World Cup would take place in Frankfurt on July 23-24.
November 19 – Universal Studios Hollywood offered a virtual tour of the park’s Hogsmeade, via the Hogwarts Express!
November 19 – David Heyman compared Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Goblet of Fire in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
November 20 – All seven Harry Potter books became available for download through Audible, Amazon’s audiobook subscription service.
November 24 – Eddie Redmayne told the Wall Street Journal that he and Dan Fogler were handling live snakes on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
November 24 – Funko revealed mini Pocket Pop! Keychain versions of Harry, Hermione, and Voldemort.
November 25 – The Producers Guild of America honored David Heyman with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award.
November 26 – British casting agency Signature Model Management posted a casting call for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
November 27 – Emma Watson was featured in the “Incredible Women” issue of Porter Magazine.
November 28 – J.K. Rowling called the Harry Potter world an “explosion of color” in an interview with the Guardian.
November 30 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition prepared to reopen, this time in Shanghai, China.
November 30 – Radio Times announced that J.K. Rowling would be paying tribute to comedian Peter Kay in a BBC One special celebrating Kay’s career.
December 1 – MuggleNet provided a look at the opening of MinaLima’s exhibition, The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films, on November 30.
December 4 – James and Oliver Phelps welcomed guests to Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Shanghai, which officially opened on December 5.
December 6 – An exhibition of Jim Kay’s artwork opened at Seven Stories in Newcastle.
December 8 – Universal Studios Hollywood announced that Rhe Wizarding World of Harry Potter would open at the theme park on April 7, 2016.
December 9 – Pottermore’s CEO, Susan Jurevics, provided insight into the site’s redesign and also hinted at future changes during London’s FutureBook 2015 conference.
December 10 – Warner Bros. released the first official plot synopsis for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
December 14 – Both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Career of Evil were shortlisted for Audible UK’s Audiobook of the Year.
December 15 – The world got its first glimpse of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them footage as Warner Bros. released an announcement trailer for the film.
December 17 – Director David Yates revealed how the cast of Fantastic Beasts was built around Eddie Redmayne’s casting.
December 20 – MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts podcast, SpeakBeasty, was launched.
December 20 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast its Harry, Ron, and Hermione, with the Black British actress Noma Dumezweni chosen to portray Hermione Granger.
December 22 – A signed illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone raised £13,750 for Lumos at a Sotheby’s auction.
December 22 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone won Audible UK’s Audiobook of the Year.
December 22 – J.K. Rowling and Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne addressed the casting choices for the play.
December 26 – Cursed Child theater producer Sonia Friedman was nominated for a 2016 Stage Award.
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January 6 – By popular demand, the 2014 MuggleNet fandom calendar became available digitally.
January 8 – New photos of the Diagon Alley expansion in Orlando showing the buildings beginning to take shape were released.
January 16 – Pottermore released the next installment of chapters from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
January 16 – Roger Lloyd Pack, who portrayed Barty Crouch, Sr., passed away at age 69 from pancreatic cancer.
January 17 – In a new list compiled by an online education company, six of the seven Harry Potter books ranked among UK children’s favorite books.
January 21 – New trailers for the Diagon Alley expansion in Orlando were released.
January 23 – Universal Orlando Resort hosted a webcast revealing more details about the rides and shops in the Diagon Alley expansion.
January 25 – J.K. Rowling revealed exclusive information about GIlderoy Lockhart on Pottermore.
January 26 – Universal Orlando Resort gave guests a chance to check out the progress of Diagon Alley by adding viewing windows to the construction walls.
January 27 – Weasley sweaters became available for purchase at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
January 30 – An annotated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone went on display at the National Library of Scotland.
January 30 – A team of students from DePaul University and University of Michigan created a Quidditch virtual reality game.
February 4 – Signs were added to King’s Cross station and Leicester Square tube station at the Diagon Alley expansion in Orlando.
February 5 – J.K. Rowling was named by CNBC as one of the world’s top 200 influential people.
February 6 – MuggleNet announced the 2014 Wizolypmics in Sochi, Russia.
February 7 – The full text of the Wonderland article regarding Hermione and Ron’s adult relationship was published.
February 13 – The Deathly Hallows novel made a list of the 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, coming in at No. 33.
February 15 – J.K. Rowling revealed that Harry Potter’s original name was Harry Batt.
February 16 – Margery Mason, who portrayed the food trolley witch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, passed away at age 100.
February 17 – The UK cover for The Silkworm was released.
March 2 – It was announced that Sarah Phelps will be the screenwriter for The Casual Vacancy miniseries.
March 5 – J.K. Rowling signed an open letter to the British government, urging them “to protect women and children from sexual violence in conflict.”
March 6 – MuggleNet announced its own contest for fans to predict the opening date of the Diagon Alley expansion in Universal Orlando Resort.
March 7 – J.K. Rowling was voted Most Inspirational Businesswoman by a British survey conducted by Crunch Accounting.
March 10 – J.K. Rowling made a list of most popular authors among British schoolchildren.
March 13 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter created a new advertisement shot by some of the original Harry Potter crew members.
March 14 – J.K. Rowling revealed Part 1 of the history of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.
March 14 – Details about the Hogwarts Express ride were revealed.
March 17 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley released new commercials offering a sneak peek of the expansion.
March 21 – Number 4 Privet Drive, a house built on a private road near Leavesden Studios, was put up for sale.
March 21 – MuggleNet addressed rumors that Emma Watson would be starring in a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, possibly influenced by our 2013 April Fools Day prank post.
March 21 – J.K. Rowling revealed Part 2 of the history of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.
March 25 – Daniel Radcliffe’s stuntman for the Harry Potter series, David Holmes, opened up about the accident he suffered while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2009 that left him paralyzed for life.
March 27 – Original Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban cover artwork was put up for auction starting at $20,000 and $12,500, respectively.
March 28 – Photos were released of structures beginning to take shape at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
March 29 – Warner Bros. announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy beginning in New York.
March 30 – Ravenclaw won the Pottermore House Cup for the first time.
April 3 – Bloomsbury announced plans to publish J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography, a collection of bibliographic details on all of J.K. Rowling’s writings.
April 4 – Cologne, Germany was revealed as the next tour stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
April 4 – The Harry Potter Alliance launched its annual “Accio Books!” campaign.
April 4 – J.K. Rowling attended the “Scotland, Please Don’t Go” event to benefit Scotland’s “Better Together” campaign.
April 6 – The Quidditch World Cup VII was held in North Myrtle Beach, SC, where the University of Texas at Austin emerged victorious.
April 7 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter announced the return of “Wand Week,” an event allowing visitors to explore wandmaking and dueling.
April 8 – Universal Studios Hollywood revealed that its Wizarding World theme park will open in 2016.
April 11 – Pottermore ended its partnership with Sony.
April 11 – The Knight Bus was first spotted at the Diagon Alley construction site.
April 15 – Ginny Potter began reporting live from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.
April 16 – LeakyCon 2016 in Los Angeles was announced, with the promise that LeakyCon would be “going back to its roots.”
April 28 – J.K. Rowling appeared as a guest editor on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, where she discussed multiple sclerosis, Scottish rugby, and her charity, Lumos.
April 28 – MuggleNet launched its monthly Quibbler contests.
April 29 – Domhnall Gleeson joined the confirmed cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
April 29 – The Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection Blu-ray/DVD set was released, at a lower price than the previously released Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection.
May 9 – Rumors emerged naming the director, John Tiffany, and writer, Jack Thorne, for the Harry Potter stage production.
May 9 – Universal released a sneak peak at the new Hogwarts Express ride.
May 13 – Universal revealed new details and concept art for the Gringotts ride.
May 13 – Warner Bros. announced that the release date for the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film would be November 18, 2016.
May 13 – Pottermore began posting daily reports from the Quidditch World Cup.
May 16 – Daniel Radcliffe confirmed that he had not filmed new scenes for the Diagon Alley expansion, saying that he no longer wanted to continue playing Harry Potter as he got older.
May 18 – MuggleNet interviewed Alfie Enoch at the Collectormania convention in Milton Keynes, UK.
May 19 – The Harry Potter books came in at number eight on a list of the best-selling products of all time.
May 19 – A rumor circulated that Alfonso Cuarón was in talks to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
May 24 – The massive Gringotts dragon was installed on top of Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley.
May 25 – Alfonso Cuarón denied any interest in directing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, saying that his work on Gravity had made him weary of extensive visual effects projects.
May 26 – Amazon removed the pre-order option for The Silkworm due to a dispute with the book’s publisher, Hachette Book Group US.
May 27 – Bloomsbury’s new Chamber of Secrets cover, illustrated by Johnny Duddle, was released.
May 28 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition opened in Norrköping, Sweden.
May 30 – Universal revealed many of the menu items from the Leaky Cauldron and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.
June 5 – Sir Michael Gambon was confirmed to star as Howard Mollison in the television adaptation of The Casual Vacancy.
June 6 – Rupert Grint joined the cast of Moonwalkers.
June 9 – Rik Mayall, who played Peeves in Sorcerer’s Stone but was cut from the final film, died at 56.
June 9 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter announced their “Bludgers and Broomsticks” feature, which ran over the summer and gave guests an in-depth look at wizarding games and sports.
June 10 – As an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, Evanna Lynch visited Tacloban, Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
June 10 – Dame Maggie Smith was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen of England.
June 17 – It was announced that Rupert Grint would make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play.
June 18 – After months of speculation, Universal announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley would officially open on July 8.
June 19 – The Hollywood Walk of Fame selected Daniel Radcliffe as one of 30 celebrities to receive a star in 2015.
June 19 – Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm was released.
June 23 – J.K. Rowling received the prestigious International Writers Award for her contribution to children’s literature.
June 23 – MuggleNet released Part 1 of its report from the Diagon Alley media preview event, describing the magic of the London waterfront and Diagon Alley streets.
June 24 – Part 2 of MuggleNet’s Diagon Alley report detailed the delicious new food and drink items available.
June 29 – MuggleNet fan Jim Curry was chosen to represent Harry Potter on the TV show The Quest.
June 30 – Daniel Radcliffe was spotted walking multiple dogs in New York City, sparking rumors of his involvement in the comedy Trainwreck.
July 3 – A location and date for the first day of filming the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy were revealed.
July 3 – Bloomsbury revealed Jonny Duddle’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cover for their upcoming new editions of the series.
July 3 – It was confirmed that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be filmed at Leavesden Studios.
July 7 – Emma Watson was announced as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
July 8 – J.K. Rowling posted a new piece on Pottermore in which Rita Skeeter describes Harry Potter and his friends in their 30s attending the Quidditch World Cup.
July 8 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley officially opened at Universal Orlando Resort!
July 11 – Actor Dave Legeno, who played Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, passed away at age 50.
July 13 – MuggleNet reported from the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.
July 14 – Evanna Lynch and Tom Felton were both in attendance for the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan and MuggleNet had a report direct from the special preview engagement.
July 15 – It was revealed that J.K. Rowling paid a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan before its opening. We also got new details about features exclusive to the Japan park.
July 18 – J.K. Rowling revealed new details for the Cormoran Strike novels that she pens under the name Robert Galbraith, including that she has plans for more than seven novels.
July 21 – On the seventh anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, MuggleNet staff looked back on our favorite memories and how our lives have changed.
July 25 – According to a paper published online in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, researchers from Italy and the University of Greenwich reported that students who read the Harry Potter series are less prejudiced against stigmatized groups than those who have not.
July 25 – Daniel Radcliffe revealed his alternate identity when he cosplayed as Spider-Man at San Diego Comic Con.
July 27 – Never-before-seen Harry Potter art by Mary GrandPré was featured in a new 2015 calendar.
July 30 – MuggleNet caught up with Jonny Duddle, the illustrator of Bloomsbury’s new Harry Potter covers, to discuss his new covers in an exclusive interview. Plus, the final four covers of his new editions were revealed.
July 31 – For J.K. Rowling’s birthday, a group of creative and loyal fans created a compilation of over 1,300 fans wishing her a happy birthday!
July 31 – Warner Bros. Entertainment announced their new team, the Harry Potter Global Franchise team, for overseeing the Harry Potter brand.
July 31 – The final chapters of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were released on Pottermore.
August 4 – The first pictures emerged from the set of BBC’s adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
August 5 – MuggleNet brought you an exclusive look at Jonny Duddle’s back cover art for Bloomsbury’s new Harry Potter editions.
August 6 – Possible release dates for the second and third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films surfaced.
August 7 – One month after the opening of Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort celebrated the one millionth ride on the Hogwarts Express.
August 9 – J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, released an annual report recording in numbers what they achieved in 2013.
August 14 – Universal Orlando Resort announced that they and Warner Bros. would be hosting the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” expo in 2015.
August 18 – Pottermore released new information about Molly Weasley’s favorite singer, Celestina Warbeck.
August 21 – Reports indicated that David Yates, director of the final four Harry Potter films, would be returning to direct the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
August 26 – Harper Collins announced that Harry Potter: The Creature Vault would be released in October 2014.
September 10 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced their plans to unveil a permanent feature devoted to the Dark Arts.
September 10 – J.K. Rowling continued to interact with fans on Twitter and revealed that her Patronus is a pine marten.
September 16 – More information, including a release date, was announced about Harry Potter: The Creature Vault.
September 17 – A trailer for Harry Potter: The Creature Vault was released.
September 21 – Emma Watson delivered a speech at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to advocate for a new campaign, #HeForShe, which seeks to involve men and boys around the world in the fight for gender equality.
September 28 – Ravenclaw won Pottermore’s sixth house cup.
October 15 – Warner Bros. announced that David Yates will direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
October 16 – Warwick Davis posted a video announcing that he has been cast in the new Star Wars film.
October 19 – MuggleNet toured and reviewed the latest addition to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
October 31 – Pottermore released the first set of chapters of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
October 31 – MuggleNet announced MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum event in London.
October 31 – J.K. Rowling released new backstory on Dolores Umbridge via Pottermore.
November 5 – Daniel Radcliffe confirmed for sequel to movie hit Now You See Me.
November 6 – Universal Orlando revealed Potter cast members will attend “A Celebration of Harry Potter” in January 2015.
November 9 – J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, released the video Behind the Walls to raise awareness of orphaned children in Central and Eastern Europe.
November 19 – Universal Orlando won awards for Diagon Alley, Escape from Gringotts, and technology used for interactive wands.
November 21 – Emma Thompson announced as recipient of the Richard Harris Award.
November 23 – Producer David Heyman revealed the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was completed.
November 26 – Lumos and J.K. Rowling announced digital awareness campaign to initiate conversation about how to end the institutionalization of children.
November 26 – J.K. Rowling changed her Twitter header image, sending fans into a flurry of theorizing what it could possibly mean.
December 2 – Little, Brown Book Group announced plans to publish J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech as an illustrated book titled Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.
December 8 – Pottermore addressed rumors after various media reported that J.K. Rowling would release 12 new short stories on Pottermore as part of #APottermoreChristmas.
December 10 – BBC announced plans to adapt Robert Galbraith’s novel The Cuckoo’s Calling into a dramatic television series.
December 15 – Harry Potter: The Exhibition announced plans to premiere in Paris, France.
December 18 – J.K. Rowling writes for the Guardian, expressing desire to make changes through her charity Lumos for the benefit of institutionalized children.
December 18 – MinaLima announced a limited edition print to be released to commemorate Harry Potter: The Exhibition‘s stop in Cologne, Germany.
December 24 – A full recap of new moments in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from #APottermoreChristmas.
December 27 – David Ryall, who played Elphias Doge in Deathly Hallows – Part 1, died at 79 years old.
December 28 – It was announced that John Hurt, who played Ollivander the wandmaker in the movies, would be presented with a knighthood for his impressive six decade film career.
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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 17 – The 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 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 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 23 – Goblet 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 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 18 – Alohomora! celebrated its one-year anniversary.
April 24 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was officially announced at Universal Studios Hollywood.
May 8 – The Diagon Alley expansion at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was confirmed.
May 22 – Rare 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 19 – MinaLima presented The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films 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 29 – Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix fifteenth anniversary covers were discovered before their official release date.
July 1 – Entertainment 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 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 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 – David Heyman confirmed that he will produce the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 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 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 23 – Three new Potter Puppet Pals videos were released.
October 27 – The MuggleNet Podcast Family earned four nominations in the 2013 Podcast Awards.
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 8 – The first official photo of the 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.
December 22 – A helicopter flew above the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida for a construction update.
December 25 – The Cuckoo’s Calling received the number three spot on Amazon’s Best-Seller list.
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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 4 – Harry 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 6 – Harry 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 9 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received five nominations by the Visual Effects Society.
January 11 – Harry 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 12 – Harry 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 24 – Harry 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 30 – Harry 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 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 15 – Harry 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 26 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 came away empty-handed from the 2012 Academy Awards.
February 28 – The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, became the most successful horror film in British cinema history.
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 26 – Deathly 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 27 – Potter 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 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 18 – Alohomora! 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 – The 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 3 – Harry 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 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 one day before the public opening.
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 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 14 – Harry 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 for the London 2012 Summer Games.
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 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 talked in an article with the New York Times about her 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 30 – Harry 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 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 21 – The Guardian released both a print and video interview with J.K. Rowling, which gave more insight into the plot of The Casual Vacancy.
September 23 – The 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 25 – USA 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 27 – The 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 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 9 – Harry 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 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 13 – Wonderbook: 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 15 – The 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 18 – Daniel 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 27 – The 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 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 4 – The 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 10 – 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 11 – Harry Potter actors were revealed to be filming scenes for theme parks.
December 12 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decorated for the holidays.
December 12 – Harry Potter was nominated for Favorite Film Franchise at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.
December 13 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands Of Adventure served its five millionth Butterbeer.
December 14 – The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 opened.
December 17 – The first official image from Daniel Radcliffe’s Kill Your Darlings film was released.
December 20 – J.K. Rowling released new information via Pottermore’s first installment of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
December 26 – The Harry Potter series was voted into BroadwayWorld.com’s Best Novels of the 20th and 21st Century list.
December 28 – The first construction images for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan appeared; Hollywood’s Wizarding World also began building earlier that week.
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January 4 – Deathly 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 17 – Deathly 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 25 – Deathly 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 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 27 – Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was autotuned – hilariously – at the Academy Awards.
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 9 – Deathly 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 16 – Prisoner 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 – 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 21 – Deathly 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 27 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 trailer appeared online.
May 11 – Deathly 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 26 – Empire 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 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 10 – Deathly 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 16 – Deathly 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 29 – Potter 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 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 12 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 soundtrack and video game were released today.
July 14 – Pottermore unveiled its new insider blog.
July 15 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 shattered the midnight box office record.
July 16 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 had a record-breaking opening day in the US.
July 17 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 nabbed the opening weekend box office record.
July 17 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 conjured up $475.5 million worldwide during opening weekend.
July 20 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 set foreign records; fastest ever to half-billion mark.
July 21 – Harry 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 24 – Deathly 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 30 – Deathly 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 3 – Warner Bros. said they would “absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board” push Deathly Hallows – Part 2 for Best Picture nomination.
August 7 – Deathly 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 12 – Deathly 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 16 – LEGO 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 17 – Deathly 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 3 – MuggleNet’s Emerson Spartz got married to Gaby Montero!
September 5 – Deathly 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 7 – Deathly 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 21 – LEGO 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 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 24 – Deathly 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 25 – Deathly Hallows – Part 2 picked up Hollywood Movie of the Year.
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 8 – Potter 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 27 – Deathly 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 – Deathly 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 10 – Deathly 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 14 – Deathly 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.
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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 26 – The 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 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 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 15 – The 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 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 20 – MuggleCast 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 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 26 – Half-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 27 – Entertainment 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 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 27 – USA 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 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 20 – MuggleCast 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 22 – Deathly Hallows Horcrux props went on display at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, California.
July 23 – A 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 30 – The 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 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 22 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was screen tested in Chicago.
August 22 – MuggleNet staff members 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 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 – 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 19 – Harry 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 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 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 19 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released in theaters worldwide.
November 19 – Deathly 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 21 – Deathly 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 5 – Deathly 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 10 – Deathly 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 19 – Deathly 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.
December 24 – The actors casted as Young Severus Snape and Scorpius Malfoy for Deathly Hallows – Part 2 were revealed.
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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 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 11 – Goblet 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 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 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 cat. 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 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 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 12 – MuggleNet posted its video interviews from the UK and US premieres of Half-Blood Prince.
July 15 – Half-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 16 – Half-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.
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 30 – Half-Blood Prince broke the $300 million mark in the US and reached over $900 million worldwide.
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.
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 12 – MuggleCast 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.
December 17 – Emma Watson was named the most profitable actress of the decade.
December 22 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s grand box office totaled over $900,000,000.
December 22 – J.K. Rowling easily earned the bestselling author of the decade.
December 24 – Six out of the seven Potter books took a place in USA Today’s Top 10 Books of the 2000s.
December 29 – In Yahoo Movies! Top 10 Most-Viewed Trailers of 2009 the Half-Blood Prince‘s trailer earned the No. 5 spot.
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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 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 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 14 – 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 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 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 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 made its way online and played in front of The Mummy in theaters.
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 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 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 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 – 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 9 – The 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.
December 30 – Daniel Radcliffe was named Broadway.com’s Star of the Year.
January 18 – Laura Mallory appealed the court’s decision to keep the Harry Potter books on Georgia library shelves yet again.
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 25 – MuggleNet.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 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 – 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 10 – Order 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 23 – J.K. Rowling announced her plans for the release of Deathly Hallows.
May 26 – Order 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 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 26 – MuggleCast, 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 30 – The Today Show revealed the first footage of Deathly Hallows being printed at a secret location in the US.
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 11 – Order of the Phoenix opened in US theaters.
July 13 – J.K. Rowling said that some people will “absolutely loathe” Deathly Hallows.
July 14 – The Guardian revealed the opening of the Deathly Hallows book, although there was no confirmation from an official source at the time.
July 16 – Order 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 18 – The 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 21 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel, was released to the world.
July 22 – MuggleCast released its pre-DH and post-DH episodes, which both went on to be our most-downloaded episodes ever.
July 23 – Deathly 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 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 23 – The 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 26 – The 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 7 – Initial reports began to surface that the Order of the Phoenix DVD would be released on December 11.
September 10 – Harry 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 3 – Order 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 25 – The 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 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 11 – Order of the Phoenix was released on DVD in the US, a whole month after UK fans got their hands on it.
December 13 – The Tales of Beedle the Bard went up for auction at Sotheby’s and sold for nearly £2 million, far surpassing all expectations.
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 27 – Deathly 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.
January 5 – J.K. Rowling updated her official website for the first time in 2006, with some “New Year’s Writing Resolutions.”
January 6 – Half-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 29 – Goblet 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 ten books for children.
February 4 – Order 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 23 – Harry 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 7 – Goblet of Fire DVD was released in the US and Canada.
March 8 – In its first day, the Goblet of Fire DVD sold a staggering five million copies.
March 9 – J.K. Rowling made major updates to her official website.
March 10 – Forbes 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 27 – Goblet 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 29 – Harry 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 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 18 – Goblet 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 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 staff member 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 20 – Half-Blood Prince audiobooks entered the APA Hall of Fame.
May 25 – Order of the Phoenix casting changes were announced.
May 25 – Publishers said that a 2007 Book 7 release was likely.
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 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 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 film.
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 19 – Child 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 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 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 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.
December 22 – United Kingdom residents were able to begin pre-ordering Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Amazon.
December 24 – IMDb released that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson made the Top 25 Stars for 2006.
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 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 22 – Order of the Phoenix filming rumors began to stir, beginning with talk of filming in the Czech Republic.
March 30 – Half-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 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 12 – Half-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 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 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 8 – Half-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 – A 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 16 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released internationally in English to the delight of Harry Potter fans everywhere.
July 18 – Half-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.
July 29 – J.K. Rowling was noted as the most powerful British woman.
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 7 – Harry 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 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 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 18 – Goblet of Fire was released in the US and UK, receiving positive reviews from critics and fans alike.
November 19 – Goblet of Fire grossed $36 million on the opening day and $101 million during the opening weekend.
November 27 – Goblet 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 29 – Goblet of Fire broke $400 million worldwide in ticket sales.
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 29 – Half-Blood Prince made USA Today‘s list of top books of 2005.
December 31 – The Goblet of Fire soundtrack made the top ten of 2005.