News articles from July 2009
22 July 2009 at 01:28 GMT
The 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.
19 July 2009 at 23:08 GMT
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:
19 July 2009 at 22:27 GMT
Harry 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.
19 July 2009 at 20:58 GMT
Hot Topic has announced its latest contest where one lucky winner plus one guest will win a trip (including airfare and hotel accommodations for four days) to the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This contest is for Americans only and is void in Florida, New York, and Rhode Island. Contest participants must be 13 years old or older. Good luck to everyone who enters!
19 July 2009 at 07:02 GMT
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18 July 2009 at 05:23 GMT
Freddie Stroma, the actor who plays Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is profiled in a new interview with People magazine. In the interview Stroma talks about his role in Half-Blood Prince, fans (particularly those of the female variety), his education, and acting ambitions.
“The scene I love the most is when I am slowly licking my fingers and looking at Hermione…I’ve not done that to a girl that I’ve fancied. It’s just so disgusting!”