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I’m sooo late for this. I found this filed last April 6, 2009 in the GryffindorGazette.

It was rumored that Jamie Campbell Bower, Twilight’s Caius, would potentially play Gellert Grindelwald???

Aro, Marcus and Caius

Aro, Marcus and Caius

As we all know Grindelwald was one of most dangerous wizards of all time before Voldemort’s Era.

I wish they have more updates on this. hehehe.
Do they already have an actor for the young Dumbledore as well?

News Source: GryffindorGazette


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Although this have been confirmed months ago, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be split in two. The first part on 2010 and the second part on 2011. And that’s a long time to wait. Nevertheless, I’ts still exciting to wait.

But I was just wondering, at what chapter would they exactly split it? Hmmmmmm…..

The trio, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, are now filming the first half of the last movie. They’ve been spotted in the streets of London filming the escape scene after the wedding. I love Emma’s dress for this, scarlet, very grff!

They’re also spotted in Scotland for scenes at the Shell Cottage.
There are also additional cast for the last Harry Potter Movie. Like Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley and Rhys Ifans who’s rumored to play Xenophilius Lovegood.

For more info on this you could check out the following sites:

You could check out other Harry Potter fansites for news and updates.

Photo source: www.gryffindorgazette.com

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It had been months since the great book blockade bombarded book distributors and importers, especially the book readers.
I wasn’t brave enough to blog about this. Being a bookworm myself, I was shocked with the news of DoF and Customs.

I wouldn’t dwell on the Florence Agreement that the Philippine Government signed way back August 7, 1979 and how it is now possibly being violated by the Department of Finance.
I wouldn’t put any negativity on the huge demand and importation of “twilight” that caught the attention of the Bureau of Customs.

In fact, wouldn’t one be glad to know that book importation has a high demand?
Wouldn’t it mean that the country’s getting into reading alot?
In a country where illiteracy rate is high, wouldn’t it be of concern to encourage the people to read more and educate themselves.
Wouldn’t it be of concern to put more attention to education?
Rather than implementing tax on materials that would encourage people to read more.

In a place like the Philippines, where illiteracy is high, taxes on books shouldn’t be considered. I’m not only pertaining to the “non-educational” books that they’re saying but to “educational” books as well.
This is because both categories would have taxes, 5% and 1% respectively.
Yes, Elementary and Secondary schools use textbooks that are, usually, locally published. But Colleges and Universities doesn’t use them, more or less, college students use reference books that costs thousands.
These reference books are mostly internationally published and “imported”, especially the science and technology courses.

Anyone could reason out that there’s the internet, always available for research and reference. Sure it is!
But how about for those who couldn’t afford that? Those who only rely on books in their school library?

Here’s an excerpt from Undersecretary Sales’ statement:

Customs Undersecretary Espele Sales explained the government’s position to a group of frustrated booksellers and importers in an Orwellian PowerPoint presentation, at which she reinterpreted the Florence Agreement as well as Philippine law RA 8047, providing for “the tax and duty-free importation of books or raw materials to be used in book publishing.” For lack of a comma after the word “books,” the undersecretary argued that only books “used in book publishing” (her underlining) were tax-exempt.

“What kind of book is that?” one publisher asked me afterward. “A book used in book publishing.” And she laughed ruefully.

I thought about it. Maybe I should start writing a few. Harry the Cultural and Educational Potter and His Fondness for Baskerville Type.

Likewise, with the Florence Agreement, she argued that only educational books could be considered protected by the U.N. treaty. Customs would henceforth be the arbiter of what was and wasn’t educational.

“For 50 years, everyone has misinterpreted the treaty and now you alone have interpreted it correctly?” she was asked.

“Yes,” she told the stunned booksellers.

“A book used in book publishing.”
This statement just shattered me. This means that every word written, printed and published would be included. And not just the “non-educational” books, as well as the “educational” books. Even though it’s a mere 1% tax, the point is that they are still taxing the books.

They seem so proud of the Department Order that they’ve released.
But they haven’t realized what they’ve done.
They’re taking away a very valuable thing from the citizens. Haven’t they realized that by simply implementing this book blockade, they’re increasing the illiteracy rate in this country? They are taking away the opportunity to know how to read and learn.
It’s just like taking away a story book from a child and say “don’t read.”

They are literate people, they’ve even managed to interpret the treaty and say that it’s been misunderstood because of the lack of comma, and bravo for that.

But I’m wondering why this? Why the storage of knowledge?

Do they have any answer when somebody asks…
“Have you done something to help others to learn how to read?”

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Is this true?

According to Yahoo News, if the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince would be successful this summer it could land the number one spot of the most successful movie franchise surpassing James Bond.


Remember that the last movie installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, earned a whooping $900,000,000++++ worldwide. And it made the movie jump at its number two place. Leaping over Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

Another Wow!

I do hope that the next movie would do better and claim that number one spot. I can’t wait for July! Better re-read the book to refresh in time for the movie.

For sneak peek of the movie, Warner Bros. released the final trailer that is 2:27 min. long.


Source: Yahoo News!

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I’ve joined this Twilight Trivia contest last week. The mechanics said there would be a weely draw for the online contest. It’s been a week now and a new set of questions were given. But when I accessed the Winers Page, it was totally blank. What duh?!

I wish fully booked would draw out the first week’s winners. Hihihi I’m hoping to win am I? The weekly winners would get a copy of the complete illustrated movie companion and the december winner would get the Twilight Collectors Edition. Yipee!

For more info visit fullybooked at http://www.fullybookedonline.com/twilightraffle/index.asp


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