October 31, 2004

The Door is Open Once Again!

The door has opened once again at jkrowling.com and reveals a surprise from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! A big thanks to forum members Shruti and Silver Phoenix.

If you're really, really stuck, click "More" to find out how to get to the new stuff (thanks HUGELY to HPANA.)

  • Click on the hairpiece on Rowling's desk
  • The 'Do Not Disturb' sign is gone - Wait a few minutes
  • After a while, Peeves will appear and will knock over a flower vase and several keys will appear
  • Pick up each one of the keys and insert them into the keyhole on the door until one fits
  • The door will open and you will see Rowling's desk
  • Open the drawer in the table, take the magnifying glass, and with it, look at the folder on the left side of the table a riddle will appear.

    Here's the riddle (highlight to read):

    One by one we come to life
    The side-by-side we wait
    While our company swells in numbers
    (Some come early, some come late)
    And some of us may bore you
    And some of us enthral
    But you cannot choose between us
    You must take us one and all
    We'll be bound together tightly
    For we're naught if we break free
    If you'd like some clues about is
    Simply answer: WHO ARE WE?"
    Read below for answer:
    The answer is: "chapters"

    Posted by M17 at 07:36 AM
  • October 30, 2004

    No, I'm Not Dead...

    Hey everyone, Jasen here. You've probably noticed that the site's been lacking in news updates and such, but don't be alarmed--I haven't abandoned iHP. Though, I have gotten *insanely* busy these past two months and will continue to be for at least two-three more as I am handling numerous offline matters (college applications, that sort of rubbish).

    I completely understand if you're frustrated because of the less-frequent updates--believe me, I'd be too if I were a reader. But I ask that you please bear with me as not only myself, but a few of the other staff members have also grown very, very busy. We're definitely doing our best to keep up with the HP world.

    Checking my e-mail, I was stunned to find over 800 e-mails--all spam, of course, which I deleted, save a few here and there. So if you sent me an e-mail in the last...let's say two weeks or so, you might want to send it again. Sorry about that! ;p

    Anywho, updates ARE coming. The main thing we're in dire need of right now, however, is a committed news staff, so if you're interested in becoming a news poster for this site (that'll help me out greatly with the news updates), please check out this link and more details.

    Thanks for your understanding,

    Posted by Jasen at 02:46 AM

    Ministry Census: Literary Genres

    The results for the last census are in, and remember to cast your vote in the new one!

    What other literary genres (besides fantasy) do you enjoy reading?

    21 % 22 % 38 % 12 % 7 %
    Responses Votes
    Science Fiction 197
    Romance 207
    Mystery/Thriller 366
    Horror 119
    Non-fiction 69
    Total Votes: 958
    Posted by Jasen at 02:46 AM

    A Very Harry Halloween Event

    Chester Local News:

    The Friends of the Library and the staff of the Chester Public Library are inviting everyone to attend a Harry Potter Spooktacular event on Saturday, October 30.

    Tickets for the event is a $5 donation. Doors will open at 9:30pm and those attending should use the rear entrance to the library. The sorting ceremony will begin at 10pm. Games and events will take place from 10:30pm to 11:30pm. Then a snack banquet will be held at 11:30pm followed by the House Cup Awards at midnight.

    Proceeds from the event will be used to support programming at the Chester Public Library. A very limited amount of tickets are available so phone 826-3711 for more information.

    Posted by Jasen at 02:29 AM

    Cartoon: Why Snape Hates Harry

    Hi, this is sci-fi/fantasy cartoonist John Cook. Just letting you know I've posted a new Harry Potter cartoon. This one finally explains just why Professor Snape hates Harry Potter so much.

    Posted by Jasen at 02:22 AM

    New Wizard Diaries Entry

    If you didn't know already, iHP staff writer, Alice, has written her latest "Hermione" entry for Wizard Diaries, which you can check out right here!

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Posted by Jasen at 01:58 AM

    Happy Birthday To...

    We've got some belated birthday wishes to be sent:

    The first goes out to John Cleese (Nearly-Headless Nick) who turned 65 this past Wednesday; Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan) who turned 16 on Thursday; Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge) who turned 79 yesterday; and finally, Molly Weasley!

    May your birthdays be merry and bright :)

    Posted by Jasen at 01:56 AM

    October 27, 2004

    Harry Potter Gaming Helps Kids Learn

    Here is an interesting tidbit for all fans/parents. According to 123Bharath.com, a research study from London University has shown that children interested in video games excel in subjects such as English and Math. The study also recommends that video games should be included in the school curriculum. Harry Potter was recommended for children ages 10 - 12.

    Read more at the link.

    Posted by Andrew at 11:07 PM

    October 25, 2004

    POA Video Game Too Easy? According to the Indianapolis Star It Is.

    The Indianapolis Star has posted a review of the POA video game. The popular newspaper states that die-hard video gamers will be disappointed by the easy level of difficulty. However, the newspaper also states that HP fans won't be disappointed.

    Read more at the link above.

    Posted by Andrew at 08:22 PM

    Harry Potter Video Game Developer Suspends Shares

    According to The Register, Harry Potter video game developer Argonaut Games PLC temporarily suspended their shares due to a poor earnings period so far in 2004. However, the company is confident that an early sale could be coming up. What does this mean for the Harry Potter gamers? It means that it may be a long time before any new HP games will be released.

    Read more at the link.

    Posted by Andrew at 08:15 PM

    October 24, 2004

    Why translate Harry Potter to Ancient Greek?

    An article from the Wall Street Journal Editorial page considers the reasons for the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Ancient Greek translation:

    In one sense, the mere act of translating Harry Potter into dead languages helps to breathe some life into them. The translation is "probably the longest bit of Ancient Greek that's been put together for the last few hundred years," and maybe longer than that--possibly "a millennium or more," Mr. Wilson notes. And if nothing else, "Hareios Poter Kai he tou Philosophou Lithos," will give struggling students of classical languages something to read besides Aeschylus and Aristotle.

    Read more at the link above! Thanks to Mugglenet for the heads up.

    Posted by iruhkoi at 09:13 AM

    Harry's classmates

    Thanks to Veritaserum we have a list Jo flashed to the camera containing names of Harry's classmates, their houses, and heritage! Go to the link above for the scoop.

    Posted by Deb at 01:04 AM

    October 23, 2004

    One Month Till PoA DVD Release!

    There's just one month left to go until you can watch the movie over and over...and over...and over again ;) Be sure to reserve your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles!

    Posted by Jasen at 10:58 AM

    October 22, 2004

    New GoF Composer Rumors

    New reports indicate that both Franz Ferdinand and Jarvis Cocker will be involved in the composition of the Goblet of Fire film soundtrack. This news comes following the confirmation that John Williams will not continue his role as composer and a report from JWFan.net suggesting that Patrick Doyle had been contracted to replace him.

    Read more at any of the links above!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 12:56 PM

    Radcliffe: second richest teenage actor

    from contactmusic.com:

    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is now one of the richest teenagers in the world, despite his claims he has no need for the money.

    In the list compiled by America's E! TV network, Radcliffe, following the success of the global blockbusting wizard movies, is second only to the American Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - and is already worth a massive $13.5 million (GBP7.5 million) at just 15-years-old.

    Read more at the link above!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 12:42 PM

    Harry Potter Popular in Prisons

    from The Australian:

    Suspected Australian terrorist David Hicks has been whiling away time in Guantanamo Bay reading about flying on broomsticks and casting spells.

    A former translator from the US base has revealed Hicks has been an avid reader of Harry Potter books since being in custody. The JK Rowling bestsellers have been in high demand among Western prisoners.

    Ex-US Air Force translator Ahmad Al Halabi, who was also a librarian at Guantanamo Bay prison, said Hicks was one of several inmates who were "always arguing about which volume of Harry Potter they could have".

    Read more at the link above!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 12:40 PM

    October 20, 2004

    Sothebys Announced Minibook Auction

    Sothebys has put up new information on the miniature book/manuscripts by J.K. Rowling. At the link, you can download pictures of the book.

    You can view this page here (Sothebys website)!

    Thanks very much to El Cronista de Salem of HarryLatino for this tip!

    Edit: This from ic Scotland:

    Tiny drawings from a miniature book sketched by Edinburgh-based Harry Potter creator JK Rowling have been unveiled ahead of a charity auction.

    The leather-bound volume is packed with pictures of everything the boy wizard needs for his life at Hogwarts School.

    The tiny book is expected to raise up to A£6,000 at an auction at Sotheby's in London on November 1.

    Posted by M17 at 05:08 PM

    October 11, 2004

    New Robert Pattinson Picture

    Thanks to iHP reader Angie, who writes in to say that Robert-Pattinson.com has a new picture of the actor, who will portray Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (See the picture here.)

    Posted by M17 at 05:27 PM

    Happy Birthday, Dawn French!

    Happy Birthday to actress Dawn French, who plays the Fat Lady in the Harry Potter movies. Born on October 11, 1957, she is 47 years old today. Best wishes!

    Posted by M17 at 02:23 PM

    Ever Wonder Who'll Make The Goblet of Fire Burn?

    Well, maybe I didn't word that question correctly...

    The next Harry Potter movie will have a distinctly Aussie input with a local company creating its digital animation. Rising Sun Pictures - with offices in Redfern and Adelaide - learned yesterday it would be in charge of animating key scenes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    It will animate the movie's centrepiece effect - the flaming goblet of fire.

    The movie is in production in Britain and is due for international release in November next year.

    NSW Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Campbelltown MP Graham West said the contract was a glowing endorsement of Australia's reputation for animation and visual effects.

    Source: News.com.au

    Posted by M17 at 02:20 PM

    Good Things Come to Those Who Wait. Or Do They?

    Waiting for Half-Blood Prince.... just like the rest of us? For those of you who haven't checked it out, Opinari writer Andrew recently posted a new Minute Musings article. Check it out here!

    Posted by M17 at 02:17 PM

    CBBC Newsround: Sneak Peak at PoA DVD!

    Lizo Mzimba of CBBC Newsround got a sneak peak at the upcoming Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, set to be release in the UK on November 19, and in the United States on November 23.

    Lizo was one of the first people in the world to get a glimpse of what's on it, and here are some of the best bits. There are three deleted scenes including a cool one inside the great hall, as well as lots of interviews with the stars of the film.

    There are technical insights too, with special effects teams explaining how Buckbeak was brought to life. They also explain how the Dementors made their way from the drawing board to the screen. But eager Potter fans will also be racing straight for the interviews with JK Rowling and Alfonso Cuaron for some very interesting information.

    CBBC Newsround image.

    Using an on-screen Marauder's Map, it allows you to explore different features in four basic areas.

  • Divination Class
  • The Great Hall
  • Hogwarts Grounds
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts

    The article goes on to mention much, much, much more about all the aspects of the DVD. See the exclusive at CBBC Newsround at the link above.

    Posted by M17 at 02:11 PM
  • October 10, 2004

    A Character To Die In Book 6!

    New York Post reportS:

    LONDON — Someone's going to die in the next Harry Potter book, author J.K. Rowling said yesterday — but readers won't know who until the next volume in the series about the young wizard hits the shelves.
    Asked on her official Web site whether she planned to kill off any more characters, Rowling replied, "Yes, sorry." But she refused to identify that character.

    "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince" is due to be published next year.

    Potter himself is safe, at least for now. Rowling has previously said her teenage hero will survive until the seventh and final book in the series, but has refused to say whether he will reach adulthood.

    "You have to wait and see whether he survives to be a grown-up," Rowling said in August.

    Posted by Jasen at 06:21 PM

    Screenshots of PoA DVD Menu

    HarryLatino has some great shots of the PoA DVD Menu - thanks, El Cronista de Salem!

    Posted by M17 at 09:52 AM

    PoA DVD Scoop

    HPANA has uncoverd information of what the long awaited DVD will open with. It will be the night bus and Ernie. Read it here.

    Posted by Deb at 09:51 AM

    Sofia Awaits 2nd Potter Party

    The second Bulgarian Harry Potter fans meeting will take place November 27 in Sofia Land amusement park.

    Special contests for best Harry Potter costume, best drawing, a PlayStation Quidditch tournament and many other interesting events.

    Hundreds of Harry Potter fans gathered in Sofia on their first-ever national meeting June 5. The second meeting is also expected to enjoy great interest among the Bulgarian fans of the small magician.

    Source: Novinite

    Posted by M17 at 09:44 AM

    Harry Potter Still #1 At Newsround

    Harry Potter is still riding high this week in Your Charts.
    It thrashed the competition in your fave thing chart with 20% of your votes, the closest contender for the crown was music with 14%.

    Rupert Grint is your fave celebrity for the second week running.

    He knocked Daniel Radcliffe off the top spot last week and is only just holding off his co-star, with just 1% more of the votes.

    More from Newsround.

    Posted by M17 at 09:42 AM

    Potter Books are Most Imaginative

    The Harry Potter books are the most imaginative kids' stories, according to a survey of 700 children.
    The 10-to-13-year-olds were asked their opinions in a poll for the Prince of Wales Arts & Kids Foundation's StoryQuest storytelling festival.

    JK Rowling's young wizard was followed on the list by The Lord of the Rings and the Tracy Beaker stories.

    Source: CBBC Newsround

    Posted by M17 at 09:38 AM

    David Hasselhoff up for Role in Potter?

    If rumours are to be believed that Baywatch star David Hasselhoff may star in the next Harry Porter movie. According to the Mirror, Hasselhoff may be a part of the fourth Harry Porter flick, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire.

    The Knight Rider star was seen mingling with the cast at the Leavesden Studios in Watford, according to sources.

    This from Web India via The Mirror.

    Posted by M17 at 09:31 AM

    Family to make Harry Potter's Brooms

    Of late the Nash family in Hampshire, London have been working extra hard, because they have been chosen as the official broomstick suppliers for the next Harry Potter flick.

    The Nashs, who have a family business of making broomsticks, were spotted by the film's buyers when they saw their ad on the Internet and were immediately hired to make more than 80 brooms for the 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' reports BBC.

    You can read much more at Web India.

    Posted by M17 at 09:25 AM

    Sexy Bad Boy

    Empire Magazine Has put forth their sexiest people alive poll. And Jason Issacs is on it according to leaky.

    Posted by Deb at 09:24 AM

    October 04, 2004

    Many JKR Site Updates!

    JK Rowling has updated her website with quite a few more answers to some questions, plus the answer of the FAQ poll.

    If you remember, the FAQ Poll asked What did Dumbledore's Howler to Aunt Petunia mean? ('Remember my last'?). The answer to this and many more other questions can be found at the link.

    This definitely calls for speculation - especially the FAQ Poll Answer - so head on over to iHP's Discussion Forums to discuss this new information!

    Posted by M17 at 02:32 PM

    October 03, 2004

    Minerva Mcgonagall's Birthday

    According to JKR's official site Today, October 4th, is Professor Minerva McGonagall's birthday!

    Posted by Deb at 11:42 PM

    Happy Birthday

    Christian Coulson is 26 today. He played Tom Riddle in CoS. Happy Birthday from all us HP fans! Read about it here

    Posted by Deb at 03:39 PM

    JKR: Coolest Author Ever

    No argument here...

    A new survey has revealed that for avid book readers nothing is cooler than reading books with the perfect mix of magic and mystery, as the creator of the 'Harry Potter' series, J K Rowling was voted the coolest author ever.

    The survey, conducted by the authors of a new book 'Cool Brandleaders,' questioned 3000 people and found that another children's author, Phillip Pullman was the third coolest author, while the mastermind behind the current bestseller 'The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown was the second coolest author...

    You can find the list of the the top ten at WebIndia

    Posted by M17 at 07:07 AM

    JKR Praises SundayMirror Readers

    HARRY Potter creator JK Rowling has praised Sunday Mirror readers for their fight to end the torture of Czech children.

    More than 3,000 of you wrote in demanding action after we revealed how "mentally ill" children in bleak, State-run homes are kept locked up for up to 23 hours a day.

    Ms Rowling... said last night: "I am delighted that Sunday Mirror readers have spoken out in such numbers against the use of cage beds.


    Posted by M17 at 07:05 AM

    October 02, 2004

    Ministry Census Results: Book 6 Release

    The results from the last poll are in:

    How soon do you think Book 6 will be released?

    11 % 24 % 36 % 5 % 25 %
    Responses Votes
    Rowling must be bluffing--it *has* to be later this year! 134
    Early next year 303
    Later next year 451
    Never! It'll never come out!! 57
    I have absolutely no idea, I just hope it comes out soon. 315
    Total Votes: 1260

    Cast your vote for the newest Ministry Census to your right!

    Posted by Jasen at 12:12 PM

    Chris Columbus Set to Direct (Another)...

    This is in follow-up to a previous story...

    Currently working on the movie adaptation of Rent, Harry Potter director Chris Colombus is set to get bent with Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Slanted And Enchanted. Based on a screenplay by Ben Queen, whose slim canon of work includes ‘vehicular homicide’ thriller Proximity, the movie’s central character is a pathological liar who thinks he’s managed to tame his fibbing inner demons.

    Source: EmpireOnline.

    Posted by M17 at 07:27 AM

    The Magic of Harry is Wearing Off...

    ... in Japan.

    The magic of Harry Potter seems to be wearing off. Friday marked one month since the Japanese translation of "Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix," the fifth volume in the fantasy novel series by British author J. K. Rowling, went on sale, but many bookshops say sales have been lower than expected.

    The first print run for the two-volume set, published in Japan by Say-zan-sha Publications Ltd., was a record 2.9 million. But slow sales compared with those of previous volumes have disappointed booksellers and the publishing industry, which had high hopes for the new installment in the popular series.

    Source: Daily Yomiuri via Wizard News.

    Posted by M17 at 07:24 AM

    PoA DVD Launch Party

    Reliable sources tell Leaky that the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD launch party will be held at The Honourable Society of Middle Temple in London, on Thursday, November 18. Cast and crew are expected to attend, though as Leaky mentions, WB has made no official word of attendees.

    Posted by M17 at 07:22 AM

    Time-Turner to be Auctioned for Charity

    Newsreader Jon Snow has donated one of his famous ties while author JK Rowling has provided Hermione Granger’s "time turner" from the Harry Potter film, the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    These items (and more) will be auctioned at the Olympian's Ball in the Sheraton Grand in support of the Edinburgh Maggie's Center.

    Maggie’s Olympian Ball aims to raise more than £55,000 for the Edinburgh Maggie’s Centre, which receives nearly 16,000 visits a year from people affected by cancer.

    Source: Edinburgh Evening News

    Posted by M17 at 07:15 AM

    "Why Are These Books Banned, Anyway?"

    As this is (was) Banned Book Week (did you read Harry Potter this week?), a columnist at Sequential Tart argues against the banning of books - especially Harry Potter.

    Now, if the books are so dangerous for their teachings of witchcraft, why haven't we heard of any children enacting spells on their peers and siblings? If these books are so dangerous, shouldn't the actual descriptions of witchcraft be useful to little witches and wizards?

    Posted by M17 at 07:11 AM

    Chris Columbus Directs.....

    ..... not Harry Potter.

    Instead of the check being picked up by Warner Bros., the Sony-based production company Revolution Studios will now shoulder the cost of making the big screen version of RENT. Chris Columbus remains attached to direct the film, which itself is based on the stage play by Jonathan Larson. Filming is scheduled to begin in the first part of next year for a holiday 2005 release.

    More details from Cinescape.

    Posted by M17 at 07:07 AM

    JKR: Third Highest Paid

    In today's society, women have come to be much more respected than ever before. In a culture where money talks, women have become richer and more powerful, transforming from 1950s housewives to money-making machines.

    J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has become the third-highest-paid celebrity in the world, having sold 250 million books from the series.

    And, on a side note, the highest paid is Oprah Winfrey, with a yearly salary of $210 million. (The Courier)

    Posted by M17 at 07:06 AM

    Tourists Come to Alnwick for Castle, Garden

    The magic goes beyond Alnwick Castle, which starred as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the "Harry Potter" movies.

    A short walk from the medieval fortress in northeastern England, a new garden casts a spell over all who venture there. But don't expect the standard English park: a formal plot with polite plantings, hushed atmosphere and unspoken rule of look but don't touch.

    The enchantment at Alnwick Garden lies in a plan so contemporary, interactive and fun that some gardening traditionalists complain that it verges on being a theme park.

    More from NewYork Newsday.

    Posted by M17 at 07:04 AM

    October 01, 2004

    Updated: J. K. Rowling's Website

    There is a new 'Wizard of the Month' at J. K. Rowling's website:

    Glenda Chittock (1964 – present)

    She is the popular hostess of the W. W. N. (Wizarding Wireless Network) televsion show "Witching Hour".

    Posted by Mischief Managed! at 07:31 AM