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J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adults, out later this year J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adults, out later this year

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling today announced that she is working on her first novel since 'Potter', a story for adults.

J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adultsAlthough I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher.

I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.

The title and release date are yet to be announced, but it's safe to say exciting times lie ahead!

Update: According to a tweet from Jo Rowling, the novel will be released later this year and will be, "very different to Harry". She added, "I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much".

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' receives three Oscar nominations, snubbed in the major categories 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' receives three Oscar nominations, snubbed in the major categories

Stuart Craig has received multiple Oscar nominations for his work on the eight Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has received three nominations for the 84th Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film has been nominated for: Art Direction (Stuart Craig, pictured right, for production design and Stephanie McMillan for set decoration), Makeup (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin) and Visual Effects (Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson).

Despite a large push by studio Warner Bros., the 'Potter' films were once again bizarrely snubbed by the Academy for consideration in the major categories.

'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' theme park coming to Hollywood 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' theme park coming to Hollywood

Warner Bros. and Universal have announced plans to expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park by bringing it to Universal Studios in Hollywood. The park in Florida will also be "significantly expanded".

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said of the decision, "I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting."

James and Oliver Phelps launch 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' in Sydney James and Oliver Phelps launch 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' in Sydney

James and Oliver Phelps with Andy McCray of Harry Potter Fan ZoneLast night, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) attended the gala launch of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney.

I had the pleasure of attending the event, as well as a media preview earlier in the day, which was hosted at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. James and Oliver, along with creative wizards Eddie Newquist and Robin Stapley, shared a number of interesting facts about the exhibition.

Notably, they spoke about the logistics of bringing such a large exhibition to Australia and some of the more recent props and costumes on show for the first time.

Here are some of the most interesting facts that were shared.

  • It took 23 shipping containers and 40 days to bring Harry Potter: The Exhibition to Sydney.
  • At one point, James and Oliver had to have their wands shipped back to Leavesden Studios for 'Deathly Hallows' filming.
  • There's a mark on one of the Bludgers where it was dropped on set.
  • There's authentic James and Oliver Phelps graffiti carvings on the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall.
  • There are new props and costumes on show for the first time in Sydney, including the Hallows and Horcruxes (photos below).
  • Bellatrix's costume is a new edition to the Sydney display (photo below).


Harry Potter: The Exhibition runs through until 18 March 2012 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Tickets are now on sale.

Alan Rickman opens up about playing Severus Snape Alan Rickman opens up about playing Severus Snape

Alan Rickman has remained tight-lipped over the last decade about his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. In a new interview with Warner Bros. France, Rickman opens up about the role.


Harry Potter : Interview d'Alan Rickman by WarnerBrosPicturesFrance

J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows' J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows'

J.K. Rowling has revealed that she almost killed Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn't in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. 'There, now you definitely can't have him any more.' But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it]," she told the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films and who was "convinced one of the main three had to buy it".

Cast and crew look back at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore Cast and crew look back at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore

David Heyman, Emma Watson, Dan Radcliffe and Michael Gambon look at Harry's relationship with Dumbledore in this new video from "Harry Potter: the Quest".

There are also some great new behind-the-scenes shots in the clip. Watch it below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUH21x_KqcU

Ron and Hermione kiss in this 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette Ron and Hermione kiss in this 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' featurette

From the 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' DVD/Blu-ray, available on December 2nd.

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' on Blu-ray and DVD December 2 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' on Blu-ray and DVD December 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Triple Play and Digital Download on December 2. Check out the box art below.

Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry! Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her birthday today, along with her fictional hero Harry Potter. Happy birthday Jo!

Photos from the London 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' premiere Photos from the London 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' premiere

Harry Potter Fan Zone attended the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 last Thursday. We saw the film which was both amazing and a fitting end to the series.

Here are some of our photos from the event.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' world premiere tomorrow! 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' world premiere tomorrow!

The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in London is tomorrow!

Harry Potter Fan Zone will be on the red carpet wearing black and blue HPFZ stickers – if you see us, come and say hey.

Live stream of the premiere event:

Stay tuned for photos and videos form the event. We'll also be updating our Twitter account with live updates from the red carpet.

Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone Composer Alexandre Desplat talks to fan sites, Harry Potter Fan Zone

Recently, Harry Potter Fan Zone, along with a number of other fan sites, spoke with composer Alexandre Desplat.

Desplat recently scored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (he also scored part one last year).

Harry Potter Fan Zone: When you wrote the score for the film, did you find that your ideas came to you very quickly in short bursts, or did they take a long time to develop?

Alexandre Desplat: You know these films are such huge machines–there’s such a huge expectation and so much pressure from the past because its the biggest series of the last 10 years–that you have to be very careful and double-check, triple-check that every note you write is accurate and fine, and you want to challenge yourself to be, if not as good, to approach the talent of the master that John Williams is, so it requires a little bit of attention. You can’t write a score of that kind in a short amount of time so you need to really try things over and over again. Also on these big machines now, the editing keeps changing and you have to adapt to that, so you need that time to be able to write properly and accurately.

Did you compose the soundtrack for Part 2 as a follow up for Part 1 or did you treat them as separate projects?

When I first was asked to write Part 1, it was not yet signed that I would write Part 2, so, unfortunately, I could not write thinking of the two episodes at the same time. However, there are still some themes of Part 1 which continue in Part 2 like what I call the “Band of Brothers” theme when all the friends reunite at the beginning of Part 1. We hear this theme again in Part 2 and also some of the themes and motifs of “Obliviate,” the thing that opens Part 2, that comes back also in Part 2, so there is some continuity.

Did you get to see the first half of the final film with your score added to it, and how did you feel about seeing everything put together?

I saw Part 1 finished a long time again, and it was great. I think the essence of what it portrayed–the sense of loneliness and a loss of childhood–were very strong, and I think it was a great first part.

Since Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was filmed way before it normally would be, did you got more time to score the film, and if so, did that affect your scoring process at all?

I think I had a lot of time to write, a very comfortable amount of time to write, because all together writing it and composing took about three and a half to four months for each episode. When you're filming on set, you can decide on shooting all the scenes that belong to this set and then you can still change them. It's very different with the score. I had to wait until I saw Part 2 edited to be able to start putting ideas together and try to find a sense of an arc and a dramatic sense for the film. There was enough time, and it was hard work for many months but also still very inspiring.

There are quite a few deaths in this film. Which was the most difficult to write, for and were there any that hit you harder than the others?

Death is very present in the Harry Potter story from the beginning because it starts with an orphan who lost his parents, and, actually, the theme of death is very present in this episode, since Lily, Harry's mother, is the lead character of this episode. We start the film with hearing Lily’s theme, which will kind of ghost the film all along and be the music thread that will take us from the beginning to the end of the film. So that's one element of death, the people that you miss, the people that you long for, the sorrow, and the question about death and the resurrection stone and how you cope with the death of the people you love. That’s very present in the themes that are used and you see it when you see the film and hear the soundtrack that I’ve tried to be very sensitive and emotional on these matters. The other side of death is, of course, also the battles, the duels, the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, and they are both fighting for death, and there’s no mercy. So I wrote some epic and lyrical pieces for these battle moments.

Desplat conducts the score to Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore' J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore'

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has just announced Pottermore, a "free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books."

Fans can register their email address with the project now, and more information will be revealed on July 31 (Harry and Jo's birthday).

Watch the new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' trailer Watch the new 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' trailer

The new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 trailer has arrived, watch it below.

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