Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows FIGURES

Brand new renditions of some great characters have arrived from the NECA Harry Potter figure collection!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter, Professor (Headmaster?) Severus Snape and Fenrir Greyback are the three Potterverse men who have made the cut to appear as the first figure wave from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), though we are definitely hoping to see some more joining them soon! Each one features all the brilliant sculpting you’ve come to expect from the NECA brand and brings a little bit of magic to any fan’s toy shelf.

Harry Potter Lego Sets!

The world of Harry Potter grows ever larger, even as the movies come to a close with the two films telling the book series’ final story: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Whether you’re planning on heading out to see it or you’ve already enjoyed a preview screening–or the midnight premiere for the truly devoted fans–you might enjoy the chance to add even more to your growing Harry Potter collection!

Available now in our LEGO section are SIX new playsets that make it possible for you to create your own magic with Lego versions of the characters and settings.


DOBBY’S RELEASE


QUIDDITCH LESSON


HAGRID’S HUT


THE BURROW


HOGWARTS EXPRESS


HOGWARTS CASTLE

And if you just can’t get enough of the Lego-fied Potter and friends, you might want to snag the awesome Lego Harry Potter games for the Big 3 consoles and the Nintendo DS.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for XBox

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for WII

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for PS3

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for DS

THIS WEEKEND: QUIDDITCH COMES TO NEW YORK CITY!

Harry Potter fan? Then get thee to New York City and take part in this weekend’s epic QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP. Hosted by the International Quidditch Association, it’s going to be big. Very big.

On November 13 and 14, 2010, 46 official Quidditch teams from around the world – a total of 757 athletes – will descend on New York City for the Fourth Annual Quidditch World Cup. The teams are from 42 colleges and universities, three high schools, and one local community team, all from the USA and Canada. The tournament is free and open to the public. There will be live entertainment in the form of local New York City drummers, dancers, fire-breathers, a capella choirs, and live owls from New York sanctuary groups. The event is very family-friendly, and the park has a dog-run and playground in addition to the astroturf fields where competition will be taking place.

Saturday, November 13th
9am: Opening processional to Dewitt Clinton Park
Games run from 10am – 8:30pm
8:30pm: Harry and the Potters concert

Sunday, November 14th
Games start at 9 AM.
Championship Game at 4:30 PM.

JK ROWLING Gives Back

J.K. Rowling has already done great things for the literary world by creating books that got young people (and not-so-young people!) reading in the millions and, of course, for film audiences everywhere with the adaptation of her epic fantasy tale. Now, though, she has given even more, helping out with a number of charities and showing the difference that generosity can make.

The Guardian reports…

The author JK Rowling has donated £10m to set up a clinic to research treatments for multiple sclerosis, the degenerative disease that killed her mother at the age of 45, it was announced today.

The Anna Rowling regenerative neurology clinic, which will be based at the University of Edinburgh , will carry out research into a range of degenerative neurological conditions and diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntingdon’s and motor neurone disease.

The Harry Potter author has championed research into multiple sclerosis. In 2006, it emerged that she had given a “major” but undisclosed gift to Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland towards setting up the university’s centre for multiple sclerosis research.

She had served as the patron of the society, but resigned last year after an internal battle over the charity’s reorganisation.

The university said the £10m was the largest direct donation Rowling had made to a charitable cause, and the biggest single gift the university had ever received.

“I have supported research into the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis for many years now – but when I first saw the proposal for this clinic, I knew that I had found a project more exciting, more innovative, and, I believe, more likely to succeed in unravelling the mysteries of MS than any other I had read about or been asked to fund,” the author said.

“I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her MS.

“I know that she would rather have had her name on this clinic than on any statue, flower garden or commemorative plaque, so this donation is on her behalf, too, and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far too short life.”

Unlike laboratory-based research centres, the new clinic will work with MS sufferers and help develop test new treatments that could eventually slow, stop and eventually reverse degenerative diseases.

It will be based in a purpose-built unit within the BioQuarter medical research campus, in south-east Edinburgh.

Staff will work closely with other university and NHS research units specialising in regenerative and neurological diseases.

Rowling’s £10m gift is being included in the university’s campaign to raise £350m towards research, increasing scholarships and bursaries and conserving its historic buildings.

Prof Sir Timothy O’Shea, the university’s principal, said: “This exceptionally generous donation will provide great help in the worldwide effort to improve treatments for multiple sclerosis.

“Work at the clinic will build on the already existing important research strengths in neuro-degenerative disorders at the university, which benefit very considerably from our close partnership with NHS Lothian.”

Rowling, whose personal wealth was estimated at £519m earlier this year thanks to the bestselling Harry Potter novels and films, has a long track record of charitable donations. She has also given £1m to the Labour party.

She had previously set up another trust – the Volant Trust, commemorating her mother’s maiden name – which has an annual budget of £5.1m to support women and young people at risk of social exclusion.

Emma Watson in Teen Vogue Photo Gallery

I watch Harry Potter movies for one thing….Emma Watson.

Yep, she’s over 18 (no more jailbait), in case you were wondering. On top of that, she’s coming to America starting next year as an incoming freshman at Brown University. Oh to be a freshman at Brown University.

Pics are from this month’s Teen Vogue:

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Harry Potter nets $58.4 Million!

There’s good news and bad news for Harry Potter. The bad is that Transformers 2 seems to have won out in terms of early ticket sales, but the good is that it’s already made $58.4 million before its first weekend and it’s got 3 more days to catch up.

From the L.A. Times…

More muggles may have turned out at midnight, but in the end there were more “Transformers” gearheads. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” sold $58.38 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada on its opening day Wednesday, according to Warner Bros. That number blows away the previous biggest opening day in the series based on the books about a young British wizard, $44.2 million for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in July 2007.

According to several executives who closely follow box office, it also sets up the new film for a huge domestic five-day opening of a little less than $200 million by Sunday. It probably will earn about that much or more from international territories, for which opening-day grosses aren’t available yet. As a result, “Half-Blood Prince,” which cost $250 million to produce and $155 million to market and distribute worldwide, probably will be yet another profitable series entry for Warner. Opening day for the sixth “Potter” film wasn’t quite big enough to be the biggest Wednesday of all time, however. That record still resides with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which opened to $62 million on June 24.

It initially appeared that “Harry” could take the crown when it earned a record-breaking $22 million from midnight shows Wednesday and was outpacing “Transformers” during matinees. However, evening shows weren’t quite as packed as those earlier in the day. Apparently after the rabid “Harry Potter” fans came to the first batch of shows late at night and families attended matinees, the more general audience that would have come for opening-day evening shows wasn’t quite as big for “Half-Blood Prince” as for “Transformers.” As a result, it’s now unlikely, although still possible, that “Half-Blood Prince” will best the $200.1 million that “Transformers” earned in its first five days, or the record $203.8 million earned by “The Dark Knight” in its first five days.

Update (12:20 PM): “Harry” launched in 48 foreign countries on Wednesday and exceeded the opening of its predescessor by an even bigger margin than it did domestically. “Half-Blood Prince” sold $48.9 million worth of tickets overseas yesterday, 43% more than “Order of the Phoenix” last year in the same countries. The opening was particularly huge in Holland and Brazil, where “Potter” scored the biggest opening day of all time, as well as the U.K. and Australia, where it was the third biggest ever. The picture started in every major foreign country moviegoing territory Wednesday except for Argentina, Mexico and Russia, where it debuts today. Comparing overall international openings between films is difficult, as they often start in different countries at different times. But according to Warner Bros, the worldwide opening day gross for “Half-Blood Prince” of $104 million is the biggest ever, not accounting for ticket price inflation.

And from the toy world of Harry Potter, the Half-Blood Prince figures are here, with Draco, Ginny, Harry and Mad-Eye Moody joining the collection. You can check ’em out by clicking the pic below!

New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Figures from NECA!

The original Harry Potter figures were definitely sub-par. Made by Mattel, they were about 5-6 inches tall, strangely proportioned, featured low detail and poor resemblances (my Snape figure looked like an old lady) and were, overall, very disappointing for action figure collectors looking for toys reflecting the impressive costumes and brilliant design of the characters. Fortunately, a couple years later, NECA picked up the license and started making figures that could live up to the epic scale of both the books and the films. The Harry Potter action figures from NECA stood taller, featured brilliant likenesses (Jason Isaacs’ Lucius Malfoy being a personal favouite) and could please fans and hard-core collectors alike.

And now, new figures have arrived on our shelves from the upcoming film. Joining the likes of Dumbledore and Voldemort, Severus Snape and Sirius Black, we’ve got new figures of Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Mad-Eye Moody and Draco Malfoy. Take a look below!

The detail has to be seen in person to really be appreciated, but you can probably tell already that they more than live up to what’s come out of the NECA HP studios thus far. Their only real flaw–and this is very common for MOST Neca figures–is the lack of articulation. NECA definitely takes aesthetics over practical usage and doesn’t seem to figure that people might actually want to pose their toys. But when they look this good, it’s easy to forgive.  So check ’em out and be sure to catch the movie when it opens July 15th!