August 28, 2004

Ministry Census Results: Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort

A new Ministry Census poll is up! Meanwhile, here are the results from the last one:

What do you think of Ralph Fiennes's recent casting as Lord Voldemort?

39 % 22 % 10 % 24 % 5 %
Responses Votes
PERFECT!! He's gonna be awesome as Voldemort! 533
It's pretty cool! 302
Eh, it's just okay. 132
Ralph who? 321
Somebody needs to fire that casting director! 62
Total Votes: 1350
Posted by Jasen at 08:40 PM

August 27, 2004

Dragon Rumors

Rumors of dragons in Glenfinnan

by Marjorie Dawson, Wizard News UK Correspondent

I have just travelled up on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William, Scotland and onward into Hogwarts Country. As we sat breakfasting in the restaurant car enjoying the kind of countryside many of you will have seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I got talking to a member of the staff (who wishes to remain anonymous).

We swept across the misty and desolate Rannoch Moor to Fort William through a sweeping horseshoe curve of track as my informant having spotted my Harry Potter t-shirt, badges etc., told me that there was a strong rumour that the line from Fort William to Mallaig was to be closed for a week at the end of September. This, of course, is the line famously used for filming, most memorably, the scary scene with Dementors in the Prisoner of Azkaban.

He said that they might be filming the 'dragon scene' which led to much conjecture on our part about whether this is Harry's Dragon task or Harry following Hagrid to see the dragons before the task. As the countryside is full of magnificent green sweeping mountains our first bets were on the former.

Source Wizard news

Posted by Bunny at 09:22 PM

Overnight Succes eight years in the making

When an unknown emerges with an exciting idea, the phrase that often gets applied is "overnight success story." For Joanne Kathleen Rowling, "overnight" meant years of hard work and perseverance.

Stuck on a train between Manchester and London one day in 1990, Rowling passed the time by imagining a scenario. Inspired, she spent hours mentally jotting down ideas and pictures, sketching out details for a character she was convinced could capture the hearts of others.

Determined to perfect her story, Rowling turned ideas around over and over, analyzing each angle until she was satisfied it was the direction she wanted to take. She continued conjuring and scribbling down ideas for years thereafter. It took eight years from the time of her fateful train ride for the first book in her series to get published.

See the full (quite long) article here

News from Yahoo News

Posted by Bunny at 09:01 PM

August 26, 2004

Does "Order of the Phoenix" Have A Director?

According to this Brazillian film site, director Mira Nair has been "invited by Warner Bros." to direct the fifth Harry Potter movie. However, as the Goblet of Fire is not even close to completion, and no official announcement has been made by Warner Bros., themselves, this should be regarded as pure rumor.

Thanks to

Posted by Jasen at 02:37 PM

GoF on location

When a little bird told CBBC Newsround that filming for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was going on in Oxford, we decided to go along to see who we could spot.

We heard that there was filming going on at the Bodleian Library and sure enough, the tell-tale signs of big lighting trucks nearby confirmed it.

I went into a bookshop to ask for directions and a friendly film crew member revealed that filming was going on in two locations.

It wasn't hard to find because there were massive green signs showing you where to go! Just then, a minibus pulled up and a whole load of crew got out, so I followed them to see where they were going.

They went into New College which looked like it would be used for filming Hogwarts scenes.

A man carrying a long, dark coat - the costume for Mad Eye Moody - went in, followed by a car with Dame Maggie Smith who plays Professor McGonagall, in it. This was definitely the place to be to see some action!

Then all of a sudden, a bucket of water from above fell on me! And then another! It turns out they were filming on the roof and were wetting it by chucking buckets of water everywhere.

While drying myself off, I then heard someone shout 'Action!' and then the booming voice of Mad Eye Moody, played by Brendan Gleeson, echoed through the air.

The doors to the college opened and I could see a courtyard inside. Some kids dressed in black Hogwarts robes were walking around inside, including Malfoy's pals Crabbe and Goyle.

Then about 50 kids dressed in raincoats to cover their robes came out in rows of two - as if they were actually in school - and marched up to the Bodleian Library where they disappeared inside.

Soon word spread that Potter filming was going on and a crowd of people had gathered to have a peek.

But the action was over after that and it all went quiet until lunchtime when food was brought in for the hungry film stars.

Pictures can be seen here. News from: BBC

Posted by Bunny at 01:57 PM

August 25, 2004

Got £20,000 to Spare?

BBC News is reporting that eBay has a hardback first edition of POA for sale. The highest bid currently stands at £1,200, but with three days still to go sources believe this could rise to as much as £20,000!

Posted by Claire at 04:38 PM

Mike Newell Talks GoF

Mike Newell, along with some other film crew, are featured in the latest issue of Movie Magic magazine:

Newell, a master storyteller, is thrilled to be directing Goblet, although he's also more then a tad apprehensive. "The films definitely have a dark, frightening feel to them," he says. "There's romance and magic in the story, but its mixed with this fear, this overwhelming dread. I want to be sure to capture the right mood, the right feeling. It's important to capture all the aspects of the story in the film, and that's my challenge. It's an honor to follow directors Chris Columbus and Alfonso Cuarón, who have done so much to establish the tradition of Harry Potter on film."

Director Chris Columbus, who brought the first two Harry Potter films to life, believes that Newell has absolutely nothing to worry about. "It's a great gig for a director to walk into," he muses. "You've got your cast, you've got your sets, you've got all your elements in place. All the initial groundwork is there, and you can have a field day bringing your vision to the screen."

And producer David Heyman is delighted with the addition of Newell, the first British director to take the reins of this very British story. "These are British books, and there's something to be said for that," he says with a laugh. "There's a sense of humor and a sense of nervousness that J.K. Rowling brought to her work, and I think Mike will be able to really capture that spirit. Plus, he's made films with young people before."

Thanks to Veritaserum!

Posted by Jasen at 12:04 PM

Harry Potter Helps Boost Studio Success

Rent from studios used to make the fourth Harry Potter film has helped boost profits at Pinewood Shepperton film studios.

Profits at Pinewood Shepperton, which hires out studios, rose 15.8% to £6.7m ($12m) in the first half of the year.

BBC News has the rest!

Posted by Jasen at 11:55 AM

Alfonso Cuaron and Ian Brown Team Up?

'HARRY POTTER' director ALFONSO CUARON has offered to direct one of IAN BROWN’s videos, NME.COM can reveal.

Ian Brown famously made a cameo in the most recent Harry Potter film ’Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, and is friends with Cuarón via his Mexican wife.

Speaking recently to NME.COM, Brown said that the director, who also worked on the 2001 film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’, has offered his services and that the ex-Stone Roses man would love him to be involved.

More at!

Posted by Jasen at 11:53 AM

August 24, 2004

Harry Potter in Indian Film

A hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix appeared in the Indian movie Main Hoon Na:

Thanks The Wizarding World via Godric's Hollow.

Posted by M17 at 05:21 PM

Quidditch for Muggles?

This is quite an interesting bit of news. According to the Omaha World Herald, a Physical Education teacher from Ohio has submitted a way to play Quidditch on the ground to Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Click the link above for some more information and instructions on how to play.

Posted by Andrew at 10:25 AM

Rowling Quoted in TIME Magazine

Not anything new, but in TIME Magazine's Verbatim section, JK Rowling is quoted from her website about questions that should be asked regarding Half-Blood Prince. Thanks very much to iHP Reader Teresa.

Posted by M17 at 09:49 AM

August 24th Birthdays

Today, August 24th, is a day filled with a few "Potter-related" birthdays...

First, today is Rupert Grint's (aka Ron Weasley) birthday. Born on August 24, 1988, Grint is 16 years old today. Best wishes on your birthday!

Next, today is also the birthday of Stephen Fry, narrator of the Harry Potter books in the UK, and is also the narrator of the Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban video games. Born on August 24, 1957, Fry is 47 years old today. Happy birthday!

Finally, today is also the birthday of Jimmy Gardner, who played Ernie Prang, driver of the Knight Bus, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Born on August 24, 1924, Gardner is 80 years old today. Happy birthday!

Much thanks to WizardNews.

Posted by M17 at 09:29 AM

Harry Potter display ready to delight fans

A spellbinding display of Harry Potter artefacts is winging its way to a Shropshire museum in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

"...The museum is not about ancient history but about modern social culture. Harry Potter fits into this theme very well..."

Full article here

Souce: Shropshirestar

Posted by Bunny at 08:55 AM

Galadriel Waters

Many of us are anxiously awaiting Galadriel Water's analysis of OotP. I know I am. I've got some news. The name according to and Borders is The Plot Thickens. Amazon is saying they can ship it by September 13, 2004. Borders says it won't be out until November 2004. Either way it's coming soon. We get to sleuth again! For those who don't know what the previous books were about, she breaks down JKRs masterpieces and finds clues and then analyses them. Some of the theories are far fetched but some are very interesting.

Posted by Deb at 07:07 AM

Rowling Supports 'World City' Bid

Some of the Capital’s best-known authors have thrown their weight behind Edinburgh’s bid to become the first World City of Literature.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Inspector Rebus creator Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith, author of the best-selling No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, have all given the proposal their backing.

The project would see Edinburgh become the inaugural World City of Literature.

More from the Edinburgh Evening News.

Posted by M17 at 06:32 AM

Big Bunny on Potter Set?

This story is rather.... interesting.

Hercules [the bunny] has already had a taste of fame he won the "Best in Show" prize at the Reading and County Rabbit Club show in June and was also lucky enough to visit the set of the latest Harry Potter film.

Beverely said: "A friend of mine was asked to bring some big bunnies onto the film set. I think I saw Hercules grazing on the hill in the scene where the children are walking to see Hagrid in his home."

You really need to click to the link to see the picture..... source: This is Local London

Posted by M17 at 06:09 AM

Reading Harry Potter Could Ruin Men's Love Lives

Or so say the results of a poll carried out by Penguin. Apparently reading fantasy novels gives men zero appeal as far as women are concerned! Click here to find out more.

Posted by Claire at 05:16 AM

August 23, 2004

JKR Denies Character is Ex

Despite reports to the contrary, JKR's publicist has said that the character of Lockhart is NOT based on the author's ex-husband. The Big News Network has the full story.

Posted by Claire at 04:46 PM

Nominations for POA Soundtrack

John Williams soundtrack to POA has received two nominations at the World Soundtrack Awards - Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the Year. The site also allows you to vote for a People's Choice award. So click here to see the other nominees and cast your vote!

Posted by Claire at 04:41 PM

OotP still going strong at Amazon!

Though dropping from Best-Seller #22 yesturday, to #30 today, OotP is still doing well on!

Posted by Ema21 at 12:55 PM

Kids Shine in Tom Sponsored Fishing Tournament

It's well known amongst fans of the films that Tom Felton is a bit of a fishing fanatic. Now The New York Times is reporting on a children's fishing tournament, sponsored by Tom, which has inspired over a hundred children to take up the sport.

Posted by Claire at 03:03 AM

August 22, 2004

GoF Scenes: What's in, What's Out

The following was reported at Mugglenet, by a member named "Blackstar." The member claimed to have worked with a movie review site which still provides him with pieces of information regarding upcoming films. This information has not been confirmed by Warner Bros. and should be treated as RUMOR only.

What's Been Cut:
- Everything S.P.E.W. related
- The Dursleys
- The Hogwarts Express (there are shots of the train, but no footage from inside)
- The Weighing of the Wands

What's Been Drastically Cut:
- The Yule Ball
- The Quidditch World Cup
- Rita Skeeter (doesn't have as much film time as book time)
- Harry stressing over the egg clue
- Scenes with Snape
- Hagride and Madame Maxime romance

What Hasn't Been Cut:
- Opening scene involving Voldemort, Wormtail, and Nagini
- The Dark Mark scene
- The "Potter Stinks" badges
- The 3 tasks (although the spider may be cut from the third)
- Dobby and Winky
- The Pensieve
- The ending with...the death

The following was the full report:

What's been cut

* The SPEW storyline altogether, opening scene with the Dursleys, the Hogwarts express (there are shots of it, but nothing in the train,) and the wand weighing.

What's still in

* Creepy opening scene with Voldemort, Wormtail and Nagini. The Dark Mark scene, the "Potter Stinks" bit, the skrewts, the horntail challenge, the merpeople challenge (should be very cool!) The final challenge, although the spider may NOT be in it. (My source didn't remember seeing it.) The Sphinx is in. So is Dobby and Winky, the Portkeys, Crouch freaking out, the Pensieve scene and Cedric's end.

Things that are drastically cut

* Yule Ball, Quidditch World Cup, Rita Skeeter stuff (she's in it, but not as much as the book,) Harry stressing over the egg clue, Snape scenes (he's not in it much,) Hagrid & Maxine love story (it's there, but just reduced to a few brief moments for humor,) Dumbledore's humor (again... they never get him right!)

Note on the ending

* They manage to get it all pretty much in, which is surprising given what's going on. It sounds like they really pulled it off. The second challenge really acts as a mid-movie action sequence that should blow the doors off of a lot of what we've seen so far in the films. The final challenge also sounds amazing, and the ending should be really creepy. I know they say this with every movie, but this one could be really eerie (not just "dark") because of the very evil Voldemort scenes. Not sure what the young ones will think of it. This stands to do justice to the book, and be the best movie of the series! (And after Cuaron's work, that's saying something!)

Posted by iruhkoi at 05:53 PM

Ever wonder who inspired JKR to create Lockhart?

JK has revealed that the only character she has created after a real person is Gilderoy Lockhart. Who could be as horrible as he is? Why, that's her first husband of course - Portuguese journalist Arantes. In the article she says:

'I have to say that the living model is worse. He was a real shocker.

'The lies that he told about adventures that he'd had, things he'd done and impressive acts that he had committed - he was a shocking man.

'I can say this quite freely, because he will never in a million years dream that he is Gilderoy Lockhart.'

JK told fans: 'The only character I sat down and thought I would base on someone is Gilderoy Lockhart.

She also commented:
'It made up for having to endure him for two solid years.

'You might think it was mean of me to depict him as Gilderoy but you can rest assured he will never, ever guess.

'He's probably out there now telling everybody that he inspired the character of Dumbledore. Or that he wrote the books and lets me take the credit out of kindness.'

Some avid HP fans might notice how she modeled Hermione after herself, and Hermione had quite a crush on Lockhart before discovering what a fraud he was.

Check out the full article here
Thanks for the tip Wizard News

Posted by Kristina at 12:30 PM

Dan Radcliffe Nominated for Relly

Source: Mugglenet

Daniel Radcliffe has been nominated for a Relly award - that is, Regis and Kelly. For the full list of nominees, click here. (Note, the link is a PDF file.)

Posted by M17 at 10:22 AM

Vote for iHarryPotter!

Mugglenet Topsites was recently reset, so you can vote for by clicking here:

On a side note, the icon for topsites is located on the right-side column at the bottom.

Posted by M17 at 10:17 AM

Happy Birthday, Percy Weasley!

As reflects, today, August 22nd, is Percy Weasley's birthday. Thanks to all who wrote in.

Posted by M17 at 09:50 AM