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Clinton vs. Potter Continues

Posted by: Melissa
June 24, 2004, 10:42 AM

The Clinton-Potter comparisons continue in the media, with today's cartoon on and MSN's MSNBC's comparison of the two tales:

As he tells it, the rite-of-passage fable is similar: A gifted foundling, possessed of magical but unruly powers, is pursued by an evil force he cannot escape because it isContinued...


Fleur Casting Rumor in Starlog Article

Posted by: Melissa
June 24, 2004, 10:32 AM

Many readers have written in to tell us that in a recent Starlog article, the scans of which are posted on, Dan Radcliffe says the person playing Fleur is Pam Espose, not Clemence Poesy as previously reported.
Here are at least two reasons not to believe it (or at least believe it's aContinued...


Cameo Film Stills

Posted by: Kristin
June 24, 2004, 07:41 AM

TLC reader Gervásio let us know that Harry Potter o Filme has up a couple of nice quality stills of Ian Brown's cameo from The Leaky Cauldron (i.e. the fellow stirring the tea and reading the book).


More PoA Images

Posted by: Kristin
June 24, 2004, 07:31 AM

The Snitch has just posted a great collection of large images from the movie, many of which we haven't seen in still format before. Enjoy!
Thanks, Parker, for the link!


PoA Movie Promo Photos

Posted by: Kristin
June 23, 2004, 09:52 PM

Potterish has posted a great collection of movie promo shots, many of which we haven't seen before. You can also view the shots at Mugglenet.

Poet, Potter Fan Mattie Stepanek Dies at 13

Posted by: Kristin
June 23, 2004, 04:59 AM

Poet, New York Times best selling author, Muscular Dystrophy Association spokeman, and Harry Potter fan Mattie Stepanek has died due to complications of a rare form of that disease.
Mattie gained attention in 2001 when he appeared on the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. In that same year, he publishedContinued...


Castwatch: Oldman, Isaacs News

Posted by: sue
June 22, 2004, 12:42 PM

Many readers have emailed about upcoming roles for some Harry Potter actors:
Siriusly Star Wars? According to Gary Oldman's (Sirius Black) manager, the actor is in negotiations "to perform a character voice in the upcoming Star Wars film. "

Isaacs Elektra: Coming Soon reports that Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)Continued...


Azkaban: Weekend Three

Posted by: Kristin
June 22, 2004, 07:13 AM

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban placed third in boxoffice returns this past weekend, taking in $18 million for a total of $190.9 million to date.
While this lags slightly behind the $200.2 million taken in by Chamber of Secrets by its third weekend, points out that the second Potter film hadContinued...

Mad Magazine

Posted by: Kristin
June 22, 2004, 06:44 AM

Several TLC readers have let us know that Mad Magazine's Harry Potter issue has hit the streets.
Thanks to Katya in particular for the link!


Interview: Heyman, Columbus, Radcliffe

Posted by: Melissa
June 21, 2004, 10:44 PM

Our last of the junket set: The PoA Producers: David Heyman, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe. This interview had to be really short because we were all running off to the press conference, but it's still good, I think. Quotage:

TLC: Did you guys have a heart attack when you saw the size of book five?


Could Harry Get an Oscar?

Posted by: Kristin
June 21, 2004, 07:04 AM is already discussing Oscar and Golden Globe possibilities, and mentions the latest Harry Potter film:
Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, attracted very favorable reviews, many of which called it the best of the three "Potter"Continued...


OotP: One Year Gone

Posted by: Melissa
June 20, 2004, 07:00 PM

Exactly one year ago, the first copies of Order of the Phoenix were being distributed in Britain, and ten minutes after that I sat with 13 friends, holding hands and squealing, as a friend read us the first few pages over speakerphone. He had been lucky enough to be at the bookshop in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling had shown upContinued...

The Boston Globe: Salem Host of Witching Hour

Posted by: sue
June 20, 2004, 04:23 PM

The Boston Globe has a preview of The Witching Hour, a Harry Potter symposium set for October 6th-10th, 2005 in Salem, Massachusetts. This event is sponsored by HP Education Fanon Inc., the same group which brought us Nimbus-2003.


TLC #2 on UrbanWire's Top Harry Potter Site List

Posted by: Melissa
June 20, 2004, 11:30 AM

UrbanWire has released a list of "The Essential Guide to Harry Potter Web Sites," a list of 15 top Harry Potter sites (including probably the best write-up of TLC to date);, of course, tops the list. Our Floo Network companion, The Harry Potter Lexicon, also made the cut.Continued...


Opinion Piece: Harry Potter Books Help Kids Cope with Fear

Posted by: sue
June 20, 2004, 10:05 AM

In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Patricia Edgar, founder of the Australian Children's Television Foundation, writes that the Harry Potter books help children cope with certain fears.
The original fairytales and the Harry Potter stories give children much-needed hopeContinued...

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