HP actor Richard Griffins dies at age 65

Richard Griffins, the famous and respected
british actor, who quickly gained favor with
movie audiences worldwide for his role in the
Harry Potter films as Harry's Uncle Vernon,
a constantly prejudiced and ill-tempered figure
with a distaste for Harry's magical potential,
out of a sense of fear which boarders paranoia.

Griffins passed away this past Thursday
as a result of complications from heart surgery.

Daniel Radcliffe released a reactionary statement following the news:

"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career,
In August 2000, before official production had even begun on 'Potter,'
we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys' [house], which was my first ever shot as Harry.
I was nervous and he made me feel at ease.
Seven years later, we embarked on 'Equus' together. It was my first time doing a play,
but … his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy."

I think I can speak for the Harry Potter fandom when I say that Richard Griffins
will be missed, and his role in the Harry Potter films, as well as the numerous other films
and stage productions he's been a part of, will not be soon forgotten.

Our sympathies reach out to the Griffins family in their time of grieving and loss.

PotterMore coming to PlayStation 3!

Just earlier today, PotterMore announced that,
in partnership with Sony, they have developed
a new, state-of-the art social version of PotterMore
for the PlayStation 3, using the full modern
visual graphics and social media capabilities
that the PlayStation 3 has to offer.

The PlayStation 3's social media/gaming software
"PlayStation Home" will act as the main home
for the PlayStation 3 version of PotterMore.

"PotterMore at PlayStation Home" will still stand unique,
and will be heavily connected with the original computer version,
even letting PlayStation 3 users connect their "PotterMore at PlayStation Home"
 accounts to their computer "PotterMore" account.

Here's the official description for "PotterMore at PlayStation Home":

"Our latest development from Pottermore enables you, as a PlayStation 3 user,
to actually step inside Diagon Alley™ and board the Hogwarts™ Express as your own
customisable avatar.

Once inside these 3D environments, you can also enjoy four new mini-games:
experience the mayhem of Book Herding, test your knowledge with a Pottermore quiz,
share and collect Pottermore Trading Cards, and take part in an illicit Wizard’s Duel.

If you have a Playstation Home account you’ll be able to actually step inside Diagon Alley
and board the Hogwarts Express as an Avatar, and once inside these 3D environments,
experience the mayhem of book herding, test your knowledge with a Pottermore quiz,
share and collect Trading Cards, and take part in an illicit Wizard’s Duel.

There’s the choice to customise your avatar with a selection of outfits
ranging from uniforms to house robes or more causal wizard attire.
And there’s a selection of 14 owls, cats or toads from which to purchase a companion.

Pottermore at PlayStation Home arrives in April

Opinion: Although I was one of the few who were not overly-impressed with
the computer version of PotterMore, I must admit this PlayStation adaption
is amazing, and I will certainly be among the first to give it a try.