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Tour the Harry Potter Film Sets in England | Harry Potter

Harry Potter Film Sets Open for Touring

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.

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J.K. Rowling at Work on New Novel – and It's Not for Kids

J.K. Rowling Working on a New Novel – Not for Kids

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.

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Pottermore Unveiled! J.K. Rowling Launches New Web Site

Pottermore Unveiled! J.K. Rowling Launches New Web Site

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.

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Is J.K. Rowling Working On More Harry Potter?

Is J.K. Rowling Working On More Harry Potter?

Originally posted 06/17/2011 10:20AM

Optimism, Muggles!

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."

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J.K. Rowling Hints to Oprah There Could Be More Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling Hints to Oprah There Could Be More Harry Potter

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.

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Emma Watson Throws Harry Potter Farewell Dinner | Emma Watson

Emma Watson Throws Harry Potter Farewell Dinner

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!"



Phelps and his twin brother Oliver, along with Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon and Tom Felton were in Orlando Wednesday night for the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Also on hand: Potter author J.K. Rowling, who attended the event with her husband Neil Murray but didn't speak to the press.

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Sneak Peek: What Fans Will Find at Universal's World of Harry Potter

Sneak Peek: What Fans Will Find at Universal Orlando's World of Harry Potter

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.


"Her input has been direct and continual, starting with the environments we created for the films," Alan Gilmore, art director for the new park as well as for the Harry Potter movies, told PEOPLE Thursday. Rowling, he said, "has a very clear vision of her world."

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J.K. Rowling to Publish First Post-Potter Book | J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling to Publish First Post-Potter Book

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.

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J.K. Rowling to Harvard Grads: Giving's a Gift | J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling to Harvard Grads: Giving's a Gift

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."
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J.K. Rowling Writes Potter Prequel | J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling Writes Potter Prequel

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!"

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