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

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New GoF TV Spot

Muggle Net has posted links to download a new GoF TV commercial. The commercial is 30 seconds long. Muggle Net has the spot in the three major formats: Quicktime, Real Player, and Windows Media Player. They also have each format in various sizes.

To download the TV spot, just stop over at Muggle Net's homepage and scroll down the page a little. Enjoy!

New Ginny Pic in Hi-Res

WB sent over this new pic of Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley - enjoy!

Ginny (Big)
Ginny (Medium)
Ginny (Small)


New Goblet of Fire Promo Banners

Jo from Emma-Watson.net let us know about three new Goblet of Fire promo character banners she posted. They are:
Harry and Cedric (includes new pic of Cedric)
* Hermione and Krum
* Ron and Fleur.
Thanks Jo!


Interview with the Goblet of Fire Video Game Team

Based on J.K. Rowling's fourth book, players will experience some of the thrills of the key elements from the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie, where Harry is mysteriously selected as the fourth competitor in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament.


New GOF Interviews and Pics in 'Nickelodeon'

Daniel Radcliffe is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Nickelodeon Magazine, which includes new pictures and interviews on the inside pages. A new interview with Dan along with several new pictures of him are featured on a two-page spread on pages 80 and 81. He said:

"There's this scene where I'm sliding down roof tiles. I'm not even going to pretend to be a macho man: It was terrifying. I was at the top of a sixty-foot fake roof, on a wire. Then they just let go of the wire, and I would fall to the crash mats at the bottom, sort of free-falling. I started to actually enjoy it, but at the beginning, it was quite scary."

New interviews with Emma Watson, Katie Leung, and Stan Ianevski are featured on the next page. Thanks to the EW Forums for the scans!


Official 'Harry Potter' Website Updated

Remember the sneak preview from last week? Well, wait no longer. The Warner Bros. official website has been updated to reflect the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Additionally, the downloads section is also now available with wallpapers, screensavers and buddy icons. Visit the redesigned site here!


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Meet the Weasley Twins Opening Weekend of GoF

If you live in the Chicago area and would be interested in meeting the Weasley twins, Fred and George (Oliver and James Phelps), make sure you make your way down to Hollywood Blvd., a full service restaurant/movie theatre in Woodridge, IL, the weekend of the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

According to a representative of the movie theatre the twins will be in attendance November 18th through 20th and will be available to meet fans after each showing of the movie.

Also, if you would like to help a worthy cause, you can donate blood on Saturday, October 22nd and receive a pair of opening weekend passes to the movie. Call 630-427-1880 for details.

Thanks to Angelique for the tip.


JKR Original Drafts Featured on UK Television Show

Earlier this summer, we told you that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was donating some original hand-written work for display at the Centre for Children's Books in the UK. Reader Wendy let us know that a television program is set to air on Channel Five in the UK that will show these drawings. The television schedule notes:

Michael Rosen's Treasure of Children's Literature (Documentary) Time - 19:15 - 20:00 (45 minutes long) When - Tuesday 25th October on five Arts documentary. Writer, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen explores the world of children's books at the newly opened Centre For Children's Books in Newcastle Gateshead. He and illustrator Quentin Blake delve into rare manuscripts and drawings, including JK Rowling's own pictures of Harry Potter; and talks to authors including Phillip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson about the secrets behind some of our best-loved stories.

The Centre has this mention of this program as well. Anyone with a tape and/or screencaps please send them in! Thanks Wendy!


Happy 65th Birthday to Michael Gambon!

Michael Gambon, who was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 19, 1940, is 65 years old today. Michael Gambon plays Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the upcoming Goblet of Fire. He was also in Gosford Park, which also starred Maggie Smith and Stephen Fry.


In Pictures: Tom Felton Turns 18

Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy has seen the last of his days as a wizard kid. The snap of actor Tom Felton who turned 18 last month, shows how he has changed since appearing in the first Potter movie in 2001.


More New GoF Pictures

Thanks very much to Anna for letting us know that several new Goblet of Fire pictures have been posted on the Japanese WB Shop website. A new picture of a victorious Harry with the golden egg is on their main page, and other small new pics are featured on the covers of various items in the shop. Thanks again, Anna!

Update: Thanks to RGMS and RO, we have seven more new pictures from the movie, showing the trio at the Quidditch World Cup, students mingling in the corridors, and Ron with an unopened box (his dress robes, perhaps?).


Potter Cell Phone Wallpapers from Japan

It would seem that Harry Potter fans in Japan are getting all the goodies when it comes to the movies. If you are a fan and live in Japan you can now download a Harry Potter wallpaper for your cell phone, some new images included: Harry, Hermione and Barty Crouch.


64 New Goblet of Fire Pictures

64 - count 'em - 64 new Goblet of Fire pictures. A huge batch for your viewing pleasure.


Headmistress' Note: Be very careful of GoF spoilers!

New Emma Scans

Thanks to EW.net and U-C.net we have several new scans of Emma.

Here are scans from the Girls' Life Outtakes by Jason Joyce:

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Image 6

Here's a scan that was in Pink Magazine:

Pink Magazine


Ralph Fiennes Talks About Voldemort

IGN Film Force talked to Ralph Fiennes about the role of Voldemort. You can read the entire interview here, but check out the short preview below and beware of spoilers in the full article for those of you who have not read Goblet of Fire.

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You can't have a great movie hero without a good nemesis. And so for the forthcoming film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, filmmakers knew they had to bring in an actor with some serious chops to fill the role of the evil Lord Voldemort. After all, the fourth installment in the fantasy film series is, for all intents and purposes, Voldemort's coming out party.

Ultimately, Brit thesp Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Red Dragon, The Constant Gardener) was chosen for the role -- a proven actor with striking angular facial features that just say "evil." Despite his extensive experience, Fiennes says the role was still a challenge for him.

"It's quite hard to play someone who is is the essence of evil," says Ralph Fiennes. "In my discussions with Mike about the character, we talked about giving Voldemort human qualities, because to just play 'evil' is really impossible. 'Evil' is often conveyed through gnashing of teeth and a lot of spit. I wanted my portrayal of Voldemort to be deeply, truly evil. That comes from fear, frustration and unhappiness. Voldemort was a rejected child. He had a very unhappy childhood, and that's where his anger, jealousy and hatred began to fester."


UK Goblet Film Rating, Trailer News

In the UK Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has now been officially given a 12A rating. Here in the US, Goblet is rated PG-13. CBBC Newsround reports

"Examiners decided that the 12A was the most suitable category, as younger or more sensitive viewers could be frightened by some of the more intense scenes (which I can't reveal as you'd get upset with me!).

"The ending was a shock too, although maybe if you have read the books, you'll be expecting it anyway. At 12A, we allow moderate level violence, but without focus on injuries or blood."

There is also an interview with one of the examiners who rated the film, who had this to say about the changes in the films over the years.

"You can really spot the differences in the four films. The first one, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was classified back in October 2001 and Harry and his friends were so sweet and innocent then!

"As the characters have become teenagers and are more experienced in magic, the tone of the films has become darker, the moments of intensity more frequent and there are far fewer jokes and lighter moments. The result is that this is the first Harry Potter film at 12A. Be prepared for a very different film to the first three!"

Finally, reader Julian let us know that there is apparently a new trailer or commercial due to be airing in the UK, as there was a new spot recently rated on the British Board of Film Classification website. "Trailer 4", as it is listed, has a running time of 33 seconds. Anyone with video or caps, please let us know! Thanks Julian!


More on Imelda Staunton as Umbridge in OotP

Previously we told you actress Imelda Staunton was rumored to be cast in the part of Delores Umbridge in the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Today ,readers Neil and Bianca wrote us and said the actress just appeared on ITV's "This Morning" program and confirmed that she was indeed going to appear in the fifth Potter movie. She also apparently said she hasn't read the script yet, but will begin filming in January. The link for the TV show also lists the actress as appearing in the next Potter film.

Everyone, we are still waiting on WB to officially confirm this information, so hang tight. Thanks to Neil and Bianca!


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

New Goblet of Fire Character Posters

Six new character posters from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have surfaced in Thailand.

The posters are of Ron, Harry, Hermione, Krum, Fleur and Cedric.



Tons of Goblet of Fire Images

Scanners all over the world have been going full tilt lately. More and more GoF images are materializing on the web scanned from various versions of the GoF 2006 calendars. Also magazine articles about GoF are coming out hot and heavy now. These contain images from the film too.

So there are too many images floating around for me to include all the links for them here. However, I will point you in the right direction to see them. I'm also going to feature a few of my favorite ones with links. So here we go...
Muggle Net has tons of images. You'll need to scroll down their homepage to find all the links, but it's worth it.

The Leaky Cauldron has their images together in their gallery section. So all you have to do is click on the navigation links on the left-hand side of the gallery webpage.

Veritaserum also have their GoF images in a gallery section. Lots of good images there.

And here are my three favorites from the recent rash of GoF images:
Behind the scenes pic of Mike Newell, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Alan Rickman. Rickman is in costume as Prof. Snape, but he got this big smile on his face as he laughs with others. It's very strange to see Prof. Snape laughing with Harry!

Another of my favorites is this pic of Ron and Harry smiling. You don't get to see Ron smile very much in this film I'm afraid, so it's nice to see him and Harry smiling.

And my very favorite of the new pictures is this one of Ron and Pig. If you don't know who or what Pig is, then take a look at this photo. They look great together and I'm soooo glad to see that Pig has finally made it into the films. He should have appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, but he didn't. I'm glad to see that he's in Goblet of Fire.

Well that's the GoF images update for now. As always, be careful of spoilers if you don't want to see some of the important plot events of movie. Enjoy!

Boys Not a Priority for 'Potter' Star Watson

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Although Emma Watson's character Hermione may have her pick of boys for the dance in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," but in real life, the young star has no time for boyfriends.

The 15-year-old actress has been shooting back-to-back "Harry Potter" films since the first began shooting in late 2000 in London.

"This is my life: I live two hours from [the 'Harry Potter' studios], in Oxford, so I get up at six in the morning and I'm gone until nine at night, and I do this for eleven months of the year," says Watson, according to published reports. "And, if I'm not here, I'm back at school trying to catch up on all the work I've missed, playing on all the teams I can get myself onto, and I'm trying to see my family and friends. So boys come pretty low down the list.

"Not only is there high demand for the popular books-turned-films, but the intense schedule is necessary in order for the young actors not to outgrow their roles. Each of the installments follows one year in the life of the titular boy wizard and his pals at the Hogwarts school.

"It's restricting. Long hours. I miss my family a lot," says the starlet. "But if I had the chance to do it again, in a million years I would always say yes. I'm so lucky."
"Goblet of Fire" is the fourth part of author J.K. Rowling's seven-part series and centers on the three-school Tri-Wizard Tournament. The film is scheduled to be released worldwide on Nov. 18.


Emma on Cover of 'Teenage' Mag

Emma Watson has also graced the cover of the latest edition of "Teenage" Magazine, which we have scans of thanks to Brilliance Online. Along with the lovely cover, the magazine published a four-page article on GOF, entitled "Harry Potter and the Multi-Million Dollar Franchise.

"Thanks to
EW.net for the tip!


Update: Commercial of WB Special Starring the Weasleys

We previously told you that Harry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps (Fred & George Weasley) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) would be hosting Harry Potter Secrets Revealed during the Kids WB show, in the U.S. on Saturday, October 29th, well now we have the commercial for you to view.

According to the commercial secrets from the movies will be revealed like how they turned Pettigrew into a rat and how to hang onto a dangling wizard. You can view the commercial here or you can download from here.

You can also view the commercial in windows format here courtesy of Veritaserum. Thanks to Patricia for clip.

UPDATE: Screenshots of the Phelps twins and Bonnie from this commercial are now available for you to view:

Phelps Twin Image 1Phelps Twin Image 2Bonnie Wright ImageWesley Trio


'Pink' Spotlight on Emma, Features Young Cast of 'GoF'

Pink magazine of the Philippines puts the spotlight on Emma Watson who is featured on the cover of the October-November issue. Additionally, new photos (some of which are new) accompany articles featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Clemence Poesy, Stanislav Ianevski, Katie Leung, and Robert Pattinson.

Check out HPANA for
scans of the article.


Play 'Scene-It' on Official Potter Site

Two playable demos of Scene-It's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire edition are now online at the official HarryPotter.com site. The game features over 160 questions related to the films, with video clips and stills. It retails for $29.99.


Straight from Durmstrang: Tolga Safer, Karkaroff's Aide

As you've probably noticed from pictures, Igor Karkaroff's movie incarnation travels around with an aide. We recently had the chance to interview the actor who plays him, Tolga Safer, who shared some great inside stories about working on set, Mike Newell, how he got his role, what his role actually is, and more. Enjoy - click the link to read the whole thing!

How did you get cast in Goblet?
I was originally seen for the part of “Viktor Krum” around Christmas 2003. I then went and met Mike Newell (Director) and the casting directors Mary Selway and Fiona Weir for a second time at the film studios. Two weeks later my agent phoned me and told me they were going with someone else for Viktor Krum but that Mike liked my auditions and that a part had been created and offered to me, the part of Aide to Professor Karkaroff.

Were you a Harry Potter fan beforehand?
Definitely. I was a big fan of both the books and the films, that’s why it was the most amazing time of my life working on and being part of this movie. Check out the rest of the interview on The Leaky Cauldron.


Potter Products O'Plenty

While the calendar may say it's only October, many retailers are unveiling new Harry Potter products in time for all your holiday shopping needs. In addition to the Goblet of Fire tie-in books, posters, Legos, Video Games, Trading Cards, and Scene-It DVD game we told you about previously (phew!), additional new Potter products are now, or soon to be, on the market.

* Some of the Mattel Goblet of Fire toys are now turning up online. These new toys include the Herbology Class, Potions Class, Divination Class, and a set of three Mini-Relics.

* Hot Topic has many new Goblet of Fire related shirts available now, including cool Quidditch World Cup shirts, House logo shirts, Durmstrang shirts, Harry and Ron in their 'tuxes' for the Yule Ball t-shirts: there are even Death Eater t-shirts available. There are also some new postcards available for purchase as well.

* Bic pens will be selling three new Harry Potter fountain pens, as seen here.

* Target stores are already decking the halls for the holidays and offering many new Harry Potter Ornaments for sale (and yes, this editor admits she caved and today bought a new Harry Potter Christmas Stocking).

* Gentle Giant Studios will be adding two new busts to their Harry Potter collection, with a Dobby and a Dementor statue to be available early next year.


Additional Magazine Articles on Goblet of Fire

There are two more magazine articles out now to add to your collection on the upcoming Goblet of Fire movie; Sci Fi and House & Garden. The December issue of "Sci Fi" magazine has a feature on Goblet of Fire called "Playing with Fire." Most of the interviews with Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson we have seen previously, and there are no new photos. There is this tidbit however, from Daniel Radcliffe, discussing how he felt when he met the musicians playing the Weird Sisters band. "I was so overly excited to to meet them, particularly Jarvis Cocker, I think I smiled a bit stupidly and made really cheesy jokes, I think. I can't really remember; it's all a bit of a blur, because I was kind of so almost overwhelmed to meet them." This magazine is available now.

Update: Dijares from Harry Potter's Page, let us know he has posted scans of the Sci Fi article here. There are also additional scans from Starlog magazine, which also covers much of the same information, but also includes a piece about the actors growing up through the course of making the four Potter movies. Thanks Dijares!

House & Garden, which had an excellent feature previously about the set of Prisoner of Azkaban, is also promoting the fantastic set of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the Editor's Picks section on their website they have a small photo of the Yule ball set and say the following:

Icy Cool: Stuart Craig's set design for the last Harry Potter film impressed all of us here at House & Garden and won him an Oscar nomination. This time, Craig devines an equally creative and decoratively beautiful set, including the incredible ice sculpture-filled dining hall and crystalline table settings, bottom left. You can check out the sets for yourself when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes out on November 18th.

Anyone with scans from the November issue of House & Garden, please send them in!


New Matthew Lewis Interview

Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney, Australia yesterday and will be again today. Cruticus of Harry Potter's Page caught up with the actor and asked him a few questions:

Q: Have you met JK Rowling? I mean, being a great author that she is, she would have been a great guest?

ML: Oh yeah, I’ve met her a few times. The first time I don’t think I could physically speak ‘cause it was amazing ‘cause like you said, she is one of my favourite authors. And I was just a huge fan of Harry Potter, and it was great to meet her, and she’s actually really, really nice. She just spoke to us all individually and we had lunch with her. She is great to talk to. You can talk with her, and she’s nice. And yeah, it was great to meet her, I got a few pictures with her.


You-Know-Who Is Back

Arian sent us over this picture he took of a new promo ad for Goblet of Fire that's located at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. Clever marketing at its best!


Thursday, October 13, 2005

New High-Res Still Photos

Marc from Harry Potter X-perts let us know that they have seven new high res pictures posted now. These still photos include several at the Yule Ball including Cho and Cedric dancing, a good one of Dumbledore, Mad-Eye, McGonagall, and Rita Skeeter in the stands (look at the expression on her face!), Cedric in the Maze, and another one of Rita, Cedric and Harry. Click here to view.

Thanks to Harry Potter X-perts!


High-Def Goblet of Fire Trailer

It's just what this news poster has been waiting for. Apple has released the Goblet of Fire theatrical and teaser trailer in three delicious sizes each: 480p, 720p, and 1080i. The latter won't likely work for many as it requires some serious processor speed to play at your delight. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed!

NOTE: Before you start watching you'll want to make sure you have the latest version of QuickTime (7.0.X) so it will play properly.


After GoF: Newell's Next Movie

With his work on Goblet of Fire complete, Empire reports Mike Newell will be directing the film adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Nobel-prize winning novel Love in the Time of Cholera.

"The story tells of a decades spanning love triangle set in South America and was first published in 1985, winning instant acclaim. The screenplay has been written by The Pianist scribe Ronald Harwood.

New Line, the studio behind the adaptation, is scouting locations Central and South America with an eye to a spring 2006 start."


Warner Bros Releases Goblet Production Notes

A lengthy and detailed 51-page document on the actors and actresses starring in Goblet of Fire has hit WB's publicity website. Of particular interest on Mad-Eye Moody:

“You seldom find an actor of Brendan’s depth and calibre,” adds Newell, who previously worked with Gleeson on the 1992 family adventure Into the West.

“Perhaps it’s true of all Irishmen, but Brendan has an elemental quality to him that is part savage and part wide-eyed innocent, which suited him well in playing this multifaceted character.” Moody’s piercing blue mechanical eye was created for the production by creature effects supervisor Nick Dudman and visual effects supervisor Jimmy Mitchell. “The eye became a character in itself,” Newell says, “although to reveal exactly how we created it would spoil the illusion for audiences.”

On the Hungarian Horntail scenes:

“We’ve taken the dragon chase well beyond the book,” visual effects supervisor Jimmy Mitchell elaborates. “We really show Harry’s prowess on a broom as the Horntail chases him out of the arena and up through mountains, viaducts and rooftops, and all across the school grounds.”

There are lots of new facts throughout, and it is a great read for anyone craving some behind-the-scenes bits on sets, costumes and more. A Microsoft Word version of it can be downloaded at this link. Thanks to HPANA for the tip!


Note from the Headmistress: Be very careful of spoilers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More on the GoF Soundtrack

A few days ago we told you about the cover art for the Goblet of Fire soundtrack appearing on several websites. The US Amazon has now updated with that same cover image, but has also added this brief new description of the CD:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film (and soundtrack album) in the massively successful Harry Potter franchise-nearly $1 billion in U.S. box office alone-features a score by Academy Award-nominated composer Patrick Doyle and three songs written by modern rocker Jarvis Cocker, and performed by Cocker, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Steve Claydon and Jason Buckle-with all these musicians also appearing in the movie.

The soundtrack to the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is due to be released on November 15th.


GoF Video Game Expands on Movie

In an interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and EA game director Guy Miller and senior art director Alex Laurant all discuss the differences between the movie and the video game as well as what was expanded upon.

On what's different from the movie:

Guy: We've expanded the Prefect's bathroom area. Because it's a multi-player game and not just Harry, we had to create a contrivance whereby Harry, Ron and Hermione could all be in the bathroom together and then go off with the egg!

David: There are some new creatures: Jo (Rowling) discussed a whole library of characters that weren't in the book so we got those.

Creatures in the video game:

Guy: There's a Vampire Mosp: a sort of wasp and a moth which Jo's seen, and the Irkling out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, so we're drawing on her whole world.

Alex: Our art department had a great time working with those creatures. It's a lot of fun.

David: It's really funny when you're working on the film because you're imbuing them with feelings: what's the Hippogriff felling? What's the motivation for the dragon? You have to think these things through about these fantasy creatures and it's very important: it is a bi-ped, it is a quadroped and what about the dragon? The people who do the conceptual art are sitting there with skeletons of birds and four-legged creatures to make sure that anatomically this is viable -this is verisimilitude. I think the approach we've taken is not to make cartoons but is to make reality and yes, we might be completely mad and delusional but we think this world is real, we work as though it is real.

According to Amazon the video game will be released on November 8th in the U.S. and November 11th in the UK.


Weasley's Magical Clock to Become a Reality?

As it was mentioned back in spring, the Weasleys' living room clock in the Harry Potter books, which indicates where any family member is at the moment, may become available to households in the future. The Irish Independent reports that Microsoft is researching on the development of a similar device that will display locations of family members outside the home with the use of mobile gadgets.

Inspired by JK Rowling's novels, the researchers and developers have labeled it the "whereabout clock". A brief summary as to how the technology is being developed surfaced recently:

"The whereabout clock's screen uses icons bearing the faces of each family member. Signals from their mobile phones are used to tell the computer where they are and the icons wander between colored segments to show whether they are at home, school, work or elsewhere....The clock will also be able to receive and display text messages. For instance a mother could text the screen that "working till 9pm, please put dinner in oven" and the words would hover next to her face icon."


Rupert Grint and Tom Felton Present Award

Actors Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) attended last night's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. According to this article, the two Harry Potter actors presented an award to Liz Carnell, a mother who set up a website to help stop bullying. You can see a photo of Rupert outside the event here and here.


More GoF Calendar Pics

Muggle Net has more pictures from the 2006 Goblet of Fire calendar. You can see the pictures on their website by clicking the link above and scrolling down the page just a little.

Once again I warn you that many of the pictures contain SPOILERS for the movie. So if you would prefer not to be spoiled, pass on looking at the pictures.

J.K. Rowling Wins Quill Prize for Potter

J.K. Rowling has won book of the year and best children's book for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the first annual Quill Awards.

The Quill Awards winners are determined by online votes from consumers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Rumors on Goblet of Fire Running Time, Early Ticket Sales

There are reports today about the supposed running time of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Hpana is reporting that the time is at 157 minutes. We at Leaky have gotten several earlier reports that the length of the movie is at 160 minutes. Please keep in mind that this is all very much still a rumor. We are trying to confirm with WB and update you with an exact length of the film as soon as we can.

Also, we are hearing that some of the film chains, such as Regal Cinema, are going to start offering advance ticket sales to Goblet of Fire as early as this Friday, October 14th. Again, consider this in the rumor category until we can confirm it.


Isle of Man Issues New Harry Potter Stamps

Isle of Man Post will issue a new set of stamps on October 21 to mark the release of new film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new stamps feature a variety of characters and scenes from the new movie, the fourth in the series.


New GOF Promo Poster Published in Denmark

A new promotional poster for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, featuring new poses of Ron and Hermione, was published in The MetroXPress in Denmark today. Reader Croft sent in a scan of the poster, which can be seen in our galleries - thanks, Croft!


Film Review Article on Goblet of Fire

Snitch Seeker has now posted scans from the Film Review magazine feature on Goblet of Fire that we told you about yesterday. While much of the material we have seen before, there are some new quotes from the cast members interviewed. Those interviewed include Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), and Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), as well as film producer David Heyman. There is also this interesting bit from special effects supervisor Nick Dudman.

"We've produced the make-up for Mad-Eye Moody-which is quite extreme-the make-up and the look for Voldemort, and we've produced several gags for the scaling of Hagrid and Maxime's scene. Mad-Eye Moody's make-up was very difficult because it's such a ridiculous looking image, but you have to make it believable. Originally they were talking about CG-ing the ffect and we really fought against that because we wanted it to be something Brendan Gleeson could actually work with, although the eye itself he's not operating."

Thanks very much to Snitch Seeker!


Goblet of Fire Featured in Premiere Magazine

The November issue of Premiere magazine contains a feature on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The article titled Nobody Beats the Wiz - Inside the latest Harry Potter, as the young wizard confronts He Who Must Not Be Named has some new quotes from the actors.

UPDATE: You can see the scans of the article here, thanks Shannon.

Dan on Voldemort:

Everything we have done before has been building to this confrontation with Voldemort. Everyone felt a responsibility to get it absolutely right, to make it fantastic and terrifying, so as to not to let everyone down.

Dan on Miranda Richardson's Rita:

She's got this photographer with her all the time and everybody off-camera was in hysterics because she'd be writing with a massive quill, and every time she'd end with a flourish she hit the photographer in the face, over and over. It's little details like that that make it incredibly funny.


GoF Soundtrack Track Listings Released

The track listings for the Goblet of Fire soundtrack have been released. There are 24 tracks on the soundtrack and it is due for release on November 15th.
Since the track listings contain many plot spoilers, you won't find them listed here. If you would like to see the track listings, follow the link below to The Leaky Cauldron's website:

GoF Soundtrack Track Listings

There is also a possibility that AOL will host a AOL Listening Party for the soundtrack. The AOL Listening Parties allow visitors to listen to an entire CD before it is released to the public. AOL did listening parties for both the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban soundtracks, so they will more than likely do one for Goblet of Fire too. If AOL does do a listening party for GoF, I'll post how to find it on the blog.

Rowling on Fortune magazine's 'Envy List'

Fortune magazine has listed the 25 people 'we envy the most' and "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling was listed.

Some of the reasons we should be envious of her are: Amazon.com recently named Rowling its bestselling author of all time, beating out the Bard and Dr. Seuss and her sales records.


A Chat With Daniel Radcliffe

An interview with Daniel Radcliffe this past September is now online and this time it's been conducted by Jenna from DanRadcliffe.com. In the article, the young actor who portrays Harry Potter in the films clears up some facts; talks about school, books, and music; and speaks about Newell's directorial approach, his costume and the prefect bathroom scene. Audio mp3 files from the interview are also available for visitors to download.


GoF Soundtrack Cover Released

AOL has our first look of the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" original movie soundtrack cover, which is similar to the theatrical poster, on display at their online shop. You can go to the following link to view the soundtrack cover:

GoF Cover on Barnes and Noble


Two New Pictures of Daniel Radcliffe

Two new pictures of Daniel Radcliffe have appeared on the Net from a Dream Up magazine article that featured an interview with him this month. Daniel is now looking very much the young man of 16 that he is now. You can check out the pics at the two links below.

First Pic of Daniel from Dream Up Magazine

Second Pic of Daniel from Dream Up Magazine

Friday, October 07, 2005

Karen from "Will and Grace" Mentions Harry Potter

In an episode of the comedy show that aired last night on NBC, Karen said: "I've recently gotten into those Harry Potter books. I always pretend to root for Gryffindors but secretly, I love my Slytherin boys."


Full-Blooded Sales Success for French Version of Latest Harry Potter Book

PARIS (AFP) - Sales in France of the French version of the latest Harry Potter book have already topped 800,000 copies since being released at the beginning of the month.

"Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mele" ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") was flying off the shelves so fast that 40 percent of the first French print run of the book has already been sold, the Gallimard company said Wednesday.

The sixth adventure in the phenomenally popular series by British author J.K. Rowling first came out in English on July 16 and has since sold more than nine million copies in that language in the United States and Britain alone.


Harry Potter Fans Hold Fundraiser for Amnesty International

Fans have gotten together to form The Harry Potter Alliance, and they're holding a one-of-a-kind-event. Different Boston-based entertainers will come together to launch the alliance and raise funds for Amnesty International.


More New Goblet of Fire Calendar Pictures

Thanks to Sihir Baslasin and Azkaban World, we have quite a few more small new pictures from the Goblet of Fire 2006 calendars! Included in this latest batch is a new pose of Rita Skeeter, an intimidating Moody, Harry and Neville by the lakeside, Fleur surrounded by Beauxbatons girls, and Harry and Ron in a Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

Check them all out at the galleries!

Update: It turns out that these images were scanned in by Lauren of DanRadcliffe.com, so thanks to her! Also, six additional scans from the calendar can now be seen thanks to Lauren. They show Neville, the Weasley twins, Harry and Cedric (major spoiler!), and Ron and Harry in the Great Hall.


Four New HP Shirts at Hot Topic

Hot Topic has added four new Goblet of Fire t-shirts to their Harry Potter line, which is once again one of the store's featured lines. The new shirts are of Ron and Harry in their Yule Ball dress clothes, a new Hogwarts shirt, and a fun new Death Eaters t-shirt.


Goblet of Fire Feature in Xpose Magazine

The current issue of Xpose magazine has a 16-page feature on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which includes interviews with Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Mark Williams, James & Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, David Heyman and special effects supervisors, Jim Mitchell & John Richardson.

Rupert tidbit on Goblet of Fire:

Ron has a hard time at the beginning finding a partner. He has some really embarrassing experiences and he falls out with Harry. He's just a bit jealous of Harry and he gets a bit jealous of her [Hermione's] partner, because I think he sort of likes Hermione. He's a bit more moody, more like a real teenager. He has a lot of fight which is something Ron's never really done and that was quite fun actually.

I think they [movies] get a bit more complicated as they on. I mean this is a new thing for me being moody. The shoot's a lot longer as well.

Scans of the article and some of the cast statements can be seen at SnitchSeeker.com.


New Info at GoF.com

GobletofFire.com has updated with additional pictures and biographies for all of the main characters in the movie. These are not the same as the mini-site we brought to you yesterday. More of those will be available in the coming weeks.


EA Launches Official GoF Video Game Website

Electronic Arts has released a new website for the video game based of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In order to have complete access to all of the site's features, you'll have to work your way through a few challenges first.


Mad-Eye Moody Mini Site

Warner Bros. has provided MuggleNet visitors only with your first look at a slew of mini-sites that will be released in the upcoming weeks. We have the Mad-Eye Moody site for you, featuring lots of downloads, new pictures, and more - all relating to the imposter Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. The downloads section includes wallpapers, buddy icons, a screensaver, and an interactive desktop.


Thursday, October 06, 2005

IMAX Begins Advance Ticket Sales for Goblet of Fire

IMAX is now selling advanced tickets to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which opens in IMAX theaters on Friday, November 18th. You can check out the ticket prices and available seats for the Navy Pier IMAX theater by visiting the IMAX Chicago website.

German Potter Fan Gets Violent Over HBP

Tired of waiting for his copy of book six, a German HP fan threatened to kill people unless he got a book. The 24-year-old stole six copies of the book from a shop in the Hanover railway station, ran into another shop to get a bag, punched a customer in the face, and ran across a train platform, threatening to kill anyone in his way. Officers tackled him, and informed him that "he will likely have plenty of time for reading long books in his jail cell."


New Goblet of Fire Posters

WB has sent a few different websites each a new poster from Goblet of Fire:

Mad-Eye Moody courtesy Veritaserum

Harry and Hungarian Horntail courtesy DanRadcliffe.com

Ron Weasley courtesy the Harry Potter Fan Zone

Hermione Granger courtesy Harry Potter's Page


HarryPotter.com Updated with GoF Background

The official Harry Potter website is making the transition to a Goblet of Fire theme. On top of an updated logo, there are now new backgrounds. Thanks to VTM!


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

GobletOfFire.com Site Updates

The official site for the fourth movie now holds the theatrical trailer in place of the teaser trailer and a high-res poster of the trio and Triwizard contenders that we saw the other day.


Veritaserum Features Two New Interviews with GoF Cast

Veritaserum has excepts from two new interviews with the cast of GoF. You can read them at their website.

CastWatch: Thompson, Rickman, Fiennes News

Here are a few pieces of news today about some of the actors seen in the Harry Potter films.

*Actress Emma Thompson, who plays Professor Trelawney, is back in another role as a witch (and looking hilarious) in her new film Nanny McPhee. This film also stars the wonderful Colin Firth, and Imelda Staunton who is rumored to be cast as Professor Umbridge in Phoenix.

*Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) is set to make his directorial debut, when he directs his first film "Snow Country", to be shot on location in Canada. According to reports this film is "about a 17-year-old Inuit girl in a convent in northern Canada." Ralph will be also be seen on stage on Broadway here next year in the play "Faith Healer." Over the weekend, his newest film "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" premiered in London.

*Alan Rickman will be seen next in the motion picture "Snow Cake" with Sigourney Weaver. BritFilms has posted a synopsis of the film, along with a small photo of Alan from the movie.


Happy Birthday Minerva McGonagall!

The calendar on JKRowling.com has been updated to wish Gryffindor head Minerva McGonagall a Happy Birthday! Cheers Professor McGonagall!


Last Batch of GoF Calendar Pictures

The Leaky Cauldron has posted the last remaining 2006 wall calendar pictures. The links for the pics can be found here.

Also, someone has posted for sale one of the wonderful character posters on Ebay. It can be seen here.

Fiennes Talks Voldemort

Our friends at Film Focus.co.uk recently had a chance to speak with actor Ralph Fiennes about his performance as Lord Voldemort in the upcoming Goblet of Fire film. In this interview, Mr. Fiennes speaks about the confrontation scene saying it's scary and that "there's a real menace in the scene; the tone is quite unlike anything we've seen in Potter before. It's a scary, scary, scary scene..." He goes on to speak about working with Daniel Radcliffe, noting:

"Dan's very good," he said, "working with him was wonderful. Poor guy, he had to be so patient. I had to do all this waffling and talking about how I'm the Master of the Universe and how I'm evil and I'm going to kill him and he has to stand there all tied up, writhing around and groaning with pain while I'm monologuing towards him.

The Evil-Genius monalogue bit - no film is complete without it! I just love playing evil characters!"


Potter Book Sales Top 300 Million

More than 300 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide, it was announced on Tuesday.

The series of books went past the 300 million mark thanks to the publication of the sixth wizardly tale, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

JK Rowling's stories about the boy magician have been translated into 63 languages, including Latin and Welsh.

The next film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, hits cinemas around the world in November.

The most recent book set records around the world when it was released on 16 July, 2005.

It's not known when the final book in the series will be released, but JK has hinted it could be in 2007.


Monday, October 03, 2005

Happy 27th birthday to Christian Coulson!

Christian Coulson, who was born on October 3, 1978, is 27 years old today. Christian Coulson plays Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He has also been in several TV mini series. He won the part as 17 year old Tom Riddle even though he was actually 24 at the time.

If you'd like to read Christian's filmography, click here.


Alan Rickman Hello! Magazine's Most Attractive Man

In a poll run by Hello! magazine, the man who plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies is in the lead as the site's most attractive man for the month of September.


New GoF Footage Seen on ABC

Thanks to the 53 of you who e-mailed to let us know of some new video that appeared on ABC during America's Funniest Home Videos. New scenes included Malfoy and some Slytherins, Rita Skeeter persuading Harry that "everyone loves a rebel" and Moody turning Malfoy into a ferret.

The video, which is in an MPG file format, can be seen here.


Update: The Leaky Cauldron and Muggle Net now have the TV spots available to download in Quicktime, Real Media Player and Windows Media Player file formats.

CBBC Interview with J.K. Rowling

The CBBC website has a short interview with J.K. Rowling. She talks a little about writing and has some suggestions for aspiring writers too. You can read the interview here.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Goblet of Fire German 2006 Calendar Pictures

There are even more GoF pictures to see. Veritaserum's website is hosting a bunch of pictures from the German 2006 GoF wall calendar.

And as always, be careful of GoF spoilers in the pictures.

Goblet of Fire Posters on Sale at Movie Posters USA website

The wonderful GoF posters that are featured on the left navigation bar will be on sale at the end of October on the Movie Posters USA website.

Click this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the posters and the prices.

Goblet of Fire Pictures

More and more GoF pictures are appearing all around the Internet. HPANA has links to the most recent bunch. Just click on HPANA's link above.

To see more pics from GoF, click


Enjoy! But be aware that some of the pics might contain GoF spoilers.

'GoF' on Must-See List from Empire Magazine

The November issue of Empire magazine features their winter preview of the season’s must-see films. Of the 54 movies listed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is ranked at number 53. The article has a brief write-up of the movie as well as some quotes from producer, David Heyman, about the effects and the humor involved.

Heyman on director Mike Newell:

That is something I have been very keen on about Mike. He has really focused on what is funny in that very British idea of growing up in a boarding school.