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 HPPS Makes BBC1 Debut

- [ Nick @ 02:36 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 Heyman "optimistic", the 3 Stars will stay

- [ Animate @ 07:04 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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."


 Happy Birthday To...

- [ Jasen @ 01:56 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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 :)


 Radcliffe: second richest teenage actor

- [ iruhkoi @ 12:42 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 Happy Birthday, Dawn French!

- [ M17 @ 02:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 David Hasselhoff up for Role in Potter?

- [ M17 @ 09:31 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

10. 2

 Time-Turner to be Auctioned for Charity

- [ M17 @ 07:15 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 'Hogwart's Express' Tour

- [ Bunny @ 08:46 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 Rickman's "Something The Lord Made"

- [ Jasen @ 02:18 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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).


 Thompson's "Angels in America" On Video

- [ Jasen @ 02:10 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!

09. 9

 John Cleese shows off his wine expertise on TV

- [ Bunny @ 04:55 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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

09. 3

 Gary Oldman NOT Starring In Star Wars

- [ Jasen @ 10:47 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

09. 3

 Good Guys Finish Last

- [ Jasen @ 10:34 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

From SouthFlorida.com:

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."

09. 2

 Harry Potter Stars to attend Collectormania 6

- [ Bunny @ 03:16 PM . GMT . Collecting, Movie: General ]

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.


 Harry Potter Helps Boost Studio Success

- [ Jasen @ 11:55 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Rent from studios used to make the fourth Harry Potter film has helped boost profits at Pinewood Shepperton film studios.

Profits at Pinewood Shepperton, which hires out studios, rose 15.8% to £6.7m ($12m) in the first half of the year.

BBC News has the rest!


 Alfonso Cuaron and Ian Brown Team Up?

- [ Jasen @ 11:53 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

'HARRY POTTER' director ALFONSO CUARON has offered to direct one of IAN BROWN’s videos, NME.COM can reveal.

Ian Brown famously made a cameo in the most recent Harry Potter film ’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, and is friends with Cuarón via his Mexican wife.

Speaking recently to NME.COM, Brown said that the director, who also worked on the 2001 film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’, has offered his services and that the ex-Stone Roses man would love him to be involved.

More at NME.com!


 August 24th Birthdays

- [ M17 @ 09:29 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Today, August 24th, is a day filled with a few "Potter-related" birthdays...

First, today is Rupert Grint's (aka Ron Weasley) birthday. Born on August 24, 1988, Grint is 16 years old today. Best wishes on your birthday!

Next, today is also the birthday of Stephen Fry, narrator of the Harry Potter books in the UK, and is also the narrator of the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban video games. Born on August 24, 1957, Fry is 47 years old today. Happy birthday!

Finally, today is also the birthday of Jimmy Gardner, who played Ernie Prang, driver of the Knight Bus, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Born on August 24, 1924, Gardner is 80 years old today. Happy birthday!

Much thanks to WizardNews.


 Kids Shine in Tom Sponsored Fishing Tournament

- [ Claire @ 03:03 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

It's well known amongst fans of the films that Tom Felton is a bit of a fishing fanatic. Now The New York Times is reporting on a children's fishing tournament, sponsored by Tom, which has inspired over a hundred children to take up the sport.


 Dan Radcliffe Nominated for Relly

- [ M17 @ 10:22 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Source: Mugglenet

Daniel Radcliffe has been nominated for a Relly award - that is, Regis and Kelly. For the full list of nominees, click here. (Note, the link is a PDF file.)


 Terrorist Scare for Harry Potter Set

- [ M17 @ 08:29 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

China Daily reports that security has been stepped up on the set of the new Harry Potter movie after the studio where it is being shot received a chilling terror threat.

Leavesden Studio near London answered the menacing phone call last Friday, which warned of a brutal attack on the film's young stars.

And insiders fear Al-Qaeda - the terrorist network responsible for the September 11 attacks - are behind the threat.

A studio source says, "The caller apparently said, 'It's payback time... this is for all you've done to our women and kids.'

"The film is being made by American company WARNER BROS so it sounds like it could have an Iraq or Al-Qaeda connection."

Police and dog handlers have been drafted in to patrol the perimeter fence and the number of security guards has been trebled.

A police spokesman says, "We are responding with extra vigilance."

The above is the complete article (Source: China Daily)


 Matthew Lewis Supports Local Blood Drive

- [ M17 @ 12:00 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Actor Matthew Lewis is supporting a local blood drive. Click below for more.

Source: Leeds Today via WizardNews

In his fantasy life, teenage actor Matthew Lewis is the sort who might actually faint at the sight of blood. For he plays the hapless teenage wizard Neville Longbottom, the one who gets his spells mixed up, in the Harry Potter film series. But in real life Matthew, of Horsforth, Leeds, is made of stronger stuff and went along to The Headrow blood donor clinic to celebrate its first anniversary.

Matthew, 15, a pupil at St Mary's High School, Menston, said: "When I was little, my mum Lynda took me with her when she gave blood. So I know how important it is and I've always planned to do it as soon as I'm old enough."


 6-Disc Collector's Edition Product Photograph

- [ iruhkoi @ 01:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]
DVD Answers has several high resolution images of the upcoming Prisoner of Azkaban DVD as well as the three-pack collector's edition that will be released on the same day.


 Before she was Prof McGonagall

- [ Bunny @ 02:57 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

More than three decades before she donned a wizard's robe to play Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, Maggie Smith won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for portraying another inspirational British teacher. And although Jean Brodie remains a far more complex and controversial figure than the firm but gentle McGonagall, Smith brings her patented eccentricity to both women, making them unique and memorable.

The DVD is released, see the full review and a picture here

08. 6

 Percy takes 'cool role'

- [ Bunny @ 05:12 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

From Chris Rankin Online

Says Chris: "...a part in a 3 part TV drama based on a book called The Rotter's Club - by Johnathan Coe... last week I had a recall audition for this piece, and am now VERY VERY pleased to say that i've got a part (not a huge part, but it's a cool part!) in it!..."

Check the link to read the full story.

08. 5

 TomFelton.com Updates With New Blog

- [ Jasen @ 12:02 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Tom Felton's added a new blog entry to his official site, which you can check out at the link!

08. 2

 Even MORE Movie Cast Info Pages Up

- [ Jasen @ 09:32 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Yup, I managed to finish off a few more, including ones for Tom Felton, Sean Biggerstaff, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, and David Bradley.

08. 2

 Order of the Phoenix Gets Tentative Release Date

- [ M17 @ 09:09 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Thanks very much to forum member divinemissm, who informs us that the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has a June 2007 release date (according to ComingSoon). This is, of course, tentative - a lot can change in three years. We'll keep you posted with details as they become available.

08. 1

 Robbie Coltrane Talks About Life Off Screen

- [ Jasen @ 11:16 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Sunday Herald had a sit-down interview with Coltrane, who discusses Harry Potter among other things:

No doubt the public attention engendered by playing Hagrid will influence his decision whether to continue with the Harry Potter franchise. He is contracted to make four, and is currently filming the fourth, The Goblet of Fire. He has been able to fit this interview in because production has been halted while the computer graphics wonks work their magic. Each film takes about nine months to make; it is, he says, more like a pregnancy than a production.

While on set, Coltrane makes use of a fabulous Forties ‘Silver Streak’ trailer which he has restored. He sits in it between scenes, chatting with co-stars Robert Hardy and Michael Gambon. The conversation is highly technical. Hardy is an authority on medieval longbows, and hand crafts them himself. Gambon, meanwhile, is an enthusiastic restorer of antique rifles. Coltrane talks cars. I like to think of the three of them, droning on like three Walter Matthaus, while, in a modern trailer nearby, Daniel Radcliffe develops PlayStation thumb.

I ask whether he will sign on for the final three films. “I don’t know. I really don’t know what the circumstances will be for the last three. I don’t know if I should be saying this, although if anyone has got any brains they’ll have worked it out, but if Jo Rowling hasn’t finished books six and seven within the next two years, the kids we’ve got at the moment will be too old to play the parts. And they may not even want to. So it depends on the variables. In some ways I would rather get on with something else, but I don’t want to say that because it sounds so f**king ungrateful.”

He pauses, and cocks his head like an owl listening for a mouse in a cornfield. He has heard a motorbike zoom past outside and is enjoying the sound of the engine.

“So, no, I don’t know if I’m going to do any more,” he continues. “They will, of course, to enchant me back, offer me frightening amounts of money.”

“And is that hard to resist?” I ask.

“Of course it is. I’ve got two young kids. I don’t know what the future holds.”

Much more's at the link (Note: beware of some adult language in this article)!


 New Movie Cast Pages Up!

- [ Jasen @ 11:30 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

I've just managed to finish off a few new movie cast info pages for the following actors:
Julie Walters, Richard Harris, Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, and Robbie Coltrane!

Enjoy :)


 Behold, Harry Potter Country!

- [ Jasen @ 11:54 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Thanks to reader Julez for sending us this article from ic seftonandwestlancs, about the various filming locations used for the HP movies.


 Charlie Weasley, Up Close and Personal

- [ Jasen @ 01:01 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Dawn writes:

The Burrow who presented the Richard Fish (Bill Weasley interview) now has an interview with Alex Crockford (Charlie Weasley) up on the site. Sad to say the news on Charlie's chances of returning for Goblet aren't high.


 You-Know-Who was Who?

- [ M17 @ 09:22 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

A British actor claims he was hired to play Harry Potter’s arch-enemy Lord Voldemort in the big-screen adventures of JK Rowling’s hero but has been pushed out of the films by the celebrity demands of Hollywood. Richard Bremmer, a veteran theatre, television and film actor, told the Sunday Herald that during shooting in 2001 of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, he learned he would not be seen on screen nor credited as the villain.

His sequences were cut and he was credited only as the voice of “He Who Must Not Be Named” – one of the phrases that fearful wizards use to refer to Voldemort at the beginning of the first Harry Potter book.

Much more can be found at the Sunday Herald.


 Happy Birthday Daniel!!!

- [ @ 07:17 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Our own real life Harry Potter turns 15 today, July 23. Happy Birthday Dan! Click here to view a short biography.


 Whoa, Katie Leung Has An Online Blog?!

- [ Jasen @ 02:13 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

No, not really. Apparently, there are some people pretending to be Katie Leung, the actress who's won the coveted role of Cho Chang in the GoF movie. So for clarity's sake, anyone claiming to be Katie Leung online is most likely a fake -- unless she makes an official site or announcement of some kind.


 Happy Birthday Jamie Waylett!

- [ Jasen @ 02:10 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Everyone at iHP would like to wish Jamie Waylett (Crabbe) a very happy 15th birthday, complete with lots of presents, food, and company.

Pass me some of that cake!


 Harry Potter and the Internet

- [ Jasen @ 02:59 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Recent studies by Feedback Research in online behavior have tracked down the public response to films such as Harry Potter and "Spider-Man".

Movie Enthusiasts Are Likely to Purchase Video/DVD

-- Harry Potter movie enthusiasts are most likely to purchase the movie when it comes out with 48% of respondents saying they will definitely or probably buy the DVD or video. This number is followed by

-- Of those who had seen the first or earlier releases of these summer blockbuster sequels, more than half purchased the movies when they were released on video or DVD:

* 63% of those who saw one or more earlier Harry Potter movies, also bought one or more Harry Potter films.

-- Most respondents plan on seeing the movies within 1-3 weeks of the movie's release:

* Harry Potter -- 60% will go within the first few days, 91% within the first three weeks.

There's much more here.


 Arrive for your wedding in...a Ford Anglia?

- [ iruhkoi @ 09:21 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

A Northern Ireland car buff is now offering brides and grooms the chance to arrive in replicas of vehicles that were featured in famed movies, including Starsky and Hutch's 1976 Gran Ford Torino, the DeLorean featured in the Back to the Future movies, and the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Read more from the BBC!


 Dan, Rupert, and Emma On Cover of teenVogue!

- [ Jasen @ 10:06 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Thanks to reader Nancy H. for letting us know that for the June/July issue of teenVogue magazine, the trio can be spotted gracing its cover! If you have a copy of the mag and a scanner, we'd appreciate any scans for the site! Just send them here!


 Potter Actors Receive Emmy Nominations

- [ iruhkoi @ 07:58 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The Academy of Television Arts & Science announced its nominees for the 56th Annual Emmy Awards, and among them were three actors from the Harry Potter films:

John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) - for his role as "Lyle Finster" in Will & Grace (NBC)
Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) - for his role as "Alfred Blalock" in Something The Lord Made (HBO)
Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) - for her role as "Nurse Emily," "Homeless Woman," and "The Angel" in Angels In America (HBO)

Read the rest of the nominations here (Adobe PDF file). Thanks to TLC for the tip!


 Time Warner Benefits from Potter

- [ M17 @ 06:44 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

As if there was every any doubt? The Harry Potter movies have pushed Time Warner's earnings to a whopping $961 million, as Newsday reports...

An outstanding box office showing for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third Potter film, has validated the firm's decision to acquire the rights to the popular series of books by author J.K. Rowling. This success follows "Return of the King," the third film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which in Time Warner's most recent quarter helped earnings more than double to $961 million.


 NZ Herald Interviews Mike Seresin

- [ M17 @ 06:35 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The New Zealand Herald has a new interview of Harry Potter cinematographer Mike Seresin:

Over the next couple of weeks Alfonso and I got to know one another a bit better and he said 'Do you want to do it?' and I said 'Yeah, I've got bugger all to do so why not? Have a bit of fun, earning Warner Brothers' money'."

That bit of fun turned into a 18-month commitment - last week Seresin was in Los Angeles helping the transfer of the film to the upcoming DVD.

You'll find more of the link above at the link above.


 Happy Birthday, Fiona Shaw!

- [ M17 @ 06:30 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Best wishes on her birthday to Fiona Shaw, who plays Aunt Petunia Dursley in the Potter movies, who turns 46 years old today!

Thanks to iHP reader Mrufula for the tip.

07. 9

 Harry Potter Music For Your Ears

- [ Jasen @ 04:09 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The London Symphony Orchestra will be playing music from the Harry Potter films as part of their 15-city US concert later this year.

07. 8

 Concert To Play Harry Potter Music

- [ Jasen @ 07:46 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

For all you folks in Pleasanton, California, The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will be performing music from films including "Mary Poppins", "ET", and of course, "Harry Potter". Check out this link for more details.

07. 7

 Just a Reminder...

- [ M17 @ 07:36 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Just a reminder that USA readers can watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on the ABC Family channel this Sunday, July 11, at 4:30PM Eastern/Pacific & 3:30 Central, and again at 8:00PM Eastern/Pacific & 7:00 Central. The movie will feature additional footage not shown in theaters!

07. 6

 TIME For Kids Interviews Radcliffe

- [ Jasen @ 12:50 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

On July 1, the mag spoke to Daniel Radcliffe about playing Harry in the films. Here's an excerpt:

TFK: What’s it like to see yourself on screen?
Daniel: It’s really weird. It’s very surreal, because I’m, like, 30 feet high.

TFK: How many times did you see the first two movies?
Daniel: We have a ritual each year. The first time I see this third film, it will just be me, David Heyman, my mom and my dad. Then I’ll have a screening for all of my family and friends. And then I’ll go to the premieres. There are two premieres. So I see each film about four times. It gets very tiring after a while.

Read the rest here!

07. 5

 New Role For Radcliffe?

- [ Jasen @ 07:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Daniel Radcliffe has apparently been tipped to star in a planned film about the Second World War. No official confirmation has been made at this time.

07. 5

 David Thewlis To Set Sail In "The New World"

- [ Jasen @ 03:48 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Christian Bale (BATMAN BEGINS), David Thewlis (HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN), Noah Taylor (TOMB RAIDER) and Q'orianka Kilcher have all accepted roles in THE NEW WORLD, the 17th century-set drama/adventure to be directed by Terrence Malick. The film follows the events after the founding of the Jamestown colony in 1607 and the friction between the New World settlers and the Native American people.

Sounds interesting. More from The Hollywood Reporter.

07. 2

 Half Blood Prince - The Movie

- [ Deb @ 03:39 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Do they really think we would buy this one? If you need a good laugh, read on. It is being rumored that Michael Moore of Fahrenheit 9/11 has accepted the offer to produce the 6th movie. Read about it here

07. 1

 HP Movie Production Designer To Receive Award

- [ Jasen @ 01:10 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Yahoo! has this:

Three-time Academy Award-winning Production Designer Stuart Craig will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Art Director of the Year Award at the Festival's October 18 awards ceremony. His selection was determined by a recommendation of the Council of the Art Directors Guild (ADG). Craig is the Production Designer of all three Harry Potter films, including the current release, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," as well as the fourth now in production, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

07. 1

 John Cleese Prefers Bond Over Harry

- [ Jasen @ 01:07 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

From IOL:

John Cleese prefers his role as Q in the James Bond franchise to his work as Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies - as he enjoys having a greater input in the script.

The 64-year-old actor prefers working on movies like The World is Not Enough to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as he is given free rein to add more humour to the dialogue.

Cleese explains: "Bond is brilliant as you are allowed to have a say in the script, but with Harry Potter everything is in the hands of the special-effects team.

"No one knows what's going on except them - not even the director because he doesn't know if the take works."


 Happy Birthday Matthew Lewis!

- [ Jasen @ 10:26 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 TVNZ Giving Away Harry Potter Prizes!

- [ Jasen @ 04:19 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 Oldman Confirmed For Star Wars?

- [ Jasen @ 01:29 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 Official Site Update

- [ Jasen @ 01:07 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 Chris Rankin on CBBC

- [ Vickie @ 10:22 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 TV WATCH: Philosopher's Stone On NZ TV

- [ Jasen @ 02:40 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 Radcliffe Spotted At Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

- [ Jasen @ 12:55 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Read about it here!


 Sorcerer's Stone Audio Dubber Speaks

- [ Jasen @ 12:49 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 Gary Oldman In Talks For Star Wars?

- [ Jasen @ 12:29 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 New Weasley Twins Interview

- [ @ 09:36 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 Jamie Waylett Opens Official Site

- [ Jasen @ 12:50 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 Movie Revenues: PoA vs. CoS

- [ M17 @ 12:19 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 From Wands To Ruling Empires

- [ Jasen @ 01:19 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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


 ABC to Re-Air Sorcerer's Stone

- [ M17 @ 09:39 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 Daniel Radcliffe, Pure Music Lover

- [ Jasen @ 05:35 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!


 Web Chat with Percy!!

- [ Deb @ 06:08 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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

06. 9

 Article on Trio in People Magazine

- [ Vickie @ 01:28 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 8

 Chris Rankin To Attend Harry Potter Day

- [ Jasen @ 02:42 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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

06. 8

 Another Version of The Sorcerer's Stone

- [ Jasen @ 02:37 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 8

 CNN Talks To Daniel Radcliffe

- [ Jasen @ 02:34 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!

06. 8

 Dan Radcliffe Likes The Distillers

- [ Jasen @ 11:40 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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."

06. 6

 Mr. Malfoy Turns A Year Older!

- [ Jasen @ 12:12 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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

Thanks to Jon!

06. 4

 Emma Watson Is Star of the Week

- [ Jasen @ 06:34 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 3

 Hairy Woes For Coltrane

- [ Jasen @ 02:25 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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)

06. 2

 Watson Gets Punk'd!

- [ Jasen @ 06:50 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 2

 Tom, Not so single?

- [ Deb @ 03:01 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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!

06. 2

 Rupert's Hair

- [ Vickie @ 03:02 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 2

 Interview with Robbie Coltrane

- [ Vickie @ 02:50 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.

06. 1

 Who Uses Food AS a Bribe?

- [ Deb @ 06:31 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

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.


 Rockstar Dan Radcliffe?

- [ Scott @ 09:32 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Teen Hollywood has this article on another potential actor-turned-rockstar:

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe wants to start his own rock band.

The teenage actor, who plays the young wizard, is currently learning to play the bass guitar, but would also like to be the lead singer.

Daniel, who is a fan of the Sex Pistols, The Strokes and The Libertines, revealed: "I'd like to be in a band. I know that's probably sounds really weird, but I'd really like to do it. I'd like to sing, but I play a bit of bass as well. My voice is ok."


 Watson's Paychecks Stay In Gringotts

- [ Jasen @ 11:36 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

From Contact Music:

The parents of the 14-year-old British star, who plays HERMIONE GRANGER in the Potter film, have locked the actress' movie money away to make sure she doesn't waste it.

Watson says, "All of my money is locked away in a bank until I'm 25 and I'm never going to see it until then!

"I have good friends and family who keep my feet on the ground and keep it real."


 A Day in the Life...

- [ Scott @ 05:43 AM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The New York Daily News has an article about what's going on in Emma's life right now, including what she looks for in guys.

Calling all boys with a funny side who think Emma Watson is cute.

That's Hermione to you, Harry Potter fans, and she plays a much more central role in "The Prisoner of Azkaban" than in the first two films.

While Watson has often professed an unwavering devotion to Brad Pitt (okay, and to Justin Timberlake sometimes), what she looks for in a real live boy, she says, "is someone who can make me laugh."

At 14 and very pretty indeed, as they would say back in England, she could probably have her pick. Even though she goes to an all-girls school.

We have grown up, haven't we?

But Watson's energies are mostly directed elsewhere right now, what with school - history has just segued from the American Revolution to the French - field hockey, tennis, dance classes and shopping for the kind of transatlantically trendy flounced miniskirt she's wearing today.

Already prepping for this summer's filming of "HP4," she's learned her Hollywood lessons well. At the New York premiere last week - held in the afternoon, for her fan base - she also took care how she dressed.

"I wanted something that wasn't too sexy, but fun and nice," she says.

She found a remarkably sweet-looking strapless number by Lanvin. Still, fashion designers aren't throwing clothes at her in return for publicity as they do with grown stars - "not yet."

She's happy to act her own age, actually. "Luckily, we [Watson­, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint] are growing up perfectly with our characters," she says.

Alfonso Cuaron, the director of the new Harry Potter film, has shown Watson - with his brooding, psychological take on "Prisoner­ of Azkaban" - that adolescence can be just as fascinating as magic.

"He made me see Hermione much more in depth because he made a much more personal film," she says. "He gave us a lot of freedom, really trusted us, and encouraged us to experiment. It's a more raw, real film."

Like Hermione, who transforms her anger into "this great girl power," Watson says, "I'm a teenager - I feel angst, I've got hormones, I get mad sometimes."

Though many may find their inner children even more terrified by "Prisoner of Azkaban" than the first two Potter installments, "I think young children will find it less scary," she says. "It doesn't have as many of those things that suddenly make you jump - like, 'Oooh, spiders, disgusting!'"

Watson worries that Americans "think I'm a terrible snob," because of her upper-crust English accent. "I'm not," she says.

Competitive, yes.

"You should see me play table tennis," during the long waits between takes on set. "I'm very, very competitive." She even knows the cause. "My parents, definitely."

They are divorced lawyers. Her chaperone today is her mother's beau, Jonathan, who's "an enterpreneur," Watson says proudly. He is involved in digital radio on several continents.

His role does not include scouting for boys who can make her laugh. He doesn't have to.

"Daniel and Rupert make me laugh, tremendously," Watson says. "They're just so funny, especially when they're together. They make me absolutely howl with laughter."


 Words With Gary Oldman

- [ Jasen @ 10:39 PM . GMT . Movie: General, Movie: PoA ]

scotsman.com and Times Online both have very excellent (and long) interviews with the actor.


 Pottermania = Beatlemania?

- [ Scott @ 08:18 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The Boston Herald tackles this very question in an article in Sunday's edition:

Could the ``Harry Potter'' series spark a 21st century version of Beatlemania?

From the squeals, screams and sighs that greeted Daniel Radcliffe's red carpet appearance a week ago at the U.S. premiere, the mop-haired 14-year-old who plays Harry Potter is the hottest thing out of the British Isles since Princes William and Harry.

It's been 4 years since he was cast as the boyish English wizard with glasses and a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, and Radcliffe's Potter has transformed from cute kid to teen idol.

On Friday, his third Potter outing, ``Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,'' arrives in theaters nationwide as Harry enters his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As the world's gaze focuses on Harry's encounter with the escaped prisoner (played by British chameleon Gary Oldman of ``Bram Stoker's Dracula'') and the dangers of the fearsome dark-robed spirits called Dementors, Radcliffe will be busy all summer filming the fourth film, ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,'' due in November 2005. But can he be Harry forever? Or at least until the end of the series?

Scottish author J. K. Rowling promises there will be seven novels. Radcliffe, who earned a measly $125,000 for the first ``Potter'' (the same as his cohorts Emma Watson and Rupert Grint), is signed on a film-by-film basis, as are all the juvenile players.

Whether he remains Potter for the duration depends on the combination of how much he grows, the box office and Warner Bros.

``I don't think there's any point in lying. It would be hard to see anyone else film the part,'' Radcliffe said.

``We are getting older. There was a longer gap between the third and the fourth. I'm now 14 and kind of go to 15 in a couple of months, so I'm getting older than Harry. We can only take it one film at a time. If they do want me to do it after five, we'll have to see then, I suppose.''

In Hollywood fashion, fate seemed to cast him for the role of a lifetime. The son of a British ICM literary agent, Radcliffe had acted occasionally, most notably playing young David Copperfield on the BBC. But unlike everyone else his age, he'd been taken out of the ``Harry Potter'' pool because his parents feared the notoriety would destroy his life.



 Will Harry Die In Book 7?

- [ Jasen @ 06:27 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

Dan Radcliffe seems to think so (from Teen Hollywood:

The 14-year-old actor, who plays Harry, reckons his character will die in the seventh novel - which is yet to be written - because he is so closely linked with his evil nemesis, Lord Voldemort.

He explained: "I've always had the suspicion that Harry might die. He and Voldemort have the same core. I think the only way Voldemort can die is if Harry dies as well."

And another interesting tidbit:

It was recently revealed that Daniel could face the axe from the star role because he is ageing faster than his character.

But the actor admitted he doesn't want anyone else to take over the role.

He said: "It will be difficult to see someone else play the part. But it's a possibility."


 Robbie Coltrane, The Loveable Hagrid

- [ Jasen @ 06:25 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

As usual, Coltrane's Hagrid is in the middle of it all, like a jovial version of a backwoods oaf. Only Coltrane could pull it off, and only Coltrane would slough off the accompanying acclaim he gets for his likable portrayal. "The kids don't usually know me when I'm on the street," he admits, shrugging. "The grownups do, from other things, so I give them Brownie points for recognizing me."

Read on at Canada.com!


 Filming to Return to Scotland

- [ M17 @ 06:23 PM . GMT . Movie: General ]

The sundaymail has this...

THE team behind the new Harry Potter film yesterday revealed they will return to Scotland.

The crew on third film, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, spent 28 wet days in the Highlands.

Glencoe is the backdrop for scenes outside Hogwarts school and a crucial sequence in which Harry and pals try to rescue a creature known as a Hippogriff.

Producer Mark Radcliffe said: 'Helicopters dropped gravel every day to stop the set sliding down the hill.'

But the film-makers said it was worth the trouble.

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