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Coltrane, Staunton to Receive OBE Award

Posted by: Melissa
December 30, 2005, 11:53 AM

Actors Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) and Imelda Staunton (widely rumored to be cast as Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix) will be made Officers of the prestigious Order of the British Empire, the order of chivalry of British democracy. This honor, conferred in the New Year's Honors List, acknowledgesContinued...


Get A Clue Donation Update

Posted by: Melissa
December 30, 2005, 11:05 AM

Many of you have asked how to donate to "Get a Clue," our annual charity drive benfitting Book Aid International, without buying a shirt; please do so using this button, which will go on top of our page for a week. Thank you!


"Goblet of Fire" Soundtrack on Top Ten List

Posted by: sue
December 30, 2005, 10:02 AM has ranked the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soundtrack as one of their top ten of the year. Of this score by composer Patrick Doyle, they note: "Williams is out, but Doyle is in - and while it's much different than the first three Harry Potter score, his score works wonderfullyContinued...

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling Donates Signed HBP to Peace Hospice; Also Nominated for Italian Vogue's Woman of the Year

Posted by: sue
December 30, 2005, 09:32 AM

Author J.K. Rowling has reportedly donated a signed first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be auctioned off to help raise funds for Peace Hospice in England. The spokesperson for the charity hospice is quoted in the WatfordContinued...

Film Awards

GoF One of BBC1's Top 10 Films of 2005

Posted by: Melissa
December 30, 2005, 01:48 AM

On the BBC1 TV program "Film 2005," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was voted by viewers as number 6 in the top ten films of the year.
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Last Two Days for Get A Clue T-Shirt Drive

Posted by: Melissa
December 30, 2005, 12:07 AM

You have two more days to order T-Shirts in our fourth annual Get a Clue! We've raised several thousand dollars for BookAid, so we thank you.
If your shirts haven't arrived yet, we simply ask for your patience. This is a purely mechanical effort for a good cause - we don't have an Amazon.comContinued...


Goblet of Fire DVD Release March 7th?

Posted by: sue
December 29, 2005, 03:21 PM

Over the past few weeks rumors have been swirling about on the net regarding a possible release date for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD. Some have said it was to be on April 4th, and now two today reached us with a different date. Davis DVD andVideo ETA have posted release dates now as March 7thContinued...

HP Cast

HP stars on IMDb's Top 25 of 2005 List

Posted by: Melissa
December 29, 2005, 12:07 AM has announced its Top 25 Stars of 2005. The rankings are based on searches performed by more than 30 million users of IMDb. Daniel Radcliffe ranked #18 (up from #20 last year) and Emma Watson came in at #15 (compared to #13 last year).
Thanks to Joseph!


Mary GrandPré Original HP Illustrations Exhibit

Posted by: Melissa
December 28, 2005, 06:11 PM

The original works of U.S. Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré will be featured through January 1, 2006 at Artinsights Gallery in Reston, Virginia, and will then become a permanent addition to the gallery's offerings. The gallery will donate a portion of the proceeds from salesContinued...


PotterCast #19: Part 1 of the Live Call-In Show

Posted by: Melissa
December 28, 2005, 05:00 PM

PotterCast #19, the first part of the results of our live call-in show that took place on Dec. 10, is now available for download! Show notes:

PotterCast #19 is the first of two parts, bringing our fist-ever live call-in episode, where we answered Skype calls so we could directly answer our listeners'Continued...

Actor Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Maggie Smith!

Posted by: Melissa
December 28, 2005, 09:16 AM

Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) celebrates her 71st birthday today. Cheers!
Thanks to Maria for the reminder.

Box Office

GoF Surpasses CoS and PoA in Box Office Receipts

Posted by: Melissa
December 27, 2005, 03:05 PM

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has officially earned more at the box office than either Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and is second only to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone in revenue forContinued...


HP Film Fonts Designed by Muggles

Posted by: Melissa
December 27, 2005, 12:17 PM

Ireland Online has a feature today about Alex Moseley and Roger Mills, who have designed the fonts for The Monster Book of Monsters, The Daily Prophet, the Marauders' Map and other props in the Harry Potter films. Several of the fonts are based on those found in ancient manuscripts. Mr. Moseley, a computerContinued...

"Harry Potter" Tops in Blogs

Posted by: Melissa
December 27, 2005, 11:58 AM

Blogpulse has announced its list of the most frequently blogged terms for 2005. In the "People and Personalities" category, Harry Potter topped the list, followed by President George W. Bush and the late Pope John Paul II. More information can be found here.


Harry Potter Books Provide "Distraction Therapy"

Posted by: Melissa
December 27, 2005, 11:24 AM

A study appearing in the British Medical Journal asserts that on the weekends during which the last two HP books were released, hospital emergency rooms in Britain received half the usual number of visits from 7- to 15-year-old children with traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. Unlike other "crazes"Continued...

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