By Andy on 17 April 2009 at 09:28 GMT
Remember when J.K. Rowling stepped down as patron of Scotland's MS Society last week? Her actions were a wake-up call for Multiple Sclerosis Society leaders. According to local Scottish journals (The Press and Journal, the Scotsman, and John O'Groat Journal), a campaign has been sparked following her resignation.
Specifically, the Caithness group of Scotland has written to all the other MS Society branches of Scotland requesting an "extraordinary general meeting," proposing that the society in Scotland break away from the UK-wide organization.
Mrs. Patricia Stanley, chairwoman of the Caithness group, suffers from multiple sclerosis herself. She explains she believes J. K. Rowling resigned because of unexplained suspensions of council members, adding:
"…We are as much in the dark as the public as to what exactly has been going on, but note that Ms Rowling has said that she has resigned because of the imposition of decisions upon Scotland by London."
The possibility of the MS Society of Scotland's independence from the UK-wide society may seem promising; the organisation can potentially be an excellent charity. We can only hope that all turns out well.
By Andy on 17 April 2009 at 03:41 GMT
Happy birthday today to David Bradley, who turns sixty-seven. He does a phenomenal job playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films. Best wishes!
By Andy on 16 April 2009 at 13:51 GMT
By Andy on 16 April 2009 at 11:40 GMT
MTV News contacted Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who confirmed that the epilogue will be included in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. "We will shoot it," he promised. In his conversation with MTV News, he also stated that the original cast will not be replaced.
By Andy on 15 April 2009 at 22:25 GMT
Emma Watson updated her official blog yesterday, saying "thank you" for her birthday wishes, as well as commenting on her university plans.
"I really can't believe I'll be at University in September. Still haven't decided where to go, it just doesn't seem real. When I do decide you will hear it here first!"
In other words, although rumours have been circulating that Emma has chosen a particular university to attend in the fall, for the record, she's hasn't yet.
By Andy on 15 April 2009 at 19:50 GMT
According to the Associated Press, Warner Bros. head of distribution's Dan Fellman reports that the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was moved to July 15th from July 17th in the US and UK because: "Every day the kids are out of school in summer is just like an extra Saturday."
How very true!
By Andy on 14 April 2009 at 22:52 GMT
Today, both Emma Thompson ("Professor Trelawney") and Emma Watson ("Hermione Granger") celebrate their birthdays. The very best wishes to them!
By Andy on 14 April 2009 at 20:50 GMT
Warner Bros. has confirmed that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will now be released two days early, on July 15th, in the United States and the United Kingdom. If you guys remember, Order of the Phoenix was also released two days early in 2007.
By Andy on 13 April 2009 at 00:47 GMT
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) visited the island of Mauritis for vacation. He posted about his amazing experience on the Daily Mail.
By Andy on 13 April 2009 at 00:44 GMT
Potterish has received two new photos, seen below, from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
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By Andy on 11 April 2009 at 18:31 GMT
Thanks to Scar Potter, we now have a new and very interesting photo of Daniel Radcliffe and Jim Broadbent, where Daniel, as Harry Potter, is playing the piano… possibly a talent he perfected during his time on Broadway?
By Andy 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 Andy 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 Andy 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.