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Originally posted 06/19/2014 01:00AM
Beware the Dark Mark: Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange are together again – on the red carpet, at least.
Originally posted 06/12/2014 05:00PM
Robert Galbraith – unmasked to the world as a pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling.
Originally posted 05/14/2014 01:35PM
Hang onto your broomsticks and raise a glass of butterbeer, Harry Potter fans: A thrill ride through Gringotts wizarding bank is coming almost as fast as you can say wingardium leviosa.
On Tuesday, Universal Orlando announced details of the new attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will anchor a newly expanded Diagon Alley area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
While no opening date for the public has been announced – though VIP invitations have gone out for June 17-20 – it is expected to be sometime this summer.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 09:00AM
According to J.K. Rowling, Hermione made the wrong choice: In an interview conducted by actress Emma Watson, the young-adult author admitted that she regretted pairing off the brainy mudblood with Ron Weasley, a goofy ginger, instead of heroic warrior of destiny Harry Potter.
"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," Rowling said in the pages of British magazine Wonderland.
While we would hardly dispute an author's right to meddle with her work after publication, Rowling is, quite frankly, wrong.
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."
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