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‘Harry Potter’ nominated at Kids’ Choice Awards

kidschoiceThe Harry Potter series has been nominated at the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Voting begins March 2 (we’ll post a reminder when the date arrives).

Happy birthday, Arthur Weasley!

J.K. Rowling’s official website has been updated to wish Arthur Weasley a happy birthday.

Harry, Dumbledore in new ‘Half-Blood Prince’ posters

Warner Bros. has released three high-resolution posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featuring Harry and Dumbledore.

J.K. Rowling receives ‘Legion of Honour’

rowling-inductionJ.K. Rowling received a Legion of Honour award today at an induction ceremony in Paris. She announced that her great-grandfather had received the same honour in 1924 for his courage in World War I, later asking French Harry Potter fans to pardon her for giving the book’s primary antagonist (Lord Voldemort) a French name.

“Thanks to this internationally renowned saga, you have contributed to giving young people the taste for reading again,” Sarkozy said before pinning the Legion of Honor medal on her. “With you, they understand that reading is not punishment, but a source of pleasure.”

Video coverage of the induction can be found here, and a translation of her acceptance speech may be found here.

Dan Radcliffe on HBP’s tone, comedy and more

radcliffe2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince “strike[s] a balance” between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne’s Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.

“I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film.”

Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy (“it’s much more subtle”), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.

“And I think actually through making the films darker we’ve gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema.” 

‘Half-Blood Prince’ most anticipated movie of 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been named the most anticipated film of 2009 by AOL Movies. Other notable films on the list include the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise and a prequel to X-Men.