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Happy birthday, Harry Melling!

The actor who plays Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films turns 21 todayl

Picture of Hogwarts Express at HP theme park

Courtesy of Universal, an image of the Hogwarts Express at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From the official blurb:

The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade Station as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to develop at Universal Orlando Resort.  As guests enter Hogsmeade, they will be greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder.  Opening in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.

Rhys Ifans on ‘Deathly Hallows’ role

Rhys Ifans, the actor set to portray Xenophilius Lovegood in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, recently spoke about his role. Ifans humouresly compared the oppurtuninty to appear in the Harry Potter films as, “[like] getting knighted”.

“That was great,” he said, beaming. “When you’re an English actor and you get the ‘Harry Potter’ call– it’s like Batman, you know? You have a phone, you have a normal phone, and then you have one that is made out of wood. That’s the ‘Potter’ people. They call you up [and] you get your wand out, you put your cloak on and off you go. It’s a real honor. It’s like getting knighted or something.”

Read the full interview by clicking here.

Box art released for ‘LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4’

Warner Bros. has kindly sent over the box art for the upcoming ‘LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4’ video game. The game, which will be available in May, will be released on Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PSP, and PC.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will give gamers the chance to experience the magic and adventure of Harry Potter in a uniquely LEGO way. Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™, as well as more than 100 other favorite characters, gamers will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards.  Throughout the game, players will also have the freedom to explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Hogwarts™ castle, Diagon Alley™, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade™.

You can watch two vignettes from the game here and here.

Thanks to WB.!

Pictures of new ‘Harry Potter’ LEGO sets

A number of pictures of LEGO’s upcoming Harry Potter sets have appeared online. The photos, snapped at Toy Fair 2010, show many of the sets (which appear to not be specifically Deathly Hallows-themed). Check out the pictures below (and even more here).

The sets will be available in October. Thanks to MuggleNet for the link!

New LEGO merchandise for ‘Deathly Hallows’ films

The LEGO Group today announced their decision to create a number of new LEGO sets, as well as a board game, for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. Karen McTier, executive vice president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products says, “fans of the franchise will be excited to discover the wonderfully original LEGO products inspired by the beloved stories and characters”.

“The world of Harry Potter has inspired some of our most successful products and we are thrilled to continue creating imaginative play opportunities for fans everywhere,”said Jill Wilfert, vice president, global licensing for LEGO Group. “The magical stories brought to life in the films give us the potential for an incredible array of offerings, the best of which are represented in our upcoming lines.”

The new LEGO sets will include the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Express and Quidditch Match, as well as Bellatrix Lestrange and Luna Lovegood figures. The sets will be available in October, and a LEGO board game titled “Hogwarts” will be available in August.

Deathly Hallows: Part I will be released in November.