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Bloomsbury’s New Look For Their Harry Potter Site

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 27 - 2014

Harry Potter Books - Bloomsbury SiteBloomsbury Publishing has informed us that today they have launched their new website for the UK edition of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.  This site has been revamped to support the new children’s editions of the series about the boy wizard.  These new editions will be released in the UK on September 1, 2014 – which we have reported here.

According to Bloomsbury, the site has been re-created with the Jonny Duddle artwork from the new children’s editions and includes pages of information on the books as well as exciting new content from Magical Downloads to a Harry Potter Quote Generator.  Fans can sign up to receive a newsletter.  There is even a section for teachers which hosts discussion guides and reward certificates for the first time in the UK.

Bloomsbury still has more plans for the site by growing and developing it with new games and content over the coming months.  It is their mission to “ensure it is the living, breathing home of Harry Potter books from Bloomsbury“.

Click here to visit the website.

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Bloomsbury’s Final Four Harry Potter Book Covers

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 30 - 2014

Bloomsbury HPGOF, HPOOP, HPHBP, HPDHWe have been reporting on the artworks Bloomsbury released for the new children’s hardback and paperback UK editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secret, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Today, the UK publishers released the cover artworks for the final four books in the series about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling.  All seven artworks were done by Jonny Duddle.

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New Covers for Children’s UK Harry Potter Books

Posted by Dijares On March - 20 - 2014

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone New Children's CoverBloomsbury have announced that new covers for the children’s UK version of the Harry Potter books are being made by artist Jonny Duddle. The new covers will grace both the paperback and hard back books, and will be available September 1, 2014. These new completely redesigned books will include an updated biography for J.K. Rowling and highlights from Pottermore.

With the announcement, they’ve provided the first cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, shown below (click for larger view).

Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone New Children's Book Cover

J.K. Rowling, along with Bloomsbury, selected award-winning artist Jonny Duddle to create the covers, spine, and back artwork.  Upon receiving this opportunity, Duddle stated, “I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I’m just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world created by J.K.Rowling.”

As a reminder, in the Fall of 2015, the fully color Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone edition illustrated by Jim Kay will be available in hardback and ebook. Each of the rest of the series will follow annually.

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Update: Another HP Star to Join Doctor Who Celebration

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 22 - 2013

David Bradley (Argus Filch) as "William Hartnell" in "An Adventure in Space and Time"The online buzz for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary perpetuates as the event is only one day away, revealing little by little the Harry Potter stars who participated in tributes to one of the longest running television series in history.  One of the tributes is this evening’s television broadcast of An Adventure in Space and Time, starring David Bradley who portrayed “Argus Filch” in the Harry Potter films.  Bradley will be seen as “William Hartnell”, the first actor to play Doctor Who, in this story of how the series was conceived.  The two-hour television film will air on BBC America at 9:00pm EST.

The Los Angeles Times posted a favorable review of the film on their site.  The article commended on how Bradley was perfectly and inevitably cast as the elderly Hartnell who didn’t immediately realize the potential of this new and experimental series that will survive him for at least another 50 years.  William Hartnell died in 1975 and was four years younger than David Bradley is now.  Personally, I think the resemblance (with make-up) is remarkable.

Click here to read the review.

UPDATE: BBC America posted this brief video of comments made by David Bradley and Mark Gatniss, the writer of the film about how Hartnell’s life was changed by this “second chance” in his acting career.  The video really shows how physically perfect Bradley was for the part.

 

 

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Video: Is That Harry Potter at Penn Station?

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 20 - 2013

My Twitter owl received a tweet from BuzzFeed that a boy who bore a strong resemblance to Harry Potter was seen at Penn Station in New York City, New York.  He even had a white owl in a cage on his luggage cart!  So, I went to their site to get more information and found this video.

According to the article posted on the BuzzFeed site, Improv Everywhere decided to get an 11 year old actor to portray “Harry Potter” at Penn Station to ask strangers and transit employees for directions to Platform 9 3/4.  This was to be a part of their Movies in Real Life series in which an iconic movie moment is brought to life in the real world.  This particular video is episode 8 among other ones that feature Indiana Jones, Rocky, and Gandalf.

Click here for more information on those episodes.

Source: BuzzFeed Twitter Page

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Harry Potter on U.S. Postal Stamps

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 14 - 2013

The website for the United States Postal Service, USPS.com, confirmed that Harry Potter Forever Stamps will be issued in a 20-stamp souvenir booklet on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The stamps will be stills from the Harry Potter films based on the books by J.K. Rowling.

Here is the description of the stamps from USPS.com:

These self-adhesive stamps are being issued in souvenir booklets of 20.

The Harry Potter films brought J.K. Rowling’s magical world to the screen, giving physical shape to the characters, creatures, and places that had lived in readers’ imaginations since publication of the first book. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates that magic with a 20-stamp souvenir booklet featuring stills from the award-winning Warner Bros. movies.

The folded booklet has five pages. The front cover features the title Harry Potter, with an image of Harry playing Quidditch, the beloved wizarding sport. The back cover has a picture of a young Harry in class, taking notes with his quill; the title Harry Potter is centered under the picture. When the booklet is opened, an illustration of Hogwarts covers two pages on the back, and selvage text appears on the last page. Inside there are five groupings of four stamps, each grouping set on its own page. Each set of four stamps, featuring stills from the Warner Bros. movies, surrounds the red wax seal of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Harry Potter’s story begins when he receives a letter and a visitor that change his life. He learns that he is the orphaned son of two wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on an adventure he never could have imagined.

The stamps capture the magic of Harry’s world, with photographs of a few of the brave heroes, fearsome villains, and extraordinary creatures that he encounters throughout his adventures.

Best friends since first meeting on the Hogwarts Express, Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger face new challenges each year they attend Hogwarts. The first set of stamps shows the friends in action.

The second stamp set includes photos of four of the amazing creatures that will one day come to Harry’s aid-Hedwig, Harry’s pet owl; Fawkes the phoenix; Dobby the house-elf; and Buckbeak the Hippogriff.

At Hogwarts, the friends receive support and guidance from many of their professors, among them the four depicted on the third set of stamps-Rubeus Hagrid, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape.

Their fellow students-including Fred and George Weasley, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley, featured on the fourth group of stamps-fight bravely alongside Harry, Hermione, and Ron in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Harry and friends encounter frightening villains, none more terrifying than Lord Voldemort, considered to be the most evil wizard of all time. He is featured alongside two of his fanatic followers-the sinister Bellatrix Lestrange and devious Draco Malfoy-on the fifth set of stamps, which also includes a photo of Harry during his final, epic battle with Voldemort.

The art directors for the Harry Potter Stamp Collection were William J. Gicker and Greg Breeding. Breeding designed the souvenir booklet using images from the Warner Bros. Harry Potter movies.

The Harry Potter stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Made in USA.

Click here for more information on purchasing the stamps.

Thanks to baty4potter for the tip!

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Platform 9 3/4 Official Harry Potter Shop in London

Posted by Dijares On December - 14 - 2012

Platform 9 3/4The official Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4  will open in London tomorrow, December 15th!

The shop is situated near the platform 9 3/4 trolley at London’s King’s Cross Station.  King’s Cross Station has just been refurbished.

The shop will include golden platform 9 3/4 collectible train tickets, wands, robes, uniforms, and more collectibles!

You can see some images from the shop below.

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Harry Potter Week on ABC Family from Nov 12

Posted by Dijares On November - 7 - 2012

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter week is nearly upon us! Starting November 12th though November 15th, ABC Family will air four of the Harry Potter films.  During the marathon, ABC Family will also show interviews with many of the stars, including Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom).

Here’s a trailer on some of what you’ll get to see:

 

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 12th

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT –    “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

Tuesday, November 13th

3:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET/PT –      “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT –    “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Wednesday, November 14th

4:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET/PT – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT –    “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Thursday, November 15th

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET/PT –      “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT –    “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

 

Make sure to check your local channel and times.

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Warner Bros. Presents HarryPotterShop.com

Posted by Lilysowl On October - 18 - 2012

HarryPotterShop.comEven though Harry Potter items are still available at WBShop.com, Warner Bros. has created a separate, official store website for fans to purchase more items reminiscent of the Harry Potter films, like the Hogwarts acceptance letter and the wands of our favorite characters.  The site is HarryPotterShop.com.

The site makes it easy to find the items in specific categories.  For example, a buyer can click on one of the character icons on the homepage to buy a duplicate of the character’s wand or a piece of jewelry the character has worn in one of the films.  There are also icons of Hogwarts’ four Houses for the same purpose, i.e. a Ravenclaw scarf, etc.

Since the site is celebrating its Grand Opening, there are special savings throughout the site.  There is free shipping for orders over $50. Buyers who have registered at WBShop.com can use their same login for HarryPotterShop.com

Click here to explore the new site.

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More Harry Potter for Kinect Photos

Posted by Dijares On October - 5 - 2012

Harry Potter for KinectWarner Bros have released more screen shots from the Harry Potter for Kinect game.  You can see them in our gallery starting here.

Harry Potter for Kinect for the Xbox 360 hits shelves in just a few days on October 9, 2012.  If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, make sure to do it now!

You’ll absolutely love this game as it gives you a chance to become totally immersed in the Harry Potter world and even become a witch or wizard as you make your way through the game.

See more of the features at this link or check out the trailer below that shows you more of the awesome features.

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