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Monday, September 1, 2008

"Order of the Phoenix" Nominated for People's Choice at European Film Awards

The “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” film has been included on a list of nominees for the People’s Choice Award at the 21st Annual European Film Awards. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the fifth Potter film faces such films as “Welcome to the Sticks,” “Arn,” “Rabbit Without Ears”, “The Orphanage,” “[REC],” and “Atonement” in this category. Voting will open up for this award on Monday, September 1st via this link. The 2008 European Film Awards will be held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 6th. Congratulations to all at OotP!

"Half Blood Prince" most anticipated movie of 2009

Movie and entertainment site Fandangoopens in new window, the nations leading provider of movie tickets, conducted a surveyopens in new window of 3,000 respondents this month and a whopping 43% picked the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie as the most anticipated movie of 2009.

Rounding out the top 5 was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (16%), Night at the Museum 2 (7%), Watchmen (7%) and Star Trek (6%).

Meanwhile, Twilight has taken Half-Blood Prince's spot as the most anticipated film this fall.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

India's "Hari Puttar" caught in Harry Potter spell

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) - Hollywood's Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Harry Potter movies, is suing an Indian production company whose new film is called "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors," the studio said on Wednesday.

The studio had started proceedings against the makers of "Hari Puttar" over similarities to the international film and literary phenomenon, said Warner Bros. spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln.

"We confirm that we have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled 'Hari Puttar'," Lincoln told Reuters in an e-mail.

"Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights," she said.

The producers of "Hari Puttar" said they had registered the title more than two years ago and the film bore no resemblance to the "Harry Potter" franchise.

"All I can say is that the title is not at all similar to Harry Potter and nor is our story line," said Munish Purii, chief operating officer of the film's producers, Mirchi Movies.

Purii said the Delhi High Court began hearing the case on Monday.

"Hari Puttar", slated to open in cinemas on September 12, is the story of a young boy fighting two criminals who are trying to steal a secret formula devised by the boy's scientist father.

In October last year, an Indian court allowed a community group in the eastern state of West Bengal to create a replica of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, rejecting a petition from author J.K. Rowling for copyright breach.

The British creator of the boy wizard Harry Potter and Warner Bros., which controls the rights to the series in India, had sought 2 million rupees ($50,000) in compensation from the group, which had erected the structure for a Hindu festival.

Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

Spells - M/N

Meteolojinx Recanto

Pronunciation: mee-tee-OH-loh-jincks reh-CAN-toh.

Description: Causes weather effects caused by incantations to cease.
Seen/Mentioned: Suggested in Deathly Hallows by Arthur Weasley to Ron (disguised by the Polyjuice Potion as Reginald 'Reg' Cattermole from Magical Maintenance) as the best way to clear up the incessant rain in Yaxley's office at the Ministry.
Suggested Etymology: Greek meteôrologia meaning "meteorology"[15], English jinx meaning "to bring bad luck to"[23], and Latin recanto meaning "to charm away".


Pronunciation: MO-bil-ee-AR-bus (IPA: [məʊ.ˌbɪl.i.'aɹ.bɪs])

Description: Lifts an object a few inches off the ground and levitates it to where the caster points their wand.
Seen/Mentioned: In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione uses the spell to move a Christmas Tree in The Three Broomsticks beside her table to hide Harry, who was in Hogsmeade illegally.
Suggested Etymology: Latin mobilito meaning "to set in motion" and Latin arbor/arbos meaning "a tree".


Pronunciation: MO-bil-ee-COR-pus (IPA: /mo.ˌbɪl.i.ˈko˞.pɪs/)

Description: Lifts a body a few inches off the ground and levitates it where the caster points their wand[20]
Seen/Mentioned: Sirius uses it on Snape in Prisoner of Azkaban.
Suggested Etymology: Latin mobilito meaning "to set in motion" and Latin corpus meaning "a body".

Morsmordre (Dark Mark)

Pronunciation: morz-MOR-druh or morz-MOHR-dray (IPA: /mo˞z.ˈmo˞.dɹʌ/ or /mo˞z.ˈmo˞.dɹe/)

Description: Conjures the Dark Mark, Voldemort's mark. It is conjured when the Death Eaters had killed someone in a place.
Seen/Mentioned: Used by Barty Crouch Jr in Goblet of Fire. Also seen in Half-Blood Prince over the castle to lure Dumbledore to his death. Voldemort apparently invented it. According to Mr Weasley, very few wizards know how to cast this spell.
Suggested Etymology: Latin mors meaning "death", and French mordre (from Latin mordere) meaning "to bite."


Pronunciation: muf-lee-AH-to (IPA: [mə.fli.'a.təʊ])

Description: Fills peoples' ears with an unidentifiable buzzing to keep them from hearing nearby conversations.[27] Created by Snape
Seen/Mentioned: It is used in Half-Blood Prince by Harry and Ron on various teachers and people such as Madam Pomfrey. Hermione also uses it in Deathly Hallows in protection of the campsite where she and Harry stayed in hiding.
Suggested Etymology: English muffle meaning "to make a sound less distinct by covering its source".


Pronunciation: Noks (IPA: ['naks])

Description: Ceases the Lumos spell on one's own wand.
Seen/Mentioned: In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione used this spell to turn off their wand-lights in the Shrieking Shack. Also used in Deathly Hallows when Harry was in the passage beneath the Whomping Willow which leads to the Shrieking Shack.
Suggested Etymology: Latin nox meaning "night".

Spells - L


Pronunciation: LAN-glock (IPA: ['leɪŋ.lɔk])

Description: Glues the subject's tongue to the roof of their mouth. Created by Snape.
Seen/Mentioned: Used by Harry in Half-Blood Prince on Peeves and on Argus Filch, to general applause.
Suggested Etymology: Latin lingua meaning "a tongue" or "a language"[13] and English lock meaning "to fasten".


Pronunciation: Le-JILL-ih-mens (IPA: [lɛ.'dʒɪl.ɪ.ˌmɛnz])

Description: Allows the caster to delve into the mind of the victim, allowing the caster to see the memories, thoughts, and emotions of the victim.
Seen/Mentioned: Used by Snape on Harry during Occlumency lessons in Order of the Phoenix. Also used non-verbally by Snape on Harry in Half-Blood Prince to allow him to see where Harry had learned the Sectumsempra spell.
Suggested Etymology: Latin legere meaning "to read" and Latin mens meaning "mind".[13]
Notes: See also Legilimency for more information.


Pronunciation: levi-COR-pus (nonverbal) (IPA: [lɛvɪ.'kɔɹ.pɪs])

Description: The victim is dangled upside-down by one of their ankles, sometimes accompanied by a flash of white light.[27] Created by Snape
Seen/Mentioned: It was originally shown to be a nonverbal-only spell, but by one of the mistakes in the Deathly Hallows, the text shows that Hermione whispers it to lift Harry so he can steal the Cup of Helga Hufflepuff. Harry learns it by reading the notes written by the Half-Blood Prince. He inadvertently uses it on Ron in Half-Blood Prince. In addition, in Order of Phoenix, Harry sees (through the Pensieve) his father, James Potter, use the spell against Snape. The counter curse is Liberacorpus.
Suggested Etymology: Latin levis meaning "light" and Latin corpus meaning "body".


Pronunciation: lib-er-ah-COR-pus (nonverbal) (IPA: [lɪˌb.ɛ.ɹæ.'kɔɹ.pɪs])
Description: The counter spell to Levicorpus. Created by Snape.
Seen/Mentioned: Harry uses the spell in Half-Blood Prince to counteract the Levicorpus spell he inadvertently casts on Ron. He also casts it on himself in Deathly Hallows after managing to retrieve the Horcrux from the shelf in the Lestranges vault.
Suggested Etymology: Latin liberare meaning "to free", and Latin corpus meaning "body"


Pronunciation: loh-koh-MOH-tor (IPA: /ˌlo.ko.ˈmo.tɚ̩/)

Description: The spell is always used with the name of a target, at which the wand is pointed (e.g. "Locomotor Trunk!"). The spell causes the named object to rise in the air and move around at the will of the caster.
Seen/Mentioned: Used by Tonks in Order of the Phoenix to move Harry's trunk from his room. Flitwick similarly uses it to move Sybill Trelawney's trunk after Umbridge sacks her. Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown use this spell to race their pencil cases around the edges of the table. A variation seen in Deathly Hallows is Piertotum Locomotor, which animated the suits of armour in Hogwarts.
Suggested Etymology: Latin loco meaning "to place" and Latin moto meaning "to move about".

Locomotor Mortis (Leg-Locker Curse)

Pronunciation: loh-koh-MOH-tor MOR-tis (IPA: /ˌlo.ko.ˈmo.tɚ̩ ˈmo˞.tɪs/

Description: Locks the legs together, preventing the victim from moving the legs in any fashion.
Seen/Mentioned: Used by Draco on Neville Longbottom in Philosopher's Stone. Also mentioned further on in the book as Ron and Hermione prepare to use it on Snape during a Quidditch match. Used by Harry on Draco, who deflects it, in Half-Blood Prince.
Suggested Etymology: Latin loco meaning "to place", Latin moto meaning "to move about", and Latin mors/mortis meaning "death".


Pronunciation: LOO-mos (IPA: ['lu.məʊs])

Description: Creates a narrow beam of light that shines from the wand's tip, like a torch. [20]
Seen/Mentioned: First seen in Chamber of Secrets and then constantly throughout the series.
Suggested Etymology: Latin lumen meaning "light".[13]
Notes: The counter spell, Nox, extinguishes the light. The caster of this spell can cast other spells while this spell is in effect.

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