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New hi-res photo of Dumbledore from HBP New hi-res photo of Dumbledore from HBP

Warner Bros. has passed on a high-resolution photo of Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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London sweepstakes: NY, NJ, CT, CA, FL, TX, IL London sweepstakes: NY, NJ, CT, CA, FL, TX, IL

We now have updates on the London sweepstakes competition. And the verdict? Unfortunately, only some Americans are eligible to enter. But if you reside in certain counties of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Florida, Texas, or Illinois, here are the rules and regulations (see if you're in an area of your state that makes you eligible for this sweepstakes!)
Basically, you need to watch certain shows (specifically the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Bonnie Hunt Show, and Extra) and during commercial breaks, a "magic word" will pop up. Memorize this word and head over online and enter here. You may enter up to 10 times per day.
Good luck!

We now have updates on the London sweepstakes competition. And the verdict? Unfortunately, only some Americans are eligible to enter. But if you reside in certain counties of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Florida, Texas, or Illinois, here are the rules and regulations (see if you're in an area of your state that makes you eligible for this sweepstakes!)

Basically, you need to watch certain shows (specifically the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Bonnie Hunt Show, and Extra) and during commercial breaks, a "magic word" will pop up. Memorize this word and head over online and enter here. You may enter up to 10 times per day.

Good luck!

J.K Rowling writes piece on Gordon Brown J.K Rowling writes piece on Gordon Brown

Time Magazine released its list of the 100 most influential people of the world. U.K. Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, came in second place on the list. Harry Potter author J.K Rowling wrote a piece on the Prime Minister for the magazine, describing him as "a kind and loyal friend."

David Yates, Steve Kloves on 'Half-Blood Prince' David Yates, Steve Kloves on 'Half-Blood Prince'

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves recently gave an interview in which they discuss the challenges they face when making a new Potter film. The full interview can be found here.

New 'Half-Blood Prince' character posters New 'Half-Blood Prince' character posters

Warner Bros. has released four new character posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The posters show shots of Dumbledore, Snape, Harry, Draco, Hermione, Slughorn, Ron, and Greyback.

John Hurt to return as Ollivander in 'Deathly Hallows' John Hurt to return as Ollivander in 'Deathly Hallows'

In a recent interview at the Tribeca Film Festival, John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) confirmed that he will be reprising his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Trio talks 'Half-Blood Prince' Trio talks 'Half-Blood Prince'

Over the past week, Wizard Universe conducted interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films). In the interviews, all three comment on the making of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

'Half-Blood Prince' video game soundtrack now online 'Half-Blood Prince' video game soundtrack now online

The soundtrack for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game is now available for purchase on Amazon. The soundtrack includes 29 songs, all of which can be previewed on the site. The game is set to be released on June 30, 2009.

Shell Cottage currently under construction Shell Cottage currently under construction

The home of Bill and Fleur Weasley, also known as Shell Cottage, is currently under construction at Freshwater West Beach. The Western Telegraph reports that scenes at the cottage for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are set to be filmed between May 11 and May 15.  Additionally, the article included two pictures of the construction:

'J.K Rowling: A Year in the Life' to air on July 16 in the US 'J.K Rowling: A Year in the Life' to air on July 16 in the US

ABC TV has announced that it will air the 2007 documentary on the life of J.K Rowling, which was originally televised in the United Kingdom.  United States viewers will now be able to catch it on July 16.

'Harry Potter' actors attend 2009 TV BAFTAs 'Harry Potter' actors attend 2009 TV BAFTAs

Several Harry Potter actors attended the 2009 BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards. Among the attendees were David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr), Paul Whitehouse (Sir Cadogan), Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Dawn French (the "Fat Lady"), Lenny Harry (the "Shrunken Head" aboard the Knight Bus) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy).

Photos of 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' in Chicago Photos of 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' in Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has put up a few photos of its Harry Potter exhibition. A couple more could be seen in the official exhibition guide.

Side note: What's very interesting is that this exhibition will be so hands-on. Fans will have the chance to pull out and re-pot mandrakes, as demonstrated below in an actual photo from the exhibition:

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Want to attend London's premiere of 'Half-Blood Prince'? Want to attend London's premiere of 'Half-Blood Prince'?

Warner Bros. has announced a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will win tickets for 2 to see London's star-studded world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on July 7th. Daily prizes will be given out, including everything from Harry Potter soundtracks and video-games to Hogwarts shoe charms to tickets to see the Harry Potter exhibition in Chicago. This sweepstakes starts next week – we'll announce when it's up!

Japanese HBP world premiere July 6, others announced Japanese HBP world premiere July 6, others announced

Snitch Seeker has just received confirmation from Warner Bros. that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will premiere on 6 July 2009 in Japan. Two other world premieres will be held: London on July 7th and New York City on July 8th.

'Half-Blood Prince' set report preview: part II 'Half-Blood Prince' set report preview: part II

Last year I had the privilege of visiting Leavesden Studios, the film set where Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was shot. Whilst at Leavesden, I was given a guided tour of the sets (both new and old), conducted interviews with the cast and crew, and watched filming. Part two of my report (part one available here) follows.

We set ourselves up on a table in the Great Hall and watch as the cast and crew prepare for filming. Again, the attention to detail is paramount. Everything from the cereal boxes to the books on the table are appropriately themed. A "Win Win Slytherin" banner sits in the corner alongside similar Gryffindor paraphernalia. Quiet is called on set, and David Yates shouts action.

You've probably guessed by now, but this morning we're watching the infamous placebo-potion breakfast scene. Dan Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione) and newcomer Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) all take the stage and the scene begins. On the ninth take I pick up subtle variations in the movement, dialogue and pace. It really emphasises the sheer amount of detail and persistence that goes into achieving a single shot.

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It's off to the flight-shed next, a small trip away from the main stages at Leavesden. Giant wooden frames and scaffolding are visible as we enter the stage. Building is still in the very early stages, though we're given a sneak peek at some very detailed blueprints. The rather colossal build is none other than the streets of Diagon and Knockturn Alley. The sentiment is woven throughout my report, but it is only necessary to mention that once again, no detail has been spared. My hat off to production designer Stuart Craig.

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A 360 degree look around Leavesden's backlot will reveal an assortment of famous settings from the Harry Potter universe. In front of me are giant Quidditch posts and a huge sandpit sits below. An enormous green screen covers the perimeter of the set. A little further on, construction of the Spinner's End set is well underway. Further on still, the crew are working feverishly on building the large Hogwarts entrance gates.

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