November 30, 2004

Update: New Wizard of the Month

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

Ignatia Wildsmith
(1227 – 1320)

She was the witch who invented Floo powder.

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 06:46 PM

November 27, 2004

UPDATE: HBP Release Date

Mugglenet has received numerous tips from bookstores that the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince release date will be announced in two months (January 2005). Keep in mind that this is still all speculation, and the release date will be announced first on JK Rowling's site.

Thanks to Mugglenet.

Posted by Nick at 06:00 PM

November 25, 2004

Potter on Postage

You can't watch them, you can read about them, and now, at last, you can mail them! The Daily Record has the story:

HARRY POTTER has been given the royal stamp of approval.

JK Rowling's boy wizard is set to appear on a colourful new set of postage stamps.

They feature scenes from his movies and include Harry, pals Ron and Hermione, owl Hedwig and Hagrid, Hogwarts caretaker, played by Robbie Coltrane.

The scenes are drawn from the Potter movies,The Goblet Of Fire, The Order Of The Phoenix and The Prisoner Of Azkaban, based on Edinburgh author Rowling's books.

The special edition of eight stamps is being released by the Post Office of the Isle of Man who had to get royal permission before issuing the stamps.

Spokeswoman Maxine Cannon explained: 'We had wanted to issue Harry Potter stamps for some time.

'The idea behind using Harry is to encourage children to write more letters.

'As the Queen's head also appears on all of our stamps, we had to get royal assent.'

Posted by Nick at 07:14 PM

Rowling Earns £28 million

The Scotsman has this:

THE final part of The Scotsman’s list of who earns what in Scotland throws up one or two surprises - but it is not too much of a shock to find that the author JK Rowling is at the top of the pile with earnings of £28 million.

THE 39-year-old mother, who is expecting her third child, made reading fashionable again among children the world over with a little help from a bespectacled young wizard called Harry Potter.

The phenomenal success of the Potter books has pushed Rowling’s earnings higher than those of any other author, and the size of her fortune has been the subject of intense speculation. However, research by The Scotsman has narrowed this figure down to about £330 million - and her earnings this year to £28 million. This came from the paperback release of book five, royalties for the previous books and the first three films (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released this year, has made more than £60 million) and merchandising.

The fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, broke records with its first print run of 6.8 million copies and a second print run of 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented figure. The sixth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is due for release next year.

The author, who is married to Dr Neil Murray, is fiercely protective of the privacy of herself and her family. She has cited her country house in Perthshire as her most prized material possession. She also owns a home in Edinburgh.

Rowling is noted for her charity work and is a regular at charity balls, where she is happy to pay out thousands to good causes by making purchases in auctions.

Karen Mountney, head of Edinburgh’s International Children’s Book Festival, said: "Her impact on the world of children’s books and literature has been fantastic. She has turned so many children on to reading and that can only be a good thing. She is a well-respected author and she is able to use that influence in other projects that she is involved with."

Posted by Nick at 07:05 PM

Transcript of Gryffindor Interview

In the special features of the PoA DVD, an interview with the Gryffindors (James and Oliver Phelps, Devon Murray, Matthew Lewis) can be viewed. Steph over at Veritaserum wrote a transcript of the interview...

Interviewer: Where you big fans of Harry Potter before you got involved in this?
Oliver Phelps: Well. We read the books didn't we?
James Phelps: Yeah.
Oliver Phelps: So um...
James Phelps: I'd read half, I had just finished the first one when we heard there were auditions for the, for the film, so. So we thought, hmm. [Nodding his head.]
Oliver Phelps: And like, and honestly I didn't realize how much of a big scale it was on. But, I knew that there was definitely something about them, cause...
Interviewer: You thought it was going to be a low budget number.
Oliver Phelps: Well, I... [Laughs]

The full interview can be viewed here.

Posted by Nick at 10:21 AM

Life-Sized Dobby Could be Yours!

A life-sized promotional Dobby from CoS will be auctioned off. Dobby is signed by Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle), Oliver and James Phelps (Weasley Twins), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Toby Jones (Voice of Dobby), and the writer herself, JK Rowling. You can view the eBay auction here.

Description of Dobby:

This is the original PROMO Dobby and NOT one of the 2003 replica's that were sold in stores, ON Ebay, without stand, etc. This guy comes with his original 2-part base featuring the Chamber of Secrets logo etc. Dobby measures approx 2.5 ft tall & around 1 ft wide. The detail is absolutely amazing, to say he is lifelike would not be enough, he stands on a 2-piece strong card display base, which is approx 1.5 ft high and in excellent condition.

Thanks to HPANA.

Posted by Nick at 10:14 AM

New Review of PoA DVD

Teen Hollywood has a new review posted on the PoA DVD. Head over here to view the extensive review in its entirety.

Posted by Nick at 10:04 AM

Scans from PoA Desktop Calendar

Thanks to, you can view some of the new scans for the 2005 PoA desktop calendar. Head over to Veritaserum to check them out!

Posted by Nick at 09:59 AM

Who is that Girl?!

No more than a few days ago, Dan Radcliffe sent an underwater picture of the second task as part of his Christmas card to DanRadcliffe.Com. However, the girl next to Dan, assumed to be Emma Watson, is in fact, a stunt double. (Click Here to view the photo) Jenna from DanRadcliffe.Com responded to the subject:

After talking to our source at Warner Bros. I can tell you the girl in the photo is neither Emma or Clemence. She is a stunt double. Unfortunately there were reports on some media websites saying it was either Emma or Clemence, which caused mass confusion, without confirming their facts - and oddly enough without mentioning our site either ... guess journalism fact checking just isn't what it used to be, so please disregard those reports posted up on those sites - they are not accurate.

As far as what is strapped to Dan's leg. All I can say is that it is a "prop", but cannot reveal what it "really" is ... sorry guys.

Concerning the other cast members in the photo - we were told there are none - they are all stunt doubles.

Hopefully this has cleared everything up for everyone.

Posted by Nick at 09:53 AM

PoA DVD Sales

Here's the latest from Coming Soon...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was on pace to reach the mark of 6 million units in first-day sales set by the franchise's last installment, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, according to Video Business.

The trade says that 4.5 million units moved via sell-through and 1.5 million through rental channels. But Warner Home Video, which shipped more than 15 million units of "Azkaban," declined comment.

Posted by Nick at 09:47 AM

November 24, 2004

HPPS Makes BBC1 Debut

BBC1 has a a press release announcing they will air Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as part of their Christmas lineup.

Thanks to RupertGrint.Net!

Posted by Nick at 02:36 PM

Rowling Named President of Charity

JK Rowling was recently named President of the British charity One Parent Families. She's been involved with this charity since 2000, and was known for becoming its first ambassador. Rowling stated the following:

"I am truly honoured to be made President of One Parent Families, whom I have supported for the last four years. It is gratifying to be a part of a charity which works so hard to support single parents at ground level, while giving them a voice in the national arena."

Thanks to Leaky!

Click here for the original article.

Posted by Nick at 02:24 PM

OotP to Have New Screenwriter

The Leaky Cauldron managed to get an interview with the Potter film producer David Heyman. The interview centered around the fifth installment's new screenwriter, Michael Goldenberg.

TLC: What led you to Goldenberg?
Heyman: Michael is someone who I have been a fan of for a long time. I've read his scripts and seen his films for a while, Contact, and the like. He was somebody who I'd been speaking to for a while.

Actually, he wrote some pages on spec for me for Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone, and I liked those pages but we were already in discussion with Kloves and I was very happy we went with Kloves. But Michael was the first person I thought of when coming to the fifth.

TLC: Are there any stylistic differences between him and Kloves you can talk about?
Heyman: It's too early to tell. Hopefully it iwll continue to be in the spirit of the book. The scripts are in the spirit of the books and that will continue."

There is definitely still more from the Azkaban DVD launch on the way.

Posted by Nick at 10:19 AM

New Set Pics from GoF

Unforgivable Curses obtained some recent pics from the set of GoF. The photos include Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and more!

Click here to view the pictures.

Thanks to HPANA!

Posted by Nick at 10:11 AM

Potter Stars to Appear on TRL

This just in from HPANA:

We have independently confirmed with a TRL producer that the segment is currently scheduled to air on Monday, Nov. 29th at 5 pm ET. As of now we have no idea who will be appearing on the show and we will of course update with any additional information we receive.

MTV hasn't yet released their schedule, but keep up to date on your local listings!

Posted by Nick at 10:01 AM

November 23, 2004

Dan Sends New GoF Picture

In his annual Christmas card, Dan Radcliffe sent DanRadcliffe.Com an underwater picture that was taken on the last day of filming for the second task in the Triwizard Tournament!

Head over to DanRadcliffe.Com to read some of Dan's comments.

Click here to view the picture. (Warning: the picture is a very large file)

Posted by Nick at 02:39 PM

Rowling Forgery Warning

For all the Rowling fans out there, be cautioned. Those who shop for signed copies of Rowling's work may find themselves tricked into a forgery. Wizard News has more:

Forgeries are regularly offered on eBay. Last summer the publication of the fifth Harry Potter book drew much interest and the number of "signed copies" of J. K. Rowling's books offered on eBay soared. The amount of obvious forgeries bought by unsuspecting fans astounded James Allen, owner of Red Snapper Books, a rare book dealer. "Of the fifty or sixty items you expected to see at any one time, perhaps two or three were genuine," he said.

Seeing people spending hundreds of pounds on fakes, Mr Allen wrote to buyers and sellers. "You can imagine the sort of replies I received from the vendors," he said. "But many buyers thought that I was competing to buy a defaced book, they were so eager to own a signed Potter."

Harry Potter fans would do well to be cautious. "There's no magic about this. A signed Harry Potter first edition offered on eBay for Pounds 30 is not likely to be authentic", said Neil Blair, a lawyer at Christopher Little, J.K. Rowling's press agent. So how does eBay police its site and what responsibility does it take for forgeries?

A conventional auction house would soon go out of business if it regularly offered fakes. But eBay operates on the basis that there are so many lots it cannot vet them all. The site says that it employs 800 people tackling fraud. But in practice, it relies on users to spot suspicious activity. "The eBay community effectively monitors the site," it said. Scams are constantly being dreamt up and there is no substitute for common sense. But there are basic rules to remember when surfing eBay.

Be aware that certificates of authenticity are often worthless. It may be wise to go to a reputable dealer to check. Also insist on digital pictures of items and ask questions until you are satisfied.

(* This image is from a photo taken of the front page of a copy of Philospher's Stone that was personalized by J.K. Rowling for her father, who later sold it at auction.)

For the original article at Wizard News,

Posted by Nick at 02:30 PM

November 22, 2004

UK Potter Contest

Warner Bros. is offering a contest to British Potter fans, ages 7-17. Here's HPANA with the scoop:

Harry Potter fans in the UK now have a chance to enter their own contest from Warner Bros., which is open now through December 17th. Children ages 7 through 17 have the chance to meet JK Rowling and actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. To enter you must answer a question and provide an original question to ask JK Rowling and/or the cast. The winner will be announced on January 31st, 2005.

UK fans also have a chance to win a tour of the Goblet of Fire set by simply filling out your name, age and if you own a computer game. This contest is brought to you by EA Games.

And for fans in the U.S. between the ages 8 through 14 you can enter in the WB’s "I wanna be a wizard" contest in which the winner will be featured in a walk-on role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, just watch the Kids' WB Monday through Saturday and look for the daily wizard wannabe! with the Grand Prize winner announced on December 13th.

Posted by Nick at 08:46 PM

November 21, 2004

Yule Ball Preparations Begin

With the filming of the Yule Ball just beginning, so are the dance lessons. Jamie Waylett (casted as Crabbe) recently posted a diary entry on his site...

We're still filming but this week and next we have dance lessons for the Yule Ball. I'm learning to waltz and after four days I'm getting better. I've been paired up with a really pretty girl for the ball (we thought for a while my partner was going to be Goyle!!!), and she's a dancer so she's teaching me. I've been told I'm 'light on my feet' - imagine Crabbe, light on his feet!!

DVD Launch and Yule Ball

Thursday night was the DVD Launch for Prisoner of Azkaban - I had a great time! I went with my family and my friend Melissa from The Leaky Cauldron, who's here from New York and staying with us this week (my mum says they did loads of shopping today).

It's always nice to see everyone away from the sets. Warner Bros. made up a whole Great Hall for it, and the sweets were cool, especially the chocolate! There was a fountain of chocolate and I dipped at least 12 marshmallows into it - four at a time!

Thanks to Leaky.

Posted by Nick at 07:58 PM

PoA Helps in Box Office

From New Ratings...

Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban and Troy were the British films most likely to be seen by UK cinema-goers in the first half of 2004, July was the most popular cinema-going month, and by the end of August more than 117 million visits had been made to the cinema, up 10% on the same period in 2003, according to the latest figures released by the UK Film Council.

A total of GBP576.34 million was taken at the UK and Ireland box office from January until end of August, an increase of 11% on the same period in 2003 at GBP517.45 million. London, the Midlands and Lancashire made up the largest number of cinema-goers accounting for half of all UK admissions.

While the number of recent UK films shown on television (in the first six months of the year) increased by 51% overall (compared to the same period in 2003) this still represents a small proportion - 4.5% across all five channels - of the total films shown.

Commenting on the latest film figures, the UK Film Council's Chief Executive Officer John Woodward said:

"Cinema-going remains one of the most popular forms of entertainment in this country. The summer months in particular proved to be a sizzler at the box office with more than 117 million cinema visits by the end of August.

"British films have put in a strong performance at the UK box office so far this year with two UK films - Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban and Troy in the top five of the biggest earners at the box office.

The story in its entirety can be viewed here.

Posted by Nick at 07:47 PM

Heyman "optimistic", the 3 Stars will stay

source: Digialspy.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman has revealed that he is "optimistic" that the film's three main stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, will return for the fifth film in the series.

At the DVD launch of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Heyman said, "The kids are on for the fourth. We now will start discussing the fifth, it's the same on each film.

"You're in the middle of the third you discuss the fourth, you're in the middle of the second, you discuss the third.

"I hope they stay with us and they'll stay with us as long as they want to. There may come a point some day where they decide not to and if they do, they'll go with all of our blessings.

"But I hope they stay and they're wonderful, and I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll have them again for five."

Posted by Animate at 07:04 PM

Magic Under the Water

With the Goblet of Fire certainly well under way, reports from Sunday Telegraph informs us that the underwater scene and second task have started filming.

Posted by Animate at 05:46 AM

November 19, 2004

Camping in GoF

With the filming of Goblet of Fire well underway, pictures taken from the set after the Quidditch World Cup. Death Eaters having fun.
source: The Sun, UK.

Posted by Animate at 12:16 PM

Launch Party for POA DVD

With the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban just around the corner, the stars have been out and about enjoying themselves. 16 Pictures from the DVD launch Party
Thanks to BBC

Update: Thanks to Reuters TV You'll be able to get a glimps of what the party was like.

Source: TLC

Posted by Animate at 12:00 PM

November 10, 2004

New Screenwriter For Order of the Phoenix

According to producer David Heyman, Steven Kloves, who wrote the first four "Harry Potter" screenplays will be stepping aside for the fifth installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, to return to directing. Kloves wrote and directed the popular 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff and Beau Bridges, and he is anxious to get back into directing by adapting Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which Heyman will also produce.

Heyman will be working with writer Michael Goldenberg on the script for "Order of the Phoenix," with the usual final approval by J.K. Rowling herself. Goldenberg wrote Jodie Foster's Contact, the 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan, as well as the screenplay for the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are film, which is to be directed by Spike Jonze.

At the time of this writing, the plans are to start shooting "Order of the Phoenix" in January 2006 for a Spring or Fall 2007 release. A director should hopefully be announced by the end of the year.

Source: Coming Soon!

Posted by Jasen at 07:30 PM

November 09, 2004

HP4U Set Report

A huge thanks to iHP reader Elizabeth D. for sending in this tip -

HP4U has posted a new set report, complete with pictures which you can see at the link.

Here's an excerpt:

Considering there were only, to my knowledge, 5 onlookers to the set, security has been tightened considerably from last year. Absolutely no chance of photographs was the common WB line, so in not wanting to upset anyone we left it alone. I did however try to capture some of the scenes and the backgrounds used to give you a general feel of what was happening, these images can be found below, ask if you wish to use them or at least give credit.
What do you all want to know then? Dan looked great, wearing grey trousers and black hoody. I caught him walking back to the set, enough time to say 'hi'. Emma also, back in another pink top for Hermione? And finally Bonnie, wonderful as usual and always time for a two minute chat. I even managed a quick signature.
Boy, one of Daniels' doubles really is the 'double' of him, for five minutes I thought I was watching the real Daniel in shot, but, you guessed it...............
Today's scene was some type of conversation between Dan, Emma & Bonnie, sat on a log type of creation right next to the lake, I could only really think it resembled a scene of contemplation for Harry, maybe at the end of the second task in GoF? Not sure on that as I was allowed only to watch for five or so minutes, but Iwas watching from two great positions, first about 20' away to the left of the filming, then after taking a bit of a detour I sat on a bench right in the middle of the action (if you can call it that) with the crew.

Click "More" to see some more... (Thanks, HP4U - and the pictures of the set are pretty cool, so check them out at the link above)...

I was hoping (as with last year) that the cast would go back to their trailers for lunch but everything this time was done 'on the move' because of the limited filming time and only 1 day to do it in. It's now dark in the UK by 5pm these days!
Considering the amount of work that goes into one shot and one scene it's always amazing no matter how many times you witness it, the hundreds of crew, staff, people it takes to get all this prepared. I didn't see Mike Newell there, but I did watch the set being dressed....

Posted by M17 at 03:32 PM

November 03, 2004

Christmas Gifts for the HP fan

If you have a Harry Potter fanatic on your Christmas list, and money is no option, check this site out. noble You're sure to find something they don't have!

Posted by Deb at 04:54 PM

November 02, 2004

£11k for one inch HP book

The leather bound one inch Harry Potter book, which included pictures of Harry's witch's hat, broomstick and wire-rimmed spectacles was sold as part of a charity auction at Sothebys.
The item was the third most expensive lot, Rowling being outdone only by contributions from Muhammad Ali and Sir Paul McCartney.
The auction raised £125,000 for a homeless charity.
Read more at the Sun Newspaper online.

Posted by Vickie at 11:25 AM


Today is Election Day in the United States. I hope all of our viewers who are eligible to vote in today's elections take the time to do so.

Posted by Scott at 07:02 AM

November 01, 2004

HP Quiz

Take the BBC Quiz and see how much you remember. I got 12/14 right. I have a "magical memory" according to the BBC. Of course they didn't ask how many times I saw the movie!

Posted by Deb at 11:46 AM

Does Harry need to declare his faith?

St Andrews is sponsoring a debate of whether Harry Potter is Chistian or not. Did they ever question Tolkien or C.S. Lewis? Why is Harry such a problem? All these books discuss magic and good over evil. So why is HP such a thorn in the side of the christian community when Lewis and Tolkien are heralded as great christian writers?

Posted by Deb at 11:28 AM

New Wizard of the month has named a new wizard of the month: Devlin Whitehorn the founder of the nimbus 2000 broom company.

Posted by Deb at 07:23 AM