September 18, 2004

Introducing Wizard Diaries!

Wizard Diaries is the latest feature from iHP and Opinari! Ever wonder what a character was thinking during a scene in the books? Well, wonder no more! The dreams, secrets, and fears of the characters you've grown to love in the Harry Potter world have now been unlocked for your reading pleasure. So go ahead, delve into the thoughts of wizards and Muggles alike through their diary entries, and discover for yourself a new kind of magic.

Click HERE to check it out!

And don't forget to send in your reponses to the latest Mailbag!

Posted by Jasen at 02:38 PM

Rickman's "Something The Lord Made"

Santa Cruz Sentinel has a story on "Something The Lord Made", an HBO film that is nominated for several Emmy awards this year, and also stars Alan Rickman. Interestingly enough, this film is going head-to-head with Emma Thompson's "Angels in America" at the Emmys this Sunday (see report below).

Posted by Jasen at 02:18 PM

Thompson's "Angels in America" On Video

Emma Thompson's HBO television mini-series, "Angels in America" is now available on DVD and video, so be sure to check out your local video store!

Posted by Jasen at 02:10 PM

September 17, 2004

Ministry Census Results: Groups of Friends

A new Ministry Census poll's up; and here are the last one's results:

Which group do you think would make the best friends for you?

65 % 24 % 3 % 4 % 5 %
Responses Votes
Harry, Ron, and Hermione 1250
The Weasley Twins 455
Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle 57
Seamus and Dean 80
Some other group 90
Total Votes: 1932
Posted by Jasen at 06:07 PM

Yet Another Wallpaper Update

Two new wallpapers have been added to the Downloads section, courtesy of reader Anduril. Enjoy!

Posted by Jasen at 06:05 PM

Harry Potter = The Meddle and Plunder?

The Zanesville Times Recorder has this interesting bit:

Is Harry Potter just an innocent story for children? If anyone believes that, you need to wake up.

There is a saying, "There is a lot in a name." This is the definition of Harry Potter:

Harry -- to annoy greatly, harass, to plunder, lay waste, overrun.

Plunder -- to loot, take by force, as in war.

Potter -- to meddle, to be busy with petty and trifling matters, to work idly or in a desultory manner, to dabble, to be busy in an unsystematic way.

Meddle -- to interfere without right or necessity.

Desultory -- passing from one thing to another, without logical connection, aimless.

Dabble -- to do things without earnest effort.

Does that sound like a name that was picked innocently for these stories? It sounds like it was well-planned and picked especially for these stories. These books are very wisely and cunningly written, with intent to teach your children the exact opposite of that which the Bible teaches. These stories are full of instruction on witchcraft and satanic sacrifices.

Way off, but interesting nonetheless. More at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 05:55 PM

Harry, Meet Jonathan Strange

Dubbed "Harry Potter (news - web sites) for adults," Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is one of the most talked-about books of the fall and is climbing best seller lists. It's No. 14 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list; it was No. 48 last week.

The novel re-imagines 600 years of British history as if magic were an everyday reality. The main action takes place between 1806 and 1817, when England was at war with Napoleon and mad King George was on the throne.

Read on here!

Posted by Jasen at 05:47 PM

Warner Bros. Suing British Tours Company

First it threatened teenagers with legal action for having Harry Potter fan websites, then it threatened legal action against e-mail services for using the name "shire" (the Hobbits' home in Lord of the Rings), now Warner Brothers is threatening legal action against tour company British Tours for daring to point out that some of Britain's most famous buildings were used in the films of the Harry Potter books.

"You are... offering 'Harry Potter Location Tours' [that] infringe our client's rights," read the first letter from the US film company's UK solicitors, Addleshaw Goddard. As such, British Tours was "deceiving customers". There was a "clear case of passing off of our clients' goodwill leading to a likelihood of substantial damage". Therefore, its only option was to stop immediately and sign the attached Form of Acknowledgement and Undertakings, within 11 days. Otherwise "we will... consider issuing proceedings against you immediately."

And so began yet another episode in the ongoing saga of the film "intellectual property" business.

The Register has the full scoop.

Posted by Jasen at 05:46 PM

Mary GrandPré To Draw 2005 Minnesota State Fair Poster

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUDS - Mary GrandPré will create the original art for the 2005 Minnesota State Fair commemorative poster.

GrandPré, best known for her illustrations of the Harry Potter books, has been illustrating books for 25 years, including children's books, magazine covers for Business Week, Atlantic Monthly and Time Magazine and book covers for publishers Harcourt Brace, McGraw Hill and Dell Books.

In agreeing to visually interpret "The Great Minnesota Get-Together 2005," GrandPré said she "feels a real connection to the fair, especially with the animals and the people who show them. I think it's an exciting project to work on because it not only tugs at my Minnesota roots, but it's all about having fun. The imagery of the Minnesota State Fair has so much to do with nostalgia, yet there are always new things to see and do there, no matter how many times you go back."

Grand Forks Herald has more -- and if you're a local Minnesotan able to attend the fair, we'd love if you sent us some pictures!

Posted by Jasen at 05:42 PM

Witchcraft Through The Ages

In a semi-Harry Potter-related story, has a story on the history of witchcraft and how it's evolved today.

Posted by Jasen at 05:39 PM

GoF Filming Pics Online

A reader sent Veritaserum several pictures of the landscape being used in the GoF movie. Check 'em out at the link.

Posted by Jasen at 05:37 PM

September 16, 2004

Harry Potter author nominated for another award

JK Rowling has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a very prestigious award that is the world’s largest for children's and youth literature, and the second-largest literature prize in the world. The winner receives 5 million Swedish crowns, roughly equivalent to $668,000.

Source: Godrics Hollow

Posted by Bunny at 08:27 PM

Updated: J. K. Rowling's Website

J. K. Rowling has added a new section to her website entitled "The Rubbish Bin" where she lists HP related articles that she considers ridiculous. These articles are categorized from 'Starting to Smell' to 'Toxic'.

Thanks to El Cronista de Salem for the tip!

Posted by Mischief Managed! at 06:30 AM

September 14, 2004

Prisoner of Azkaban Could be "La Película Mas Padre"

The finalists for the Premios Juventud ("Youth Awards") have been announced. Premios Juventud is the first ever Spanish-language television's award show where the Hispanic youth votes for its idols.

"Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro) compete against "Selena," the film made in memory of one of Hispanic America's favorite idols.

"La Película Mas Padre" (roughly) translates to "All-Time Best Flick." You can read the whole release, including the full list of nominees and airing information, from Univision via Business Wire (Spanish release can be viewed here). Remember, you saw it here first!

Posted by M17 at 03:58 PM

The Magic of Harry Potter Comes to Seaford

THE LATEST Harry Potter blockbuster is being filmed in Seaford today. Film company Warner Bros chose the town's picturesque downland to serve as one of the backdrops in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

However, only the crew is filming as the views are only being used for backdrops.

...the film crews will be filming at the Seven Sisters, Beachy Head and countryside surrounding Seaford from Wednesday lunchtime through to Thursday evening. Warner Bros was supposed to be arriving on Monday, but filming had to be scrapped due to poor weather. Unfortunately, as the downland views are being used as backdrops, none of the actors will be coming to Seaford for the filming.

Source: Eastbourne Today.

Posted by M17 at 03:52 PM

September 13, 2004

Hagrid Not The Half-Blood Prince?

Two readers at our affiliate MuggleNet separately wrote in to say that JK Rowling personally told them that Hagrid is not the Half-Blood Prince. Obviously, this is to be regarded as still a rumor.

You can discuss this rumor in our Discussion Forums.

Posted by M17 at 05:59 PM

Mira Nair: "How do they know?"

... well, that's likely over-exaggerated. But a recent article from New Kerala quotes possible-director-of-GoF-Mira Nair as saying:

Though she doesn't deny the fact that she has been approached, Nair said: "Right now it's too early to talk about it. I don't know how it got out on the websites. I have to sit with them and work out the dates."

Which is another interesting bit ("work out the dates"). On a side note, the article also mentions some of Nair's upcoming movies (ie "The Namesake"). We'll keep you posted as more becomes available.

Posted by M17 at 05:53 PM

September 12, 2004

Devon Murray Launches Official Site

Devon Murray, the actor who plays Seamus Finnigan in the HP films, has launched his official website at

Thanks to Leaky for the tip.

Posted by M17 at 12:07 PM

New Wallpaper Added!

The Interact Downloads section has been updated with a new wallpaper submitted by forum member, Anduril. Enjoy!

Posted by Jasen at 11:28 AM

Students To Compete in Potter Trivia Tournament

Tickets and participant badges for the fifth annual Harry Potter Trivia Tournament will be released Oct. 2 at the Vacaville Public Library.

The competition will be 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre and is open to Vacaville students between third- and eighth-grades. Every elementary and middle school in Vacaville and Travis school districts, as well as several local private schools, have been invited to send two competitors and are selecting their participants now.

More details here.

Posted by Jasen at 11:07 AM

Patil Sisters and Gabrielle Delacour Cast

CBBC Newsround can exclusively reveal that Parvati Patil will be played by Shefali Chowdhury. Parvati, of course, is Harry's date for the Yule Ball.

The part of Padma Patil will be played by Afshan Azad. The younger sister of Fleur Delacour, Gabrielle, has also been cast and will be played by Angelica Mandy.

Read more at the link above!

Posted by iruhkoi at 04:56 AM