'Harry Potter' actor Matthew Lewis shows off his impressive physique in the June cover of Attitude.
Matthew Lewis, the 25-year-old actor best known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, has stripped down for the cover of Attitude magazine. Those who remember Lewis in the films should steel themselves for the incredible physical transformation he has undergone since the last film in 2011. During the past four years, Lewis has seriously bulked up and, in the series of pictures for the magazine, he is sporting some impressive muscles.
Matthew Lewis has stripped down for Attitude magazine.
J.K. Rowling has posted a new story on Pottermore.com in which she fills in the background for Dolores Umbridge. Here's what you need to know!
Harry Potter fans were in for a treat on Friday (31st October) when J.K. Rowling posted a new story on Pottermore.com detailing the background of the series' most disliked character, Dolores Umbridge.
J.K. Rowling at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Strong rumours that the 49 year old author has completed a romance novel are untrue, and the wait for new material continues.
The internet has been ablaze in recent weeks about J. K. Rowling’s future writing projects, but she took to social media on Thursday to clear the air about her finishing a romance novel.
J. K. Rowling was forced to scotch rumours that she's finished a romance novel
A story had appeared in various newspapers that Rowling was ‘celebrating’ in a London bar having just handed in the so-called novel to her publishers on Monday. However, the 49 year old writer took to Twitter to say: "1) I haven't handed in ANY kid of novel to my publishers. I'm only half way through my current book. 2) It isn't a 'romantic' novel. And 3) (brace yourselves) I sometimes have a drink when I haven't finished a book. Yes, that's how rock and roll I really am.”
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Denies That She's Finished Writing A Romance Novel
And this is just one of the reasons why we love Queen Rowling.
It’s probably pretty cool to be J. K. Rowling overall, but the best part has got to be the replica Hogwarts in your (her) back garden. Now, the Harry Potter author is expanding with a new addition – a model of Hagrid’s stone hut, apparently. Why, you ask? BECAUSE SHE CAN. And that should be reason enough for a full-size (ok, I'm not sure it'll be full-size) replica of Hangrid's hut, no?
J.K. Rowling is finding some very creative things with those HP millions.
Queen Rowling is currently in the planning stages of the process, has just been granted permission to build the hut on the grounds of the Scottish estate. The replica will stand on the edge of a forest on her 162-acre Killiechassie Estate, according to Radio Times.
Is it possible that JK Rowling is penning a new Harry Potter novel?
JK Rowling has sent the Harry Potter world into a spin after posting a series of cryptic messages on Twitter, alluding to new projects and a mystery novel. Rowling is a regular Twitter user but has been strangely silent in recent weeks – and now we know why.
Rowling told fans that she has been busy working on a new novel and “tweaking a screenplay”. The movie is likely to be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, though the prospect of a new book is fascinating – could it be that, given Rowling’s penchant for surprise projects, she is writing a new Harry Potter book?
Continue reading: Wait, Is JK Rowling Working On A New Harry Potter Novel?
JK Rowling delivered a measured riposte to the Twitter troll who complained about Dumbledore's sexual orientation.
JK Rowling has offered a blunt, curt response to a Twitter user who tweeted his unhappiness about Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore being gay. The user @halfelven55ff apparently claimed he "stopped being a fan" once he knew of the headmaster's sexual orientation, which Rowling revealed during a Q&A session in 2007.
Jk Rowling tackled the Twitter troll head on [Getty/Ben A. Pruchnie]
"Nice how u blindsided us with that one," the user tweeted to Rowling on Saturday (September 6, 2014). "Enjoy your billion $."
Continue reading: JK Rowling Hits Back At Twitter Troll Over Gay Dumbledore
Potter fans get to find out a bit more about 'the singing sorceress' Celestina Warbeck.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has penned a short story about one of the series’ very minor characters. Celestina Warbeck, who is referenced as “the singing sorceress” when her name is fleetingly mentioned throughout the series, is one of the handful of 'off-stage' characters that form a tiny but vital part of the Potter universe. Taking the form of a miniature biography, the 500 word piece can be accessed on Pottermore.com.
Jk Rowling has posted a very short story about Celestina Warbeck, one of the minor Potter characters
The press release from Rowling goes on to say “Celestina is referenced in three of the Harry Potter books. The first mention is in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) when Harry hears her name on the Wizarding Wireless Network (wizard radio) while visiting the Weasley home.”
Continue reading: JK Rowling Releases Short Piece About Minor Harry Potter Character
The Harry Potter actor Tom Legeno is thought to have died during a hitchhiking trip.
Dave Legeno, the British actor who played Fenrir Greyback in three Harry Potter movies, has been found dead in a remote part of California's Death Valley. The mixed martial arts fighter was found by hikers on Sunday and his body was recovered by helicopter.
Tom Felton has led the tributes to Dave Legeno
According to the BBC, there were no signs of foul play and it is believed he died from the heat, a coroner's examination found.
Continue reading: Dave Legeno, Harry Potter Actor, Found Dead In California's Death Valley
J.K. Rowling's latest addition to Harry Potter website 'Pottermore' has once again sparked interest in the possibility of another film. Unfortunately, another Harry Potter movie is unlikely and here are five reasons why!
J.K. Rowling's short story prompted wide spread speculation about the possibility of a new film.
Continue reading: 5 Reasons Why A New Harry Potter Film Is Unlikely
Harry Potter is an Auror; Ron Weasley helps George run Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes; and Hermione Granger is big in the Ministry of Magic. J.K. Rowling has released a short story in the form of a Daily Prophet article in which she imagines how Dumbledore's army are aged 34.
J.K. Rowling has released a short 1500 word story on Pottermore detailing the lives of Harry Potter and the rest of the Hogwarts gang 16 years after they defeated Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
Jk Rowling has written a short story about the famous trio aged 34.
The story is written from the viewpoint of Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter who continues to meddle and gossip monger. Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley are all attending the Quidditch World Cup Final in the Patagonian Desert where Skeeter is celebrity spotting. The four friends and now couples are still hugely popular and Skeeter reports how large crowds have turned out to see them.
The 24-year-old actor has opened up on his use of alcohol
Daniel Radcliffe - The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Cort Theatre
The Harry Potter actor, who is making a name for himself on the stage rather than for his wizarding fame notoriety, turned to drinking when the pressures of fame and failure became all too real. “I would have benefited from not drinking as it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to,” he said.
Warner Bros. are squeezing three films out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It has been announced that J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, the 2001 wizard textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will become a film trilogy as the now-legendary author teams up with Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
J.K Rowling will pen three new films for Warner Bros. based on the Potterverse
The main character of the trilogy will be Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" but the spin-off won’t be set before or after the events we all know and love from the 8 Harry Potter films; rather, it will sit alongside them to further expand the legend.
Continue reading: The Potter Magic Won't Stop - J.K Rowling Penning Spin-Off Film Trilogy
The film series will be based on a book published in 2001 which was originally billed as one of Harry Potter's textbook's.
The book, which was originally published in 2001 (between the fourth and fifth addition), was originally billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks.
Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara has reportedly persuaded Rowling to create the spin-off into a big-screen film series.
Continue reading: JK Rowling's Harry Potter Spin-Off To Be Made Into Film Trilogy
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With the Harry Potter books/films all sewn up, J.K Rowling has been indulging in some other projects. Thoughts, though, often wander towards her seminal work, and her decision to see Harry off with Ginny, and Hermione off with Ron is playing on her mind; it should have been Potter and Granger walking down the aisle, she’s admitted to Wonderland magazine.
Radcliffe & Watson should have ended up together, regrets Rowling
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really,” she explained in the rare interview, which was conducted by Emma Watson while guest editing the publication. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."
The actor revealed that he wants to put HP under the invisibility cloak for good as he looks towards the future
Daniel Radcliffe will forever be associated with Harry Potter, that's a given and something he is more than aware of, but he by no means wants to sit back and rely on his HP fame to coast through the rest of his life. On the contrary, Radcliffe is determined to make a name for himself as an established and accomplished actor, and he already has a few roles lined up that could already cement his place as a Hollywood regular, rather than another disposable child actor.
The actor is thankful of his past, but wants to concentrate on his future
The 24-year-old recently sat down with The New York Times for an interview, in which he detailed some of the impeccably thorough work he has put into honing his trade and separating himself from 'the boy who lived.' As the Harry Potter franchise continues to possess a strong, adoring fan base, and with Warner Brothers looking to expand the franchise with potentially two new films, Radcliffe has decided to put it all behind him and move on with his life and career.
Warner Bros. are going for quantity now, will quality follow?
We get the idea: when you’ve got one of the highest grossing movies of all time under your control, it would be foolish not to milk it a bit. But with Warner Bros. trademarking yet another part of the Harry Potter universe, it got us wondering, could every single future film be a Potter spin off or some kind?
So far, Warner Bros. have got their hands on Scamander, the Tales Of Beedle The Bard, Quidditch Through The Ages, the name of quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp and team names Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels. (Bleeding Cool)
This suggests the Quidditch spin off is nailed on. This comes in addition to the trademark of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which, as Warner Bros. announced earlier on this month, is set for a cinematic reimagining from page to screen. Fans of the Potter franchise – and there are plenty of those – will be delighted to see their universe explored further via the medium of cinema.
Continue reading: Exactly How Many Harry Potter Spin Offs Are There Going To Be!?
With eight books, strap yourself in for a long ride
Artemis Fowl has been called ‘the new Harry Potter’ plenty of times by the critics, and to be fair, the similarities are there. Both franchises hold their roots in novels – Potter’s seven to Fowl’s eight – and both take place in a weird and magical world.
Both, too, follow a teenage male protagonist who is fighting against adversity. Fowl, though, is a little criminal master, while Potter was always a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Either way, it’s ripe for a cinematic re-imagining, and judging by the people behind the project, it’s got every chance of matching the Potter film franchise.
Eoin Colfer's books are about to get even bigger - IMAX bigger
Continue reading: Can 'Artemis Fowl' Replicate Harry Potter's Success?
How do Wizards celebrate birthdays?
In Harry Potter world, the boy with the scar on his face is very much a man. In fact, he’s 33 now; his kids are probably starting Hogwarts and the Potters are sitting at home, wondering if their little ones have an evil overlord looking to kill them and enslave the rest of the world.
Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling!
That’s right, Harry Potter turned 33 yesterday in the legend, and J.K. Rowling – it’s rude to reveal a lady’s age – had a birthday, too. To celebrate, Rowling probably went for a nice meal and moaned some more about those idiots that revealed her pseudonym. Harry, on the other hand, has a new look to his books, as brand new covers have been issued for novels 1-7.
Continue reading: Birthday Refreshments For 'Harry Potter' - But They're New Book Covers
Get ready for a blast from the past
You can successfully date a person by what childrens’ TV they enjoyed. Fans of Aquila are generally 24-years-old now, Demon Head Master? Around 26. Anyone who really enjoyed Knighthood; they’re approaching their 32th birthday, no doubt.
That’s why loads of 32-year-olds will be logging on to YouTube soon, as the nostalgia-fix just becomes too much to bear. Knighthood is coming back to a browser near you – just for one special episode. The show is being recorded in the original Knightmare Studio in Norwich.
"With more than half of our top 20 non-music channels dedicated to geek culture, YouTube has become a top destination for fans everywhere to create, share and watch geek content," says Danielle Tiedt, vice president of marketing for YouTube. "We're excited to shine a spotlight on this global community during Geek Week and debut all-new videos and series created by some of our most popular channel partners." (via The Guardian)
Continue reading: Remember 'Knightmare'? Of Course You Do - And It's Back!
Robert Galbraith's true identity was revealed by a British law firm. Russells Solicitors' law partner Chris Gossage revealed J.K. Rowling was the author of 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. The law firm has apologised 'unreservedly'.
J.K. Rowling was revealed as the woman behind pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith', the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, by a law firm leak. Despite Russells Solicitors' apology, Rowling is "disappointed" and "angry" that her trust was misplaced.
J.K.Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
The Sunday Times had gone in search of answers after suspicions were aroused by a literary analyst, who noted Galbraith's writing had similarities to Rowling's. They received confirmation of the author's true identity, it was revealed yesterday (Thursday 18th July), by a law firm Russells.
The crime novel shot to the top of Amazon's charts when Rowling's name was revealed
J.K. Rowling was living out Stephen King’s dream when she wrote The Cuckoo's Calling as Robert Galbraith, enjoying the anonymity bestowed on her by that pseudonym. King, who wrote under the name Richard Bachman, praised the practice while bemoaning those clever Internet folks that spotted his ruse.
Rowling enjoyed writing as Galbraith
"I would have told her it's an impossible secret to keep for long," King told USA Today. He "got outed as Bachman by someone who recognized my style, and in these days of the Internet, that becomes more and more likely," but for him, "Jo is right about one big thing — what a pleasure, what a blessed relief, to write in anonymity, just for the joy of it. Now that I know, I can't wait to read the book." Rowling said she had "hoped to keep this secret a little longer".
Continue reading: Stephen King On J.K. Rowling's Pseudonym - 'What A Pleasure'
JK Rowling's crime novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling', published in April under a male pseudonym, was initially rejected by publishers. Rowling is not the only famous author to have been turned down whilst endeavouring to find a suitable publisher for their work.
J.K. Rowling's latest work, The Cuckoo's Calling, was turned down by at least one publisher. Yesterday (Sunday 14th July), Kate Mills of Orion publishing house admitted she had rejected the novel. This was following Rowling's admittance that she had penned the crime novel written under the male pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'.
J.K.Rowling at the premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Rowling's first work Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was initially turned down by publishing powerhouse Bloomsbury. The company eventually did pick up the novel and the subsequent series. The Harry Potter books have been translated in 64 languages and remain the bestselling series in history.
'Harry Potter' author, J.K. Rowling authored a crime novel under a pseudonym. 'The Cuckoo's Calling', before the author's unmasking, sold less than 500 copies. The author, following investigation by a British newspaper, admitted to having written the crime novel on Sunday (14th July).
J.K. Rowling, author of the hugely popular Harry Potter series, admitted she had published a detective novel under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'. Her announcement was made on Sunday 14th July after a newspaper followed up on a hunch that the 'two' authors shared very similar writing styles. The novel, entitled The Cuckoo's Calling, was published in April of this year. Despite receiving critical acclaim the novel sold less than 500 copies.
J.K.Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.
One publishing house, Orion, has admitted their mistake in turning down the novel. The publishing director, Kate Mills, said Rowling's latest work was "perfectly decent, but quiet". She continued to say that it was "well written" but concerned that "it didn't stand out". Mills claimed this is a serious problem when attempting to launch "new authors" in crime fiction when it is already "a very crowded market".
Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has emerged as the writer of the well-received 'The Cuckoo's Calling' which was published in April under the pseudonym. Now sales of the crime thriller are up 500,000%.
There's little wonder that the millionaire Harry Potter author and focus of persistent media attention Jk Rowling would seek to publish new material under a pseudonym. Under the crushing weight of her previous works, which also include post-Potter adult fiction The Casual Vacancy, any subsequent Rowling writing will naturally be subject to fierce scrutiny and unnecessary comparison to her wizard teen fiction that charmed the world and spawned an eight-part movie franchise. The Cuckoo's Calling storyline focusses on Cormoron Strike, a war veteran-turned private investigator whose skills are called upon when a model plunges to her death from a balcony.
JK Rowling Fooled Readers Under The Pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith.'
Sneaky Rowling certainly fooled them all - from readers to reviewers and even crime writers, no one was any the wiser that Robert Galbraith may not have been who he claimed to be until The Sunday Times had a poke around, wondering how a writer's first work - and one "with a background in the army and the civilian security industry" at that - could be so self-assured and critically successful. Aside from similarities in style, it was uncovered that Rowling and 'Galbraith' shared a literary agent and editor and The Cuckoo's Calling was published by Sphere - the same publishers as The Casual Vacancy, according to The Sunday Times as reported by BBC News.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Poses As Military Man & Fools The World With Crime Novel
Daniel Radcliffe says he would be happier playing a Bond villain than 007.
Since completing the Harry Potter films Radcliffe has gone on to appear, most notably, in The Woman in Black and Sky's A Young Doctor's Notebook. He frequently does theatre work; his latest role in Michael Grandage's The Cripple of Inishmann has received favourable reviews.
At only 5'5 the actor says he is "not nearly strapping enough to play Bond" but would be a "much better villain". Should Radcliffe be considered for a Bond villain he would be following in the footsteps of such actors as Antony Dawson (Dr.No); Peter Lorre (as Le Chiffre in the original Casino Royale) and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger).
Continue reading: Harry Potter VS. James Bond? Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Be Bond Villain
Emma Watson's waxwork was unveiled at Madame Tussauds this week, five years after Daniel Radcliffe's replica took its place at the London attraction.
Emma Watson finally took her permanent place at Madame Tussauds this week, in waxwork form of course. A replica unveiled at the museum shows the 22-year-old Harry Potter actress sitting cross-legged on a chaise lounge, allowing fans to sit next to her and have their photos taken, reports the Express.
There was some speculation as to which outfit Watson would be wearing in her waxwork, and the designers opted for the subtle midnight blue Elie Saab dress that Watson wore to a red carpet event in Hong Kong back in 2011. Her brunette hair is pulled back into a beehive and the actress sports a cocktail ring on her left hand.
"Emma is the perfect addition and we're very lucky to add her to our A-list line-up," said Nicole Fenner of Madame Tussauds, "She's a true English rose, known and loved by millions of film and fashion fans around the world."
Continue reading: Emma Watson Wears Eli Saab In Madame Tussauds Waxwork (Pictures)
Potterheads the world over, rejoice! A secret, ninth film about the boy wizard is in the works. Well, sort of. The project is actually a mini-movie, to be shown only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida, as well as the two Harry Potter attractions currently under construction in California (due to open in 2014) and Japan (in 2016). This will probably mean that only American and Japanese fans (and those willing to travel, of course) will be able to enjoy this last piece of the Boy Who Lived’s story.
Filming is already underway in Hertfordshire and, of course, the schedule will be much tighter than it has been for any other film in the franchise. Helena Bohnam Carter is one of the actors who will be reprising their roles in this final installment. This is something to look forward to for a lot of people, not least of all the rights holders of the story. The entire franchise, spanning ten books, eight films, a theme park and countless items of Harry Potter memorabilia is estimated to be worth over $24 billion.
For the fans of the series all of this means something else. The release of the eight film was described by many as the end of an era. Tears were shed and the hype for the “big finale” kept building up for months. However, it looks like as long as there are people to watch and, of course, profits to be made, Hogwarts really will be there to welcome you home.
It seems as though J.K Rowling can't write anything that doesn't end up being lifted off the page, and on to our TV screens. Hell, we reckon if she found a publisher for her shopping list, someone would try and turn it into a literary infused cooking show.
Her first book for adults, and no, we don't count the 'grown up' version of her Harry Potter books, is to be adapted by the BBC into a series. Despite the mixed critical reviews, A Casual Vacancy was deemed ripe for a medium jump. Rowling said she was "thrilled" that the novel has been commissioned. "I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home." BBC One controller Danny Cohen said he was also excited to bring Rowling's latest work to audiences."[Her] story-telling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her."
The number and length of the prospective episodes are yet to be decided, but once they are, it will be produced through an independent production company operated by Neil Blair, on behalf of The Blair Partnership, and Rick Senat. The book moved 125,000 copies in its first week on the market, becoming the fastest-selling hardback in the UK for three years and the second biggest seller since records began in 1998.
As was widely predicted, Jk Rowling’s new book for adults has topped the fiction charts. The Casual Vacancy sold 124, 603 copies in just three days after its release. This was ten times more than the book in second place on the chart: Bernard Cornwell’s ‘1356,’ which sold 12, 231 copies. These results make Rowling’s novel the 15th best-selling book of 2012 so far; not bad going for a novel that has been on sale for just a week.
Book sales in the UK are monitored by Nielsen BookScan. A spokesman from the company, David Walter, told The Telegraph “By way of comparison, the latest phenomenon in the book trade, Fifty Shades of Grey, sold 664,000 in its highest week of sales so far.” Rowling may not be breaking any records with The Casual Vacancy but it’s a promising start for the novelist, who is more used to penning the Harry Potter wizardry books for children. The Harry Potter books, of course, were record-breakers; it’s unlikely that Rowling will come anywhere close to their success with this diversion from her usual genre.
The final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold over 2.6 million copies in its first week; eclipsing the success of The Casual Vacancy quite convincingly. Since Nielsen began collating their records, JK Rowling is “by far the highest selling author,” having racked up sales in excess of £238 million.
Emma Watson has admitted the relief she now feels having finished filming the long running Harry Potter film franchise, admitting to The Telegraph newspaper that she enjoyed being on the set of her new film, The Perks of Being A Wallflower due to the fact that she could “experience everything I missed growing up.”
She told the paper that, having spent much of the last decade film her role as Heroine Granger, working on the new film gave her the chance to let her hair down a little and enjoy herself. She went on to admit that she isn’t quite sure “how we got away with [doing] as much as we did” in-between filming scenes for the new film, as she was involved with any number of disruptive activities whilst off set.
With all the cast for Wallflower sharing one floor of a hotel, she admitted that she and co-star Ezra Miller opened the doors in between their rooms in a bid to turn the ground floor of the hotel into something not to dissimilar to a hippy commune.
Continue reading: Emma Watson And Ezra Miller’s Hippy Commune Hotel?
Jk Rowling’s new book may be targeted at an adult audience, though the novelist caused a stir in the wizardry world on Wednesday (September 26, 2012) by refusing to rule out a fifth Harry Potter novel. The author and one of the world’s richest women told the BBC she would be willing to revisit her hugely successful series if she came up with an interesting plot.
On the eve of her new book ‘The Casual Vacancy’, Rowling quite rightly said she had reached a point in her career whereby she no longer had to write “just to make money,” adding, “Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there's only one reason to write, for me - if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it… Now if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world - because I loved writing it - I'd do it.” Rowling has no doubt been urged to write further Potter books by her publishers, though has often spoken of her desire to produce work for other genres and audiences. ‘The Casual Vacancy’ has been shrouded in secrecy ahead of its release though reportedly contains more adult themes such a class warfare, addiction and sexuality.
Time will tell whether holding the book back from the press was a shrewd move, though it’s safe to say Rowling will be top of the charts come next week. The new book is unlikely to reach the heady sales heights of E.J James’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series, though an eighth Harry Potter novel? Now that just might.
Will Jk Rowling write more Harry Potter books? In an interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz, broadcast this morning (September 26, 2012), the author explained that it was “murder” leaving behind the characters that she had created in the Harry Potter stories. One the one hand, she insists “where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done. I just think it would be for the sake of milking it and that’s just not in me.” Then, however, she dropped a bomb by revealing that she has “left the door ajar” into the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts: “If I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it. But I've got to have a great idea.”
So, it seems that the final nail is yet to be hammered into the Hogwarts coffin. Rowling could still, hypothetically create more fiction based on that world. In the meantime, her younger fans will simply have to wait until they are old enough to enjoy JK Rowling’s new book, which is most definitely not for children.
When she was asked if she was worried about children accessing the book, which contains some pretty “vivid language,” she replied “I hope that we've made it really clear that this isn't a book for children. I've been very open about what the themes are, we've talked about what the story's about. I would have thought that parents can make a very clear choice... I would have to ask why have kids got such untrammelled access to the internet that they are downloading.”
J.K Rowling has plunged millions of Harry Potter fanatics into frenzy mode this morning, when she hinted that a director's cut of the wizardry story could happen.
Speaking to BBC News, Rowling bemoaned the speed of which she authored some of the infamous novels, insisting: "There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year." The creator of the 'potterverse' was keen not to make the same mistake with her new book, The Casual Vacancy, which is published tomorrow (September 27th). But had the rush to complete certain chapters of her magical tale inspired Rowling to rework some of Harry's adventures? Well she certainly didn't say no: "I read them, and I think 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut', I don't know." And cue the madness. A rare interview, J.K isn't one to blurt out under-prepared answers to please her interviewer, so Potter fans should take note, as they undoubtedly already have.
Her aforementioned new release is showing signs that it'll be a hit come Christmas. With chart topping performances at literary outlets like Waterstones and Amazon, it's likely her grown-up book will be on the wish list of many around this time in December. "It is a parochial - literally - novel that's looking at slicing through a society with everything that that implies. That's what I wanted to do," she said of the book.
Jk Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy looks set to continue her literary success with one million pre-orders already having been made.
Following the massive success she had with her Harry Potter franchise which continues to reach out to fans with the new interactive website Pottermore.com even after the release of the last book and film, this modest author’s new ventures definitely look just as promising. It is expected to become the UK’s best seller of 2012 with The Bookseller charts editor Philip Stone telling AFP ‘It’s one of the biggest releases of the 21st century’ and predicting an immediate place at number one. It certainly has the credentials to become the next big hit in literature with it being the most pre-ordered book at Waterstones this year and with Rowling’s last book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, selling 2.5 million copies in the UK just in the first 24 hours.
However, she has some serious competition. She is yet to break the record for the most hardback sales of an adult book in the first week (given that ‘Harry Potter’ was a children’s franchise) which currently stands at a massive 550,000 for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel ‘The Lost Symbol’. She is also to match the global phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James which has so far sold 5.3 million. One Waterstones spokesperson has expressed doubt that Rowling will even match her own success records with ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and admitted, ‘It is not in the league of ‘Harry Potter’.’Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?
Continue reading: Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?
Speaking to USA today, in her first and only interview prior to her much anticipated new release; Rowling said, "I don't think everyone will like the book. But I'm proud of this book. I like this book. It is what it's meant to be. As an author, you really can't say more than that. I don't mean this arrogantly, but if people don't like it, well, that's how it should be, isn't it? That's art. It's all subjective. And I can live with that." Rowling - nearly singlehandedly - created one of the biggest franchises on the globe, with the Harry Potter name being known worldwide. Seven books, eight films and myriad of merchandising made Rowling one of the richest women in the world, which gives her an air of confidence. "Of course this might change tomorrow, but I thought I would feel more nervous because it's been five years -- and this is a very different kind of book -- but actually I feel quite excited," she explained.
Early indications suggest that The Casual Vacancy will be a smash hit, as it's topped pre-order charts for literary mercantile giants Amazon and Waterstones, making it a shoe-in for stocking fillers around the world. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.
Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, known best for her role as Ginny Weasley in the HP adventures, has followed up her life-changing role in the wizarding series by heading to Senegal to hopefully change a few lives herself as part of an Oxfam-led charity trip, the Oxford Mail reports.
Bonnie and members of the charity based in Oxford have set off on a goodwill trip to a part of Senegal that is currently experiencing extensive food shortages. Bonnie is visiting a part of Northern Africa where more than 18 million people spread across nine countries across the region are threatened with severe food shortages, among the victims include close to a million children who are suffering from acute malnutrition already. The next harvest in the region isn't expected until later this month or the beginning of October, meaning that Miss Wright is visiting the area during the harshest period of the shortage.
The generous 21-year-old wont finish her goodwill campaign there though, as she will continue her work for the charity back home when she will feature as one of the stars appearing at an evening of storytelling and performance at Oxford Playhouse in celebration of Oxfam's 70th birthday. Also lending a hand on the night will be celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop and Sex in the City actress Kristin Davis.
Daniel Radcliffe explains the occasional arguments he had with his co-star, Emma Watson, during filming of the Harry Potter franchise.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admitted in a recent interview that he co-star and Emma Watson used to get into huge arguments on the set during filming, sometimes causing the pair to refuse to talk to each other for days on end. Radcliffe spoke about how their differing points of view usually began to debate simple topics which eventually spiralled into something altogether more dramatic.
During an interview with Britain's Radio Times, Radcliffe explained, "Oh, God. We used to argue about everything. Religion. Politics. I remember one of the big arguments we had on the fourth film - we didn't speak to each other for a couple of days - was about... She was arguing about the Latin language, that nobody knows what it sounds like, what a Latin accent should be. And I was like, 'Yeah, but it's still spoken a lot in the Catholic church.'
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