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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Young Harry Potter crew nominated for Scream awards
Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, has been nominated for her first ever award. Lynch has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at Spike TV's SCREAM Awards. Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are also up for Screams. [more...]
Source:  Irish Central  
Truman Capote once signed a book to Harry Potter
Was J.K. Rowling prowling used bookstores in New Jersey for inspiration for her best-selling series? Howard Rose of Brier Rose Books in Teaneck, N.J., is selling a first-edition copy of Truman Capote's 1967 book The Thanksgiving Visitor, autographed by the author in January 1978 "for Harry Potter with gratitude." [more...]
Source:  EW  

Robert Pattinson
Rumor denied: Robert Pattinson not starring in Brit spy film
Robert Pattinson has reportedly refuted speculation that he is to appear in movie stuntman Peter Pedrero's upcoming directorial debut Vauxhall Crossed. However, a epresentative for Pattinson dismissed the claim. Pedrero performed stunts in all the Potter films, as well as two James Bond movies, [more...]
Source:  Digital Spy  
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy together? That aint cricket!
Actors Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton took time out from filming the next instalment of the Harry Potter films to witness a thrilling day's cricket. You can listen to them join in on the BBC broadcast of the event. They talk about being enemies on the set and friends off-set, and their experiences making the movies. [more...]
Source:  BBC News  
Joshua Herdman spills the Deathly Hallows beans
Harry Potter actor Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle) has shed a big secret about the last-ever Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We've long known that the film version of the final book is to be split into two tantalizing parts, but until now we didn't know how the first half would end and the second begin. [more...]
Source:  MTV News  
Bilbo Baggins has reportedly been cast in Hobbit movie
"The Hobbit" has reportedly found the actor to play its title role. Reportedly, Ian McKellen was the one who broke the news while making an appearance at a special marathon screening for the extended editions of all three "Lord of the Rings" films at London's BFI IMAX cinema on Saturday. [more...]
Source:  Ace Showbiz  
Wizard Rock, meet Twilight Rock
Wizard rock has also paved the way for Twilight rock, a small but growing collection of musicians and bands devoted to making music inspired by Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series. Mostly made up of solo acts and acoustic bands who sing from the perspective of the novel's many characters, Twirock is overwhelmingly dominated by women. [more...]
Source:  Newsarama  
Producers say talk of five Twilight movies 'not accurate'
Twlilight's newest cast member, Boo Boo Stewart, says there will be five flicks in the Twilight saga altogether, two more than previously confirmed. But Summit Entertainment says, "We appreciate our young actor's enthusiasm for the franchise, but his comments about the number of films were unfortunately uninformed and not accurate." [more...]
Source:  US Magazine  
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe in 'The Hobbit'? 'Thanks, but no thanks,' he says
Who will star as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit"? You can cross one name off the list: Daniel Radcliffe, of "Harry Potter" fame, says he has no interest in any new project with "any wizards in it. I'd have to say, 'Thanks but no thanks,' not that anyone has asked me," the 20-year-old actor said last week. [more...]
Source:  Los Angeles Times  

Luna Lovegood steals the show in Harry Potter
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Evanna Lynch's screen time as Luna Lovegood is rather limited, and she only has a few lines. And yet, Miss Lynch won audiences over and completely stole the show. During all of Luna's scenes, I found myself smiling. I'm excited to see where J.K. Rowling takes Luna in the next two films. [more...]
Source:  Irish Central  
Crop-circle in English field reminds fans of Hedwig
A giant crop circle resembling an owl has appeared in a field in Wiltshire, amid a theory that it is a tribute to Harry Potter's pet Hedwig. The 400ft pattern is the latest in a string of bird-themed designs seen this summer. A Harry Potter fan said, "It is very exciting to think that there are fans of Harry from other galaxies." [more...]
Source:  The Telegraph, UK  
Author says Harry Potter is a scholarly phenomenon
The Harry Potter books have expanded beyond literary into scholarly and religious, says Russell W. Dalton, author of "Faith Journey through Fantasy Lands: A Christian Dialogue with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings." He said, "Looking at these stories as a reflection of the spiritual or religious sensibilities of the culture." [more...]
Source:  UPI  
Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rupert Grint starts auto race in England
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint waved a flag as the roar of engines filled the runways of RAF Marham for the start of the Richard Burns Memorial Rally today. Grint is spending the weekend in Norfolk with his family who are all at the rally watching 19-year-old James, Rupert's brother, who has recently taken up the sport. [more...]
Source:  Norwich Evening News, UK  
British films like Harry Potter boost UK film industry
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Harry Potter film currently in production, and other homegrown blockbusters have helped the UK film industry buck the recession. Figures show 535 million ($885 million) was spent on TV and cinema production in the first half of 2009, the highest total for five years. [more...]
Source:  The Mirror, UK  
Thursday, August 13, 2009
New exhibition explores Harry Potter's renaissance roots
Since 1997, millions of readers have followed Harry Potter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions. [more...]
Source:  Wizard News Blog  
Harry Potter movies to get extended edition re-releases?
Warner Bros Home Video has confirmed that "Although we've not announced [it yet], all Harry Potter films are being planned to get special upcoming releases!" Will the new extended editions be released exclusively on Blu-Ray? DVD? Will the get a theatrical rerelease? We have no idea as no further details were mentioned. [more...]
Source:  /Film  
Harry Potter landmarks, from train stations to castles
Jump on a broomstick and head to the United Kingdom to visit landmarks associated with Harry Potter. With the latest film installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, now in theaters, a Scotland-based travel-search Web site has come up with a list of places that will be sure to enchant Potter fans. [more...]
Source:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Tom Felton
Tom Felton says Draco is a pain in the neck
Harry Potter star Tom Felton has admitted that he cannot defend the behavior of Draco Malfoy. He said, "He's such a pain in the neck and he just gets worse and worse." Tom also revealed that his bleached hair is the only downside to appearing in the films. "People keep telling me all this peroxide is going to make my hair fall out." [more...]
Source:  Digital Spy  
Signed Harry Potter bookmark to go up for auction
A Harry Potter bookmark, autographed by author J.K. Rowling, recently arrived at a shop in the Scottish town of Buckie as a donation. Now, the manager of the shop plans to hold a silent auction to find the highest bidder for the collector's item to raise money. [more...]
Source:  Press and Journal, UK  
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Warning: Links in Twitter to download Potter movie are dangerous
According to an article on TechCrunch.com, Harry Potter fans on Twitter have been tempted to click on links from celebrities that promise free Harry Potter movie downloads. Once you click, it turns out to be yet another phishing scam. There isn't a movie to watch, and you possibly could pick up a dangerous computer virus. [more...]
Source:  Wizard News Blog  
Filming on British airfield rumored to be for final Potter
A camera crew that appeared in Bovingdon airfield has sparked rumours it was filming the new Harry Potter film. About 50 giant cranes appeared on the runway, rumoured to be for a scene from the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However workers at the site claim the preparations are for a British Gas advert. [more...]
Source:  Watford Observer  

Rupert Grint was nervous about first big Lavender kiss
Rupert Grint felt uncomfortable when filming his kissing scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the latest movie, Ron Weasley locks lips with Lavender Brown following success on the Quidditch field. Grint says he was horrified when he discovered that Ron's big moment would take place in front of his best friends. [more...]
Source:  Digital Spy  

Quidditch fever sweeps University of Maryland
Harry Potter fans at the University of Maryland, College Park have taken their devotion to the J.K. Rowling fantasy series to another level, starting up a Quidditch team at the local campus. The sport is for "every level of Harry Potter fans," Rachael Lavin, the UMD student who decided to start the school's very own Quidditch team, said. [more...]
Source:  The Sentinel, Maryland  
Deadly 'Harry Potter' plant found in British garden
A deadly tropical plant used for its poison by South American tribes has been discovered by a retired couple in their Bristol garden. Datura stramomium, also known as Devil's snare, is highly poisonous and used by South American Indians for lacing their hunting spears and fishing hooks. [more...]
Source:  This is Bristol, UK  
Twilight bites into Teen Choice Awards
The vampire romance Twilight, the blockbuster hit based on Stephanie Meyer's best-selling novel, sunk its fangs into nine awards at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. Also, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince won for best Summer Movie Action Adventure. [more...]
Source:  The Pittsburgh Channel  
Friday, August 7, 2009
Twilight series eclipses Harry Potter books records
Stephenie Meyer's four-book Twilight series has sunk its fangs into USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, with no signs of letting go. Meyer's domination of the list for the past 12 months has smashed records that until now had belonged to J.K. Rowling. Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the series, entered the list at No. 1 on Aug. 2, 2008. [more...]
Source:  The Daily Advertiser  

Latest Harry Potter movie shows strong in IMAX theaters
IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. announced that the wide domestic release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: An IMAX 3D Experience opened with strong box office results, generating a five day total of approximately $4.7 million from 166 IMAX theatres, with a domestic three day weekend total of approximately $3.2 million. [more...]
Source:  Trading Markets  
Police bust Harry Potter piracy ring
Police say they have smashed two movie piracy rings and seized 35,000 pirated DVDs in Sydney, Australia. Detectives discovered thousands of illegal copies of films currently showing at Australian cinemas, including Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Police seized pirated titles being sold for $10 each at two video shops. [more...]
Source:  The Age, Australia  
Harry Potter exploited to get you to look at spam
Internet security company Symantec says phishing attacks were up 52 per cent in July, but the percentage of spam showed a very slight decline. Spammers are continuing to tap into celebrities and current events to get their emails noticed, and the latest Harry Potter film was a key subject spam heading. [more...]
Source:  Big Pond News  

Harry Potter's magic: Getting boys to read more
Among my five children, the boys have been far harder to interest in reading. My daughters, with no urging, plunged voraciously into fiction series such as "Little House on the Prairie" or Harry Potter. But my boys? Although all have done well in school, two didn't start reading for pleasure until high school, the third until college. [more...]
Source:  Wall Street Journal  

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