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James and Oliver Phelps on 'Half-Blood Prince' video game James and Oliver Phelps on 'Half-Blood Prince' video game

james-oliver-phelps-hbp-eaJames and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) gave an interview discussing their involvement in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game. They spoke of their experiences during the making of previous Harry Potter games and shed some light on what takes place behind the scenes.

Emma Watson nervous about 'Deathly Hallows' kiss Emma Watson nervous about 'Deathly Hallows' kiss

watsonEmma Watson has revealed that she is just as nervous as co-star Rupert Grint about the Ron/Hermione kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rupert believes the scene will be particularly difficult to film because of his ongoing friendship with Emma.

Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will commence in two weeks.

'Deathly Hallows' filming to begin in two weeks 'Deathly Hallows' filming to begin in two weeks

hallowsyatesFilming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will begin in two weeks, according to a new report by the BBC. Pre-production at Leavesden Studios was recently halted when a stuntman suffered spinal injuries after a fall. The studio has since reopened.

"We have not begun filming yet and will not do so for another two weeks. This has always been the case," she said.

"Filming will commence mid-February and go through to spring 2009." 

Both Deathly Hallows: Part I and Part II will be shot back-to-back, so we believe the representative meant 2010.

'Deathly Hallows' most borrowed book in UK 'Deathly Hallows' most borrowed book in UK

rowlinghallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been checked out of British libraries approximately 109,000 times, making it the United Kingdom's most borrowed book.

'Harry Potter' nominated at Kids' Choice Awards 'Harry Potter' nominated at Kids' Choice Awards

kidschoiceThe Harry Potter series has been nominated at the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Voting begins March 2 (we'll post a reminder when the date arrives).

Happy birthday, Arthur Weasley! Happy birthday, Arthur Weasley!

J.K. Rowling's official website has been updated to wish Arthur Weasley a happy birthday.

Harry, Dumbledore in new 'Half-Blood Prince' posters Harry, Dumbledore in new 'Half-Blood Prince' posters

Warner Bros. has released three high-resolution posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featuring Harry and Dumbledore.

J.K. Rowling receives 'Legion of Honour' J.K. Rowling receives 'Legion of Honour'

rowling-inductionJ.K. Rowling received a Legion of Honour award today at an induction ceremony in Paris. She announced that her great-grandfather had received the same honour in 1924 for his courage in World War I, later asking French Harry Potter fans to pardon her for giving the book's primary antagonist (Lord Voldemort) a French name.

"Thanks to this internationally renowned saga, you have contributed to giving young people the taste for reading again," Sarkozy said before pinning the Legion of Honor medal on her. "With you, they understand that reading is not punishment, but a source of pleasure."

Video coverage of the induction can be found here, and a translation of her acceptance speech may be found here.

Dan Radcliffe on HBP's tone, comedy and more Dan Radcliffe on HBP's tone, comedy and more

radcliffe2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince "strike[s] a balance" between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne's Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.

"I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film."

Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy ("it's much more subtle"), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.

"And I think actually through making the films darker we've gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema." 

'Half-Blood Prince' most anticipated movie of 2009 'Half-Blood Prince' most anticipated movie of 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been named the most anticipated film of 2009 by AOL Movies. Other notable films on the list include the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise and a prequel to X-Men.

Jim Broadbent on Slughorn, 'Potter' and more Jim Broadbent on Slughorn, 'Potter' and more

broadbentJim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, describes his character as "a good man, a decent man, but a weak man" in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"It's wonderful to be part of this now, to come in at this stage, because they've got it running so smoothly now, it's amazing to see," said the 59-year-old Broadbent, whose screen career dates to 1978."

Broadbent, a fan of the books, praises the adaptations from page to screen.

"I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived," Broadbent said. "You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, 'That is exactly how I imagined it.'"

Half-Blood Prince's director David Yates is also a fan of the actor, noting that "he works exceptionally hard, and he makes everything look exceedingly easy".

Dobby to return in 'Deathly Hallows' Dobby to return in 'Deathly Hallows'

jonesToby Jones will soon return to the studio to voice the role of Dobby, confirming the character will return in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

This year, he appears in the Darwin biopic Creation, playing the biologist Thomas Huxley. Next year he will become a digitised baddy in Steven Spielberg's animated version of Tintin. And he'll soon be back in the recording studio for the next Harry Potter, in which he voices Dobby the house elf.

Deathly Hallows will be the first film Dobby has appeared in since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Happy birthday, Severus Snape! Happy birthday, Severus Snape!

J.K. Rowling's official website has been updated to wish Severus Snape a happy birthday.

Teen Vogue names Emma Watson 'best-dressed' Teen Vogue names Emma Watson  'best-dressed'

watson-bestdressedTeen Vogue has named Emma Watson "best-dressed" for December. Described as "sheer magic", Watson wore designer William Tempest last month at the premiere of The Tale of Despereaux in Los Angeles.

Contest to win rare edition of 'Beedle the Bard' Contest to win rare edition of 'Beedle the Bard'

bardAbe Books has announced a contest to win a rare collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, currently worth $100 USD. Also up for grabs is a copy of the auction catalog for Beedle the Bard's hand-written edition from December 2007.

To be eligible, Harry Potter fans must submit an entry form and answer the provided trivia question on the Abe Books website. Contest rules apply. Good luck!

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