Birthday Countdown: 2004


Did you know…

When Rupert first learnt about the site, his reaction to the name Ice Cream Man was “I love that name!”

A look back…

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On July 17, 2004, Ice Cream Man was founded by webmiss Tao. The ambition was to create a place where Rupert Grint fans all over the world could find the latest news and share their love for the young talented actor portraying Ron Weasley. The name of the site was chosen because Rupert had mentioned that his childhood dream was to become an Ice Cream Man. The initial version of the site contained information about Rupert, his character Ron Weasley and about Harry Potter. During the first months, the focus was to post news and develop the website more, filling it with more information and create a gallery.


At the same time, the “Rupert Grint Project” was launched to encourage magazines to feature Rupert and therefore to actively support him and his career. Eventually, the project was re-named “Rupert’s Army“, based on “Dumbledore’s Army” in Harry Potter.

Originally a part of Tao’s personal website, Ice Cream Man moved to the newly registered domain in December 2004.


Tao’s story:

Malene (2)I go by Tao on the internet and I am the webmistress of Ice Cream Man. The site came about on July 17, 2004 when I was having trouble finding good, up-to-date information fansites on Rupert. It also appalled me that there weren’t more websites (I believe at the time there was only two that were silently okay) dedicated to such an amazing young actor. Rupert mesmerized me from the first moment I saw him in the first Harry Potter film. From there I could no longer ignore the injustice of not having more fansites about him. In the beginning however Ice Cream Man was nothing more than a part of my now defunct personal website. However, just a few short months later, December to be exact, I registered the domain and, as the say, the rest is history.

Rupert’s Army, once known as The Rupert Grint Project, was one of my first missions when it came to Rupert. I got the idea from a now defunct Dominic Monaghan website. The idea was to write to magazines and tell them we wanted more of Rupert. When it was reincarnated into Rupert’s Army the goal spread to making sure we voted in Rupert related polls and other such things.

One of my most cherished parts of the site is actually Rave Reviews though. A brain child of then-staffer Jesi, it has grown into something amazing now with its own domain, and with over 1,000 reviews to date and so much more to come as Rupert embarks on his post-Potter career. A shoutout to ex-staffer Ivana who helped it really grow over the years and of course a big thanks to all those who helped translate and post reviews to the subsite.

Speaking of subsites, we have some of the most extensive thanks to the great staff who has helped over the years, especially Karo who has done wonders with Biography and Filmography, both with their own domains now. They both have the most extensive information about Rupert and his movies. You won’t find this anywhere else!

TaoThe best part of the past 10 years is the number of times I’ve gotten to meet Rupert. The first few times I saw him, but never got to ask questions, was the Order of the Phoenix press conference and the Hand/Wand/Foot ceremony. A year and some change later I got to stand on the red carpet for the Half-Blood Prince NYC event and filmed Rupert talking to us. I also got to interview Warwick Davis and asked him about Rupert which was so amazing. The last two US red carpet events for Deathly Hallows were another big treat. I finally had the chance to meet Rupert and get an autograph on my birthday! Myself, Karo and then-staffer Anna got to meet him in Las Vegas and was a fun little birthday present for me!
But the best highlight was last year when the whole staff went to London to see Mojo on its opening preview night and got a group picture of Rupert, me right next to him. Here’s to another fun experience like that with It’s Only A Play!

A poll:



Press Site
Press Site

Rave Reviews
Rave Reviews


Which is your favourite Subsite on

  • Rave Reviews (30%, 7 Votes)
  • Exclusives (30%, 7 Votes)
  • Biography (22%, 5 Votes)
  • Filmography (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Press Site (9%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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What were your highlights in 2004? Let us know in the comments below!