August 14, 2004

PoA clothes exhibit

The Galeries Lafayette exhibition in Paris, has Harry, Hermione, and Ron's clothes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on display. The clothes are worn near the end of the movie, from Hermione's punch to the Shrieking Shack scene. You can see the pictures here

Thanks Veritaserum

Posted by Bunny at 11:15 PM

Public Reading by JK Rowling

Though similar to an earlier posted news piece, this one focuses soley on JK

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is due to delight a small group of her devoted fans today by giving her first public reading in Scotland for four years.

The world-famous writer will be appearing before a few hundred lucky fans in her home city at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this morning.

See full story here

Posted by Bunny at 11:04 PM

PoA is a "Four Star" Movie -says Stephen King

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has author Stephen King giving his opinion on summer films; he writes that "Prisoner of Azkaban" is one of only four four-star films of the summer. Thanks TLC.

Posted by Ema21 at 05:30 PM

Edinburgh Book Festival Launches!

A reminder that the Edinburgh Book Festival launches on Saturday, and will feature "some of the biggest names in contemporary literature," one of which of course is J.K. Rowling. Read more from the BBC, which is covering the event.

Check back for updates as we receive them!

Posted by iruhkoi at 09:34 AM

Opinari Wizard Diaries Coming Soon

iHP writers are hard at work setting up Wizard Diaries, the latest addition to our fan commentary site, Opinari. Keep checking back for its release, but for now---click here for a preview.

Posted by iruhkoi at 09:31 AM

"Alien vs. Predator" CG Company also does Potter

Cinesite (Europe) Ltd, the company that recently completed "several major sequences" for the recently released movie Alien vs. Predator, is also working on visuals for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, among other films. Read more from DTV Professional.

Posted by iruhkoi at 09:27 AM

August 13, 2004

New HP Items Available at Hot Topic! has recently added new Harry Potter Merchandise to its website. Some of these items include a couple 'back to school' supplies, pins, and several new t-shirt styles. Check it out here.

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 08:05 AM

Call for Papers for HP conference

Accio UK is aimed at both academics and adult fans of the Harry Potter series. The Programming Committee is therefore inviting proposals from both sectors for presentations, moderated panels, debates and workshops on any topic relating to the Harry Potter phenomenon. See the full story, deadlines and full info here Thanks, Wizard News

Posted by Bunny at 12:25 AM

August 12, 2004

Williams May Score GoF

After reports that John Williams may NOT score Goblet of Fire, has this:

In the program notes to the Hollywood Bowl concert by John Mangum, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's Program Designer/Annotator says the fourth movie will have a Williams' score:

Because of his music, Williams has come to be indelibly associated with several other film series, among them the four Superman films and the three Harry Potter films (so far - the fourth, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is due out next year, and will have another Williams score).

At this point we cannot confirm whether this information comes from Williams' himself. A month ago, we learned from both the director of music at Warner Brothers and Conrad Pope (John Williams orchestrator) that the composer was not scoring Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire due to scheduling conflicts, and was interested in doing Memoirs of a Geisha.

Meanwhile, The John Williams Web Pages contain this:

John Williams has scored Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and will also the score the fourth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, if his schedule permits.

Thanks, Veritaserum

Posted by M17 at 05:36 PM

Warner Bros. Buys Monolith Productions

A little bit off-topic, but the Associated Press is reporting that Warner Bros. has bought Kirkland, WA based video game developer Monolith Productions for an undisclosed amount of money. The report states that the company, which produced titles such as "Alien vs. Predator 2," will become a part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Source: The Puget Sound Business Journal

It will be interesting to see whether EA contiunes to produce the Harry Potter, or whether production will occur from newly-acquired Monolith Productions.

Posted by M17 at 05:23 PM

'Players' Video: Quotable Quotes from actors

The show "Players" (airs on G4 Tech TV) recently aired a five minute segment on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - the game and the movie. They also interviewed cast members, and the video has quite a few new quotes from everyone.

Full story can be seen on Veritaserum as well as the video segment.

Posted by Bunny at 02:44 PM

Matthew Lewis Supports Local Blood Drive

Actor Matthew Lewis is supporting a local blood drive. Click below for more.

Source: Leeds Today via WizardNews

In his fantasy life, teenage actor Matthew Lewis is the sort who might actually faint at the sight of blood. For he plays the hapless teenage wizard Neville Longbottom, the one who gets his spells mixed up, in the Harry Potter film series. But in real life Matthew, of Horsforth, Leeds, is made of stronger stuff and went along to The Headrow blood donor clinic to celebrate its first anniversary.

Matthew, 15, a pupil at St Mary's High School, Menston, said: "When I was little, my mum Lynda took me with her when she gave blood. So I know how important it is and I've always planned to do it as soon as I'm old enough."

Posted by M17 at 12:00 PM

HOT NEWS: WB Releases Azkaban DVD Trailer

Many, many thanks to Harry's Scrapbook for this tip---Warner Bros has released a trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, featuring preview clips from the special features. To view the trailer yourself, select one of the links below (choose your media player of preference and download quality):

  • Quicktime - 100k / 300k / 500k

  • Real Player - 56k / 100k / 300k / 500k

  • Windows Media Player - 56k / 100k / 300k / 500k
  • Remember, you heard it here at iHP first---after watching it, head over to our discussion forums to voice your opinions!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 06:08 AM

    August 11, 2004

    Potter and EyeToy Credited for Getting Kids off of the Couch

    Australia's largest selling newspaper, The Herald Sun, has posted an article crediting Sony's EyeToy for encouraging kids to get off of the couch and to become involved in the videogames they are playing. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban videogame was one of the games credited for using the camera.

    Read more at the link above.

    Posted by Andrew at 07:36 PM

    Ministry Census Results: The Readers

    A new Ministry Census poll is now up, but here are the results of the previous one:

    How long have you been visiting iHP?

    8 % 18 % 12 % 5 % 57 %
    Responses Votes
    Ever since the beginning, four years ago! Call me devoted. 141
    More than a year. 315
    Only a few months. 216
    Last week. 98
    I just discovered it today! 1014
    Total Votes: 1784
    Posted by Jasen at 07:16 PM

    Harry Potter Wins at Teen Choice Awards

    The TeenPeople 2004 Teen Choice Awards have been picked, and they will be awarded tonight on FOX TV at 8 PM (7 Central). Harry Potter is to be awarded one award - in the category of Movie: Drama/Action Adventure.

    Thanks, WizardNews.

    Posted by M17 at 04:52 PM

    Fun workshop with HP theme

    Aspiring wizards and witches can join the Wyllyotts Centre's resident workshop leader, Gary Fisher, to learn some arts and crafts and magic tricks that really work. For full information see here

    Posted by Bunny at 03:18 PM

    6-Disc Collector's Edition Product Photograph

    DVD Answers has several high resolution images of the upcoming Prisoner of Azkaban DVD as well as the three-pack collector's edition that will be released on the same day.
    Posted by iruhkoi at 01:23 PM

    Eastbourne May Be QWC Site

    Eastbourne could be the setting for the Quidditch World Cup in the next Harry Potter film. Read on at the link below...

    A newspaper report says a cliff top site, near Beachy Head, is the first choice for Warner Brothers - location managers for The Goblet of Fire.

    Eastbourne council denied the report, but said the company scouted the area and also three West Country locations.

    A spokesman for the film company said locations were never confirmed until definite arrangements had been made.

    Source: BBC News

    Posted by M17 at 09:30 AM

    Harry Potter Ane Parasmani

    Gryffindor becomes Garuddwar, and Slytherin is Nagshakti, in the Gujurati translation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The book was translated into this Indian dialect, and many of the children in the area are glad to have it:

    And for Potter's young fans? "Mummy won't have to read it out to me now. I can run through the book myself because I can connect to the magic world in my mother tongue -- the dungeons are 'bhonyaru,' herbology is 'jadibootiyon ka gyan'," says an excited Yuvraj Patel, a standard four student.

    Source: The Times of India via WizardNews

    Posted by M17 at 09:27 AM

    Actor Branagh to Star as FDR

    British actor Kenneth Branagh is set play to play Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Warm Springs," an HBO TV movie that focuses on his pre-presidency days.

    Production is set to begin in the fall, with the movie expected to air early next year. HBO declined comment on the project.

    More from Reuters.

    Posted by M17 at 09:21 AM

    August 10, 2004

    Win a chance to meet JKR!

    CBBC Newsround has a competition to meet JKR at the Edinburgh Book Festival and report on it for them! Read the full details and learn how to sign up here! By the way, sign ups end on Thursday, August 12th at noon, so hurry and sign up!

    Posted by Kristina at 08:53 PM

    Set report from GoF filming in Ashridge

    TLC has released a set report from the filming in Ashridge! The report includes scene description and is very detailed!
    Read the full article here!

    Thanks to TLC!

    Posted by Kristina at 08:40 PM

    JKR Site Update

    J.K.Rowling's Official Site has been updated. The "Wizard of the Month" tab wishes Ginny Weasley a Happy Birthday.

    Posted by Ema21 at 06:49 PM

    Wallpaper Downloads Updated

    The Interact Wallpaper Downloads has been updated with a new wallpaper from reader Isabelle!

    Help our collection grow by sending in yours (see above link for details)!

    Posted by Jasen at 02:44 PM

    God and Harry Potter?

    Author John Granger has a new book, "Looking for God in Harry Potter." As a Christian, Granger is optimistic in his views towards Harry Potter, and looks to change the minds of those who believe it is "Devil-Worship". More here. Thanks American Daily News.

    Posted by Ema21 at 01:27 PM

    "The Noble Collection" Time-Turner

    "The Noble Collection", known for their beautiful jewelry and sword replicas, has now launched a Harry Potter collection. Two very interesting item's are Hermione's Time Turner, and Harry's wand.

    Posted by Ema21 at 01:08 PM

    Pre-order PoA at

    You can now pre-order "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at! Pre-order the widescreen or full screen version! Thanks to Crystal.

    Posted by Ema21 at 12:39 PM

    More on Potter Legos

    IDa Creative Link has been working with Lego to create Harry Potter themed models...

    IDa Creative Link has been working with LEGO to provide magical Harry Potter themed window de-luxe that are being installed throughout the UK and Europe North. The displays feature the triple-decker Knight Bus as seen in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. The Knight Bus is just one of the many models inspired by the film that are now being produced by LEGO.

    LEGO required a number of window de-luxe displays to highlight its new Harry Potter offering in the windows of stores such as Hamley's of London and Jenner's in Edinburgh. Outside of the UK the IDa manufactured models are being used in Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland.

    More from Advertising-UK

    Posted by M17 at 08:20 AM

    Report: The Rare-Book Market

    The rare-book market has become increasingly accessible to novices in the past 10 years, not least due to a boom in internet trading. The sums commanded by books like Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone are unprecedented among book dealers, but whether the trend will hold remains to be seen.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph

    Posted by M17 at 08:11 AM

    Before she was Prof McGonagall

    More than three decades before she donned a wizard's robe to play Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, Maggie Smith won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for portraying another inspirational British teacher. And although Jean Brodie remains a far more complex and controversial figure than the firm but gentle McGonagall, Smith brings her patented eccentricity to both women, making them unique and memorable.

    The DVD is released, see the full review and a picture here

    Posted by Bunny at 02:57 AM

    August 09, 2004

    Order of the Phoenix: Paperback

    Just a reminder that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be available from tomorrow (Tuesday, August 10th) in its paperback edition. It's initial printing will be 2 million copies, and the U.S. publisher Scholastic will be supporting the book's release with a $1 million campaign, including newspaper, radio, and billboard advertisements, as well as promotional planes hired to fly over resort areas such as Lake Michigan and Cape Cod, MA.

    Source: New York Newsday

    Posted by M17 at 01:48 PM

    A Report On Counterfeits...

    CBS2 Chicago reports on fakes and counterfeits being sold in China. Of the many products mentioned...

    Harry Potter is as popular here in China as he is in the rest of the world, so you can imagine the excitement when volumes five, six and seven of the Harry Potter series appeared in stores all over China last year with J.K. Rowling’s name on them. "Harry Potter and the Crystal Vase" was the title of one; "Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up To Dragon," the title of another.

    Posted by M17 at 09:16 AM

    Dobby Actor to Play "Truman Capote"

    Toby Jones, the UK actor behind the voice of the character Dobby in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has agreed to star as the American author Truman Capote in a biographical movie about Capote alongside American actors Mark Wahlberg and Sandra Bullock. Read more at

    Posted by iruhkoi at 07:37 AM

    More GoF set pictures and new location reports

    Two Readers from MuggleNet Bonny and Kaye have provided them with 21 new pictures from the set of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Both also provided set reports, which can be read here and here.

    Posted by Animate at 12:06 AM

    August 08, 2004

    Alan Rickman says festivals changed his life!

    Alan Rickman, who plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, said that Edinburgh Festivals have changed his life.

    HARRY Potter actor Alan Rickman has told how Edinburgh festivals have delivered some of the seminal experiences of his working life.

    Nearly three decades ago, in his first appearance on an Edinburgh stage, Rickman appeared in the playwright John Barnes’ adaptation of Ben Jonson’s play The Devil is an Ass. He was just out of drama school, and it was his first major part.

    Read the full article here

    Thanks to:
    Scotsman News and Wizard News

    Posted by Kristina at 09:31 PM offers "Marauder's Map" Screensaver

    Although has yet to officially allow preordering for the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the product listing page says the following:

    Exclusive Offer: Order Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now and receive immediate access to the following in your Digital Locker: exclusive Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Marauder's Map screensaver.

    It is assumed that this offer will apply whenever actually begins accepting preorders; the link above also contains instructions on how you can have the site notify you when that happens.

    Posted by iruhkoi at 04:07 PM

    Branagh to star in Mission: Impossible 3

    Slightly old, yet previously unreported news---Kenneth Branagh (that is, Gilderoy Lockhart) will join Tom Cruise and Carrie-Anne Moss for Mission: Impossible 3; Zap2It Movies reports that although it is not known what role Branagh will play, "it's expected he will be a bad guy." Read more at the link above!

    Posted by iruhkoi at 03:54 PM

    Potter Spurs Afterschool Program

    A Northeastern Pennsylvania elementary school has been hosting a "Harry Potter" themed afterschool program for children, in an area that has "few summer activities for kids who live in the district." From the

    The program transforms a basement classroom into Hogwarts (the magic school Potter attends) and children divide into "houses." For two hours, kids act out the Harry Potter books and learn a little along the way.

    "The kids like to be together, and it gives them something to do instead of sitting in front of the television," Rittenhouse said.

    The Harry Potter series is an educator's dream, with kids eager to read the books. Rittenhouse doesn't include the book in her lesson plans during the school year because some parents might object to the books' references to magic and sorcery.

    Posted by iruhkoi at 03:49 PM

    "Buy Scholastic!" suggests The Motley Fool

    Finance/investment website The Motley Fool suggests shares of the Scholastic stock.

    Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL) publishes the Harry Potter series of children's books. But let's not forget that Scholastic is also one of the largest suppliers of books to schools in the country. Indeed, Scholastic's market is growing daily, both literally and figuratively.

    There's plenty to like about Scholastic. For one, the next installment of the series featuring the young wizard has a title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There's no release date for the book yet, but it should draw better than a championship Quidditch match when it reaches stores.

    Yet the tales from Hogwarts are destined to juice results for only so long. Fortunately, there's magic in Scholastic's educational publishing business, where margins reach roughly 20%, or more than double the margins for children's books. Scholastic appears relatively cheap in trading at roughly seven times its free cash flow, but earnings haven't measured up recently. That could change if the company chooses to invest further in reaching schoolchildren.

    Posted by M17 at 02:30 PM

    When Mary GrandPre Isn't Illustrating 'Potter'...

    The Cincinnati Opera, as The Enquirer reports, has been busy with performances of the musical Carmen, of which Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPre has been a part of...

    Lectures, films, performances at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a reading of The Maids at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati proved to be popular attractions. Those extra events, as well as an art exhibit opening by Carmen (and Harry Potter) illustrator Mary GrandPre at Closson's, attracted about 1,600 people.

    Posted by M17 at 02:22 PM

    Gary Oldman in Chicago This Weekend!

    Well, he'll be in Chicago filming scenes for "Batman Begins", alongside co-stars Christian Bale (Batman) and Michael Caine (Alfred). Read the details!

    Gary Oldman as Lt. Gordon (click for bigger pic)

    And you can also view the very cool new teaser trailer right over here!

    Posted by Jasen at 01:44 PM