August 07, 2004

BREAKING NEWS: GOF Film Script - The First Task

Thanks to TLC for this; a portion of the Goblet of Fire film script (The First Task) has been posted online, here it is:

That's it.
(to Harry)
Harry. That's it!
(hurrying off)
Of course the incantation will
have to be rather powerful and
you'll have to leave a window open...

Harry watches Hermione go MUTTERING off, then turns, looks for Cho. Gone. He frowns, then passes out of FRAME, the CAMERA moving toward a WINDOW...


...and through, soaring over the grounds to the dense trees of the Forbidden Forest, circling the CRIMSON GLOW of the clearing, where newly erected STANDS teem with students...


...descending into the clearing itself, where Fred & George conduct a few last minute transactions...

Step up mates! Who fancies a
flutter on tonight's bloodbath?

Smart money's on Krum to survive!

One'll get you ten if Potter
dies. OW!

Hermione POPS George hard in the arm, glowering disapprovingly as...

We'd cut Harry in, of course...

...the CAMERA tracks back with her into a TENT, where...


...Harry paces. Hermione snaps shut the flap.
Smiles nervously.

How're you feeling? OK?

Harry nods. Hermione glances about.
Fleur sits in stony silence. Krum
lies on a bench. Diggory paces.

The key is to concentrate. After that, you just have to...

Battle a dragon.

Right...Oh, Harry!

Overcome, she throws her arms around him, when -- FLASH! -- Rita Skeeter strolls
in, PHOTOGRAPHER in tow.

Young love. How stirring. If things go
unfortunately tonight, you two may even
make the front page.


Oh don't even start, you silly girl. I
can tell you where it'll end.

You haff no business here. The tent is for
champions. And...friends.

Everyone turns, stunned to hear Krum speak. Skeeter studies him appraisingly (as does Hermione), then smiles thinly.

No matter. We got what we wanted.

As she exits, Dumbledore enters from the opposite end. With him are Karkaroff and Madame Maxime and Barty Crouch.

Good evening, Champions.
(as they assemble)
You've waited. You've wondered.
And now the moment is here. A
moment only you four can fully
appreciate. Which begs the
question: Why are you here,
Miss Granger?

Oh. Sorry. I'll. Just. Go.

(as she exits)

Barty Crouch steps forward with a SMALL BAG of PURPLE SILK. SMOKE weeps from the bag's SEAMS while its belly WRITHES with some sort of interior activity. Crouch seems at great pains to simply keep the bag in his hands.

Surely it's been ... agonizing ...
for you all... speculating...
these many weeks as to just what it
is that awaits you tonight. Within
this bag lies the answer...

As Crouch fumbles with the bag, Rita clucks her tongue softly as she MURMURS to the phlegmatic photographer.

Oh, Barty, what a magnificent
ruin you've become. And to think
you almost ruled the world. Of
course, that was before. Then the
cookie crumbled. I'll never forget
forget the day it happened. It's
quite remarkable to see a man
lose everything in the blink of
an eye. To see him...
(a hard smile)
...completely lose his grip.

As Crouch gains some dominion over the bag, he holds it out before a wary Fleur.

Miss Delacour, if you will...

FLASH! The photographer steps forward to capture the moment and Moody is revealed, having heard Rita's every word.

Fleur swiftly withdraws her hand from the squirming silk and finds a tiny MODEL of a DRAGON bearing the number "2." It pads angrily over her palm, lets out a TINY PUFF of SMOKE.

The Welsh Green. Mr. Krum...

Krum reaches in, draws "3."

The Chinese Fireball...

Then Cedric: "1"

The Swedish Short-Snout. Which leaves...

The Horntail.

Dumbledore's eyes darken as they peer into Harry's palm. The miniature Horntail rears up angrily, lets out a ROAR and emits a TINY BALL of FIRE.

These represent four very real
dragons, each of which has been
given a golden egg to protect.
Your objective is simple: Collect
the egg. This you must do, for
each egg contains a clue, without
which you cannot hope to survive
the next task. Any questions?

The Champions stand mute.

Very well. Good luck to you all.
Mr. Diggory, at the sound of the
cannon, you may pro--

KA-BLOOM! Filch fires a SMALL CANNON a tad early, causing all present to nearly jump out of their skins.

Cedric stares at the tiny dragon in his hand, then closes his fingers over it and strides away. CAMERA RISES behind the remaining TRIO as Cedric exits...rising higher as the nseen crowd ROARS...rising into the peak of the tent where the canvas undulates with the FLAMES that FLICKER beyond...cycling slowly back down to...

Harry. Standing alone. As he begins to move, CAMERA tracks after, following him through the tent and into...


...the ROARING arena, where HUNDREDS of SCREAMING FACES wheel above him and THREE MASSIVE BANNERS hang TATTERED and SMOKING. Only the banner opposite, emblazoned with the HOGWARTS CREST, is wholly intact. Then...

A FIREBALL BURSTS through the center of it and the banner DISINTEGRATES, revealing...the Horntail. Yellow eyes blzing. Spiked tail punishing the ground where a GLIMMERING GOLDEN EGG lies. Harry points his wand to the sky:

Accio Firebolt!

Instantly, CAMERA CRANES high, soaring above the clearing and the forest that contains it, leaving the shrieking voices behind, finding Hogwarts Castle on the horizon. A PINPRICK appears in the sky, lengthening, drawing closer in a RUSH of AIR. And then...Harry's FIREBOLT streaks into view.

CAMERA CRANES DOWN, plummeting back into the abyss of SCREAMING VOICES, tracking the broom right into...

Harry's hand.
Instantly, Harry ROCKETS into the air, clothes snapping, hair fluttering off his SCAR.

Engraged, the Horntail's head swivels, yellow eyes tracking Harry's every move. As Harry DIVES...

...the Horntail SPITS forth a BLAZING ROPE of FIRE. Harry swoops, streaking under the flames, straightens out, DIVES again, then looks down and...

...sees the dragon's SPIKED TAIL lashing up like a whip.
Harry rolls sideways, strangling the Firebolt's handle as the dragon's tail whistles past and a GUST of WIND buffets him.

Rolling upright, Harry jets away, dodging one volley of FIRE after another, then loops down and ...finds himself heading directly at the Horntail. Furious, the dragon rises up, sends forth an errant BLAST of FIRE and, for the briefest of moments, leaves the golden egg exposed.

Posted by iruhkoi at 04:24 PM

New GoF on set Pic's

GOF set photos

TLC has posted never-before-seen pictures of the cast on set of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire along with several images of from the movie. It is their request that you view the images via the link to the article they have posted.
Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4
Image 5, Image 6, Image 7, Image 8

Thanks to TLC you can read the report.


Muggle Net have also been given some exclusive images.
Image 1, Image 2, Image 3
Image 4, Image 5, Image 6.

Posted by Animate at 04:07 PM

Book 6 and 7 Theories Updated!

Ahoy there! Kudos to M17, as the latest updates to the Book 6 and Book 7 Theories pages are now online!

Posted by Jasen at 01:32 PM

"4 joysticks" for POA says Kidzworld

Another positive review of the POA videogame has popped up. Kidzworld, a site related to videogames that appeal to younger audiences, has given the game a "4 joystick" rating.

Read more at the link above...

Posted by Andrew at 01:14 PM | Comments (1)

Summer Class Promotes Academics

This is the second year the pair have brandished their wands and donned their thinking caps to research countless magic books and science experiments.

The goal: To find the right mix for a magical week that slakes Potter fans' thirst for all things Hogwarts and sneaks in a little math, reading and science along the way...

"We totally rely on kids' imagination," Boazman says. "These kids are doing math, science, reading, and writing, but they don't notice because they're having so much fun."

More from the Idaho Statesman.

Posted by M17 at 09:19 AM

August 06, 2004

Harry and the Potters!

It seems that "Harry and the Potters" is actually, a band!


Sarah Blair and Amanda Ash of the International Society of Potter Obsessed Losers (ISPOL) recently attended a free "Harry and the Potters" concert in Kansas and were nice enough to share some pictures and insight into the event.

Read the full article here!

You can check out Harry and the Potters website and you can even listen to some of their songs, including songs about Sirius, Umbridge and Hermione!

Posted by Kristina at 08:01 PM

More Information on Miranda Richardson ('Rita Skeeter')


It's a dream job for an actress to land a role in the latest "Harry Potter" film while also turning the tables on the press. Brit Miranda Richardson will play Rita Skeeter, the muckraking reporter in the Mike Newell-directed "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

In the fourth installment of the children's series, based on the best-selling books by J.K. Rowling, the young wizard Harry comes to terms with his fame as he enters the challenging Triwizard Tournament, held between three wizarding schools.

Skeeter is a reporter for the wizards' paper, The Daily Prophet, and has a reputation for biased views, sniffing out news stories even in the most protected, private circles, and plaguing Harry with her endless questions.

Richardson joins other "Harry Potter" newcomers Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody, Robert Pattinson as Harry's friend Cedric Diggory, Stanislav Ianevski as Quidditch star Viktor Krum, French actress Clemence Poesy as Beauxbatons student Fleur Delacour and Katie Leung as Harry's love interest Cho Chang.

(Read more here.)

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 07:24 PM takes over the internet!

BBC Newsround has reported that JKR's website is the most popular place for kids getting 220m hits since it's opening 2 months ago!

You can read the whole article here!

Credit: BBC Newsround

Posted by Kristina at 07:13 PM

Percy takes 'cool role'

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.

Posted by Bunny at 05:12 PM

Dutch court blocks 'Potter'-like book, rejects parody claim

A Dutch court has blocked publication in the Netherlands of a Russian children's book that author J.K. Rowling said was too similar to her "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
The Amsterdam district court Thursday ordered Dutch publisher Byblos to withhold 7,000 translated copies of "Tanja Grotter and the Magic Bass," by Dmitry Yemets, rejecting an argument that it was a parody of Harry Potter.
Thanks to Charleston.Net, more on the story here.

Posted by Ema21 at 03:02 PM

Lego has Potter site

Lego has a new site up for it's Harry Potter Lego's Sets. Includes Marauder's Map Game, and HP Lego products list. Real cool. Thanks Lego:

Posted by Ema21 at 02:43 PM

Three-Disc Set Preorder Also Available

The three-disc set (as previously reported), containing the first three Harry Potter film DVD discs in one collection, is also now available for preorder at Barnes & Noble. The product photograph, pictured below, also confirms that the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD will be different in packaging from the first two.

Posted by Jasen at 01:35 PM

Pre-Order PoA DVD (Starting Today) from Barnes & Noble

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is scheduled to be released on DVD on November 23, 2004. Barnes & Noble has announced in an e-mail campaign that they will now be accepting preorders for the DVD.

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 09:55 AM

The Pressure of School Tests Related to OWLs

Not even the reigning prince of young-adult literature is exempt from testing-related tremors: The title character of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix gets the shivers over his upcoming exam, the O.W.L. -- Ordinary Wizarding Level...

What would happen to a bright, outgoing child trapped in a mind-numbing world of tests, tests and more tests?

More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Posted by M17 at 09:09 AM

Harry Potter No Longer Fastest Selling

Step aside J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter, move along Dan Brown and "The Da Vinci Code." Author John Strelecky and his book "The Why Are You Here Cafe" just set the world record for the fastest sales on all seven continents.

Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! News

Posted by M17 at 09:06 AM

GoF Filming: Port Key Scene

The port key scene was seen being filmed. Read about it at HPANA. Hopefully this means we'll see the World Cup.

Posted by Deb at 08:56 AM


LEGO has just released a realistic replica of the Knight Bus. Read about it here. Thanks to Am for the scoop.

Posted by Deb at 08:34 AM

More Details on PoA DVD & VHS

Thanks to Harry Latino, for sending us more detials about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on DVD & VHS (which, as previously reported, is due out in November 23):

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on DVD

DVD Extra's

From never-before-seen footage, classroom tours and challenges, fans
will become well acquainted with secrets of the wizard world.

The two-disc edition DVD will include these spellbinding special features:

  • A selection of mystifying exclusive never-before-seen footage.
  • Creating the Vision a revealing interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers.
  • Three great interactive challenges! Test your memory with "Magic You
    May Have Missed", help Crookshanks "Catch Scabbers", and go on an
    unexpected quest with Sir Cadogan.
  • Self-guided iPIX tours into Honeydukes and Professor Lupin's Defense
    Against the Dark Arts classroom.
  • Raucous interviews with the cast lead by Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head.
  • Meet the animal trainers from the movie in Care of Magical Creatures.
  • Choir Practice sing-along with the Hogwarts choir.
  • Hogwarts Portrait Gallery - get a closer look at the various portraits
    lining the walls of Hogwarts castle.
  • Conjuring a Scene an in-depth look at the making of key scenes from the film.
  • Theatrical trailers of all three Harry Potter films.
  • Electronic Arts game preview.

    DVD-ROM PC capable features include:
  • Wizard Trading Cards.
  • Hogwarts timeline.

    DVD info:

  • DVD: $29.95 VHS: $22.95
  • Street Date: November 23, 2004
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
  • Running time: 142 mins
  • Rating: PG (frightening moments, creature violence and mild language)

    Posted by Animate at 04:16 AM
  • August 05, 2004

    Potter Among "Works Re-read Most Often"

    According to, a study by the American Library Association found that the books (among novels, plays, and short stories) reread most often include the Harry Potter books, the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Shakespeare's plays.

    "I think books that get re-read have characters or scenes or lessons that people want to go back to again and again," says Neal Wyatt, the head of an ad hoc ALA committee that analyzed what books are re-read.

    "Some books need repetitive readings just to feel like you got it. And sometimes it's not even fair to say the books are re-read because you're a different person each time you read them," Wyatt said.

    Read more at the link above!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 08:41 PM Updates With New Blog

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

    Posted by Jasen at 12:02 PM

    August 04, 2004

    BREAKING NEWS: Ralph Fiennes & Richardson Confirmed!!

    From Warner Bros.'s new press release:

    Ralph Fiennes (Red Dragon, Maid in Manhattan, Schindler's List) and Miranda Richardson (The Hours, Sleepy Hollow, The Crying Game) have joined the all-star cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter novel series. Fiennes will play Harry Potter's nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, and Richardson takes on the role of muckraking journalist Rita Skeeter.

    Share your thoughts on this big casting news in the discussion thread!!

    Posted by Jasen at 05:08 PM

    August 03, 2004

    Tom Riddle's Diary Sells for $4,000 at Auction

    Tom Riddle's diaries used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were sold at a private auction on ebay. The two diaries fetched over $4,000 combined, the BBC reports.

    Posted by at 05:19 PM

    Harry Potter...Canadian?

    It's tough being a Harry Potter fan club these days. Mention the bespectacled teen wizard in a conference program, put up posters, or -- heaven forbid -- dress up like him and you risk a trademark infringement lawsuit from the higher powers that control Harry's merchandising empire.

    So, in a solution that's increasingly common among legions of Potter-obsessed fans, organizers of an international Harry Potter conference this weekend in Ottawa have tweaked the children's classic. Their Harry has Canadian roots.

    It appears that in the year 900 -- when the wizards' Hogwarts school opened in Europe -- intrepid wizards crossed the Atlantic on Viking ships. They landed in Canada, blended into aboriginal tribes and merged their knowledge with shamans.


    Posted by Jasen at 02:19 AM

    Tom Riddle's Diary On Auction

    Thanks to reader Graham for letting us know that the original Tom Riddle special effects diary is currently up for auction over at eBay.

    Posted by Jasen at 01:37 AM

    August 02, 2004

    Harry Potter Profits Allow Bloomsbury Expansion

    As Reuters reports, UK publisher Bloomsbury has earned a huge sum from the Harry Potter novels, but missed out on even more profits due to its lack of presence in the United States.

    Backed by Potter's magical profits, Bloomsbury has expanded into the United States and Germany...

    When the first Harry Potter book was released, "we didn't have Bloomsbury U.S. or Bloomsbury Germany," said Katie Bond, head of publicity. "It would have been great to have had an American operation, but Scholastic (which holds the U.S. rights to the Harry Potter series) has done a great job."

    EDIT It was also pointed out that this article mentions the "adult harry potter." Read on at the link!

    Posted by M17 at 12:12 PM

    Even MORE Movie Cast Info Pages Up

    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.

    Posted by Jasen at 09:32 AM

    Order of the Phoenix Gets Tentative Release Date

    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.

    Posted by M17 at 09:09 AM

    Diagon Alley RPG in Arizona

    azcentral reports...

    A cheaper, more informal brand of gaming is Live Action Role Playing.

    "It's sort of like theatrical improvisation," says DeAnna Renae, Sparer's partner in Saturday's game of Diagon Alley. "You just pick a persona and try to react to a given scenario as if you were that character." For Renae, a... student who goes by "Melody Kilroy" when she's playing Diagon Alley, gaming is a chance to dress up, let her imagination run, and escape into a bit of fantasy.

    More at the link above.

    Posted by M17 at 06:43 AM

    An Eighth Book?

    Though we haven't heard anything from J.K. Rowling herself, Web India reports:

    J K Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series, has revealed that she will be writing an eighth book, the proceeds from which, will go to charity. According to The Sun, the book will not see the teen wizard embarking on a new adventure, instead it will include extracts from the first seven books and will be like a Potter Encyclopedia.

    However, we don't know how reliable this is, so for now, it can only - still - be regarded as a rumor.

    EDIT Thanks to iHP reader drawken, who informs us that this has been posted for a while on JK Rowling's website.

    Posted by M17 at 06:36 AM

    August 01, 2004

    Robbie Coltrane Talks About Life Off Screen

    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)!

    Posted by Jasen at 11:16 AM