James Hannigan on composing video game music James Hannigan on composing video game music

dd-hbp-video-gameThe BBC recently interviewed James Hannigan, the video game music composer for the last two Harry Potter games, on the challenge of writing music that does not follow conventional linear narrative, like a film might. After calling the video game player both an audience member and a participant of the game, Hannigan goes on to speak about developmental music goals:

"I like to consider issues about how the music gets used, and what the designers are trying to achieve with the game. To have a game where the music doesn't feel like an afterthought, you have to have the music as an integral part of the game design."

The full article may be found here.

Brief interview with David Bradley (Argus Filch) Brief interview with David Bradley (Argus Filch)

argus-filchDavid Bradley, who plays Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, recently gave brief feedback on his friendly relationship with the teen actors and how he jokes around with them on set.

The Telegraph reports that he stated, "I first met them when they were about 10 years old, and now they say when they see me: 'David, give me five!' and I reply: 'Get lost!'" The article goes on to mention Bradley's current work on the stage.

Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley? Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley?

Broadway.com is reporting that Domhnall Gleeson is "expected to" sign on to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to play Bill Weasley. There have been no official confirmations as of yet, but he does look the part. If he joins the cast, he'll be joining his father Brendan Gleeson, who plays Mad-Eye Moody.

Vote for J. K. Rowling at Galaxy British Book Awards Vote for J. K. Rowling at Galaxy British Book Awards

jkrJ. K. Rowling's book The Tales of Beedle the Bard has been shortlisted for the W. H. Smith Children's Book Of The Year award at the Galaxy British Book awards. Also shortlisted is Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) for best biography of the year. You may vote here starting today.

Tom Felton – a musical artist Tom Felton – a musical artist

Tom Felton Universal Orlando ResortVia Twitter, Tom Felton very recently promised his fans that his song, "In Good Hands" (EP), will be available on iTunes within the next four weeks. He also hinted "5 maybe 6 new songs" and a possible music video.

Andy Linden confirmed as Mundungus Fletcher Andy Linden confirmed as Mundungus Fletcher

lindenUniversHarryPotter recently contacted Andy Linden's agents, who were able to confirm that he will play Mundungus Fletcher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. An official word from the Harry Potter film production group has not yet been released.

Official 'Half-Blood Prince' global release dates Official 'Half-Blood Prince' global release dates

hbp-ddWarner Bros. has posted an extensive list of global release dates (63 total) for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To give a little bit of perspective, the earliest release dates are July 15th, 2009 in Egypt, Denmark, France, Switzerland (French version), Belgium and Italy. The latest is currently Greece with August 27th, and China's release date is to be determined. Other dates:

Australia: July 16
United States: July 17
Canada: July 17
United Kingdom: July 17

The complete list of release dates may be found here.

Exclusive 'Half-Blood Prince' trailer Exclusive 'Half-Blood Prince' trailer

hbpWarner Bros. has kindly sent over an exclusive fan site trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Check it out at the links below. Thanks, WB.!

WINDOWS HD
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_720.wmv.zip
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_1080.wmv.zip
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_480.wmv.zip

WINDOWS STANDARD
http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Large.asx
http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Medium.asx
http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Medium.asx

FLASH
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_480.flv
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_640.flv

QUICKTIME HD
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_1080.mov
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_720.mov
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_480.mov

QUICKTIME STANDARD
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Large.mov
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_LL.mov
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Medium.mov
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Small.mov

IPOD
http://pdl.warnerbros.com/wbmovies/halfbloodprince/trl2/Harry_Potter_TRL_2A_Ipod.m4v.zip.mov

Michelle Fairley cast as Mrs. Granger in 'Deathly Hallows' Michelle Fairley cast as Mrs. Granger in 'Deathly Hallows'

mrs-grangerMichelle Fairley has taken on the role of Mrs. Granger (Mother of Hermione Granger) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Michelle has admitted she has yet to read the Harry Potter series or watch the films, but will now do so as preparation for her minor role. Part One of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is due to hit theatres on November 19, 2010.

Voting at the Kids' Choice Awards begins Voting at the Kids' Choice Awards begins

kidschoiceVoting has begun at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards where Harry Potter has been nominated for "Favorite Book."

Happy birthday to Ron Weasley! Happy birthday to Ron Weasley!

ron-weasley-rupert-grintHappy birthday to Ron Weasley, who turns 29 today! Best of luck to him and his blossoming career as an Auror.

Robert Pattinson felt filming 'Harry Potter' was easier Robert Pattinson felt filming 'Harry Potter' was easier

robert-pattinson-cedric-diggoryRobert Pattinson reportedly found filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire easier and less stressful than filming Twilight:

"It's different. When I was doing Harry Potter, which I did, there already had been three made. It was already a slick machine by the time I got into it. Whereas with Twilight, people didn't realize really what it was, the extent of what it was, and it kept growing and growing."

Rupert Grint enjoys filming pace of 'Cherrybomb' Rupert Grint enjoys filming pace of 'Cherrybomb'

rupert-grintIn an interview with Blag magazine, Rupert Grint says, "I think we do get a bit spoiled on Harry Potter. I really prefer the pace of [films like Cherrybomb] – on this one you do maybe seven scenes a day – so it moves really quickly. It's exciting."

New Wizarding World poll and concept art released New Wizarding World poll and concept art released

wizarding-world-ww-concept-artThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter has updated their official site to include a new poll asking which dragon you would rather ride- the choices being a Hungarian Horntail or a Chinese Fireball. A new piece of concept art also portrays Hogsmeade's Dervish and Banges.

Happy birthday, James and Oliver Phelps! Happy birthday, James and Oliver Phelps!

james-oliver-phelps-twinsJames and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) celebrate their birthday today. A very happy birthday to them!

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