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"FoxTrot" Cartoon Features HP

Posted by: Melissa
August 18, 2005, 07:45 AM

Bill Amend's "FoxTrot" will give HP fans a chuckle this morning! Thanks to all who sent this in!


HBP Not Enough to Rescue Borders in UK

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:55 PM

Borders announced today that the recent release of HBP did not help avert a slump at their UK stores, which in turn led to a decline in profits. Borders said in its statement that high discounts on HBP were a contributing factor in the drop in their net income.


Pinewood Studios to Grow

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:47 PM

The Guardian reports that Pinewood Studios, and its sister-studio, Shepperton, where Gary Oldman's Batman Begins was filmed, are both about to start expansion projects. Pinewood's program includes facilities upgrades that will incorporate state-of-the-art equipment, new sound stages, production workshops and post-productionContinued...

Harry Potter and the Infrastructure of Government

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:39 PM

A columnist for the New Hampshire Union-Leader has been musing on the role of the government in the HP series.

The Department of Magical Law Enforcement acts as a sort of KGB, rounding up citizens to appear before the Wizengot, where the accused are tried in a dungeon while bound to a chair. TheContinued...


More Viewer Comments on GoF Movie

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:29 PM

TheSnitch reported today about MoviesOnline's collection of comments from people who have seen a test showing of Goblet of Fire. The interviews include spoilers for the film, where it differs from the book, and discuss some of the reasons why the film may have been given its PG-13 rating.

Raincoast Announces "Best HBP Party" Winners

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:18 PM

Raincoast, the Canadian publishers of the Harry Potter series, have announced that Vancouver Kidsbooks' two events won their "Best HBP Launch Party" contest
Raincoast said that Vancouver Kidsbooks ran two separate parties on the evening of July 15th at their two locations with an "OwlContinued...


New Pics of Draco, Ron and Mad-Eye

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 05:45 PM

WB sent these over in high-res:
Draco at the table with Krum (large)
Draco at the table with Krum (medium)
Draco at the table with Krum (small)

Ron and Mad-Eye (large)
Ron and Mad-Eye (medium)
>Ron and Mad-Eye (small)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Stephen Fry HBP Audio Book Clip Online

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 10:06 AM

Bloomsbury has put up a teaser clip of the Stephen Fry version of the audio book of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, available by clicking here (rememeber to "save as"). The audio book will be released on August 22. From the press release:

"Sometimes [there is] a turn of phrase that makesContinued...


New GoF Trailer Footage

Posted by: Melissa
August 16, 2005, 11:41 AM

Veritaserum has posted new GoF trailer footage, check it out! Thanks Milly!
Update from WB: This trailer is international footage and is almost exactly the same as the domestic trailer and therefore won't be released in any official capacity.


Hogwarts Online Potter Game?

Posted by: sue
August 16, 2005, 08:24 AM

There is news today about a possible online Harry Potter game made by the people who do work for the Sims online games. New Pencil, a company that makes 3D graphics, apparently has teamed up with EA, the makers of the Harry Potter games, to develop something known as "Hogwarts Online". If you click this linkContinued...

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Voting Opens on Quill Awards

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2005, 02:45 PM

The QuillsAwards, sponsored by the Quills Literacy Foundation, has opened voting; you can vote for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade and Book of the Year categories here (you must fill out a short form first).

Fiennes Interviews

Time asks: "What Ever Happened to Ralph Fiennes"?

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2005, 08:19 AM

Time has a lengthy feature on Ralph Fiennes recounting his whole career. The actor, currently doing press for his film The Constant Gardener calls his role as Voldemort "a full-on, red-blooded baddie."

Happy Birthday Nick!

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2005, 08:08 AM

We're a day late on this, but Leaky Lounge creator and administrator, Nick Rhein, celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday! We all hope he had a great one (and judging from the party that went down in the forums, he most likely did...).


New GoF Pic from Entertainment Weekly

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2005, 07:26 AM

Harry Potter FanZone has the newest GoF pic, which appeared in this week's Entertainment Weekly, scanned here. Thanks Andy!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

German HBP Cover Now Online

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2005, 07:23 AM

German HP publishers Carlsen Verlag have released the cover chosen for HBP, which you can see right here, and you can see a larger version at HarryPotter Xperts right here.

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