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Originally posted 11/26/2012 01:55PM
It may not be Hogwarts, but it carries a pedigree – and a palatial price tag.
The Edinburgh house where J.K. Rowling wrote four of her seven Harry Potter novels has been sold for well over $3.6 million.
The 19th-century Victorian mansion – which includes eight bedrooms, a walled garden and a detached office in the back where Rowling reportedly worked – went to an anonymous Scottish businessman, James Whitson, the real-estate agent who dealt with the property, confirms to PEOPLE.
Whitson told the Scotsman newspaper: "This was an iconic house in Edinburgh. … To be honest, it was a refreshing change to the normal house. There was a bit of magic involved, which was quite fun to deal with."
Originally posted 09/27/2012 07:00AM
One million copies preordered. Fifty Shades of Grey and No Easy Day knocked from the top of the bestseller lists. It almost doesn't matter whether J.K. Rowling's new book is any good: For famished fans with no nourishment from the beloved Harry Potter author since 2007, the Sept. 27 publication of The Casual Vacancy, her new novel – not safe for children! – offers hope of fresh literary magic to rock our worlds.
Well, we're not at Hogwarts anymore. We are, however, sort of in Little Whinging, home to young Harry's hideous relatives, the Dursleys – only in The Casual Vacancy the provincial English town full of monstrous adults and miserable teenagers is called Pagford, and there's no Hagrid to swoop in on a motorcycle and take us somewhere more fun.
Originally posted 07/31/2012 10:35AM
Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.
The Olympic Games in London have not disappointed thus far. The Opening Ceremonies were glamorous, the swimming drama has been outrageous and the gymnastics is forcing me to do my "stick it" pose every time I get out of my car.
Originally posted 07/28/2012 08:45AM
If you thought Voldemort was gone for good, think again.
The Harry Potter villain made an appearance at Friday night's Olympic opening ceremony, and he was bigger and badder than ever.
The 40-foot-tall inflatable Voldemort, part of a tribute to British children's literature, was joined by the evil Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – but it wasn't long before many a Mary Poppins impersonator swooped in to scare him away. (Plus, J.K. Rowling read from Peter Pan!)
Originally posted 04/16/2012 11:05AM
It looks like Emma Watson is under the spell of a new man.
The Harry Potter actress was seen smooching a new guy this weekend at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
His name is Will Adamowicz, and he's a fellow student of Watson's at Oxford, reports the U.K. Press Association.
Originally posted 04/12/2012 12:20PM
J.K. Rowling has gone from casting spells to casting ... votes?
The famed author of the wildly successful Harry Potter series has finally revealed details, including the title, of her upcoming novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.
The book, which is described as "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" by publisher Little, Brown, is about a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford.
Originally posted 03/28/2012 09:45PM
Will the Harry Potter experience be as stunning in person as it was on the big screen?
Fans of the movies will find out starting this Saturday, when Warner Bros. opens up the studios in Hertfordshire, England, where the series based on the J.K. Rowling books was filmed, for public tours.
Nearly all the original models and props are there. An 18-foot wide Aragog suspended from the ceiling? Check. The full-scale Great Hall at Hogwarts? Check. Harry's broomstick? Hermione's cloak? Hagrid's motorcycle? Check, check check.
Originally posted 02/24/2012 10:30AM
J.K. Rowling enthralled fans of all ages with the Harry Potter series, but now the Edinburgh-based author is at work on a novel aimed specifically toward adults and which Little, Brown will publish in the U.S. and U.K.
In typical Rowling fashion however, additional details of the book, including its title, release date and subject matter, are not being disclosed.
"Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world," Rowling, 46, said in a statement released by Little, Brown.
Originally posted 02/03/2012 03:30PM
We'd like to buy a trend.
Less than a week after Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak admitted to being drunk at work, news of another celebrity who has revealed that he, too, was under the influence in front of the camera, is making the rounds.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe tells the British celebrity magazine Heat that he went to work on the set while drunk.
But unlike Sajak's lighthearted account of margaritas with Vanna White on filming breaks, Radcliffe, 22, shares a darker experience.
Originally posted 01/31/2012 10:00PM
There's no bad blood between Harry Potter costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
Despite an interview that Radcliffe recently did that "was blown out of proportion," the Woman in Black star says he and Grint, 23, are "very, very good friends."
"It's just ridiculous," Radcliffe, 22, told On Air with Ryan Seacrest. "Someone said, 'Are you in contact with Rupert and Emma [Watson] at the moment?' And I said, 'Emma and I have been texting recently, but Rupert and I never text.' "
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