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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!

‘Half-Blood Prince’ receives PG rating in the US ‘Half-Blood Prince’ receives PG rating in the US

hbpHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be rated PG in the US, according to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). The PG rating has been given for, “scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality”.

Both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix received PG-13 ratings.

New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more

Two new behind-the-scenes photographs from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. Both pictures originally appeared in Empire Magazine and show director David Yates and cast on set.

Tom Felton visits Universal Studios in Florida Tom Felton visits Universal Studios in Florida

Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, recently visited Orlando’s Universal Studios along with girlfriend Jade Gordon. During their visit, Tom posed for a photograph beside a Ministry of Magic proclamation teasing construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is currently being built at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park and will be open to the public in 2010.

Emma Thompson on why she passed on Trelawney Emma Thompson on why she passed on Trelawney

emmathompsonEmma Thompson, Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter films, has squashed rumours that there was any bitterness in her decision to appear in a Nanny McPhee sequel instead of reprising her role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The two films have a conflicting filming schedule, forcing Thompson to make the choice.

“I wasn’t being rude at all. I was never going to be in the next ‘Harry Potter.’ I sort of put that to bed.” She has chosen to star in the sequel to “Nanny McPhee” as the title character instead.

Dan Radcliffe discusses ‘Half-Blood Prince’ scenes Dan Radcliffe discusses ‘Half-Blood Prince’ scenes

Dan Radcliffe has provided some commentary on two scenes in a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince preview piece by Entertainment Weekly.

danbonniekissHarry’s got a real thing for her [Ginny], and that is slightly odd, because when we met, I was 11 and she was 9, and she was only ever Ron’s little sister,” says Radcliffe, now 19. ”But that all changed, and here we are snogging.”

Shooting Dumbledore’s funeral was another tough scene for Radcliffe, as it took on the personality of an Irish wake thanks to some not-so-mournful extras: ”Because there’s a lot of people there, it’s one of those things that takes on a party atmosphere.”

Emma Watson on ‘Deathly Hallows’ split Emma Watson on ‘Deathly Hallows’ split

watsonEmma Watson, the actress who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, is intrigued by the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows split, according to a new interview with MTV. She’s yet to receive the script, and is unsure at what point the story will be split.

“I don’t know [on the point at which the split will occur],” she replied. “I am as intrigued as you are. I am waiting at the moment to receive the script. It’s a tough call. I’m sure it will be some cruel cliffhanger.”

Watson also commented on the feelings associated with her imminent departure from the franchise.

“It’s really mixed feelings,” Watson gushed. “It will be bittersweet. It will be very scary because it’s been such a massive part of my life. It will have been nearly over a decade that I’d been playing Hermione. It’ll be tough but I’ll be ready to go I think. I’ll be ready to take on other projects. It will be exciting.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released on 19 November 2010. Filming begins in February.

Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Harry Potter Fan Zone, Happy New Year!