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Video: Emma Watson’s Speech for the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Program
Posted by Megs

Back in September, Emma Watson announced the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. Earlier today, she delivered another speech encouraging world and corporate leaders to take action for gender equality during the kickoff of a HeForShe program launch at the World Economic Forum at Davos on January 23rd, 2015.

She says: “The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change. Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action. The pilot initiative provides that framework. Next we need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.

A press release for states:

The HeForShe campaign’s IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative is a one-year pilot effort that aims to engage governments, corporations and universities as instruments of change positioned within some of the communities that most need to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality and that have the greatest capacity to make and influence those changes. Each sector will identify approaches for addressing gender inequality, and pilot test the effectiveness of these interventions for scalability.
“HeForShe exemplifies UN Women’s groundbreaking leadership on gender equality. We know where change is proving hardest. The HeForShe IMPACT Initiative puts responsibility for change right where it matters- and spotlights leaders who can make it happen. The founding Champions from industry and government will pave the way for others to join in, using the pilot initiatives to streamline decision-making on relevant and successful activities,” stated UN Women Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “Ultimately we need everyone to get involved if we are to turn the tide.”

Filed Under: Emma Watson
Harry Potter Stars’ Hand-Drawn Doodles to be Auctioned for Charity
Posted by Megs

Stars from the Harry Potter films have, once again, put pen to paper for this year’s National Doodle Day, benefiting Epilepsy Action, a registered charity in England. Epilepsy Action exists to improve the lives of people living with epilepsy by providing practical support and information in a number of ways – over 1.1 million people used our services last year.

Famous faces from the Harry Potter film series have been busy doodling in the hope their squiggles can raise much-needed cash for charity.

Stars including Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Tony Maudsley (Grawp) and Julian Glover (Aragog) have put pen to paper for this year’s National Doodle Day on Friday 6 February. The celebrities’ scribbles will feature in a ten-day eBay auction, beginning on National Doodle Day, to raise funds for charity Epilepsy Action.

National Doodle Day, which is supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, aims to get as many people doodling as possible. The event raises money to help support the 600,000 people across the UK with epilepsy. Last year’s auction saw doodles by Harry Potter stars fetch almost £1,000 for Epilepsy Action.)

This year, for the first time, members of the public can take part in National Doodle Day online. People can create, upload and share their scribbles on the dedicated website. Doodlers can submit their creations and compete for prizes at nationaldoodleday.org.uk, home of the celebrity doodle gallery. Every doodle uploaded will be entered into a competition, with winners chosen in an online public vote.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action said: “Every year we are overwhelmed with the positive support that we receive from celebrities and members of the public alike. The celebrity doodle auction is always a terrific success, raising thousands of pounds in much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action.”

Information on the National Doodle Day celebrity auction and competition can be found at nationaldoodleday.org.uk. The eBay auction will run from Friday 6 February to Sunday 15 February 2015. The closing date for entries into the National Doodle Day competition is Friday 20 March. Voting closes on Friday 3 April.

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.2 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

National Doodle Day is Friday 6 Feb, and the eBay auction of doodles will run for ten days.

Filed Under: Bill Nighy
Watch Tom Felton’s ‘Against the Sun’ On Demand Starting Today
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton’s newest film, Against the Sun, has decided to forgo the traditional theaters only release and has gone directly to us, the viewers! Beginning today January 23rd, you can purchase the film on various online viewing platforms as well as select theaters.

In one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. No food. No water. No hope of rescue. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation – and each other – as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety.

Watch the film at any of these locations:

Filed Under: Tom Felton
(Possible) Schedule for A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015
Posted by Megs

Behind the Thrills has posted what is believed to be the schedule for Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter. It has not been officially released by Universal, so this could be an early draft of a schedule, but the real lineup will most likely be very similar.


  • A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9 am – 5 pm
  • Movie in the Park (Music Plaza) 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • A Celebration of Harry Potter Opening Night Event (Music Plaza) 5:30pm – 6pm


  • A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9am – 5pm
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion (Music Plaza) 10am – 11am
  • Kids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza) 11:15am – 11:30am
  • Kids’ Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza) 11:30am – 12pm
  • House Photo Meet-Up — Hufflepuff (Music Plaza) 12:30pm – 12:45pm
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima (Music Plaza) 2:30pm – 3:15pm
  • Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi (Music Plaza) 4pm – 4:45pm
  • House Photo Meet-Up — Ravenclaw (Music Plaza) 4:45pm – 5pm
  • Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza) 5:15pm – 6pm


  • A Celebration of Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9am – 5pm
  • Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza)10am – 10:45am
  • Kids’ Dueling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza) 11:30am – 12pm
  • House Photo Meet-Up — Slytherin (Music Plaza) 12:30pm – 12:45pm
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons & Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza) 2:30pm – 3pm
  • Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Music Plaza) 3:304m – 4:15pm
  • House Photo Meet-Up — Gryffindor (Music Plaza) 4:15pm – 4:30pm
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion (Music Plaza) 5:00pm – 5:45pm

We will be in attendance at the event and will keep you updated!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park
Event – MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum; Benefitting J.K. Rowling’s Lumos
Posted by Megs

Taking place on 18th April 2015 at the ExCel London, MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum is a unique fan event being hosted by MuggleNet. With confirmed guest including Warwick Davis, Harry Melling and Chris Rankin, the event will include talent panels from the film series’ cast, signing events and an interactive expo involving leading members of the Potter community. The event will be supporting Lumos, the charity established by J.K. Rowling, in various fundraising activities throughout the day.

MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum will be the first event of its kind for the website, bringing fans together to celebrate the Potter series past, present, and future. To be hosted in the Excel Centre Platinum Suites, the event will host guest panels, signings, photo booths, and exciting exhibitions featuring cast and crew. As well as discussing the series, the event will be an opportunity for fans to discover more about the current projects that the talented cast and crew are working on. Special guests currently include Potter actors Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Doctor Who, Willow), Jessie Cave (Pride, Glue), Anna Schafer (Hollyoaks, Glue) and Chris Rankin (Atlantis). More guests and programming details will be announced in the upcoming months.

Commenting on the event, Emerson Spartz, CEO of Spartz Inc. and founder of MuggleNet.com, said: “The MuggleNet Live! convention is situated at the perfect time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with Harry Potter cast and crew members, and the entire Wizarding World fandom and its wider community.”

This is far from all the exciting features of the convention. More guests and activities will be announced in the coming weeks so be sure to keep up with the Expo on Facebook, Twitter and their website! This Sunday at 7pm GMT the staff will be hosting a Google Hangouts session to answer any questions fans have about the event.

Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased here: http://live.mugglenet.com/tickets

Filed Under: Chris Rankin, Harry Melling, Jessie Cave, JK Rowling, Warwick Davis
Trailer for Evanna Lynch’s ‘Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale’ + IndieGoGo Donations Needed
Posted by Megs

The teaser trailer for Evanna Lynch’s Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale has been released. In order to complete post production, the creators need to raise $50,000 to cover costs and have set up an IndieGoGo page for donations.  Your contributions will help with the editing process, hiring of a sound editor, develop the soundtrack and securing music, original score, visual effects, title sequence creation, a dialogue script, festival submissions, a publicist, and more! A synopsis of the film is as follows:

Based on a true story, Max Bornstein had the wit, looks, and charm that would carry him beyond the typical man’s troubles. Yet, the typical man’s troubles were the least of Max’s worries: He was a full-time dope fiend and a part-time father working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry.

Even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s truest worry was his wife and two young children: A family kept in the dark about Max’s reality and the walls of it caving in around him.

Trailer not suitable for younger viewers.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch

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