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Originally posted 06/23/2011 10:15AM
Harry Potter fans won't be getting an eighth novel, but they are getting the next best thing: a brand-new Web site from J.K. Rowling herself that extends the Potter world into all sorts of digital experiences.
The site, Pottermore, enhances the reading of the seven novels by featuring newly commissioned illustrations and interactive "moments" that follow the action in the books.
"I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience ... I've had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it," the author, 45, told reporters in London, according to Reuters.
Originally posted 06/17/2011 10:20AM
With the final screen installment of the Harry Potter saga set to hit theaters next month, fans of the beloved boy wizard have braced themselves for what seems like the end – or is it?
Author J.K. Rowling launched a website, Pottermore.com, and although it seems promising for Potter fans, the purpose of the project is as mysterious as Voldemort's fate.
"The owls are gathering," reads a statement on a YouTube page linked from the site. "Find out why soon."
Originally posted 10/01/2010 12:20PM
Fans, rejoice – J.K. Rowling offered a bit of hope on Friday that, perhaps, the final Harry Potter story has yet to be told.
"I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth," the celebrated author, 45, told Oprah Winfrey during an interview scheduled to air Friday. "I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will … I feel I am done, but you never know."
Speaking in Edinburgh, where the interview took place, Rowling said she felt something of a loss upon finishing the saga's last installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "It was a bereavement," she said.
Originally posted 06/17/2010 11:00AM
Unlike her prim alter ego, Emma Watson knows how to throw a party.
The actress, 20, who plays straight-laced Hermione Granger in the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise, hosted a dinner at her home in England recently as filming on the series drew to a close.
"The last week of filming Emma had a dinner at her place, and we spoke about the best moments of filming, our secret crushes on set – all kinds of random questions," says James Phelps, who plays mischievous Fred Weasley in the movies. "But all the answers to these questions will stay in that room!"
Originally posted 03/25/2010 04:50PM
Muggles will be finally be permitted into Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 18 – but a certain Potter mogul won't be setting foot in the Florida amusement center until mid-summer, a source at Universal tells PEOPLE.
Still, Harry creator J.K. Rowling's presence has been integral in the creation of the 20-acre theme park since Day One. Her approvals – along with those from Warner Bros., which produces the Potter movie franchise – were not only necessarily for the look and feel of the land, but also for the taste – of the trademark Butterbeer at the theme park's Three Broomsticks Restaurant & Hog's Head Pub, that is. According to a source close to the brewer, the potion is a lot like cream soda spiked with butterscotch.
Originally posted 08/01/2008 07:45AM
Christmas comes early for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling's new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard – her first major work since retiring the boy wizard last year – hits shelves December 4.
The 157-page collection of five wizardry-inspired fairy tales was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final novel in the best-selling series.
Originally posted 06/06/2008 12:15PM
J.K. Rowling has challenged Harvard University graduates to act charitably toward those less fortunate.
"That is your privilege and your burden," the Harry Potter author, 42, is quoted as saying Thursday by the Boston Globe.
"If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice, if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless, if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better."
Receiving an honorary doctor of letters degree – at the same ceremony where Massachusetts's Edward Kennedy, now recovering from this week's brain surgery, was also to honored – Rowling seemed to have taken a page from the senator's book by saying that those "who choose not to empathize are real monsters."
– Amy Green
Originally posted 05/29/2008 10:00AM
Within the past month, J.K. Rowling has written a prequel to Harry Potter.
And the succinct, 800-word story, written in the author's own hand, will be auctioned off for charity in London on June 10. (The tale is so shrouded in secrecy, it’s not even clear if the boy wizard makes an appearance.)
Proceeds will go to the writers' association English PEN and to Dyslexia Action.
Fans – who have gone almost a whole year since Rowling's last installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – will be able to read the prequel for themselves when it's published by Waterstone's in August.
In her sign-off to the story (written on a piece of paper not much bigger than a postcard), Rowling said, "That was fun!"
Originally posted 04/18/2008 01:20PM
One fan J.K. Rowling can't count on: Manhattan Judge Robert Patterson Jr., who will spend the next several weeks deciding her federal copyright infringement case over an unauthorized Harry Potter lexicon.
During Thursday's final day of testimony, the jurist, admitting he read the half of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, to his grandchildren, said he found Rowling's work difficult to follow, filled with strange names and, well, such "gibberish" that it possibly required a guidebook.
Originally posted 04/15/2008 07:15PM
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling watched as the creator of a book at the center of Rowling’s copyright-infringement lawsuit sobbed on the witness stand Tuesday.
Asked whether he still feels part of the Harry Potter fan community, Steven Vander Ark, a librarian who created the Harry Potter Lexicon and runs a Harry Potter fansite, www.hp-lexicon.org, said he regrets that his decision to publish a reference guide to Rowling’s series has ostracized him from fellow Potter fans.
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