02:31 PM EDT 10/29/2014
Originally posted 10/28/2014 11:20AM
They don't come with a session under the Sorting Hat, but two rooms in The Georgian House hotel in London are probably the closest you'll get to Hogwarts in this life.
Originally posted 07/21/2009 08:50AM
Jamie Waylett, an actor who stars in the Harry Potter movies, has been ordered to 120 hours of community service after pleading guilty that he grew 10 marijuana plants at his mother's home north of London.
In a 15-minute hearing Tuesday, Judge Timothy Workman passed sentence – deciding against jail time for the 20-year-old, as the jurist was satisfied that the cultivation was "small scale." He added that Waylett was essentially a man of "good character" and had cooperated with authorities, reports Britain's Press Association.
Waylett plays school bully Vincent Crabbe in the movies, including the latest box-office sensation, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
– Simon Perry
Originally posted 07/20/2009 07:30AM
Though he often finds himself living in the shadow of Daniel Radcliffe's heroic title character, British actor Tom Felton graduates to leading man status in the latest installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as his character Draco Malfoy evolves from simple troublemaker into serious villain.
As a result, the blond brusier, 21, tells PEOPLE, "I get a lot of boos from kids around the world. When kids visit on set they're all happy to meet Dan and Rupert [Grint]. When I come out they have a blank face and don't want to shake my hand … but I take that as a compliment."
Even tougher than the snub is staying platinum blond.
Originally posted 07/08/2009 07:00AM
He was one wet wizard at Tuesday's world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London, where the torrential downpours and thunder drenched series star Daniel Radcliffe.
"I'm feeling a bit guilty, to be honest, as I've made them wait in the rain," the star, 19, said about the fans, some of whom had camped overnight for a glimpse of him and costars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who recovered from a bout of swine flu to attend.
And while usually mum on his dating activities, Radcliffe did let slip, "I've been out with a couple of women who have been older than me. I think it's the maturity thing more than anything else, but that was when I was younger – girls my age are now mature, so it's great. I've widened the field!"
Originally posted 03/05/2009 08:30AM
The killer of 18-year-old Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince actor Rob Knox was convicted Wednesday in London's Old Bailey court of stabbing Knox and four friends in May 2008.
Karl Bishop, 22, exploded in a burst of rage and stabbed the group of five 10 times with two kitchen knives outside a southeast London bar, reports CNN.
In an attempt to come to the aide of his younger brother Jamie, Knox rushed outside the bar. There, Bishop stabbed him five times, including in a main artery, which resulted in Knox's death in a hospital later that night.
Originally posted 02/10/2009 10:30AM
The book series may be finished, but the movies aren't. Make way for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The sixth installment of the seven-part screen adventures is set to open July 17 – but here PEOPLE presents a first look at the poster for this highly anticipated release.
For those with dim memories of the 2005 novel: When the Dark Side begins making waves in the wizardry world, Harry (Daniel Radcliff) starts private defense classes with Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), all the while learning the history of his enemy, Voldemort (Ralph Finnes). His source? A journal by the half-blooded prince.
As for whether Harry or the Dark Side shall prevail, Muggles will just have to wait and see.
– Allie Gross
Originally posted 07/30/2008 08:15AM
When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters Nov. 21, audiences will see more of the evil wizard Voldemort than they ever did before – including what he looked like as an 11-year-old boy.
And if his childhood incarnation bears an uncanny resemblance to his adult self, it's not just lucky casting. Young Voldemort is played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the 10-year-old nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who has played He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named throughout most of the movie series.
"Hero was very focused and disciplined," director David Yates says in USA Today. "It was an advantage that he looked very similar to Ralph. ... But primarily I went for Hero because of this wonderful haunted quality that seemed to bring Tom Riddle alive on-screen for us."
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