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Happy birthday, Emma Thompson and Emma Watson! Happy birthday, Emma Thompson and Emma Watson!

emmathompsonemma-waston-6Today, both Emma Thompson (“Professor Trelawney”) and Emma Watson (“Hermione Granger”) celebrate their birthdays. The very best wishes to them!

‘Half-Blood Prince’ release date moved up to July 15th ‘Half-Blood Prince’ release date moved up to July 15th

gofposter2Warner Bros. has confirmed that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will now be released two days early, on July 15th, in the United States and the United Kingdom. If you guys remember, Order of the Phoenix was also released two days early in 2007.

Jason Isaacs updates on his island vacation Jason Isaacs updates on his island vacation

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) visited the island of Mauritis for vacation. He posted about his amazing experience on the Daily Mail.

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Two new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ photos Two new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ photos

Potterish has received two new photos, seen below, from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter at the piano – new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ photo Harry Potter at the piano – new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ photo

Thanks to Scar Potter, we now have a new and very interesting photo of Daniel Radcliffe and Jim Broadbent, where Daniel, as Harry Potter, is playing the piano… possibly a talent he perfected during his time on Broadway?

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J. K. Rowling quits as patron of MS Society Scotland J. K. Rowling quits as patron of MS Society Scotland

jkrDue to having witnessed “resignations of immensely dedicated people within MSSS and the increasing demoralisation of staff whom [she has] come to know and admire over the ten years of our association,” J. K. Rowling has stepped down from her ‘patron’ position of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Scotland. However, she still supports the cause, stating that her financial support of a research project at Edinburgh University would continue. She also stated:

“I also remain committed to financing future research into the treatment and causes of Multiple Sclerosis, and to campaigning for better care and treatment of people with MS in Scotland, which is the MS capital of the world.”

‘Cherrybomb’ trailer released ‘Cherrybomb’ trailer released

rupert-grint-2Rupert Grint’s newest film, Cherrybomb, has released its first official trailer. Note: The trailer contains mature themes that may not be suitable for younger viewers.

English footballer Wayne Rooney fan of ‘Harry Potter’ English footballer Wayne Rooney fan of ‘Harry Potter’

wayne-rooney-philos-stoneThe National Literacy Trust runs an annual project aimed to motivate children to read by promoting sports figures’ favorite books. Wayne Rooney, who plays English football, said that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone “really gets your imagination going.” He was among 20 English Premier League players to reveal their favourite book.

Happy birthday, Fred and George! Happy birthday, Fred and George!

Happy birthday to Fred and George Weasley, who celebrate their birthday – fittingly – today.

Helena Bonham Carter wins Empire’s Best Actress award Helena Bonham Carter wins Empire’s Best Actress award

bellatrix-lestrange-helena-bonham-carterHelena Bonham Carter (“Bellatrix Lestrange” in the Harry Potter films) has won the Best Actress award today at Empire Awards 2009.

“Thanks so much. This is a real compliment, I’m very chuffed. I did work actually incredibly hard for that role, but I loved every bit of it, and it was so many dreams come true. I always wanted to be in a musical, to sing, to be in something by Steven Sondheim and I always wanted a baby girl. I actually got all that, thanks to Tim Burton. And I know he always wanted to be Best Actress, so this is as much his as mine. Thank you!”