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Hair Today ...

Posted by: Melissa
February 27, 2003, 04:19 PM

Ananova reports that Wella is holding an auction of celebrity hair, with the proceeds to go to Comic Relief. Included in the snippets of hair being offered for sale are ones from Elvis, Dolly the cloned sheep, and Daniel Radcliffe. (Thanks to "CFSDIMPLES" for the link.)

Speaking of letters to & from Rowling...

Posted by: Melissa
February 26, 2003, 03:59 PM

A grass roots movement to collect letters from fans of the HP books who are older teenagers and grownups and send them to J.K. Rowling has taken root at The Letterbox Project. In late March, the letters will be sent to JKR in "Harry Potter style", with green ink and a ribbon, to let her know aboutContinued...

Original artist for UK cover to leave Britain

Posted by: Melissa
February 26, 2003, 03:31 PM

The Daily Telegraph has a profile on the artist who did the cover for the UK edition of Philosopher's Stone. Thomas Taylor was a recent art-school grad when he was paid a flat fee of less than £300 to illustrate the cover of J K Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher'sContinued...

JKR to appear on THE SIMPSONS!

Posted by: Melissa
February 26, 2003, 09:33 AM

Thanks to the many readers who sent us this bit of news from IMDB:


Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is to make an appearance in an episode of The Simpsons. The famous author will feature in a special London episode of the series, where Lisa Simpson bumps into the publicity-shy writer outside a bookshop, and quizzesContinued...

Birthday Wishes!

Posted by: Melissa
February 26, 2003, 12:18 AM

Happy birthday to James and Oliver Phelps (25 February), and belated wishes to Julie Walters, who celebrated her birthday on the 22nd!

What about the Extras?

Posted by: Melissa
February 25, 2003, 03:44 PM

iHP got a great scoop on some info, from an unidentified source, about the extras being used for the Hogwarts Express sequence:


Stuff you might not already know about the harry potter filming. There were 40 extras, all from local schools, paid £35 a day. They were all in normal clothes. The windows of the train had aContinued...

CBBC Newsround: "Day One Outside the Studios"

Posted by: Melissa
February 24, 2003, 09:43 PM

The first day of filming Prisoner of Azkaban at Leavesden Studios as reported (a bit tongue-in-cheek) by CBBC Newsround. Click here for more. (Thanks to Bridget for the link.)

GrandPré as Harry?

Posted by: Melissa
February 24, 2003, 04:44 PM

The Washington Post's kid section today had a neat little article on Mary GrandPré and a short interview. They are also holding a contest on a cover design (the link doesn't have the address but I'll find my copy and post it for you guys later). Here's an excerpt:


Look at her drawings of Harry Potter, andContinued...

"Train In Vain"

Posted by: Melissa
February 24, 2003, 02:02 PM

And more about the Hogwarts Express fire on Entertainment Weekly's website. The article notes that "t's not clear what started the fire, though investigators speculate that sparks from the train's smokestack or its wheels on the track may have been to blame."

Hogwarts Express starts fire, delays filming

Posted by: Melissa
February 23, 2003, 04:59 AM

This article in the Scotsman details how a fire sparked from the Hogwarts Express used in PoA destroyed 'up to 50 acres of heather moorland and tress in a Highland hillside." Filming has been delayed for a short while. Looks like no one was hurt. (Thanks Scott.)

Official Press Release; Gambon, Oldman, Ferris, Thewlis, Whitehouse, Spall officially confirmed.

Posted by: Melissa
February 21, 2003, 01:09 PM

Alright! We've got it! Check it out. Nothing new - same exact thing ComingSoon posted, but at least now we've got it in our hands. It looks like the PR hit the wires a second early.


Click here for a Hi-Res of the first officially released PoA pic

ClickContinued...

Birthday Wishes

Posted by: Melissa
February 21, 2003, 11:39 AM

Happy birthday to Alan Rickman, who turns 57 today!

Change in Filming Locations for PoA

Posted by: Melissa
February 21, 2003, 11:12 AM

Thank you to everyone who sent us the link to this article from the BBC on how Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral will not be used as shooting locations for PoA. It also mentions, about halfway down, the rumour that "Chris [Columbus] is returning for the fourth instalment."

Sir Cadogan

Posted by: Melissa
February 21, 2003, 07:31 AM

Also in the earlier Newsround production/casting article, they list Fast Show star Paul Whitehouse as Sir Cadogan. He's quite the character actor so it should be interesting as well as a good laugh. I wonder if they're leaving out Prof. Trelawney - if so, then I wonder when the trio will MEET Cadogan.

Harry Potter books included in exhibition of banned/challenged books

Posted by: Melissa
February 21, 2003, 04:46 AM

The Whistler Question reports that the Harry Potter books are among the most challenged in Canada in recent years. The Richmond News has a similar story. Both the Whistler Public Library and Richmond's Brighouse Library will mark Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 23 to March 1)Continued...

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