June 30, 2004

Release Date for PoA: Nov. 23

Videoeta has released that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be avaliable in DVD and VHS on November 23 of this year.

Posted by at 06:00 PM

June 29, 2004

The Prisoner of Azkaban Arrives in Japan

PoA is now officially released in Japanese cinemas, according to Japan Today.

Posted by Jasen at 12:16 PM

JKR's Revelation

JKR has verified that HP and the Half Blood Prince is the name of 6. But, the Half Blood Prince is neither Harry or Voldemort! Whoa! That's huge! Read more in the News section of her site.

A little excerpt from her site:

I was delighted to see that a hard core of super-bright fans knew that the real title was once, in the long distant past, a possibility for 'Chamber of Secrets', and from that deduced that it was genuine. Certain crucial pieces of information in book six were originally planned for 'Chamber of Secrets', but very early on (first draft of Chamber) I realised that this information's proper home was book six. I have said before now that 'Chamber' holds some very important clues to the ultimate end of the series. Not as many as six, obviously, but there is a link.

Edit by Jasen: So it's not Harry or Voldemort? I wonder who could it be...?

Posted by Deb at 07:24 AM

June 28, 2004

JKR.com Updates Bonanza Continues

The "About the Books" FAQ section of JKRowling.com has now been updated with answers to three spoilery questions. Read them at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 03:47 PM

UPDATE: Behind The Door

iHP reader Crystal chimes in with a new interesting tidbit on Rowling's official site:

Hello once again.

If you go to the room with the door, there is no longer a "Do not disturb" sign. You can now open the door (and you come to a brick wall). Within in the wall there are 5 bricks which you can tap. If you tap them in the correct order, they will activate the wall, behind which, could be a possible title to book 6.

5 bricks = 120 possible combinations!

Thought you might want to know.


Now remember, there may not even be anything behind the door, much less the Book 6 title. But hey, it never hurts to try.

UPDATE: HUGE, huge kudos goes out to iHP forum member, Stella, who managed to break through the door already, and...oh my, what's behind it is indeed a surprise. Here's how she did it:

Once you're at JKRowling.com, go to the room that has the door in it (which previously featured a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it). Open it. Then you'll see a brickwall, which you'll use to get through to the next side. You'll need to click on five different bricks, here's how:

1. The brick that is on the upper right hand side. It's the only pushable one in it's section.
2. There are two bricks in the lower section that are pushable, push the one that is higher than the other.
3. Number 3 is on the left hand side, the lowest of the two located there that can be pushed.
4. The one somewhere below number 2.
5. The one located somewhere above 3.

Once you're past this...(DO NOT PROCEED if you don't wish to be spoiled!)

Click on the fan and some papers will blow around, until one comes up close and begins to type out:

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

This also happens to be one of Book 2's original titles before Rowling decided to rename it.

Now, please remember everyone, this is may not even be the actual title. It seems awfully strange that J.K. Rowling would make an announcement this big after a huge hoax that happened over the weekend. Take this with a grain of salt, but even so, it is interesting that this time, the announcement was definitely made on her own site. Maybe she decided to be nice and tell us after that fan hoax? Or maybe, she's just playing with us to see if we'll fall for this one too?


Thanks once again to Stella, and all our readers who wrote in!

You saw it here first.

What's your take on all this? Do you think it's real? Or is JKR just messing with us? Discuss all about it in the thread!

Posted by Jasen at 01:31 PM

The Mailbag Returns!

The Opinari Mailbag is back online with a new question--click here to check it out!

Posted by Jasen at 12:29 PM

Happy Birthday Matthew Lewis!

Everyone at iHP would like to wish Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) a Happy (belated) 15th Birthday!

Posted by Jasen at 10:26 AM

JKRowling.com Confirms Fake Title

It's official, Rowling's official site has updated the rumor section:

I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storge', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip.

Newsround is also reporting the same thing.

*Breathes a sigh of relief*

Be sure to also check out the FAQ and Fansite of the Month sections, which have also been updated.

Thanks to Crystal.

Posted by Jasen at 10:18 AM

June 27, 2004

JKRowling.com Updates With New Wizard of the Month

This month's featured wizard is Gwenog Jones (born in 1968) and "Captain and Beater of only all-female national Quidditch Team, the Holyhead Harpies". The site also features a nifty little illustration of Jones.

Holyhead Harpies, huh? I'd like to see them in the upcoming books ;)

Posted by Jasen at 05:47 PM

TVNZ Giving Away Harry Potter Prizes!

With their July 4th airing of The Philosopher's Stone, New Zealand television network TVNZ is giving away 20 prize packs--all you have to do is answer a question. Details here!

Posted by Jasen at 04:19 PM

GoF Casting Update: Karkaroff

Thanks to reader Laney for sending us this link that has two pics of Pedja Bjelac, the actor who was recently cast as Igor Karkaroff, from a previous work, "The Visitor".

Posted by Jasen at 04:03 PM

PoA Drops To Sixth Place

The third film dropped to sixth place this weekend, bringing in an estimated $11.4 miillion in its fourth weekend of release. The film's total has grown to $211.7 million in the US, and earning $481.1 million worldwide.

Posted by Jasen at 03:33 PM

June 25, 2004

HOT NEWS: Book 6 Title Released?

NOTE: THIS IS UNCONFIRMED. However, a number of credible sites are reporting this information and this post has been made in the interest of keeping iharrypotter.net visitors up to speed.

It was reported that an unidentified visitor went to JK Rowling's official website and attempted to enter the door that "can't open." Although it has been known that some have been able to "hack" through the door, up until now the information said to contain within it has been largely meaningless. New reports indicate that the following text was seen, intended to be released on July 1, 2004, containing the title of Book 6 allegedly from JK Rowling herself. There are videos of the site as well as screenshots available.



Erm… it is perhaps time for me to reveal the title of Book 6! I am nearing completion of the first draft and have definitely decided upon a title. I had numerous possibilities in mind, but as I wrote, I realized that only one did the book justice.

The more clever Potter fans may recognize that the title relates directly to both 'Order of the Phoenix' and 'Chamber of Secrets.' I will be highly amused if one of you can guess exactly what's going on!

On a side note, the length of the book is growing so fast, I could swear Filius has put anEngorgement Charm on it; an editor's nightmare! I promised myself not to exceed the length of 'Order of the Phoenix,' but every day that passes
makes that undertaking more difficult. Incidentally, I have much more work ahead.

Alas, the time has come! Here is the reward for you lot that so diligently figured out all the puzzles on the site. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, I will reveal to you the title of Book 6!

The title of Book 6 is: Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgé.

Mugglenet has posted the video showing this information here.

Obviously, since the note is dated July 1, we shall see whether or not JKRowling.com does update the door with the above information, at which point the title will be confirmed.

Discuss this in the official thread at iharrypotter.net forums!

Posted by iruhkoi at 11:57 PM

Oldman Confirmed For Star Wars?

Several sources including IMDb, CNN, and GQ all seem to be reporting that Gary Oldman will indeed be providing the voice for General Grievious, a CGI villain in the last Star Wars prequel. Still not officially confirmed, but according to CNN, George Lucas thinks Oldman is "ideal" for the part.

Posted by Jasen at 01:29 PM

GoF Press Release + New Casting Confirmations!!

This just in from Business Wire:

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2004--Principal photography is now underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's much loved "Harry Potter" novel series.

With production based at England's Leavesden Studios, the film is directed by Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Four Weddings and a Funeral") and produced by David Heyman. The screenplay is by Steve Kloves, who has penned the screenplays for all three previous "Harry Potter" films. David Barron ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") serves as executive producer.

Joining the ensemble are several new cast members, led by esteemed actor Brendan Gleeson ("Troy," "Cold Mountain"), who plays Hogwarts' new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Mad-Eye Moody. Frances De La Tour ("The Cherry Orchard," "Strike it Rich") plays the Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Madame Maxime; Roger Lloyd-Pack ("Vanity Fair," BBC TV's "Only Fools and Horses") plays the Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation, Barty Crouch; Pedja Bjelac ("Eurotrip") plays Durmstrang Professor Igor Karkaroff; Jeff Rawle ("Inspector Calls II," "Baal," TV's "Drop the Dead Donkey") plays Amos Diggory; and David Tennant ("Bright Young Things") plays Barty Crouch Jr.

New additions to the young cast include Robert Pattinson ("The Ring") as Cedric Diggory; Stanislav Ianevski as Quidditch star Viktor Krum; Clemence Poesy ("Bienvenue chez les Rozes," "Petite Soeur") as Fleur Delacour; and Katie Leung as Cho Chang.

And according to various reports, actor Ralph Fiennes is also in negotiations to star as Lord Voldemort. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by Jasen at 01:10 PM

Official Site Update

HarryPotter.com has updated the Leaky Cauldron section of their site with a rather cool feature--door hangers which you can customize and print.

Posted by Jasen at 01:07 PM

Rowling refuses to write Potter with US accent

The Scotsman.com has an article on JKs refusal to put an American character into the Potter series.

JK ROWLING has rejected pleas from fans in the United States to put an American character into her Harry Potter stories.

The multi-millionaire author - said to have amassed a £430 million fortune - said her stories were set in a British school and she saw "no logical reason to insert foreigners". In an entry on her new website, www.jkrowling.com which she set up to answer fans’ questions and correct false rumours about her or the Harry Potter tales, Rowling, 38, stated that if there was anyone who wanted stories about American wizards they were "free to write their own book".

The author also revealed that she stopped smoking by chewing gum and playing a computer game instead. She quit cigarettes four years ago and has now become so good at the Minesweeper game that she is close to being one of the world’s top 100 players on the internet.

In response to a question asking if she will put Americans or characters of other nationalities into the books, Rowling said: "I’m afraid the answer to this question is ‘no’, although you have glimpsed Americans and other nationalities at the Quidditch World Cup.

Click here to read the full article.

Posted by Vickie at 10:31 AM

Chris Rankin on CBBC

Chris Rankin will make an appearence on CBBCs SMILE on Sunday morning. Chris will be on the show from 9.25 am, and the show will be on BBC2 and the CBBC channel simultaneously.

Thanks to Chris Rankin Online for the information.

Posted by Vickie at 10:22 AM

Fiennes to Play Voldemort?

The Daily Mail reports that Award-winning actor Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations to play Lord Voldemort in the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

If contracts can be agreed, Fiennes will play the ultimate practitioner of the Dark Arts in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, which began filming at 'Harry's home' over at Leavesden studios last month.

However, scenes involving Voldemort aren't scheduled to shoot until the end of the year, which would suit Fiennes as he is currently in Kenya filming The Constant Gardener opposite Rachel Weisz.

Read the full article here.

Posted by Vickie at 10:14 AM

June 24, 2004

Calling for Rumors and Theories!

Jasen here. With the PoA movie come and gone, it's time to refocus our thoughts on Book 6 and Book 7. So if you have any rumors or theories for the last two books in the series, we'd like to hear—just send it in an e-mail with your name, possible source, and without any grammatical errors to rumors@iharrypotter.net! Not every rumor will be posted, so make sure yours isn't already included on their respective pages.

Posted by Jasen at 01:40 PM

June 23, 2004

Magician To Teach Harry Potter At Library

Magician Brian Scott will bring the popular stories of the boy wizard, Harry Potter, to life and explore the world of magic, mystery and adventure through an interactive, fun-filled show at 2 p.m. Friday at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. The program is free and for children of all ages.

More here.

Posted by Jasen at 02:44 PM

TV WATCH: Philosopher's Stone On NZ TV

On July 4th, at 8:30 pm, The Philosopher's Stone will be airing on TV2, New Zealand television. Mark your calendars!

Posted by Jasen at 02:40 PM

Omnioculars A Thing of the Past No More

Well, they're more like binoculars, but it still does the same thing. In the latest issue of TIME Magazine, they have a little tidbit about new binoculars that allow you to capture 30 sec. worth of footage and then replay it for your own pleasure. At $600 though, you might wanna just settle for a camcorder or something ;)

Posted by Jasen at 02:32 PM

Death of a Fan

Today we need to mourn the loss of a HP fan who suffered much and grieve with his mother who has lost her fourth child to a debilitating desease. Read the whole story on Leaky THanks TLC for bringing this sad story to our attention.

Posted by Deb at 02:48 AM

June 22, 2004

Book 5 Wins At The Audies

At this year's Audies (the Emmy/Grammy-equivalent for audiobooks), the audio version of Book 5 won two awards, including "Children's title for 9 and older" and "Package Design".

Posted by Jasen at 01:02 PM

Radcliffe Spotted At Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

Read about it here!

Posted by Jasen at 12:55 PM

Where Harry Potter and Science Meet

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - It was the first day of a Harry Potter science workshop, and already the teachers were wrist-deep in fur and bones.

Working in pairs, they sat pulling and picking the bones of small rodents from balls of fur, or "owl pellets," the oral refuse that is coughed up after several good meals. "You actually get the see the bones," said Priscilla Franklin, a Grand Coteau Elementary School teacher.

The project, which works to reconstruct the animals' skeletal structure, teaches anatomy while discussing the life cycle of owls and other raptors.

Click here to read on!

Posted by Jasen at 12:51 PM

Sorcerer's Stone Audio Dubber Speaks

Salon.com has a story on Brad Neely, who created his "own version" of The Sorcerer's Stone movie, by muting out the original audio, and replacing it with his own.

Posted by Jasen at 12:49 PM

Harry Gets MAD

MAD Magazine has up a new preview look at their latest issue, which features a spoof of PoA.

Posted by Jasen at 12:46 PM

An Oscar For Mr. Potter?

Hollywood Reporter has this:

Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, attracted very favorable reviews, many of which called it the best of the three "Potter" films to date. Cuaron, an Oscar nominee for his original screenplay for "Y tu mama tambien," could get a directing nomination. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who received Oscar and Golden Globes nods for adapting "Wonder Boys" and also got Writers Guild of America nominations for "Wonder" and his original screenplay "The Fabulous Baker Boys," could receive new noms for "Azkaban."

John Williams' well-reviewed "Azkaban" score, too, could get nods from Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters. Williams has received so many Oscar and Globe nominations (along with a few wins, too) over the years that the list is too long to include here. It goes without saying that you're probably not going to lose money by betting on Williams' score to be nominated. The film's visual effects are obviously also good grist for the awards mill. And if "Azkaban" casts all the right magical spells it could conjure up both a best picture Oscar nomination and a best motion picture -- drama Golden Globe nomination.

Posted by Jasen at 12:44 PM

Harry's Still Big Overseas

From Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest instalment of boy wizard Harry Potter's adventures has topped the UK box office for the third week running, according to data from Screen International.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" earned 3.4 million pounds between Friday and Sunday to take its British gross to 36.5 million since its release three weeks ago.

Wow, three weeks already. Can you believe it?

Posted by Jasen at 12:41 PM

Gary Oldman In Talks For Star Wars?

According to Coming Soon!, the actor (who's also set to star in "Batman Begins") is in negotiations to provide the voice of a CG character in the final prequel of the Star Wars series. General Grievious, one of the new villains, is the best bet at the moment.

Posted by Jasen at 12:29 PM

Clinton's Memoir No Match for the Wizard

Bill Clinton's been called a lot of things, but one thing local booksellers aren't calling him is a boy wizard.

Even with the former leader of the free world, a reported $10 million advance and a media maelstrom behind it, President Clinton's "My Life" doesn't match the stir brought on with books by J.K. Rowling.

More from the Citizen-Times! (Thanks to GotPotter!)

Posted by M17 at 12:25 PM

June 21, 2004

Potter as a Phobia Fighter

USA Today has this...

Children can't wave magic wands to make their fears disappear, but Harry Potter might help them learn to face them.

Despite [Prisoner of Azkaban's] dark premise, some experts say the film's overarching theme of confronting and overcoming fears — a common thread through much of the series about the young wizard — sends a positive message to young viewers.

"Superficially, it's about witches and wizards and magic and all that other stuff," says Syd Brown, a clinical psychologist in Bethesda, Md. "In fact, it's a tribute to perseverance and resilience."

Posted by M17 at 03:13 PM

Harry Potter: Classic Literature Material?

Harry Potter is the smash hit movie of the season. That isn’t surprising given the enormous popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. The fantasy novels may never find a niche among the great works of literature, at least in the opinion of academics...

More from The Joplin Globe.

Posted by M17 at 03:08 PM

Despite Efforts, PoA Pirated

Police in Durban have hit counterfeiters where it hurts, making their biggest haul of pirate DVDs in the city. In a raid, police seized DVDs worth R2.7-million, many the latest blockbusters of Hindi and Hollywood releases.

The police action may have helped stem the flood of DVDs swamping the country and threatening the legitimate entertainment industry and the loss of thousands of jobs.

It is believed that the DVDs are manufactured in Pakistan and then smuggled into South Africa. Among the 3 706 DVDs confiscated were films like Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and The Passion Of The Christ. Some were multiple DVDs of sets of threes and fives.

The full article can be found at IOL South Africa.

Posted by M17 at 03:06 PM

Japan goes potty over release of 'Prisoner'

Mainichi Daily News has an article about the popularity of the PoA Film in Japan.

Japan has been struck spellbound by the release this month of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," much to the delight of fans and businesses alike.

A staggering 85,000 advance tickets have been sold for the film in major cities alone, so the distributor of the movie, Warner Brothers Pictures Japan, is hoping the film will break audience records.

Read more at the above link.

Thanks to Wizard News for the information.

Posted by Vickie at 08:41 AM

TWO Directors for GoF?!

El Cronista De Salem sends in this translation of a news story from Noticias Dot:

Problems in the Warner studies can allow to the author of Harry Potter to choose the director of the fourth film, the Goblet of Fire. Alexander Ransdon, director of productions of Warner, did a contract with Mike Newell for being the director of the 4th film. Ransdon signed a contract and announcied his name for the movie.

Read the full article by clicking 'more.' We're not absolutely sure this is the real situation, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.

In spite of this, Linsen Crafter, second president of Warner Bros Europe, chose David Heyman, but the contract finnaly wasnt signed. But the problem is going to be bigger, because Licenciado Espine, president of Warner Bros Latinoamerica and Spain, holded hard conversations with Alfonso Cuaron be the director of Goblet of Fire, and finally CUARON SIGNED.

In this moment, Warner shows a bad situation. They have signed with
two director for the same film. The company will accept the decision
of J.K. Rowling for who will direct the film.

Posted by M17 at 08:34 AM

One year ago...

One year ago today, our dreams were coming true. Alot of waiting has been ceased. The anticipation of the fifth book,"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was released! Seems that time just flew by and again we wait. Wait for the next anticipated book "Harry Potter and [insert name here]". Hopefully we wont have to wait like for the last one. =D

Posted by xAmarisx at 03:54 AM

June 20, 2004

PoA Knocked Off of Top Spot

Prisoner of Azkaban has been knocked to third, earning $17.4 million, behind The Terminal ($18.7 million), and Dodgeball (about $30 million) in this weekends tallies. More from Yahoo! News.

Posted by M17 at 04:57 PM

Ministry Census Results: Your Opinion of PoA

Here are the results for the previous Ministry Census poll:

Now that you've finally seen the PoA movie, what do you think of it?!

63 % 13 % 18 % 4 % 2 %
Responses Votes
It-was-AWESOME!!! 1321
It-was-COOL! 264
It was all right; could've been better. 383
Worse than the first two. 93
I'm never seeing another Harry Potter movie again. 39
Total Votes: 2100

Be sure to cast your vote in the latest one!

Posted by Jasen at 04:49 PM

New Weasley Twins Interview

CBBC has a new interview with the Phelps twins who play Fred and George Weasley.

Oliver and James Phelps play the mischevious Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films.

They're about to start work on the Goblet of Fire, but were they as bad as the Weasleys when they were 12?

Read more here.

Posted by at 09:36 AM

June 19, 2004

A [Semi-]Update On Book 6...

BUT... it's not anything new. Really. Parade Magazine has a section in which readers can ask questions. In Sunday's edition, a reader asks about the status of HP Book 6. The update?

Rowling says she has no idea when she'll finish her as-yet-untitled sixth installment.

Posted by M17 at 07:20 PM

Attention Forum Members (and Those That Aren't!)!

Unfortunately we have had a problem with the forums, which means that everyone needs to reregister. So if you do try to log in, you will be unsuccessful but please reregister and we hope to have the forums up and running again as soon as possible.

You can register here!

Furthermore, for those of you who are not a member of the iHarryPotter.net Discussion Forums, this is the perfect opportunity to sign up! The forums feature sections on each book, as well as Gaming, Opinari, and Movies, so there really is something to cater to all tastes.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by Vickie at 04:26 PM

Local Pupil To Star In GoF

ic Essex reports:

A LOCAL pupil is to star in the next Harry Potter film - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Thirteen-year-old Kobie Hunte is to appear alongside Harry and his friends in the fourth movie adaptation of JK Rowling's books.

McEntee Secondary School announced that Kobie had landed the part as millions of fans flocked to cinemas to watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Posted by Jasen at 01:20 PM

June 18, 2004

PoA Going for the TKO

PoA remains on top in the USA for the second weekend in a row! Let's make it a third! Read about it on Time Star. It also remains #1 in the UK. See the rankings here

Posted by Deb at 08:08 PM

More Wallpapers, You Say?

Yup--I've just added several more from reader Raven. Check 'em out here!

Posted by Jasen at 04:58 PM

And The Sixth Most Powerful Celebrity Is...

According to BBC is now the sixth most powerful celebrity, up from fifteen last year. Find out who else made the list at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 04:22 PM

GamePro Reviews PoA Game

The magazine's website has up a short review of the GameBoy Advance version of the game.

Posted by Jasen at 04:19 PM

Harry At The Poolside

(Brampton) - Wizards and Warlocks have cast their spell and conjured up the Warner Bros. Canada Inc. Harry Potter Hummer to crash the Peel Heritage Complex' Summer Splash! festivities on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Details here!

Posted by Jasen at 04:17 PM

Chinese HP Fans Will Have To Wait

According to Xinhuanet, the movie is expected to be released in China on September 3. It recently passed the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

Posted by Jasen at 04:14 PM

Fussy Over PoA

Fred Topel of About.com responds to the..erm..hate mail he's been receiving regarding his review of PoA (which he thought was great, by the way). Check out what all the fuss is about at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 04:11 PM

The Return of the Mammoth Novel

Not exactly Harry Potter-related, but still interesting anyway: Next week marks the arrival of former President Bill Clinton's autobiography, "My Life", which is at 957 pages--one of the few books to challenge The Order of the Phoenix's.

Posted by Jasen at 04:00 PM

Of Science and Harry Potter

Leesville Leader reports on how one elementary school teacher is using Harry Potter to teach science.

Posted by Jasen at 03:57 PM

Another Point of View of the Books

Adam Rickel of Human Events has this:

I heard the allegations that they teach children witchcraft and wanted to know for myself whether this is suitable reading for my children. As a Christian and a father I was concerned that my children would be exposed to these influences. So, I read the first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Are there spells? Yes. Do people fly around on broomsticks and carry magic wands? Yes. Is this something I would let my children read--or, in this case, view? Yes.

Read the full here.

Posted by Jasen at 03:54 PM

June 17, 2004

New iHP.net Downloads Online!

I've managed to upload the brand-new iHP.net Wallpaper Downloads page as a kick-off to the launch of the Interact section!

Be sure to check out this nfity wallpaper I made as well:

This is but the beginning of a series of updates for the site. I promised I'd get the Interact section alive, didn't I?


Posted by Jasen at 10:12 AM

Industry Speaks out Against Pirates

The movie industry says if fans download the movies supposed to be seen in theaters it will ruin the summer. They admit there are no real laws in place yet. Also there is no way to catch people downloading ... only uploading. But they argue it is morally wrong and beg fans to see it at the movies instead. Read the entire article inUSA Today.

Posted by Deb at 12:19 AM

June 16, 2004

Harry & Co. Kick Off Summer Reading Program

Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, Ronald Weazley and Draco Malfoy; young and old alike put on their favorite Harry Potter costumes to celebrate the summer reading program with the Hurricane Library June 3.

“This is our first year to do a Harry Potter kick off party,” began librarian Sarah Hall. “This has been huge . . . this has been fun.”

The full story's at The Journal.

Posted by Jasen at 08:56 PM

IGN Reviews PoA For GameBoy

Craig Harris of IGN has up a new review of the GameBoy Advance incarnation of the PoA-based game.

Posted by Jasen at 08:54 PM

The Magic Sways For Younger Fans

From the Sun Herald:

Kasey O'Connor read her first Harry Potter book at age 7, but now she's 12 and would rather hang out at the mall than at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "My friends and I don't want to see the new movie," she said. "We'd rather see 'Mean Girls' or '13 Going on 30.'

Jeffrey Rhodes, 15, also is less than wild about Harry these days. "I'm out of that mystical and magical phase," he said. "Now I'm more into chicks and cars and movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Eurotrip.'

Find out why the folks at WB aren't worrying too much about this at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 08:48 PM

PoA Flourishes Worldwide

BBC reports:

The movie, which has already made $362m (£200m) around the world, will now come out in countries including Indonesia, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

The film made more than $100m (£56m) in 40 countries last weekend, despite the start of the Euro 2004 soccer contest.

It had the fourth-highest opening takings of all time in Australia.

Posted by Jasen at 08:45 PM

PoA's Animal Action Uncovered

As in the previous Harry Potter films, a snowy owl named Gizmo played the part of Hedwig. In one scene, Hedwig perches on a tree stump in the forest while Harry pets him and talks with professor Lupin (David Thewlis)...

To achieve this sequence, Hedwig stood on an Astroturf-covered perch positioned 15 feet above the ground and approximately 20 feet away from a wind machine that helped create the swirling wintry scene.

A large waddling bulldog named Ripper enters the Dursley’s house and runs into living room. Aunt Marge takes the leash off Ripper and he jumps up on couch. Later in the scene, the bulldog licks a plate on floor and howls when Harry picks up the empty plate. Ripper then laps some brandy from a glass at the table. The dog barks and growls when he sees Marge grow fatter and fatter until she begins to float up in the air. Ripper grabs hold of Uncle Vernon’s pant leg as he tries to help his sister, and they both float up and then fall to the ground as Marge drifts away.

Four bulldogs were on call for this part. In order to entice the dog to lick the plate and glass, trainers put gravy on the plate and smeared sardine oil on a plastic brandy glass filled with colored water. The dog’s howls and growls came readily upon the trainer’s verbal cues. Richard Griffiths, the actor playing Uncle Vernon, was fitted with leather half chaps to protect his legs from the dog’s teeth, and a rope that the dog loved to play with was tucked inside the chaps. Trainers showed the rope to the dog and encouraged him to pull on it. As the actor walked around the set, the dog walked with him tugging at the rope.

A WHOLE LOT more can be found at ahafilm! (via Godric's Hollow)

Posted by M17 at 07:32 PM

Rowling's Online Realm

Forget the big screen. The most significant new Harry Potter development is on computer screens, with the debut of J. K. Rowling's home page last month. The site has tallied 76 million page views in just a few weeks, although Ms. Rowling wrote that readers "worked out all the riddles in about 10 minutes."

Some more at The New York Times.

Posted by M17 at 07:29 PM

Owls don't make good pets

Experts seem to fear kids will want owls for pets. This is obviously a bad idea as owls in the real world aren't domesticated. Read more on Pet Place Thanks hpana for the scoop.

Posted by Deb at 04:26 PM

Staff PoA Reviews Online

Reviews of the film are now appearing online for your reading pleasure. Check out Opinari to read them!

Posted by Jasen at 11:54 AM

June 15, 2004

JK Rowling's Neighbor's House for Sale

from Scotsman.com:

House-hunters are being offered the chance to snap up an exclusive property next to the richest woman in Britain.

A house yards from multi-millionaire author JK Rowling’s home has gone up for sale in one of Edinburgh’s most sought-after suburbs.

The exclusive three-bedroom home is on the market for offers over £595,000 and potential buyers are expected to jump at the chance to buy the Merchiston property.

Experts predict that buyers will be keen to get their hands on a property so close to the Harry Potter author’s Georgian mansion.

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 08:49 PM

Azkaban "does a poor job" with depicting time travel

CinemaBlend as an article that discusses the paradoxes inherent in time travel, and mentions Azkaban:

Harry Potter is able to cast a spell he previously had difficulty with. When asked how he did it he answers “I knew I could do it because I had done it.” Earlier in the movie, before going back in time, he saw himself cast the spell, so therefore he could do it. Huh? At some point he had to have done it without knowing he could do it, right?

Read more at either link above.
Thanks to WizardNews for the tip.

Posted by iruhkoi at 01:04 PM

Another Positive Review For PoA Game

Welcome, students, to another extraordinary year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - as presented by interactive rendition licence-holders EA, in the manner to which all who have played an EA tie-in will now be accustomed. Solid, I believe is the word that best describes this latest effort - linked heavily with the film on release since early June, and whilst you won't be getting many surprises here, there will be mercifully few glaring let-downs either.

The full review's up at Ferrago!

Posted by Jasen at 01:02 PM

Fan Describes Experience At London Premiere

Because of her timely visit to London and Watson's willingness to approach a crowd of movie-goers a second time, the Charleston native [Katie Spoo] got to see the European premiere of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third movie based on J.K Rowling's enormously popular books about the young British wizard.

The showing was nearly a week before the movie's opening in the United States and included the bonus of having many of the film's stars and other celebrities in attendance.

"I was almost shaking," Spoo said of how she felt by the time it was all over.

Read on here!

Posted by Jasen at 01:00 PM

Cinematographer Brings Fresh Visuals to PoA

American Cinematographer Online has an article on Michael Seresin, the cinematographer for the second sequel:

The choice was unexpected but inspired. "I'm so happy with what Michael did," continues Cuaron. "He grounded the whole film in reality. It doesn't have a storybook kind of look; it's something a bit grittier." Indeed, Seresin is known for dark, moody features like Midnight Express, as well as other projects with Alan Parker (Bugsy Malone, Angela's Ashes) and Harold Becker (Domestic Disturbance, Mercury Rising, City Hall).

Posted by Jasen at 12:58 PM

Orson Scott Card's Take On PoA

The author of the Ender's Game series has up a new review of the PoA movie on his official site. Here's an excerpt:

This movie actually feels magical. Director Alfonso Cuarón creates a Hogwarts Academy that feels like a truly ancient building, and he shows us a wild, untamed north country of England that makes the magic come to life.

It's not just the photography, though. The script, while true to the story (except for the compression necessary to fit a long book into two hours of running time), adds clever details that make Hogwarts come to life. Since Steve Kloves wrote the previous two movies, I have to conclude that it was Cuarón who made the difference, though.

We get to see kids having fun with each other. They move through a school building that shows its great age. Birds fly through many a scene; there's a sense that the whole place is teeming with wildlife. Magical creatures aren't made cute; nothing is tame.

Nothing is safe. And that's exactly right: That's the world children actually live in. To children, all dangers are real, even those that adults dismiss as trivial. For the first time, a Harry Potter movie is truthfully about children, not just for children.

And something else has happened. The kids have learned how to act.

Perhaps it comes from a couple of years of hanging around with some of the finest actors in Britain.

But I suspect it's also the director's touch. Whereas Chris Columbus is noted for getting the worst performances of his actors' careers, Cuarón may soon have a reputation for getting the best.

Posted by Jasen at 12:54 PM

Interview With Two Weasleys and A Longbottom

CBBC has up a video interview with George and Oliver Phelps (the twins) and Matthew Lewis (Neville)!

Posted by Jasen at 12:52 PM

Jamie Waylett Opens Official Site

Waylett, who plays one of Draco's cohorts, Crabbe, opened up a new website of his own. Check it out at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 12:50 PM

Harry's Here To Stay

"Harry Potter has proven to be a mainstay and not a fad, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Power Rangers and other kid crazes," said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo, an online tracking firm in Los Angeles.

"There's always the chance that this will be the lowest grossing Harry Potter," Gray said. "That's just the natural progression of a franchise: It's rare for a third movie to out-gross its predecessors - second movies like 'Toy Story 2' and 'American Pie 2,' yes, but rarely a third movie.

"But," he added, "I think 'Harry Potter' is poised to break that mold."

The Sun Herald has the rest.

Posted by Jasen at 12:47 PM

June 14, 2004

PBS interviews Alfonso Cuaron

TLC is reporting that PBS stations will be airing (at 11 PM Eastern Time) an interview with Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron, on The Charlie Rose Show. If you get a chance to see it, please be sure to send in your thoughts!

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:13 PM

Harry Potter Gets IMAXed

CATHEDRAL CITY -- More than 2,000 Harry Potter fans watched the fictional teen wizard on the really big screen at Desert Imax Theatre this weekend.

A total of 2,332 people saw the Imax version of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at the Cathedral City theater.

Read on at thedesertsun.com.

Posted by Jasen at 01:16 PM

PoA Rules Box Office Again

MTV.com reports:

For the second week in a row, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" locked up the #1 spot at the box office, according to early estimates. Though ticket sales for the flick dropped drastically from $92.6 million in its opening weekend to more than $35 million in its second, Harry Potter managed to keep Vin Diesel at bay.

Caught between Potter and another heavy-hitting box-office warrior, Shrek, "The Chronicles of Riddick" won the #2 spot. The dynamic duo of Vin Diesel and Judi Dench helped "Riddick" bring in $24.6 million in its opening weekend.

Posted by Jasen at 01:15 PM

Movie Revenues: PoA vs. CoS

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this interest bit comparing movie revenues of Chamber of Secrets versus Prisoner of Azkaban...

Revenues for the third "Harry Potter" fell a steep 63 percent from the movie's $93.7 million opening weekend gross. In contrast, "Shrek 2" grosses fell just 33 percent in its second weekend. In 2002, revenues for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" fell 52 percent in its second weekend, though that movie opened in November. "Prisoner of Azkaban" was the first "Harry Potter" movie to open in summer, when competition is stronger.

As more classes let out for summer, distributor Warner Bros. is counting on steady weekday business from youngsters to help sustain "Harry Potter," said Dan Fellman, the studio's head of distribution. "We're in good shape, even though we took a pretty good drop this weekend," Fellman said. The movie's 10-day total still is almost $10 million ahead of "Chamber of Secrets," which took in $148.4 million in that length of time.

Posted by M17 at 12:19 PM

Fleur Delacour Cast for GoF!

CBBC Newsround reports...

In the latest Potter casting news, Newsround can exclusively reveal the part of Fleur Delacour will be played by French actress Clemence Poesy. Clemence, 21, is currently in England rehearsing, with filming due to start in July, according to her agent.

More information can be found on Poesy at IMDb, and you can see some pictures at Newsround!

Posted by M17 at 11:57 AM

June 13, 2004

Behind-the-scenes documentary for POA Movie!

Sympatico/MSN and Tribute TV have an exclusive "making of" Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video for download, in addition to a trailer. The site claims it is an "EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes documentary."

The whole thing looks like it's almost exactly 30 minutes long, so it should be a good watch, even if essentially intended for promotional purposes. We can probably expect it to be on the DVD, whenever that comes out.

Check it out at the link above!
Thanks to gotpotter.net for the tip.

Posted by iruhkoi at 06:06 PM

"Harry Potter Day" Prohibited by Warner Bros?

So says this article from Contactmusic.com:

English Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups in Britain have had their plans for a day dedicated to the wizard - where they would dress up as characters from the book series - blocked by the movie studio which owns the "intellectual property rights" to the Harry Potter name.

Guides commissioner for the South Bedfordshire, England area - Debbie Docherty - was referred to the film moguls after approaching Rowling's agent for permission.

Docherty says, "We were very disappointed. But the day will still go ahead with a magical theme."

Thanks to Wizard News for the tip.

Posted by iruhkoi at 02:15 PM

June 12, 2004

Friday Box Office Numbers

According to BoxOfficeMojo, the PoA movie earned around $10 million on Friday, totaling up to about $133.5 million. Following in second and third place were "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Garfield".

Posted by Jasen at 04:03 PM

From Wands To Ruling Empires

Actor John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander) was recently named Commander of the British Empire as part of the Queen's birthday honors. Congrats!

Posted by Jasen at 01:19 PM

Special PoA Screening Helps Charity

From Adoption-Net.co.uk:

Cast member Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) and celebrity 'Harry Potter' fans including Linda Barker, Jack Ellis (Bad Girls) and Sharron Davies attended a special charity screening of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' on June 1 - raising a magical £65k for NCH, the children's charity.

The screening, held at the Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square, saw fans come together to view the third big screen instalment of JK Rowling's popular 'Harry Potter' novels.

Posted by Jasen at 01:09 PM

Viktor Krum Spurs Bulgarian Tourism

The fourth movie of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has been enriched with the landmark personality of quidditch team head Viktor Krum, whose imagery background is Bulgarian.

The idea of exposing Harry Potter's fellow Viktor Krum as Bulgaria Destination's promotion image was launched in March when it became known that a Bulgarian boy would play the role in the next blockbuster.

That is a very promising and attractive image of Bulgaria, Ivaylo Gyurov, Chief of National Tourism Advertising and Information said. A state of ancient history and the only European country to have preserved its original name and lasted for two dozens of centuries on the same territories, he added.

Read on at NoInvite

Posted by Jasen at 01:08 PM

Harry Potter More Than Escapism

With a long-term war in progress and threats of further terrorist attacks on American soil, is it mere escapism to go to movies such as Harry Potter? Not at all; such movies provide something just as essential to winning a war as weapons and soldiers.

Read on here.

Posted by Jasen at 01:03 PM

ABC to Re-Air Sorcerer's Stone

A new commercial shows that ABC will re-air Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Sunday, July 11, with "footage never shown in theaters"! Check back soon for more details!

Posted by M17 at 09:39 AM

"A Wild Ride to See the Wizards" - The Singapore Premiere

A huge thanks to iHP Reader Mary-Ann, who writes in and tells us that she has posted a photo-essay of the Singapore Prisoner of Azkaban Premiere! You can check out the photo-essay at The UrbanWire, her student E-Zine publication. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts:

The Singapore Gala Premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was held on May 31 at Cathay Cineplex Orchard. Though nowhere near as exciting as the New York and London premieres of the film, which saw the Harry Potter stars out in full force, this premiere was nonetheless interesting, with the appearance of a real Knight Bus!

Posted by M17 at 06:56 AM

June 11, 2004

About That Buckbeak Again...

MSNBC has this on the bird--er--horse--wait..bird-horse..hippogriff!:

It took the animators at London's Framestore CFC more than a year of cutting-edge computer wizardry to bring Buckbeak to the big screen. The result uses never before seen special effects to create one of the most magnificent and realistic creatures in film history.

But what exactly is the mythical creature known as a hippogriff?

"He's basically a combination of a horse and a bird," says visual effects supervisor Tim Burke. "His front half is a bird, and his back half is a horse."

Half horse and half bird equals one big challenge for the animators. To start, the team took a field trip.

"We spent a lot of time down at the zoo," says CG supervisor David Lomax, "going to bird sanctuaries to study their movement and what they looked like, as well as taking many pictures of horses and studying horses in fields."

You can read on at the link and also check out some video with the article!

Posted by Jasen at 07:26 PM

Popularity of Harry Potter

What, exactly, makes the Potter books so universally popular? Peter Craven examines their ingredients.

It sometimes seems that Harry Potter is going to take over the world. Here I am in the immediate wake of the preview of the third Harry Potter film at Village. It's 1pm on Sunday and every one of the cinemas has been full to the brim with children of all ages eager to see how the latest film - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by Alfonso Cuaron of Y Tu Mama Tambien fame - will stand up.

The Age have an article on the popularity of the Harry Potter books. To read this in full click here.

Thanks to TLC.

Posted by Vickie at 05:04 PM

Chris Rankin Webchat

Recently there was a BBC webchat with Chris Rankin aka Percy Weasley and he answers some of your questions. Check out the new hair!! Click Here for the transcript!

Posted by xAmarisx at 01:34 PM

June 10, 2004

Official Site Update

HP.com has updated The Daily Prophet with an entry by the winner of the PoA Walk-On-Role contest, which you can check out here.

Posted by Jasen at 08:17 PM

It's Always Buckbeak, Buckbeak, Buckbeak!

USA Today has an interesting article on the hippogriff:

Thanks to nearly two years of work by computer specialists, Buckbeak figures prominently in several of the movie's most wondrous scenes. In a couple of shots, Harry rides off into the horizon on the hippogriff's broad, downy back.

"Buckbeak is very gracious when he flies, but very clumsy when he walks and eats like a glutton," says Alfonso Cuaron, who directed the third film in the Potter series. "He is not very smart, but very loyal and very proud."

Underlying his distinctive character traits was a complex musculature created by a team specializing in computer-generated imagery.

"The hippogriff was probably one of the most complex creatures we've ever done (in the three Potter films)," Potter producer Mark Radcliffe says.

Several artists, Radcliffe says, "combined the bone structure of a bird with the bone structure of a horse, then started to figure out, 'How does an animal like that walk? Does it walk around like a horse or like a bird?' "

The filmmakers originally tried to fashion Buckbeak in the form of a large puppet, but "that didn't quite work," says Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, the groundskeeper who teaches the young wizards about the care of magical creatures and introduces them to the sensitive and intelligent hippogriff.

"We wanted a smart, powerful animal, but it's also a bird of prey," Radcliffe says. "We wanted to create a creature that would be emotional and have a real personality. We wanted a creature the audience would love."

More at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 08:13 PM

Daniel Radcliffe, Pure Music Lover

When he's not filming the latest Hogwarts blockbuster, Daniel indulges his true passion - playing his bass to the anthems of 1970s' counter-culture.

Inside the rusting hangar of Leavesden Studios, where the world of JK Rowling's epic series is brought vividly to life, Radcliffe races from the Great Hall or the Gryffindor dormitory back to his dressing room to practice his latest favourite riff.

And those who've heard him reckon the world's most famous child star could conjure up an alternative career when he's older.

"I got him a guitar before I left, you know," recalls Chris Columbus, director of the first two Potter films. "I got him an electric Telecaster guitar but he traded it in for a bass. He felt bass was more interesting.

And then about two months later I went to his house for dinner and he was playing the bass really, really well."

In an exclusive interview ahead of the release of the third instalment of the Hogwarts saga, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Radcliffe speaks for the first time about his growing passion for music.

"I love it. I mean I love acting, the world of film is absolutely brilliant, but there is so much music to explore. I'm getting into new bands every week," he says.

"I'm a bit all over the place with my tastes.

At first it was all Sex Pistols and'70s stuff but there are some great bands now - especially in Britain - that I like."

Daniel nominates The Libertines as "the best rock band in the country right now" but adds he's also fond of Jane's Addiction, Rage Against the Machine, Jet, Audioslave and Franz Ferdinand.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron claims the credit for modernising Daniel's CD collection.

"When I met Daniel, he used to be into punk rock and I started to tease him that he was like an old fart listening to this 30-year-old music. Then he got his revenge because now he starts quoting all these groups that I don't know to make me feel old. "But I gave him some music. I said, 'Now you like the'70s, but you have to know the'80s. And out of the'80s he likes Talking Heads."

More at news.com.au!

Posted by Jasen at 05:35 PM

IGN Reviews PC Version of PoA Game

Before launching into the review, I should mention that I haven't yet seen the movie. Those around the office who have seen the film tell me that some of the main plot elements are present here but the actual encounters and gameplay challenges are almost entirely unconnected with the events of the film. So while the plot of the game does indeed involve an escaped prisoner who seems to have it in for Harry, and while the malevolent and suspicious Dementors are still hunting him down, the salamander-freezing, toothed-book shooting, ice sliding, rabbit-statue animating gameplay is entirely the game's invention.

Read the full review here!

Posted by Jasen at 05:29 PM

Mixed Reviews at Kerasotes

There were no long lines, no costumes, or any fanfare whatsoever at the opening of the new Harry Potter movie in Mattoon at the midnight showing early last Friday morning.

The theatres in the Kerasotes complex were mostly full, and those attending seemed to enjoy themselves. However, feelings on the movie have been mixed across the nation.

Read on at The Regional.

Posted by Jasen at 05:25 PM

Adolesence Abound In PoA

Neva Chonin of SFGate takes an interesting look at the major themes that play in the movie.

Posted by Jasen at 05:23 PM

The Prisoner of Azkaban Is Huge The Worldover

From Hispanic PR Wire:

Domestic grosses for the three-day weekend are $93,687,367, with an additional Monday gross of $8.428 million for a 4-day total of $102.115 million, defining Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the top-ranked Friday-opening PG movie in motion picture history, (a record previously held by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which grossed $90.3 million for its three-day opening weekend). The film opened in 3,855 locations domestically, for a per-screen average of $24,032 for the weekend. Including domestic box office, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $207,197,000 worldwide in its first four days.

Posted by Jasen at 05:17 PM

J.K. Rowling Wins FWA Award

LightMaker recently reported:

It was announced this morning that the J.K. Rowling site has been selected to receive the FWA Site Of The Day (SOTD) Award for 8th June 2004.

FWA is an industry recognised award program and is one of the Worlds Top Awards.

Read more here

Posted by at 03:48 PM

HP Audio Books ROCK

Congratulations to the Listening Library and Jim Dale!
Thanks to THP for the scoop.

Listening Library received 3 “Audie Awards” for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling read by Jim Dale.

The awards were for Package Design, Children’s Title for Ages 8+ and, most importantly, it won Audiobook of the Year.

Random House tells us that the Audiobook of the Year Award (the first one ever) was selected by a “Blue Ribbon” panel of judges who reviewed entries on the basis of “excellence in production quality; compelling packaging and overall design; marketing campaign support; suitability of format and inspired narration; marketplace response to the product; and how the product advances the role of audiobooks.”

Posted by Deb at 12:19 PM

GoF News: Cedric Diggory Cast!

Newsround has revealed Cedric Diggory as Robert Pattinson, who has been in
Vanity Fair and a German film called Kingdom in Twilight.

Stay tuned for more details.

Posted by Deb at 12:08 PM

Harry helps with Mental Health

Read how HP helped one person through very had times here. Thanks to HP Fan Zone.

Posted by Deb at 06:28 AM

Web Chat with Percy!!

Today (thursday) is Chris Rankin's webchat with BBCi Norfolk. Prior to this, he'll be making a brief appearance on the BBC Look East news bulletin, so anyone in the Look East area keep an eye out from him!

Hope to see you all at the webchat - 19:00 GMT http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk

Posted by Deb at 06:08 AM

June 09, 2004

Rating System

Are you wondering how PoA got it's PG rating. Read how it's determined in the UK here. Thanks to CBBC Newsround for the information.

Posted by Deb at 11:18 PM

Potter Doesn't Make it into Muggle Classrooms

Harry Potter has made it in the movies and onto every kind of product imaginable -- lunch boxes to boxer shorts -- but has he flown his Firebolt into muggle classrooms?

Not exactly, according to teachers and reading experts. Not, at least, in elementary, middle and high schools. (This may be just as well, but more on that later.) On the other hand, the subject of Harry is no stranger in college course catalogs.

Read more here.

Thanks to Wizard News for the info.

Posted by Vickie at 02:02 PM

OotP Wins Bram Stoker Award

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- This past weekend, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) honored excellence in horror, suspense and dark fantasy by presenting this year's Bram Stoker Awards at its annual banquet ceremony in New York. Bestselling author Peter Straub was on hand to receive the night's top honor in the Novel category with last year's lost boy lost girl.

...Others honored at the banquet included Brian Keene for his first novel, The Rising; Jack Ketchum took home awards for his story "Closing Time" and his fiction collection Peaceable Kingdom; Gary A. Braunbeck was awarded for his story "Duty;" Tom and Elizabeth Monteleone received the Bram Stoker Award for the anthology Borderlands 5, and Mr. Monteleone won a second award for his non-fiction collection The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association; Neil Gaiman received the Illustrated Narrative award for The Sandman: Endless Nights; J. K. Rowling won for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; indie filmmaker Don Coscarelli took home an award for his Bubba-Ho Tep screenplay; Bruce Boston received the award in poetry; and Michael Arnzen was honored in Alternate Forms for his work "The Goreletter."

Read more here

Thanks to Wizard News for the tip.

Posted by Vickie at 01:54 PM

Article on Trio in People Magazine

The June 14th, 2004 issue of People has a two page article on the ever-changing look of Dan, Rupert, and Emma. Gotpotter.net has a scan of this article. This can be viewed here and here.

Posted by Vickie at 01:28 PM

June 08, 2004

Chris Rankin To Attend Harry Potter Day

Saturday, June 10th at The Castle Mall in Norwich--more here.

Posted by Jasen at 02:42 PM

Another Version of The Sorcerer's Stone

The New York Times has this:

NEW YORK -- On Friday night, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" sold out theaters all over the globe. But in a makeshift screening room in a Brooklyn warehouse, more than 75 filmgoers paid $7 each to watch the first film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Sort of.

On the screen, "The Sorcerer's Stone" played as it was released by Warner Bros. But the original soundtrack, dialogue and all, was turned down and replaced by an alternate version created by a 27-year-old comic-book artist from Austin, Texas, named Brad Neely. He calls his soundtrack "Wizard People, Dear Reader," and it is one more breach of the media industry's control of its products.

Posted by Jasen at 02:37 PM

CNN Talks To Daniel Radcliffe

Q: What has been your reaction to all the hype surrounding the movie? Can you go out of your house without being recognized?

RADCLIFFE: You never really get used to it, but it's really not that bad at all. I get recognized sometimes, but I just wear a baseball cap and it's a lot less. Of course, now people are going to be going out looking for a kid wearing a baseball cap.

Q: Harry is a little awkward, dare I say a bit dorky. Do you see any of yourself in him?

RADCLIFFE: Absolutely. I've never been one of the cool people at school, but then again, I don't get the people who are cool. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that they don't interest me.

Read more here!

Posted by Jasen at 02:34 PM

Site News and Quickie Updates

Ahh... finally, a chance to breathe.

Now that the PoA movie has arrived and the craziness level of news has lessened a bit, I thought I'd address some site-related stuff.

First, as you know, the site experienced some downtime for a month, all thanks to my previous webhost, who decided to go out of business and not let anyone know about it. This consequently led to the loss of lots of data and files for their clients' websites, this one included. So now that we're back, I want to take a different approach to things here.

Don't get scared; it's nothing bad.

But here's what I mean: I'd like to get parts of the Interact section actually online, the Character Bios and Movie Cast and Crew will also get a chance under my Attention Spotlight.

However, I'd like to keep iHP the way I've always known it as: small and comfy for readers. I've worked long and hard these past couple of years to improve the site, but alas, just as you think you've done the absolute best, improvement is always needed still.

So, in order to maintain iHP's personal, comfy feel for all our readers, I'd like to ask for any feedback you might have on the site. Tell me your likes, dislikes, comments in general, what you'd like to see, whatever. Just write me at jasen@iharrypotter.net. Be gentle =) Though I can't make promises to fulfill every idea and such, I'll definitely do what I can.

Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated.

-- Jasen, webmaster

Posted by Jasen at 12:25 PM

David Thewlis Talks About His Costars

The Sydney Morning Herald recently had an interview with Thewlis:

Teenagers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are recognised around the world as Harry, Hermione and Ron, and have guaranteed careers for at least two more instalments.

But one of their co-stars, David Thewlis, insists they have not become movie brats just yet.

"That's your first thought when you meet them - that they must be precocious and it's all gone to their head," he said in Sydney yesterday. "But they're really not. They're actually very, very nice and funny and good company."

But Thewlis, who joined the cast as Professor Lupin for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, thinks it will be difficult for them to have acting careers outside the series.

"The most likely is Rupert," he said. "I think he's the most natural actor. He's the oldest of the three. I can imagine him moving on. Emma's the same."

It will be tougher for Radcliffe, who plays Harry, to avoid becoming the Mark Hamill of his generation, typecast as Luke Skywalker to the point of hardly getting another decent role.

"Someone is going to have to make a brave casting choice to give him something that takes him away from Harry Potter," Thewlis said. "Or he's going to have to shave his head and grow a beard ... to get away from it."

The English actor, best known previously for Naked and Seven Years in Tibet, was confused when asked to meet the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. Thewlis said he was unavailable because he had a Harry Potter meeting at the same time.

Posted by Jasen at 11:47 AM

Dan Radcliffe Likes The Distillers

BBC reports that Radcliffe is a fan of the band, The Distillers--especially of bandmember Brody. To that, she responds:

"Wow, well he can wave his wand and make some magic happen," she laughed.

"Yeah, Harry Potter - he's a little cutie."

Posted by Jasen at 11:40 AM

PoA Makes $93.7 Million Over Weekend

The Associated Press says:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" had the magic touch with a $93.7 million debut, the third-biggest opening weekend ever and the best performance yet for the sorcery franchise.

The movie took over the top box-office spot from "Shrek 2," which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends. "Shrek 2" grossed $37.9 million to push its three-week total to $314.5 million.

The new "Harry Potter" flick came in behind the $114.8 million opening weekend of "Spider-Man" in 2002 and the $108 million debut of "Shrek 2" last month.

Posted by Jasen at 11:37 AM

PoA's Box Office Overseas

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest Harry Potter film has stormed to the top of the UK box office, but has failed to break the record for the biggest opening weekend.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" took 9.5 million pounds in Britain and Ireland, chart compiler Screen International said on Tuesday.

That falls short of the biggest British debut, set by the second Potter film "Chamber of Secrets", which made 10.3 million pounds in three days in November 2002.

The final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy took 9.7 million in its opening weekend last December.

With ticket sales from previews included, "Azkaban" has taken 23.8 million pounds in Britain.

Read on at Reuters.

Posted by Jasen at 11:34 AM

Back Down on Potter Rating

As previously reported, The Austrailian film censors gave the new movie a M15+ rating. Seems that now the film will be given a PG rating.

"A four-member panel of the Classification Review Board met today and unanimously determined that the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban be classified PG," the board said in a statement.

More could be found at this source link: NineMSN

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:40 AM

June 07, 2004

Another positive review of PoA

Chris Hewitt reviews PoA for us. Read it here first.
As Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the diminutive wizards mature, muggles can expect to succumb to a brand new spell.

The new "Harry Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," is the third in the series but, really, it's a whole new Quidditch game.

The first two films were directed by Chris Columbus, the hack responsible for "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Nine Months," but "Prisoner," opening today, was handed over to the distinctive talents of Alfonso Cuaron ("Y Tu Mama Tambien," "The Little Princess"), who has tweaked the formula in tiny ways that make the third film the freshest of the bunch. Don't worry — Harry Potter's glasses haven't changed. But a whole lot of other things have:

1. Who's in, who's out at Hogwarts

Not to speak ill of the dead, but the demise of Richard Harris allowed the third Harry Potter movie to trade up. Michael Gambon replaces Harris, bringing new dimension to the role of wise Hogwarts honcho Dumbledore. The rest of the core cast remains intact. But also new are Emma Thompson, in an extra-large performance as a batty medium, Gary Oldman as the titular prisoner, Timothy Spall as a mysterious character, Julie Christie as a barkeep and David Thewlis as a new Hogwarts instructor who befriends Harry. On the other hand, fans of Julie Walters' Mrs. Weasley will be disappointed to know she weasels herself into only one brief scene.

2. Don't be afraid of the dark

Word is the new movie is darker than the previous two. I don't see it. With a new director and cinematographer, the movie looks richer and moodier, but the violence is more in the fantasy realm than in the previous two films. The scariest stuff involves a fight between a werewolf and a nasty dog, but even that is not as realistically disturbing as the burning-to-death scenes from "Sorceror's" and "Chamber."

3. Easier on the bladder (and short attention spans)

The longest of the three books that have been filmed, "The Prisoner of Azkaban" is the shortest Harry Potter movie. The novel's 435 pages are compressed into 141 minutes (the first book was 309 pages, and the movie was 152 minutes; the second book and movie were 341 pages and 161 minutes, respectively). For the math-impaired, that's 20 seconds per page in the new one versus 30 seconds per page in the previous two. That's because the first two adaptations struggled to cram nearly everything in, but "Prisoner" gives up on that and captures the essence of the novel instead. ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which went into production this week, will have to toss out whole chunks of its 753-page source material.)

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Hormones

The third "Potter" feels more like the real world than its predecessors. They play only small roles, but there are many more wizards of color at Hogwarts now, and there's a shrunken head/bus driver who speaks with a Jamaican accent. The kids are starting to act more like real adolescents, too: "Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?" wonders Hermione when a magical spell allows her to turn back time and review her actions, while Ron uses the mildly potty-mouthed epithet, "Bloody hell," in one scene. And secondary sex characteristics have kicked in — Daniel Radcliffe's Harry suddenly has a square jaw, and Matthew Lewis, roundish as Neville Longbottom in the first two movies, is now tall and thin.

5. Leave the Bufferin at home

John Williams' score for the prior "Potters" was headache-inducingly loud, but, unlike original director Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron doesn't use Williams' music like a battering ram. It's the same music (plus a few new themes), but Cuaron and Williams collaborate to give them a delicacy and expressiveness that recalls the music Williams wrote for "E.T."

Posted by Deb at 10:15 PM


The WB has announced the grand opening of the online gift shop. To celebrate they are offering free shipping. check it out here .

Posted by Deb at 08:29 PM

On The Hogwarts Express

John Kilbride of Scotland Today writes:

Scotland Today, the news programme on Scottish TV ran a report today (June 7) on the train and Scottish Locations that was used in filming in the HP films.

The story "Harry Potter magic boost to Scotland's tourist industry " is here and available to watch in video.

Posted by Jasen at 06:46 PM

Emma's View's on PoA

Emma Waton didn't know Gary Oldman until PoA. She gives her views on the movie, Gary, and life outside of Hogwarts.

'Potter' Star Watson Did Not Know Oldman

Associated Press quote from The Miami Herald

NEW YORK - Daniel Radcliffe was ecstatic when he heard Gary Oldman was going to play the sinister Sirius Black in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

But there was a far different reaction from Emma Watson. She said she did not who Oldman was until she got to work with him.

"Daniel almost bit my head off when I said at the beginning ... he said, 'Gary Oldman's been cast as Sirius Black,'" Watson told reporters. "And I went, 'Who?' Now I know that is the most terrible thing I could possibly say, ever. Even though I didn't know him, just working with him, he did such a good job. He's great."

"Prisoner of Azkaban" has been Watson's favorite installment in the boy wizard franchise because of the development of her character, Hermione Granger.

"She really comes into her own," Watson said. "And I think you see a really different side to her than you have in the other two (films). I think it's much more personal. This film has really tested and challenge me and I definitely enjoyed it the best of the three because of that."

Watson said new director Alfonso Cuaron got all the important aspects of J.K. Rowling's novel into the movie.

"A lot was cut, but they did a great job of making sure that everything that was put in the film is really relevant to the plot," she said. "One thing that I think that is really nice about this film, is that it is really fluid, it's really fast moving and I think they did a really good job of getting everything that was important in there."

Watson said between making Harry Potter movies, she tries to live her life as normally as she can.

"Between every single film, I always go back to school. I see all my friends. I do everything I used to do," she said. "I play sports. I go to teenage parties.

"All of my money is locked away in a bank until I'm 25 and I'm not going to see it until then," she said laughing.

Posted by Deb at 01:14 PM

POA_Imax Experience

Here is my review of the whole day I was at the Loews theater on Broadway. Thanks to Heidi from TLC for organizing this great event and hope for the next movie, we could do this again!

Note: Minor Spoilage ahead =D

It was 9 am and most people were just getting up that Saturday, but I was already at the Loews theater anticipating the arrival of fans and seeing the movie for the first time. I must say that this event was so exciting! It was sort of weird sitting by the ‘blue neon’ [As Heidi instructed] for 3 hrs because no one was there yet!!! As soon as 11:30 came around people began showing up and you could just feel the enjoyment in the air and a collected sigh coming from my mouth. When Heidi and the TLC/Fanfiction ally crew showed up, it made me more hyperactive than ever. I was the first one on-line and was about to see this movie!! I also would like to thank Heidi for giving me an awesome Harry Potter pen for being the first person there. Let me stop rambling on and on.

Now once we all got settled in our seats in the huge Imax theater the movie began. Loads of screams, cheers, applause could be heard as the opening credits was on screen. Never have I seen the crowd burst like that but it felt good. Through out the movie gasps, cheers, swoons of laughter and teasing could be heard [I myself being one of them making the noise.] The movie was one word: Fantastic!!! The acting was such precise and hilarious. Alfonso did a remarkable job with the film and coordinating the scenes. The scenes were a bit chopped up but it was placed strategically with a great outcome. Gary Oldman needs an Oscar [in my opinion]. His portrayal of Sirius Black was on the money. I sort of got teared up when Harry was talking about living with him; when we all know the horrible outcome. David Thewlis to me is also a great portrayal of Remus. I could still hear the “WOOO’s” from the crowd when Sirius and Remus hugged. Daniel did another remarkable job as playing Harry. He got the emotions and actions down to a science I believe. Emma was as she said “Girl Power” she gave also an excellent performance. Rupert put up a great performance as well. I absolutely love and adore the “Spider tap-dance” scene that he plays. Also what I adored were the little spats that they Hermione and Ron were having. It made people think on what would happen for the Yule Ball which is coming up in the next installment: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I really don’t want to give all the details away. Go to the Theaters and see the Third installment: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!

Posted by xAmarisx at 06:43 AM

June 06, 2004

Chris wants to protect the spirit of the film?

Well this viewer thinks he missed his goal by a long shot. Thanks to HPANA.

Chris Columbus, the U.S. director of the first two Harry Potter movies, says he doesn't feel like an outsider by not sitting in the director's chair.

However, Columbus stayed on to produce the third Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, while Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron took over as director.

Columbus said he wanted to spend more time with his family after directing the first two blockbuster films.

(Being a producer) is a little less hands-on, Columbus told reporters in New York. It feels good. It's the world we set up, so it's tough to call me an outsider. We cast the film. We built the sets and we provide a great playground for directors to come in and have fun, he said.

I love the (third) film. I think the kids' performances are better than ever. I think the effects are better than ever. We cut it down to two hours and 15 minutes. I'm happy! An outsider? No way!

Columbus said he wanted to stay involved as a producer to make sure that the spirit of what had been achieved in the first two movies was protected.

Posted by Deb at 06:51 PM

I'm Back!

I’m back! I must say that the POA_NYC Event was one of the best events I’ve ever been to. All the people were bright and happy about the movie it made me more hyper. I’ve just got back from the city and can’t wait to post my review! Which is coming up soon!

Posted by xAmarisx at 06:12 PM

TV Watch: David Thewlis On 'ROVE'

Thewlis will be making a guest apperance on the Australian talk show, "ROVE LIVE" this Tuesday.

Posted by Jasen at 01:39 PM

Mr. Malfoy Turns A Year Older!

iHP.net would like to wish actor Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy) a very Happy 41st Birthday!

Thanks to Jon!

Posted by Jasen at 12:12 PM

Box Office Update: PoA Is No.1

According to Box Office Mojo, The Prisoner of Azkaban added $38.2 million to its $41.2 million from Friday, tallying in at a total of over $92 million. The movie made about $4 million more than The Chamber of Secrets opening weekend and $2 million less than The Sorcerer's Stone. Following PoA, were "Shrek 2" and "The Day After Tomorrow".

Posted by Jasen at 12:07 PM

June 05, 2004

PoA Opens Big In Mexico

Thanks to Ramiro Salinas V. for translating this from mural.com:

POA in its opening day made $15 millions of pesos in Mexico ,the movie was saw by half a million of people, said the office Warner Bros in Mexico

During a conference, made this Saturday in a hotel of Mexico City, Cuarón showed its joy to have reached these numbers. "sorry to begin the conference to late, but all the morning I had been receiving telephone dispatches where they informed me about the opening of the movie", it commented.

Posted by Jasen at 07:04 PM

Last Site Poll Results

Well, here are the results for the last Ministry Census Poll (be sure to vote in the newest one!):

If you could meet J.K. Rowling, what would you say or ask? [5073 votes total]

"Oh my goodness--Mrs. Rowling! Mrs. Rowling! Can I live with you?!?!?" (641) 13%

"Oh my--somebody get the camera, QUICK!!" (801) 16%

"I'm your BIGGEST fan! And I know *everyone* tells you that already, but..." (776) 15%

"Uhh..uhhh.." (339) 7%

I wouldn't know what to say. (823) 16%

I'd run away. (74) 1%

Other (1619) 32%

Posted by Jasen at 04:41 PM

New Video From London Premiere

Fran informs us:

Some hours ago, Mexican TV Channel TV Azteca aired a couple of interviews with Alfonso Cuarón and known information about PoA. They also showed Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman and Emma Watson being interviewed (actually, answering one question) by mexican reporter Rafa Sarmiento, who traveled to London for the Premiere.

There're a high and low WMV versions, and a med and low RM versions.

Posted by Jasen at 01:27 PM

Tom Felton's Official Website Updates

Felton's added a new picture gallery to accompany his report from the PoA London premiere last weekend.

Posted by Jasen at 01:26 PM

Chris Rankin Talks About Changes In PoA

BBC had a chance to speak with Rankin (Percy Weasley) about the new film:

Why has it taken so long to make the POA?

It's seems like a very long time ago that we started, around February 2003. I've been shooting bits and bobs all over the place, so it's been very periodical.

It's a bit bizarre as I think, as people, we've grown up a lot since we started making this film. I certainly feel I'm a completely different person to the person I was in January 2003.

Certainly Daniel, Emma and Rupert have grown a lot. They're learning very quickly and are growing up faster than we're getting the films out at the moment.

Posted by Jasen at 01:22 PM

PoA Opens To Big Box Office

According to ShowBIZ Data:

Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke the opening day record set by Spider-Man on May 3, 2002. The third installment in the popular "Harry Potter" franchise pulled in an estimated $41.2 million from 3,855 theaters on Friday, surpassing Spidey's take of $39.4 million from 3,615 theaters. It is also on its way to beat Spidey's opening weekend figure of $114.8 million. "Prisoner of Azkaban" carried a production budget of $130 million.

Posted by Jasen at 01:18 PM

New PoA LEGOs Available!

For all you Harry Potter LEGO fans, your lucky day has come--check out their site to see the latest collection!

Posted by Jasen at 01:17 PM

June 04, 2004

Video of MSNBC Interviews With Potter Cast Online

The headline says it all--head on over here to see them! On a little side note, notice how Gary Oldman still has long hair and is now sporting a beard... Methinks he may be prepping for The Goblet of Fire :)

Posted by Jasen at 06:44 PM

Harry Potter On Entertainment Weekly Front Cover

HPANA has up some scans from the latest issue of EW mag, which has a feature on PoA, including some interesting tidbits:

The franchise's screenwriter Steve Kloves may not return, and there's uncertainty with the kids, too. Where once Warner Bros. seemed willing to replace them the second they outgrew their roles or puberty hit them with an ugly stick, the studio now seems eager to keep the trio intact; it realizes that an identification has been made. According to one source, Warner Bros. president Alan Horn even made a personal appeal to Watson to return for Goblet. All are taking it one film at a time, but Watson is said to be the one who deliberates the most carefully. "It's only just now hit me how big this is. I don't know why," says Watson. "Sometimes, it's flattering. Other times, it's [big sigh]."

Posted by Jasen at 06:40 PM

Emma Watson Is Star of the Week

On Moviefone.com:

Emma Watson is often asked how much she has in common with her on-screen counterpart, Hermione Granger. The 14-year-old actress insists she is not a "book worm" like Granger (Watson prefers art and sports), nor does she possess Granger’s serious demeanor. Yet, the as the 'Harry Potter' series progresses, Granger and Watson are growing and blossoming into strangely similar strong, sophisticated young women.

Posted by Jasen at 06:34 PM

A Sit-Down With Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint

BBC has up a great new interview with the trio:

This time around we see you in jeans, more ordinary clothes. Were you relieved to be out of the school uniforms?

EW: I think it made things more normal, more comfortable. It made it easier to do the stunts as well, and it lets you see a different side to all of the characters. Plus, we're teenagers now, and I think that that has more of an influence on it. It feels more personal when you are in your own clothes.

DR: Also, more of the story this time takes place in the holidays between terms, so it was quite natural - I don't think that any child anywhere in the world actually wants to wear their school uniform. Apart from Hermione...

RG: Unfortunately Ron still gets his hand-me-down Weasley sweaters, so I never got to experience the normal clothes.

Posted by Jasen at 02:07 PM

An Interview With David Thewlis

The Washington Post recently sat down with the actor:

Why did they offer you this role?

I don't really know. I had been considered for the role of Professor Quirrell [which Ian Hart played in the first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"], so I suppose somebody obviously likes me. I felt an enormous responsibility because internationally there's a real passion among kiddies for these books. When I went online to do research about werewolves and stuff, I found all this e-mail chat saying things like, "Who is this person playing Professor Lupin? We want someone good-looking, like Jude Law!"

Much more at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 02:02 PM

Harry Potter Live Chat Next Friday!

Newsround's Lizo will be hosting a live online chat next Friday, the 11th, where readers can send in their questions, to which certain "Harry Potter guests" may answer! Click here for more info!

Posted by Jasen at 02:01 PM

UPICK Video Online!

DanRadcliffe.com has up a new Windows Media Player video from Dan and Emma's appearance on Nickelodeon's UPICK yesterday, which you can check out at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 01:58 PM

Parents Dispute Over PoA Fundraiser Screening

LIVERMORE -- It's the kind of dispute that would vex even the celebrated Albus Dumbledore.

Parents in Livermore had threatened to boycott and even picket a showing of the new motion picture "Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban" which features the boy wizard and Dumbledore, the wise headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

It wasn't the witchcraft and wizardry that parents were upset by, though -- it was that a showing of the movie at Livermore's Vine Cinema would benefit a program in the Pleasanton school district.

The fund-raiser will feature a showing of the third Harry Potter movie at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, where attendees pay $25 for a benefit package that includes the movie, a soft drink and box of popcorn.

Proceeds will go to the Barton Reading and Spelling System program in place at Pleasanton's Valley View Elementary School, Hart Middle School and Foothill High School.

Tri-Valley Herald has the rest.

Posted by Jasen at 01:55 PM

Local Children Starred In PoA

HORDES of local children are playground celebrities since starring in Harry Potter.

Hundreds of young stars from Redroofs stage school, in Maidenhead, were chosen as extras in the blockbuster, which is based on JK Rowling's best-selling series.

Fans would give anything to switch places with this youngster, who goes to Desborough School in Maidenhead, and starred in several scenes with Harry and his pals.

Read on at Bucks Free Press!

Posted by Jasen at 01:53 PM

Premiere Poses The Question

The website for Premiere magazine has a new poll asking: "With Harry Potter returning to theaters we just had to ask, which is the best movie wizard?" Gandalf is currently in the lead with 54% while Harry is at 24%. C'mon everyone, send your votes Harry's way at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 01:51 PM

Merchants Hoping PoA Movie Will Help Book Sales

Howell merchants are hoping for more Harry Potter mania as they plan a party next week celebrating the release of the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

Again, the life of the party is Aria Booksellers owner Mary Ellen Ahmad. She planned the last Howell Harry party that drew 4,000 people downtown. This year's event is from 6-10 p.m. on June 11.

Ann Arbor News has the rest.

Posted by Jasen at 01:48 PM

Power Cut Off From Local Theater

A POWERCUT spelled misery for hundreds of youngsters watching the new Harry Potter film at the newly opened Cineworld in Cambridge.

Gone Potty: Harry fans hit by blackout
Workmen cut a cable leading to the new cinema at the Cattlemarket which has been open for a week. Around 600 people were inside at the time, many were school children on half term watching the latest release, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Cambridge News has more.

Posted by Jasen at 01:47 PM

EA Ships PoA Game!

GamePro reports that the developer has now begun to ship the game to retailers across the country!

Posted by Jasen at 01:45 PM

PoA in theaters NOW.

After a long year and a half the day has finally arrived. The Prisoner of Azkaban hits theaters now! Gosh, seems like time flew by so quickly or to some slowly.

Note/Reminder: I will be at the New York City's Imax Event this coming Saturday, reporting the event just for here!! So stay tuned for my review[With permission from Jasen ^^] and possibly pictures. :)

Posted by xAmarisx at 03:47 AM


I just got back from the midnight screening of PoA, and my headline says it all. I absolutely loved this movie, even though I went in with heavy fears it wouldn't live up to my expectations (PoA was my favorite book of the series). You can expect an editorialized review by me sometime over the weekend, provided Jasen sees it as appropriate to publish. It will involve some adult themes and may not be appropriate for younger readers. But now i'm off to bed. I have to be at work in 4 hours! ACK!!

Posted by Scott at 01:13 AM

June 03, 2004

PoA Film Quiz

For those of you who have already watched PoA, test your knowledge by playing the CBBC PoA film quiz.

Victor Krum Cast!!

After months of silence and controversy concerning the nationality of the future Potter star, Warner Bros. has reportedly decided that Stanislav Yanevski, a Bulgarian boy living and studying in London, will play Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The decision was relayed to producer Victor Bozhinov, who was in charge of carrying out the Bulgarian casting for Krum at the end of February.

Thanks to Wizard News.

Posted by Vickie at 05:40 PM

CBBC Live Chat

CBBC's Newsround is having an interactive programme about PoA.

Newsround is having a special interactive programme all about the third Potter film from 5.45-6.15pm on Friday 11 June. And we want YOU to take part.

We want your questions and comments on Azkaban to put to Lizo and some special Potter guests LIVE during the show.

Get the full details here.

Posted by Vickie at 05:28 PM

The Mumbai PoA Premiere

The premiere show of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN at not one but three screens of Fame Adlabs, Mumbai on June 1 was truly an affair to remember.

Organized by Warner Bros. and Fame Adlabs, the celebrity turnout at the premiere was simply remarkable.

For, not only did the Bollywood stars turn up to watch the magic unfold on the screen, they were accompanied by their kids, which is rare considering that most stars like to keep their kids away from the limelight till a certain age.

Sify has the rest.

Posted by Jasen at 02:38 PM

New Editions This Summer!

CNW reports:

VANCOUVER, June 2 /CNW/ - The summer of 2004 will see the world's best-selling books reaching new audiences. Recognized jointly by Amazon and the Economist as the best-selling books worldwide, the Harry Potter series has truly become a global phenomenon. In Canada, Raincoast Books has sold over 7 million copies. Now with five of the seven books in the series published, Raincoast is happy to announce new plans for the summer to target new fans of
the boy wizard.

- May 3: Raincoast releases Harry Potter Magic Editions in paperback, boasting fun and appealing cover designs and economical prices.

- July 8: prepare for the release of the first four books of the Harry Potter series in new adult format paperbacks. The packaging and covers for these books will target a more mature audience.

- August 10: the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in paperback!

Posted by Jasen at 02:33 PM

Spanish PoA Rating

El Cronista de Salem writes:


‘Harry Potter y el Prisionero de Azkaban’, which will be released the next 18 of june, is rated for more than 8 years, as warner brothers has informed exclusively for www.harrylatino.com

The film has had discussions about the Ron’s voice, which didn’t was really... good (awful is the world( in the last movie. This time Cavid Carillo, famous presentator of Disney Channel, will give his voice to the character.

You can see all the people who give their voice here

In latinoamerica, the translation okf the films has had a lot of troubles too. It wasnt very good; for these reason, Alfonso Cuarón tried to help with the work, but the problems continued, because he couldn’t change the actors and he hadn’t much time. For these reason, latinamerican fans preffer watch the movie with subtitles and in english.

Spain is a different version than latinamerica. In spain the movies are ALWAYS translated, but in latinamerica people often preffer watch them in the original version... but maybe is because for not-mexican fans, is very strange heard the movie with mexican accent.

Posted by Jasen at 02:32 PM

Hairy Woes For Coltrane

Hmm...that headline needs a little work.

From WebIndia123:

Robbie Coltrane detests the hours of make-up he has to go through to turn himself into hairy Rubeus Hagrid, the giant Hogwarts caretaker in new movie Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

"It's revolting having your face covered in glue. It's a horrible, horrible thing and the only downside of these wonderful films for me," The Sun quoted him as saying.

"It also means that kids never recognise me. They just know Hagrid - and I am buried under tons of make-up, beard and costume," the Harry Potter star added. (ANI)

Posted by Jasen at 02:25 PM

Another Spew of Reviews

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times gives PoA 3.5 stars:

The actors playing Harry, Ron and Hermione have outgrown their childhoods in this movie, and by the next film will have to be dealt with as teenagers, or replaced by younger actors. If they continue to grow up, I'm afraid the series may begin to tilt toward less whimsical forms of special effects violence, but on the other hand I like Radcliffe, Grint and Watson, and especially the way Watson's Hermione has of shouldering herself into the center of scenes and taking charge. Although the series is named for Harry, he's often an onlooker, and it's Hermione who delivers a long-delayed uppercut to the jaw of Draco Malfoy.

You can read more here.

A few more reviews:
The Marion Star
Romantic Movies - About.com
The Press Democrat

And stay tuned for our own iHP staff reviews!

Posted by Jasen at 02:23 PM

Will PoA's Box Office Success Help Scholastic?

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -- If Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort were an investor, he'd probably be a short seller.

And if You-Know-Who shorted Scholastic this year, the publisher of the Harry Potter books in the U.S., he and his loyal Death Eaters would have a lot of money to finance their evil crusade against Harry and the rest of his Hogwarts crew. Shares of Scholastic (SCHL: Research, Estimates) have tumbled more than 17 percent year-to-date due to disappointing sales and earnings.

Read on.

Posted by Jasen at 02:22 PM

School Rotary Club To Show PoA

On Jun 5, the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club will be hosting a gala premiere showing of the eagerly anticipated new family film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, during the film's opening weekend.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the FIRST Robotics team of Hollis-Brookline High School.

The details here.

Posted by Jasen at 02:20 PM

An Interview With Alfonso Cuaron

ClickOnDetroit talks to the director:

Anybody who's a fan of Cuarón's work (which also includes the adaptations of the literary classics "A Little Princess" and "Great Expectations") knows his films are breathtakingly atmospheric -- so you shouldn't be surprised that "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" delivers that wonderful quality of escapism again.

But while his keen sense of establishing atmosphere helped him capture the dark tone of the book, Cuarón told me it was never his intention to give the film series a kick in the Azkaban.

"It's amazing source material in terms of themes and how archetypical things are -- like the great fairy tales and fables of our time," Cuarón enthused. "Guillermo Del Toro (the filmmaker who recently adapted the graphic novel 'Hellboy' for the big screen) told me, 'If you do the film, serve the material. Don't try to do your own thing, just serve the material. If you do that honestly, you'll make your best film ever.'"

Much more at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 02:15 PM

Harry Potter Film not for Kids?

It seems that the Austrailian Office of Film and Liturature Classification ( OFLC ) have given the film a M15+ rating. This rating of M15+ was given because of some scenes that seem to have "horror elements".

Those scenes feature Ron being attacked by a werewolf and a fight between a werewolf and Professor Snape. Both previous Harry Potter movies had a rating of PG in Australia.

The OFLC board stated:

"The classifiable elements are themes involving horror ... that are moderate in impact -- several of which are inextricably linked to violence -- and do not exceed a moderate level of menace or threat."

The Prisoner of Azkaban opens on June 10th in Australia.

Source: Yahoo!News

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:53 AM

Fans spot mistakes

According to fans in Great Britain, they have already spotted some mistakes in the upcoming film. Which comes out tommrow! Thanks to CBBC for pointing that out!

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:42 AM


There is apparently a computer virus that has made a resurgence by disguising itself as a Harry Potter game. Here's the story from BBC News:

A pesky computer virus is trying to cash in on the excitement surrounding the latest Harry Potter film.

The Netsky.P worm is enjoying a resurgence by disguising itself as a Potter game, say anti-virus experts.

The virus, which first appeared towards the end of March, spreads by e-mail and via file-sharing services.

The third film about the adventures of the boy wizard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was released on Monday, making £5m in one day.

Here are the infected file names:

Harry Potter 1-6 book.txt.exe
Harry Potter 5.mpg.exe
Harry Potter all e.book.doc.exe
Harry Potter e book.doc.exe
Harry Potter game.exe
Harry Potter.doc.exe

According to anti-virus firm Sophos, Netsky.P was the second most common virus in May, topped only by the infamous Sasser worm.

It now seems to be picking up steam again, with Sophos saying it had spotted thousands of copies of it in the last few days.

Netsky.P relies on tricking a computer user into clicking on an infected file.

Virus writers have increasing used the names of celebrities to try to make people open an e-mail and unleash its malicious payload.

Past copies of Netsky.P have masqueraded as nude photos of Britney Spears, Eminem MP3 music files and illegal software.

"Echoing a technique used in 2000 by the Pikachu worm, Netsky.P targets young computer users by sometimes posing as content connected with the Harry Potter books and movie franchise," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"Parents need to educate their children against the threats of viruses, to ensure the popularity of Potter doesn't cast a nasty spell on their computer systems."

"It's not just e-mail users who should be on their guard," said Mr Cluley.

"Users of file-sharing systems who download content should equally be cautious that what they are downloading does not contain an unpleasant surprise."

Posted by Scott at 05:32 AM

PoA Segment on EXTRA!

It seems that Extra! has a new video and story on the upcoming release of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

"The characters have grown up," Radcliffe told us. "I think it is darker and it is scarier, but I think at the heart of this film, it's about kids becoming teenagers."

Posted by xAmarisx at 04:20 AM

June 02, 2004

New member of Staff

I know some of you who were reading earlier thought: "Who is this?" Well My name is Amaris. I'm 18 yrs old and in love with the Harry Potter Universe. Im going to be a news poster on this great site and I hope you continue to enjoy the news bought to you here. :)

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:21 PM

Likin' The PoA Videogame

BlueSmoke.net has a new review and some nice screenshots as well.

Posted by Jasen at 06:59 PM

Fame and Fortune Aren't Everything

Playing Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, not only do they get to be worldwide stars in a blockbuster franchise, but they also work with some of the best actors in the business, including Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and the late Richard Harris, for starters. Yet, the experience has hardly gone to their heads and both young actors are what you'd least expect - normal 14-year-old kids.

"I'm just going through what every other teenager goes through - but, with posters," Radcliffe said, referring to the posters for the film pasted in every metropolitan city around the world. "It's not as different as people would expect, I think."

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third film in what will be a seven-film franchise, was challenging for the actors partly because of the fact that it was helmed by a new director, Alfonso Cuaron. Chris Columbus directed the first two films and remained as a producer for this one.

"I think everything we learned with Chris we were now able to put into practice with a different director," said Radcliffe. "And it is harder and more challenging, which is good because if we're getting older and we're not being challenged, there's really no point in doing it."

Watson added, "You get more confident every time, really."

Grand Forks Herald has the rest.

Posted by Jasen at 06:58 PM

An Interview With Dan Radcliffe

The Associated Press has this:

Q: Are you the next teen heartthrob?

A: (Laughs and blushes) I don't think of myself as the next teen heartthrob. It's flattering, it's really nice, but I can't understand it.

Q: What has been your reaction to all the hype surrounding the movie? Can you go out of your house without being recognized?

A: You never really get used to it, but it's really not that bad at all. I get recognized sometimes, but I just wear a baseball cap, and it's a lot less. Of course, now people are going to be going out looking for a kid wearing a baseball cap.

Q: Is this movie too scary for children?

A: This one is scarier. ... It's more a psychological thriller, which 8-year-old kids don't really connect with in the same way adults do. When I watch the film with adults, many of the adults get more scared than their kids.

Q: Harry is a little awkward, dare I say a bit dorky. Do you see any of yourself in him?

A: Absolutely. I've never been one of the cool people at school, but then again, I don't get the people who are cool. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that they don't interest me.

Q: Harry grows up a lot during the three movies, especially in this one, with the internal conflicts over his parents' death. Was that difficult for you?

A: It was difficult, because I've obviously never experienced any of the situations Harry's been in. It was interesting to play ... but it was good. I tend to be really bad at anything that doesn't challenge me. Anything that should be easy, I don't do particularly well.

Q: Not only has Harry grown up, you've been growing up, too. What was it like to grow up before the world's eyes?

A: I don't pay that much attention to what the rest of the world is saying. I never read the articles or read what people are saying about me on the Internet. If you read all that, you just become so self-conscious.

Q: Have you gone back and watched the past films?

A: No, never. I don't ever want to do that. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch the first ones again. Give it two years, and I'll never be able to watch this one again.

Much more at the above link!

Posted by Jasen at 06:55 PM

Emma Watson Reveals Cut PoA Scenes!

Killer News reports:

She also revealed some of the scenes that were cut from the movie. "There were a couple of fights with Ron [Rupert Grint] that were cut." Watson also said that a scene in which Hermione and Ron hug was also cut. "There was an awkward hug with Ron, but it did get cut," she said. The reason? "Well, just on the exterior, I think," she said. "Hermione and Ron spend the whole film arguing with each other. Ron is convinced that Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, has eaten his rat, [Scabbers]. But I think that's a bit of a cover-up, really, because they have a bit of a soft spot for each other. It's a classic love-hate relationship. You always tease the ones you like."

Posted by Jasen at 06:53 PM

Watson Gets Punk'd!

Okay, not really. Pranked's more of the word.

From Teen Hollywood:

A cheeky British kids TV host played a practical joke on Harry Potter star Emma Watson at the UK premiere of the latest movie, after asking her recreate one of her fight scenes from the film.

Ministry of Mayhem host Stephen Mulhern asked the 14-year old actress to reenact the moment in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when she punches Harry's enemy Draco Malfoy, at Monday's bash in Leicester Square, London.

But Mulhern sneakily stashed fake blood capsules in his mouth, so when Emma whacked him, he started to bleed.

The horrified actress apologized profusely, until she caught on to the scam.

Posted by Jasen at 06:50 PM

Ohhh That Scabbers

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Although the "Harry Potter" filmmakers have been careful to feature British actors in the films' major roles, they had to extend their search to Germany to cast one diminutive star.

The West African rodent that plays the rat Scabbers hails from the Berlin Zoo and found his way into movies through an animal casting agency, reports the AFP.

Zap2it has more.

Posted by Jasen at 06:48 PM

PoA's More Than A Dark, New Film

New Times Broward-Palm Beach has this:

Cuaron's mandate appears to have been "Make it darker!" So tonally and visually, more darkness is what we get -- some scenes look almost like frames from a silent film. In conjunction with regular big-screen Potter adapter Steve Kloves, Cuaron has also taken more narrative liberties than Columbus did, and all of them are good, restructuring the film's chronology for increased dramatic impact; an added scene with Harry chasing an apparent phantom through pitch-black corridors at night is a standout and conveys necessary plot information more effectively than Rowling managed.

Read the full at the link above!

Posted by Jasen at 06:46 PM

The New York City IMAX Event

As the week draws to an end, the anticipation of The Prisoner of Azkaban movie is growing each minute. Already the movie is getting great reviews and it will obtain more this upcoming Saturday! That is when crowds will gather downtown NYC for the PoA Imax Event!

Organized by Heidi of The Leaky Cauldron About 600 people are going to go, some coming from all over the USA. Currently tickets are no longer being sold but some will be sold at the theater itself. For more information please head over here: POA_NYC

Note: I was able to get tickets before the stopped selling them so I will there, on assignment for this site! Hope to see you guys there!

Posted by xAmarisx at 04:42 PM

Tom, Not so single?

Is Tom Felton protesting too much? All right, I admit I'm contributing more to rumor as opposed to actual reporting here. Still I have to wonder at Tom Felton's assertions that he's completely without female companionship. Thanks Sara for the scoop!

Check out the recent interview with The Sun, where he manages to sound all woebegone about it.
At the London premieres of POA and Scooby Doo 2 he is seen with the same statuesque beauty. The photographer at the POA event specifies that she is his date.

Another possible hint is that on his official web site's FAQ page, he lists his favorite coloring for girls as "olive skin, brown hair." This gal certainly matches the description.

Strangely, his site also seems a bit flirtatious regarding Emma Watson, even while denying a relationship. Perhaps this is another red herring, as I suspect the Sun article is.

I would certainly like to know the particulars about this mystery girl!

Posted by Deb at 03:01 PM

Review of PlayStation 2 PoA Game

The EyeToy games are a fun treat (even if they are just Potterized versions of wave-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care stuff gamers have already seen), and you can definitely see that the designers tried to “age up” the proceedings with a fair amount of success—for all its flaws, this is definitely a more engaging game than previous Potter platters. Azkaban is definitely a step in the right direction; here’s hoping the development team can take even bigger steps next time.

Read the full at GamePro!

Meanwhile, GameCube Europe has up some new screenshots!

Posted by Jasen at 02:29 PM

TV Watch: What's On Tonight

Just a reminder that tonight, A&E will be airing their behind-the-scenes special of PoA at 9pm eastern, while the Biography channel will air a special segment on J.K. Rowling at 8pm eastern. Set your VCRs!

Posted by Jasen at 02:25 PM

Fans Get A Sneak Peek At PoA

Moviegoers can catch an early glimpse of Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) at a special advance showing of this third installment late Thursday night, June 3rd at the bewitching hour of 12:01 AM. This is a very special opportunity before the regular showings begin on Friday June 4th. So don't miss the chance of an early date with everyone from Hogwarts!

Only at Crown Theatres Annapolis Mall 11, as reported by Yahoo!

Posted by Jasen at 02:22 PM

Cuaron's Own Touches In PoA

From The Associated Press:

Steve Kloves, the screenwriter who has adapted all of the "Harry Potter" movies, said the director had to balance his own wishes with the requirements of the series.

"Alfonso will tell you that he inherited a glorious world, an incredible paint box to play with. And what he did was, he chose his own colors," Kloves said. "I think the world is recognizable, it's just been given a bit of a darker cast, which reflects the story and what Harry is going through emotionally."

The last movies were big hits. Critics complained they were too literally adapted from the books, but fans generally loved the faithfulness to Rowling's stories.

Cuaron said he didn't want change for the sake of change, but felt "Harry Potter" could use some tweaks. "Every director is a different mind, and I had my own approach - for good or ill," he said.

The characters wear modern street clothes for much of the movie, instead of the flowing school-uniform robes seen so often in the previous films. But before he could make even that change, he had to consult with a higher power.

"That had to do with conversations with Jo Rowling," Cuaron said. "She said, `Yes, for me the cloaks and everything makes sense for the academic time but in personal time they would be wearing their own clothes.'"

He also made the school and its grounds look more worn and earthy - as if they'd been battered for hundreds of years by misplaced adolescent magic - and he favored an iris effect for ending scenes, with perspective dimming to a single point before opening again, to give "Azkaban" a silent-movie feel.

Cuaron stepped in after Columbus said the rapid production schedule was too much for one filmmaker to maintain as Warner Bros. raced to produce as many "Harry Potter" movies as quickly as possible before its child stars grew up.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson - who play Harry and his pals Ron and Hermione, respectively - are already at work on the fourth movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" with yet another director, "Four Weddings and Funeral" filmmaker Mike Newell.

Radcliffe, now 14, said Cuaron didn't shy away from the bleak touches that showed magic has a dangerous side. For instance, Potter fans are familiar with the Whomping Willow, the limb-swinging living tree that battered a flying car in the second movie - but are they prepared to see it whack sweet little bluebirds into puffs of falling feathers?

Read on at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 02:19 PM

PoA Smashes Box Office Records

From boxofficemojo.com
Five days prior to its U.S. premiere Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban smashed opening day records in the United Kingdom. The newest installment of the seven-part Harry Potter series was released on May 31 (Monday) to capitalize on the local holiday, which incidentally is also the first day of school half-term holidays. Azkaban grossed a colossal $9.2m (£5.03m) from 535 locations in its opening day, which was the biggest opening day and single day of all time.

Read all about it here.

Posted by Vickie at 03:24 AM

Godric's Hollow, J.K's Fansite of the Month

Well done to Godric's Hollow who are named as Fansite of the month on JK Rowling's official website.

Posted by Vickie at 03:12 AM

Rupert's Hair

CBBC Newsround have conducted a poll on fans opinions of Rupert's new hair style.

So far almost 20,000 people have had their say on the hair, with around 53% liking the new look.

You can vote on what you think about Rupert's hair and read the full story here.

Thanks to TLC for the tip.

Posted by Vickie at 03:02 AM

Interview with Robbie Coltrane

Cinema Confidential have an interview with Robbie Coltrane who plays Hagrid in the movies.

Q: Robbie, how is it doing this film the 3rd time around?

ROBBIE: Well, it's very similar in the nicest possible. It's like going back for Thanksgiving. You say, "Hi, how are you doing? What have you been doing? Blah, blah." So, it's all very nice.

Q: And how was having Alfonso [Cuaron] as a new director?

ROBBIE: A nightmare (Laughs). Talentless. No sense of humor. I don't know how he got the job. He must have slept with somebody. (Laughs). No, I adore him. I think he's a wonderfully talented man. He's exactly the way I expected him to be having seen his films. He's crazy, and rock and roll, and adolescent, but phenomenally focused about what he wants to do.

Q: Having worked with two difference directors on the Harry Potter films, what's the key thing you've noticed that's different?

ROBBIE: Well, it's kind of hard to say. I don't want to diss anyone and say that anybody is better than anybody else. Every film is a year in the life of the children. This film had to be dark and rock and roll and immediate and getting that feel of immediate through a A big budget film, if you're not careful, is a huge cumbersome beast you know. With 1500 people and the crew, it's very hard to keep that level of agility and vitality going, but I thought he did it wonderfully. He kept the camera going moving all the time. I'm sure you noticed that, which the CGI people surely hate. Every move of the camera goes into a computer, and when they start using the CGI, all those moves are used as points of view. It's mind-blowing complicated stuff and real state of the art.

Read the full interview here.

Posted by Vickie at 02:50 AM

News and Rumour Updates

The news and rumour sections on JK Rowling's official site have been updated today.

To check them out click here.

Posted by Vickie at 02:39 AM

Harry Potter Tops Children's Poll

More than half of children named a Harry Potter title in their top three favourite books in a survey.

Children's classics, such as The Lord of the Rings, books by Roald Dahl, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh were also popular.

The survey, for the Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation, questioned children aged between seven and 14.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

Posted by Vickie at 02:29 AM

June 01, 2004

Fans Comment On PoA

BBC is letting readers send in their thoughts about the new film, and so far, they're all good reviews =)

Posted by Jasen at 04:36 PM

Another Good Review

From Box Office Prophets:

...The best book so far has turned out to be the best movie as well. While not all of the aforementioned magic is in this adaptation, there are no missteps. The performances are all well done, especially by two of the newcomers: David Thewlis as Professor Lupin
and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. The darker tone of The Prisoner of Azkaban novel is both seen and felt in Cuaron's adaptation. The gold and orange tones of the first two films are replaced by muted silver and gray. Death, anger and revenge become an even greater part of Harry's life. Cuaron has made an emotionally compelling and satisfying film that could stand on its own outside of the pedigree.

Keep reading at the link!

Posted by Jasen at 04:34 PM

Pics From The UK Premiere

Julez sends us this link from ic seftonandwestlancs, which has up a whole new gallery from the event.

Posted by Jasen at 04:24 PM

PoA: Supersized

Victoria Lee of lets us know:

Thought you might like to know that the Science Museum IMAX Cinema will be showing Harry Potter 3 in IMAX from 19 July. We're taking bookings now -
more information under Coming Soon at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/imax.

Posted by Jasen at 04:21 PM

Who Uses Food AS a Bribe?

Matthew Lewis' mom admits to attempted bribery. She tried to bribe him with a burger to leave auditions way back when! Read about it here Thanks to yahoo for the fun facts.

Posted by Deb at 06:31 AM

JKR's official Site Updated

Check out the changes on JKR's official site.

Posted by Deb at 06:21 AM

Three More Days...

Yep, the big day's almost upon us. Remember when The Chamber of Secrets came out and we thought it'd be an eternity before PoA arrived? Didn't seem so long a wait, now did it?

Let out your excitement here ;)

Posted by Jasen at 12:51 AM