Are you absolutely crazy about Harry
Potter, and would like to have something magical to ravel in during
those long waits for the books or movies to be released?
Well, a large Harry Potter online community has already been established
on the web, and it consist sites featuring Harry Potter news, fan fiction,
fan art, and even information databases on everything Harry Potter.
Here's UrbanWire's Top-15 list of Harry Potter sites you must view!
Rowling's Official Website
Having only just opened its doors in May 2004, Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling's
official website is just as interesting and surprising as her works.
Completely made using flash, the site is a representation of J.K.Rowling's
desk - messy, with secrets hidden everywhere. Some of these secrets include "Easter eggs" - secret content found by clicking everything
on the site and working out the clues. Quite worth your while. J.K.Rowling
also periodically awards fan-sites, dispels rumours, and relates her experiences,
which are very entertaining, on the site.
The Leaky Cauldron (TLC) is one of the best fan-run Harry Potter
news sites on the net. It features all sorts of HP news faster than any other
Run by an interesting group of fans (including a newspaper journalist, a web-developer,
an attorney, a geographer, and a researcher) mostly based in the U.S., The
Leaky Cauldron is updated daily with HP news sent in by fans from all corners
of the globe.
TLC is also renowned for their exclusive interviews with HP cast and
crew members, as well as their efforts to bring HP fans everywhere together
for charity drives and national meet-ups, among other things.
The Leaky Cauldron has been mentioned in many newspapers, and is also
a popular fan link in online articles.
MuggleNet is perhaps one of the few sites that have ever beaten The
Leaky Cauldron to a news scoop.
Besides having an on-the-ball crew of young webmasters from all over the world,
MuggleNet is also an all-round fan-site which has many sections ranging
from editorials, interesting information about the books and movies, games,
downloadable wallpapers and icons, to funny parodies and spoofs.
Bros. Official Harry Potter Website
Ever heard the saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?" Well that's
what Warner Brothers did when they discovered that there were too many
HP fan-sites for them to sue over copyrights.
Warner Brothers dropped all the suits it had filed against fan-sites
(mostly run by children and teenagers), and set up its own official Harry
Potter site. The website has beautiful flash animation, which just seems
to get better with the release of each new HP film.
Although not updated often enough, the games, virtual walk-throughs and downloads
are pretty good. It's definitely worth a visit.
DarkMark.com is another top all-rounder fan-site, with good news scoops
and well-stocked sections about the books and movies, as well as fan art, fan
fiction, and forums.
DarkMark.com also has arguably the largest Harry Potter-related
image gallery on the internet, boasting 3475 images in 106 categories!
It's definitely worth your time even if it's only for the galleries alone.
Harry Potter Lexicon
The Harry Potter Lexicon is a complete (and we mean complete!) encyclopaedia
of everything from the Harry Potter books. If you've forgotten a fact
and want to look it up quick, Lexicon is the way to go. It even has its
very own search engine. Everything from the books, down to the smallest detail,
is documented on this site, making it a true treasure.
Not only is DanRadcliffe.Com the best site featuring Harry Potter
star Daniel Radcliffe, it is also a remarkably good Harry Potter
Though obviously with a specific slant towards Daniel Radcliffe, this
site is renowned for having the best HP-related magazine scans and some exclusive
video clips, as well as face-to-face meet-ups with Dan (their latest project
was making a cookbook for Dan - all the recipes were sent in by fans).
Newsround Harry Potter Section
CBBC Newsround, a children's news program in the U.K., runs a full section
on Harry Potter, and as CBBC is in constant contact with Warner
Bros., they normally receive casting information before any other media
One of CBBC Newsround's presenters, Lizo,
is a huge Harry Potter fan, and he has a knack for getting exclusive
interviews with J.K.Rowling and the Harry Potter stars, which
are uploaded on their website after broadcast in the U.K. - Harry Potter
fans across the globe don't lose out!
Potter World Online is a fabulous fan-site run by French webmaster Winky,
who often produces really good magazine scans, and painstakingly translates
interview transcripts into English for English HP fan-sites.
FictionAlley.Org is one of the leading Harry Potter Fan Fiction
websites on the internet, with a huge range of sections and categories. And
like The Leaky Cauldron,
it has been featured in newspaper publications around the world.
HPANA is very good fan-site and is famous for its automatically-updated
Harry Potter news-gathering engine, which can detect news updates from
some sources in as little as 5 minutes after publication.
In addition, HPANA has also been known to get scoops and exclusive footage.
Harry Potter Section
The Official Scholastic Harry Potter website is a beautiful flash site
that has been running since 2000. Special features on this site include the
long-running and ever improving Wizard
Challenge, a flash quiz game consisting of millions of HP trivia
questions sent in by fans, and the scholastic flash
screensaver, a masterpiece which is updated with the release of each
book and movie.
RupertGrint.Net is the best fan-site on the internet for information
about Harry Potter star Rupert Grint. In addition, it has a fantastic
image gallery second only to Dark Mark's.
This Thai Harry Potter fan-site recently expanded to include English-speaking
fans, and it's a good thing they did. Muggle Thai looks to be the next "it" website, springing out of nowhere to bring us fantastic hi-resolution
never-before-seen movie stills and exclusive video clips!
This flash cartoon site consists of two absolute madcap Harry Potter
cartoons that have gained popularity over the last year.
Extremely funny, and an absolute must see!
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