Harry Potter: A Look Back

Harry Potter: It All Ends

Please see the video below for the touching ending to the 10 years of incredible work done by the
Harry Potter cast and crew.

Harry Potter: It All Ends

Emotional Goodbyes

J.K. Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Give Emotional Goodbye to 'Potter' Series

J.K. Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Give Emotional Goodbye to 'Potter' Series

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goblet of Fire DVD Release Now in March?

GameShout.com is reporting that Warner Home Video has announced the release date of the Goblet of Fire DVD. Their article states it will be released March 7th, 2006. However, we have not seen any official announcement direct from WB - yet.

GameShout also says the DVD will include the following features:
Commentary with Mike Newell (a first for the Potter DVDs)
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes
Set Top Games and Activities - including the Triwizard Tournament Challenge and more.

WB has let us know that the release date will be announced in the new year. Thanks to everyone who emailed in this story.


Potter Actor's New Year Honour

Potter actor Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, has been rewarded in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

The actor who plays the giant gamekeeper at Hogwarts has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Twenty-three people who helped victims of the 7 July bombings in London have also been rewarded for their bravery.

They are among a list of people who have been awarded by the Queen for doing something special in their lives.

Imelda Staunton, who's been cast to play Professor Umbridge in the Order Of The Phoenix film, also receives an OBE.

England's cricketers, who beat Australia to win the Ashes this summer, have also been honoured.

Captain Michael Vaughan has been made an OBE and the rest of the squad have become Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

Vaughan said: "I'm really pleased that all the players have been honoured in this way. It's something we can all take great pride in."

The team behind the London success in hosting the 2012 Olympics have also been honoured. Sebastian Coe will now be known as Lord Coe KBE.

Strictly 'over the moon'

After being told he was being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce Forsyth said he was "over the moon".

TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been made an OBE and Apple iPod designer Jonathan Ive becomes a CBE.

Also, four British people, who spent the past year helping victims of the South Asian tsunami, have also become MBEs.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

HBP in USA Today's Top Books of 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came in at number eight on the USA Today's list of the top 10 books of 2005. The newspaper also had a poll for the fans to choose their favorite book of the year in which HBP finished first.


Tuesday, December 27, 2005

JK To Start Writing Final Potter

Potter author JK Rowling has revealed she will begin writing the final story of the boy wizard next year.

She says on her official website that she's drawn up a book plan and will start writing in January.

The millionaire says she can't wait to get started but has "mingled feelings of excitement and dread" because she can't imagine life without Harry.

Although JK Rowling may finish the book next year, it's unlikely that it'll be on sale in shops until 2007.

On her website, JK Rowling has started a diary page, where she writes about completing the Potter adventures.

She said: "I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (will I ever answer all of the questions?

"Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry."

She added that her book plan is like "the map of an unknown country".

The first six Harry Potter books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide in more than 60 languages.


Sunday, December 25, 2005

HP in Entertainment Weekly's Best of 2005

Harry Potter came in at #9 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top Entertainers of 2005. Also, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grabbed the #7 spot on the list of the Top 10 Fiction Books of '05. Thanks to Leaky for the link.


Saturday, December 24, 2005

Harry's "Birthplace" to be Commemorated with Plaque

The Scotsman reports that a granite plaque is set to be placed on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh to commemorate the place where J.K. Rowling "famously went to work on her books while still a struggling single mother, as she couldn't afford to heat her flat."

The plaque will feature a photograph of Jo, and will "create a 'Writers Corner' in the heart of the Capital, with memorials to Robert Louis Stevenson and William McGonagall nearby."


A Christmas Present from J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has left a gift-wrapped message on her desk this Christmas, which brings us glad tidings heralding a hint of things to come on the website, and oh yes, a mention of Book Seven. Jo writes:


That tired old welcome page was starting to bug me, so I thought I'd give you something new for Christmas. I've tried keeping a diary many times in the past and never got much further than January 15th, but I've been feeling the need for a place to put everyday updates that don't qualify as real 'news'. As ever, if there is a quiet spell you should not take it as a sign that I've given up diary writing, but rather that I am working hard on something a little more eagerly anticipated...For 2006 will be the year when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series. I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (will I ever answer all of the questions? Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry.

However (clears throat in stern British manner) this is no time to get maudlin.

I have been fine-tuning the fine-tuned plan of seven during the past few weeks so that I can really set to work in January. Reading through the plan is like contemplating the map of an unknown country in which I will soon find myself. Sometimes, even at this stage, you can see trouble looming; nearly all of the six published books have had Chapters of Doom. The quintessential, never, I hope, to be beaten Chapter That Nearly Broke My Will To Go On was chapter nine, 'Goblet of Fire' (appropriately enough, 'The Dark Mark'.)

As for this website, I've got plans...you'll find out what they are in due course (constant vigilance, my friends). In the meantime, happy holidays to everyone, and if Father Christmas has already squeezed down your chimney, I hope he left something good.

Also, there have been a few very interesting updates to the
Rumour section, kaboshing some theories on Petunia and Lupin, a few tidbits in the About Me section, while over in her Rubbish section, it addresses that absurd claim that she is group of writers all working under the pen name of JKR, as well as her hating Harry (as if!).

Finally- Woohoo! -a New FAQ Poll to vote on (Book Six spoilers). Enjoy! Thank you JO!


Friday, December 23, 2005

Potter Keeps Kids Away From Harm

Harry Potter's known for casting magical spells on characters in his books but it seems he could be protecting real life children too.

Hospitals have noticed that less children are admitted to their emergency departments on weekends when a new Potter book hits the shelves.

It's thought kids are so busy reading they stay out of trouble!!

But it's feared too much reading and not enough activity could ultimately lead to an increase in obesity.

Doctors at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford found that only 36 children needed treatment when a book was launched compared to 67 children on all other weekends.
They did their research on Saturday, 21, June 2003 and Saturday, 16 July 2005 when The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince came out.

It's now been suggested that a team of talented writers should get together to write similar books as a form of "distraction therapy" to prevent more accidents.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

J.K. Rowling Wins Henson Award

It was announced today that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has won the highest honor from the Jim Henson company. These awards, in their inaugural year, are going to persons who most reflect" the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded in1955." Jim Henson is known world wide as the creator of the dearly beloved Muppets and wonderful entertainment for children of all ages. J.K. Rowling was given the "The Jim Henson Celebration Honor " Quotage:

" The highest honor goes to an individual, organization or product that makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life. Ms. Rowling, beloved author of the international best-selling Harry Potter books, was selected for this honor for her imagination and originality in creating the fantastical world of Harry Potter and for the amazing impact these books have had around the world. "

The son of Jim Henson added ""By encouraging audiences of all ages to rediscover the magic of books andreading, Ms. Rowling has truly made this world a better place."

Hear Hear! Congratulations Jo!


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Are Things About to Get "Harry" at the Disney Theme Parks?

Word is coming out of Burbank that the Mouse may soon acquire the theme park rights to the characters and settings featured in J.K. Rowling's books. If so, then Jim Hill thinks that this "Potter" acquisition could have a unique impact on Disney's new "site-based entertainment" initiative.


GOF Tops POA, Surpasses $700m Worldwide

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came in at fourth place at this weekend's box office, raking in $5.9 million and surpassing Prisoner of Azkaban's domestic gross in the process. Peter Jackon's King Kong was expected to be stiff competition, and although it did top the box office this week, its opening gross was less than half of Harry's.

GOF also passed the $700 million mark worldwide, another key milestone for the film. The upcoming holiday season should propel its worldwide gross to - at the least - $800 million, and should also push its domestic totals past that of Chamber of Secrets in 2002.


Harry Potter Star To Become Director

Just for a little bit.

‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he hopes to become a film director ‘when he grows up’.

Well, he just wants to make one film, a critically acclaimed one at that before quitting.

He said: "Ultimately I would like to direct movies. I'd like to direct one really good film and that would be more than enough. But I want to be an actor. I enjoy doing it."


The Holidays Mean Serious Study Time for Emma

Forget memorizing lines for the next Harry Potter movie, English actress Emma Watson has some serious homework to finish. Watson, 15, plays Hermione in the Harry Potter movies and will start making the fifth film in February. Until then, she'll be in school, cramming for exams like everyone else.


Ralph Fiennes Intends to Finish Out HP Film Series

USA Today has a new interview with Ralph Fiennes, in which he discusses staying under the tabloid radar, participating in a United Nations food drop, and playing Lord Voldemort. Besides talking about the way the character looks in Goblet of Fire, Mr. Fiennes confirms that he

"will be doing the fifth Potter movie in the fall and hopes to finish out the series . . . And suddenly, while discussing the newest book and Voldemort's presence in it, the buttoned-down Fiennes turns mischievous.

'If I was Voldemort, would you join the Death Eaters?'"


Monday, December 19, 2005

Harry Tops Entertainment Weekly Poll

Entertianment Weekly magazine's "Best of 2005" poll has closed. The results will be published in EW's end of year issue, but are now available online. Harry has trounced the competition in two categories! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was voted Best New Novel of the Year with a whopping 80% of the 52,298 votes cast. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was voted Best Movie of the Year with 57% of the 56,615 votes in that category -- four times the percentage of its nearest competitor (Batman Begins).

Cheers and Congratulations to Jo, the filmmakers, cast and crew and to all the fans who voted!


It's a Happy Harry Holiday at JKRowling.com

Happy Harry Holidays Everyone! Our favorite author has been sprucing up her website to reflect a more festive holiday spirit. Enjoy!


Real Potter 'Peril' Clock Coming

A clock very similar to the magical one in the Weasley family kitchen in the Harry Potter books could be a reality.

Computer company Microsoft has come up with a device they're calling the Whereabouts Clock, which could show where family members are.

The clock works by tracking mobile phones, so could show if children were school or on their way home.

So far there is no news if the special clock will have a settings for hospital, prison or mortal peril.

Microsoft researchers have been showing off some of their latest ideas in Belgium, and inventor Abigail Sellen is behind this one.

She said: "We noticed in our studies of family life that it was important to know - when you come home from work for example - are my kids still at school, have they left school yet, has my husband left work yet, shall I get the dinner on? This kind of thing.

"Actually knowing where your family is very important to family life."

At the moment it's more of an idea than something you can buy now, but a real version could be with us in a couple of years.


Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Patil twins chat about Christmas

Afshan Azad and Shefali Chowdhury, who played Padma and Parvati Patil in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chatted with CBBC Newsround about their Christmas plans:

Afshan: I'm staying at home for Christmas. I love England at Christmas, all the coldness. I'll probably be watching Christmas telly, all the films.

Shefali: Harry Potter?

Afshan: Harry Potter! On repeat! What would I want for Christmas? Probably the Harry Potter DVD, if it's out by then. I don't know actually, I've not thought about it. A car would be great! No, I'm not that fussy with Christmas presents - just any present will do really.


'GoF' Surpasses 'PoA' in U.S. Box Office Receipts

With only five weeks in release in the U.S. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has surpassed Prisoner of Azkaban in box office receipts.

Prisoner was in theatres in the U.S. for over 17 weeks and garnered a grand total of $249.5 million, while Goblet of Fire has now reached $252.5 million after just five weeks, soon on it's way to pass Chamber of Secrets at $261.9 million.

Worldwide Goblet has taken in $707.9 million, well on track to overtake Prisoner at $789.7 million in worldwide receipts.


Cast Watch: New Ralph Fiennes Interview

Fresh from the press junket for The White Countess, Ralph Fiennes has a new interview in Newsday. In it, he talks about his new film, being nominated (or not) for prestigious awards, and about basing characters on their outward appearance. Which, of course, brings us to Voldemort!

"He's a cosmically evil guy who's been given a new body, and Fiennes says 'Goblet of Fire' director Mike Newell told him that the villain 'hasn't had a body like this for ages.' So, adds Fiennes, he decided to put in little bits of business, such as 'feeling his head, his breathing, it's a new thing to breathe like that. Enjoying how he moves. And adding to that this sort of energy of revenge. The delight that 'I've got my power back.''"


JKR Not TIME's Person of the Year

Although the Harry Potter author was crowned TIME For Kids Person of the Year, Jo wasn't as lucky with the parent magazine's Person of the Year award. From TIME.com:

The good deeds of an activist rock legend and one of the world's richest men and his wife carried the day in 2005, as Time magazine on Sunday named U2 frontman Bono and philanthropic couple Bill and Melinda Gates as its "Persons of the Year."


Friday, December 16, 2005

Rickman, Walters Earn Theatre Award Nominations

Two performers in the Harry Potter movies have been nominated for their work on the British stage. Actress Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) has been nominated by the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards in the category of "Best Actress in a Musical" for her role in Acorn Antiques . Actor Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape) was nominated as "Best Director" for his play My Name Is Rachel Corrie , which was also nominated in the "Best New Play" category as well. These awards are also open to the voting public, and you can vote now via this link. Winners will be announced on January 31st, 2006.


Half Blood Prince Ranks on Stephen King's List

Potter fan and best selling author Stephen King has posted his 10 Favorite Books of the Year list for his Pop of King column he writes for Entertainment Weeklymagazine. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is ranked at number five. He writes:

"The miracle of the Harry Potter series is that it keeps getting better. The genius of Ms. Rowling was her decision (probably never even seriously considered at the time) to follow Harry through his schooling. As a result, Harry's fans have never left him behind. The question is whether Ms. Rowling will be bound to him for life, as Arthur Conan Doyle was bound to Sherlock Holmes."


Brendan Gleeson Nominated for Goblet Performance

Actor Brendan Gleeson has been nominated for an award given out by the London Film Critics for his performance as Mad Eye Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Brendan Gleeson was nominated in the category of "British Actor in a Supporting Role" for his wonderful turn as the Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor in the fourth Harry Potter film. Actor Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) was also nominated for his performance in the film The Constant Gardener in the category of "British Actor of the Year." These awards will be presented on February 8th, in London, England. Congratulations!


Scholastic Announces Second Quarter Results

Scholastic, the US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, today announced their fiscal Second Quarter results. Reuters reports that Scholastic "quarterly earnings fell 8 percent, citing lower results overseas and the impact of hurricanes." The article continues:

"Sales of the Harry Potter backlist pushed trade revenue up 11 percent, the company said. Sales of the latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, continued to meet the company's expectations, a spokeswoman said.

Scholastic set a publishing record in July by selling 6.9 million copies of the book within 24 hours of its release."


Goblet of Fire in the Running for FX Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 78th Academy Awards®.The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

1) Batman Begins
2) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
3) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5) King Kong
6) Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
7) War of the Worlds

Fifteen-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on Wednesday, January 25. At this screening the members will vote to nominate three of the seven films for Oscar® consideration.

All nominations for the 78th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30 a.m. PST, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Potter Parody in 'Mad' Magazine

The December issue of Mad magazine features a Harry Potter parody. The issue covers the question of what would Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have been like if Mel Gibson, George Lucas, Woody Allen or the South Park team had been the directors.


Goblet Bright Spot in Dark Box Office Year

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is among few bright spots in the US's moviegoing year, reports the Associated Press. Potter, King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia offset unusually low US revenues, which may fall below $9 billion for the first time since 2001.


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Order of the Phoenix Casting Complete

Danielle Symonds of Enchantment Casting, a theatrical agency in South Wales that has represented many HP hopefuls in the past, let us know that all open casting and auditions for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are over, and therefore, she "wouldn't advise anyone to apply for parts now."

She also provided us with a few more OotP casting updates. Among them:

The roles of Nymphadora Tonks and Kingsley Shacklebolt have been cast.
CBBC Newsround reported several weeks ago that two actors were "in talks" for both of these roles, but they have now been cast. We won't know who has the roles until a press release is issued, however.

They are in "the very final stages" of casting for the roles of young Lily, Snape, Lupin, James, Peter, Sirius, and all others who appear in that pensieve scene.

Marietta Edgecombe and Lavender Brown are not currently known to be included in the film, but they may end up having small bits here and there.

Warner Bros. has all child extras needed. Adult extras will be cast after Christmas.

Update: As is stated on Enchantment's website, they are not a part of Warner Bros. nor do they work on the Harry Potter movies, so please do not e-mail them for further information about Harry Potter casting.


Branagh Nominated for Golden Globe Award

Kenneth Branagh has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the HBO film Warm Springs. The nomination is in the category "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television." Congratulations, Kenneth!


Monday, December 12, 2005

Castwatch: Fiennes, Isaacs News

Here are a couple of pieces of news tonight about some of the actors in the Harry Potter films.

Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will be featured on an upcoming episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" on Sunday, January 15th, 2006. This critically acclaimed program will feature a new in-depth interview of this wonderful actor, and will air on the Bravo Channel first at 10am (ET) then again that night at 9pm (ET). Also, Veritaserum is reporting that Ralph will be a guest on a new episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, December 14th. This show airs on NBC at 11:35pm (ET). UPDATE: Ralph will also be a guest on The Charlie Rose Show on Wednesday, December 14th to discuss his new film, "The White Countess." Please check your local listings for air times.

Jason Isaac's new film "
Friends With Money" will headline the opening night at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19th, 2006. Jason (Lucius Malfoy) stars in this new film along with Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, and Frances McDormand. About.com has some photos from the film, including these of Jason, here and here. This film will be released on April 7th, 2006.


The Genetic Theory of Harry Potter

This summer, we told you about an article that appeared in "Nature" magazine about the heritability of wizardry. That article was featured in this week's New York Times Magazine as one of the "most noteworthy ideas of the past twelve months." The article includes a great chart showing the genetic chain of the Evans/Potter/Dursley family, and concludes,

" . . . Rowling, whom religious fundamentalists have pillorioed for glamorizing witchcraft, may well be preaching a far more subversive message, one that leads young readers to pursue the study of heredity, genes and -- inevitably -- evolution."

Thanks, Mom! ;-D


Dan Writes About Stardom

Daniel Radcliffe wrote a personal account entitled "To Be The World's Most Famous Teen" for the Australia's "Empire" Magazine, and thanks to DR.co.uk, we have a scan of the magazine. Dan wrote:

Premieres are strange. If I went to loads of them I may get used to it, but it's always a Harry Potter premiere and they're always massive. I honestly never want to get used to that feeling of stepping out and having that reception from the crowd, because it's an amazing thing. I imagine it's what bands feel when they walk on stage at huge festivals and everyone applauds them before they've even done anything.


Julie Walters Returning to Harry Potter

Julie Walters, Mrs. Weasley, in the first three Harry Potter movies has indicated that she will be returning to film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
When asked about appearing in Order of the Phoenix Ms. Walters

It looks like it, yes! I really can't wait. Will you write to them and tell them that I'm indispensable? But, yes, it looks like I'm doing number five.

She also discussed her recent collaboration with fellow Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint in Driving Lessons, in which Julie plays Rupert's driving instructor.

Ms. Walters can also be seen on ITV1 this Wednesday, December 14th at the British Comedy Awards as she and a colleague will be honored for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy.


Goblet of Fire Movie Transcript at IMSDb

In case you ever have the hankering to figure out what was said in a certain scene of the latest Harry Potter film that's out in the theaters, don't fret. The movie transcript for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available online thanks to the Internet Movie Script Database.

Click here to view the full transcript.


HBP Paperback Release Date (UK) Announced

Bloomsbury announced that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released in paperback on Friday June 23rd, 2006! As noted on the Bloomsbury Harry Potter site, the book "will be published with two jackets, one for children and one for the adult market."


Goblet of Fire Nominated for Two Satellite Awards

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has received two nominations at the Satellite Awards. Jany Temime was nominated for her fabulous costumes for Goblet in the category of "Outstanding Costume Design." Musician Jarvis Cocker was nominated for his song "Magic Works" in the category of "Outstanding Original Song." The Satellite Awards, which "acknowledge this year's outstanding artists, films, television shows, DVDs, and interactive media," will be presented in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, December 17th. Congratulations Jany and Jarvis!


Clip of Trio on Dateline

Ann Curry interviewed the trio tonight on Dateline on NBC; you can see the clip here - thanks to RGMS and MN.

Dateline, Dec 11, WMV (9.5MB)


Robbie Coltrane Talks Harry Potter

Manchester Online recently conducted an interview with the actor who plays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. When asked if he would return for the fifth movie, he said nothing has been confirmed yet. Also from the interview:

Robbie is also surprised at reported remarks by actor Jim Dale, who voices the teenage wizard in the US audio books, that author JK Rowling has killed Harry off in her seventh and final novel.

Has she told Robbie the ending? "No, she hasn't. I asked her not to. She told me what happens to Hagrid, because I couldn't do it unless I knew what the story was."


Second Source Confirms GOF DVD Release Date

Movie rental company Blockbuster is reporting a release date of April 4th, 2006. You might remember that a DVD site we told you about two weeks ago also made note of this same information. We'll continue to update you as April gets closer.

The Movie Insider is also reporting this release date.


Jim Dale Nominated for a Grammy

Jim Dale, narrator of the US audio books, has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" for his work on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Dale previously won a Grammy in 2000 for the Goblet of Fire. The awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 8th and will be broadcast later that day.


HP in CNN Top 25

Harry Potter has made CNN's list of the Top 25 Most Entertaining Moments of the Last 25 Years. HP made the list along with the birth of reality television and Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' at the Superbowl several years ago.


Photo from Deleted Bathroom Scene in GOF

Thanks to Harry Media and UHP for this image from a deleted scene in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The pics shows Harry walking in the prefects' bathroom carrying the golden egg.


Vote for HP in Best of 2005 Poll

Harry Potter has made Entertainment Weekly's "Best of 2005" poll twice, once for best movie and once for best book of the year. Cast your votes for HP here. The results are to be published in EW's end of the year issue.


Transcript of New Jo Rowling Interview

Thanks to MuggleNet transcriber Jess, we now have a full transcript of the conversation between JK Rowling and Stephen Fry which aired on BBC Radio 4 yesterday morning. Here is an excerpt:

JKR: I know that I’ve told you [Stephen Fry] this before, there was a time when Jessica, my daughter who’s now ten, she absolutely loves the tapes and there was a time when I was writing Goblet of Fire in particular where I would settle down to work in the evening and I could hear you reading from her bedroom, which really was a mind-warping experience to be writing one book while listening to you reading Chamber or, you know, Azkaban.It was bizarre and I felt that I couldn’t escape Harry Potter, there was no escape. I could hear him and I could see him and I was writing about him and…

You can download the half-hour discussion


GOF Falls to #3

After spending the last three weeks atop the box office, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fell two spots to number 3 on the list, behind The Chronicles of Narnia and Syriana. The Warner Bros. release earned $10.3 million, off 48 percent from last week, to bring its four-week domestic gross to $244.1 million.


Goblet of Fire Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has been nominated for Best Family Film at the 2005 Critics' Choice Awards. Additionally, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have been nominated in the areas of Best Young Actress and Best Young Actor. The winners will be announced on January 9th on the WB Network. A full list of nominees is available here. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.


Luna Announcement 'Within Weeks'

A final decision on who will play Luna Lovegood in the fifth Harry Potter movie could be made within weeks.

The search for a teenager to play the eccentric Ravenclaw fourth year began more than two months ago.

Casting directors have visited dozens of schools across the UK with filming on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix due to begin in February.

In November CBBC Newsround revealed that producers have narrowed the search down to five girls.

This followed a process that saw casting staff visiting schools and looking at photographs sent in to Warner Brothers.

Imelda Staunton is tipped to be Professor UmbridgeOver the past few weeks, several sites and message boards on the internet have featured teenagers saying that they are one of the final five with many of them posting photographs of themselves.

Girls who are really in the last few have been asked to keep the news secret and Warner Brothers say that as far as they are aware, none of the names or photographs of the girls genuinely in the last five have appeared on any website.

Other casting news is expected early next year.

Imelda Staunton is already known to be the front runner for the part of Professor Umbridge. Other parts to be cast include Tonks and Kingsley Shacklebolt.


Monday, December 05, 2005

Brendan Gleeson Attends Irish Fundraiser

At an event today in Dublin's Trinity College, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) made an appearance supporting Chernobyl Children's Project International. A Leaky reader attended the fundraiser and wrote this report:

Students were escorted by House Ghosts and House Founders to Classes given by Hogwarts Teachers in full dress, owls flew over the huge oak dining tables (by 17th century paintings!) and Brendan Gleeson came for two hours! We introduced him as Professor Moody's Muggle twin brother, because he thought no one would recognise him without his make-up! The room errupted when he came in! His agent told me people were screaming for him all month and we were the only thing he did! It was great for a few Potterheads in Dublin to achieve true magic on such a great scale.

On a related note, Gleeson recently did an interview with the
LA Times discussing his role in the Goblet of Fire movie. He also said that he would like to return for Movie 5.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

JKR to Write New Children's Book

The Scotsman is reporting today that author J.K. Rowling is planning on writing another book for children after she has concluded the Harry Potter series. Jo discusses her future writing plans in an upcoming radio interview to be broadcast on BBC Radio4. The newspaper article states that Jo " said that she has an idea for a new novel after she has written the seventh and final episode of the boy wizard's adventures." JKR says:

"There is another book that's sort of mouldering in a cupboard that I quite like, which is for slightly younger children. There are other things I'd like to write. But I'll need to find a good pseudonym and do it all secretly."

We will bring you more details when we can. The radio interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (who narrates the UK HP books) will be aired on Saurday, December 10th on BBC Radio4 via this link.


Friday, December 02, 2005

JKR Tells Her Story of Living without Fame

A new book titled One City, due out next Friday at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, will include an introduction written by JK Rowling. The Scotsman reports: "...the best-selling writer gives a rare insight into what her life was like on the poverty line as a single mother in Edinburgh - 'the "rags" part of what might as well be called my Cinderella story.'

"Read the full article
here. We'll be working to secure a copy so that we can share the entire introduction with everyone. Thanks again, Jevitt, for the tip!


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lucius Malfoy: Forbes Man of Wealth

In a hilarious yet interesting article, Forbes has posted an updated list of their wealthiest top fifteen fictional characters, with none other than Potter foe Lucius Malfoy holding the last spot with a reported net worth of $900 Million. From a dateline in the North Sea, the article reports that the nefarious Death Eater, now imprisoned in Azkaban, saw his wealth multiply despite his incarceration, noting his fortune has "increased nearly 30% over the last year. It's a major vindication for the 51-year-old wizard, and an indication that Malfoy's portfolio--and his mission to destroy Harry Potter--still has lots of life left in it." According to Forbes, Mr. Malfoy has gained his wealth, not by investing in traditional Wizarding markets, such as Niffler Futures, but rather by investing in Muggle companies such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, and Halliburton.

And the value of Malfoy's personal possessions has appreciated significantly. Since the return of Lord Voldemort, artifacts and tools of the Dark Arts have become hugely popular, trading briskly in secondary markets like eBay (nasdaq: EBAY - news - people ) and Borgin and Burke's. As the patriarch of an ancient family, Malfoy is reputed to hold a wealth of valuable objects. Despite repeated searches of Malfoy Manor, his home in Wiltshire, the Ministry of Magic has been unable to find any prohibited items--but sources close to the family say they still possess countless treasures.


Harry Potter Top Blog Personality of 2005

CINCINNATI, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Fictional character Harry Potter led President George W. Bush as a source of personality "buzz" among bloggers in 2005, according to BlogPulse.com (http://www.blogpulse.com/), a blog search engine and analysis web site maintained by Intelliseek Inc.

Blog references to the President peaked at about 3% in early September, when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Potter managed to generate higher and more consistent levels of discussion throughout the rest of the year. Potter was mentioned in 5.5% of all blog posts in mid-July, when Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince book was published, and in 2.5% of blog posts in January and November, respectively, when the Goblet of Fire movie trailer and film premiered.


Video of Dan at 'Boys' Press Conference

Thanks very much to DR.com, we have a video of Daniel Radcliffe at the recent press conference for his upcoming movie, December Boys. In the video, he talks about the local hotline created just for him and his thoughts on Goblet of Fire.


HP Fan Trips to take over Edinburgh Castle in 2006

In 2004, over 100 people took a chance on the first-ever Harry Potter tour designed by fans. This past summer, that number doubled to over 200. Next year, HP Fan Trips will once again whisk hundreds of fans to the United Kingdom, with all-new, exciting features including a takeover of Edinburgh Castle for a private party!

For more info about the 2006 HP Tours, visit
HPANA's website.


The Making of GoF: Dragons, Voldemort and More

There are a number of features online now about the work done regarding the technical aspect of making the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firefilm. Several of the production companies used to make the special effects used in the fourth Potter movie have detailed the astonishing work and effort that went into creating these impressive effects.

First, the Christian Science Monitor has
this article about Industrial Light & Magic and the making of the Dragons for the film.

Finally, after three to five months of preparation, the dragon had texture and color and was moving well. It was ready to start "shot production." This is when the dragon is manipulated into film scenes, "acting" alongside the real actors - in this case Harry, who was trying to accomplish a tournament task."The shot production went on for another nine months," Alexander says. The whole process involved at least 50 people for more than a year."

Next, the Moving Picture Company has a very cool feature on their website about the impressive 216 shots they created for Goblet , including the Maze, the graveyard scene, and the 21 foot snake slythering through the opening sequence of the film. They also worked on some 80 shots of Voldemort alone, and you can also see a new still photo of the Dark Lord on their website. To access this scary photo via this link, click either flash or html, then on the bottom photo of Harry, then again. The Voldemort photo is located where is says "more images."

Framestore CFC also has
an impressive feature online as well, about the work they did to create special effects for the film, especially for the Second Task, Rita's Quill,and the flying carriage. For the amazing underwater sequence, they delivered over six minutes of specialised footage, including all the digitally created Grindylows.

Finally, reader Ian let us know about
his blog where he has some additional Goblet of Fire VXF mentions and interviews. Thanks Ian!


J.K. Rowling: The Woman, The Myth

That's right, guys. According to this Norwegian paper, J.K. Rowling is an elaborate illusion, cooked up by big companies as part of a worldwide conspiracy to sell books - because we all know you can't do that without tricking people.

This article gets our long-ago-forgotten-but-brought-back-when-truly-mind-numbingly-necessary Vernon Dursley Award, for the denial and cynicism when faced with magic and imagination. Congratulations, Norwegian person!

Now, off to trash that
interview, since it clearly didn't really happen... She sure looked the part...and seemed to know something about Potter, too... Well, rats.


New Wizard of the Month on JKR.com

JKRowling.com has updated with a new Wizard of the Month:

Bowman Wright1492 – 1560
Famous for developing the Golden Snitch.


Which HP Movie is Your Favorite?

The Internet Movie Database has updated their site with a new poll. "Now that you've had a chance to see the most recent movie, what's the best of the Harry Potter movies so far?" Click here to vote. Thanks to Sally for sending this in.


Potter Film is Beamed into Space

The International Space Station (ISS) crew have been treated to a special showing of the latest Potter film.

US astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev asked to see Goblet of Fire, so mission control beamed it into space for them to watch.

The screening provided a relaxing break for the crew, who are 55 days into their six month stay on the ISS.

On Thursday they will the celebrate US holiday Thanksgiving with space-food versions of the traditional feast.

They'll mark the day by eating specially treated smoked turkey, dehydrated green beans and a cranberry-apple dessert.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Chris Columbus Doubts Return to Harry Potter

Dark Horizons has a short interview with Chris Columbus whose new movie RENT is out in theaters. DH asked Columbus if he would come back to direct another Harry Potter film. Here's his funny, but I'm sad to hear it, answer:

DH Question: Would you go back to Harry Potter again?

Columbus: I love the 5th book. I love that book, but I don't think I can get back. I can't move my entire circus of a family back to England. It would be too difficult.

You can read the rest of the interview


One Muggle Thinks J.K. is More Magical than Harry

"For me, the fascinating story is the story behind Harry Potter, that of author, J.K. Rowling. Her amazing tale seems more miraculous than any fantasy could be. She had never had a book published before, and now she's wealthier than the Queen of England."

Read the rest of Lloyd Garver's article


Katie Leung on Publicity Trip through China

Warner Bros has organised a publicity trip for Scottish born Katie Leung who plays the role of Cho Chang, the love interest of Harry Potter. She told Chinese reporters she was excited about giving Harry Potter his first kiss in the next film, which is due to begin shooting in England next February.


Adult-escents Say Hoorah for Harry

In an essay, J.R.R. Tolkien dismissed the idea that children are the natural and most appropriate audience for tales of magic as an "error of sentiment". His words are worth reflecting on as adults flock to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which opens across Australia today.


Images from Xbox version of 'GoF' Game

Last month we showed you some images from the Xbox version of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire video game, we now have additional shots, which are amazingly clear and detailed.

You can see the new images
here courtesy of UHP.


New Hi-Res Images from Goblet of Fire

Some new high-resolution images from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have been forwarded to us by a member from the site. The new images show Dumbledore, the students from Beauxbatons, Crouch Jr., Mad-Eye Moody and Hagrid.

You can view the new images


Radio Interview with J.K. Rowling

BBC Radio4 will broadcast a 30 minute interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling titled "Living with Harry Potter" which will be aired on Saturday, December 10th at 9:00am(GMT). The website description of the program reads:

"In a rare recorded conversation, J K Rowling and Stephen Fry, the voice of the books on audio, discuss the process of bringing their creations to life on and off the page."


Goblet of Fire in TIME Magazine

Thanks to Melody for this scan from the December 5th edition of TIME Magazine. The scan compares the fourth book to the fourth movie, with the movie winning out.


Goblet's on Fire!

In its first five days of release in the Philippines, Goblet of Fire grossed P105 million (almost $2m), setting a number of box office records.

It also became the
biggest ever opening weekend for a film in Italy after it collected €7.5 million (almost $9m), shattering Pinocchio's previous record of €7.035.

In China, the flick
has earned 66.56 million yuan ($8m) in just ten days. Furthermore, a manager for a Chinese distributor of the film said he expects this figure to soar to 100 million yuan ($12m).

Finally, Goblet also became the highest ever opening weekend in Norway after it
gathered a cool $2.3 million.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Potter Star's Rant at Mobile User

Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths, who plays Uncle Vernon, ordered a woman out of a play he was acting in after her mobile phone kept going off.

Richard was on stage at a London theatre when a member of the audience's mobile went off three separate times.

The star was so cross he stopped the play and asked her to leave.

He said: "Is that it or will it be ringing some more? Could the person whose mobile phone it is please leave?" Many people clapped after his outburst.

The incident happened during an afternoon performance of a play called Heroes, which the Potter star is in at the Wyndham Theatre.

The play got a standing ovation from the audience at the end.

Last year, another actor, Kevin Spacey, criticised audience members who let their phones go off in theatres, or who rustled sweet wrappers too loudly.


WB Films Drive Biggest IMAX Weekend Ever

The IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. are really happy these days. They've announced that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Polar Express have made lots of money on the IMAX screens. Here's a piece of Coming Soon's article about the announcement:

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience" and "The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience" registered the highest grossing weekend ever at IMAX® theatres, with combined grosses of $3.1 million, each on 66 screens over the three-day period from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. In its second weekend in IMAX theatres, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" grossed approximately $1.85 million on 66 screens -- even while sharing IMAX screens with the re-release of The Polar Express, which generated approximately $1.22 million in its opening weekend.

You can read the rest of the article


Breathing Life Into Dragons

One challenge in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was to make a believable Horntail dragon that remained true to author J.K. Rowling's vivid description. For more than a year, a team of special-effects creators worked hard to design the flying, fire-breathing Horntail dragon that we now see on screen.


Potter Fans Conjure Up Relief for Earthquake Victims

A fundraising dinner was held at the University of North Carolina with hopes of raising money for the people affected by recent earthquakes in Pakistan and India on Monday night. Trivia games and other elements of the Harry Potter books and movies were designed to appeal to Harry Potter fans.


Stanislav Ianevski Proud to be Bulgarian

Stanislav Ianevski, the Bulgarian-born star of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, answered the questions of international media before the movie's premiere in Bulgaria, including his opinions on his home country, love, sports and more.


Holy Cow! New Statue at J.K.'s Place

A life-size plastic cow sitting astride Harry Potter's famous Nimbus broomstick has pride of place in the gardens of J.K. Rowling's house in Scotland. A spokeswoman for Jo said the cow was originally commissioned by Warner Brothers for a charity event.


Bewitched Adults Keep Potter's 'Fire' Blazing

Our Hogwarts mate Sylvia brought this USA Today article to our attention yesterday. Just as a refresher, the article talks about how a lot of adults are pushing the box office of Goblet of Fire into the stratosphere. Here's a piece of the story:

LOS ANGELES — Before Saturday, Adam Kirkpatrick had never seen a Harry Potter film, read a Harry Potter book, or held much desire to do either.

But the 44-year-old Santa Monica landscaper decided to check out Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after growing tired of hearing his friends blather on about spells and Hogwarts and the evil Voldemort.

Now Kirkpatrick plans to hit the video store to catch the first three Potter installments.

"This wasn't the movie I expected," Kirkpatrick says. "I figured it was just a kids' series. But there's a lot of adult stuff here. I get what people are talking about."

So are a lot of older moviegoers, who are propelling Goblet to the Potter franchise's fastest start. (Related chart:
See the weekend's top 10 films)

You can read the rest of the article
here. Thanks again to our Hogwarts mate Sylvia for the heads up!


JKR Donates Signed Copy of HBP

Scotland's Daily Record reports that J.K. Rowling responded to 12-year-old Breeze Gardner's request by donating an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to a charity auction.

" . . . [T]he book is expected to fetch more than £ 6000 when it is auctioned off next month."

Breeze had explained to JK how her wheelchair-bound mum Lesley, who suffers from ME, was raising cash for her local surgery in Strathblane, Stirlingshire.

Lesley, 48, is determined to repay the clinic where she is treated by helping buy a potentially life-saving ECG machine.

Thanks to
Snitchseeker for passing this along.


New Pictures from EW Photo Shoot

Earlier this month Harry Potter graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly and we have some pictures from the photo shoot that never made the magazine. The new pictures feature Emma, Rupert and Daniel. Enjoy.

You can see the images courtesy of
MuggleThai or here if you can't get on the site due to traffic.

Thanks to
MuggleThai via Page for the tip.


New Pic of Ron and Padma

UniversHarryPotter sent in this new pic of Ron and Padma from the French magazine "Gold." Thank you!


GoF World Box Office Totals: More than $400 Million

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is continuing to light up sales at the box office, earning an "estimated $408 million at the worldwide box office after its second weekend" reports Reuters. In North America, Goblet sold an estimated $59.4 million dollars worth of tickets over this past holiday weekend, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. The current US total numbers are at a whopping $201.1 million alone, beating the records held by the previous first three Potter films.


New Pics of the Phelps Twins in Japan

The Phelps twins and their sponsors have sent over some new pics of their time in Japan, this time from their visit to the Warner MyCal Theater and the Two Piece store in Fukushima. For more info on their tour, visit this page (with a translator):

In Two Piece, in kimono jackets
At Two Piece (2)
At Two Piece (3)
At Two Piece (4)
At Two Piece (5)
At the Warner theater (1)
At the Warner theater (2)
At the Warner theater (3)