By Andy on 30 March 2010 at 10:58 GMT
Bloomsbury today announced that they will be giving the UK Harry Potter books a visual refresh this coming November. The books, classified as "signature" editions, feature new cover art by artist Clare Melinsky.
The new editions, which are being marketed as novels for the, "generation of readers who did not grow up with Harry Potter", will be available on the first of November in paperback. A box set of all seven books will also be released.
The new illustrations are by renowned linocut artist Clare Melinsky and the design has been created by Webb and Webb Design Limited. Clare Melinsky's illustrations follow the style of traditional woodcuts and will appear on the front cover, back cover and spine for all seven titles in the Harry Potter series.
Clare Melinsky commented, 'I was delighted and excited to be asked to illustrate the covers for such massively famous books – and seven of them! It was top secret for the best part of a year.'
Books 1 – 3 will be available for £6.99, while books 4-7 will cost £8.99. The box set will be available for £59.99.
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By Andy on 28 March 2010 at 11:25 GMT
Actress Kate Fleetwood will play the role of Mary Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Cattermole, the wife of Ministry worker Reg Cattermole, is interrogated by Umbridge during the trio's Ministry mission.
By Andy on 26 March 2010 at 11:46 GMT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open at Orlanda, Florida on June 18. Additionally, new information has been revealed about the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry's life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
The ride will also explore Dumbledore's office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more.
The ride combines, "[a] revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking". Additionally, composer John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films) oversaw the ride's musical score.
You can read the complete information about the attraction by clicking here.
By Andy on 19 March 2010 at 10:38 GMT
The opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will be revealed on March 25 (next Thursday) at 12 PM EST. Additionally, information about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride will also be announced.
A preview video can be seen by clicking here.
Stay tuned to HPFZ for more info!
By Andy on 19 March 2010 at 10:30 GMT
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, a new gameplay trailer for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PSP and PC.
By Andy on 18 March 2010 at 12:36 GMT
By Andy on 17 March 2010 at 12:12 GMT
"In fact, [Lucius' ending] wasn't planned. It was a decision made about how Lucius should end his bit in the story and we'd been leading up to it for a while and David – the lovely director – came to me and goes "What are we going to do with you that's really great? How are we going to do the ending?" And one day I came up with this thing and he went "gasp Oh that's it! Oh that's it. It'll be great."
By Andy on 13 March 2010 at 11:51 GMT
The actor who plays Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films turns 21 todayl
By Andy on 6 March 2010 at 12:39 GMT
Courtesy of Universal, an image of the Hogwarts Express at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From the official blurb:
The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade Station as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to develop at Universal Orlando Resort. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they will be greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder. Opening in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.
By Andy on 5 March 2010 at 12:12 GMT
Rhys Ifans, the actor set to portray Xenophilius Lovegood in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, recently spoke about his role. Ifans humouresly compared the oppurtuninty to appear in the Harry Potter films as, "[like] getting knighted".
"That was great," he said, beaming. "When you're an English actor and you get the 'Harry Potter' call– it's like Batman, you know? You have a phone, you have a normal phone, and then you have one that is made out of wood. That's the 'Potter' people. They call you up [and] you get your wand out, you put your cloak on and off you go. It's a real honor. It's like getting knighted or something."
Read the full interview by clicking here.
By Andy on 18 February 2010 at 10:00 GMT
Warner Bros. has kindly sent over the box art for the upcoming 'LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4' video game. The game, which will be available in May, will be released on Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PSP, and PC.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will give gamers the chance to experience the magic and adventure of Harry Potter in a uniquely LEGO way. Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™, as well as more than 100 other favorite characters, gamers will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. Throughout the game, players will also have the freedom to explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Hogwarts™ castle, Diagon Alley™, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade™.
You can watch two vignettes from the game here and here.
Thanks to WB.!
By Andy on 15 February 2010 at 03:25 GMT
A number of pictures of LEGO's upcoming Harry Potter sets have appeared online. The photos, snapped at Toy Fair 2010, show many of the sets (which appear to not be specifically Deathly Hallows-themed). Check out the pictures below (and even more here).
The sets will be available in October. Thanks to MuggleNet for the link!
By Andy on 13 February 2010 at 12:33 GMT
The LEGO Group today announced their decision to create a number of new LEGO sets, as well as a board game, for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. Karen McTier, executive vice president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products says, "fans of the franchise will be excited to discover the wonderfully original LEGO products inspired by the beloved stories and characters".
"The world of Harry Potter has inspired some of our most successful products and we are thrilled to continue creating imaginative play opportunities for fans everywhere,"said Jill Wilfert, vice president, global licensing for LEGO Group. "The magical stories brought to life in the films give us the potential for an incredible array of offerings, the best of which are represented in our upcoming lines."
The new LEGO sets will include the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid's Hut, Hogwarts Express and Quidditch Match, as well as Bellatrix Lestrange and Luna Lovegood figures. The sets will be available in October, and a LEGO board game titled "Hogwarts" will be available in August.
Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released in November.
By Andy on 4 February 2010 at 10:32 GMT
Warner Bros. today announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released in 3D. Jeff Robinov of Warner Bros. said, "We’re excited about 3D and look forward to bringing a rich, involving visual experience to audiences around the world."
Deathly Hallows will be released in November.
By Andy on 23 January 2010 at 11:54 GMT
Composer Alexandre Desplat will score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. While reports surfaced last year that composer John Williams would score the final two films, Desplat's involvement in the franchise is now confirmed. It is unknown whether Williams, Desplat or another composer will score Deathly Hallows: Part II.
Recently, Desplat wrote the scores for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released in November.