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In Honor of ...

Posted by: Kristin
February 11, 2004, 10:35 PM

A group of fans have decided to wish Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman a happy February birthday by setting up a link that allows donations to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In the words of the organizers, 'let's hope that the donation will make life a little easier for the future Alan Rickman, Ralph Fienes, or Fiona Shaw'.Continued...

New Mattel Harry Potter Quidditch game

Posted by: sue
February 11, 2004, 07:18 PM

The new 2004 movie line-up is bringing lots of toy opportunities. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" will bring new playsets and a Championship Quidditch game. From Mattel, the new game will let kids compete to catch the golden snitch.
Thanks Amy!

J.K. Rowling

JK Rowling 2nd on culture influence list

Posted by: sue
February 11, 2004, 06:53 PM

In a show to air on the BBC3 "Top 50 Cultural Movers and Shakers", author JK Rowling has come in at second on the list. Compiled by fashion, film, media, and design industry experts, the creator of the iPod topped the list of most influential people in British culture.

DADA Werewolf prop book

Posted by: sue
February 11, 2004, 09:38 AM

Our friends at HP4U have posted some close-up pictures ,taken by Sarah, of the props at the Japanese HP store that we reported on Jan 5th.
Included is a detailed transcript of a page from the DADA prop book used in the film. This book goes into some detail about werewolves that are interesting to say the least. One exampleContinued...

HP cast-visit to US update

Posted by: sue
February 11, 2004, 09:10 AM

Matthew Lewis(Neville), Devon Murray(Seamus), James & Oliver Phelps(Fred & George) will be making several appearances here in the US.As we first reported back in January, their appearance at the Celebrity Autograph Expo will be on March 13th in Santa Ana, CA and on March 14th in Canoga Park, CA. They will alsoContinued...


John Cleese

Posted by: Kristin
February 11, 2004, 08:13 AM

The San Jose Mercury News has an article on actor John Cleese, and on how he's done more in his career than Monty Python:
He created and starred in one of the most acclaimed British sitcoms (``Fawlty Towers'') and has secured recurring roles in the James Bond, Harry Potter and Shrek film franchises. He has co-written successfulContinued...


Maggie Smith News

Posted by: Kristin
February 11, 2004, 08:03 AM

From Wellington's The Dominion Post:
Popular British actor Dame Maggie Smith is to perform in
Wellington in May.

Dame Maggie, who won Oscars for the movies The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite, as well as nominations for four other films, will star in the Alan Bennett play Talking Heads. Her latest film roles includeContinued...

Convention Alley Registration

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2004, 11:56 PM

The Harry Potter convention Convention Alley - "panels, presentations and discussion of the J. K. Rowling series that has given us so much food for thought in the past few years" - is open for registration. To read the convention FAQ, please visit their registration page.

Le Guin - No Fan of JKR

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2004, 08:02 PM

In an online Q&A, author Ursula Le Guin was asked for her opinion on JK Rowling's writing style. Quote: "I have no great opinion of it. When so many adult critics were carrying on about the "incredible originality" of the first Harry Potter book, I read it to find out what the fuss was about, and remainedContinued...


King still behind Harry globally

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2004, 05:38 PM

From Daily Variety:

That other stayer, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is finally showing its age, dropping 46% on the prior weekend to $ 11.1 million in 58 territories. Its overseas cume hit $ 591. 5 million and the worldwide tally peaked at $ 942.6 million, ranking as theContinued...


Silenzio! Strike could affect Italian dub of POA movie

Posted by: sue
February 10, 2004, 11:22 AM

A strike by the Italian dubbers of movies could affect the release of the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in June. According to Variety, the workers are in a contract dispute over issues of pay and "unreasonably short deadlines for delivering a dubbed picture."Continued...

Harry Potter and the Presidential Hopefuls

Posted by: Melissa
February 09, 2004, 08:17 PM

Neither candidate for the U.S. presidency Wesley ("I read 30 - 40 books a year") Clark nor former candidate for the U.S. presidency Joseph ("I went through a big Dylan phase") Lieberman could name J.K. Rowling as the author of the Harry Potter books when asked by VH1. (John KerryContinued...


Disney Article Scans

Posted by: Melissa
February 08, 2004, 05:57 PM

Mugglenet has posted scans of the Disney article, including pictures of Honeydukes!


PoA Film Length

Posted by: Melissa
February 08, 2004, 01:51 PM

According to Amazon France, Prisoner of Azkaban will be 135 minutes long. Thanks, Winky, for the info.


POA article in Disney Adventures

Posted by: sue
February 08, 2004, 01:01 PM

In the March issue of Disney Adventures magazine, there is a new article about the upcoming POA movie. Included in the article are tidbits of information such as "There are 1,100 teacups magically stacked in Trelawney's classroom." "The Shrieking Shack really shakes, rattles, and rolls (withoutContinued...

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