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Posts Tagged ‘J.K. Rowling’

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.

J.K. Rowling To Write Script Inspired by Harry Potter’s Textbook

J.K. Rowling will write her first movie script for Warner Bros., writing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–a film based on Harry Potter’s textbook from his school for wizards.

The film is part of a planned series featuring the author of the magical book, Newt Scamander. Rowling published a book by the same name in 2001. She had this comment on her Facebook page:

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

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.

Signed First Edition of J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Selling for $6,188.72

A first edition of J.K. Rowling‘s The Cuckoo’s Calling signed as “Robert Galbraith“ sold for $4,453 on AbeBooks marketplace–so far the most expensive copy of the book sold on AbeBooks.

The only other signed first-edition of that book on AbeBooks is currently selling for $6,188.72. This week, two unsigned first editions sold for $907 each on the online marketplace for used books.  Here’s more from the description:

A superb, “as new” UK first edition, first printing hardback in an unblemished dustjacket – All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) … SIGNED BY J K ROWLING as her pseudonym (Robert Galbraith)

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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BuzzFeed Post Provokes Reader Rage

BuzzFeed staff writer Joseph Bernstein enraged many readers with an intentionally provocative post entitled “28 ‘Favorite’ Books That Are Huge Red Flags.”

The satirical listicle included a short and mean-spirited take on a number of beloved books. Bernstein wrote about J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series: “These are diverting but if your FAVORITE book is a glorified television show about a boy wizard written for 5-year-olds I’m going to wonder if you know where Afghanistan is.”

We’ve rounded up some of the angriest reader comments in a Storify post below–what do you think? Reddit readers weighed in with hundreds of comments as well.

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