Fact: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is heading to Los Angeles - bosses at Universal Studios Hollywood announced on Tuesday (02Jun15) that fans can visit the boy wizard's magical world starting in the spring of 2016. The new attraction will feature a 3D flight simulator called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, an outdoor roller coaster, and a number of Potter-inspired eateries and stores. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened in Universal Studios Orlando in 2010, followed by a location at Universal Studios Japan, which launched last year (14).
Quote: "I sing, so that’s really unexpected. I’ve never had to do that for a film before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that. It gives me a different challenge, really. That’s terrifying in and of itself." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is hoping to hit the high notes in her new film Beauty & the Beast.
Fact: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint reunited with his movie siblings Bonnie Wright and James Phelps in Los Angeles on Friday (06Mar15) as they met up with co-star Tom Felton for a night out. Phelps shared a photo of the "mini family reunion" on Instagram.com on Saturday (07Mar15). The former child actors have remained close since the boy wizard franchise wrapped in 2011.
Quote: "If it came to it that I was offered that sort of deal, I want to say I'd consider it but I'd probably jump at the chance, absolutely! I'm not itching, just yet, but I’d absolutely, definitely consider it, and love to be considered for it." Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis would be open to revisiting the wizarding world for a spin-off series, based on his bumbling Neville Longbottom character.
Quote: "I love directing actors. I think I would be really good at that because I’ve seen some people do it really well and some people do it really badly. I’ve been on the end of some really bad direction and later been like, 'Now I know why that wasn’t good and what I would have done differently'. I would definitely like to do that." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe would love to direct.
Quote: "I'm egalitarian for everything... I have been asked so many times... I mean, it's odd that men are assumed to be not feminist until they are... It's a good thing, obviously, that it's being talked about, but yeah, I'm for equality for everyone, regardless of anything." Daniel Radcliffe insists he stands behind his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson, who rallied feminists all over the world with her stirring commentary on women's rights and equal pay at the HeForShe campaign against gender inequality launch in New York last month (Sep14).
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will soon be building a replica of Hagrid's hut in her Scottish garden. Planning authorities have approved the construction of the stone summerhouse, which will be circular with a slate roof, much like the home of Potter's half-giant pal Hagrid. The structure will be built on her estate in Perthshire, Scotland.
Quote: "I'm going out with my best friend at the moment. And that's, I think, the way it should be... My mum and dad were best friends before they started dating, and now they've been married for 30-something years. So, I think it is a very natural thing. If you can get to a point where you're dating or married to somebody you consider your best friend, that's what will make it work." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe opens up about his romance with his Kill Your Darlings co-star Erin Darke.
Quote: "I was very sceptical about them doing a theme park of it, but then I went to the theme park and it genuinely is really cool. Apart from the snow in Florida, it all looks perfect." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is a big fan of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando in Florida.
Quote: "I'm one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time. It was with somebody I'd gotten to know well. But it wasn't as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people's were, like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who turned 25 on Wednesday (23Jul14), on losing his virginity.
Quote: "Maybe because I'm an only child, I love the idea of lots of kids. But it will depend to a large part on who I end up having kids with. I think men would be a lot less excited about having kids if we had to actually do it!" Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is eager to have a big family.
Fact: Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence showed off their playful sides at the Dior Fashion Show in Paris, France on Monday (07Jul14) by acting silly in front of photographers. The pair laughed as Lawrence pretended to swipe Watson in the face at the stylish event.
Fact: Actor Miles Teller is in talks to reteam with his Whiplash director Damien Chazelle for the La La Land musical. Harry Potter star Emma Watson is also in negotiations to take on the female lead in the movie, about two aspiring artists who fall in love in Los Angeles while trying to find fame.
Tweet: "Thank You @DrMayaAngelou. We will savour your life and words forever. We love you deeply." Harry Potter star Emma Watson remembers one of her favourite authors/poets, who passed away on Wednesday (28May14).
Quote: "I guess everyone in their Freshman year is kind of nervous and figuring it all out. I think people kind of took pity on me. Like, 'She's English, she doesn't really know where she's going'... Brown kids were actually weirdly protective of me, in situations around Providence (Rhode Island). They kind of saw it as their role to help me have that experience somehow. They kind of got it." Harry Potter star Emma Watson on her fellow classmates at Brown University in America. The actress graduates in May (14).
Quote: "There are some very good examples out there of productions that have taken very good care of their kids. Harry Potter is the most extraordinary example of them. How (they) kept those three kids sane, the parents in the infrastructure over that extended period of time, with that kind of spotlight on that? Extraordinary." British director Danny Boyle was impressed with the way Harry Potter bosses looked after the franchise's young stars.
Quote: "I would love to do a show with Rupert... We'd be silly to do it any time soon, we're both forging our own paths at the moment. I think at the moment were we to work together it would become about that, about those people Harry Potter characters being reunited, rather than about the show." Daniel Radcliffe on working with Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint in a play.
Quote: "If there was an award for the worst sex scene of the year, I'm sure we'd get it because it's pretty horrendous." Harry Potter star Tom Felton insists his first movie sex scene in new period movie In Secret is one he'd rather forget.
Quote: "I have been mistaken (for him) a couple of times. There was a Christmas party this year where a rather merry gentleman threw his arms around me and went on to tell me how much a fan of my work he was... and finally, after 20 minutes, he called me Jesse, and by that point I was too deep to correct the guy, so I was throwing out, 'Yo b**ches!'" Harry Potter bad boy Tom Felton on his likeness to Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is refusing to give up writing under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith despite the fact her new identity was leaked by a lawyer last year (13) - she will release the follow up to crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling in June (14). The Silkworm will be her second release as Galbraith.
Quote: "I feel like I've been given a lot of credit where it isn't due that I don't like to party. The truth is that I'm genuinely a shy, socially awkward, introverted person. At a big party, I'm like Bambie in the headlights. It's too much stimulation for me, which is why I end up going to the bathroom! I need time outs! I get anxious. I'm terrible at small talk and I have a ridiculously short attention span." Harry Potter actress Emma Watson reveals why she isn't keen on going to parties.
Quote: "A lot of people say I would love it but I just love filming and I love my job and it would mean taking time out of that. There may come a time when I don't like my job as much but I can't see that happening." Daniel Radcliffe is adamant he will not be following his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson's lead by taking time out to attend university.
Quote: "People always say to me, 'Do you feel like you missed out on a childhood? Do you feel like you had your childhood taken away?' And I'm like: 'No, what a ridiculous (question)... kids who are abused have their childhoods taken away from them'." Former child star Daniel Radcliffe is baffled by questions about his time growing up while filming the Harry Potter series.
Fact: Harry Potter director David Heyman has signed on to bring video game Temple Run to the big screen. The fast-paced game, which has become a bestselling app, revolves around an explorer who is forced to run for his life after stealing an ancient idol from a temple.
Quote: "What I've found is that, and I can't speak for Rupert (Grint) or Emma (Watson), but the fervour around me has actually increased since the end of Potter. Now I'm out doing press and this and that - in Venice, just gone, it was insane. At one point I was chased to the toilet by 500 people!" Daniel Radcliffe claims his level of fame has increased since the end of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, revealing he was mobbed at the Venice Film Festival in September (13).
Quote: "I suppose when you do Equus when you're 17 it does make you very kind of unshockable, when it comes to all this performing sex scenes - gay or straight. The first one I ever did was with a horse." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is surprisingly comfortable when it comes to playing out intimate scenes on-screen or onstage.
Quote: "Helen Mirren, because she's awesome! She's a great actress and super sexy. I've met her a few times, and she happens to be lovely." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe would love to have an onscreen fling with the veteran British actress.
Quote: "Rupert was meant to see The Cripple of Inishmaan but he got a flat tyre on the way into London! But I'm hopefully see him in Mojo because he starts his play soon." Daniel Radcliffe is looking forward to catching up with his former Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint after car trouble kept the 25 year old from checking out his pal's turn in London play The Cripple Of Inishmaan this summer (13).
Tweet: "I'm still alive. To the blonde girl chasing with a sign around 11 miles - thank you! Made... me laugh." Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis completed Britain's most famous half-marathon, The Great North Run, on Sunday (15Sep13).
Quote: "It was just like, oh God, cringe! It was stuff like, 'Hi guys. I hope you're having a great weekend. I hope the weather's great!' Just so boring. I thought, 'Oh my God, everyone knows this isn't me - and if they don't, that's even worse!' So I said, 'Ok, everyone stop! I'll take it over instead.'" Former Harry Potter star Emma Watson took over her Twitter.com page because she was sick of her team's tedious tweets.
Quote: "I jumped out of an aeroplane - it was free falling. I'm still shaking and it was weeks ago." Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs celebrated turning 50 years old on 6 June (13) with a daredevil day out.
Tweet: "Nearly got out my scissors this morning after seeing @Beyonce's pixie cut. I only just managed to restrain myself. Close call though." Harry Potter star Emma Watson felt an urge to return to her short crop after the pop superstar showed off her new look in a photo she posted on Instagram.com.
Quote: "It was when I was seven or eight. I wanted to be Emma Bunton. She was so, so cute. I had a friend called Ellie and we would fight because she had blonde hair. So she thought she should get to be Emma and I said my name was Emma. This went on for months." Harry Potter star Emma Watson was a huge fan of the Spice Girls as a child.
Tweet: "I always wondered what it'd be like to have nearly half a million people wish you happy birthday at once. Mental. Thanks very much for that! By the time I get through reading all of this it probably won't be my birthday anymore." Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis thanks fans for their well wishes as he turns 24 years old on Thursday (27Jun13).
Quote: "We made a mistake early on. We went to Daniel Radcliffe a year-and-a-half before we were ready with a paltry role that wasn't thought out well enough. We kind of got over-eager with that one. We regrouped, wrote an actual movie that was good... He rejected us." Producer Evan Goldberg reveals the Harry Potter actor snubbed a part in new all-star apocalyptic comedy This Is The End.
Quote: "Film sets have such a bad reputation for being places to grow up. It is such a huge part of the person I am today. Being on film sets and having to work in that environment and having to become a member of that team at a young age has been such a huge influence on my character in a really positive way that I want to prove that it's safe to let your kids go on film sets." Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe wants to smash the stigma attached to child stars.
Fact: Harry Potter filmmaker David Yates has taken over from Ang Lee to direct new Tv drama series Tyrant. The Life of Pi Oscar-winner quit the Fx network project, about an American family pulled into a Middle Eastern conflict, last month (May13).
Quote: "It is daunting. I am nervous. But for any type of performance you turn that nervous energy into adrenaline and excitement. I think it will be difficult. I will be in much deeper water than I have ever been, but I'm very excited about the challenge. No actress wants to be comfortable." Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright is terrified ahead of her London stage debut in The Moment of Truth next month (Jun13).
Fact: Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright is set to make her stage debut in a London production of Peter Ustinov's The Moment of Truth. The show will run for four weeks, beginning on 26 June (13), at the Southwark Playhouse.
Quote: "Someone stole, like, a million pounds' worth of Chopard jewellery from Cannes? I promise it wasn't me! It's crazy. That's really, really weird... I promise I'm innocent! I promise I had nothing to do with it! I went nowhere near the suites. I can have someone vouch for my whereabouts at the time of the robbery!" Harry Potter star Emma Watson, the star of new heist movie The Bling Ring, insists she had nothing to do with the Chopard jewellery theft at the Cannes Film Festival.
Quote: "I'm a young person and there are expensive things I can buy but a lot of them are for older women. If I'm 20 year old wearing (Italian brand) Salvatore Ferragamo from head to toe, I look pretty odd. So I still buy a lot of high street clothes, not because I choose to buy something cheap but because I want to look like a young person... My friends are all at university right? So it instantly makes me different if I trot up with a (designer item)." Harry Potter star Emma Watson avoids designer labels so she can blend in with her friends.
Quote: "If I actually had made eye contact with Daniel Day-Lewis in the front row I think I might have just crumbled into a pile of dust... It was terrifying... You just sort of try to ignore the fact that they're (peers) all there." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe desperately tried to block out all the stars staring at him as he performed his song-and-dance routine at the Oscars.
Fact: British actor Warwick Davis is set to show off his cooking skills for charity - the Harry Potter star will take part in a special celebrity edition of U.K. Tv show The Great British Bake-Off for the Comic Relief organisation next year (13).
Quote: "I used to fancy Emma a great deal when I was a kid. But I wouldn't say we had a 'thing'. I don't know where Rupert's got that from." British actor Matthew Lewis plays down Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint's claims he enjoyed a fling with actress Emma Watson during their time filming the wizard franchise.
Quote: "I hear things said, but I don't know if any of them are true. And I never want to seem ungrateful for it all, but the money is not a motivating factor in my life." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has no idea how much money he is worth.
Fact: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton are among the famous faces who have been included on Tatler magazine's Little Black Book List, a rundown of the most eligible celebrities.
Quote: "I shudder to think what will happen to teenagers born into that kind of situation, or living in that kind of situation right now, what their future will hold because it does seem that the poverty trap is shut just as tightly as ever it was." Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling fears for young people growing up in Britain during the recession.
Quote: "If people hate it, I will suck that up, as my teenage daughter would say. I'd be lying if I said, 'No, I don't care'. Of course I care. But I had the most amazing experience with Harry that will stay with me forever. I don't feel I have to chase that, I had that. Literature is subjective, some will like it, and some won't." Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is philosophical about the potential reaction to her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, which is released on Thursday (27Sep12).
Fact: The home where author J.K. Rowling penned a couple of volumes of her Harry Potter book series has been put on the market. The sprawling eight-bedroom house in Edinburgh, Scotland is listed for $3.7 million (Gbp2.3 million).
Tweet: "Apparently I'm 'dangerous!' I can't do anything to stop these people, so please take care and only go to official sources". Harry Potter star Emma Watson reacts to reports she has become a top target for Internet pranksters. A new poll by online security company MCAfee Inc. suggests fans checking out details and stories about her online Internet are most likely to pick up computer viruses.
Quote: "Finding our 'Harry Potter' films un-Christian, people think I need to be guided and send me copies of the Bible. I have a collection of 20." Harry Potter star Emma Watson has received some unusual gifts thanks to her lead role in the boy wizard series.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is set to launch her own reading club for kids this autumn (12). The British novelist's discussion group will include guides, a glossary, original commentary, and interactive features about the popular boy wizard book series.
Tweet: "Big thanks to Leeds Metropolitan University for today. Everybody was charming. Congrats to all graduates who actually deserve their degrees!" Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis doesn't feel like he deserves his honorary Master of Arts degree after collecting the academic award from school officials in Leeds, England on Tuesday (24Jul12).
Quote: "It's serial numbered and your name is watermarked (on) each copy... and the pages are red, so you can't photocopy them... They do the same thing with Harry Potter, yet everyone's read the books." Gary Oldman on the efforts taken to keep the Batman and Harry Potter scripts from leaking.
Tweet: "My kids are flipping out that I'm going to work with Hermoine (sic)." Action man Russell Crowe has impressed his kids by signing up to work with Harry Potter star Emma Watson in upcoming drama Noah, which is based on the biblical Noah's Ark tale.
Fact: Harry Potter star Emma Watson stunned passers-by in London on Friday (22Jun12) as she walked her dog - which had had its hair dyed bright pink. According to Britain's Mail on Sunday, the actress' bichon frise had undergone a $144 (£90) dye-job at the U.K. capital's Groom Dog City to turn it a bubblegum pink colour.
Fact: Harry Potter star John Hurt is to make his Los Angeles stage debut during the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2012-13 season. The British actor will transfer with Samuel Beckett's play Krapp's Last Tape, which has been a hit at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.
Tweet: "Got recognised by someone from Jamaica. Didn't know we had many fans there. I then realised he thought I was Tom Felton." McFly star Tom Fletcher found himself mistaken for the Harry Potter actor while on vacation.
Tweet: "Huge congratulations to you and your lovely other half! So happy for you both and glad the sun was shining on such a special day." Harry Potter star Tom Felton congratulates McFly singer Tom Fletcher on his wedding to longtime girlfriend Giovanna Falcone last weekend (12May12).
Quote: "People laugh when I say this but I would love to play Britney Spears in a movie. She's complicated and I just relate to her... Britney is rich and cool and beautiful, but has also shown her vulnerable side and had a breakdown in front of the whole world. That takes strength and bravery to do that. I just think she's more complicated than people think." Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch on her dream role.
Fact: Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs has signed up to play in the star-studded Soccer Aid 2012 charity showdown in England on 27 May (12). He says, "My best hope is to take a couple of them out of the game before I'm stretchered off myself. It's for a great cause, how wrong can that be?"
Fact: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe's ghost movie The Woman In Black has become his native Britain's highest-grossing horror film. The film has made upwards of $23 million (£14.3 million) at the U.K. box office and almost $80 million (£50 million) globally since its release earlier this month (Feb12).
Quote: "It was a uniquely nerve-wracking experience. It was lovely but at the end of it, I did have to ask, 'Have I passed?' We are still going out so I guess it was all OK." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on meeting his girlfriend Rosie's parents for the first time.
Fact: Harry Potter villain Tom Felton and Elizabeth Olsen are in talks to play husband and wife in a new movie adaptation of Emile Zola's classic novel Therese Raquin. Oscar nominee Glenn Close has already signed on to play the mother of Olsen's titular character.
Tweet: "Saw woman in black yesterday. Can't remember the last time I was on the edge of my seat like that! Great movie. Go See it #goradcliffe" Tom Felton is a big fan of his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe's new supernatural thriller, The Woman In Black.
Fact: Funnyman David Walliams has been tipped for a top literacy award in his native U.K. - his book Mr Stink is in the running for the title of best children's novel of the last decade. The Little Britain star will go up against authors including J.K. Rowling, whose book Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix was also named on the shortlist. The winner will be announced next month (Mar11).
Quote: "I'm just going to put out there, Emma and I text all the time but Rupert and I never text each other, we never see each other. If I see him every six months or so, it's a friendly 'hello, how's things with you' but that's about it." Daniel Radcliffe has not remained close to his Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint since the wizard film franchise ended last year (11).
Quote: "I have heard my face is on toilet paper, which is really not pleasant. I haven't seen it and I don't know if that is much of a compliment!" Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on the hit movie franchise's popular merchandise.
Quote: "Whenever I hear people talk about the Potter kids as if we are not going to be able to make it out of the series, that really lights a fire under me." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is fuelled by his critics.
Quote: "I always like the celebs coming. I've always been a bit like that." Sir Paul McCartney loves his star-studded following. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and British comedian Peter Kay were among the celebrity fans in the audience at his show in his native Liverpool, England on Tuesday night (20Dec11).
Fact: Harry Potter director Chris Columbus has signed on to direct a TV remake of hit U.S. western series The Rifleman. The moviemaker will direct the first episode of the reboot if the show, which was created in the 1950s by Sam Peckipah, is picked up. The original series starred Chuck Connors.
Quote: "Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn't in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. 'There, now you definitely can't have him anymore.'" Author J.K. Rowling admits she was considering killing off Rupert Grint's Harry Potter character Ron Weasley while writing the books.
Quote: "I was offered a part, not a big part. I thought: 'They're going to make another five films, I'll be a teacher.' But they never asked me again." British funnyman David Walliams still regrets turning a role down in an early Harry Potter movie.
Fact: Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was honoured for her philanthropy by British royal Princess Anne at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on Monday (26Sep11). The author donated $16 million (£10 million) to the educational facility last year (10) to establish a new multiple sclerosis (MS) research clinic, which is due to open in 2013.
Tweet: "Thank you very much to all wishing me a pleasant birthday. Sun is shining and I'm about to embark on an epic walk with my dog, good times." Harry Potter star Tom Felton celebrates his 24th birthday on Thursday (22Sep11).
Fact: Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint and Tom Felton have signed up to model menswear for clothing company Band of Outsiders' autumn (11) fashion campaign. The actors appropriately jetted to the Hollywood Magic Castle - an exclusive club dedicated to promoting the art of illusion - for the photo shoot.
Quote: "Half way through the first act I'd notice some stunning girl in the front row and then I'd be like, 'Oh man, you're gonna see me naked in about an hour! This is not the situation I'd like to do that in. I'm not gonna be looking my best. If I knew you were gonna be here, I would have made a bit of a show of myself.'" Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on stripping off in front of beautiful theatregoers during his stint onstage in Equus.
Fact: British actor Tom Felton celebrated his Teen Choice Awards Movie Villain win on Sunday (07Aug11) by hitting Hollywood with his Harry Potter pal Rupert Grint - and visiting his pal's iconic sidewalk handprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Quote: "I met Matt Damon and it was ridiculous. I've met people more famous than he is and been fine. But with him I got all giggly and went red with embarrassment." Harry Potter actress Emma Watson was star-struck when she met Matt Damon.
Quote: "They shot a bunch of stuff. There are documentaries and us doing all sorts... there was all sorts of crazy stuff. They were trying to compose this mega edition." Actor Tom Felton teases fans about the possible extras on the Dvd release of the final Harry Potter blockbuster, which will hit retailers later this year (11).
Fact: Rupert Grint showed his affection for Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes on Thursday (28Jul11) by wearing a T-shirt proclaiming 'I love Tom Felton'.
Tweet: "I know it’s terrible, but I've never seen one Harry Potter! I'm going to watch them all so I can see the last one in the theatre." Justin Timberlake is planning a movie marathon to catch up on the whole Harry Potter film franchise.
Fact: Harry Potter heroine Emma Watson is in talks to revamp the Beauty & The Beast tale for a major movie adaptation. Producer Denise Di Novi let it slip that Watson was the number one choice to play part of Belle in a retelling of the fairytale by cult director Guillermo del Toro during a junket for her new film Crazy Stupid Love.
Tweet: "I was maybe the only person in the theatre not crying. Grown men were falling apart. Blowing their noses. This Potter thing is effective. I teared up. If they don't drop down your cheek it doesn't count as crying." Even cool Kings Of Leon rocker Jared Followill couldn't help but get emotional after watching the final Harry Potter film.
Quote: "I saw Julianne Moore walk past me a couple of weeks ago, and we smiled at each other. I don't think she knew it was me, I just think she thought it was somebody smiling at her. You do see a lot of people, and I'm as guilty of it as anybody. I get so excited when I spot someone, like, 'Oh, there's Kiefer Sutherland!'" Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe loves to go celeb-spotting around the streets of New York.
Quote: "I'm not the natural frame and stature of an action hero, so I may not get to play one again. Things like bursting out of the water in film six surrounded by a ring of fire... I won't get to do that." Daniel Radcliffe fears his days as an action man are over now the Harry Potter film franchise has wrapped.
Quote: "They gave me the Deluminator and I took home the number four from the door, too." Rupert Grint is delighted he managed to bag a few mementos when filming wrapped on the final Harry Potter film.
Quote: "I'm amazing at table tennis. I'm, like, obsessed with table tennis... It's kind of a nerdy thing. I've been keeping it on the down low." Harry Potter star Emma Watson on her love for ping pong.
Tweet: "Saw Dans (sic) show... Couldn't stop smiling, he was exceptional, felt v. proud seeing him up there! No1 (no one) could quite do it as good as he does." Tom Felton took time out from his busy Harry Potter promotional schedule to catch his co-star Daniel Radcliffe in his Broadway show How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
Quote: "It's only in the last couple of years that I've realised how amazing the cast is. In the early days, I just thought of them mostly as a load of old people - mostly friendly, sometimes intimidating... I was terrified of Alan Rickman because he stayed in character all the time." Rupert Grint on working with Britain's biggest stars in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Quote: "I feel like young girls are told they have to be a princess, and be delicate and fragile, and that's bulls**t. I identify much more with the idea of being a warrior, being a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I'd be a warrior princess, definitely." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is a proud feminist.
Quote: "We had to film the fight scenes several times, it was fantastic, but after a while I suffered wand arm. After filming we had to be treated, Helena and I, because wielding a wand really does put a strain on the muscles. I was instructed by the doctor to rest it for a few days." Julie Walters and her Harry Potter co-star Helena Bonham Carter had to take it easy following a gruelling fight scene for the final installment of the franchise, Harry Potter AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2.
Quote: "There's often a little smell of the burning martyr about Harry... He occasionally likes the fact that it's on him. He does have a bit of a hero complex, I think, and I think that he always thinks he has to be the hero, which I suffer from myself sometimes." Daniel Radcliffe on his boy wizard character, Harry Potter.
Quote: "I considered playing a rent boy. It was a good script but the reason I didn't was that people would just say, 'Oh you're trying too hard'." Daniel Radcliffe considered taking on a saucy role to shed his clean-cut Harry Potter image.
Quote: "I wore a horse costume as a disguise. It was so hot I could barely breathe and I ended up covered in sweat. Someone had to pick me up off the floor." Harry Potter star Rupert Grint's hopes to go incognito at a music festival backfired.
Quote: "This is sort of the least I could do, considering. I think people have been camped out here for three days, so I thought I’d better make an effort." Harry Potter star Emma Watson on choosing to wear a grey designer Oscar De La Renta ball gown to the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere in London on Thursday (07Jul11).
Fact: More than 2,000 U.S. screenings of the final Harry Potter film have already sold out. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas on 15 July (11).
Quote: "I actually didn't want to see it destroyed and seeing it destroyed on film was awful. Everyone will feel that who follows the films." Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was sad to see the movies' iconic Great Hall set reduced to rubble in the final installment, Harry Potter AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Part Ii, which is released later this month (Jul11).
Tweet: "Hope everyone that's waiting for the premiere is doing OK!! Wish I could stop the rain for you!!" Harry Potter star Tom Felton feels sorry for young fans queueing for the unveiling of the final installment of the wizard franchise in rainy London.
Quote: "I was never worried about that. Anyone who's seen my father knew I was never going to get too tall." Daniel Radcliffe never feared he'd tower above his Harry Potter pals in the decade-long film franchise.
Quote: "They built the Potter sets so that if you opened the door to one room, it went to the next room. On days when I didn't have anything to shoot, I'd just wander around and discover new rooms." Actor Ian Hart on his adventures on the Harry Potter film sets.
Fact: The editors of U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly have dedicated 50 pages of their new issue to all things Harry Potter. The special features an indepth look back at the history of the Potter film franchise, which will come to an end this summer (11) with the release of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Quote: "Because I'm bearded up as Hagrid, kids generally don't recognise me. I very much appreciate that anonymity - especially when you see what happens to Alan Rickman, who plays Snape. He gets kids hissing at him in airports!" Beloved Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane is grateful for his elaborate giant's costume in the franchise, as it allows him to go unnoticed in public.
Quote: "Pottermore... Is this the new thing that J.K. is announcing next week? I saw this yesterday, this thing online saying J.K.'s going to announce something, and here I am thinking, "Booyah! Book 8 on the way!" Actor Tom Felton is excited at rumours J.K. Rowling is bringing Harry Potter back, following the launch of a mysterious new website.
Quote: "It was such a relief to speak to someone who is trying to do the same thing I'm doing. I talked to him about juggling studying and making films and going backward and forward. He's not afraid or limited by what he fears people will say about it." Harry Potter star Emma Watson sought advice from Oscar nominee and avid learner James Franco, who has a slew of degrees to his name, after a chance meeting last year (10).
Quote: "I have had no control over my life. I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I'm desperately trying to find my way through it." Actress Emma Watson is excited to try new things after spending years on Harry Potter.
Quote: "Even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn't going to wuss out of university because someone said 'Wingardium leviosa' to me in a corridor, or 'Ten points for Gryffindor'. I've been dealing with the media since I was nine. If I can't stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it's a bit pathetic, really. I've had so much worse." Harry Potter star Emma Watson dismisses reports she was bullied with Harry Potter taunts while studying at Brown University.
Quote: "Stronger, more defined characters (are easier to play). It's quite therapeutic. I'm not an aggressive guy, but I get to kind of vent my day-to-day frustrations about, you know, traffic or waking up late." Harry Potter star Tom Felton enjoys playing a villain in the wizarding franchise.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is planning to step up her charitable efforts by creating a scholarship fund for budding doctors and scientists. Last year (10), the multi-millionaire writer gave a massive $16 million (£10 million) to fund a multiple sclerosis (MS) research clinic in honour of her late mother, who suffered from the condition.
Quote: "I don't know what it is, but I feel a lot cooler here than I do in England." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe enjoys being an Englishman in New York. The actor is currently starring in Broadway musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Quote: "I won't be getting up at 4am to watch the wedding. I'll catch the highlights on CNN because they'll be running something 24/7." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe won't be watching Friday's (29Apr11) royal wedding live from his home in New York.
Fact: A full set of Harry Potter books signed by author J.K. Rowling is expected to raise $6,400 (£4,000) when they're auctioned in the U.K. later this month (Apr11). The writer donated the tales to generate money for a memorial in honour of a British teenager who died in a coach crash last year (10).
Fact: The teacher who reportedly inspired J.K. Rowling's nasty Professor Snape character in her books has passed away. Mr Nettleship, 71, taught the superstar author at a school in Chepstow, Wales and is believed to be the basis of the double-crossing wizard, who hates Harry Potter.
Fact: The final film in the Harry Potter franchise, The Deathly Hallows Part 2, will be released on 15 July (11) - eight days before star Daniel Radcliffe's 22nd birthday. He was 11 when the first film in the series came out in 2001.
Fact: Harry Potter star Emma Watson is set to play another literary heroine on the big screen after signing up to star alongside Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief's Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie is based on Stephen Chbosky's iconic young adult novel of the same name. Chbosky will also direct. Watson will shoot the film during her summer break from Brown University.
Quote: "Being in Harry Potter was obviously amazing, but I want to move away from the whole Ron Weasley thing now. I really want to play a baddie in a Batman film." Actor Rupert Grint has his next role in mind now he's finished work on the HARRY POTTER franchise.
Quote: "Being in Harry Potter was just like every other job. I'm not obsessed with it all, as some people seem to be. But it is thrilling to have been part of something that has given a lot of pleasure to people, and it makes me very happy when fans come up and want to get their picture taken with Professor Sprout, actually, I get furious if I'm not asked." Actress Miriam Margolyes enjoys being a part of the hugely successful HARRY POTTER franchise.
Quote: "Currently at Leavesden filming reshoots with Dan and Rupert. Feels strange to be back!" Emma Watson finds it weird to be back shooting re-takes for the last ever Harry Potter movie after bidding the franchise farewell when filming wrapped in the summer (10).
Quote: "I burned my mouth something chronic; someone gave me something and said it was a local delight and I spent 20 minutes downing gallons of water. I've got a very sensitive tongue; I'm not used to the hot stuff at all." Harry Potter star Tom Felton experienced the heat when he dined out after the Mexican premiere of new movie THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.
Quote: "I tweeted one (message) saying, 'Good night from my bed in London,' and someone said, 'Do you mind if I slither in?' I was very impressed with that one - she almost got a tweet back." Harry Potter star Tom Felton on the chat-up lines he gets from female fans.
Quote: "I've had dark times, this voice in my head that makes me pretty hard on myself. I really don't let anything go. I've been learning that I have to try to be a bit kinder and take care of myself a bit better." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is her own worst critic.
Quote: "It's kind of like your baby pictures being posted up around the world on a 20-foot screen. It makes me squirm a bit to be honest. It's funny looking back (at) how different we all were. I had the bushy hair, chipmunk face and big teeth going on, which wasn't a great look for me." British actress Emma Watson reflects on the early Harry Potter films.
Quote: "I had a 45-year-old American gentleman change his name legally to Lucius Malfoy and send me adoption papers for me to come live with him." Harry Potter star Tom Felton reveals the craziest thing a fan has done.
Fact: The new Harry Potter movie has broken box office records across the globe, taking a massive £330 million (£220 million) in its opening weekend (20-21Nov10). HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 also became Britain's highest grossing opener of 2010, making $28 million (£18.7 million) in the U.K. alone.
Fact: The new Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows - Part 1, raked in a whopping $24 million (£16 million) from midnight showings when it opened across America on Thursday night (18Nov10).
Quote: "Unfortunately, there's going to be that level of attention on all of us for the foreseeable future so we have to be careful. If you get a reputation for drinking, doing drugs or just being unreliable it can affect your career much quicker now, because of the internet, than it used to." Daniel Radcliffe has vowed not to lose focus now the Harry Potter franchise is over.
Quote: "I can safely say I had no feelings for either of the boys - never. But I can definitely appreciate why there are women all over the globe who are crazy about them." Emma Watson won't be romancing her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint anytime soon.
Quote: "I had no idea that you guys (Americans) call a condom a rubber. My version of a rubber is an eraser. I've very loudly asked for a rubber and people have given me strange looks." British Harry Potter star Emma Watson experienced a language mix-up when she attended a university lecture in America.
Quote: "I quite like surreal artists like Salvador Dali. If it wasn't for Harry Potter and acting, I'd probably be doing art because I've always been into it. I'm regularly drawing, painting and sketching or doodling." Rupert Grint would have been an artist if he hadn't landed his role in the HARRY POTTER movies.
Quote: "He never said any of this at the time... I guess it's a compliment. It would be awful if he said, 'She's really boring to kiss'." Emma Watson was far from upset by Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe's comments she kisses like "an animal".
Quote: "I did a terrible thing - three months into our relationship on her 21st birthday, we went to Venice for the weekend, which was beautiful and charming, but where do you take them after Venice... Big mistake." Harry Potter villain Tom Felton fears he raced into his romance with girlfriend Jade.
Quote: "It’s all been good. I would never be anything but proud to be associated with this film series forever, but... if they did actually do another film I don't think I'd be on board... I think 10 years is enough." Daniel Radcliffe won't be back as Harry Potter.
Quote: "I'm incredibly romantic. Young Casanova here. Once every couple of months I do things properly. I get roses, teddy bears and balloons. It sounds corny, but I also write songs about Jade and play ballads on the guitar." Harry Potter star Tom Felton loves to spoil his girlfriend Jade.
Fact: Daniel Radcliffe proved he was a model science student at school during an appearance on British TV's The Graham Norton Show on Friday (12Nov10) - the Harry Potter star recited the periodic table in order from memory.
Quote: "You name it, they've sent it. I'm not knocking it, I'm always very appreciative, but there's been local cuisine from around the world as well as hundreds of notes describing their frustration with my attitudes towards Harry and how I should leave him alone. I have about 15 silver spoons from Japan, apparently it's a good luck symbol, so I'm very lucky to have a fairly healthy silver spoon collection." Harry Potter star Tom Felton reveals his bizarre presents from fans.
Quote: "When I look at myself now, I think, 'God this is me.' And there's something rather liberating and strengthening about that. I'd feel I was letting myself down if I started dyeing again now." Harry Potter star Julie Walters has vowed never to dye her white hair blonde again.
Quote: "My happy ending... knowing that there's still more to come from me... It feels very strange to feel like you're retiring when you're 20 years old. But it does feel that way. I've spent 10 years making these movies and I just hope that the second part of my life is as incredible as the first half." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is determined to have a successful career following the end of the wizard franchise.
Quote: "Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn't be another book involving Harry. I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character." Daniel Radcliffe is worried he'll have to reprise his boy wizard role if Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING writes another instalment.
Quote: "I think people just think we need guidance, you know. It is quite strange... I do have quite a serious collection of them now." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is regularly sent copies of the Bible by concerned fans.
Quote: "I got the SAS to walk my dogs. I had special beer brewed by monks in a Belgian monastery... not true. I grew eight inches in height in two months, which for anyone whose met me can see that's plainly not true, and I once commissioned a lifesize nude statue of my self for my living room. I haven't done that yet." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe lists his favourite false stories about himself.
Quote: "I've always loved kissing. We all do, don't we? That's the weird thing about not being married. You can't get regular kissing, you can't be guaranteed of it and that's a great shame. I'm pretty sure Len would oblige if I asked him. He would be delighted to. He's definitely the best kisser... thus far." Harry Potter star Dawn French misses the intimate moments of marriage following her divorce from comic LENNY HENRY.
Quote: "My dad wouldn't have any of this kids' stuff. We would never be allowed to order from the kids' menu in a restaurant. I was never not allowed alcohol. I was seven when I had my first glass of wine with a meal. I found it really strange when I got to school and everyone was like, 'Ooh, we've got alcohol!' I wasn't interested." Harry Potter star Emma Watson grew up drinking fine wines.
Tweet: "Tom Felton is already dreading the heavy rain predicted for Thursday! A potter premiere with horrendous weather comes hand in hand it seems!!" Actor TOM FELTON, who plays villain DRACO MALFOY, is not looking forward to walking the red carpet of the premiere for the first installment of Harry Potter AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS in rain-soaked Britain on Thursday (11Nov10). The special screening of last year's (09) HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE was a complete washout.
Quote: "I've been trying to think of ways to commemorate the Potter years. I'm not going to get a tattoo or anything, but I'm putting together a photo album for everyone." Emma Watson is giving her Harry Potter co-stars a special momentum to mark the end of the wizard franchise.
Quote: "I wish I'd done more naughty things. Three months ago I cut my hair and at that moment I felt I became a woman. I'm ready to start taking risks." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is ready to shed her clean-cut image.
Quote: "Bagels are the best thing ever! Americans just love variety; there's so much choice, it's overwhelming. But I love trying the blueberry and raisin and cinnamon bagels. Luckily, I exercise a lot." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is a big fan of bagels.
Quote: "The glasses would be a good thing to have at the end and obviously the wand. Somebody said I should get a broom mounted, but then I think, 'You know, what does that say about me when people come around to visit?'" Daniel Radcliffe on the keepsakes he'll take away from the Harry Potter film franchise.
Quote: "We were all in bits. I've never seen Rupert Grint cry in my life but it was really emotional. When I saw him cry, it made me cry more. It's come to stand for my childhood, which I've said goodbye to. That innocent small boy has gone." Daniel Radcliffe broke down in tears after shooting the final scenes in his Harry Potter adventure.
Quote: "We started off as mates and finished as mates. If anyone is doing any dating we get approvals from each other. We give each other advice, you know like when you should wear your best pants." Harry Potter star Dawn French still turns to her ex-husband, funnyman LENNY HENRY, for advice.
Quote: "I did ask for it, funnily enough. There were many, many wigs. The style changed over the years - it ended up being slightly more Lady Gaga in the final incarnation. It started as Pamela Anderson. There were many of them and I don't know where they are - forming a band or something, I think." Actor Jason Isaacs is disappointed he didn't keep his Harry Potter wigs to mark his time spent in the wizarding film franchise.
Quote: "Oh, my goodness. No, I wouldn't return. It feels so complete what we've done. It would just be weird. No. No way. It would just be really strange." Emma Watson rules out ever returning to her Harry Potter role if writer J.K. Rowling decides to go ahead with more books.
Quote: "I haven't quite adjusted to life without Harry Potter. I'm really sad actually. I've missed it. But I think it's a good time really to kind of move on. It has been a long time. After 10 years, I do kind of want to stretch a bit more and explore different characters and do different things." Rupert Grint on life after HARRY POTTER.
Quote: "Without it, I'd have been having a s**tty time at school. I was rubbish. For some reason I could never hack school, which is one of the reasons I was so grateful for Potter." The Harry Potter film franchise gave Daniel Radcliffe an excuse to get out of class.
Quote: "I don't drive. Cars terrify me. Lately, I have had a driver. Occasionally, within the last year I've taken a bus." Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING still likes to go incognito on public transport.
Quote: "I've never been a fool with money... (I think), 'God, if I blew this, how could I look everyone in the face?!' I feel I don't want to be complacent, I don't want to take things for granted. But you know what? I'm talking rubbish... I'd really have to be very stupid to lose this." Billionaire Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING still worries about spending all her money and being left penniless.
Quote: "I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth. I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will, I feel I am done, but you never know." Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING is still refusing to rule out the possibility of expanding the boy wizard franchise, despite releasing the final installment, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, in 2007. The writer previously hinted about the return of Potter in April (10).
Fact: Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch won the 2009 Mary Barrett Portfolio Award for painting in her native Ireland. The crafty 19 year old also designed the jewellery and hat her character Luna Lovegood wears in the final Potter films.
Fact: Two handwritten Harry Potter AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS manuscripts, signed by J.K. ROWLING, are going on show at The Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland, which will run from Friday (24Sep10) until 3 October (10).
Quote: "I'm not in a band but I'd like to be. I tried for so long to play instruments but I couldn't. I've tried to play a succession of instruments from the accordion and saxophone to the banjo and guitar. I don't think I can." Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is sticking to acting after realising he has no musical talent.
Quote: "I've got two pairs from the seventh film and the pair I wore in the very, very first movie - which are really tiny on my head now!" Daniel Radcliffe has lasting mementos from the Harry Potter movie franchise - his character's iconic glasses.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING's autograph has become one of the most sought after signatures in the world - it now outsells Michael Jackson's and Muhammad Ali's with an average price of $1,800 (£1,200).
Quote: "There was Pierce Brosnan, then there was Daniel (Craig). There was never an opening. In fact, I think Dan is the perfect Bond. I always thought he'd be perfect. He's just a guy that exudes sex." Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs fears he's missed out on playing super spy James Bond.
Tweet: "Last official EVER day as draco malfoy! What a unique 10 years its been! will be sad to take my suit off for the last time! (sic). I will miss the blonde haired little git." Actor Tom Felton's decade-long Harry Potter ride has come to an end after completing his scenes as villainous wizard student DRACO MALFOY on Thursday (23Jun10).
Quote: "I remember doing the contract for some TV show I was doing in America and my lawyer phoned up and he said, 'I can't give you any more money but I have the butt shot down to two seconds.' I'm like, 'What?!' He said, 'Normally four seconds is standard and I have you down to two.' I went, 'I don't care! I want more money!'" Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs admits he's often baffled by contract negotiations.
Quote: "My main memory is going in to get my roots retouched. I remained at a normal school, which was important to me. But I got a load of hassle. My hair was bright blond and Harry Potter wasn't cool back then. I had name-calling and stuff." Tom Felton was picked on at school for his bleached blonde hair, which he had to have to play Draco Malfoy in the wizard films.
Quote: "We did scenes the other day with Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Jason Isaacs. Doing the films has been like ten years of lessons." British actor Tom Felton on working with acting legends during his time filming the Harry Potter movies.
Fact: Rupert Grint showed off his musical side at the launch of the new Harry Potter theme park on Wednesday (16Jun10), taking to the stage to rap the Beastie Boys' hit track FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY) for thrilled revellers. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public in Orlando, Florida later this month (Jun10).
Quote: "Against Christoph Waltz and Helena Bonham Carter? Not really fair competition. I thought I was well out of the works. Thanks to the fans for voting. I really appreciate it." Tom Felton is shocked he scooped the Best Villain trophy at the MTV Movie Awards for his role in Harry Potter AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
Quote: "I would steal the glasses. If they're not given to me properly I'll steal them." Daniel Radcliffe is planning to take home the spectacles he wears as Harry Potter when the film series comes to an end.
Fact: Harry Potter stars including Emma Watson and Robbie Coltrane enjoyed a sneak peek of Universal Studios' long-awaited theme park inspired by the hit franchise on Thursday (20May10). The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features a replica of the enchanted Hogwarts school and is set to open in Orlando, Florida next month (Jun10).
Quote: "The scripts all have happy endings, they're really badly written and they're sending them to an English literature student." Well-educated Harry Potter star Emma Watson bemoans the lack of challenging scripts sent to her.
Quote: "My brother had read Harry Potter and told me I reminded him of Ginny, so, when I was nine, I asked my mum if I could audition." HARRY POTTER star Bonnie Wright had a feeling she'd be a good fit for the boy wizard film franchise.
Quote: "It's nice dating another actor. With our job, there are so many things that don't make sense to people. It's nice not having to explain everything, and our passion inspires each other to want to work." Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright on her romance with actor Jamie Campbell Bower.
Quote: "I remember once me, Daniel and Emma were offered parts in an Australian remake of The Wizard of Oz. They wanted me as the Scarecrow, Emma was going to be Dorothy and Dan the Tin Man. I don't know what happened to that." Rupert Grint reveals the bizarre roles he and his Harry Potter co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have been offered.
Quote: "We're kind of on the last stretch now. It's a weird feeling. It's been half my life and suddenly it's going to come to one shot and its all over. I'm kind of sad. I will miss it. It's been a massive part of my life and all the people I've met over the years - saying goodbye (will be hard)." Rupert Grint is struggling to come to terms with the end of the Harry Potter movies - because he's spent half his life filming the wizard franchise.
Quote: "All I have to do when I meet children around the world is tell them that I'm in Harry Potter and it's like a bolt of lightning goes through them. To be able to give that kind of pleasure when you have no discernible talent is magical." Actor Jason Isaacs is best known for his portrayal of evil Lucius Malfoy in the wizard franchise.
Fact: Harry Potter star Emma Watson has landed a role in a student-directed play of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters at Brown University, where she is studying. Watson and 13 other thespians will perform six shows beginning on 11 March (10).
Quote: "I watch the films and it is very bittersweet. I spent four years with Dan (Daniel Radcliffe), Rupert (Grint) and Emma (Watson) and the films are just wonderful. It's bittersweet and very surreal seeing them from far away." Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, on seeing the franchise near its conclusion.
Tweet: "I think I'm going to start having to play board games against myself!! No one can get to me cos the roads are too bad... and I can't get out!" Harry Potter star Tom Felton is snowed in thanks to the U.K.'s wintry weather.
Quote: "I read that the other day, and I was like, 'What the hell is that about?' I haven't seen Dan walking around naked, not on the set anyway. The changing room is a different thing - I'm joking. No, I hadn't heard anything of it. Dan hasn't mentioned it." Harry Potter star Tom Felton was baffled by rumours of raunchy naked scenes in the upcoming wizard movie - insisting his co-star Daniel Radcliffe does not strip off onscreen.
Fact: The Harry Potter movies have made almost $5.4 billion around the world - the equivalent of every person on the planet spending 88 cents (55 pence) on the franchise, according to Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Quote: "There's no hierarchy when Daniel Radcliffe's on set. Whether you're a cleaner or a producer he'll know your name and talk to you equally." Harry Potter actor Tom Felton is amazed the franchise's star is so down-to-earth.
Quote: "I'm about to do the last Harry Potter and I'm employed from May to December, but it's probably a day's work. It's so much harder to act well in it, because there's a huge amount of sitting around." British actress Helena Bonham Carter finds the filming process laborious.
Fact: Bosses at film company Warner Bros. have threatened legal action after a restaurant owner in London announced plans for Harry Potter-themed dinner parties - complete with cauldron cakes, butterbeer, and pumpkin pasties. The executives are concerned the events will infringe their copyright.
Quote: "I've been in seven Harry Potter films but my classmates are real movie buffs compared to me!" Actress Bonnie Wright is burying her head in the books to keep up with fellow students in her university film classes.
Quote: "I don't think it's very pretty to be really, really skinny. I don't aspire to be super-skinny. Even if I wanted to be that skinny, I love food and I love cooking and I love sitting down and having nice meals - so it would just be impossible!" Harry Potter star Emma Watson is happy with her body.
Quote: "So many girls have become famous for literally nothing, other than falling out of clubs in shocking clothing or going out with a different person every week." Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright hopes her celebrity status has a little more substance.
Fact: Harry Potter fans can soon visit the boy wizard's magical world - bosses at Universal Studios have revealed details for a long-awaited theme park inspired by the hit franchise. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature a replica of the enchanted Hogwarts school and a rollercoaster when it opens in Orlando, Florida in spring next year (10).
Quote: "When I'm drunk I like to cause mischief. I'll steal props like the broomsticks from the Harry Potter set and bring them out to the pub for comedy value. It seems funny at the time. Trouble is I usually get too trashed (drunk) to remember what happened the next day." Daniel Radcliffe likes to joke around when he's had a drink with pals.
Fact: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe attended Britain's Reading music festival over the weekend (29-30Aug09) in disguise. The young actor covered his face with a Batman mask to make sure he wasn't recognised in the crowd.
Quote: "You might think that I would have read these with my son, but I didn't. I read them for me and me alone. When we went on vacations, I would sit outside listening to the Harry Potter audio books. I'm really sad there won't be any more." Former FRIENDS star Lisa Kudrow doesn't share her HARRY POTTER obsession with her 11 year old son Julian.
Fact: The chair J.K. ROWLING sat on to write the first two Harry Potter books has made $30,000 (£20,000) at auction. Part of the cash will be donated to the Books Abroad charity, which helps provide literature to children in poverty-stricken schools worldwide.
Quote: "The only reason Rupert and I have probably never argued is that he's the most totally laidback person you'll ever meet. You could probably set fire to him and he wouldn't really mind." Daniel Radcliffe considers himself lucky to have such a good relationship with his Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint.
Quote: “It’s not a pleasant experience. Now I understand what girls go through, I completely sympathise. It’s fun to be blond. And it’s almost dificult to remember how I used to look with my proper hair colour.” Harry Potter star Tom Felton must dye his hair every 10 days while filming the wizard movies.
Quote: "If you spent like a proper amount of time with me, you would probably wonder if I was on drugs. I'm not. I'm just incredibly hyperactive. Manic." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is easily excitable.
Quote: "When I saw the first Harry Potter film and my name came up right at the end, I almost started crying. I couldn't believe that was my name there. It was really amazing." Daniel Radcliffe is proud of his achievements as the boy wizard.
Quote: "Daniel wasn't great really when I did my kissing scene. I guess he hadn't forgotten I'd teased him when he got kissed. He was sort of standing at the back of the set trying to make me laugh. He was a little bit of a creep." Rupert Grint was unimpressed with his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe's jokey behaviour when he was filming a smooch for the movie.
Quote: "I wake up in the morning I think Potter, I go to bed I think Potter. It's a challenge to bring this huge thing to a conclusion and I couldn't bear letting that go and seeing someone else doing it. I couldn't let it go, it was too addictive, too compulsive, too much fun." Harry Potter director David Yates insists the wizard franchise is worth all the hard work he put into it.
Quote: "Rob Pattinson is a sex symbol. Rob Pattinson is a genuine sexy guy. He's got the height. If girls like short and nerdy, then I'm a sex symbol!" Daniel Radcliffe is adamant his former Harry Potter co-star Robert Pattinson rates above him in the sexy stakes.
Quote: "I am going to be so sad to leave this behind. But there is also an element of excitement that a script might come in and I don't have to go, 'Oh, I'm sorry I'm kind of busy being Harry Potter for the next four years'." Daniel Radcliffe has mixed emotions about the upcoming end of the wizard film franchise.
Quote: "My guilty secret is that I watch BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT. But I guess that many millions of others do as well!" Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe regularly tunes in to Simon Cowell's TV talent contest.
Quote: "I was ill-equipped as I'd just had a baby. You have pelvic floor problems after having a baby and bladder control is minimal. Every time I screamed I wore nappies (diapers). Helena Bonham Carter warned her Harry Potter AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE co-stars not to get too close during filming.
Quote: "The one piece of advice I would give to any actor is, if you want to go out on the street without being recognised, without even being looked at, go out with a 6ft 8in beautiful transsexual. No one gives you a second glance. Especially when you're 5ft 5in." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has a unique way of avoiding the attentions of the paparazzi.
Quote: "It's like a ride they put you on, and it's not the most comfortable thing. They made a little seat for me. They took a mould of my chair area!" Harry Potter star Rupert Grint was left red-faced shooting broomstick scenes for the hit wizard franchise.
Quote: "There was a period when we were the only boys and girls any of us knew. And so, you know, we were all unbelievably horny from about the third film to probably about the end of the fifth - then it settled down. But, God, for a few years..." Daniel Radcliffe on experiencing puberty while filming the Harry Potter franchise.
Quote: "I thought it was my chance to have the boobs I've always wanted. But my assistant said, 'You look like a porn star'. And that was not the image I was going for." Helena Bonham Carter enjoyed sporting larger assets in Harry Potter AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
Quote: "I'm such a terrible host. I invited a friend over for dinner tonight and because of all these interviews I've now told him to eat first!" Daniel Radcliffe finds it hard to have a social life while promoting the upcoming Harry Potter movie.
Quote: "The best thing about Columbia is the boys. There's a lot of them and they're good ones. I'm jealous because I'm ready to go back there now myself." Amanda Peet is envious of Harry Potter star Emma Watson - who has reportedly enrolled in America's Columbia University.
Quote: "I’ve never been seriously involved with anyone. I’ve certainly never been in love. I’ve always preferred to keep things casual. I’m not seeing anyone now and I don’t feel the need to have a girlfriend. It’s not that I find it hard to meet girls - they do come and chat me up from time to time. Sometimes I’m interested. I tend not to go for the very pretty ones. I prefer the quirkier types, the ones who are a little weird. But when it comes to girls, I’m quite insecure." Harry Potter star Rupert Grint on his love life.
Quote: "Dad never told me how much money I was earning. The truth is I'd like to pretend it doesn't exist." Harry Potter star Emma Watson was shocked to discover she is worth $15 million (£10 million).
Quote: "I don't think I'm going to grow much more. I'd love to be taller - ask anyone who if five feet five inches if they want to be taller and they'll generally tell you, 'Yes'. But it's not something I can do anything about, unless I get weights and strap them to my shoes to stretch me." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe hates being short.
Quote: "I never took myself too seriously. I come from a very normal background and I’d like to think I’ve never stopped being normal." Harry Potter star Rupert Grint refuses to let fame go to his head.
Quote: "I’ve noticed I make noises when I get up and sit down now. I mean, my knees are rotten bad - I refused to wear knee pads too many times when I was doing stunts, and I just clobbered them up a bit. I am an old man in a young man’s body." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is suffering from 'old age' at 19. The young Brit turns 20 in July (09).
Quote: "I just want to keep it private for as long as I can. I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I'm doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity. I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don't walk in and see, like, Harry Potter posters everywhere, I'll be fine." HARRY POTTER star Emma Watson on her plans to attend university later this year (09).
Quote: "I don't think I've ever been this tired in my life! I literally wear my pyjama bottoms to set. I roll out of bed and put on a hoodie and some Ugg boots." Harry Potter star Emma Watson doesn't bother getting dressed to go to work on the wizard franchise.
Quote: "I remember when the book came out, I was like, 'I'm going to wait for the script, because I don't want to get prepared for a scene that's not going to be there'. A friend picked it up and said, 'You're in this quite a bit', so I naturally picked it up rather rapidly and read it cover to cover in about 24 hours." British actor Tom Felton was eager to discover what his character DRACO got up to in Harry Potter AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
Quote: "It's funny because teenage girls would say, 'Oh, my God, you're Cedric!' It switched in a week to 'Oh, my God, it's Edward!' Allegiances change so freely in the teen-girl world." Robert Pattinson's rise to fame as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter film franchise was quickly eclipsed by his turn as vampire Edward Cullen in TWILIGHT.
Fact: Britain's legendary Pinewood Studios are set to undergo a massive $300 million (£200 million) expansion to allow more major movies to be made in Britain. The studio in Buckinghamshire, England already hosts filming of the James Bond franchise and the Harry Potter pictures.
Quote: "I love that car but all my friends say it's ugly. They say I drive a brick. It's not the prettiest car on the road but it's good for the environment. It's sensible and boring - like me." Harry Potter actress Emma Watson defends her decision to drive a planet-friendly Toyota Prius.
Quote: "I never used to panic about how I looked but since I've been living in London it's becoming increasingly difficult. It's another reason why I can't wait to go to university where I can be truly anonymous." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is counting the days until she starts her studies at England's prestigious Cambridge University later this year (09).
Quote: I want to be stressed about deadlines. I want to cycle around campus on a little bicycle. I miss the smell of books. I miss my pencil case and ring binders. I want it all back. Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 19, is eager to begin her university studies later this year (09).
Quote: "I wondered why my friends were reading childrens' literature and being slightly backwards, and I was offered the books and I read them and they were like crack. I read the first four, I was up all night, walking around red-eyed all day, driving around with them on the steering wheel was exhausted and desperate for more, so I understand why people are so addicted to them." Actor Jason Isaacs, who plays evil LUCIUS MALFOY in the Harry Potter franchise, quickly fell under the spell of J.K. ROWLING's best-selling series.
Quote: I love the Prius, even if my friends say its ugly... its not the prettiest car on the road, but its good for the environment. Its sensible and boring - like me. Harry Potter actress Emma Watson insists her simple taste in cars matches her personality.
Fact: U.S. Harry Potter fans won't have to wait quite so long for the boy wizard's magical new film - HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE will hit cinemas on 15 July (09), two days earlier than its previous release date.
Quote: "At a premiere for Harry Potter, all these girls were screaming, and this girl asked me to sign something. Halfway through, Daniel Radcliffe came along and the girl snatched the pad away saying, 'I want Daniel!' So I just shuffled off." Heart-throb Robert Pattinson was forced to play second best to Daniel Radcliffe at a red-carpet event.
Quote: "At a premiere for Harry Potter, all these girls were screaming, and this girl asked me to sign something. Halfway through, Daniel Radcliffe came along and the girl snatched the pad away saying, 'I want Daniel!' So I just shuffled off." Heart-throb Robert Pattinson was forced to play second best to Daniel Radcliffe at a red-carpet event.
Fact: The girlfriend of England soccer star THEO WALCOTT has won a part in a forthcoming Harry Potter film. Student MELANIE SLADE will feature alongside Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE, due for release in 2010.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING has seen her handprints immortalised in stone. The tribute has gone on display in Edinburgh, Scotland, the city where she first conjured up the boy wizard.
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING has seen her handprints immortalised in stone. The tribute has gone on display in Edinburgh, Scotland, the city where she first conjured up the boy wizard.
Quote: "I've never had to kiss anyone on screen before so I can't say I have any techniques. I am nervous about it, but apparently it gets quite boring after a couple of takes; that's what DANIEL (RADCLIFFE) said to me anyway." Emma Watson picks up some smooching tips from her Harry Potter co-star.
Quote: "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good." Author Stephen King doesn't think TWILIGHT writer STEPHENIE MEYER is on a par with Harry Potter creator J.K. ROWLING.
Quote: "I find the whole idea of being 'sexy' embarrassing and confusing. What's sexy about saying, 'I'm here with my boobs out and a short skirt - have a look at everything I've got'? My idea of sexy is that less is more." Harry Potter star Emma Watson vows to cover up.
Quote: "I'll go nude. The guy in Equus is attracted to horses and walks around nude. It looks like an intense acting experience." TWILIGHT heart-throb Robert Pattinson hopes to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and get naked on stage.
Quote: "I often get, 'Hi, Dumbledore,' and I say, 'No, that's Michael Gambon. I play the real wizard.' Of course, there's a confusion because Ms. Rowling (Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling) has announced that Dumbledore is gay, so maybe that's the confusion." SIR Ian McKellen can understand why movie fans mistake him for HARRY POTTER's Gambon.
Quote: "I don't think it's very pretty to be really, really, skinny. It's not inspirational at all for me. I'm lucky and I'm this size naturally. I don't diet and I don't aspire to be super skinny. I just don't think it's very pretty." Teenage Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has no aspirations to be stick-thin.
Quote: "When I got the part, people were like, 'Why you?' And I just remember seeing a L'Oreal advert, and coming out with an American accent, 'Because I'm worth it.'" Emma Watson justifies landing her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise.
Fact: Harry Potter creator J.K. ROWLING's latest book has become the fastest selling of the year - after less than a week on sale. The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold 367,625 copies in its first three days on the shelves.
Fact: An original copy of a popular book by Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING purchased for $4 million (GBP2.6 million) at auction in 2007 will be available for public viewing at the New York Public Library until 4 January (08). Rowling initially created only seven copies of THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD for friends, bound in Moroccan leather and embellished with silver and moonstones.
Quote: "He's one of the few I've been really scared by, because he's very intense and he's very tall - and he kind of looks amazing. I found it very intimidating." Daniel Radcliffe admits he felt insecure around fellow British actor and Harry Potter co-star Ralph Fiennes
Fact: A far-reaching new Conde Nast study has determined James Bond has generated almost $14 billion (GBP7.6 billion) from books, movies and video games since his 1953 debut. The figure makes 007 one of the most lucrative fictional characters in history, ahead of both Harry Potter and Batman.
Quote: "She did come back to say hello, so I've been unbearably smug." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was thrilled to see Julia Roberts at the matinee of his new play Equus in New York on Wednesday (24Sep08).
Quote: There's a lot of sweat on me by the end. I'm a physically repellent thing. At least it's good exercise. I don't have to go to the gym." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe finds his role in stage play Equus helps him keep fit.
Quote: "I've read the books but haven't seen the films. He's a snake, right? I didn't watch it because I decided I think it would frighten me if I had to play his wife." Actress Keira Knightley avoided watching her THE DUCHESS co-star Ralph Fiennes' turn as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.
Fact: Harry Potter star Emma Watson has splashed out $1.85 million (GBP1 million) on a ski chalet in Meribel, France. The actress gained access to an $18.5 million (GBP10 million) fortune when she turned 18 in April (08).
Quote: "She's also a big worrier. She worries about her parents' health. She'll worry that she's not doing a good job. She'll worry that we've just bought a house in Los Angeles but haven't got enough time to spend there. She worries about (our daughter) Gracie. She worries about me." Harry Potter actor David Thewlis knows his partner, PUSHING DAISIES star Anna Friel, takes everything to heart.
Fact: Author J.K. ROWLING will release a book featured in the Harry Potter series, THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, to raise money for charity. Rowling originally produced only seven copies of the book, one of which internet company Amazon bid $4 million (GBP2 million) for last year (07). The proceeds from the book - which goes on sale in December (08) - will go to the author's charity, the Children's High Level Group.
Fact: Harry Potter fans are paying almost $2,000 (GBP1,000) to stay in a hotel room in Scotland's The Balmoral where Jk Rowling finished writing HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Room 552, which includes the writing desk she used, has been renamed the JK Rowling Suite.
Fact: A signed set of first edition Harry Potter books fetched $36,000 (GBP17,800) at an auction in Berkshire, England on Tuesday (01Jul08).
Fact: Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has raised $50,000 (GBP25,000) for charity after auctioning off a one-off 800 word prequel to her famous wizard book franchise at a London auction on Monday (10Jun08).
Fact: Harry Potter author J.K. ROWLING is to auction off her 800-word prequel to the hit wizard franchise next month (Jun08) to raise funds for the British Dyslexia organisation.
Fact: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will make his Broadway debut in New York in September (08), starring alongside Richard Griffiths in the PETER SCHAFFER play Equus. The show will open on 25 September at the Broadhurst Theatre. Both actors won critical acclaim after a run in Equus on London's West End last year (07).
Quote: "The Prince said he loved the Potters and said what great films they were and what great fun they were." Harry Potter actress Julie Walters was surprised to learn British royal Prince Charles is a fan of the boy wizard franchise. Walters was presented with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal by the Prince at London's Buckingham Palace on Friday (29Feb08).
Quote: "It has been the worst break-up of my life - far worse than splitting up with any man." J.K. ROWLING misses writing about Harry Potter after publishing the last book in the series.
Fact: Movies including Transformers and Harry Potter AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX helped 2007 become the most successful year yet at the U.S. box-office, with takings of $9.62 billion (GBP4.81 billion).
Fact: Harry Potter fans are being given the chance to win a walk-on part in the next big-screen installment of the boy wizard franchise, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. Internet giant MSN is running the competition online, with entrants answering weekly questions to score the dream prize.
Fact: Actress Helen McCrory, who played former British prime minister's wife Cherie Blair in hit movie THE QUEEN, has landed a role in the sixth installment of the Harry Potter franchise, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE playing evil witch Narcissa Malfoy.
Quote: "Rihanna is massive in England because this English summer just consisted of some of the worst flooding in 20 years... and so her song UMBRELLA became, like, the national anthem." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe reveals why Rihanna is so beloved in England.
Quote: "People who have car collections - I never understood that. I always thought that was unnecessary. It's not beautiful, it's not creative. It's just showing how much money you've got." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has no plans to own a fleet of cars.
Quote: "I remember meeting a boy who said, 'Please, never ever, ever, ever kill HAGRID, DUMBLEDORE or SIRIUS and I knew that I'd already done it; I'd already killed Sirius and I can't pretend that, looking at him, I didn't feel quite awful." Harry Potter creator J.K. ROWLING felt guilty about killing off Sirius Black in HARRY POTTER + THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.
Quote: "I'm dealing with a level of obsession in some of my fans that will not rest until they know the middle names of Harry's great great-grandparents." Author J.K. ROWLING struggles to satisfy Harry Potter superfans' need for knowledge.
Fact: The latest Harry Potter movie, THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, has given Warner Brothers bosses their biggest opening ever, scoring $561 million (GBP280.5 million) worldwide in just 12 days.
Quote: "Most of the things I like cost GBP10 ($20). It's CDs and books for me, not sports cars." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe insists he's not going to blow his GBP20 million ($40 million) fortune since turning 18 on Monday (23Jul07).
Fact: The Braille edition of new Harry Potter book THE DEATHLY HALLOWS weighs in at a hefty 12 pounds (5.4 kilograms).
Fact: A rare first edition of J.K. ROWLING's Harry Potter AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS is expected to fetch an estimated GBP1,500 ($3,000) when the book goes up for auction in Fife, Scotland, on Monday (23Jul07).
Quote: "It'll be sent to me the night it's released, so I won't be queuing up for it. But I'm not getting it earlier than anyone else." Actress Emma Watson insists she'll receive no special treatment when it comes to the release of J.K. ROWLING's latest and last Harry Potter book THE DEATHLY HALLOWS later this month (Jul07).
Fact: Harry Potter + THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX has made $12 million(GBP6 million) at the box office in America since it hit cinemas at midnight on Tuesday (10Jul07).
Quote: "I went to a screening with an audience, and when the shots of the young me came on screen some girls in the crowd went, 'Ooooh, cute!' I slid down in my seat. It was soul destroying." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe hates the flashback footage in his latest film THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.
Quote: "I love to avoid scenes where I ride on a broomstick for obvious reasons. I want to have children in the future. Riding a broomstick can be a little uncomfortable, but they gave me pants with padding in the right places." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on the downside of playing the boy wizard.
Quote: "There are too many stupid girls in the media. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad." Harry Potter star Emma Watson is fed up with reading about the partying exploits of certain Hollywood females.
Quote: "That's great and all, but I really am single. Tell them to come and get a taste of the real deal." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on reports his new waxwork at London's Madame Tussauds has been kissed by hoards of female fans.
Quote: "Somebody asked me today what I would do if I was a leader of a country and it would be flying saucers and unicycles - everybody needs a unicycle in life." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe wants to make radical changes to the world of transportation.
Fact: The latest Harry Potter book from British author Jk Rowling, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is being printed in a small town in Germany by labourers forced to work in total darkness so they can't read the book. Security is so tight that workers at the GGP Print factory in Poessneck are searched upon arrival and departure of the plant and assured they will be fired if so much as a page is smuggled out.
Fact: The Harry Potter franchise has inspired a new set of British stamps. The cover illustrations of J.K. Rowling's seven books about the boy wizard will appear on new first class postal sets from 17July (07).
Fact: Twenty minutes of upcoming sequel Harry Potter AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX will be presented in 3D at select IMAX cinemas.
Fact: Literary sleuth SHERLOCK HOLMES is to be re-invented as an action hero in a new movie, based on the upcoming graphic novel created by one-time Harry Potter creative executive LIONEL WIGRAM.
Quote: "I'd be an estate agent or a probation officer. I know a lot about houses and I like criminals." Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes has an alternative career plan in place if she abandons acting.
Fact: A helpline is being set up to comfort devastated fans when the final Harry Potter book is published in July (07).
Fact: Author J.K. ROWLING has announced the release date for the final literary installment of the Harry Potter series. British fans can get their hands on the hotly-anticipated HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on 21 July (07).
Quote: "To have a six-pack like that at that age, when some people try for 25 years to get one... We were gobsmacked at how suddenly he turned into this swan." Theatre producer DAVID PUGH is amazed with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe's transformation from bespectacled boy wizard to toned hunk for new play Equus, in which he'll bare all on the London stage.
Quote: "Once you have covered it from all the camera angles, you've done about 30 takes. But because it's the kiss, it was sort of made out that I had requested to do well over 30 takes." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe insists the wizard's first on-screen kiss was all work and not much play.
Quote: "If I wasn't nominated in the same category as Harry Potter, and I didn't have a seven-year-old, it might be more exciting, but I know nobody's rooting for me in my house." Kate Beckinsale didn't have big hopes of winning a Best Hero prize - for her leading role in Underworld: Evolution at the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday (03JUN06).
Quote: "I was in an elevator with a stranger who was working up the courage to say something. He goes, 'Harry Potter?' I said, 'Nope.' That was all we said for the rest of the ride." THE LORD OF THE RINGS star Elijah Wood on his strangest encounter in an elevator.
Quote: "It seems a long time ago I was auditioning against a lot of other ginger kids. I feel really lucky to be part of such a cool thing." Red-haired actor Rupert Grint ponders his luck at being chosen to play Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
Fact: <p>British Royal Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 80th birthday by inviting 3,000 children to a themed garden party at Buckingham Palace. The party will honour much-loved children's characters including Harry Potter, Winnie The Pooh and Paddington Bear. </p>
Quote: <p>"The parents recognise me. They go, 'Look, it's LUCIUS MALFOY.' And the kids look at their parents like they're insane because what would Lucius Malfoy be doing shopping in a Providence shopping mall?" Harry Potter villain Jason Isaacs on getting recognised while filming US TV series BROTHERHOOD in Rhode Island. </p>
Fact: <p>Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is set to visit Romania this week (ends27JAN06) to be the guest of honour at a fundraising dinner. The British writer was recently named as a trustee of the Children's High Level Group, which focuses on child health across Europe. </p>
Fact: <p>Harry Potter AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has been confirmed as the best-selling book of 2005 in the US, selling an impressive 7.2 million copies in total - 4.1 million of which were snapped up on its first day on sale. </p>
Fact: <p>The Harry Potter reading phenomenon has halved hospital Accident and Emergency admissions among children, according to British medical experts. The release of new installments of the popular boy wizard books succeeds in keeping kids indoors rather than pursuing more dangerous activities, they explain. </p>
Fact: <p>Tunes from The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, The Constant Gardener, Harry Potter AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, Rumor Has It and Hustle and Flow are among the 45 being considered for Song of The Year at the Oscars. </p>
Quote: <p>"He showed me some pictures he had done... and I guess the little kid in me that likes to dress up and be bad just went, 'Yeah, I want to do it,' because it looked so spooky and weird." Ralph Fiennes explains how director Mike Newell persuaded him to play Harry Potter villain LORD VOLDEMORT. </p>
Quote: <p>"I was flipping through the (TV) channels and I came upon the first Harry Potter. I thought there was something wrong with the sound because our voices were so high... I particularly don't like watching myself when I'm young and squeaky." Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is embarrassed by his first portrayal of the boy wizard. </p>
Quote: <p>"They made me wear nails three inches long. You can't do anything with them on. Can't even pick your nose. Unless it's very carefully." Miranda Richardson found the make-up required for her role in forthcoming sequel Harry Potter AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE to be constricting. </p>
Quote: <p>"I've been wanting to have an action figure for so long. I can't wait to see it." British thespian Ralph Fiennes admits the prospect of becoming an action figure helped him with his decision to play Harry Potter's arch-foe VOLDEMORT in the upcoming HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. </p>
Fact: <p>Following the huge successes of Harry Potter AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and Bridget Jones: THE EDGE OF REASON, British films nearly doubled their takings at the international box office last year (04). In 2003, UK movies fetched $1.2 billion (GBP650 million), compared to $2.3 billion (GBP1.3 billion) in 2004. </p>