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Dan Radcliffe, David Yates to participate in HBP screening Dan Radcliffe, David Yates to participate in HBP screening

Half-Blood PrinceDaniel Radcliffe and director David Yates will participate in a live screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on December 12. Fans who purchase the Blu-ray edition of Half-Blood Prince will be able to participate in the “Live Community Screening” at 12:00 PM PST (3:00 PM EST) on December 12.

Fans will be able to, “watch the movie together with Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates and hear an interactive Q&A where fans can ask questions about the blockbuster film directly to Daniel and David, directly from their home”.

David Yates says of the event:

“It’s a tremendous honor to be invited to host the first worldwide Live Community Screening and to have the opportunity to talk directly to fans across the globe.  I’m looking forward to engaging with the thoughts and opinions of the fans who have supported us so loyally and passionately over the years – without them the films wouldn’t be the success they are.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 8.

Harry Birthday Tom Harry Birthday Tom

tom-feltonTom Felton, Draco Malfoy, is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. Here at Harry Potter Fan Zone, we’d like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Brendan Gleeson says goodbye to Mad-Eye Brendan Gleeson says goodbye to Mad-Eye

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Actor Brendan Gleeson, who portrayed Mad-Eye Moody, said during a press conference that he finally finished his filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. He’s quoted saying “I waved goodbye to him a week and a half ago. It was great fun, playing Mad-Eye was a hoot”.

This all happened on Sunday night when Mr. Gleeson won an Emmy for his role in Winston Churchill in HBO’s miniseries Into the Storm. Congratulations Mr. Gleeson!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in spring 2010, new info Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in spring 2010, new info

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open in spring of 2010. The announcement was made by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the films). We’ll have more news soon, but for now, some goss:

  • A roller coaster built around the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (thrill ride)
  • A “family ride” built around Care of Magical Creatures and Buckbeak’s flight
  • A revolutionary ride in the Hogwarts castle called “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”
  • Enter the park via Hogsmeade and visit a number of shops
  • Butterbeer and pumpkin juice will be sold
  • A new line of ‘Potter’ merchandise will be sold
  • An eleven-minute featurette with more information will be available on the ‘Half-Blood Prince’ DVD

Happy birthday, Rupert Grint! Happy birthday, Rupert Grint!

090716 rupertA very happy birthday today to Rupert Grint, who turns 21 today and plays a phenomenal role as Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. Best wishes to him!

JKRowling.com undergoes slight changes JKRowling.com undergoes slight changes

jkr site2As some of the more dedicated Harry Potter fans may know, J. K. Rowling’s official site hasn’t been updated in over a year. Now, a few minor changes have been spotted, including edited links and the title of her diary on the main page.

Perhaps these now minor changes could be hints of some more major updates to her sites. Stay tuned.

Exclusive report from ‘Azkatraz’ Exclusive report from ‘Azkatraz’

azkatrazRecently, Harry Potter Fan Zone’s own Toni and David Gras attended Azkatraz 2009, a Harry Potter symposium. An exclusive report from the event can be found below.

Read the full article.

Happy birthday, Harry and Jo! Happy birthday, Harry and Jo!

harry-gofThe 31st of July is every devout Harry Potter fan’s favourite day of the year because of two very important celebrity birthdays. A very happy birthday today to Harry Potter, who beat Lord Voldemort at his own game and made the world safe for Muggles everywhere.

Also, many warm and heartfelt wishes to Harry’s creator, J. K. Rowling. Through online Harry Potter fandoms such as HPFZ, fans worldwide are connected because of their mutual love of her books. The world feels so much smaller, and it is – thanks to her. Best wishes and thank you Jo! We hope you have an amazing and relaxing day; you definitely deserve it.

Happy birthday, Neville Longbottom! Happy birthday, Neville Longbottom!

J.K. Rowling’s official website has been updated to wish Neville Longbottom a happy birthday.

Reminder: Join the Harry Potter Fan Zone team! Reminder: Join the Harry Potter Fan Zone team!

jobsHave you ever had the desire to write news, content or editorials about the Harry Potter series? Desire no more! HPFZ is currently looking for dedicated folk to join our staff team and help improve the award-winning content on the site.

Working here is a great opportunity for anyone – especially Potter fans – to explore and refine their skills in fields such as journalism, multimedia, web development, and graphic design.

A job at HPFZ will give you the opportunity to work alongside an “impressively young staff“, as J.K. Rowling herself once put it, to entertain an incredibly large fan base. If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

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