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Rumor: HBP Release Date Announced in January

Posted by Michelle | 11/28/04 12:42 PM | HBP Book

MuggleNet - A manager of a bookstore passed along to us a memo he received that said to expect a release date for the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, in January 2005. This would be a logical time if the book is indeed going to be released in June, as rumors would have it (see here).

The release date for OOTP was announced in January of 2003 and the book went on sale that June, so it would exactly parallel the dates from the last book release. One thing is for sure: when they're ready to tell us, it will be first announced on JK Rowling's official site.

Happy Birthday Alfonso Cuarón!

Posted by Michelle | 11/28/04 12:38 PM | PoA Movie

Today is Alfonso Cuarón's 43rd birthday! Cuarón is the director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

New Holiday Theme

Posted by Kirsten | 11/27/04 8:16 PM | AF Website

The holiday season has officially begun (the day after Thanksgiving), so I have given you your first gift. :) If you choose "Holiday" on the drop down theme-chooser menu (top right of your screen, below tribute), you'll see a bright and festive new way to browse Accio Firebolt!

Happy early holidays _ enjoy!


New Harry Potter Stamps

Posted by Michelle | 11/26/04 7:22 PM | HP Merchandise

Gibbons Stamp Monthly - The Isle of Man Post Office are to release a major new Harry Potter issue on 7th December.

The issue consists of eight stamps depicting different scenes from the three Harry Potter movies, The Goblet Of Fire, The Order Of The Phoenix and The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

In addition to the stamps, a number of special presentation packs, collector’s packs and postcards will also be made available, clearly aimed at the younger collector: 'The idea behind using Harry is to encourage children to write more letters’, said Maxine Cannon of the Isle of Man Post office.

The stamps can be viewed here.

HP Cast to Appear on TRL

Posted by Ciarán | 11/26/04 1:33 PM | Actors

On the 29th of November, some Harry Potter cast will be on TRL. Make sure you check it out!

Moaning Myrtle returns in Goblet of Fire

Posted by James | 11/26/04 11:03 AM | GoF Movie - I was surprised to hear Shirley Henderson would return for another Harry Potter film. I thought her role as Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets was pretty specific to that one story. I hadn’t read the books, so I didn’t know the future stories, but when Henderson announced during an interview for Intermission that she was returning for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I pursued a line of questioning.


Commentary: Foreshadowings in Prisoner of Azkaban

Posted by Michelle | 11/25/04 10:53 PM | General

Wizard News - In an interview released around the time of the theatrical premiere of Prisoner of Azkaban, an interview which is also on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, J.K. Rowling said:

"Alfonso [Cuaron] had very good intuition about what would and wouldn't work. He's put things in the film that, without knowing it, foreshadow things that are going to happen in the final two books. So, I really got goosebumps when I saw a couple of those things and I thought people are going to look back on the film and think those were put in deliberately as clues." (more...)

Harry Potter's Underwater Greeting

Posted by Michelle | 11/25/04 10:06 AM | Actors

Hello Magazine - Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has elected to go with an aquatic theme for his Christmas card this year. The 15-year-old actor decided to make the most of the specially constructed Hogwarts lake set in the Watford studios by using it as a backdrop to his holiday greeting to fans.

The photo, taken the last day of filming a series of rather complex mermaid scenes for the next instalment of the Harry Potter franchise The Goblet Of Fire, shows Daniel posing alongside co-star Emma Watson and the film crew 20ft under water. Computer graphics experts then added reindeer antlers and red noses to give it a more festive feel.

The cards will be sent to fans who write to the actor between now and the end of the year. Daniel has posted a special plea on his website that his fans not send him Christmas gifts this year. Instead he asks for donations to be sent to Demelza House, a children’s hospice.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire will be released in the UK towards the end of next year.

Ian Brown Holds Real Book in Film

Posted by Michelle | 11/25/04 10:05 AM | PoA Movie

Wizard News - Now that we have the DVD of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at our disposal, it is possible to uncover all kinds of fun facts about the movie.

For example, in the very first moments of the scene in the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, ex-Stone Roses rocker Ian Brown, a friend of director Alfonso Cuaron, has a quick cameo in which he plays a wizard magically stirring his drink and reading a book. (more...)

Jo Rowling Becomes President of One Parent Families

Posted by Michelle | 11/25/04 10:03 AM | JK Rowling

One Parent Families - National charity One Parent Families is delighted to announce that J K Rowling has become its President. Ms Rowling replaces Ian Hay-Davison who has occupied the role since 1991.

Once herself a lone parent, Ms Rowling has supported the charity since 2000 when she became its first Ambassador. Since she became involved with the charity, Ms Rowling has helped to raise awareness of the difficulties facing one-parent families by speaking out in support of the charity's work and about her own experiences as a lone parent. The charity now has a growing team of Ambassadors, including Arabella Weir, Neil Pearson, Graham Taylor, John Amaechi, Kate Fawkes and Lisa Aziz who take this public work forward. (more...)

Rock Stars Potter Around

Posted by James | 11/24/04 1:39 PM | GoF Movie - Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is set to appear in the next Harry Potter film alongside PULPsinger Jarvis Cocker, according to reports.

The pair are to make a cameo appearance as a group of witches called the [Weird] Sisters, in Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, reports The Mirror.


Finally! It's here!

Posted by Nathan | 11/23/04 7:07 AM | PoA Movie

With a long waited anticipation for it to come out, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban comes out on VHS and DVD wherever movies are sold. Normally, the DVD will cost anywhere between $16-$23.00.

( I bought my PoA DVD yesterday.;) )

Chris Rankin Confirms Percy's Not in Goblet of Fire

Posted by Michelle | 11/22/04 11:20 PM | GoF Movie

BBC - Is Percy Weasley to hang up his robes?
As the Hogwarts Express makes it's journey to the legendary school for wizards, they'll be one passenger missing in the fourth film installment of Rowling's epic series. Is The Goblet Of Fire the end of the line for Percy Weasley? [ more... ]

Cuaron MIGHT direct a future HP film

Posted by Ciarán | 11/22/04 11:38 AM | Movies

Alfonso Cuaron recently talked to TLC:

"Later on if I could I would love to come back and work on another Harry Potter film. It's a gift, it's a gift. It was one of the best years of my life, doing this film."

New GoF cast members confirmed

Posted by Ciarán | 11/22/04 11:34 AM | GoF Movie

There is currently a signed first edition copy of GoF on eBay. The book was signed by many GoF cast members on set. Some of the signators are new GoF cast members. TLC has a list of them, which can be seen here!

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