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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.”

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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.

J.K. Rowling Remembers the Battle of Hogwarts

Early this morning, J.K. Rowling sent out a tweet (embedded above) to honor the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.

Rowling confessed that she “hated killing some of those people.” As of this writing, the Harry Potter author’s message has been re-tweeted more than 83,000 times. Which of the characters do you love most?
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J.K. Rowling Adds New Content to Pottermore Site

pottermore.comPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has a new series of ‘live’ reports from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. J.K. Rowling penned the news reports from the fictional sporting event, which is set in the Patagonian desert.

The reports have been published as headlines from the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch Correspondentin the Patagonian desert, a fictional character named Ginny Potter.  Rowling quotes Rolf Scamander, the magical creatures expert, in the piece.

Here is more from the press release: “The posts begin with a report on the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. With characteristic humour, Rowling describes how the international teams’ mascots, magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, took part in the ceremony and caused havoc for their handlers. We find out why more than 300 crowd members are suffering from shock, broken bones and bites following the ceremony, and why failure to bring their usual mascots, a troupe of performing trolls, caused a great deal of trouble for the Norwegian delegation.  A ‘live’ match report details the thrilling action between Norway and Ivory Coast in the first match of the tournament.”

Warner Bros. Grants Permission For Students to Adapt ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’

The students from the New England School of Communications will create a short film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

This short story can be found in two Rowling books: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and The Tales of Beedle the Bard fairy tale collection. We’ve embedded the first trailer above–what do you think?

The filmmakers have been granted permission from Warner Bros. to create this project. The team will screen the full film on May 04, 2014 at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre. Follow this link to watch behind-the-scenes videos. (via The Harry Potter Alliance)

Warner Bros. to Create Three Movies For the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Film Franchise

rowlingWarner Bros. will create a total of three moves for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film franchise.

According to The New York Times, “the main character will be a ‘magizoologist’ named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.”

Earlier this year, author J.K. Rowling sat for a Wonderland magazine interview with actress Emma Watson, best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. Rowling revealed that when she first started thinking about Newt’s back story, she didn’t intend on writing the script. She ended up finishing her first rough draft in just twelve days. (via IGN)

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