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Leaky's 2009 Year In Review: Part Three

Posted by: Edward
December 31, 2009, 06:00 PM

Closing out Leaky's 2009 Year in Review is the third part of our look back at the year in Harry Potter news.  Parts One and Two are online below.  Enjoy!


The long rumored Scottish Book project by J. K. Rowling was back in the news this month, thanks to an interview from Ian Rankin who spoke about what he believes on which Ms Rowing is currently working.  An attorney for J.K. Rowling said that the Harry Potter encyclopedia would be completed "sometime in the future" but there is not yet an expected timetable for release. Reports emerged of "Deathly Hallows" filming of the Seven Potters scenes, along with Brendan Gleeson's last days filming as Moody.  Actor Jamie Campbell Bower then offered his thoughts on Grindelwald, while WB confirmed the "Half-Blood Prince" DVD release date as December 8th.  Bluewater Productions announced J.K. Rowling would be the next Female Force comic book subject.  September also saw a fan site event for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park, during which more info was revealed about the many parts of the attraction.  Updates for the Ultimate editions came soon after, as did a trailer.  This was soon followed by the launch 1,000 balloons for a chance to visit the set of "Deathly Hallows." September closed with the news that author J. K. Rowling now had her own Twitter account, created in order to discourage fake profiles from coming online.    


Exciting Jo news gets us going once again in October, when the author says she is "working on something, but it's not Harry Potter."  J.K. Rowling was then awarded the first Hans Christian Anderson Literature Prize, which she will receive next year in Odense, Denmark.  With actor Ralph Fiennes back on set as Voldemort, "Deathly Hallows" filming continued with 43 principal cast members on one particular day. The next leg of the touring Harry Potter exhibit opened in Boston, and actor Matt Lewis assisted in the opening festivities.  This month also gave us our first preview of the J.K. Rowling Female Force comic book, and video of the special Hogwarts cake crafted for the Half-Blood Prince film premiere.  October also brought word that the first looks at "Deathly Hallows" would come via the "Half-Blood Prince" DVD. 


As we inched closer to the opening of the Harry Potter theme park, we received new videos and images in November, showing the construction on the park.  November also brought the first of many best-of-the-decade lists, as well as a revamp for the official HBP website.  The Hogwarts Express then rolled into the Harry Potter theme park, and the Harry Potter iPhone Spells app was released.  An update then came on the aforementioned MS Society Scotland news, with rumors that J.K. Rowling may return to the organization after a vote by the company's board.  A PBS documentary revealed a "secret life" of scientist Joe DeGeorge, the younger breather of wizard rock pioneers Harry and the Potters.  Severus Snape was the subject of the first "Half-Blood Prince" deleted scene released by WB.  Special features from the HBP DVD bounded online, including one featuring J.K. Rowling, as the Road to Hogwarts contest brought its release closer.  The month of November topped off with a look at Xeno Lovegood, Epilogue filming talk, and Leaky's launch of Jingle Spells 3, our annual holiday wizard rock compilation for charity


The first photos from the "Deathly Hallows" film kicked off December, along with a set visit video, a sneak preview of the film, and more on possible aging techniques for Epilogue filming.  Then, Grammy nominations brought a nod to "Half-Blood Prince" composer Nicolas Hooper.  Later in the month, Dan Radcliffe participated in a BD Live community screening, answering many questions about both the sixth and seventh films via an online Blu-Ray viewing.  Additional "best of" lists made the news, as the "Half-Blood Prince" DVDs set records in the UK and US.  J.K. Rowling and her creations appeared on many end-of-year and end-of-decade lists, while previews of the LEGO Harry Potter game, the next location for the Harry Potter Exhibition, and a look at the economy of the Harry Potter franchise closed out the year.  Finally, 2009 wrapped up with the revelation that no matter how bad your wizarding hood, Hermione Granger will fight for you.

See you in 2010!

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1020 Points

Wow, 2009 has been filled with so much awesome HP news!! Hope the same happens for 2010!!! Happy New Year!!!

Posted by butterbeer bottle on December 31, 2009, 06:24 PM report to moderator
510 Points

Awesome job linking all those posts Edward! :-D

Posted by GreenLightening on December 31, 2009, 06:40 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Squee for 2009… and what is to come in 2010! Thanks Edward for posting it all!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on December 31, 2009, 06:49 PM report to moderator
461 Points

2009 was a great hp year in deed seeing what the next year has in store i cant wait!

Posted by LilLadySnape on January 01, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
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183 Points

Amazing, I miss it already XD

Posted by kingdomkey1121 on January 01, 2010, 02:00 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

This year came and went too fast!!!!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on January 01, 2010, 02:13 PM report to moderator
1575 Points

What a great year! Hopefully 2010 will be even better.

Posted by Spinner's End ^HISS^ (ITC) on January 01, 2010, 04:17 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Hermione will fight for us! Because “There are some problems you can’t fix with a Reparo Charm” lol

Posted by Mr. Brightside on January 01, 2010, 05:53 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

wow, what a year!!!!! omg, i still cant believe its 2010!!!!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on January 01, 2010, 06:04 PM report to moderator
1001 Points

09 not as great as 8 (pardon the rhyme) looking forward to what’s new in 10!

Posted by IggoryDiggory on January 01, 2010, 07:45 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

2009 has been great year!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on January 02, 2010, 05:26 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

2009 has been great year!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on January 02, 2010, 05:26 AM report to moderator
1420 Points

it has been a buzzy year

Posted by alicia00 on January 02, 2010, 06:08 AM report to moderator
276 Points

2009 was a busy year for HP. Hoping that 2010 will be the same.

Posted by leigia on January 02, 2010, 07:18 AM report to moderator
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