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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)

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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?

How Computers Revealed That J.K. Rowling Was Robert Galbraith

cuckoo304After The Sunday Times received a tip that debut author Robert Galbraith could really have been J.K. Rowling in disguise, the paper did a test.

They hired forensic linguistics expert Patrick Juola to analyze the text of The Cuckoo’s Calling using technology in order to identify the nuances of the writer’s style and see if in fact, Rowling could have been the author.

Smithsonian Magazine has more: “One of Juola’s tests examined sequences of adjacent words, while another zoomed in on sequences of characters; a third test tallied the most common words, while a fourth examined the author’s preference for long or short words. Juola wound up with a linguistic fingerprint—hard data on the author’s stylistic quirks.”

Juola confirmed the tip in about half an hour, and when the newspaper confronted Rowling with the assertion, she admitted it.

J.K. Rowling is Writing a Second Book Under Pseudonym

jkrowlingJ.K. Rowling is working on a new book under the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith.

The new book will be a crime thriller called The Silkworm. According to reports, the book is slated to hit bookshelves on June 19th. Time has more:

The Silkworm will follow the private investigator Cormoran Strike, who Rowling introduced in Cuckoo, as he investigates the murder of a novelist. The victim penned a manuscript before his death that scathingly mocked a number of public figures, all of whom become suspects.

Rowling released The Casual Vacancy, her first book under the pen name Gailbraith last year. A lawyer at the firm that represents the author leaked the secret, and Rowling sued the firm.

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?

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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Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

Goodreads Opens Up Voting For the Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreadschoiceGoodreads has opened up the voting for its fifth annual Goodreads Choice Awards. The awards include twenty different categories from fiction and poetry to humor and fantasy. Authors Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb have been nominated for Fiction. Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling have both been nominated in the Mystery category.

Here is more about how the books are chosen from the Goodreads blog:

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There’s no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.

Readers will be able to vote in three rounds of voting. The opening round lasts through November 9. The highest voted titles will make it to the Semifinals which last from November 11 – 16. Readers can vote on the final choices November 18 – 25.

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