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Happy birthday, Brendan Gleeson! Happy birthday, Brendan Gleeson!

brendan-gleesonHappy birthday to Brendan Gleeson who turns 54 years old today! He does a spectacular job playing “Mad-Eye” Moody in the Harry Potter films.

Alan Rickman receives James Joyce award in Dublin Alan Rickman receives James Joyce award in Dublin

rickmanAlan Rickman, the actor who plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, was recognised for his acting achievements in Dublin today with a James Joyce award. Rickman was awarded the honour (which, incidentally, J.K. Rowling received last year for writing achievements), at The University College of Dublin’s Literary and Historical Society.

New media downloads available on HarryPotter.com New media downloads available on HarryPotter.com

Warner Bros. has updated their official Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince site to include a bunch of new fan downloads, including four wallpapers and two buddy icons.

Rhys Ifans cast in ‘Deathly Hallows’ Rhys Ifans cast in ‘Deathly Hallows’

rhys-ifansOn Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Rhys Ifans announced that he had been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Although Ifans did not specify which role he would play, several reports suggest he may play Xenophilius Lovegood. Warner Bros. has yet to confirm these details.

Clémence Poésy in talks to appear in ‘Deathly Hallows’ Clémence Poésy in talks to appear in ‘Deathly Hallows’

poesyClemence Poesy, the actress who played Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is reportedly in talks to reprise her role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Nothing is confirmed, however.

Six new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ posters Six new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ posters

Warner Bros. has passed on six new character posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, featuring Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Draco and Snape.

New ‘Half-Blood Prince’ video game trailer, soundtrack New ‘Half-Blood Prince’ video game trailer, soundtrack

ea-games-1EA Games has released a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game trailer which includes several action-packed clips and original music.

On a side note, the Half-Blood Prince video game soundtrack is now available for purchase online at either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. If you don’t wish to purchase any songs from the soundtrack, you may instead opt to preview them at this time.

Happy birthday, David Thewlis and Gary Oldman! Happy birthday, David Thewlis and Gary Oldman!

A very happy birthday today to Gary Oldman (“Sirius Black” in the Harry Potter series) who turns 51! Also, belated happy birthday wishes to David Thewlis (“Remus Lupin”) who celebrated his birthday yesterday, turning 46. Best wishes to both extraordinary actors!

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John Hurt to possibly return as ‘Ollivander’ John Hurt to possibly return as ‘Ollivander’

john-hurt-ollivanderIn a recent interview, John Hurt (wand-maker “Ollivander” in the Harry Potter books) said, “I’m in negotiations at the minute because Ollivander comes back into the books. My son was 12 when it all first started and he was thrilled at the time that I was in it. And all things being equal I will be back.”

Mary GrandPre to draw ‘Harry Potter’ sketches for charity Mary GrandPre to draw ‘Harry Potter’ sketches for charity

mary-grandpreMary GrandPre, the illustrator for the American Harry Potter series intends on drawing 25 original sketches of characters from the book series to raise money for Forty Carrots Family Center’s Capital Campaign. Reservations for the sketches will take place this weekend during the Masters Art Festival at Payne Park in Sarasota. The cost of the sketches will be $1,000 for black and white and $2,000 for color (9×12 inch size).