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Mira Nair to Direct Order of the Phoenix Film?

Posted by: sue
August 30, 2004, 06:56 AM

Director Mira Nair has reportedly been offered the job of directing the film version of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. In an interview with the Times of India, she is quoted as saying:

"I'm getting offers to direct Harry Potter: The Order Of The Phoenix. I read it over the weekend.Continued...


GoF Filming Set for Ft. William, Scotland

Posted by: sue
August 28, 2004, 07:45 PM

The Sunday Mail is reporting the stars of the upcoming Goblet of Fire movie will be in Ft. William, Scotland this week to film some new scenes. According to this article,"shooting begins at the 400 feet Steall Falls, where the friends will fight a computer-enhanced fire-breathing dragon." ClickContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Article: "Rowling's Success No Sorcery"

Posted by: sue
August 28, 2004, 02:02 PM

Investor's Business Daily has this article about J.K.R's rise to success in the publishing world. Amoung people interviewed are Arthur A. Levine of Scholastic, the U.S. publishers of the Harry Potter novels.

"She's very aware that these books have a place in history," said Levine. "ItContinued...

PoA Film

EW: Prisoner of Azkaban Film One of Summers Best

Posted by: sue
August 28, 2004, 12:52 PM

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has a article about this year's summer movies and Prisoner of Azkaban is mentioned as one of the best. Film critics Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman discuss the best of the summer films:

OWEN: "Look, this was easily the best summer movie seasonContinued...

Update: Order of the Phoenix #1 Bestseller

Posted by: sue
August 28, 2004, 07:53 AM

The U.S. paperback version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is now a number one best-seller book. The paperback, which was released on August 10th, is now number one on both the New York Times Children's Paperback list and the USA Today's Best-Seller list.
The U.K. paperback versionContinued...


GoF Pensieve Scene Report on HP4U

Posted by: sue
August 27, 2004, 05:40 AM

HP4U has posted a report from the set of the upcoming Goblet of Fire film. There are descriptions of the set used in the Pensieve scene with Karkaroff.

"Wow, I wish you could all get a picture of it, words cannot describe the effect.Made of course to look as though Harry has gone back in time, imagine DickensContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Shh!:Do Not Disturb Sign Back on Door

Posted by: sue
August 27, 2004, 05:33 AM

Shhh! as many readers have let us know, the "Do Not Disturb" sign is back on the door to the office on


Gof Filming Update

Posted by: sue
August 26, 2004, 02:47 PM

CBBC Newsround has posted a story about filming of scenes for the upcoming Goblet of Fire film. At the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, scenes with Mad-Eye Moody(Brendon Gleeson), Professor McGonagall(Dame Maggie Smith) and others including Crabbe( Jamie Waylett) and Goyle( Josh Herdman) are being filmed.

"They wentContinued...

Update: London Symphony Orchestra Cancels U.S. Tour

Posted by: sue
August 25, 2004, 05:58 PM

Earlier we told you about the London Symphony Orchestra touring here in the U.S. with performances including works from the Harry Potter films. The "Music of Hollywood" tour has now been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Thanks Rachael and Connie.

ADMIN: Lexicon Down

Posted by: Melissa
August 25, 2004, 09:54 AM

The HP Lexicon is temporarily down; it has not yet been switched to the new server and it seems the old is having issues. Hang tight!

J.K. Rowling

More Rowling tidbits from HP4U JKR Edinburgh Festival Report

Posted by: sue
August 25, 2004, 08:45 AM

HP4U has posted a report from the Edinburgh Festival where JKR answered a few new questions from two lucky young fans.

" where JK Rowling was, given our wristbands, then we went to meet her. We said hello and she told us 'she was really glad we could make it'. I toldContinued...


Movie Magic Features Newell, More in GoF Article

Posted by: Melissa
August 24, 2004, 11:26 PM

Veritaserum has posted the text of an article out today in Movie Magic which features new quotes from Mike Newell:

"The films definitely have a dark, frightening feel to them," he says. "There's romance and magic in the story, but its mixed with this fear, this overwhelming dread.Continued...

J.K. Rowling

JKR : Edinburgh "City of Literature"

Posted by: sue
August 24, 2004, 03:07 PM

J.K.Rowling has joined other authors in an effort to have Edinburgh, Scotland become the first "World City of Literature." Edinburgh, Rowling's city of residence, would "act as a model for other cities around the world to celebrate their own literature and writers." The Harry Potter authorContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Scotsman: Gilderoy Based on JKR Ex-Husband; JKR Spokesperson: No!

Posted by: Melissa
August 24, 2004, 10:05 AM

Some of you have emailed to tell us about yesterday's Scotsman piece claiming that JKR admitted that the vain Gilderoy Lockhart was based on her ex-husband, Jorge Arantes. This is in stark contrast to the articles yesterday that quoted JKR spokespeople vehemently denying such aContinued...


Happy Birthday to Stephen Fry!

Posted by: Melissa
August 24, 2004, 09:44 AM

Stephen Fry, the voice of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks, celebrates his 47th birthday today!

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