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Jim Broadbent on Slughorn, ‘Potter’ and more

broadbentJim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, describes his character as “a good man, a decent man, but a weak man” in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s wonderful to be part of this now, to come in at this stage, because they’ve got it running so smoothly now, it’s amazing to see,” said the 59-year-old Broadbent, whose screen career dates to 1978.”

Broadbent, a fan of the books, praises the adaptations from page to screen.

“I saw the first film when it came out, and it was so brilliantly conceived,” Broadbent said. “You read the book and then you see the film and every moment you think, ‘That is exactly how I imagined it.'”

Half-Blood Prince‘s director David Yates is also a fan of the actor, noting that “he works exceptionally hard, and he makes everything look exceedingly easy”.

Dobby to return in ‘Deathly Hallows’

jonesToby Jones will soon return to the studio to voice the role of Dobby, confirming the character will return in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

This year, he appears in the Darwin biopic Creation, playing the biologist Thomas Huxley. Next year he will become a digitised baddy in Steven Spielberg’s animated version of Tintin. And he’ll soon be back in the recording studio for the next Harry Potter, in which he voices Dobby the house elf.

Deathly Hallows will be the first film Dobby has appeared in since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Happy birthday, Severus Snape!

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

Teen Vogue names Emma Watson ‘best-dressed’

watson-bestdressedTeen Vogue has named Emma Watson “best-dressed” for December. Described as “sheer magic”, Watson wore designer William Tempest last month at the premiere of The Tale of Despereaux in Los Angeles.

Contest to win rare edition of ‘Beedle the Bard’

bardAbe Books has announced a contest to win a rare collector’s edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, currently worth $100 USD. Also up for grabs is a copy of the auction catalog for Beedle the Bard‘s hand-written edition from December 2007.

To be eligible, Harry Potter fans must submit an entry form and answer the provided trivia question on the Abe Books website. Contest rules apply. Good luck!

‘Half-Blood Prince’ receives PG rating in the US

hbpHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be rated PG in the US, according to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). The PG rating has been given for, “scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality”.

Both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix received PG-13 ratings.