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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)

‘History of Quidditch’ Part 2 Posted on Pottermore.com

527862_552519414782427_1463657314_nPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has posted the second part of J.K. Rowling’s “History of the Quidditch World Cup.”

The first part, released last week on March 14th, detailed the historical background of the Quidditch World Cup competition. According to the press release, the new material contains recaps of each tournament that was held from 1990 to 2010.

Rowling’s intention with part two is to “amuse and entertain sport-lovers and Harry Potter fans alike with its witty descriptions of a game that has many parallels in the real, ‘Muggle’ world.” Readers will learn “which small country managed to beat China in a furiously contested match lasting 3 days” and “which ‘Seeker’ had a short-lived stint as Burkina Faso’s Minister for Magic following his team’s win.” Have you ever played the Muggle version of Quidditch?

J.K. Rowling Shares History of Quidditch on Pottermore.com

pottermore.comPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has posted J.K. Rowling’s first “History of the Quidditch World Cup.” The 2,400-word history gives color to the game played by witches and wizards in the book series.

The story is one  of the longest Rowling has written for the site, since it launched in 2012. The piece  will be available in two sections over the next week. The first part is up today, the second part will post next Friday. Here is an excerpt:

According to the Official Guide to the Quidditch World Cup – produced by the International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee (ICWQC) and available through all reputable wizarding bookstores for what many feel is the ridiculously overpriced sum of thirty nine Galleons – the tournament has been held every four years since 1473. As with so much else about the wizarding world’s most important sporting competition, many query the accuracy of this statement.

Should Hermione Granger Have Married Someone Else?

harry potter logoHarry Potter fans know that Hermione Granger ended up marrying Ron Weasley. Would Harry Potter and the infamous bookworm have made it as a couple?

In a recent interview with Wonderland magazine, author J.K. Rowling feels that the answer is “yes.” The full interview, conducted with Harry Potter film series actress Emma Watson, will be released on February 6th. Mugglenet.com reports that Watson is serving as a guest editor for the magazine.

According to excerpts published in the The Sunday Times, Rowling claims that pairing Granger and Weasley together “was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility.” In the near future, Rowling has signed up to work on two Harry Potter-related projects: a movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a play that explore Potter’s years prior to the start of his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. What do you think? (via CNN)

Universal Studios Unveils Expansion Plans for ‘Harry Potter’ Theme Park

wizardUniversal Studios Florida has unveiled its expansion plans for the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park. The organizers consulted with J.K. Rowling herself to design the new Diagon Alley section; it will open in June.

Visitors will be required to purchase multipark tickets in order to take the Hogwarts Express across the two sections. The New York Times reports that “there will be two major new rides, eight new stores (expect a second Ollivanders wand shop) and a sprawling Leaky Cauldron restaurant.”

According to ET Online, the stores will be based on establishments that exist in the Harry Potter book series including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, and Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. One of the rides, called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,” was inspired by an action-packed scene that takes place in Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows. Will you be visiting the newly expanded theme park?

Lawyer Pays For Revealing That Robert Galbraith Was JK Rowling Pseudonym

cuckoo304JK Rowling‘s lawyer has been fined £ 1,000 from a British legal watchdog for leaking the fact that his client had published the detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The revelations came only a couple of months after Mulholland Books published the work.

Reuters has the scoop: “Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing world’s biggest secrets to his wife’s best friend – who then tweeted Galbraith’s real identity to a journalist. Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author, was furious when she found out that a partner at her London-based law firm had revealed she was the author of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’.”

Rowling took legal action against Gossage and his friend Judith Callegari and won. The firm apologized to Rowling, paid her legal fees and made a donation to the Soldiers’ Charity, a charity of her choosing.

Harry Potter Fan Creates a Website for The Ministry of Magic

harry potter logoOne Harry Potter fan has launched a website for The Ministry of Magic, the government that oversees the wizarding world featured in J.K. Rowling’s book series.

Andy Brown, the actual creator of this site, declared himself as “Head of Department of the Use of Muggle Technologies.” According to The Next Web, the site was fashioned after the United Kingdom’s own GOV.UK website.

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