July 17, 2004

French Government vs. Potter

Critics are crying foul over Potterism. They say it throws a bad light and will taint childrens views of government for years to come. Of course a lot is misinturpreted. For instance they site Cedric as weak and Percy as unintelligent. And although I'll admit Percy has made some bad choices, he is far from stupid. Read about it in the NY Times.

Posted by Deb at 11:08 PM

Who's This Joneses, Fellar?

JK ROWLING may be about to be hit by a flying “bludger” as a Scottish writer aims to rival the success enjoyed by dramatisations of the Harry Potter books with adaptions of her own work.

Julia Donaldson, from Bearsden in Glasgow, last week signed a six-figure film contract with Warner Bros and Heyday films, the team behind the hugely successful Harry Potter films, for her forthcoming novel, The Giants And The Joneses. With this level of big screen backing, Donaldson could be set to topple Rowling, much as a bludger knocks characters off their brooms in the Harry Potter series.

Continue reading at the Sunday Herald.

Posted by Jasen at 09:35 PM

New "Diggory" Pics

Check out CBBC Newsround for a few new pictures of the actor cast as Cedric Diggory. Thanks, Leaky.

Posted by M17 at 09:15 AM

Japanese Translation Sets Record

From Mainichi Daily News...

The first printing of the Japanese language version of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth in the series of books about a boy wizard, will reach 2.9 million sets, a record for the industry, publisher Sayzansha announced.

The book, which comes in two volumes that will not be sold separately, beats the record of 2.3 million sets set in October 2002 by the series' fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

Sayzansha said that the Japanese translations of the first four books in the Harry Potter series have sold 16.84 million copies. The size of the first print was determined by orders from bookstores that Sayzansha had received by the end of June.

Posted by M17 at 09:13 AM

July 16, 2004

Goblet of Fire to be "the most expensive movie ever made"

And apparently more expensive than any of the movie adaptations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. From the Sunday Mail:

Goblet Of Fire the fourth Potter film will cost £170 million £5 million more than Return of the King, the last in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Filming is due to begin in April and [director Mike] Newell said: ''I think of myself as being really lucky. I'm going to make the most expensive film there has ever been.

[Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)]'s character has presented Newell with a giant sized headache finding an 8 ft tall French woman to play Hagrid's love interest, Madame Maxime. He said: ''We are casting right now. I've been in Paris, looking for giant women and French schoolgirls.''

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:29 PM

John Williams: Not scoring Goblet of Fire?

Well, is it déjà vu all over again? This from JWfan.net:

We have learned from two very reliable sources that John Williams is not scoring Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, due to scheduling conflicts -although things might change in the coming months.

According to o­ne of the sources (someone very close to the composer), Williams might write the score for Memoirs of a Geisha. Both 'Harry Potter 4' and 'Geisha' are scheduled for release in Fall, 2005.

Remember, this is UNCONFIRMED. Trust iharrypotter.net to keep you updated as this story develops and more information is known. Discuss the possibility in our official forum thread.

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:19 PM

News Archives Reformatted

With some help from Iruhkoi, I've managed to get up the iHP News Archives Main Page, which indexes this site's news by category, month, and now, by week. Check it out at the link -- And not to mention, the Search feature has now been revamped ;)

Posted by Jasen at 02:03 PM | TrackBack

Dan, Rupert, and Emma On Cover of teenVogue!

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!

Posted by Jasen at 10:06 AM

New Q&A With Actor Playing Bill Weasley!

The Burrow was lucky enough to have a little sit-down with actor Richard Fish about his role as Bill Weasley in the upcoming GoF movie. Here's a snippet:

Richard, tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you? And are you a natural red-head? Have you been acting a long time? What other (if any) work have you done (on stage or screen)?

Okay, I was born in London and am currently studying English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. I'm 24 years old and yes it's all natural! As for acting, I'm still trying to find some significant roles (of which, to date, Bill is the most) after performing countless plays within the University Drama Society as well as showing a keen interest in a new local Amateur Dramatics company called Act 2 Productions. Most of my on screen work has been as a background extra with The Casting Collective in several TV and film productions, namely Band of Brothers.

Read the rest here!

How did you get the part of Bill Weasley? Did they search extensively for the oldest Weasleys boys?

As I've said I used to work with The Casting Collective and it was through this company that Alfonso spotted my picture and asked me to come in for an audition. I believe there were about 20 other potential 'Bill's as well as 'Charlie's from which myself and Alex were chosen.

Have you spoken with Alex (Crockford) since shooting the Egypt scenes for 'Prisoner of Azkaban'?

I haven't actually. Having only spent a couple of days in total on set there wasn't much time to get to know him but I did give him a lift to the station when we wrapped!

How much time did you spend with the other Weasley actors and what do you think of them?

Like I said only a couple of days but it was certainly well worth every minute with them. Having Mark Williams and Julie Walters as your Mum and Dad is pretty cool! And Percy isn't as mean in real life either... ;)

What are your chances of returning for 'Goblet of Fire'?

GoF is certainly looking good for the Weasley family as after Azkaban I had a talk with a few of the Assistant Directors over a couple of months and after they learned I was keen to return to hopefully make Bill have a larger prescence, they confirmed that they were interested in re hiring me for the job. Hopefully Alex as well. One thing wich they did mention, which I must too so as not to disappoint anyone, is that we'll be there in a reduced form from the book due to it's length. Fingers crossed they won't cut too much of us!

Posted by Jasen at 10:02 AM

Arthur A. Levine Speaks About Children's Literature

Arthur A. Levine, the American publisher of the US versions of the Harry Potter books (as an imprint of Scholastic Inc.), spoke to The Oregonian about the writing of children's literature, and plans on visiting the Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR at 7:30 PM on Monday, July 19, 2004 and giving a speech called "Aiming for Excellence: What You Can Learn From the Most Honored Books of 2003."

Excerpts from the article reveal some deatails about how the "translation" is made from British manuscript of the Potter novels to the published American version.

"There is a great misapprehension that it's easy to write a children's book," Arthur Levine said. "It's widely held in all forms of literature -- that it's somehow easy to do -- but it often seems that people read to their kids and make the leap that they could write something that connects in the same way as the book they're reading."

Levine should know. He has his own imprint at Scholastic Inc. and has edited two books that won the Caldecott Medal ("Officer Buckle and Gloria" by Peggy Rathman and "Mirette on the High Wire" by Emily Arnold McCully). His main claim to fame these days is that he is J.K. Rowling's American editor and works with her on the "Harry Potter" series. It says "Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic" on the spine of Rowling's books, visibility that attracts anyone with a manuscript.

Levine's imprint publishes about 15 books every year. He edits all of them himself.

OK, what can you learn from the most-honored books of 2003?

"Well, I don't want to give my whole talk away, but it's always useful and interesting to look at the books that won the major awards in our field to see what you can learn," he said. "It's not always the case, though, that the books that were universally acclaimed or got the best reviews turn out to be the best books in any year. 'Charlotte's Web' is the classic case. It did not win the Newbery Medal the year it was published."

The "Harry Potter" series has won a few awards and lost a few, too. The title for the sixth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," recently was announced by Rowling on her (very cool) new Web site, www.jkrowling.com/en/thankyou.cfm. No publication date has been announced. (The paperback edition of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" will be published on Aug. 10.)

When Rowling completes her manuscript, Levine will read it, make notes, fly to London and meet with his counterpart at Rowling's British publisher, Bloomsbury, then discuss the novel with Rowling.

"I'm happy to talk about Harry Potter," Levine said. "I love working on the books."

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 08:21 AM

Locking Mechanism Company Showcases Work

Ever wonder where those "magically latching" locks on the 70 ft-high Hogwarts door seen in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie came from?

"Lenze Ltd, based in Caxton Road, Bedford, is currently showcasing its work in the latest Harry Potter movie The Prisoner of Azkaban. They supplied 14 locking mechanisms using, for the technically-minded, linear actuators to push in and out and rotate the locks automatically.

While Harry and the Hogwarts School of Wizardry may be responsible for the conjuring tricks, it is the muggles at Lenze's school of engineering who made the magic door work in reality."

Read more at The Luton News!

Posted by iruhkoi at 08:07 AM

IMDB Lists Half Blood Prince Movie

Although the book hasn't been released yet and there is no known release date, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has listed "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" as an upcoming movie slated for a 2008 release. Obviously an estimation, but at least they're confident the book will be out before then!

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:55 AM

July 15, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: New iHP Staff Wanted!!

Hey folks, Iruhkoi here.

iHarryPotter.net wants YOU to join us! If you're an avid Potter fan, enjoy iHP.net, its content, forums, and updates, then this is your chance to become a part of the worldwide Harry Potter phenomenon and a member of the iHarryPotter.net site staff. We're looking for motivated, interested individuals who are willing to volunteer at least 4-6 hours of their time weekly in one or more of the following available positions:

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Posted by iruhkoi at 02:20 PM

More Pics From 2005 Mary Grandpre Calendar!

El Cronista de Salem sends us some more links to unseen pics from the new 2005 Mary Grandpre Monthly Calendar:

The cover, Hagrid and Harry, back cover, and the cover of the Day to Day calendar.

You saw 'em here first!

Posted by Jasen at 01:37 PM

Ottakar's Sales Rise

Half-year sales at Ottakar's have been strong and gross margins have been in line with its expectations, the British bookseller said. Total sales were up 19.9% with like-for-like sales up 4.1%... They cited the success of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books as one of the reasons sales were rising.

Read more about the British bookseller here. (Via WizardNews)

Posted by M17 at 09:08 AM

Updates on the Official Site

The official Harry Potter site has a few updates; thanks to El Cronista de Salem for this tip:

You can find more downloads at the "Downloads" page. You can create your own door hanger with the badge of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw, with your name in it. You can print a door hanger of Sirius Black too.

Also a little extra mention, as El Cronista mentions, official sites such as harrypotter.es, harrypotter.it, harrypotter.de, harrypotter.fr, and harrypotter.jp will now be updated from their respective countries instead of London, as they were before. These sites will contain different styles and content.

EDIT by Jasen: The Official Site has also released a new Divination Class section of their site, complete with downloads and mini games.

There's also a new pop-up page that allows you to sample some of the music from the PoA soundtrack if you're still thinking about buying it.

Posted by M17 at 08:44 AM

Potter Actors Receive Emmy Nominations

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!

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:58 AM

"Floo Powder" Causes Post Office Scare

A 16-year-old fan was sending a birthday card "to Harry Potter in England" and sprinkled the envelope with some "floo powder," to "help [the] envelope travel," according to an article in TheKansasCityChannel.com:

A birthday card to a fictional character shut down a Missouri post office for two hours on Wednesday, KMBC's Lara Moritz reported. A worker at the Buckner post office spotted white powder on an envelope. The office was sealed off and hazmat crews were called in to check out the situation.

"It's not every day you get a letter with white powder all over it," police Chief Charles Loring said.

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 07:47 AM

July 14, 2004

Potter Spoofs Becoming Bestsellers

123Bharath reports...

Spoof books parodying hits like 'Harry Potter' and 'The Lord of The Rings' are also becoming bestsellers. According to The Sun, a new chart that came out yesterday shows that the sales of such publications is rapidly increasing.

Included on this chart are two 'Barry Trotter' books, The Shameless Parody and The Unnecessary Sequel.

200,000 copies of 'Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody' have been sold in UK in just three years, whereas its follow-up, 'Barry Trotter And The Unnecessary Sequel' has sold 110,000 books.

Posted by M17 at 03:27 PM

Treacle Tart Anyone?

Ever wonder what treacle tart would taste like in real life? It seems now you can with this new recipe.

Now if only they had one for ice cold pumpkin juice...

Posted by Jasen at 01:28 PM

Caged Beds Row Continues

Another update on our JK Rowling outraged news story.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus today criticised the nation’s health boss for ordering the removal of beds with restraining cages from Czech psychiatric facilities, calling the decision – taken in the face of mounting foreign pressure – a “cheap gesture”.


Klaus was speaking a day after Health Care Minister Josef Kubinyi ordered the immediate removal of the beds, used to confine uncontrollable patients, in response to criticism of the practice by rights groups and other European nations.

Kubinyi’s spokeswoman said the final straw prompting him to act was a protest letter written to the Czech president by J. K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter series of children’s books.

But after the two government officials met today, a spokesman for the president said he was alarmed by the minister’s “over-hasty step”.

“The problem of dealing with people suffering from grave psychic disorders is a serious matter and cannot be solved ... by cheap gestures,” said presidential spokesman Petr Hajek.

Read more at the Scotsman.com.

Posted by Vickie at 01:17 PM

9000+ Fans Try To Meet Rowling

The The Scotsman reports that despite only 500 tickets being available for JK Rowling's Edinburgh International Book Festival appearance, more than 9000 people "asked for an application form." Read more at the link above, or visit Bloomsbury to join the thousands trying to get a ticket.

Posted by iruhkoi at 06:22 AM

July 13, 2004

JK Rowling Outraged Update

It is good to be able to provide a quick update to our previous newspost.

The Czech government in response to JK Rowlings concern about the caged beds have today ordered the removal of these beds from their psychiatric facilities. Read this story at the scotsman.com.

Posted by Vickie at 02:42 PM

Harry Potter Sandcastle Wins Top Prize

from SignOnSanDiego.com:

It was the final stretch of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition yesterday, and though much of the day was marked by friendly banter, setbacks such as this one brought on nail-biting tension. The team, which has competed for more than two decades, attempted to replicate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series.

Read more and see the sandcastle at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 10:55 AM

July 12, 2004

PoA DVD Deleted Scenes Revealed?

El Cronista de Salem writes:

Hello!
I have the screenplay of the eliminated scenes of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'. There will be few scenes in the dvd... the eliminated scenes are: 11, 40, 56 and 91-93. I give a little description of them:

-SCENE 11: in the knight bus, the little head joke with ernie, who
drives without hands. harry says "uff!".

-SCENE 40: Hagrid shout to a bird.

-SCENE 56: Harry, Ron and Hermione speak about Hogsmeade in Hogwarts
(scene before the attack to the FAT LADY). SOMETHING SPECIAL: Ron buys
the sneakcope in Derbin and Banges, not in Egypt. Lated they arrive to
the picture and appears Sir Cadogan speaking.

-SCENE 91 TO 93: McGonagall ask who has lost the passwords... Neville
speaks... you know this scene...

I am going to try to have the original screenplay... but i dont know if i will get it.

Posted by Jasen at 03:48 PM | TrackBack

J.K. Rowling Outraged

Caution: This story deals with mature subject matter.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has called for an end to the confinement in cages of disabled children in one of the European Union's newest member countries.

Rowling has protested to the Czech Ambassador to London, Stefan Fule, and written to her local MP following a Sunday newspaper investigation into the plight of children in some of the country's care homes.

"I am sure that I am not alone in feeling a deep sense of shock that a fellow member of the European Union like the Czech Republic could permit such abuses," she wrote.

The story continues at the New Zealand Herald.

The Halifax Herald Limited also has this:

A further letter from Rowling to her Member of the European Parliament, Catherine Stihler, left no doubt about the strength of her feelings on behalf of both children and adults confined to cages.

"I am sure that I am one of many who were horrified beyond words to read about the neglect and abuse of such very vulnerable people; indeed, the word torture does not seem too strong," she wrote.

"The idea that children as young as five are being locked in cages for the majority of their lives is nothing short of horrific; that this is happening in a relatively prosperous fellow EU state can only deepen feelings of outrage."

Rowling said last week that she would be contacting another MEP, Baroness Nicholson, who is already pressing for reform.

Posted by Jasen at 03:40 PM | TrackBack

July 11, 2004

UPDATE: Of Fads and Harry Potter

Several of e-mails that we received in response to a young reporter's claim that Harry Potter is a "lame American fad" from earlier this week have been posted on Opinari--click HERE to read them!

And don't forget the latest Mailbag question!

Posted by Jasen at 01:50 PM