Happy Birthday, Andy McCray! Happy Birthday, Andy McCray!

Please join me in wishing HPFZ's webmaster Andy McCray a very happy twenty-first birthday (June 14)! Andy, we truly appreciate the commitment that you have made to this site and its visitors. Even as you grow older and near graduation, you show relentless enthusiasm toward improving HPFZ and the fandom as a whole.  We raise our butterbeers to you on this day, and wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Happy birthday, mate!

'The director shouts cut for the very last time' 'The director shouts cut for the very last time'

Principal photography for the two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films wrapped today (June 12), marking "the end of an Era" in the words of Warwick Davis. He tweeted:

The end of an Era – today is officially the last day of principal photography on 'Harry Potter' – ever. I feel honoured to be here as the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it's been magic! x …and goodbye Griphook!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will hit theaters on November 19 of this year, with the second part bowing on July 15 of next year.

'Deathly Hallows' footage shown at MTV Movie Awards 'Deathly Hallows' footage shown at MTV Movie Awards

A brand new teaser for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts one and two was shown last night at the MTV Movie Awards. Check it out below.

HP cast visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter HP cast visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Emma Watson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Matthew Lewis recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

See Hagrid's Hut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter See Hagrid's Hut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal has sent over a photo of Hagrid's Hut from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check it out below. The theme park opens on June 18.

Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter 'signature editions', new art Bloomsbury releasing Harry Potter 'signature editions', new art

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.

Kate Fleetwood is Mary Cattermole in 'Deathly Hallows' Kate Fleetwood is Mary Cattermole in 'Deathly Hallows'

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.

Theme park to open June 18, ride info, John Williams involved Theme park to open June 18, ride info, John Williams involved

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.

Harry Potter theme park opening date revealed next week Harry Potter theme park opening date revealed next week

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!

New 'LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4' video New 'LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4' video

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.

Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) back for 'Deathly Hallows' Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) back for 'Deathly Hallows'

Freddie Stroma, the actor who played Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will reprise his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thanks to SS!

Jason Isaacs on Lucius Malfoy in 'Deathly Hallows' Jason Isaacs on Lucius Malfoy in 'Deathly Hallows'

Jason Isaacs has revealed that he had a hand in constructing Lucius Malfoy's send off in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

"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."

You can listen to the whole interview here, courtesy of SS, HPANA, and MuggleNet.

Happy birthday, Harry Melling! Happy birthday, Harry Melling!

The actor who plays Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films turns 21 todayl

Picture of Hogwarts Express at HP theme park Picture of Hogwarts Express at HP theme park

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.

Rhys Ifans on 'Deathly Hallows' role Rhys Ifans on 'Deathly Hallows' role

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.

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