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News articles from September 2009

Harry Birthday Tom Harry Birthday Tom

tom-feltonTom Felton, Draco Malfoy, is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. Here at Harry Potter Fan Zone, we’d like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Brendan Gleeson says goodbye to Mad-Eye Brendan Gleeson says goodbye to Mad-Eye

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Actor Brendan Gleeson, who portrayed Mad-Eye Moody, said during a press conference that he finally finished his filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. He’s quoted saying “I waved goodbye to him a week and a half ago. It was great fun, playing Mad-Eye was a hoot”.

This all happened on Sunday night when Mr. Gleeson won an Emmy for his role in Winston Churchill in HBO’s miniseries Into the Storm. Congratulations Mr. Gleeson!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in spring 2010, new info Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in spring 2010, new info

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open in spring of 2010. The announcement was made by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the films). We’ll have more news soon, but for now, some goss:

  • A roller coaster built around the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (thrill ride)
  • A “family ride” built around Care of Magical Creatures and Buckbeak’s flight
  • A revolutionary ride in the Hogwarts castle called “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”
  • Enter the park via Hogsmeade and visit a number of shops
  • Butterbeer and pumpkin juice will be sold
  • A new line of ‘Potter’ merchandise will be sold
  • An eleven-minute featurette with more information will be available on the ‘Half-Blood Prince’ DVD