01:01 PM EDT 11/06/2013
Originally posted 11/04/2013 12:30PM
The Harry Potter cast has come a long way since Hogwarts.
On Nov. 4, 2001, a very fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint hit the red carpet at London's Odeon theater for the world premiere of the franchise's first big-screen installment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.).
Radcliffe, then 11, gushed about his excitement for the star-making role, telling PEOPLE, “My face and my stomach are vibrating!"
Originally posted 10/28/2013 10:20AM
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … the Ohio State Marching Band!
Just a week after moonwalking into everyone's hearts – and social media – with its celebration of the 25th anniversary release of Michael Jackson's album Bad, the Ohio State Marching Band has done it again, this time during Saturday's halftime show of the Ohio State-Penn State football game.
The new theme was Hollywood Blockbusters, and, in the midst of the main title to this year's Man of Steel, band members split into two groups, one of which formed a leaning building while the other created the figure of Superman, complete with cape, flying across the field to right the falling structure.
Originally posted 10/05/2013 08:10AM
Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing boy wizard Harry Potter, but there's something else he's getting a reputation for – taking off his clothes.
The actor, who shocked fans when he appeared naked on Broadway in Equus in 2008, has stripped down in three movies this year – and shared a bathtub with Jon Hamm on TV – but he told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that his nude streak was "not intentional."
"I'm comfortable with it, but I do like to point out, I don't request it," he jokes.
Originally posted 09/12/2013 04:30PM
J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – but without Harry Potter.
Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard's stories.
The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.
Rowling said in a statement the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."
Originally posted 08/23/2013 02:30PM
Originally posted 04/26/2013 09:35AM
Britain's young Royal Muggles had a magical day out with a visit to the studio where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry toured Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden near London, home to the newly launched Making of "Harry Potter" studio tour.
There, the royals, accompanied by 500 children and adults from charities they support, got a wand lesson, visited the Hogwarts Great Hall and saw props, costumes and models from the Potter series as well as some other movies.
"Where's my brother, why isn't he doing this?" William, brandishing a wooden wand, said during the lesson.
As Kate (who also had a wand, and wore a cream-colored dress with black spots from TopShop) and William giggled, they were given some "spell techniques' by tour guide Scott Heron, then asked to face a group of children called "Dumbledore's Army" – to whom William bellowed, "Expelliarmos!"
Originally posted 03/29/2013 10:05AM
Richard Griffiths, the well-spoken, rotund presence perhaps best known for playing Muggle guardian Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series – and who costarred again with Daniel Radcliffe in the stage drama Equus – died Thursday from complications after heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, his agent announced Friday. He was 65.
"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him," Radcliffe said in a statement to the BBC.
Griffiths also won a Tony in 2006 for playing slightly wayward teacher Douglas Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys and was the outlandish Uncle Monty in the 1987 cult movie Withnail and I.
Originally posted 03/26/2013 11:00AM
Emma Watson's come a long way since Harry Potter, and now she's being honored for her achievements in acting.
The British actress will receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer Award – which honors the best young actors who are creating their own unique careers in the film industry – during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Watson, 22, is also nominated for three other MTV Movie Awards for her role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower: best female performance, best kiss and best musical moment.
Originally posted 02/24/2013 04:00PM
We're not in Hogwarts anymore.
Daniel Radcliffe made an unexpected appearance at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood on Friday night. Arriving with a male pal around 1:40 a.m., the Harry Potter star was "in party mode but really friendly," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and jeans, the actor hung out at a table in the club's back VIP room, where he made himself vodka cocktails.
As DJ BeeFowl spun hit after hit, Radcliffe "started singing and dancing at the table to Nelly's 'Country Grammar' and 'Ride Wit Me'," the source adds. "He introduced himself to people at his table casually as 'Dan.' "
Originally posted 11/26/2012 01:55PM
It may not be Hogwarts, but it carries a pedigree – and a palatial price tag.
The Edinburgh house where J.K. Rowling wrote four of her seven Harry Potter novels has been sold for well over $3.6 million.
The 19th-century Victorian mansion – which includes eight bedrooms, a walled garden and a detached office in the back where Rowling reportedly worked – went to an anonymous Scottish businessman, James Whitson, the real-estate agent who dealt with the property, confirms to PEOPLE.
Whitson told the Scotsman newspaper: "This was an iconic house in Edinburgh. … To be honest, it was a refreshing change to the normal house. There was a bit of magic involved, which was quite fun to deal with."
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