Mary GrandPre to draw 'Harry Potter' sketches for charity Mary GrandPre to draw 'Harry Potter' sketches for charity

mary-grandpreMary 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).

Two new 'Half-Blood Prince' photos Two new 'Half-Blood Prince' photos

Thanks to Warner Bros. for passing on two new photos of Harry from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

'Half-Blood Prince' video game preview 'Half-Blood Prince' video game preview

dd-hbp-video-gameVideo Gamer.com has posted a lengthy review of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. The review provides details on Quidditch, potion-making, and Wizard duels featured. The game is set to be released on July 14, 2009.

Matthew Lewis joins Twitter Matthew Lewis joins Twitter

matthew-lewis-neville-longbottomMatthew Lewis ("Neville Longbottom" in the Harry Potter films) has joined Twitter, and one of his fansites confirms this.

Also an active on Twitter is Tom Felton who plays "Draco Malfoy" on-screen.

Happy birthday, Sean Biggerstaff! Happy birthday, Sean Biggerstaff!

sean-biggerstaffHappy birthday today to Sean Biggerstaff ("Oliver Wood" in the Harry Potter films) who turns 26 years old. Best wishes to him!

J. K. Rowling nominated for Glamour award J. K. Rowling nominated for Glamour award

jkr1J. K. Rowling is a nominee in Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" awards under the "writer" category for The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Her competition includes Julie Walters ("Molly Weasley") and Dawn French ("the Fat Lady"). You can vote for her here.

Winners will be announced June 2, 2009.

Luna and Carrows photos released online Luna and Carrows photos released online

luna-lovegood-lionScar Potter has received and released two new photos from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The first is a photo of Luna and her lion-themed hat. The second is of the Carrows twins at one of Professor Slughorn's parties.

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

harry-melling-dudley-dursleyHappy birthday to Harry Melling ("Dudley Dursley" in the Harry Potter films) who celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday.

Tom Felton releases new song on YouTube Tom Felton releases new song on YouTube

tom-feltonTom Felton ("Draco Malfoy" in the Harry Potter films) uploaded a new song onto YouTube. The song is titled "If You Could Be Anywhere" and is 1 minute and 39 seconds long. In the video description, Tom Felton promises that the EP/album will be available on iTunes within a few weeks.

Updates on Comic Relief 'Harry Potter' set tour Updates on Comic Relief 'Harry Potter' set tour

students-awarded-tourAs we mentioned a few days ago, as a reward for their efforts in fundraising for Comic Relief, twelve students and teachers visited the Harry Potter set at Leavesden Studios. DanRadcliffe.com has now uploaded a YouTube video of their experience.

Museum extends 'Harry Potter' exhibition Museum extends 'Harry Potter' exhibition

museum-of-science-and-industry-in-chicagoThe Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago announced that it will extend the run of its very popular Harry Potter exhibition. The exhibition will now run from its opening date of April 30, 2009 until September 27, 2009 (previously September 7). After this date, the exhibition will move to the next museum, which has yet to be determined.

Robert Pattinson graces GQ Mag Robert Pattinson graces GQ Mag

robert-pattinson-cedric-diggoryMen's fashion magazine, GQ, recently published their latest issue where Robert Pattinson ("Cedric Diggory" in the books) graces the cover. GQ has also included an article and an interview with the actor, where they discuss how Robert strongly contemplated quitting acting:

He was on the verge of quitting acting, he says. He’d followed up what was, back then, the biggest role of his career—in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as Cedric Diggory, sort of the haughty blond Iceman to Harry’s Maverick—by getting fired from a play in London, where he grew up. He was in Los Angeles, crashing on his agent’s couch, looking for an American job.

The 12-page article goes on to describe his current career and future prospects.

FALSE rumours of 'Half-Blood Prince' secret screening FALSE rumours of 'Half-Blood Prince' secret screening

hbp-ddUnsubstantiated rumours have been spread online and offline about a "secret screening" taking place of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince recently. A great deal of Harry Potter fans have been skeptical, and now finally, here it is officially: Warner Bros. denies that there was a new "secret" screening. The last screening was this past September, to which the article could only be alluding.

Thanks Harry Potter's Page for checking with Warner Bros.!

On Forbes list: J. K. Rowling, Emma Watson, and Dan Radcliffe On Forbes list: J. K. Rowling, Emma Watson, and Dan Radcliffe

jkrForbes has listed Daniel Radcliffe as #1 and Emma Watson as #6 on their list of Hollywood's most valuable young stars, as determined by a "star currency survey."

J. K. Rowling has also made Forbes list under the category "World's Billionaires." Although there is reportedly a 30% drop in billionaires from 2008 to 2009, J. K. Rowling remains on this list from last year with net worth of approximately $1 billion; she is in 701st place.

Students awarded tour of 'Harry Potter' set Students awarded tour of 'Harry Potter' set

students-awarded-tourTo reward them for their successful fundraising efforts for Comic Relief, Big Brother host Davina McCall invited twelve students and teachers from Parmiter's School to a tour of the Harry Potter set at Leavesden Studios. There, the group will have the opportunity to talk with stars and watch some filming.

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