By Hannah on 8 April 2009 at 23:17 GMT
Due to having witnessed "resignations of immensely dedicated people within MSSS and the increasing demoralisation of staff whom [she has] come to know and admire over the ten years of our association," J. K. Rowling has stepped down from her 'patron' position of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Scotland. However, she still supports the cause, stating that her financial support of a research project at Edinburgh University would continue. She also stated:
"I also remain committed to financing future research into the treatment and causes of Multiple Sclerosis, and to campaigning for better care and treatment of people with MS in Scotland, which is the MS capital of the world."
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By Hannah on 7 April 2009 at 19:14 GMT
Rupert Grint's newest film, Cherrybomb, has released its first official trailer. Note: The trailer contains mature themes that may not be suitable for younger viewers.
By Hannah on 6 April 2009 at 00:52 GMT
The National Literacy Trust runs an annual project aimed to motivate children to read by promoting sports figures' favorite books. Wayne Rooney, who plays English football, said that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone "really gets your imagination going." He was among 20 English Premier League players to reveal their favourite book.
By Andy on 1 April 2009 at 05:41 GMT
Happy birthday to Fred and George Weasley, who celebrate their birthday – fittingly – today.
By Hannah on 29 March 2009 at 21:10 GMT
Helena Bonham Carter ("Bellatrix Lestrange" in the Harry Potter films) has won the Best Actress award today at Empire Awards 2009.
"Thanks so much. This is a real compliment, I'm very chuffed. I did work actually incredibly hard for that role, but I loved every bit of it, and it was so many dreams come true. I always wanted to be in a musical, to sing, to be in something by Steven Sondheim and I always wanted a baby girl. I actually got all that, thanks to Tim Burton. And I know he always wanted to be Best Actress, so this is as much his as mine. Thank you!"
By Hannah on 29 March 2009 at 20:56 GMT
Happy birthday to Brendan Gleeson who turns 54 years old today! He does a spectacular job playing "Mad-Eye" Moody in the Harry Potter films.
By Andy on 29 March 2009 at 03:29 GMT
Alan Rickman, the actor who plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, was recognised for his acting achievements in Dublin today with a James Joyce award. Rickman was awarded the honour (which, incidentally, J.K. Rowling received last year for writing achievements), at The University College of Dublin's Literary and Historical Society.
By Andy on 29 March 2009 at 00:37 GMT
Warner Bros. has updated their official Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince site to include a bunch of new fan downloads, including four wallpapers and two buddy icons.
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By Hannah on 28 March 2009 at 20:41 GMT
On Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Rhys Ifans announced that he had been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Although Ifans did not specify which role he would play, several reports suggest he may play Xenophilius Lovegood. Warner Bros. has yet to confirm these details.
By Andy on 28 March 2009 at 00:53 GMT
Clemence Poesy, the actress who played Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is reportedly in talks to reprise her role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Nothing is confirmed, however.
By Andy on 27 March 2009 at 05:14 GMT
Warner Bros. has passed on six new character posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, featuring Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Draco and Snape.
By Hannah on 27 March 2009 at 01:13 GMT
On a side note, the Half-Blood Prince video game soundtrack is now available for purchase online at either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. If you don't wish to purchase any songs from the soundtrack, you may instead opt to preview them at this time.
By Hannah on 21 March 2009 at 04:45 GMT
A very happy birthday today to Gary Oldman ("Sirius Black" in the Harry Potter series) who turns 51! Also, belated happy birthday wishes to David Thewlis ("Remus Lupin") who celebrated his birthday yesterday, turning 46. Best wishes to both extraordinary actors!
By Hannah on 20 March 2009 at 04:41 GMT
In a recent interview, John Hurt (wand-maker "Ollivander" in the Harry Potter books) said, "I'm in negotiations at the minute because Ollivander comes back into the books. My son was 12 when it all first started and he was thrilled at the time that I was in it. And all things being equal I will be back."
By Hannah on 20 March 2009 at 04:35 GMT
Mary GrandPre, the illustrator for the American Harry Potter series intends on drawing 25 original sketches of characters from the book series to raise money for Forty Carrots Family Center's Capital Campaign. Reservations for the sketches will take place this weekend during the Masters Art Festival at Payne Park in Sarasota. The cost of the sketches will be $1,000 for black and white and $2,000 for color (9×12 inch size).