This weekend sees the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is great news for Lord of the Rings who will get to see plenty returning characters such as the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) aids a young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and an assembly of dwarves in their quest to unseat the dragon Smaug from the treasure he's guarding. It's only the first of a three-part adaptation, which means there will be plenty more Gandalf to go around for the next few years, even if he will still be one appearance behind another literary-turned-cinematic wizard, Harry Potter's Dumbledore.
Speaking of Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (first played by the late Richard Harris and then by Michael Gambon), this week's arrival of Gandalf got us thinking about our two favorite, long-bearded wizards and which of the two would survive the cybernetic cage that is our Character Cage Match! No doubt, fans of either J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling may already have their minds made up, but we make a case for both and only you can decide which wizard will leave victorious! check out the characters' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.14.12 by Ryan
For more than a decade, Harry Potterphiles visiting England have made their way to many of the real-life places that inspired the books' and movies' locales. Now they can add the Leavesden studio to their pilgrimage checklist. The Making of Harry Potter opened last weekend, taking fans behind-the-scenes and showcasing a huge array of the sets, costumes, and props. We'll have TV coverage of the Warner Bros. studio tour on an upcoming Hollywood Dailies. In the meantime, enjoy this photo sneak peek at J.K. Rowling's imagination brought to life.
Photo Tour of The Making of Harry Potter >> Posted 04.05.12 by reelz
Hey Potterphiles, do you have $350 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then Warner Bros. have a deal for you! A new box set is available for pre-order on Amazon that includes a 31-disc set of movies and special features, collectible memorabilia, a map of Hogwarts, and one very cool box. There's no date given for when the Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital set will be available, but it is promised to be released before the end of 2012.
Some may be wondering how eight movies get spread out across a 31-disc collection. Apparently the Harry Potter Wizards Collection contains 18 movie discs, including both the theatrical releases and the extended cuts of Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, and both 3D and 2D versions of Parts 1 and 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We're betting that the 40 Harry Potter fans that actually own a 3D TV are stoked about that! The other 13 discs contain special features, though only 5 hours of the special features are of the "never before seen" variety.
This is the first new box set to be announced since Warners decided last year that none of the previously released DVDs, Blu-rays or box sets would be shipped out to stores after Dec. 29, 2011. If the plan is to release box sets such as the Wizards Collection, it seems like it might be a good time to grab one of those $80 sets that haven't yet sold out. Posted 03.02.12 by Mandy
One journalist is claiming that in one early version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, all did not end so well. A story was published on Vulture yesterday, in which journalist Greg Palast claims that Rowling told him about an alternate ending to the series.
Palast is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in legitimate major news publications, and he claims to have been friends with Rowling for awhile. Is this story true? If this is a version of the story that Rowling considered, does it even matter? What is this "alternate" ending? Posted 07.21.11 by Mandy
Voting is now open for the Teen Choice Awards, and fans can vote for Robert Pattinson in no less than four separate categories (Actor Drama, Actor Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Liplock, and Male Hottie). There are a ton of categories, 23 for movies alone, and there are apparently more summer category nominations to come. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is nominated nine times, The Hangover Part II has nine nods, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Super 8 are strongly represented as well. What we're confused about >> Posted 06.29.11 by Mandy
There's no doubt about it, J.K. Rowling has some pretty intense fans. They dress up to go to movies and book releases, they write essays that they post on fansites, they make mockumentaries based on her work, and some of them even write some pretty creepy erotic fan fiction. In addition to all that, there are apparently whole legions of Potter fanatics who create crafty Harry Potter-related items and put them for sale online.
Etsy features many buttons made by Potterphiles reading things like "got snape?"; "I (heart) Won Won"; "Muggles Have More Fun"; and of course "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." There are also countless wands, time-turners, red-and-gold scarves, and golden snitch-inspired jewelry. These are great, and many are quite handsomely made, but similar items can be found at the WB Store, Hot Topic, and even in the Sky Mall catalogue. We've sorted through Etsy, and have compiled a list of the 14 best — strange, kooky, funny, and kind of fabulous — fanmade Harry Potter items.
Check this stuff out >> Posted 06.21.11 by reelz
As even the most clueless Muggle knows, "It All Ends 7/15." As we wait for Harry, Hermione, and Ron's final chapter, Hollywood's Top Ten, the show where fans control the countdowns, wants you to pick the Top 10 scenes from the first seven Harry Potter movies. Vote now for your favorites, then tune in to see if your picks make the cut.
Vote for your Top 10 Harry Potter Movie Scenes (1-7) >> Posted 06.17.11 by reelz
The MTV Movie Award nomination were announced yesterday, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse garnered the most nods. Eclipse received eight nominations within twelve categories, including being nominated twice for the categories of Best Male Performance (for Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, of course) and Best Kiss (for Kristen Stewart's smooches with the aforementioned Best Male Performance nominees).
Inception received a total of seven nominations, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 following right behind with six. Inception was the only one of the top three nominated movies to get noticed for the unconventional categories of Best Jaw-Dropping Moment, Biggest Badass Star, and Best Scared-As-Sh-- Performance. Deathly Hallows was the only one of the three to be singled out for Best Villain, but surprisingly, not for Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort, but instead for Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton. Who's Up for Best Movie? >> Posted 05.04.11 by reelz
July's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II may not be the last Harry Potter movie after all. Deathly Hallows producers David Heyman and David Barron told MTV in an interview that award-winning documentary director Morgan Mathews was on set with a film crew during the making of both parts of the last chapter in the Harry Potter saga.
Heyman said in the interview that Mathews and his behind-the-scenes team had "incredible access to talent and crew." The footage that was captured documented not only the positive aspects of making the movie but the challenges as well.
Fans will also be able to get a Hogwarts fix with behind-the-scenes footage stretching from as far back as Sorcerer's Stone. No word yet on how that additional footage will be packaged or on when the documentary will be released, but at least we know there is more to come after July 15th. Posted 04.14.11 by Mandy
We had movie fans vote for their favorite Harry Potter characters and moments from the first six movies to celebrate the opening of The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 last fall. Now that Part 1 is coming to DVD and Blu-ray this Friday, see the characters and moments fans picked for their Top Ten choices for Best Harry Potter Villains, Challenges, Creatures, Spells, and Snape Scenes.
Watch the video countdowns >> Posted 04.13.11 by reelz