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Get Ready For Another 'Harry Potter' Book!

2/10/2016 11:28am EST
'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Script To Be Published As A
J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II," which is set for its British stage debut this summer, is being turned into a book, according to the author's official website, Pottermore.com.

The upcoming theatrical production is set 19 years after the author's final novel, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows." It focuses on Harry's son Albus as he begins his first year at Hogwarts.

The theater production is based on a short story by Rowling, and the play's script was written by Jack Thorne.

The eBook will be published on Rowling's Pottermore website and will also be av...

JK Rowling Bought Something Really Cool From Johnny Depp

1/9/2016 9:40am EST
JK Rowling Plunks Down $35 Million For Johnny Depp's Pirate Ship
Beloved British author J.K. Rowling has reportedly dropped $35 million on Johnny Depp's yacht. After spending time on the vessel with her husband Neil and their two children, David and Mackenzie, last year, the "Harry Potter" writer fell in love with it.

According to The Sun newspaper, Depp spent more than $8 million refurbishing the 156-foot liner in 2008. It was originally named Vajoliroja after his ex-partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children Lily-Rose and Jack. After splitting with Paradis in 2012, the actor renamed it Amphitrite in honor of his new wife, Amber Heard.

The actor l...

J.K. Rowling Defends Casting Black Woman As Hermione

12/21/2015 12:43pm EST
J.K. Rowling Defends Hermione Casting: 'White Skin Was Never Spe
J.K. Rowling defends the casting of a black woman to portray Hermione Granger in a play set to run in London next year. The announcement was made that Swaizland-born actress, Noma Dumezweni, will portray the character made famous by Emma Watson in the “Harry Potter” films, Fox News reports.

Reactions are mixed over Noma taking on the role in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Millions have seen the character be played by Emma -- and to many -- Noma being picked for the part is a huge departure from what they're familiar with in the movies.

The play features Harry as an adult.

J.K. Rowl...

J.K. Rowling Slams Donald Trump... 'Harry Potter' Style

12/8/2015 11:40am EST
J.K. Rowling Says Voldemort Isn't As Bad As Donald Trump
J.K. Rowling has taken a shot at presidential hopeful Donald Trump and her comment is now going viral.

It all started when BBC News wrote up a piece about how people had been comparing Trump to Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. Rowling, the author of the popular books, tweeted a response to the article and said that Voldemort -- arguably one of the biggest villains in literary history -- is "not as bad" as Trump. And if you know Lord Voldemort, you know that this is a serious dig.

This is why people are calling American businessman, Donald Trump, Lord Voldemort https://t.co/...

J.K. Rowling Traces The Origins Of Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak

9/22/2015 11:38pm EDT
J.K. Rowling Reveals Harry Potter's Family History On Revamped '
J.K. Rowling has re-launched her all things Harry Potter website, Pottermore, by filling fans in on the entire family history of the boy wizard.

Rowling promises fans "as much insider information as possible" about the world of Harry Potter, including new writings, behind-the-scenes looks at next fall's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and info on London's West End stage production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."

She also revealed that everything in the site is "canon," and she even released an in-depth piece on Potter's ancestry, which began in the 12th century with the ...

J.K. Rowling Reveals The Proper Pronunciation Of You-Know-Who's Name

9/10/2015 11:02pm EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The main villain in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series has gone by several epithets, including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, You-Know-Who and The Dark Lord, and on Wednesday the author revealed that we've all been pronouncing his actual name -- Voldemort -- incorrectly.

A Potter fan from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, posted a tweet revealing that the "t" at the end of The Dark Lord's name is actually silent. Rowling re-tweeted the message, confirming that the fan is, indeed, correct in his pronunciation.

"One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the 't' is...

New Harry Potter Project To Open In London In 2016

6/26/2015 8:27am EDT
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J.K. Rowling is working on a new stage show based on the "Harry Potter" franchise. The noted British author announced on Twitter on Friday that she will be collaborating with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to make "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which will debut in London in 2016.

I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015

She wrote, "I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will ...

'Harry Potter' Star Matthew Lewis Shows Off His... Wand... In Sexy Photo Shoot!

5/26/2015 8:59am EDT
Neville Longbottom: 'Harry Potter' Star Matthew Lewis Sexy Photo
Get your wand puns ready! Matthew Lewis, the former pudgy preteen Neville Longbottom from the "Harry Potter" film series, has just shot a couple of steamy new photos for the UK's Attitude magazine.

And if you glanced at the photo above, you've obviously figured out that Lewis is no longer the awkward, portly child he once was. Like this:

Although a lot of that portliness was faked- Lewis admitted to Attitude that he used to wear a fat suit in some of the "Harry Potter" flicks. “I was excited I guess to go on the red carpet on the release of the last film and be me, and not to have to hav...

Will JK Rowling Write Another Harry Potter Book?

4/11/2015 8:49am EDT
J.K. Rowling 'May Choose To Step Back In' To The World Of Harry
J.K Rowling must get tired of being asked whether she'll write another book about Harry Potter, and although she's not in the process of writing one now, that doesn't mean she's done with his world for good.

During a recent interview on "Today," she said: “I’m afraid I haven’t been writing the next Harry Potter.”

But she continued, "I have always said never say…. well, not never say never. I’ve always said I’m not going to say I definitely won’t because, because I don’t see why I should say that. You know, it’s my world, and I might choose to step back into it. And in a way, I am stepping...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015

1/11/2015 3:00pm EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015
Simple mathematics indicate that 50 years ago would make it the year of 1965. That year was a unique and troublesome time in the world as the Vietnam war really began to escalate - as well as the civil rights movement. The Counter culture began to awake as skirts got much shorter and men started to grow their hair a bit longer.

Gas was a mere 31 cents per gallon and the average rent was $118 per month.

In pop culture “The Sound of Music” was released, the Beatles played their famous live concert at Shea Stadium and the Grateful Dead played their first concert in San Francisco – just to na...

J.K. Rowling Reveals What Really Happened With Draco Malfoy

12/26/2014 10:23am EST
Draco Malfoy
J.K. Rowling has shared some new background information about several "Harry Potter" characters on her Pottermore website in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, and earlier this week she revealed more about villain Draco Malfoy, played on screen by Tom Felton.

The author revealed plenty over the past two weeks, including new info about a character she regrets killing off, a Jewish wizard and even vampires in the wizarding world she created.

*Spoiler Alert* The latest reveal came after fans unlocked it by solving a riddle about who was really behind the plot to kill Hogwarts schoolmaster ...

JK Rowling Reveals That There Is A Jewish Wizard At Hogwarts

12/17/2014 9:48am EST
JK Rowling Reveals That Yes, There Is A Jewish Wizard At Hogwart
Here's two words you probably don't hear strung together too often: "Wizard Jews." Although if you do hear those words in sequence on a regular basis, you probably live cooler lives than we do.

But the non-awesome general public got a dose of Jewish wizardry when J.K. Rowling was answering fan questions on Twitter. One fan, Benjamin Roffman, asked the renowned "Harry Potter" about Jewish representation in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

@jk_rowling my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I’m a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Though...

J.K. Rowling Had Big Plans For A Minor 'Potter' Character, But Killed Him Off Instead

12/15/2014 11:40am EST
J.K. Rowling Says She Has Regrets About Killing Off A 'Harry Pot
J.K. Rowling revealed on her Pottermore website over the weekend that she only feels guilty about killing one Harry Potter character.

The author took to her Pottermore website to discuss how she unnecessarily killed off Diagon Alley ice cream shop owner Florean Fortescue.

Related: JK Rowling To Release 12 Harry Potter Stories This Month

Fortescue, Rowling says, was originally in her plan to help Harry during his quest for the Deathly Hallows, but another character turned out as a better means, so she wrote Fortescue out.

"I seemed to have him kidnapped and killed for no good reason," Ro...

Harry Potter Fans Rejoice!

12/6/2014 9:56am EST
JK Rowling To Release 12 Harry Potter Stories This Month
J.K. Rowling is giving fans a special treat for Christmas -- she's releasing 12 "Harry Potter" based stories every day until Christmas Eve. The British author revealed the news on her official Pottermore website.

Specifically, Rowling will release short stories from Dec. 12 until Dec. 24, and they will be based on fictional characters from her massively popular book and film franchise.

The website reveals: "With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don't miss out - just visit pottermore.com and...

Who Are Hollywood's Most Powerful Authors?

11/27/2014 5:01pm EST
Rowling, King & Martin Top List Of Powerful Authors
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has been named Hollywood's Most Powerful Author.

The Hollywood Reporter's list also includes Stephen King ("Under the Dome," "Haven," "Shawshank Redemption," "The Shining") and "Game Of Thrones" mastermind George R.R. Martin.

Rounding out the top five are "Fifty Shades Of Grey" author E.L. James and romance writer Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook," "A Walk To Remember," "The Last Song").

"Gone Girl's" Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, Michael Lewis and Laura Hillenbrand ("Unbroken") also made the trade magazine's list.

J.K. Rowling Reveals The Inspiration For 'Harry Potter' Nemesis Dolores Umbridge

10/31/2014 7:31pm EDT
Dolores Umbridge
J.K. Rowling has revealed to "Harry Potter" fans that the character of Dolores Umbridge was inspired by a schoolteacher she had a strong dislike for while growing up.

The author posted on her blog Thursday that Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton and one of the most hated Potter characters in the series, was inspired by one of her teachers as a child -- one whose name she won't tell, though.

Rowling posted that the person in question was one "whom I disliked intensely on sight" on her Pottermore.com website on Friday.

"The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest," R...

J.K. Rowling Is Releasing A New 'Harry Potter' Story On Halloween

10/25/2014 9:03am EDT
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J.K. Rowling is planning on releasing a new story based on the "Harry Potter" franchise just in time for Halloween. The short story will center on villain Dolores Umbridge.

The story will be published on Pottermore.com and will center on Umbridge's back story. The news was announced on the website: "The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge's life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling's revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character."

Fans were introduced to the character in the fifth book, "Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling Stumps Fans With Twitter Riddles

10/7/2014 10:09am EDT
Author J.K. Rowling Stumps Fans With Twitter Riddles
Author J.K. Rowling is up to her old tricks again, posing riddles for her almost 4 million Twitter followers and assorted muggles and wizards.

Fans woke up to this cryptic tweet on Oct. 5.

"Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when 've finished something!"

After several fan responses suggesting she provide them with more information, Rowling then stated the following.

"See, now I'm tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation... must work..."

Even after those two bizarre tweets, Rowling finished...

Daniel Radcliffe Says He Won't Play Harry Potter Again

7/9/2014 9:23am EDT
Daniel Radcliffe Says He Won't Play Harry Potter Again
Even though J.K. Rowling has written a new story about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, actor Daniel Radcliffe won't be putting on his wizard's robe again.

On Tuesday he was asked during a TV critics press tour whether he would play Potter on the big screen again. According to the New York Daily News, he answered: "I'm inclined to say no. It's not even really a hypothetical question now."

He added, “I haven't read it yet, though I will. But my understanding is that it's very short, not worthy of adaptation to film."

Radcliffe, who is 24, pointed out that in Rowling's new s...

J.K. Rowling Releases A New Harry Potter Story

7/8/2014 7:34pm EDT
J.K. Rowling Releases A New Harry Potter Story
Author J.K. Rowling has written a new story based off the "Harry Potter" characters, which takes places following the events in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

The story is told from the perspective of The Daily Prophet gossip columnist Rita Skeeter and centers on Harry, now 34, who attends a Quidditch World Cup tournament with his sons James and Albus and wife Ginny Weasley, who is a reporter. Hermione, an employee at the Ministry of Magic, and Ron, a co-manager at Weasley's Wizards Wheezes, are also featured, along with Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.

Harry is decribed wit...

J.K. Rowling's First Adult Novel, 'The Casual Vacancy,' To Become Three-Part Miniseries On HBO & The BBC

4/24/2014 4:54pm EDT
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," is set to become a three-part miniseries that will air on HBO and the BBC.

Released in 2012, the book received mixed reviews despite landing on the best-seller list and selling six million copies, thanks to the notoriety of its author.

The two networks will co-produce the miniseries, with Rowling also on board, and filming will begin this summer in Southwest England.

The BBC announced the miniseries back when the book was published, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Casual Vacancy" centers on the see...

J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off To Be Made Into A Film Trilogy

3/31/2014 6:00pm EDT
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J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts textbook is going to be made in a trilogy of spin-off films.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, a magical creatures expert known as a "magizoologist." The story takes place 70 years before the Harry Potter series begins and is set in New York.

The series is described as "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."

The project will be turned into three films, according to Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara.

There were eight Harry Potter films, which starred Dan...

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter Should Have Married Hermione Grainger

2/3/2014 6:30pm EST
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Author J.K. Rowling has admitted that she should have had Harry and Hermione marry at the end of her Harry Potter book series.

The writer recently said that she has had some regrets about not writing the epilogue to the series, which takes place almost two decades after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the way it should have been written from a literature standpoint, opting instead for having Hermione (Emma Watson in the films) hook up with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), while Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) ends up with Ron's sister Ginny (played by Bonnie Wright).

"I wrote the ...

J.K. Rowling Set To Bring Harry Potter To London's West End

12/20/2013 11:43am EST
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Harry Potter is headed for the London stage.

Author J.K. Rowling is set to co-produce a stage show about the boy wizard for London's West End theater district.

According to the UK's Daily Mail, the production will tell the "previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast."

The play is scheduled to open within the next two years, and renowned theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are on board to co-produce. Rowling won't be involved in writing the script for the show, and she's been approached about bringing Potter to the stage numerous times ...

The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Heading Back To Hogwarts, J.J. Abrams Won't Direct 'Star Trek 3'

9/13/2013 9:54am EDT
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Harry Potter won't be back, but the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created for the book series will as the author has signed on with Warner Bros. to screenwrite a new film series based on a few Hogwarts textbooks she wrote in 2001 under pseudonyms of characters that live in that world. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be the first film in the new series. (story)

J.J. Abrams has announced that he won't be directing the next "Star Trek" movie, but he will be staying on as the producer of the film. The director is presumably giving up his chair because a lot of his time in th...

J.K. Rowling To Screenwrite New Series Set In Harry Potter's World

9/12/2013 11:31pm EDT
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J.K. Rowling is heading back to Hogwarts. The Harry Potter author has signed a screenwriting deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to write a series of spinoff movies that take place in Potter's wizarding world.

The first installment, titled, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."

Rowling posted the news to her Facebook page on Thursday, writing, "It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought...

J.K. Rowling Awarded Damages Over Leak Of Secret Pen Name

7/31/2013 10:34pm EDT
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Author J.K. Rowling won a lawsuit she brought against one of the partners at the law firm that represents her for outing her as the writer of crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling."

Rowling wrote the book under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and when Russells partner Chris Gossage revealed the secret to one of his wife's best friends, she went online and Tweeted it.

Rowling took legal action against Gossage for breach of confidentiality over the leak, and his wife's friend Judith Callegari was also named in the suit.

A judge at London's High Court ruled in Rowling's favor, and in lieu of dam...

The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Angry Over Pseudonym Leak, Netflix Scores Emmy Nominations With 'House Of Cards'

7/19/2013 10:28am EDT
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J.K. Rowling is furious over the recent leak of her secret pen name. Despite the leak instantaneously sending her latest novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling" -- written under the name Robert Galbraith -- to the top of the best seller list, the "Harry Potter" author is upset with the law firm who leaked the information. Apparently one of the partners in the British firm Russels told his wife's friend the secret and she posted it to twitter. Horror author Stephen King praised Rowling using a nom-de-plume, but also said that based on his own experiences in using the name Richard Bachman for several o...

J.K. Rowling Angry At Law Firm For Leaking Her Secret Pen Name

7/18/2013 11:22pm EDT
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Author J.K. Rowling may have taken it somewhat lightly when news that she secretly used a pen name to release her latest novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," got out, but the "Harry Potter" writer is reportedly furious over the leak.

One of the partners at British law firm Russels, Chris Gossage, inadvertently leaked the info to his wife's best friend that Rowling had written the novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a war veteran who became a private investigator -- and she posted about it on Twitter.

London's Sunday Times newspaper did some more digging and confronted the author with t...

J.K. Rowling Publishes Critically Praised Novel Under Secret Pen Name

7/15/2013 2:40pm EDT
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's secret is out.

The writer published a new detective novel in April under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a former policeman in the military -- and she had hoped to keep the author's real identity a secret, but Britain's Sunday Times did a little digging into the success of the unknown Galbraith -- whose novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" has been receiving rave reviews.

The Times found that the two writers have the same agent and that the new novel was written similarly to the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so they put two-and-two t...