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Actor Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Branagh

Posted by: Edward
December 10, 2008, 03:01 PM

Please join us here at TLC today in wishing a very happy birthday to actor Kenneth Branagh, who portrayed the character of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film.  Mr. Branagh celebrates his 48th birthday today.  Cheers to you!


Special Harry Potter Movie Marathon in NYC's Famous Ziegfeld Theatre

Posted by: sue
December 10, 2008, 02:25 PM

There's no business like show business, especially when it involves a special Harry Potter movie marathon at the famous Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Starting next week from December 19-24, lucky fans who are in the Big Apple can take in a special holiday showings of theContinued...


New Contest for UK Residents to Win Trip to "Half-Blood Prince" Screening in LA

Posted by: sue
December 10, 2008, 09:27 AM

UK retailer Marks & Spencer have opened a new contests where residents of the UK can win a trip to Los Angeles for a screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince next July.  Open now until December 31, and touted as a "Family Trip to LA," the store'sContinued...


Video Online of Mary GrandPre Exhibit in Iowa

Posted by: sue
December 10, 2008, 08:58 AM

Previously we told you there was an exhibit currently ongoing in Iowa featuring the art of Mary GrandPre, including pieces she created for the covers and chapter art found in the US Scholastic editions of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. There is now new video available here in our galleriesContinued...


Beedle the Bard, Vampire Slayer

Posted by: sue
December 10, 2008, 08:43 AM

Beedle the Bard has a new role of late, that of vampire slayer...well of sorts. The USA Today is reporting that The Tales of Beedle the Bard have taken over the number one spot on their Best-Selling book list from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. The popular series about the life and loves of the vampireContinued...


Beedle the Bard Becomes UK Fastest-Selling Book of Year

Posted by: sue
December 09, 2008, 04:36 PM

The Tales of Beedle the Bard have become the fastest-selling book of the year in UK. The Bookseller is reporting the new book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling " shot straight to the top of the bestseller charts with sales of 368,000 copies in three days." The article noted that BeedleContinued...


New Poll on Brooms at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Website

Posted by: sue
December 09, 2008, 06:42 AM

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter website has been updated with a new poll. Brooms brooms brooms, which is your favorite broom is the topic at hand, and you may make your vote via this link.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction is currently under construction atContinued...


Rumor Alert: WB Planning a "Beedle the Bard" Movie ?

Posted by: sue
December 08, 2008, 01:54 PM

Well, this didn't take long: the first rumors of a Tales of Beedle the Bard movie have hit the net. Just mere days after the release of the new book from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, CinemaBlend is reporting  that Warner Brothers has "a strong interest" in making Beedle the Bard, the MovieContinued...


Twenty-Fifth Issue of Scribbulus Now Online

Posted by: Edward
December 08, 2008, 12:01 AM

It is the silver anniversary for Scribbulus, Leaky‚Äôs premier essay project, for we have for you today their twenty-fifth issue of Harry Potter essays.  Each issue contains a collection of essays on themes, characters, elements, or personal experiences with the novels.  For our December issue,Continued...


Emma Watson Featured in Sunday Times, Attends Premiere of Tale of Despereaux

Posted by: sue
December 07, 2008, 08:51 PM

As her new film is set to open this week, actress Emma Watson is making news tonight. First the Hermione Granger attended the premiere of her new film, the animated movie The Tale of Despereaux, tonight in Los Angeles, California. You can see new photos of Emma at thisContinued...


Reminder: Extended Goblet of Fire to Air on ABC Family Tonight, Half-Blood Prince Sneaks Online

Posted by: sue
December 07, 2008, 06:26 PM

A quick reminder that ABC Family will be airing Harry Potter and the Goblet tonight at 730pm (ED), this edition to include ten extra minutes deleted from the theatrical version of the movie. As posted earlier, the USA Today said the new deleted scenesContinued...

Film Awards

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Wins European Film Award

Posted by: sue
December 07, 2008, 06:06 PM

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a winner at the European Film Awards. The BBC reports the fifth Harry Potter movie "received the People's Choice Award - the only prize decided by ordinary cinemagoers.

Its British director David Yates thanked the European Film AcademyContinued...


New Gryffindor, Slytherin Items from Hot Topic

Posted by: sue
December 07, 2008, 05:53 PM

Several readers owled to let us know that Hot Topic has added a few new items to their Harry Potter line. New is a Bronze Slytherin Crest T-Shirt, Gryffindor gloves, Khaki Hogwarts Crest Tote Bag, and a new Gryffindor Messenger Bag.

Thanks to all who emailed!


PotterCast 176: Fondling Horklumps

Posted by: Edward
December 06, 2008, 10:24 AM

The 176th episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, is now online with our live show celebrating Beedle the Bard, from Books of Wonder in New York City!  The PotterCast quartet and Scholastic Senior Editor Cheryl Klein, continuity editor on the Harry Potter books, sit down for an hour and a half toContinued...

Reminder: Bryn Mawr Yule Ball Tonight

Posted by: Melissa
December 06, 2008, 09:18 AM

Quick reminder: We hope to see you tonight near Philly at the Bryn Mawr Yule Ball, which PotterCast will be emceeing. It's free, and promises to be awesome. Info below:

Come see The Moaning Myrtles, The Whomping Willows, Ministry of Magic, and The Mudbloods play at a holiday concert. All four PotterCasters willContinued...

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