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J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Weiner, & S.E. Grove Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

silkwormWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 22, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling): “When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days–as he has done before–and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes.” (June 2014)

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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)

Amazon Makes ‘The Silkworm’ Available For Sale

silkwormAmazon has listed J.K. Rowling’s new book for sale on its website. The Associated Press reports that The Silkworm “quickly climbed up the best-seller lists now that it’s finally available for purchase on Amazon.com.”

Hachette Book Group published the new Robert Galbraith book on June 19, 2014. Prior to this date, the giant online retailer did not allow customers to place pre-orders due to its ongoing dispute with the publishing house.

According to The Globe and Mail, several Amazon competitors have been playing this situation to their advantage. The Silkworm currently occupies the number one spot on the Barnes & Noble’s fiction bestseller list.

Fan Creates a ‘Books of Orange is the New Black’

OITNBFinished watching season 2 of Orange is the New Black? Already devoured Piper Kerman’s prison memoir?

Lucky for you, the “Books of Orange is the New Black” blog has plenty of literary recommendations. The fan behind this Tumblr page collected the titles of books mentioned on the popular Netflix original series.

The characters on this show have been spotted reading Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Follow these links to check out the books featured on the first season and the second season.

J.K. Rowling’s New Book is Unavailable on Amazon

thesilkwormIf you want to preorder a copy of Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling‘s new novel The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2), you can’t do so on Amazon. The book, which comes out on June 19th, is currently listed as unavailable on Amazon. Barnes & Noble, among other book retailers, has the book available for presale.

Earlier this month, Amazon was slow to ship Hachette titles. Now things are escalating.

“We are doing everything in our power to find a solution to this difficult situation, one that best serves our authors and their work, and that preserves our ability to survive and thrive as a strong and author-centric publishing company,” explained Hachette in a statement.

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?

Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

harrypotternotesNinja Essays has created an infographic called, “Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors,” which explores the technologies used by great writers.

According to the graphic, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Quentin Tarantino rely on pen and paper to get their ideas out. George R.R. Martin uses an old DOS machine that runs Wordstar 4.0.

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‘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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