July 31, 2004

JKRowling.com Updates

Rowling's official site has updated with a new Wizard of the Month: Honoria Nutcombe, who founded the Society for the Reformation of Hags.

Thanks to Vlad for the heads-up!

Posted by Jasen at 06:25 PM

Happy Birthday, JKR, Harry, and Richard Griffths!

As you'll see on jkrowling.com, today marks the birthday of two especially important people... First, happy birthday to J.K. Rowling. We'd all like to thank you -- for everything! You've inspired and encouraged many people with your amazing writing.

Next, of course, happy birthday to Harry Potter. Best wishes to these two, and a very happy birthday!

It also happens to be Richard Griffth's (Uncle Vernon) birthday today, so best of wishes to him as well!

What a busy day today...

Posted by M17 at 09:06 AM

July 30, 2004

Fan Art Gallery Now Open!

There's a new addition to the iHP Discussion Forums today -- presenting the Fan Art Gallery! If you got some artwork and wanna show it off, check out the link, but remember, you must be a forum member first!

Posted by Jasen at 12:20 PM

New Movie Cast Pages Up!

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 :)

Posted by Jasen at 11:30 AM

Happy Birthday, Neville!

Thanks to forum member Shruti for informing us that according to J.K. Rowling official site, today is indeed Neville Longbottom's birthday!

Posted by Jasen at 09:27 AM

July 29, 2004

Potter Used to Promote John Kerry's Campaign

"Restore Wizardry With Kerry and Potter!"

...proclaim presedential campaign buttons, "complete with side-by-side smiling portraits of [John] Kerry and Harry Potter..."

Button business is brisk both inside and outside the Democratic National Convention, where delegates and political aficionados are snapping up the circular memento faster than delegates can nominate John Kerry and John Edwards as their presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Not a huge thing, but still noteworthy. Source: The Gainesville Sun

Posted by M17 at 09:10 PM

iHP Staff Search Update

Jasen here. A quick note on the iHP staff search, we'll soon be notifying all applicants whether or not they were hired, so please stay tuned! And once again, a very big thank you for all that have already participated in this search!

Posted by Jasen at 01:42 PM

Ralph Fiennes Closer To Being Voldemort?

According to TLC, the rumors of Ralph Fiennes playing Voldemort in Goblet of Fire are getting stronger. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by Jasen at 01:37 PM

Half-Bloods and Pure Bloods Draw Nazi Parallel

JK ROWLING made the "chilling" discovery that villains in her books used the same twisted logic as the Nazis when she visited a Holocaust museum, the author has revealed.

Ms Rowling was asked by a fan to explain why some people in the stories - including the hero Harry Potter - are referred to as "half-blood" wizards.

She replied that the terms "half-blood" and "pure-blood" were used by prejudiced characters such as the evil Lucius Malfoy and the Death Eaters, servants of arch-villain Lord Voldemort.

Ms Rowling said she had invented the idea that some wizards were not considered to be "pure", and realised the similarities with the Nazisí beliefs only afterwards when she visited a museum dedicated to the Holocaust, in which six million Jewish people died.

Her decision to talk about such a sensitive issue was welcomed by an education officer at The Jewish Museum, who said the stories could be used to help children deal with racism in the playground.

Read on at scotsman!

Posted by Jasen at 01:35 PM

J.K. Rowling's Official Site Making The Numbers

Says scotsman.com:

JK ROWLING has been crowned queen of the world wide web after her new internet site attracted a staggering 220 million "hits".

The Edinburgh authorís website has proved phenomenally popular since it was launched just eight weeks ago. The home page receives 27.5 million hits on average a week making it the most popular childrensí site on the internet.

The authorís website will soon have racked up more "hits" than her 260 million book sales over the past seven years.

Posted by Jasen at 01:32 PM

MTV Delays Goblet of Fire Segment

An update from a previous story... MTV's TRL has delayed their piece from on the set of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that was set to air this Friday. Leaky says that sources involved report that this piece has been postponed for a few months, likely to air in November. We'll keep you posted with updates as they become available.

Posted by M17 at 11:09 AM

Double Cast for Neville Longbottom

ic Berkshire reports...

The 15-year-old has found himself mixing with stars of stage and screen as the double for Neville Longbottom. "I always really wanted to be an actor but never thought it would be a reality" he said. "It's brilliant."

After being measured and having his photo taken, Thomas Davy was called back for an audition at Pinewood Studio. He impressed the director so much he was cast as the double for the bumbling Neville in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Thomas is already living most teenagers' dreams. "I have a trailer were I can play around and was sat next to Miranda Richardson [Rita Skeeter] in make-up the other day" he said.

Posted by M17 at 08:05 AM

July 28, 2004

Behold, Harry Potter Country!

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

Posted by Jasen at 11:54 AM

Prisoner of Azkaban Creates Attendance Records

Cinema audiences soared to a 35-year high last month as wet weather sent Brits scuttling indoors. A dismal June saw 14.7 million people head for the big screens, with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban their top choice. That's the highest June total since The Italian Job and The Wild Bunch came out in 1969. Harry Potter was the biggest cinema draw in June, making £36.9million.

More from The Daily Record.

Posted by M17 at 09:27 AM

New Video Game System Promotes Health

Here's a way to turn your love of video games into a great workout regime as well. PowerGrid Fitness is selling a product called the kiloWatt Intensity Gaming System. It looks like a machine you might see at the local gym.

There is a single shoulder-height joystick for your controller. There is a back brace to push against. When you push, sensitive sensors measure the strain you are placing on an alloy metal resistance rod and a microprocessor calculates how hard you're pushing. The more you push, the more power you have playing the video game.

As the article (from ABC6 & FOX4; Billings, Montana) reports, ideal games for the kiloWatt system include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Posted by M17 at 09:24 AM

Potter Conjures Profits for Time Warner

As Reuters reports...

Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, on Wednesday posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on higher television networks revenue and its latest "Harry Potter" movie. The New York-based owner of the Warner Bros studios, CNN and HBO posted a second-quarter net profit of $777 million, or 17 cents a share, compared with $1.06 billion, or 23 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.

More at the link.

Posted by M17 at 09:17 AM

July 27, 2004

Happy Birthday M17!

Today, fellow iHP staff member, M17 celebrates his 16th birthday! Send all your birthday wishes and greetings over to m17@iharrypotter.net!

Thanks for all that you do here, M ;)

Posted by Jasen at 08:01 PM

News On The PoA DVD + Three-Pack!!

Here we are in July and already talking about the DVD -- who would've figured :p

DVD Answers has up new info on the DVD, which will be released November 23 at a suggested retail price of $29.95. And there will even be a three-pack released the same day, which will include all three films (a total of six discs). Check out the More link for details!

Warner has officially announced Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which stars Daniel Radcliffe as the now legendary wizard. The two-disc set will be available to own from the 23rd November this year, for around $29.95. As well as a 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation and English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the disc will include deleted scenes, a Conjuring a Scene featurette that takes an in-depth look at the making of key scenes from the film and a Creating The Vision feature which includes a revealing interview with author J.K. Rowling, Also included will be three new interactive challenges in which you can test your memory with "Magic You May Have Missed", help Crookshanks "Catch Scabbers" and go on an unexpected quest with Sir Cadogan. Other features will include two self guided tours of Honeydukes and Professor Lupin's Classroom, a sing-along with the Hogwarts choir, a Hogwarts Portrait Gallery, cast interviews by Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head, an Electronic Arts game preview, a feature in which you meet the animal trainers in care of the magical creatures, trailers for all three Harry Potter films and more. Arriving the same day will be a Harry Potter three-pack release, containing the first three Harry Potter films. This will retail for $59.92.

The cover of the PoA DVD can be seen here. All disc special features and cover images are subject to change.

Posted by Jasen at 06:01 PM

PoA Helps Set Summer Box Office Record

From IMDB:

Thanks primarily to the astounding success of Shrek 2 ($429.2 million cumulative as of this weekend), Spider-Man 2 ($328.5 million cumulative), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($241.8 million cumulative), the summer box office is now running 14 percent ahead of last year, when a new record was set, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Tuesday).

Posted by Jasen at 05:35 PM

Charlie Weasley, Up Close and Personal

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.

Posted by Jasen at 01:01 PM

July 26, 2004

FOUR YEARS Mini-Site Updated

I've just added a Look Back at v2 to the Four Year mini-site, which you can check out at the link!

Remember, we'll be updating all week, so check back!

Posted by Jasen at 05:37 PM

JK Rowling Updates Site with NEW Questions

Many thanks to iHP forum member shruti_11 for this tip...JK Rowling's official website has been updated with new Frequently Asked Questions and of course, their answers. New questions include:

  • Will Arthur Weasley be the new Minister for Magic?

  • Is Tom Riddle the Half-Blood Prince?

  • In what way is "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" related to "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"?

  • Why are some people in the wizarding world called 'half-blood' even though both their parents were magical?
  • To see the answers, click here! Remember, you saw it @ iHP first! :)

    Posted by Jasen at 07:26 AM

    July 25, 2004

    I'm Baaaaaaack!

    Well, I'm back from my little weekend off, which was great! Checking my e-mail today, I was overwhelmed by all the birthday greetings that I received from readers. I'd like to thank you all for your kind, kind words and support :)

    And don't forget to check out the iHP FOUR YEAR mini-site, which takes a look back at the site from the very beginning, in retrospect. We'll be updating it all week, so check back everyday!

    Thank you all once again for four awesome years of iHP! Now, where did I put that piece of cake...

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    Bulgarian Website Aims To Ban Harry Potter

    From noinvite.com:

    Bulgarians launched a special website dedicated to the mission of banning Harry Potter books.

    According to the website - http://www.stop-harry-potter.hit.bg - the sequence putting an emphasis on magical rituals was "dangerous." The authors also lash Harry Potter for making kids believe that one could fight evil forces through" white magic."

    The Bulgarians underline that according to the Bible, there is no difference between different types of magic.

    "Be careful, do not open those books even if you're curious about them!" - the website says.

    Posted by Jasen at 02:11 PM

    Fans Celebrate Potter In Summer Learning Workshop

    Times Recorder has this:

    ZANESVILLE -- Christian Pettet has read all the Harry Potter books -- twice.

    The 11-year-old, soon-to-be sixth-grader, participated in a one-day Harry Potter workshop at Ohio University Zanesville Friday along with 19 other students ranging from fourth to seventh grades. The group is broken into four "Houses" based on the houses in the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling.

    ...The workshop serves as a way for educators to get children involved in educational programs during the summer months. This is the fourth summer literary workshop for children the campus has offered -- the third using the Harry Potter theme. Last year the theme was the Columbus Zoo.

    Posted by Jasen at 02:08 PM

    Siriusly, Now, The Summer Dog Days

    Reader Avalon1 writes:

    hi,

    i actually don't think this is a real 'news scoop' but i thought it was interesting nonetheless.

    kind of harry potter related but more historical, this article talks about how the origin of dog days in the summer came about - from sirius, the dog star.

    have a great day!

    Posted by Jasen at 02:03 PM

    Harry Potter Inspires Christian Alternative

    G. P. Taylor, an Anglican vicar, onetime roadie for the Sex Pistols and former all-around sinner, was roaring across the Yorkshire moors on his Yamaha XV1100 in a lightning storm when the idea for his hit Christian children's book, "Shadowmancer," came to him.

    Like some other committed Christians, he had been disturbed by the amount of witchcraft and the occult in children's literature. "Harry Potter," for instance. The best-selling author J. K. Rowling gives too much power to the forces of evil in her books, he told parishioners. Well, one congregant replied, why not write your own book then?

    Continue reading at The NY Times!

    Thanks to Avalon1 for the tip!

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