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J.K. Rowling Pens 500-Word Piece on Minor ‘Harry Potter’ Character Celestina Warbeck

harry potter logoJ.K. Rowling has written a 500-word piece about Celestina Warbeck, a character nicknamed the “singing sorceress” in the Harry Potter books. Rowling has called Celestina “one of my favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the whole series.”

Fans will find this new content on pottermore.com. In addition to the essay, Pottermore visitors will also have access to one of Celestina’s tracks, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart.” This project marks the first time a song has been posted on the website.

Here’s more from the press release: “Celestina is referenced in three of the Harry Potter books.  The first mention is in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) when Harry hears her name on the Wizarding Wireless Network (wizard radio) while visiting the Weasley home.  She’s referenced again in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) when she appears on a wizarding radio Christmas broadcast and once more in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7).”

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J.K. Rowling Writes Letter to Shooting Survivor

jkrowlingLast month, Texas teen Cassidy Stay witnessed her entire family die in a violent shooting. At the funeral, she quoted Harry Potter as a source of solace. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” she read.

Author J.K. Rowling has responded to this act by writing the teenager a letter in purple ink from the voice of Dumbledore.

The Telegraph has more:

A spokesman for the 49-year-old author said: “We can confirm that JK Rowling was in touch with Cassidy Stay, however, the contents of the letter remain private.”

Asked whether a meeting between the two is on the cards, she added: “We wouldn’t comment on that but [Cassidy’s] is a remarkable story.”

 

YouTuber Creates ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Mash-Up Trailer

What happens when you cross Harry Potter with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?

The comedian behind “The Unusual Suspect” YouTube channel tried to answer this question with his “Harry Potter vs. The World” mash-up trailer. The video embedded above features scenes from all eight Harry Potter films.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 607,000 views. Two days ago, The Unusual Suspect announced on his Facebook page that filmmaker Edgar Wright (the Scott Pilgrim movie director) complimented this project. What do you think? (via io9)

Harry Potter Book Covers Revealed

hpBloomsbury Children’s Books will publish new editions of JK Rowling’s wildly successful Harry Potter books on September 1st.

Artist Jonny Duddle created the new covers for each of the seven books. In advance of the new releases, the publisher has revealed the updated covers for the new books. Check them out after the jump.

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Harry Potter Reconnects With Old Pals to Watch the World Cup in New JK Rowling Piece

harrypotter304JK Rowling has published a new piece starring Harry Potter for the Harry Potter fan site Pottermore.com.

In the 1,500 word piece, which is called Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final, reads as a gossip column written by the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter. In the piece, Harry hangs out with his old friends to watch the final of the Quidditch World Cup 2014.

Here is an excerpt: “The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players’ compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.”

How Would the ‘Harry Potter’ Series Read From Draco Malfoy’s Point of View?

What happened when one Harry Potter fan publicized a wish through social media? J.K. Rowling herself responded.

Cassidy posted a message on Twitter wondering how the Harry Potter series would read from the villainous Draco Malfoy’s point-of-view. Rowling gave a snarky reply along with a screenshot from Tumblr.

Thus far, Rowling’s tweet has attracted 9,153 “favorites” and 8,679 “retweets.” Who’s your favorite character from the Harry Potter series? (via BuzzFeed)

The Roots Perform a ‘Harry Potter’-Themed Rap Song

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots performed a Harry Potter-themed rap.

Throughout the song, the band made references to The Boy Who Lived, butter beer, quidditch, Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts Express, and more.

We’ve embedded the video above for your enjoyment–have you ever composed a song about one of your favorite books? (via Defamer.com)

Alfonso Cuarón May Direct ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’

AlfonsoRumors have been circulating that Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón may helm the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie.

Back in 2004, Cuarón (pictured, via) served as the director for Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. In past interviewsHarry Potter series author J.K. Rowling praised Cuarón’s work on that film adaptation.

Last February, Cuarón sat for a Reddit AMA session. One participant asked if he would ever take on another “fantasy film like Harry Potter and he answered: “I only did the one because it was such a great experience I was afraid I would overstay my welcome. And I also felt that I had given what I could to that universe.” Does this mean that Cuarón won’t make a return to the Wizarding World? Who would you choose as the director?

‘Harry Potter’ Movie Stars Reprise Their Roles For ‘Harry Potter & the Escape From Gringotts’ Ride

Harry Potter movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reunited and reprised their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. These new scenes will be part of a film that accompanies the “Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts” ride in the Diagon Alley section of the Harry Potter World theme park.

The video embedded above features executives from Universal Orlando Resort discussing the details behind this ride. MTV interviewed Alan Gilbert, an art director who worked on both the “Gringotts” ride and the Harry Potter films, who confirmed the actors’ involvement. He also revealed that Warwick Davis and Helena Bonham-Carter also came back to play Griphook and Bellatrix Lestrange.

The Huffington Post spoke with Thierry Coup, the senior vice president of Universal Creative, who explained that “J.K. Rowling actually gave us a lot of creative leeway…You see, the story that we wanted to tell with this Universal Orlando attraction kind of ran concurrently with the events which occurred during Deathly Hallows. You see, our guests just happen to be at Gringotts Wizarding Bank opening a new account on the exact same day that Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault to retrieve a horcrux.” (via Complex)

J.K. Rowling is Live Posting Match Reports on Pottermore.com

pottermoreJ.K. Rowling is live posting match reports about the latest action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup over the next few days.

Today’s game is Nigeria versus Fiji. You can follow her posts at Pottermore.com, the online world of all things Harry Potter. Check it out:

Nigeria 400 – Fiji 160 From our Quidditch correspondent in the Patagonian Desert, Ginny Potter:
Pity Fijian Seeker Joseph Snuka as he tries to justify his side’s bruising 400-160 defeat at the hands of tournament favourites Nigeria.
In the early stages of the game Fijian Beaters Quintia Qarase and Narinder Singh lacked the ferocity of their Nigerian counterparts Aliko Okoye and Mercy Ojukwu.  The Bludgers did serious damage to the Fijian Chasers, who managed only a single goal during the first hour, compared with Nigeria’s forty.

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