June 12, 2004

Friday Box Office Numbers

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

Posted by Jasen at 04:03 PM

From Wands To Ruling Empires

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

Posted by Jasen at 01:19 PM

Special PoA Screening Helps Charity

From Adoption-Net.co.uk:

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 01:09 PM

Viktor Krum Spurs Bulgarian Tourism

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

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

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

Read on at NoInvite

Posted by Jasen at 01:08 PM

Harry Potter More Than Escapism

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

Read on here.

Posted by Jasen at 01:03 PM

ABC to Re-Air Sorcerer's Stone

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

Posted by M17 at 09:39 AM

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

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

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

Posted by M17 at 06:56 AM

June 11, 2004

About That Buckbeak Again...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 07:26 PM

Popularity of Harry Potter

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

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

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

Thanks to TLC.

Posted by Vickie at 05:04 PM

Chris Rankin Webchat

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

Posted by xAmarisx at 01:34 PM

June 10, 2004

Official Site Update

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

Posted by Jasen at 08:17 PM

It's Always Buckbeak, Buckbeak, Buckbeak!

USA Today has an interesting article on the hippogriff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 08:13 PM

Daniel Radcliffe, Pure Music Lover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More at news.com.au!

Posted by Jasen at 05:35 PM

IGN Reviews PC Version of PoA Game

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

Read the full review here!

Posted by Jasen at 05:29 PM

Mixed Reviews at Kerasotes

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

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

Read on at The Regional.

Posted by Jasen at 05:25 PM

Adolesence Abound In PoA

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

Posted by Jasen at 05:23 PM

The Prisoner of Azkaban Is Huge The Worldover

From Hispanic PR Wire:

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

Posted by Jasen at 05:17 PM

J.K. Rowling Wins FWA Award

LightMaker recently reported:

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

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

Read more here

Posted by at 03:48 PM

HP Audio Books ROCK

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

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

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

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

Posted by Deb at 12:19 PM

GoF News: Cedric Diggory Cast!

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

Stay tuned for more details.

Posted by Deb at 12:08 PM

Harry helps with Mental Health

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

Posted by Deb at 06:28 AM

Web Chat with Percy!!

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

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

Posted by Deb at 06:08 AM

June 09, 2004

Rating System

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

Posted by Deb at 11:18 PM

Potter Doesn't Make it into Muggle Classrooms

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

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

Read more here.

Thanks to Wizard News for the info.

Posted by Vickie at 02:02 PM

OotP Wins Bram Stoker Award

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

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

Read more here

Thanks to Wizard News for the tip.

Posted by Vickie at 01:54 PM

Article on Trio in People Magazine

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

Posted by Vickie at 01:28 PM

June 08, 2004

Chris Rankin To Attend Harry Potter Day

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

Posted by Jasen at 02:42 PM

Another Version of The Sorcerer's Stone

The New York Times has this:

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 02:37 PM

CNN Talks To Daniel Radcliffe

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

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

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

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

Read more here!

Posted by Jasen at 02:34 PM

Site News and Quickie Updates

Ahh... finally, a chance to breathe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated.

-- Jasen, webmaster

Posted by Jasen at 12:25 PM

David Thewlis Talks About His Costars

The Sydney Morning Herald recently had an interview with Thewlis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 11:47 AM

Dan Radcliffe Likes The Distillers

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

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 11:40 AM

PoA Makes $93.7 Million Over Weekend

The Associated Press says:

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

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 11:37 AM

PoA's Box Office Overseas

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

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

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

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

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

Read on at Reuters.

Posted by Jasen at 11:34 AM

Back Down on Potter Rating

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

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

More could be found at this source link: NineMSN

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:40 AM

June 07, 2004

Another positive review of PoA

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

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

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

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

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

2. Don't be afraid of the dark

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

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

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

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Hormones

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

5. Leave the Bufferin at home

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

Posted by Deb at 10:15 PM


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

Posted by Deb at 08:29 PM

On The Hogwarts Express

John Kilbride of Scotland Today writes:

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

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

Posted by Jasen at 06:46 PM

Emma's View's on PoA

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

'Potter' Star Watson Did Not Know Oldman

Associated Press quote from The Miami Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Deb at 01:14 PM

POA_Imax Experience

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

Note: Minor Spoilage ahead =D

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

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

Posted by xAmarisx at 06:43 AM

June 06, 2004

Chris wants to protect the spirit of the film?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Deb at 06:51 PM

I'm Back!

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

Posted by xAmarisx at 06:12 PM

TV Watch: David Thewlis On 'ROVE'

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

Posted by Jasen at 01:39 PM

Mr. Malfoy Turns A Year Older!

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

Thanks to Jon!

Posted by Jasen at 12:12 PM

Box Office Update: PoA Is No.1

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

Posted by Jasen at 12:07 PM