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Sneak Look at the GoF DVD Cover Art?

Posted by: sue
January 08, 2006, 10:48 PM is reporting tonight to have the first sneak look at the cover art for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD. While this looks like this is a real possibility, please note that this photo is rather grainy and hard to make out. We can not yet confirm if this is what the actual DVDs will lookContinued...


Signed Copy of HBP Goes for £4500 on eBay

Posted by: Melissa
January 08, 2006, 08:13 PM

We told you about the autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that J.K. Rowling donated to be auctioned for the charity Peace Hospice. The auction closed today, and the winning bid was £4500 -- that's $7,965.45 according to today's exchange rate. CongratulationsContinued...

Character Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Severus Snape

Posted by: sue
January 08, 2006, 07:03 PM

Well, after the events of Half-Blood Prince, it surely is hard to write this, but the calendar on has been updated to wish a Happy Birthday to Severus Snape. Hiss! ;)

Harry Potter and the Science Festival

Posted by: Melissa
January 07, 2006, 10:22 PM

The Daily Record reports that Harry Potter will be one of the main themes of the annual science festival organized by Cambridge University. During the festival, which will run from March 15-26, "experts will examine weighty topics such as broomstick flight, the invisibility cloak and whether owls couldContinued...

Audio Books

HBP Audio Book Reviewed in The Age

Posted by: Melissa
January 07, 2006, 11:50 AM

The Age has a review of several audio books it considers ideal for family listening on long road trips, and (of course) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is high on their list. The article gives an in-depth review of Stephen Fry's reading of the story, not just the story itself. For example:


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

HBP Tops Best-Seller List for 2005

Posted by: Melissa
January 06, 2006, 09:01 PM

Reuters is reporting that, according to industry sales tracker Nielsen BookScan, more copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were sold the first day it was out than any other book sold in the country in all of 2005. According to sales figures released on Friday, 4.1 million copies of HBP were soldContinued...


GoF DVD Extras Announced on BBFC Site

Posted by: sue
January 06, 2006, 02:20 PM

The British Board of Film Classification today posted their decisions on extras to be included on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD. Listed as "Full Frame, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE DVD additional material" these included segments are :


IMDb Best of 2005 Results

Posted by: Melissa
January 06, 2006, 01:34 PM

Earlier this week we told you about a poll on IMDb for the Best of 2005. Well, folks, the results are in and (once again) Harry and his fans have risen to the top! GoF was voted Best Picture (English Language), Best Family Movie and Best Popcorn (Most Entertaining) Movie. In second place were Daniel Radcliffe for BestContinued...


PotterCast #20, Part 2 of Call-In Show, Now Up!

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2006, 05:51 PM

PotterCast #20, our second and last installment of our call--in show, is now up and ready for download. Sorry for the delay, guys - bad internet connections strike again! Next week's will be out on time, will be in regular PotterCast format and will feature - da da dum - the Muggle boys. For now,Continued...


Gof HD DVD Release Date Announced

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2006, 03:57 PM

Warner Home Video has announced that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be released on HD DVD on April 11, 2006. GoF is one of 24 confirmed titles WHV is releasing on HD DVD from March 28-May 16, 2006. The release is timed in conjunction with the initial deliveries of HD DVD players.


A Sneak at Italian Harry Book Cover

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2006, 01:44 PM

Reader Mariano has sent us what appears to be the Italian cover art for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; you can see the whole thing here He has also given us a loose translation of the back text, which is this quote from HBP (which is from the English editions, not a translated Italian one):



Cedric's Death on EW's Tearjerker List

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2006, 01:38 PM

Entertainment Weekly has listed Cedric's death in Goblet of Fire one of the top tearjerking moments of movies in 2005:

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The murder of kind and decent Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson).
It's the darkest moment up to that point in the Potter saga, as Harry experiencesContinued...

Dear Diary...J.K.Rowling Updates on Website

Posted by: sue
January 05, 2006, 07:27 AM

Our favorite author updated her site today with some New Year's Writing Resolutions in her new Diary section of her website. She listed five goals, including this one:

2. Do not lose any more notebooks.
After a somewhat panicky few weeks I have finally located a missing notebook. As always when I mislayContinued...


Christian Science Monitor: Harry Potter and Good and Evil

Posted by: Melissa
January 04, 2006, 11:37 PM

The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article on Harry Potter, and the influence of J.K. Rowling's books on millions of children all over the world. The piece alludes to the continuing debate over the morality of the novels, saying

"Belief in magic is an old trait in mythContinued...

HP Cast

Potter Actors to appear at Collectormania in February

Posted by: sue
January 04, 2006, 09:10 PM

Several actors from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are due to appear at Collectormania G-Mex in Manchester, England next month. Actors Robert Pattinson (Hufflepuff great Cedric Diggory), Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), and Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty CrouchContinued...

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