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‘Harry Potter’ Play Set to Open in 2015

harrypotterJ. K. Rowling has signed on as a co-producer for a Harry Potter play. The author behind the beloved Harry Potter book series will not write the script, but she does plan on serving as a collaborator with a playwright.

According to The Daily Mail, this theatrical production will open in London’s West End sometime in 2015. An announcement on Facebook revealed that this project “will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”

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The Most Popular Words in Harry Potter, The Hunger Games & Twilight

hungergamesSlate has done a textual analysis of the words that are most used by Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling in their own respective series of popular books.

‘Drunk,’ ‘Good-natured,’ and ‘Functional’ were among the adjectives most used by Suzanne Collins in The Hunger Games books. ’Amazingly,’ ‘intently,’ and ‘deliberately’ were among adverbs used most by Stephenie Miller in the Twilight series. ‘Nothing happened,’ ‘Harry looked around,’ ‘Harry stared,’ were among the sentences most used by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books.

Here is more from the analysis:

To determine the relative repetitiveness of each author, I first made a list of the 50 most common three-word sentence openings each author used throughout her work. For example, Collins’ three most common openings were “I can see,” “I try to,” and “I have to.” Then I calculated the percentage of all sentence openings (not necessarily the whole sentence) that come from each author’s most used opening list:

J.K. Rowling: 2.35 percent
Suzanne Collins: 2.69 percent
Stephenie Meyer: 4.42 percent

Improv Everywhere Stages ‘Harry Potter’-Themed Prank in New York City

Improv Everywhere staged a Harry Potter-themed prank in New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.

11-year-old actor Sebastian Thomas took on the role of The Boy Who Lived. He wandered around with a snowy owl and a luggage cart asking people for directions to “Platform 9 & 3/4.” This project is the eighth episode in the comedy troupe’s “Movies in Real Life” series.

In an interview with The Gothamist, founder Charlie Todd explained that they “picked Penn Station for Harry Potter for a very simple reason: Grand Central Terminal doesn’t have a track 9 or 10! We’ve also staged two projects in Grand Central already so it was fun to work in Penn Station for the first time.”

United States Postal Service Designs 20 ‘Harry Potter’ Stamps

471104-01-main-746x746The United States Postal Service (USPS) has designed 20 Forever stamps with scenes from the Harry Potter movies. The Examiner has posted an image of one of the stamps.

The remaining 19 stamps will be unveiled on November 19th (the official sale date). According to USA Today, the USPS will only print five million booklets with these limited-edition stamps.

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Gets New Cover

Scholastic has revealed Kazu Kibuishi’s cover design for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Kibuishi’s art depicts The Boy Who Lived along with his two best friends riding a blind dragon.

The artist created new jackets for all seven Harry Potter books–follow the jump to see the sixth book’s redesign and links for the five other previously revealed covers. Here’s more from the press release:

The Scholastic Store hosted an exciting event to celebrate the unveiling of the new cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Scholastic Store party was packed with Harry Potter fans of all ages, a welcoming Hagrid and live snakes, toads and owls … Following today’s unveiling, Scholastic will release the seven back covers of the new paperback trade editions illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, one each day from August 1st through 7th. Each day at 9 a.m. (EDT or eastern time), fans can see the amazing new Harry Potter art at www.oomscholasticblog.com.

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J.K. Rowling: ‘We need to become absorbed in something bigger than ourselves’

Over at Goodreads, J.K. Rowling responded to one reader’s question about writing gritty characters–sharing advice for both writing and living.

With the new paperback release of The Casual Vacancy, reader Anne Gunden asked about the “gritty exposure of the ugliness and weakness of human nature” in the book. Rowling replied with a short essay about her novel for adults:

I suppose that is my real answer to the second part of your question: we need to become absorbed in something bigger than ourselves. That doesn’t mean that everyone should stand for Parliament (God forbid); it is a more subtle business than that. If we make decisions in small matters in the awareness that our actions can have huge impact on others, we will begin to make a difference. If we choose to understand the other person’s point of view, if we make the effort to understand before rushing to judgment, all kinds of different vistas might become apparent to us.

J.K. Rowling Wrote a Novel as Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling has confessed to writing a mystery novel under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith. Mulholland Books published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, attributing the book to Galbraith.

You can sample The Cuckoo’s Calling at this link. Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur issued this statement:

We are pleased and proud to have published THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, and we’re delighted by the response it has received from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We are really looking forward to publishing the second book in the Strike series next summer … A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads “Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling.”

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‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ Has a New Cover

Scholastic posted an upcoming trade paperback cover Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi created the cover for the fourth in a series of trade paperback editions from Scholastic. Here’s more from Scholastic Trade Publishing VP Stacy Lellos:

With the reveal for the first book on Good Morning America, the second third and fourth book covers at Book Expo America, the LeakyCon convention and the American Library Association convention respectively, it took no time for fans to catch the fifth cover right on the Scholastic website.  We have two more fun reveals planned in the coming month.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Gets New Cover at ALA

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire got a new cover at the annual American Library Association convention. What do you think?

Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi created the cover for the fourth in a series of trade paperback editions from Scholastic. Here’s more from the release:

In each of the new cover illustrations, Kibuishi perfectly captures a pivotal moment from that particular book. For Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the artwork captures the triumphant moment when Harry uses his Firebolt broom to retrieve the golden dragon’s egg he needs to move forward in the Triwizard Tournament as the crowd cheers him on.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cover Revealed at LeakyCon

Scholastic showed off the new cover for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at LeakyCon in Portland, Oregon.

Below, you can see two more new covers. The annual convention celebrates Harry Potter fandom. Fans can buy the complete set of new paperbacks starting on August 27, 2013. Here’s more from the press release:

In each of the new cover illustrations, Kibuishi perfectly captures a pivotal moment from that particular book. For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he brings in more of the mystery and darkness of the series than he did the first two titles and depicts Harry conjuring his Patronus to ward off the life-sucking dementors. Fifteen years after the first U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in September 1998, there are more than 150 million Harry Potter books in print in the United States alone and the series still hits bestseller lists regularly.

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