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

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New Photos of Dan, Emma, and Rupert from Bravo Awards

Page from DanRadcliffe.co.uk let us know she has some nice new photos of the Trio winning their recent Bravo "Otto" Awards. You can see some good high res photos of Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) on the set of Hogwarts, holding these awards via this link. Thanks Page!


Dan Radcliffe 17th Birthday Fundraisers

Dan Radcliffe of the Honorable House of Black!Recently, actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) wrote to fans asking that in lieu of gifts for his upcoming 17th birthday, donations be made in support of his favorite charity, Demelza House. As such, both DanRadcliffe.co.uk, and DanRadcliffe.com have now both launched their annual birthday charity fundraisers.

"Kaleidoscope for Kids" is the name of DanRadcliffe.co.uk fundraiser;
info here. DanRadcliffe.com has a three part fundraiser involving the Demelza Drive 2006, Aced Magazine, and the Greatest Fans Idol; more info on all that via this link. Demelza House is a children's residential hospice in the UK, and Dan Radcliffe has long been a supporter of this charity. Dan will turn 17 on July 23. Thanks to Page and Jenna!


Sunday, May 28, 2006

Filming Begins in Scotland for Order of the Phoenix

OotP Book Cover ArtSecond unit crews have begun filming in Scotland this week for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This is North Scotland reports that the crews are now on location filming in Glenfinnan, Glencoe, and Glen Etive. This involves filming for background shots, as well as scenes using doubles for the main leads.

"...the first of the action saw a Harry Potter double on location at Glenfinnan, in front of Bonnie Prince Charlie's Monument, skimming flat stones across Loch Shiel. Film crews in boats recorded the action, as excited tourists visiting the monument looked on eagerly.

Local man Donald MacLean who was watching from the loch shore, said: "Once Harry's double got the hang of it he was able to send the stones quite a long way." The article continues on noting that they filmed some snowy scenes earlier, and are also doing some filming with the aid of a helicopter. Filming for the principal actors will soon be on hiatus, and will resume in mid-July. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is due in theaters July 13, 2007.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Calder of Bloomsbury: Book Seven "Likely" in 2007

Wire reports are now online of an interview with Liz Calder, Director of publishing at Bloomsbury, where she comments on JKR and the possibily of Book Seven coming next year. She does NOT say that a 2007 release is certain, but that she "hopes," and thinks it is "likely." J.K. Rowling has not yet said when the book would be released, and the last she posted on her website, she said she is still writing the novel. Here is the full quotage from Daily India:

Calder said Rowling would write only one more book in the series and no more.

'One more 'Harry Potter' only but she (Rowling) said from the beginning that she would write seven. So she would not write another one after this. But Rowling would write other books for us,' said Liz.

'The next 'Harry Potter' book is likely to come out in 2007. I hope so.


Scientists Attempting to Make Invisibility Cloak Magic a Reality

Scientists are working on a way to make Harry's Invisibility Cloak a reality for all of us. CNN is reporting that researchers in England and the US are developing a blue print for making a cloak like the one Harry inherited from James, and have issued a call for help with obtaining the materials they need. Scientists believe they can produce the cloak, but need materials that "steer light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation around an object, rendering it as invisible as something tucked into a hole in space."

A cloak made of those materials, with a structure designed down to the submicroscopic scale, would neither reflect light nor cast a shadow.

Instead, like a river streaming around a smooth boulder, light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation would strike the cloak and simply flow around it, continuing on as if it never bumped up against an obstacle. That would give an onlooker the apparent ability to peer right through the cloak, with everything tucked inside concealed from view.

"Yes, you could actually make someone invisible as long as someone wears a cloak made of this material," said Patanjali Parimi, a Northeastern University physicist and design engineer at Chelton Microwave Corp.

The article continues on and says that no cloak yet exists, but they believe early versions could be 18 months away. This cloak would also not be as flexible as Harry's cloak either, with one scientist noting: "To be realistic, it's going to be fairly thick. Cloak is a misnomer. 'Shield' might be more appropriate." Thanks to all the great readers who emailed!


Potter Exclusive: New Bellatrix

A major casting change has been made on the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange was to be played by Helen McCrory.

But she's now had to be replaced as she's expecting a baby and would be heavily pregnant when her scenes in the Ministry of Magic were filmed.

Helena Bonham CarterNewsround can exclusively reveal that she will now be played by Helena Bonham Carter, who played Charlie's mother in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

A few pieces of other casting have now also been confirmed for the fifth movie.

The role of replacement Care of Magical Creatures teacher Professor Grubbly-Plank has gone to Apple Brook. Apple Brook

She's an experienced actress who has appeared in film, TV and stage productions for more than 25 years.


The casting of the young Marauders has also been completed.

Young Sirius will be played by James Walters, Young Lupin by James Utechin and Young Snape will be played by Alec Hopkins.

Actor Jason Piper has also been cast in the part of the Bane the Centaur.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is due to be released in July 2007.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wall Street Already Anticipating Book Seven

Wall Street is already anticipating the release of Book Seven as stocks of Scholastic rose today after a positive review of the company. The AP reports that Stifel Nicolaus reviewed several book publishers, and Scholastic stocks were rated as "buy," as they eye the future for the publishers of the Harry Potter books. Quotage:

"Crum was particularly bullish on Scholastic. The company is known for its children's book titles, such as the "Harry Potter" and "Baby-Sitters Club" series, which he believes will fuel future sales at the publisher. Shares added 7 cents to $26.07 in morning trading on the Nasdaq before retreating back to their opening price of $26 later in the session.

"We are compelled by the potential upside in the shares given the impending publication of 'Harry Potter' number seven, when considering the stock's history of advancing and peaking ahead of a book release," he said.

Scholastic shares have traded within a 52-week range of $25.35 to $39.74."


Potter Inspires New Dinosaur Name

The Dracorex HogwartsiaJK Rowling has said she is "absolutely thrilled" that the name of a newly-discovered dinosaur was inspired by her tales of Harry Potter.

The creature, which roamed the Earth 66m years ago, has been named Dracorex hogwartsia - a reference to the school attended by Harry and his wizard pals.

It had a knobbly, spiky head and its remains are on show at the Children's Museum Of Indianapolis in the US.

JK said the "unexpected honour" was a big hit with her dinosaur-mad children.

"I am absolutely thrilled to think that Hogwarts has made a small (claw?) mark upon the fascinating world of dinosaurs," she added.

The dino's skull was discovered in the US state of South Dakota in 2003.


A dinosaur expert said the creature was "a very special dinosaur that seemed at home in a Harry Potter adventure".

He added that the plant-eating creature was about as big as a large horse and its most spectacular feature was his armour-plated head, with spikes, horns and crests.

"I was staring at the skull last summer, and the name just popped into my head - hogwartsia," he said.