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Happy Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!

090723 danToday, July 23, is Daniel Radcliffe’s twentieth birthday. Best known for playing Harry Potter on the big screen, Radcliffe has starred in several other films (December Boys and My Boy Jack) and also received glowing reviews for his role in Equus. Please join Harry Potter Fan Zone in wishing this extraordinarly talented, down to earth man a very happy birthday!

Entertainment Weekly: Emma ‘growing in style’

In a new photo gallery, Entertainment Weekly writer Tim Stack grades the outfits and accessories that Emma Watson wore while making the rounds to promote Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. View the gallery here, with some excerpts below:


LONDON, JULY 7 EVENT: Potter World Premiere DESIGNER: Vintage Ossie Clark Watson summoned pure fashion magic. Her gorgeous, romantic floor-length gown was utterly bewitching. A+


NEW YORK, JULY 9 EVENT: NYC Premiere DESIGNER: Proenza Schouler Watson already shows a keen eye for balancing sexy and classy, as evidenced by this edgy look. A


NEW YORK, JULY 8 EVENT: Late Show With David Letterman DESIGNER: Christopher Kane In this geometric dress, Watson resembled a couture cupcake. A-

HP Exhibition’s next stop: Boston, MA

090723The Boston Globe reports that the next stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition is the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Opening day is set for October 25. Tickets may already be purchased online (note: tickets are selling fast; some dates are already sold out).

The exhibition will remain in Chicago at The Museum of Science and Industry until September 27.

Chair that Rowling wrote PS, CS on up for auction

090721 jo chairThe chair that J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two Harry Potter books in her Scottish flat is now up for auction on eBay. The chair was originally donated by Ms. Rowling to a charity auction in 2002, and is being auctioned off again now through July 26 with 20% of the proceeds going to Book Abroad, a charity that sends free school books to impoverished countries. From Ananova:

Rowling wrote … on the chair in her Scottish council flat when she was a single mother, surviving on benefits and struggling with depression. It has been personalised by the author herself and features several painted slogans including: “I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair.”

Proving its authenticity, the chair comes complete with a special Owl Mail signed by Rowling and addressed to the ‘new owner of my chair’. The letter explains that she was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and, because it was the most comfortable, it was this one that ended up at her desk in front of her typewriter.

You can see some stunning photos of the chair at this link, and you can read and see the the authenticity letter at this link. For more information, visit the chair’s website.

Pictures of Emma filming DH in Golder’s Green Park

Emma Watson was on location at Golder’s Green Park today filming a scene for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. From the pictures, it appears as though Emma was the only one in this scene; none of the other cast members were present. Check out some high-resolution pictures of her filming and signing autographs at this link. Some previews:

HBP soars to top with $396.7 million worldwide in 5 days

090719 happyHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $396.7 million worldwide during its first five days in release (Wednesday-Sunday), according to an article by the Associated Press. The article says that $159.7 million of that total came in domestically and $237 million was made overseas. Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution, is quoted as saying:

“‘Half-Blood Prince’ already has surpassed the $157.3 million ‘Order of the Phoenix’ pulled in during its entire first week. By the end of its seventh day Tuesday, ‘Half-Blood Prince’ will be in the $180 million range on its way to becoming the franchise’s first $300 million domestic smash since the original movie, 2001’s ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.'”

The article also notes that “the audience was a bit older for the new movie, with more elder teens turning out to see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) as they deal with adult concerns such as heartache, jealousy and romantic triangles.” Read more about the film’s box office success at this link.