10:50 AM EDT 02/04/2014
Originally posted 02/02/2014 12:20PM
Hold on to your Sorting Hats, Potterheads: J.K. Rowling has just rocked your world.
In a new interview, the Harry Potter author, 48, admits she regrets not having Harry and indispensable friend Hermione Granger get together at the end of the series, rather than Hermione and fellow BFF Ron Weasley.
Rowling's interviewer? None other than Hermione herself, AKA Emma Watson, who played the brainy heroine in all the Potter films.
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment," Rowling tells Watson for the latest issue of Wonderland, a UK magazine the actress guest edited this month. (Excerpts of the interview were just published in the UK Sunday Times.) "That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."
Originally posted 01/24/2014 02:55PM
Since Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened in June 2010, its two rides, shops, restaurant and pub have been jam-packed with visitors – making the overcrowded acreage seem ripe for expansion.
Originally posted 12/20/2013 10:10AM
Harry Potter has traveled from page to screen – and now to stage.
Originally posted 09/12/2013 04:30PM
J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – but without Harry Potter.
Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard's stories.
The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.
Rowling said in a statement the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."
Originally posted 07/25/2013 04:45PM
Sometimes sleep isn't even an option until you find out whodunnit.
Tell us what you think of the books that have our staffers hooked – and let us know what you're reading.
Originally posted 07/19/2013 08:50AM
Mystery solved – and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is none too pleased.
In yet another surprising twist to a true-life tale that's becoming as fanciful as her work, Rowling's own law firm admitted that one of its partners leaked the information as to the true authorship of The Cuckoo's Calling, a critically acclaimed debut detective novel credited to Robert Galbraith but, in fact, written by Rowling.
In a statement released Thursday through Rowling's publicist, the author says, "A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know."
Originally posted 07/15/2013 02:25PM
So much for keeping a low profile!
In a truly neat trick, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has published a crime novel called The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – and she's kept it a secret from the world until now.
Acting on a tip, The Sunday Times of London unmasked Rowling as the author of the critically acclaimed detective debut, which was released in April.
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 07/03/2012 12:00PM
Judging a book by its cover, J.K. Rowling is indeed making her transition from Harry Potter to adult (or should we say Muggle?) fiction.
Publisher Little, Brown and Company released the cover of her latest literary endeavor, The Casual Vacancy, a departure from the world of boy wizards and wands that captivated fans of all ages.
In keeping with the theme of the novel, which follows a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford, the cover is simple and solid in color. Instead of whimsical depictions of Hogwarts and Harry, the only visual on the book front is what appears to be a marked ballot against a red background.
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