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To all our readers, a happy new year! There are now only 195 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released.

Tom Felton visits ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ in Florida Tom Felton visits ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ in Florida

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check out a photo of Tom (with some Beauxbaton students) below.

Felton also visited the park during its construction two years ago; photos from that event can be found here.

Young Severus Snape, Scorpius Malfoy actors cast for ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ epilogue Young Severus Snape, Scorpius Malfoy actors cast for ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ epilogue

The role of young Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be played by 14-year-old Benedict Clarke.

Additionally, 13-year-old Bertie Gilbert will play the role of Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco) in the epilogue sequence, which was shot at Leavesden Studios over Christmas.

Earlier this year the names of actors playing various other younger characters in this sequence were revealed.

With thanks to SnitchSeeker.

Emma Watson confirms ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ reshoots currently taking place Emma Watson confirms ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ reshoots currently taking place

Last month we reported that the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 would be reshooting the King’s Cross epilogue sequence at Leavesden Studios over Christmas.

The original shoot took place at King’s Cross earlier this year, though both cast and crew felt the shoot was rushed. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, noted that, “we only had two days to shoot it and we needed so much more time than that”.

Watson updated her Facebook page this week letting fans know that she’s, “currently at Leavesden filming reshoots with Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint]. Feels strange to be back!”. Exciting!

On an unrelated note, today marks Harry Potter Fan Zone’s (lucky) seventh anniversary!

Dan Radcliffe on book seven, growing up on set and ‘Harry Potter’ coming to an end Dan Radcliffe on book seven, growing up on set and ‘Harry Potter’ coming to an end

Now that you’ve had the chance to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 we have for you the full interview with Dan Radcliffe from the set of Deathly Hallows earlier this year. If you missed Harry Potter Fan Zone’s report from the set, you can read that too by clicking here.

Question: You’re coming to the end of the journey now and we’ve basically watched you and some of the other actors grow up on-screen. And they’ve become kind of like a family to you I’m sure. How do you feel about it? Has it sunk in or do you not think about it yet?

Radcliffe: I’m not thinking about it that much at the moment. It’s very occasionally. My memories [are] kind of jogged and I’m suddenly thinking, “oh God I am only here for another three months”. Three or four months. And so that’s very odd and it will be very upsetting when it does come to an end because I’ve spent so much time here and made some fantastic friends who I hope will stay with me for the rest of my life. And so yeah, it’ll be very sad but equally it is an exciting time. I suppose whenever you go through periods of transition or in a way it’s a very definite closing of a certain chapter of your life. I suppose those times are always going to be both very upsetting and also very exciting by the very nature because things are changing and you don’t know what’s going to happen.

Question: Could you talk about when you got the seventh book? Your experience of reading it for the first time and just your emotions. Also, the epilogue.

Radcliffe: Yeah, I obviously loved the seventh book kind of as much as everybody else did. I was reading actually at a cricket match because it came out two days before my eighteenth birthday. And I was going to a match for my birthday. So I was going ’round for two days without having read it where everybody else was reading it. And so it was a two day long struggle to beg not get told the ending. And I did actually manage to do that and then yeah, I remember finishing it on the plane and just becoming very emotional. I found it’s a very moving book. The epilogue was something that I liked. I know not everybody did at all, but it was actually something I didn’t have a problem with. And it’s tying together all those loose ends. Because the thing is, what people don’t realise about the epilogue, is I think that if Jo Rowling hadn’t written that epilogue can you imagine being her for the rest of her life and having to cope with questions about what did Harry go on to do? She has to give something to I think to shut people up aside from everything else, you know, to give some conclusion.

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‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ earns $125.1 million on opening weekend ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ earns $125.1 million on opening weekend

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has earned an estimated $125.1 million during opening weekend in the United States. The film played on 9,400 screens at 4,125 locations.

This makes Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the highest earning first weekend ‘Potter’ film in front of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which earned $102.7 million on opening weekend back in 2005.

The Harry Potter franchise has earned $1.84 billion thus far and is estimated to overtake Star Wars as the highest grossing franchise ever within ten days.

The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in 2001, is still the highest grossing with $974.7 million worldwide gross. In contrast, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, released in 2004, was the lowest grossing film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released in cinemas in July.

Our guide to Harry Potter on Twitter and who to follow Our guide to Harry Potter on Twitter and who to follow

If you’re both a Harry Potter fan and a Twitter user then there are plenty of actors, actresses, organisations and miscellaneous folk to follow on Twitter who’ll keep you informed about all things ‘Potter’.

We’ve compiled the following list (we’ll update it as more people join), as well as created a Twitter list, to make that job a little easier for you.

As of April 2011, our list of people to follow includes:

Harry Potter Fan Zone (@HPFZ)
That’s us! Follow us for all the latest Harry Potter news and media coverage.


J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books and this is her only official Twitter account.


Tom Felton (@TomFelton)
Tom Felton plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.


Emma Watson (@EmWatson)
Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.


Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis)
Matthew Lewis plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.


James Phelps (@James_Phelps)
James Phelps plays Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter films.


Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps)
Oliver Phelps plays George Weasley in the Harry Potter films.


Freddie Stroma (@freddiestroma)
Freddie Stroma plays Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis)
Warwick Davis plays Professor Flitwick and Griphook the goblin in the Harry Potter films.


Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin)
Chris Rankin plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films.


Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch)
Evanna Lynch plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films.


Katie Leung (@Kt_Leung)
Katie Leung plays Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films.


Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray)
Devon Murray plays Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter films.


Jamie Campbell Bower (@Jamiebower)
Jamie Campbell Bower plays Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Arthur Bowen (@abowen1998)
Arthur Bowen plays Albus Severus Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.


Ryan Turner (@ryanturner2)
Ryan Turner plays Hugo Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.


Will Dunn (@WillDxnnPFC)
Will Dunn plays James Sirius Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.


Angelica Mandy (@angelicajmandy)
Angelica Mandy plays Gabrielle Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Simon McBurney (@SimonMcBurney)
Simon McBurney provides the voice of Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


John Cleese (@JohnCleese)
John Cleese played Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


Stephen Fry (@stephenfry)
Stephen Fry narrates the UK Harry Potter audiobooks.


Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm)
The official Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film Twitter feed.


Warner Bros. (@WarnerBrosEnt)
Warner Bros. are the studio behind the Harry Potter films.


Bloomsbury (@BloomsburyBooks)
Bloomsbury are the UK publishers of the Harry Potter books.


Scholastic (@Scholastic)
Scholastic are the US publishers of the Harry Potter books.


Raincoast Books (@RaincoastBooks)
Raincoast Books are the Canadian publishers of the Harry Potter books.


The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7)
The Dark Lord himself.


You can follow or learn more about all of the above profiles through our Twitter list.

Photos from the New York City ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ premiere Photos from the New York City ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ premiere

Check out Harry Potter Fan Zone’s photos from the New York City premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 below.

Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson on reshooting the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ epilogue at Leavesden Studios Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson on reshooting the ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ epilogue at Leavesden Studios

At last week’s London press junket Dan Radcliffe revealed that the epilogue, featured at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will be reshot at Leavesden Studios at Christmas.

The original shoot took place at King’s Cross station in London earlier this year, though both Radcliffe and Emma Watson agreed that the two-day shoot was rushed.

Says Radcliffe, “I think we made it very hard on ourselves because we shot it at King’s Cross for real. This time we’ll be shooting it in Leavesden [Studios] on a set. To have to rush that sequence, and it’s such an important sequence, is not something that any of us want to do. I think when we revisit certain moments we’ll be trying to keep it paced slowly”.

Dan also added that, “We just pushed ourselves too far too quickly to get that all done at King’s Cross when time constraints are so massive. It’s a train station and people actually need to use that platform. We made it very hard on ourselves so I think we’re going to revisit it and have a slightly slower, more measured pace next time”.

Emma Watson, commenting on the original shoot, noted, “[it] was stressful. You can imagine we stopped trains literally so we could do the scene. We only had two days to shoot it and we needed so much more time than that”.

“We have reshoots at Christmas, so it’s not over yet. It’s not over yet guys!”

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ takes in $24 million on opening night in America ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ takes in $24 million on opening night in America

Variety is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has earned $24 million from opening night midnight screenings. The film screened in 3,700 locations across North America.

So how does that compare? In 2009, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince earned $22.2 million on opening night, while Order of the Phoenix earned $12 million in 2007 and Goblet of Fire earned $6 million in 2005.

The highest-grossing opening weekend belongs to the The Dark Knight, also from Warner Bros., which earned $158.4 million. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is estimated to earn $132 million over the weekend, though “some predictions place it as high as $157 million”.

What did you think of Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Is it the best adaptation yet?