June 25, 2004

HOT NEWS: Book 6 Title Released?

NOTE: THIS IS UNCONFIRMED. However, a number of credible sites are reporting this information and this post has been made in the interest of keeping iharrypotter.net visitors up to speed.

It was reported that an unidentified visitor went to JK Rowling's official website and attempted to enter the door that "can't open." Although it has been known that some have been able to "hack" through the door, up until now the information said to contain within it has been largely meaningless. New reports indicate that the following text was seen, intended to be released on July 1, 2004, containing the title of Book 6 allegedly from JK Rowling herself. There are videos of the site as well as screenshots available.

TO CONTINUE, CLICK "MORE..."- NOTE: THE POSSIBLE TITLE FOR BOOK 6 WILL FOLLOW. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO READ THIS INFORMATION, DO NOT CLICK "MORE..." AGAIN, THIS IS STILL UNCONFIRMED!

THE FOLLOWING TEXT WAS REPORTED TO BE FOUND INSIDE THE DOOR IN JKROWLING.COM:

Erm… it is perhaps time for me to reveal the title of Book 6! I am nearing completion of the first draft and have definitely decided upon a title. I had numerous possibilities in mind, but as I wrote, I realized that only one did the book justice.

The more clever Potter fans may recognize that the title relates directly to both 'Order of the Phoenix' and 'Chamber of Secrets.' I will be highly amused if one of you can guess exactly what's going on!

On a side note, the length of the book is growing so fast, I could swear Filius has put anEngorgement Charm on it; an editor's nightmare! I promised myself not to exceed the length of 'Order of the Phoenix,' but every day that passes
makes that undertaking more difficult. Incidentally, I have much more work ahead.

Alas, the time has come! Here is the reward for you lot that so diligently figured out all the puzzles on the site. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, I will reveal to you the title of Book 6!
...

The title of Book 6 is: Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgé.

Mugglenet has posted the video showing this information here.

Obviously, since the note is dated July 1, we shall see whether or not JKRowling.com does update the door with the above information, at which point the title will be confirmed.

Discuss this in the official thread at iharrypotter.net forums!

Posted by iruhkoi at 11:57 PM

Oldman Confirmed For Star Wars?

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.

Posted by Jasen at 01:29 PM

GoF Press Release + New Casting Confirmations!!

This just in from Business Wire:

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2004--Principal photography is now underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's much loved "Harry Potter" novel series.

With production based at England's Leavesden Studios, the film is directed by Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Four Weddings and a Funeral") and produced by David Heyman. The screenplay is by Steve Kloves, who has penned the screenplays for all three previous "Harry Potter" films. David Barron ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") serves as executive producer.

Joining the ensemble are several new cast members, led by esteemed actor Brendan Gleeson ("Troy," "Cold Mountain"), who plays Hogwarts' new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Mad-Eye Moody. Frances De La Tour ("The Cherry Orchard," "Strike it Rich") plays the Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Madame Maxime; Roger Lloyd-Pack ("Vanity Fair," BBC TV's "Only Fools and Horses") plays the Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation, Barty Crouch; Pedja Bjelac ("Eurotrip") plays Durmstrang Professor Igor Karkaroff; Jeff Rawle ("Inspector Calls II," "Baal," TV's "Drop the Dead Donkey") plays Amos Diggory; and David Tennant ("Bright Young Things") plays Barty Crouch Jr.

New additions to the young cast include Robert Pattinson ("The Ring") as Cedric Diggory; Stanislav Ianevski as Quidditch star Viktor Krum; Clemence Poesy ("Bienvenue chez les Rozes," "Petite Soeur") as Fleur Delacour; and Katie Leung as Cho Chang.

And according to various reports, actor Ralph Fiennes is also in negotiations to star as Lord Voldemort. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by Jasen at 01:10 PM

Official Site Update

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

Posted by Jasen at 01:07 PM

Rowling refuses to write Potter with US accent

The Scotsman.com has an article on JKs refusal to put an American character into the Potter series.

JK ROWLING has rejected pleas from fans in the United States to put an American character into her Harry Potter stories.

The multi-millionaire author - said to have amassed a £430 million fortune - said her stories were set in a British school and she saw "no logical reason to insert foreigners". In an entry on her new website, www.jkrowling.com which she set up to answer fans’ questions and correct false rumours about her or the Harry Potter tales, Rowling, 38, stated that if there was anyone who wanted stories about American wizards they were "free to write their own book".

The author also revealed that she stopped smoking by chewing gum and playing a computer game instead. She quit cigarettes four years ago and has now become so good at the Minesweeper game that she is close to being one of the world’s top 100 players on the internet.

In response to a question asking if she will put Americans or characters of other nationalities into the books, Rowling said: "I’m afraid the answer to this question is ‘no’, although you have glimpsed Americans and other nationalities at the Quidditch World Cup.

Click here to read the full article.

Posted by Vickie at 10:31 AM

Chris Rankin on CBBC

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.

Posted by Vickie at 10:22 AM

Fiennes to Play Voldemort?

The Daily Mail reports that Award-winning actor Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations to play Lord Voldemort in the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

If contracts can be agreed, Fiennes will play the ultimate practitioner of the Dark Arts in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, which began filming at 'Harry's home' over at Leavesden studios last month.

However, scenes involving Voldemort aren't scheduled to shoot until the end of the year, which would suit Fiennes as he is currently in Kenya filming The Constant Gardener opposite Rachel Weisz.

Read the full article here.

Posted by Vickie at 10:14 AM

June 24, 2004

Calling for Rumors and Theories!

Jasen here. With the PoA movie come and gone, it's time to refocus our thoughts on Book 6 and Book 7. So if you have any rumors or theories for the last two books in the series, we'd like to hear—just send it in an e-mail with your name, possible source, and without any grammatical errors to rumors@iharrypotter.net! Not every rumor will be posted, so make sure yours isn't already included on their respective pages.

Posted by Jasen at 01:40 PM

June 23, 2004

Magician To Teach Harry Potter At Library

Magician Brian Scott will bring the popular stories of the boy wizard, Harry Potter, to life and explore the world of magic, mystery and adventure through an interactive, fun-filled show at 2 p.m. Friday at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. The program is free and for children of all ages.

More here.

Posted by Jasen at 02:44 PM

TV WATCH: Philosopher's Stone On NZ TV

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

Posted by Jasen at 02:40 PM

Omnioculars A Thing of the Past No More

Well, they're more like binoculars, but it still does the same thing. In the latest issue of TIME Magazine, they have a little tidbit about new binoculars that allow you to capture 30 sec. worth of footage and then replay it for your own pleasure. At $600 though, you might wanna just settle for a camcorder or something ;)

Posted by Jasen at 02:32 PM

Death of a Fan

Today we need to mourn the loss of a HP fan who suffered much and grieve with his mother who has lost her fourth child to a debilitating desease. Read the whole story on Leaky THanks TLC for bringing this sad story to our attention.

Posted by Deb at 02:48 AM

June 22, 2004

Book 5 Wins At The Audies

At this year's Audies (the Emmy/Grammy-equivalent for audiobooks), the audio version of Book 5 won two awards, including "Children's title for 9 and older" and "Package Design".

Posted by Jasen at 01:02 PM

Radcliffe Spotted At Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

Read about it here!

Posted by Jasen at 12:55 PM

Where Harry Potter and Science Meet

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - It was the first day of a Harry Potter science workshop, and already the teachers were wrist-deep in fur and bones.

Working in pairs, they sat pulling and picking the bones of small rodents from balls of fur, or "owl pellets," the oral refuse that is coughed up after several good meals. "You actually get the see the bones," said Priscilla Franklin, a Grand Coteau Elementary School teacher.

The project, which works to reconstruct the animals' skeletal structure, teaches anatomy while discussing the life cycle of owls and other raptors.

Click here to read on!

Posted by Jasen at 12:51 PM

Sorcerer's Stone Audio Dubber Speaks

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.

Posted by Jasen at 12:49 PM

Harry Gets MAD

MAD Magazine has up a new preview look at their latest issue, which features a spoof of PoA.

Posted by Jasen at 12:46 PM

An Oscar For Mr. Potter?

Hollywood Reporter has this:

Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, attracted very favorable reviews, many of which called it the best of the three "Potter" films to date. Cuaron, an Oscar nominee for his original screenplay for "Y tu mama tambien," could get a directing nomination. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who received Oscar and Golden Globes nods for adapting "Wonder Boys" and also got Writers Guild of America nominations for "Wonder" and his original screenplay "The Fabulous Baker Boys," could receive new noms for "Azkaban."

John Williams' well-reviewed "Azkaban" score, too, could get nods from Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters. Williams has received so many Oscar and Globe nominations (along with a few wins, too) over the years that the list is too long to include here. It goes without saying that you're probably not going to lose money by betting on Williams' score to be nominated. The film's visual effects are obviously also good grist for the awards mill. And if "Azkaban" casts all the right magical spells it could conjure up both a best picture Oscar nomination and a best motion picture -- drama Golden Globe nomination.

Posted by Jasen at 12:44 PM

Harry's Still Big Overseas

From Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) - The latest instalment of boy wizard Harry Potter's adventures has topped the UK box office for the third week running, according to data from Screen International.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" earned 3.4 million pounds between Friday and Sunday to take its British gross to 36.5 million since its release three weeks ago.

Wow, three weeks already. Can you believe it?

Posted by Jasen at 12:41 PM

Gary Oldman In Talks For Star Wars?

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.

Posted by Jasen at 12:29 PM

Clinton's Memoir No Match for the Wizard

Bill Clinton's been called a lot of things, but one thing local booksellers aren't calling him is a boy wizard.

Even with the former leader of the free world, a reported $10 million advance and a media maelstrom behind it, President Clinton's "My Life" doesn't match the stir brought on with books by J.K. Rowling.

More from the Citizen-Times! (Thanks to GotPotter!)

Posted by M17 at 12:25 PM

June 21, 2004

Potter as a Phobia Fighter

USA Today has this...

Children can't wave magic wands to make their fears disappear, but Harry Potter might help them learn to face them.

Despite [Prisoner of Azkaban's] dark premise, some experts say the film's overarching theme of confronting and overcoming fears — a common thread through much of the series about the young wizard — sends a positive message to young viewers.

"Superficially, it's about witches and wizards and magic and all that other stuff," says Syd Brown, a clinical psychologist in Bethesda, Md. "In fact, it's a tribute to perseverance and resilience."

Posted by M17 at 03:13 PM

Harry Potter: Classic Literature Material?

Harry Potter is the smash hit movie of the season. That isn’t surprising given the enormous popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. The fantasy novels may never find a niche among the great works of literature, at least in the opinion of academics...

More from The Joplin Globe.

Posted by M17 at 03:08 PM

Despite Efforts, PoA Pirated

Police in Durban have hit counterfeiters where it hurts, making their biggest haul of pirate DVDs in the city. In a raid, police seized DVDs worth R2.7-million, many the latest blockbusters of Hindi and Hollywood releases.

The police action may have helped stem the flood of DVDs swamping the country and threatening the legitimate entertainment industry and the loss of thousands of jobs.

It is believed that the DVDs are manufactured in Pakistan and then smuggled into South Africa. Among the 3 706 DVDs confiscated were films like Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and The Passion Of The Christ. Some were multiple DVDs of sets of threes and fives.

The full article can be found at IOL South Africa.

Posted by M17 at 03:06 PM

Japan goes potty over release of 'Prisoner'

Mainichi Daily News has an article about the popularity of the PoA Film in Japan.

Japan has been struck spellbound by the release this month of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," much to the delight of fans and businesses alike.

A staggering 85,000 advance tickets have been sold for the film in major cities alone, so the distributor of the movie, Warner Brothers Pictures Japan, is hoping the film will break audience records.

Read more at the above link.

Thanks to Wizard News for the information.

Posted by Vickie at 08:41 AM

TWO Directors for GoF?!

El Cronista De Salem sends in this translation of a news story from Noticias Dot:

Problems in the Warner studies can allow to the author of Harry Potter to choose the director of the fourth film, the Goblet of Fire. Alexander Ransdon, director of productions of Warner, did a contract with Mike Newell for being the director of the 4th film. Ransdon signed a contract and announcied his name for the movie.

Read the full article by clicking 'more.' We're not absolutely sure this is the real situation, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.

In spite of this, Linsen Crafter, second president of Warner Bros Europe, chose David Heyman, but the contract finnaly wasnt signed. But the problem is going to be bigger, because Licenciado Espine, president of Warner Bros Latinoamerica and Spain, holded hard conversations with Alfonso Cuaron be the director of Goblet of Fire, and finally CUARON SIGNED.

In this moment, Warner shows a bad situation. They have signed with
two director for the same film. The company will accept the decision
of J.K. Rowling for who will direct the film.

Posted by M17 at 08:34 AM

One year ago...

One year ago today, our dreams were coming true. Alot of waiting has been ceased. The anticipation of the fifth book,"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was released! Seems that time just flew by and again we wait. Wait for the next anticipated book "Harry Potter and [insert name here]". Hopefully we wont have to wait like for the last one. =D

Posted by xAmarisx at 03:54 AM

June 20, 2004

PoA Knocked Off of Top Spot

Prisoner of Azkaban has been knocked to third, earning $17.4 million, behind The Terminal ($18.7 million), and Dodgeball (about $30 million) in this weekends tallies. More from Yahoo! News.

Posted by M17 at 04:57 PM

Ministry Census Results: Your Opinion of PoA

Here are the results for the previous Ministry Census poll:


Now that you've finally seen the PoA movie, what do you think of it?!

63 % 13 % 18 % 4 % 2 %
Responses Votes
It-was-AWESOME!!! 1321
It-was-COOL! 264
It was all right; could've been better. 383
Worse than the first two. 93
I'm never seeing another Harry Potter movie again. 39
Total Votes: 2100

Be sure to cast your vote in the latest one!

Posted by Jasen at 04:49 PM

New Weasley Twins Interview

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.

Posted by at 09:36 AM