September 28, 2004

ITV Granted Potter

ITV has secured the movie premieres of the Harry Potter franchise and The Matrix sequels under a new deal with film studio Warner Brothers.

The contract, announced today, covers films from the studio's 2003, 2004 and 2005 theatrical slate including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...

The contract also covers upcoming films such as Ocean's 12 and The Polar Express. More from DigitalSpy.

Posted by M17 at 05:09 PM

September 27, 2004

'Hogwart's Express' Tour

A new tour available from Rail Europe takes you to the magical castle of Harry Potter fame. The one-day Alnwick Castle and Gardens unescorted tour visits filming sites used in both Harry Potter films, "The Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Chamber of Secrets."

Travelers taking Rail Europe's Alnwick Castle and Gardens tour go by rail from London to Alnmouth through England's enchanting pastoral countryside and are transferred by private coach to the castle. The tour starts at 8:30 am from London's Kings Cross station and ends at approximately 9:45 pm. Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Rail Europe's Alnwick Castle and Gardens tour is offered daily except Sundays now through December 31, 2004. Trip features include train roundtrip from London to Alnmouth (1st and standard class options), private bus transfer from Alnmouth railway station to Alnwick Castle, reserved seats on the train to Alnmouth, independent visit to the filming site, including the castle and gardens.

Full article (castle history, prices, how to book) here

Via Yahoo News

Posted by Bunny at 08:46 PM

J.K.'s cousin insists he's the real Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling's cousin Ben is furious the Harry Potter author refuses to admit he was the inspiration for the schoolboy wizard or give him any of the $774 million she made from the books and films.

Ben, 37, was "inseparable" from the multi-millionaires writer while he was growing up, and insists he's the basis for her infamous character, debunking Rowling's claim she came up with the idea while stuck on a delayed train from Manchester to London.

He says, "When I read the first Harry Potter book, my jaw dropped. It was uncanny, far more than a coincidence. I know Jo based Harry on me. I can see so much of the young me in his character.

"We used to spend the weekends swapping stories of boarding school life. She was always fascinated about what I had been up to at school and used to love me telling her about the scrapes and escapades I had been involved in.

"Jo and I were inseparable and even today people stop me and tell me I look just like Harry Potter."

Teenage pictures of Ben reveal an uncanny resemblance to the actor Daniel Radcliffe who plays Potter on the big screen.

Source: Godrics Hollow

Posted by Bunny at 03:49 AM

September 26, 2004

Train bosses rapped as filming shuts line

RAIL bosses shut a scenic train line so the latest Harry Potter movie could be filmed.

September weekend trippers were diverted on to buses for an 80-minute journey back from the coast along a road that is single-track in places.

Angry locals described the move as 'madness'.

ScotRail were paid

around £50,000 to cancel the last trains from Mallaig to Fort William yesterday and today.

Hollywood executives booked the slot so the Hogwarts Express could be filmed once more on the line which crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, near Fort William.

One local said: 'Closing the line on the September weekend is madness.'

But a ScotRail spokesman said: 'We managed to keep disruption to a minimum. Passengers got compensation in the form of rail vouchers and Harry Potter memorabilia. It's good for Scottish tourism.

'The number of passengers who would use these trains is small and the bus journey takes roughly the same time.'

With regard to the fee paid to ScotRail, he said: 'ScotRail aren't making money out of this but are covering costs.'

Meanwhile, around 100 Highland youngsters climbed aboard the express as extras for the new film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Pupils from local high schools were drafted in as more than 100 technicians and crew worked in Glenfinnan yesterday.

They shot sequences on the line and at the viaduct.

Source: Sunday Mail

Posted by Bunny at 01:08 AM

September 25, 2004

Gonna Be Harry For Halloween?

There are so many puns with the name "Harry", aren't there?

Dania Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 23, 2004 -- Boys will be slinging webs this year as Spiderman, spinning spells as Harry Potter (news - web sites) and playing the part of a friendly ogre named Shrek for this coming Halloween. "Boys love the chance to be a super hero at Halloween time, and the stars of a trio of blockbuster movies will lead a path to neighborhood doors this year." said Shari Maxwell, Vice President of Marketing for leading Halloween Costume website

Read on here.

Posted by Jasen at 11:07 AM

Harry Potter + Relationships = Don't Mix

Onlypunjab reports:

The fantasy novels are a big turn-off for girls, warns a new survey by publishers Penguin, who say Potter and The Lord Of The Rings books are the worst reads to pack in your suitcase this summer reports the Daily Star.

Posted by Jasen at 10:55 AM

September 24, 2004

Dan wins Relly Award

Daniel has won, yet again, the Best Junior Achiever Award on Live with Regis and Kelly's second annual Relly awards. Daniel couldn't be there obviously, but he left a message of his acceptance.

"...It is an Honor to have won...I'm actually about to fight a dragon as of course we are filming the Goblet of Fire...Um so yes fantastic can't wait to see you next year!"

Congratulations Daniel! Here's to next year!

Update: has now the video and screencaptures of his Acceptance speech.

Posted by xAmarisx at 06:58 AM

September 22, 2004

No Percy in GoF

From Chris Rankin's Site

As I make a point of telling people the honest truth about things, I've got an update on Harry Potter...

Having been speaking to my agent about why I've not heard anything from Warner Brothers re Goblet of Fire, they've been making some enquiries into the legal side of not being used on the film, when I've been contracted to it... Turns out that my contract states that I was contracted to appear in Prisoner of Azkaban +1 more HP film - it doesn't have to be the next in the series (as we'd all presumed) - what this basically means is that we're unlikely to be seeing Percy in Goblet of Fire, but that doesn't mean that he won't be in another film along the lines of the series... but we might not!

See his full entry (non HP related stuff) here

Posted by Bunny at 10:02 PM

HP: 4th Most Popular Cinema-to-Video Game Adaptation... LOTR 1st

U TV online has posted an article about the recent success of the video game industry taking the big screen blockbusters and placing the control into the hands of the viewer. The Lord of the Rings trilogy came in first place, and the Harry Potter series came in fourth.

Read more at the link....

Posted by Andrew at 08:13 PM

Williams will NOT be GoF Composer

John Williams Fan Network has received confirmation from Warner Bros. that John Williams will not be composing the music for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new composer signed for the movie will be Patrick Doyle who has previously worked with director Mike Newell on Donnie Brasko and Into the West.

Patrick Doyle is best known for his collaborations with actor/director Kenneth Branagh, having composed works for Henry V, Dead Again, Much Ado About Nothing, Frankenstein and Hamlet. He has also worked with Michael Gambon on Robert Altman's Gosford Park and with Alfonso Cuarón on A Little Princess.

Source: HPANA

Posted by Bunny at 05:07 PM

September 21, 2004

Are You a Nerd?

You've read Harry Potter. And, according to an Opinions column at the University of Connecticut's The Daily Campus, that would make you a nerd. Though some may beg to differ...

First off, let me say that while there are some who would argue that a nerd is not the same as a geek, for clarity purposes both terms will be used interchangeably. Now then, how many of you sat through at least one of the "Lord of the Rings" films? Shelled out nine bucks to see "Spiderman 2" or even opened up a Harry Potter book? Do you play more than one hour a week of video games? Beware, for these are all subject matter classically associated with nerds - that and social ineptitude.

More at the link.

Posted by M17 at 06:10 PM

No Casting Plans for Phoenix

Despite talks with Indian film director Mira Nair for the position of director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a new article at CBBC tell us that it's still too early for casting for the fifth movie.

"We don't have a script, director, start date or casting director and no one will be considered for any role until all these are in place.

"We don't want children to be disappointed, so we're asking them not to write into the studios. It would be a waste of their time."

Warner Bros. also told us that there's no point in trying to write in to be an extra in Goblet of Fire, as they're usually found through local schools or special agencies.

Posted by M17 at 06:06 PM

September 20, 2004

Vote for iHarryPotter!

Yes, folks, that's right! Topsites has recently been reset, so vote for!

You know what to do:

And for those of you who don't know what to do, click on the link above and click on "Click here to vote!"

Posted by M17 at 02:39 PM

Glasses Are 'Cool' Again...

Harry Potter and Spiderman have made kids' glasses cool again, a survey has revealed. More than 60 per cent of children whose mum or dad wear glasses like their parents' specs.

Children from High Wycombe said their favourite wearers were Harry Potter, Peter Parker aka Spiderman and Velma in Scooby Doo.

Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, who commissioned the survey with eye charity Eyecare Trust, said: "Times have moved on and wearing glasses has actually become cool at school thanks largely to fictional characters such as Harry Potter."

More from This is Local London.

Posted by M17 at 02:32 PM

Kenneth Branagh Who?

Yes, that's right, people failed to notice him...

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secets star Kenneth Branagh was left surprised last Thursday when officials at the American embassy in London failed to recognise him. The Oscar-winning film-maker was queuing for a work visa, but was taken aback when he got to the front of the queue only to be asked, "What do you do?"

So, 43-year-old Branagh adopted his best thespian voice and replied, "I'm an actor!"

Posted by M17 at 02:31 PM

More (Much More) on Eastbourne Filming

Eastbourne Today has more on filming that occured this past week. Some interesting parts are underlined...

Executives from film-makers Warner Bros spent Wednesday afternoon and all of Thursday at three locations around the town. In an exclusive interview with the Eastbourne Herald, the film's location manager Sue Quinn told us why Eastbourne's picturesque downland was chosen as the setting. She also told us that the section filmed in Eastbourne plays an important part in the storyline.

Read much more at the link below...

Eastbourne was vying with two other towns to provide the location for this part of the film. Much of the movie is being shot in the studio this time round and none of the cast were in town during the filming. This footage will be used as back-drops. Ms Quinn said, 'We chose Eastbourne's downland because of its location. The setting close to the sea and the countryside was perfect for what we were looking for and I think it will look good in the film. 'The location is beautiful and the climate and weather were perfect today for what we were looking for. 'It's hard to say at this point in time how it will look on the screen and we wouldn't want to either.

Ms Quinn added, 'The filming we're doing in Eastbourne plays an important part in the film, for the section we're using the backdrops for. 'We'll be using blue screen technology so the actors will be imposed on the background scenery that we're filming here.' An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesman said, 'The council is delighted about the recent filming that has taken place on the downs. 'The work of the council's Film Unit and Downland Team ensured that Eastbourne was shown in a positive light when the film crew made visits to the area beforehand.

'This resulted in Eastbourne being their preferred location. 'People are interested when filming takes place and that interest is re-ignited when the film goes to the cinema, comes out on video and again on television. The long-term benefits for the town are enormous.'

Posted by M17 at 02:28 PM

Absence of Potter Novel Yet Again Hurts Bloomsbury

Also on Tuesday, the absence of a new Harry Potter novel will have an impact on Bloomsbury Publishing, which is expected to say that half-year profits have fallen to £3.6m from £3.8m at the same stage last year.

Source: This is London

Posted by M17 at 02:23 PM

Harry Potter © ® and ™

The Register has this interesting article about the protection of "Harry Potter"...

Warner Brothers is threatening legal action against tour company British Tours for daring to point out that some of Britain's most famous buildings were used in the films of the Harry Potter books.

"You are... offering 'Harry Potter Location Tours' [that] infringe our client's rights," read the first letter from the US film company's UK solicitors, Addleshaw Goddard. As such, British Tours was "deceiving customers". There was a "clear case of passing off of our clients' goodwill leading to a likelihood of substantial damage". Therefore, its only option was to stop immediately and sign the attached Form of Acknowledgement and Undertakings, within 11 days. Otherwise "we will... consider issuing proceedings against you immediately."

Read more at the link above!

Posted by M17 at 02:20 PM

Happy (Belated)!

A very happy belated birthday to Hermione Granger, whose birthday, as JK Rowling points out, is - was - on September 19th! (Thanks, Shruti)

Posted by M17 at 02:08 PM

September 18, 2004

Introducing Wizard Diaries!

Wizard Diaries is the latest feature from iHP and Opinari! Ever wonder what a character was thinking during a scene in the books? Well, wonder no more! The dreams, secrets, and fears of the characters you've grown to love in the Harry Potter world have now been unlocked for your reading pleasure. So go ahead, delve into the thoughts of wizards and Muggles alike through their diary entries, and discover for yourself a new kind of magic.

Click HERE to check it out!

And don't forget to send in your reponses to the latest Mailbag!

Posted by Jasen at 02:38 PM

Rickman's "Something The Lord Made"

Santa Cruz Sentinel has a story on "Something The Lord Made", an HBO film that is nominated for several Emmy awards this year, and also stars Alan Rickman. Interestingly enough, this film is going head-to-head with Emma Thompson's "Angels in America" at the Emmys this Sunday (see report below).

Posted by Jasen at 02:18 PM

Thompson's "Angels in America" On Video

Emma Thompson's HBO television mini-series, "Angels in America" is now available on DVD and video, so be sure to check out your local video store!

Posted by Jasen at 02:10 PM

September 17, 2004

Ministry Census Results: Groups of Friends

A new Ministry Census poll's up; and here are the last one's results:

Which group do you think would make the best friends for you?

65 % 24 % 3 % 4 % 5 %
Responses Votes
Harry, Ron, and Hermione 1250
The Weasley Twins 455
Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle 57
Seamus and Dean 80
Some other group 90
Total Votes: 1932
Posted by Jasen at 06:07 PM

Yet Another Wallpaper Update

Two new wallpapers have been added to the Downloads section, courtesy of reader Anduril. Enjoy!

Posted by Jasen at 06:05 PM

Harry Potter = The Meddle and Plunder?

The Zanesville Times Recorder has this interesting bit:

Is Harry Potter just an innocent story for children? If anyone believes that, you need to wake up.

There is a saying, "There is a lot in a name." This is the definition of Harry Potter:

Harry -- to annoy greatly, harass, to plunder, lay waste, overrun.

Plunder -- to loot, take by force, as in war.

Potter -- to meddle, to be busy with petty and trifling matters, to work idly or in a desultory manner, to dabble, to be busy in an unsystematic way.

Meddle -- to interfere without right or necessity.

Desultory -- passing from one thing to another, without logical connection, aimless.

Dabble -- to do things without earnest effort.

Does that sound like a name that was picked innocently for these stories? It sounds like it was well-planned and picked especially for these stories. These books are very wisely and cunningly written, with intent to teach your children the exact opposite of that which the Bible teaches. These stories are full of instruction on witchcraft and satanic sacrifices.

Way off, but interesting nonetheless. More at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 05:55 PM

Harry, Meet Jonathan Strange

Dubbed "Harry Potter (news - web sites) for adults," Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is one of the most talked-about books of the fall and is climbing best seller lists. It's No. 14 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list; it was No. 48 last week.

The novel re-imagines 600 years of British history as if magic were an everyday reality. The main action takes place between 1806 and 1817, when England was at war with Napoleon and mad King George was on the throne.

Read on here!

Posted by Jasen at 05:47 PM

Warner Bros. Suing British Tours Company

First it threatened teenagers with legal action for having Harry Potter fan websites, then it threatened legal action against e-mail services for using the name "shire" (the Hobbits' home in Lord of the Rings), now Warner Brothers is threatening legal action against tour company British Tours for daring to point out that some of Britain's most famous buildings were used in the films of the Harry Potter books.

"You are... offering 'Harry Potter Location Tours' [that] infringe our client's rights," read the first letter from the US film company's UK solicitors, Addleshaw Goddard. As such, British Tours was "deceiving customers". There was a "clear case of passing off of our clients' goodwill leading to a likelihood of substantial damage". Therefore, its only option was to stop immediately and sign the attached Form of Acknowledgement and Undertakings, within 11 days. Otherwise "we will... consider issuing proceedings against you immediately."

And so began yet another episode in the ongoing saga of the film "intellectual property" business.

The Register has the full scoop.

Posted by Jasen at 05:46 PM

Mary GrandPré To Draw 2005 Minnesota State Fair Poster

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUDS - Mary GrandPré will create the original art for the 2005 Minnesota State Fair commemorative poster.

GrandPré, best known for her illustrations of the Harry Potter books, has been illustrating books for 25 years, including children's books, magazine covers for Business Week, Atlantic Monthly and Time Magazine and book covers for publishers Harcourt Brace, McGraw Hill and Dell Books.

In agreeing to visually interpret "The Great Minnesota Get-Together 2005," GrandPré said she "feels a real connection to the fair, especially with the animals and the people who show them. I think it's an exciting project to work on because it not only tugs at my Minnesota roots, but it's all about having fun. The imagery of the Minnesota State Fair has so much to do with nostalgia, yet there are always new things to see and do there, no matter how many times you go back."

Grand Forks Herald has more -- and if you're a local Minnesotan able to attend the fair, we'd love if you sent us some pictures!

Posted by Jasen at 05:42 PM

Witchcraft Through The Ages

In a semi-Harry Potter-related story, has a story on the history of witchcraft and how it's evolved today.

Posted by Jasen at 05:39 PM

GoF Filming Pics Online

A reader sent Veritaserum several pictures of the landscape being used in the GoF movie. Check 'em out at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 05:37 PM

September 16, 2004

Harry Potter author nominated for another award

JK Rowling has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a very prestigious award that is the world’s largest for children's and youth literature, and the second-largest literature prize in the world. The winner receives 5 million Swedish crowns, roughly equivalent to $668,000.

Source: Godrics Hollow

Posted by Bunny at 08:27 PM

Updated: J. K. Rowling's Website

J. K. Rowling has added a new section to her website entitled "The Rubbish Bin" where she lists HP related articles that she considers ridiculous. These articles are categorized from 'Starting to Smell' to 'Toxic'.

Thanks to El Cronista de Salem for the tip!

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 06:30 AM

September 14, 2004

Prisoner of Azkaban Could be "La Película Mas Padre"

The finalists for the Premios Juventud ("Youth Awards") have been announced. Premios Juventud is the first ever Spanish-language television's award show where the Hispanic youth votes for its idols.

"Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro) compete against "Selena," the film made in memory of one of Hispanic America's favorite idols.

"La Película Mas Padre" (roughly) translates to "All-Time Best Flick." You can read the whole release, including the full list of nominees and airing information, from Univision via Business Wire (Spanish release can be viewed here). Remember, you saw it here first!

Posted by M17 at 03:58 PM

The Magic of Harry Potter Comes to Seaford

THE LATEST Harry Potter blockbuster is being filmed in Seaford today. Film company Warner Bros chose the town's picturesque downland to serve as one of the backdrops in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

However, only the crew is filming as the views are only being used for backdrops.

...the film crews will be filming at the Seven Sisters, Beachy Head and countryside surrounding Seaford from Wednesday lunchtime through to Thursday evening. Warner Bros was supposed to be arriving on Monday, but filming had to be scrapped due to poor weather. Unfortunately, as the downland views are being used as backdrops, none of the actors will be coming to Seaford for the filming.

Source: Eastbourne Today.

Posted by M17 at 03:52 PM

September 13, 2004

Hagrid Not The Half-Blood Prince?

Two readers at our affiliate MuggleNet separately wrote in to say that JK Rowling personally told them that Hagrid is not the Half-Blood Prince. Obviously, this is to be regarded as still a rumor.

You can discuss this rumor in our Discussion Forums.

Posted by M17 at 05:59 PM

Mira Nair: "How do they know?"

... well, that's likely over-exaggerated. But a recent article from New Kerala quotes possible-director-of-GoF-Mira Nair as saying:

Though she doesn't deny the fact that she has been approached, Nair said: "Right now it's too early to talk about it. I don't know how it got out on the websites. I have to sit with them and work out the dates."

Which is another interesting bit ("work out the dates"). On a side note, the article also mentions some of Nair's upcoming movies (ie "The Namesake"). We'll keep you posted as more becomes available.

Posted by M17 at 05:53 PM

September 12, 2004

Devon Murray Launches Official Site

Devon Murray, the actor who plays Seamus Finnigan in the HP films, has launched his official website at

Thanks to Leaky for the tip.

Posted by M17 at 12:07 PM

New Wallpaper Added!

The Interact Downloads section has been updated with a new wallpaper submitted by forum member, Anduril. Enjoy!

Posted by Jasen at 11:28 AM

Students To Compete in Potter Trivia Tournament

Tickets and participant badges for the fifth annual Harry Potter Trivia Tournament will be released Oct. 2 at the Vacaville Public Library.

The competition will be 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre and is open to Vacaville students between third- and eighth-grades. Every elementary and middle school in Vacaville and Travis school districts, as well as several local private schools, have been invited to send two competitors and are selecting their participants now.

More details here.

Posted by Jasen at 11:07 AM

Patil Sisters and Gabrielle Delacour Cast

CBBC Newsround can exclusively reveal that Parvati Patil will be played by Shefali Chowdhury. Parvati, of course, is Harry's date for the Yule Ball.

The part of Padma Patil will be played by Afshan Azad. The younger sister of Fleur Delacour, Gabrielle, has also been cast and will be played by Angelica Mandy.

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 04:56 AM

September 11, 2004

Remembering September 11th Three Years Later

As we remember today, I have come across a quote from Professor Dumbledore that seems to speak meaning for today.

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided...Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

Our hearts go out to all the victims' families of 9/11.

Posted by xAmarisx at 09:33 AM

September 10, 2004

Happy Birthday, Chris Columbus!

Happy Birthday to Chris Columbus, director of both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Columbus, who was a producer of Prisoner of Azkaban (and also executive producer for Goblet of Fire) was born on September 10, 1958. Happy 46th Birthday to him!

Thanks, El Cronista de Salem of HarryLatino.

Posted by M17 at 03:36 PM

September 09, 2004

Yule Ball is in!

An HPANA interview with Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe) quotes him as noting that the Yule Ball scene will remain in the GoF movie. It had been reported earlier, however, that this scene would still be drastically cut.

Read more at the links above!

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:53 PM

John Cleese shows off his wine expertise on TV

John Cleese, who plays Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies, is bringing his wine wisdom to TV in America in the form of a new special.

The wine connoisseur will present John Cleese's 'Wine for the Confused' on The Food Network in America in October.

The show, which features Cleese inviting guests like The Mummy star Brendan Fraser to his home in Santa Barbara, California, to sample wine, includes hilarious anecdotes about the star's life.

Source: Wizard News

Posted by Bunny at 04:55 AM

Harry Potter bewitches NIU

When Matt Birchler bought his textbooks at the beginning of the semester, he was surprised when he found his English books were from the Harry Potter series.

“I had never read any of the books or seen the movies before this class,” Birchler, a freshman communications major, said. “If I knew the class was using Harry Potter as a text, I probably would not have taken the class, but having actually read one of the books now, I have to say they’re way better than I ever expected.”

Many students, like Birchler, walked into English 105 skeptical.

“I was never interested in Harry Potter before this class began. To me, Harry Potter was always a little kid type of entertainment,” Veronica Butts, a freshman public health administration major, said. “But it is actually interesting.”

Though some may question the books’ ability to challenge advanced English students, Angela Schult, a freshman elementary education major, said she believes they are working at a college level.

“Just because the books may be an easy read doesn’t mean that they cannot benefit us,” she said. “We were told at the beginning of the semester that reading anything makes us better writers, whether it’s Shakespeare or a copy of the Enquirer.”

However, not all students think the books are college material.

“I feel that Harry Potter is a children’s book and should stay a children’s book,” said Sheila Vance, a freshman political science and Spanish double-major. “I was reading more advanced stuff freshman year in high school.”

The class’ teacher, Karley Adney, believes focusing on these books is useful because it exposes students to popular fiction, which is a type of writing that they may or many not have had the chance to read in a classroom setting.

“It is valuable that students are exposed to all genres of writing because then they are able to make their own educated decisions about what constitutes good writing,” Adney said.

Adney chose the Harry Potter books because the series is packed with themes and issues she says we can all relate to. “There is classicism and racism, and other issues like loss, rejection, popularity, family and acceptance - all of which are issues that we have dealt with and still do deal with on a daily basis,” Adney said.

The class syllabus includes a reading log, an argumentative paper and summarizing exercises, Adney said. She teaches two sections of the class, and all books used are either from the series itself or deal with analyzing the Harry Potter books.

Although the course has many educational goals, some students are looking forward to more than just grammar and writing.

“I should say I want to become a better writer [in the class], but really, right now I just want to see what happens next in the Harry Potter story,” Birchler said.

Source: Northern Star Online

Posted by Bunny at 04:43 AM

September 08, 2004

Harry Potter in English Students Books

The English book is called 'Citizens' (Longman
Publisher) and it is for the last course of school, 2nd of
Bachillerato. In the chapter of Books and Films, appear J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. You must do exercices about them. It is a strategy to make the student book more interesting, and thanks to HarryLatino we have scans of the Book Cover, the 1st page, the 2nd page, the 3rd page, and 4th page.

Posted by Alice at 01:33 PM

September 07, 2004

J.K. Rowling New Site Award

JKRowling's site has been updated! Seems it has come to our knowledge that our affliate Mugglenet has won the fan site award. Congrats!!

Posted by xAmarisx at 04:18 PM

September 06, 2004 reviews POA

GamesMainFrame has posted a fairly in-depth review of the POA video game for the XBOX system. This review provides some new bits and pieces of information that you may find appealing as well as your typical POA pros and cons.

Click on the link above to check it out.

Posted by Andrew at 07:20 PM

Remembering Mattie Stepanek

Good Morning America pays tribute to Mattie Stepanek, a Harry Potter fan, who died of muscular dystrophy in June.

A poet since the age of 3, Mattie started writing in part to help him deal with his disease, which causes generalized muscle weakness and difficulty in regulating such body functions as heart rate and breathing. He used a power wheelchair, ventilator and supplemental oxygen, in addition to other treatments.

His mother, Jeni Stepanek, has a milder, adult-onset form of the disease, but was not diagnosed until her four children were born. Mattie's two brothers and a sister also died of the disease.

Posted by Jasen at 01:54 PM

Apologies from The Sunday Mail

In response to an earlier publication, in which they claimed J.K. Rowling based the character of Gilderoy Lockhart on her ex-husband, Jorge Arantes, The Sunday Mail has issued an apology:

ON August 22 we published an article headlined 'JK: My revenge' in which we mistakenly stated that JK Rowling had revealed that she had based her Harry Potter character Gilderoy Lockhart on her ex-husband Jorge Arantes.

Subsequently, we were contacted by Ms Rowling's solicitors and, as a result, we are happy to accept that she made no such revelation and that the character is not based on Mr Arantes in any way. We apologise for any embarrassment caused.

Posted by Jasen at 01:49 PM

Abarat Author Credits J.K. Rowling

Reader Julez writes:


Found this excellent interview with Clive Barker talking about his Abarat books (the new one is out at the end of this month) up on icLiverpool's site.

Barker credits JK Rowling with changing publishers' attitudes, meaning that writers of adult fiction can turn their hands to children's literature without a fuss.

Posted by Jasen at 12:25 PM

Even Harry Potter Can't Help

Reading books is no longer a favourite pastime with kids as a survey in Britain has revealed that children do not like to read beyond their text books.

According to The Sun, the research for the Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation, found that kids' favourite pastimes included watching TV and playing computer games while they found creative writing the least exciting.

The research revealed that 47 per cent of the children were not interested in reading, in fact the antics of the boy wizard Harry Potter too failed to entice them.

More at WebIndia.

Posted by Jasen at 12:17 PM

September 05, 2004

Art Exhibit Showcases International Potter

The work of children's book authors is on display at the Northwestern University library in Chicago. Included are international translations of Harry Potter books.

The featured artwork includes 27 nominees for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award... the exhibit includes children's books published in more than 25 languages, including editions of Harry Potter in Turkish and Finnish.

Harry Potter eta Sorgin-Harria, the Basque translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is on the International Board on Books for Young People's Honour List.

Source: Chicago Tribune. Subscription may be required.

Click here to see Northwestern University's website on the exhibit.

Posted by M17 at 05:45 PM

Harry Potter Going Mobile!

Pocket Lint has reported that Electronic Arts plans to create a downloadable Harry Potter game for a cellular phone near you. This decision comes from the increasing popularity of FIFA 2004 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour games that already exist for the mobile phone.

Remember that you heard it here first!

Click the link above to read more.

Posted by Andrew at 02:51 PM

Mary GrandPre to Illustrate for Minnesota State Fair

Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPre has agreed to create original art for next year's Minnesota State Fair commemorative poster, AP (via WCCO) reports...

Mary GrandPre says there are always new things to do at the fair, no matter how many times a person goes back. GrandPre says the fair is always changing, and each time she goes she fines something else to call her favorite thing.

Posters and signed numbered prints will be produced in limited quantities and will be available only through the Minnesota State Fair Foundation beginning next summer. Proceeds go to supporting the fair's property and programs.

2005 will be the second year that a fine arts poster has been created for the fair. Before this year, the fair used advertising billboard art.

Source: Associated Press via WCCO.

Posted by M17 at 08:25 AM

September 04, 2004

New Pics of Dan and Emma on GoF Set has snagged a few photos from the set of The Goblet of Fire, featuring Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, whom is sporting a rather Shaggy-esque hairdo.

Posted by Jasen at 06:45 PM

New Opinari Updates

The Moody's Eye column has been updated with a new editorial on the death of one of Book 5's major characters. Check it out over at Opinari!

And the September edition of The Mailbag is also up as well -- enjoy :)

Posted by Jasen at 06:04 PM

New Interact Game Online!

With the help of iHP staff, Bunny, I've managed to upload the Interact section's new Who Said That? game! Play it at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 05:18 PM

September 03, 2004

Gary Oldman NOT Starring In Star Wars

As previously reported earlier this year, Gary Oldman was rumored to have signed up to provide the voice of a villain in next year's "Star Wars" prequel. However, Oldman's manager's website has posted this update:

Gary Oldman's voice will NOT be heard in the upcoming STAR WARS film. Gary was offered, and agreed to perform in the film, in fact he was excited and looking forward to the work. The snag that made it impossible however is that this film is being made as a non-SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) film. George Lucas and gang agreed to hire Gary Oldman if he in fact would become a union buster, and perform work illegally overseas. As a resident of America, and also a member of SAG, out of respect and solidarity with the other members, he could not and would not consider violating his union's rules.

So there you have it -- Gary Oldman is officially out of Star Wars.

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Posted by Jasen at 10:38 PM

Book 5 Paperback Is No.1

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scholastic released the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on August 10, 2004 and the book landed at #1 on best-seller lists in the media, at both national bookstore chains and independent bookstores, as well as on-line and mass market retailers. The book debuted at #1 on the August 19th USA Today's best-seller list as well and The New York Times best-seller list for the week of August 29. Additionally, the book is #1 on, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and the Book Sense children's best-seller lists.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Posted by Jasen at 10:36 PM

Good Guys Finish Last


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is shocked to discover that young female fans lust after the scoundrels in her books.

Rowling finds it unsettling that teenage girls are more attracted to actor Tom Felton, who plays villain Draco Malfoy, than they are to Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as the eponymous boy wizard.

She says, "It is very depressing. I make this hero -- Harry obviously -- and there he is on the screen, the perfect Harry, because Dan is very much how I imagine Harry.

"But who does every girl under the age of 15 fall in love with? Tom! I don't understand it."

Posted by Jasen at 10:34 PM

Zacharias Smith, Is That You?

Paul Smith writes:

"After having received news postings on over 30 International Harry Potter websites, and after giving 4 interviews, young english actor Daniel Hotchkiss has his mind set on the role. Fans from all over the globe want him to play the evil Zacharias Smith in OOTP, and Daniel has had a POSITIVE reply from an agency to get him into the Harry Potter franchise.

We are looking at a VERY likely future Zacharias Smith.

To view a picture click here.

This has NOT been confirmed at all, so take this with a large grain of salt.

Posted by Jasen at 10:30 PM

Chinese Order of the Phoenix

Popular around the global, Harry Potter, the bespectacled boy magician from England, had his magic in China as well, selling a total of 1.1 million copies of his new story in 2003.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" brought a sales of 5.9 million yuan (about 713,000 US dollars) across the country last year, helping its Chinese publisher, the People's Publishing House, get an award from the State Press Authority on Thursday.

Source: People's Daily Online

Posted by M17 at 04:23 PM Available in Japanese is now available in a Japanese version. Click the link to check it out.

Posted by M17 at 04:07 PM

Harry Potter Caption Contest

John Cook writes in...

For the next week, I'm running a Harry Potter cartoon caption contest where you getto write the school motto for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. The entries are rated by readers with the funniest punchline voted on in a week's time. The contest ends Wed 8 Sep so come check out all the crazy submissions so far here.

Posted by M17 at 04:02 PM

September 02, 2004

Harry Potter Stars to attend Collectormania 6

Harry Potter stars Matthew Lewis (Neville), Devon Murray (Seamus) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George) have been added to the ever-growing guest list for Collectormania 6 taking place from Oct. 1 - 3 at Milton Keynes, in the UK.

Check out Collectormania's website for dates & times of appearances. There will also be a special 1-hour talk and Q&A on Sunday, Oct. 3 but details of guests have still to be posted.

Posted by Bunny at 03:16 PM

Isaacs home for Harry Potter film

Liverpool's Hollywood-based actor Jason Isaacs will be returning home - but just for a while and for the best of reasons....He is heading back to Britain to film the fourth Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Full article here

Source: icLiverpool

Posted by Bunny at 03:06 PM