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Three Debut Novelists Score Movie Deals

Writers Veronica Roth, Marie Lu and Erin Morgenstern all landed movie deals for their debut novels.

Roth released Divergent in May; Morgenstern’s book The Night Circus is due out in September and Lu’s title Legend will hit bookstores in late November. Lu sold her book’s movie rights to CBS Films. Summit Entertainment snatched up the rights to Roth and Morgenstern’s novels.

According to Variety, Harry Potter film producer David Heyman is interested in The Night Circus film. Deadline reported that Twilight film producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are looking at Legend. All three authors made an appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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David Copperfield Threatens Harry Potter

In the Funny or Die short embedded above, magician David Copperfield accused Harry Potter of stealing his thunder.

Copperfield claims that J.K. Rowling‘s beloved series has ripped off his autobiography. Some of the similarities Copperfield shares with The Boy Who Lived include: a lightning scar, a Hogwarts education and a best friend named Ron.

The video included the “SuckItPotter” Twitter hashtag as magic fans from around the country share Copperfield’s message. What do you think? (via MTV Movies Blog)

How to Write a Better Villain

How do you create a villain? We’ve rounded up some handy tips from around the literary world.

1. During her talk at CraftFest, suspense author Gayle Lynds said that “without a great villain, your hero has no one to play against.” She felt that all characters should be fully-developed human beings; heroes have to have flaws and “villains aren’t necessarily total monsters.”

2. Writer Kari Allen tweeted with this bit of advice on writing villains: “I heard Katherine Patterson speak recently and she said if you can’t find yourself in your villains, rewrite.”

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Sarah Odedina Leaving Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Sarah Odedina will be leaving Bloomsbury Children’s Books to serve as publisher of a new children’s fiction list at the Swedish media group, Bonnier.

Odedina published all of J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter books during her fourteen-year tenure at Bloomsbury. She has also worked with authors Sharon Creech, Jennifer Donnelly and Neil Gaiman. She began her career at Penguin Books and Orchard Books.

Odedina (pictured, via) explained to Publishers Weekly: “It was a very hard decision to leave Bloomsbury but a very easy decision to join Bonnier. These opportunities don’t come along very often and it was so clear that I should accept it.” Her start date at Bonnier has not yet been announced because Odedina has agreed to stay on at Bloomsbury a successor has been appointed.

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Leaked on YouTube

A pirated version of the trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises materialized on different YouTube accounts this weekend–the video appears to have been videotaped from inside a movie theater. International Business Times described the short preview in this article.

According to reports, the trailer was shown before screenings of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 . The trailer contained this message: “Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. From Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises. The epic conclusion.”

For this Batman adventure, Gotham City’s caped crusader will battle Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway) and Bane (played by Tom Hardy). In May, the movie’s Twitter account revealed a first glimpse at Hardy in costume.

Harry Potter Lives Forever in Fan Fiction

Novelist and journalist Lev Grossman explored the world of Harry Potter fan fiction with his Time magazine piece, “The Boy Who Lived Forever.” Grossman debunked stereotypes about fan fiction writers and highlighted some famous examples.

Here’s more from the article: “If anything, anecdotal evidence suggests that most fan fiction is written by women. (They’re also not all writers. They draw and paint and make videos and stage musicals. Darren Criss, currently a regular on Glee, made his mark in the fan production A Very Potter Musical, which is findable, and quite watchable, on YouTube.) It’s also an intensely social, communal activity. Like punk rock, fan fiction is inherently inclusive, and people spend as much time hanging out talking to one another about it as they do reading and writing it.”

Why not read some fan fiction to celebrate the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2? There are nearly 420,000 Harry Potter stories archived at FanFiction.net. Author J.K. Rowling encourages fan fiction–perhaps her new Pottermore website will support these writers?

‘How Harry Potter Changed My Life’ Essay Contest Counts 300 Submissions

With one more day until the final Harry Potter film, fans are reminiscing about growing up with the young wizard. The Plain Dealer hosted a “How Harry Potter Changed My Life” essay contest for its local readers.

The judges highlighted 15 essays out of 300 submissions. Ten of them received honorable mentions, four were deemed runner-ups and one was named the grand prize winner. They will publish the winner tomorrow. Prizes included a preview screening of Deathly Hallows Part 2 and $100 gift certificates from Half-Price Books.

Here is a (spoiler-free) excerpt from 13-year-old Jamie Vidumsky‘s essay: “Harry, Ron and Hermione taught me that even the best of friends can fight and make up. Sirius Black taught me that there’s more to people than just good and bad. Professor Remus Lupin taught me that chocolate can make anything better. Severus Snape taught me that in the end, helping others is worth it, no matter the cost.”

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Severus Snape Crowned Greatest Harry Potter Character of all Time

Professor Severus Snape has been crowned the winner of the Harry Potter World Cup. Over at MTV News, 64 characters were pitted against one another to determine who is the greatest Harry Potter character of all time.

MTV News asked Alan Rickman on what he will miss about playing Snape in the films. He replied: “I won’t really miss anything because it’s been such an extraordinarily complete character to play. To go back…I don’t know what the scenario would be. It’s been so much about he appears to be one thing and then you find out a bit more about him as time goes on.”

MTV created a chart to record each round of the competition, including star characters like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. After 7.4 million votes were cast, Snape emerged victorious against Weasley in the final round. Do you think the right character came out on top?

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Harry Potter Cartoon ‘Summharry’ on Free Poster

Over at The Burrow’s Studio Blog, artist Lucy Knisley has published a massive poster that summarizes the complete plot of the Harry Potter series in a single poster. Follow this link to download and print the free poster.

Knisley has created intricate cartoon stories recapping the story in eight posters (one poster for each film). If you are interested in printing a “Summharry” for a single book in the series, visit this page for individual links.

Here’s more about the art: “For a limited time, I’m offering free downloads of large-format printable versions of all 9 comics, for your own use, and to print a copy for your pleasure at home/at a print shop. Barring stumbling into me in person and asking if I have a bunch of leftover copies (which I do), this will be the only way you can get print versions of these. Please PLEASE don’t use these large-format images in any commercial way (IE: printing them in your publication without my permission, selling posters or t-shirts or lunchboxes using any part or the whole of them).” (Via io9)

Harry Potter Contest on YouTube

Wave your wands and practice your patronus charms! MYX TV is hosting a video contest, asking hardcore Harry Potter fans to tape themselves reenacting their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter film series. We’ve embedded the promotional video above–it contains more details about the contest.

The prize package includes two tickets to the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, two tickets to a Harry Potter movie marathon, two tickets to “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” in New York and several pieces of official Harry Potter merchandise.

To enter, simply shoot your video and then upload it onto YouTube and add the “HARRYPOTTERMYX” tag to the video.The contestant who earns the most “likes” by the July 10th deadline will be declared the winner. What’s your favorite Harry Potter scene?

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