JK Rowling gives fans an insight into the Potter family for this iconic day.
Harry Potter fans everywhere are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' with cool Facebook features, new releasese on Pottermore and a sweet message from Jk Rowling.
JK Rowling at the 2017 BAFTAs
Explore the full history of the Potter family on Pottermore today as JK Rowling unveils a piece of writing exploring her boy wonder's most eccentric ancestors 20 years following her success with her debut novel.
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Ian McKellen wanted to respect Richard Harris by turning down Harry Potter role.
Fans of both Harry Potter and Ian McKellen will be aggrieved to learn that the actor was actually considered for the role of Professor Dumbledore following the death of Richard Harris, but he turned it down because the latter didn't like him very much.
Ian McKellen waves at 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere
Despite the fact that we can't understand why anyone wouldn't adore Sir Ian McKellen, it seems that his late contemporary Richard Harris wasn't his biggest fan. In an interview on the BBC program 'HARDtalk', he spoke about the situation in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Continue reading: Why Did Ian McKellen Decline The Invitation To Play Dumbledore?
The most nominations since 'Hairspray' in 2008.
The 2017 nominations for the West End's most prestigious prize ceremony, the Laurence Olivier Awards, have been announced and Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is soaring above them all with eleven mentions altogether including Best New Play - almost breaking a record.
JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' nominated for eleven Laurence Olivier Awards
The play, which opened in London in July 2016, is currently up for Virgin Atlantic Best New Play against the likes of 'Elegy', 'The Flick' and 'One Night in Miami'. Plus, Jamie Parker who plays the older Harry Potter in the production is nominated for Best Actor in competition with Ian McKellen for 'No Man's Land', Tom Hollander for 'Travesties', Ed Harris for 'Buried Child'.
The ballad was recorded for the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
Springsteen first mentioned he had written a song that didn't end up being used in the movie in an interview with BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo in October, and since then fans have been eagerly waiting to hear it. However, the mysterious track was later removed from Soundcloud, where it had first surfaced.
Bruce Springsteen’s unused Harry Potter ballad, ‘I'll Stand By You Always’, has surfaced online
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Unsurprisingly, the author isn’t ‘cheered up’ by talk about her death.
Jk Rowling has responded to an internet meme about her death, by politely asking fans to please untag her when sharing it.
The presumably well-meaning meme is been shared all over social media and describes how Harry Potter fans will react when she passes away. But for the author, it’s all just a little morbid.
JK Rowling doesn't really like talk about her death
Continue reading: JK Rowling Would Like Fans To Not Tag Her When Discussing Her Death
The Malfoys are officially the cutest father and son villains.
The two actors, who played villainous father-and-son Lucis and Draco Malfoy in the film series, also both attended the Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter, where they took part in a cast panel alongside Warwick Davis and Matthew Lewis.
Continue reading: Malfoys Unite! Jason Isaacs And Tom Felton Have 'Harry Potter' Reunion
Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about reprising their characters for a three-part movies series based on 'The Cursed Child'.
Rumours of a prospective movie series bringing the recent Harry Potter play ‘The Cursed Child’ to the big screen have been reignited, with an entertainment journalist claiming that Warner Bros. is in discussions with the franchise’s original stars to reprise their characters.
The two-part play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened at the Palace Theatre in London back in June 2016, and is set 19 years after the events of Rowling’s books. Shows have continued to sell out for months, and rumours of a Broadway production have recently floated.
Daniel Radcliffe has always been asked whether he'll reprise his Harry Potter role
Depp, who was accused of domestic abuse during his divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, has a brief cameo in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'.
53 year old Depp, who faced domestic abuse allegations in his acrimonious divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, makes a cameo appearance as the wicked dark wizard Grindelwald in the film, which is released next week and has a more prominent role in the planned sequel.
JK Rowling has defended Depp's inclusion in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'
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Depp is due to take on an as-yet-unspecified role in the sequel to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' in 2018.
With just under a month to go until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas, there’s been a huge casting announcement made about the scheduled sequel, with Johnny Depp set to take a role.
According to a report by Deadline on Tuesday (November 1st), Depp will be joining the Warner Bros. production alongside established cast members Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz and Katherine Waterston when the sequel hits cinemas in 2018.
Johnny Depp is to take on a role in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel
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Speaking at an event trailing the release of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' next month, Rowling said there were scripts for as many as FOUR sequels in the works.
Speaking at Cineworld’s Empire Imax in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday evening (October 13th), alongside the movie’s lead star Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates, the author admitted that she and Warner Bros. had always planned for at least one follow-up to Fantastic Beasts…
JK Rowling has revealed plans for as many as four more 'Fantastic Beasts' movies
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Rowling has had to clarify that Harambe the gorilla is NOT a possible result on the Pottermore 'Patronus Quiz'.
Potter fans were sent into a frenzy of excitement when the website launched its ‘Patronus Quiz’ on Thursday (September 22nd) which allows users to discover their inner spirit animal. That anticipation heightened when Rowling re-tweeted an altered image from a comedy Twitter account of Harambe that made it look as if the animal would be one of the possible quiz results.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Says Harambe The Gorilla Is NOT A Patronus
For those of you who can afford nearly half a million pounds, the ULTIMATE Harry Potter collectible is up for sale.
The modest suburban house used as Harry Potter’s childhood home in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling’s books has been put up for sale for almost half a million pounds, and has attracted a huge amount of interest from fans around the world.
The three-bedroom property near Reading, depicted as 4 Privet Drive in Little Whinging in the movies but which is actually located at 12 Picket Post Close in Bracknell, Berkshire, went up for sale for £475,000 this week.
Continue reading: Harry Potter's Childhood Home, '4 Privet Drive', Goes On Sale
If there’s a film version of ‘The Cursed Child’, Radcliffe could be willing to reprise the role.
Daniel Radcliffe has not ruled out playing Harry Potter one more time, if stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is adapted for the big screen. However the actor did say he would feel strange about returning to the part and he wouldn’t mind if another actor was to take on the role.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t ruled out playing Harry Potter again
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he’d consider playing Potter again, Radcliffe said: “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do. But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Hasn't Closed The Door On Playing Harry Potter Again
A 'well-placed' Hollywood insider claims Warner Bros. is in the process of concluding movie rights for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' - and that it wants Radcliffe to return.
Could Daniel Radcliffe possibly be about to reprise his famous role as Harry Potter? Sources claim it’s possible, with Warner Bros. studios reportedly in talks to acquire movie rights for JK Rowling’s recent play ‘The Cursed Child’ – and there’s only one person they want to play the lead!
On Wednesday (August 31st), the New York Daily News reported that Warners is looking to nail down the rights to a ‘Cursed Child’ movie, which could be ready as soon as 2020. Radcliffe played the boy wizard in eight feature films from 2001 to 2011, with actor Jamie Parker taking on the role of the adult Harry in the current stage show.
Could Daniel Radcliffe return as Harry Potter in a 'Cursed Child' movie?
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Grint will star alongside Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick in a 10-part TV series for Sony's streaming platform Crackle.
Scottish actor Dougray Scott and ‘Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick are also set to play prominent roles in the forthcoming series, which is set to be available on Sony’s streaming network Crackle from early 2017.
27 year old Grint, who played Ron Weasley in all eight Harry Potter movies based on JK Rowling’s books, will play a “frustratingly chaotic” character named Charlie Cavendish, according to a press release. He's also set to take on an executive producer's role.
Continue reading: Rupert Grint To Star In TV Re-Make Of 'Snatch'
Online book retailers are listing three new eBooks by JK Rowling as arriving in September.
After the success of West End play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and the forthcoming release of film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Potter fans already have plenty to keep them going. But it looks as if there’s even more excitement to come, as three new titles by author Jk Rowling have appeared for pre-order on sites including Amazon.
Are three new Harry Potter eBooks coming in September?
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide have all appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple's US iBook store.
Continue reading: Are Three New 'Harry Potter' Books Coming Our Way Next Month?
Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments in Huddersfield, claims he was misquoted after JK Rowling attacks him on Twitter.
Early last week, a story broke in The Independent in which Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments that supplies handmade wands among other things, was quoted as saying: “Harry Potter is for children”, and that “if I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering.”
JK Rowling has intervened in the wand-shop dispute
You might want to check if your copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' contains the valuable typo.
A rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it goes to auction in November at Bonhams. The book contains a small, barely noticeable typo and only 500 copies containing the error were published in 1997.
Does your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone contain a valuable typo?
Page 53 of the book lists the supplies Harry needs to begin his first term at Hogwarts. But what Rowling, her editors and the book’s proof reader didn't notice at the time was, the phrase '1 wand’ appears twice on the list.
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter' Book With Small Typo Goes Up For Auction At £20,000
The deal is reported to be worth a much as $250 million and is the largest movie acquisition in the company’s history.
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to air the Harry Potter movies in the US, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts series from owners Warner Bros. The television rights were previously held by Disney in a seven-year deal, but NBC will take them over from July 2018.
NBCUniversal will be airing the Fantastic Beasts movies from 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal, although exact terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, it's speculated that it could be valued as high as $250 million, making it one of the largest for a movie franchise and the biggest acquisition in NBC Universal's history.
Continue reading: NBC Buys Rights To Air 'Harry Potter' And 'Fantastic Beasts' Movies
'Mystical Moments' say their wands are reserved for real witches and wizards only.
A magic shop selling wands and accessories to real life witches and wizards has banned Harry Potter fans from buying their products because they are not suitable for muggles. Mystical Moments in Huddersfield has had witches and wizards from all over the country looking for wands since opening in April, but its owner says he refuses to sell any to Potter fans.
A magic shop has banned Harry Potter fans from purchasing wands.
Speaking to The Sun, wand maker Richard Carter said: “Jk Rowling has obviously done her research but Harry Potter is for children. It has done nothing for business. You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed.
Continue reading: Magic Shop Bans Harry Potter's Muggle Fans From Buying Wands
The new book, containing the actual script of 'The Cursed Child' play and out in hardback form, has sold nearly 700,000 copies in three days.
Although Jk Rowling has already declared that it will be the final chapter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, she might be tempted to think twice after reports of sales of the newly-released ‘The Cursed Child’ set to make it the biggest-selling book of the decade.
The special rehearsal edition of the book form of the script, featuring stage directions used by the cast, went on sale for £20 in hardback on Sunday (July 31st), and it’s been absolutely flying off the shelves around Britain, with more than 680,000 copies sold in the first few days, according to Nielsen BookScan.
JK Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' script, released in book form on July 31st, looks set to be the biggest-selling book of the decade
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Book Set To Break Sales Records
We won't let go of our hopes and dreams.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is dominating theatre news this summer, and now those who didn't manage to get a ticket for parts 1 and 2 of the play have probably got their copy of the script book which they pre-ordered months ago. But Jk Rowling says that's it now. No more Potter parables.
JK Rowling says 'no more'
The author insisted at the play's premiere in London on Saturday (July 30th 2016) that she will not write anymore about Harry Potter and his family. 'He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done', she told Reuters at the event. 'This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.'
The play held its gala preview in London today and the author made a special appearance.
Jk Rowling has praised fans of Harry Potter for keeping the secrets of West End play The Cursed Child. The play held its gala opening in London on Saturday, ahead of the paperback version of the scripts hitting shelves tomorrow.
JK Rowling has thanked fans for not spoiling Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Speaking to ITV News, Rowling said: “They've been amazing, they've been incredible, and you know what it is? It is the most extraordinary fandom so I'm kind of not surprised they didn't want to spoil it for each other but I'm so happy we got here without ruining it.”
The play has received five-star reviews from critics ahead of it’s official opening on Saturday (July 30th).
Critics have been dazzled by the magic of West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play, written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Thorne, director John Tiffany, and author Jk Rowling officially opens at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, after beginning its previews back in June.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on a story by JK Rowling.
The play is presented in two parts and runs at over five hours in total. It follows Potter, now in his mid-30s, and his son Albus, who is just beginning at wizarding school Hogwarts. The play is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in Rowling’s best-selling series.
A study at the University of Pennsylvania has found Potter readers are less likely to be Trump voters.
The comparison between Donald Trump and Lord Voldemort has been made many times in the run up to the US election, but a new study has shown that Harry Potter fans are indeed less likely to vote Trump.
Donald Trump could be vanquished by Harry Potter readers.
The study by Professor Diana Mutz of the University of Pennsylvania found that the more Harry Potter books an American reads, the more their opinion of Trump lowers. “Reading Harry Potter books encourages more negative attitudes toward Trump,” Mutz wrote.
The two actresses who have portrayed Hermione met backstage after a performance of 'The Cursed Child' this week.
What’s the only thing better than Hermione from Harry Potter? Two Hermiones, that’s what, and the two actresses who have portrayed the character met backstage at a show of new play ‘The Cursed Child’, with Emma Watson sharing a number of photographs alongside Noma Dumezweni.
The 26 year old actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, went to see ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ on Thursday night (July 7th), and, of course, managed to get backstage to meet the cast and crew.
Emma Watson met with her fellow Hermione actress Noma Dumezweni backstage at 'The Cursed Child'
Radcliffe said that shooting scenes with Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort to such memorable effect, to be incredibly daunting "for a few years".
The British actor, currently starring in Swiss Army Man, fielded questions submitted to People magazine by young readers aged 4-11 and answered them for the latest episode of ‘The Jess Cagle Interview’.
Fiennes’ portrayal of Lord Voldemort is one of the most memorable villains in recent movie history, and Radcliffe said that even Fiennes’ presence on set was “genuinely intimidating” – even more so than Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), whom he found friendly after a short time.
Radcliffe says sitting in a theatre with ‘enthusiastic’ fans would not be the most ‘relaxing’ way to see the show.
Daniel Radcliffe has confirmed he’s not yet seen play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but he would like to in the future. The only problem is, the actor will have to wait until fan hysteria over the play dies down, so he can view it in a more relaxed setting.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn't seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet.
Speaking on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', Radcliffe said: “I feel like I want to see the show. I am genuinely intrigued and I've heard it's fantastic. But I just feel sitting in an audience of what will for the most of the near future be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might be like not a relaxing way to see a show.”
Radcliffe doesn't want his presence in a theatre audience to detract from the experience for 'Harry Potter' fans.
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll ever see the new play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ – because he doesn’t want to “distract or take away” from the production by being seen in the audience.
The 26 year old, who of course made his name by starring in the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies, was asked the question that pretty much everybody’s going to badger him with for the rest of the year – will he be seeing J.K. Rowling’s new play? Probably not, he told E! News.
Daniel Radcliffe at the premiere of 'Now You See Me 2'
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe "Not Sure" If He'll Ever See 'Harry Potter' Play
The West End play begins previews tonight (June 7).
Jk Rowling has sent out a plea to fans to keep the plot of play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a secret. Previews of the production begin tonight at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, before it officially opens on June 30th.
New pictures show startling familiarities.
Fans finally get a preview of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' with the cast in full costume, and it's safe to say that everyone is pleasantly surprised. Producers couldn't have found two actors that look more like Harry and Ginny Weasley if they tried.
Jk Rowling is thrilled with 'Cursed Child' casting
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' hits the West End next week with the play previews from June 7th, and while the actress playing Hermione Granger - the fabulous Noma Dumezweni - got a ridiculous amount of hate for having different colour skin to Emma Watson, people are taking to Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Severus Potter) much better.
The author apologised for the death of the much loved character, as fans marked the anniversary of the fictional battle.
Harry Potter fans are today marking the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2nd 1998. To mark the anniversary, author Jk Rowling has apologised to readers on Twitter, for the death of much-loved character Remus Lupin, who was killed by a Death Eater during the battle.
JK Rowling has apologised for the death of Remus Lupin.
‘Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin,’ Rowling tweeted. ‘In the interest of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.’
Herdman played Draco Malfoy’s wingman, Gregory Goyle in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise
Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman has undergone a dramatic transformation since the film franchise ended in 2011. The 28-year-old recently made his debut as a cage fighter, defeating Polish opponent Janusz Walachowski at an MMA show in Romford, east London.
Continue reading: Former 'Harry Potter' Star Josh Herdman Is Now An MMA Fighter
The bathrooms of JK Rowling's favourite haunt is covered in pen.
A cafe in Edinburgh where Jk Rowling often ventured to write the beginnings of Harry Potter has been graffitied so often that staff have stopped trying to paint over it, and instead settled to embrace their status as a popular tourist spot for die-hard fans who insist on marking their journey in toilet cubicles.
Harry Potter fans graffiti the bathrooms of Rowling's favourite cafe
Graffiti; the highly illegal act of etching messages or images on property that one has no authority to scribble on. Also Harry Potter fans' favourite way of dedicating their love for JK Rowling at significant sites. Take the Elephant House cafe in George IV Bridge, Edinburgh for example. Staff at said coffee house have finally given up the gruelling fight of removing graffiti from the bathrooms, most of which are dedicatory odes to the popular book franchise.
Chrissy Hart thanked the Harry Potter author for her series of novels, which had helped her daughter through her treatment.
A letter from the mother of a young cancer sufferer to author Jk Rowling has been read out during a performance of the Letters Live series in London. Actresses Carey Mulligan and Ellie Bamber read out the emotional letter from Chrissy Hart, who said Rowling’s Harry Potter books had helped her daughter through her cancer treatment.
A mother’s letter to JK Rowling was read out as part of the Letter’s Live series this week.
“I write to you as a mother, a Mummy, of a beautiful little girl. I'm sure you hear people tell you all the time that your words, your imagination helped them, or their children, in some way,” Ms Hart wrote.
Continue reading: Mother Of Young Cancer Patient Pens Emotional Letter To JK Rowling
It’s been nearly 10 years since the last ‘Harry Potter’ book and JK Rowling is still raking in the cash.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling’s earnings from her hit franchise are said to have already reached £7.5billion, despite it being 10 years since the release of the saga’s final book. According to The Sun, Rowling’s post-Potter earnings have not only already hit £7.5billion, but are predicted to top £17 billion in the years ahead.
JK Rowling is still raking in the cash from Harry Potter.
Rowling’s earnings have continued to rise thanks to three new franchise films, which will be out in the coming years, two stage plays and her website Pottermore. The author is also said to receive £1 for every one of the millions of books sold worldwide.
Continue reading: JK Rowling's Post-Potter Fortune Has Already Reached £7.5 Billion
And 7 is the most powerfully magic number...
Jk Rowling appears to have an amazing ability to reduce all her fans to collective tears with almost everything she says or does. Her latest is the announcement of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' as a script book, but she has also been using her magical world to deliver words of wisdom to needy fans.
JK Rowling gives the best advice
It's strange to think that all those amazingly insightful quotes from Dumbledore actually came from a middle-aged woman from Gloucestershire rather than an actual 100-plus year old professor with a long beard, but they did. As such, Rowling has plenty more where that came from. As and when her fans need it. She is the reigning Twitter Queen.
Continue reading: 7 Times JK Rowling Inspired Us With Hogwarts
The play’s script will be published in book form the day after it opens in London.
The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play from Jk Rowling is to be published in book form this July. The play premieres in London's West End on July 30th, with the script for Parts 1 and 2 hitting shelves the next day, July 31st.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be published in July.
The news was revealed on Rowling’s website Pottermore with a statement reading: ‘Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Script To Be Published In July
Watson had posted a quotation of Rickman where he had spoken of his support for feminism, cuing a backlash of fans accusing her of using his death to push an agenda.
The British actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, tweeted a quotation from Rickman yesterday after the news broke of his death at the age of 69 from cancer. It read: “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist - I think it is to our mutual advantage.”
Emma Watson has been accused of exploiting Alan Rickman's death to push a feminist agenda
Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni will play the adult Hermione in the new stage show.
When Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as the adult Hermione in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there were objections from some sections of the internet who believed the character should be played by a white actress. But following in the footsteps of Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, actress Emma Watson has now publicly shared her support for Dumezweni.
Emma Watson has tweeted her support for actress Noma Dumezweni.
Watson starred as Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter films, beginning in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She last played Hermione in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Rowling has come out in support of Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermione Granger, saying that the original books never specified anything to do with race.
Following the uproar in some corners of the internet over the casting Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a London theatrical production of a Harry Potter story, the universe’s author J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the move.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will debut at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and sees Harry, Hermione and Ron working at the Ministry of Magic as adults in a story written by Rowling and fleshed out by Jack Thorne. Dumezweni, 45, has a huge amount of West End experience, including a Laurence Olivier Award, but some fans were upset at the casting of a black woman as Hermione.
J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Supports Casting Of 'Black Hermione'
Because to some people, the colour of Hermione's skin matters for some reason.
The main cast of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' has now been announced, and as much as it's upped the excitement, the choice for Hermione Granger has caused some confusion among fans. Swaziland-born, Olivier-award winning Noma Dumezweni is named to play an older version of the clever witch.
Jk Rowling approves of black Hermione
Alongside Dumezweni, whose previous credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'Little Miss Jocelyn', 'The Cursed Child' will also star Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. Parker has starred in West End's 'The History Boys' while Thornley is known for starring alongside Tom Hardy in 'London Road'.
Long before the time of Harry Potter, wizards and witches still lived their lives in the muggle world as well as the wizarding world that was still governed by the ministry of magic.
Even though 'he who shall not be named' wasn't causing chaos for the wizards, they still had problems of their own. Largely these were monsters and beasts that come from far and distant lands. Newt Scamander is one particular wizard who is fascinated by these creators and when a selection of these terrible beasts are mistakenly released into the muggle world, Newt finds himself suddenly thrown into untrodden territory.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally written as a book by JK Rowling. The book studies 83 of these mystical creators all of which Newt has discovered.
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
Continue reading: Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Jealous Of Eddie Redmayne?
Filming has begun, and so has our excitement.
Exciting times ahead for Harry Potter fans; not only have we got J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play 'The Cursed Child' to look forward to, but filming for spin-off flick 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is well underway and if the first images from the set are anything to go by, it's going to be epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars in this forthcoming magical adventure, which is set to be in cinemas in a year. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be pleased to note that long-standing director David Yates is at the helm of 'Fantastic Beasts', alongside permanent producer David Heyman, and with Jk Rowling as the screenwriter.
The Directioner bought one of the flying cars used in the memorable sequence from 'Chamber of Secrets'.
Liam Payne has admitted to being a ‘Harry Potter’ uber-fan, revealing that he owns a flying car from the movie Chamber of Secrets and keeps it in his garden. Well, that’s what you can do when you’re a member of one of the biggest bands in the world.
Liam and his One Direction colleagues were interviewed by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show on Monday morning (November 16th), and the 22 year old confessed, after a little teasing from Harry Styles, that he splashed out an undisclosed six-figure sum on the piece of Potter paraphernalia and placed it in the garden of his £5.1 million Surrey mansion.
Liam Payne is a self-confessed Harry Potter "geek"
Continue reading: Liam Payne Actually Owns The Flying Car From 'Harry Potter'
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking a role in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking the lead role in the much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off is due to start filming in London this summer, and the 32-year-old actor is the favourite to play the lead role of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, according to The Sun.
Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015
Jk Rowling has penned the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book, and the author's 'exciting' script has gone done well with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who told IGN it's 'filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.'
Continue reading: Matt Smith Could Be Starring In Fantastic Beasts
This Halloween... dramatic pause... the worst Hogwarts teacher ever... returns.
In case you needed another reason to look forward to Halloween, here’s a cool thing: J. K. Rowling has promised Potterheads a brand new story about the boy – well, the man, at this point – wizard. Is it going to be another epilogue style digression?
Rowling just can't help returning to Hogwarts again and again, and again.
Sorry to disappoint, but… yeah. In fact, it won’t actually be a story about Harry Potter. The short story – approximately 1,700 words in total will be posted on Pottermore and center around that one character we all know and love. Brace yourselves, this one is about Dolores Umbridge.
Schedule announced up until the end of the decade by Warner Bros. CEO.
There was big superhero movie news today as Warner Bros. unveiled plans for extending the franchises of established favourites such as The Lego Movie and the Harry Potter universe. Also, up until 2020, DC Comics characters will do battle at the box offices with the Marvel creations with ten DC movies being announced.
Zack Snyder's sneak peek at Ben Affleck's Batman, who will feature in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016
Ben Affleck’s Batman will get a starring role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with an anticipated but unconfirmed release date in 2016. Furthermore, Affleck will reprise the role in 2017 in Justice League Part One, also to be directed by Snyder. Looking ahead even further, the second instalment of that movie is due for 2019.
JK Rowling has penned a new biography about the minor Harry Potter character, but just who is she? And where did Rowling's inspiration for the character emerge from?
Creator of one of the biggest literary and cinematic franchises of all time, JK Rowling, has recently revealed she has written a literary profile of Celestina Warbeck, a somewhat minor character who made several appearances in the Harry Potter books and ensuing films. It may strike many as particularly strange that Rowling should choose such an ancillary character upon which to divulge an in-depth life story. However, with the franchise still commanding vast legions of fans ready to lap up any fresh Potter material, such a query looks set to be made redundant rather quickly. The demand for greater insight into the fantastical world of witches, wizards, Weasley’s and Wormtail’s continues to expand like an Engorgio charm. But just who is this character? And more importantly, why has Rowling chose to compile a book on her exploits?
Despite new Potter material, there's no reason to expect any significant continuation of the beloved series of books and films.
Continue reading: Who Is Celestina Warbeck, The Subject Of J.K Rowling's Latest Work?
Potter spin-off trilogy is in a safe pair of hands when it's released in November 2016.
Director David Yates is to reconnect with the world of Harry Potter as news was announced that he is to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Variety. The project is the first part of a spin-off trilogy from the Potter series, also authored by J.K. Rowling.
David Yates will direct the first of the three Fantastic Beasts films
Yates represents a very safe pair of hands for the project, as he directed the last four of the eight Harry Potter movies. Although no deal has been confirmed, insiders believe that both sides are in contractual negotiations.
Continue reading: David Yates To Direct 'Harry Potter' Spin Off 'Fantastic Beasts'
The actor has made no secret of trying to distance himself from Potter, but a new interview shows he loved his time playing the boy wizard.
Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about his relationship with Harry Potter, the character that propelled him to stardom. The 25 year old spoke at a Q&A session at the Apple Store in London ahead of his new film What If, after he was asked about his feelings towards the boy wizard character.
Daniel Radcliffe spoke about his feelings towards his time as Harry Potter
"I don't think there's ever going to be one film in people's minds that finally separates me from Harry and I don't think I ever will be separated from Harry and I don't want to be,” the actor said.
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Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ to be filmed where its predecessors were made
Like all 8 Harry Potter movies – the biggest British film franchise of all time – the upcoming spin-off, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, will be filmed in the U.K.
Jk Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be shot in the U.K
Production will take place at the Warner Bros complex in Hertfordshire, where all the original, record-breaking Harry Potter films were made. Although, like the original films, some on-location filming is expected to take place.
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Rik Mayall played Peeves in Harry Potter, though the footage has never seen the light of day.
Rik Mayall - the legendary British comedian who died expectantly aged 56 this week - filmed scenes for Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone but was cut from the final version. In an interview that's turned up online since his death, Mayall revealed that he'd been cast as Peeves the poltergeist - which was due to be a recurring role in the monster franchise.
Rik Mayall was in Harry Potter, for 3 weeks.
Mayall, who started off the anecdote by asserting, "the film, with respect ... no, with no respect at all... the film was sh*t", explained, "I did it, I went and f*cking did it. I played the part of Peeves in Harry Potter. I got sent off the set because every time I tried to do a bit of acting, all the lads who were playing the school kids kept getting the giggles, they kept corpsing, so they threw me off."
Continue reading: Which Character Did Rik Mayall Play In Harry Potter? (Before He Was Cut)
We can't wait for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', but we also miss the original Harry Potter bunch. Where are they these days?
News that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be made into a film trilogy may be the best thing we’ve ever heard. The Harry Potter spin-off will be written by J.K. Rowling and the plot will focus on Magizoologist Newt Scamander.
While we can’t wait to find out more facts about the upcoming films, we also can’t help but think about how much we miss the original bunch.
Dan Rad can currently be found performing in The Cripple of Inishman
Continue reading: Where Are The 'Harry Potter' Stars Now?
Fans can read up on the high-flying sport
Even years after the last Harry Potter book was released, fans of the franchise are still living off the scraps that fan fiction and the subsequent movies have provided. J.K Rowling’s latest offering, though, is more than just a scrap: she’s penned an essay detailing the history of the Quidditch World Cup for fans to dig even deeper into Potter lore.
J.K Rowling has provided Potter fans with something else to get excited about
Quidditch is a professional sport akin to football in the Potterverse. Harry becomes quite skilled, taking on the role of Seeker and providing some of the books’ most memorable moments while trying to catch the Snitch atop his broom.
A Shrek theme park is due to open in London in 2015, what other movie themed attractions are popular with theme park fans?
Who isn’t obscenely excited about the news that DreamWorks Animation is due to team up with the chaps behind the London Eye ferris wheel to create a Shrek themed attraction park on London’s South Bank? We’ve been missing the grumpy green ogre lately so news that we’ll get the chance to meet him and all his pals in summer 2015 has probably got us more riled up than if we’d heard that Kate Middleton had become pregnant with quadruplets and was due to give birth to four royal babies at once (she isn’t).
Visitors to the Shrek theme park will get the chance to meet Shrek and Fiona
The theme park will be called ‘Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure’ and will be one of six sites set up around the globe. The London Shrek site will be the first to open it’s door (yay for us!) while five more will be opened over the next 9 years, due for completion in 2023. Not only will visitors to the theme park get the chance to meet Shrek, Fiona and all of the swamp gang, characters from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon will also be at ‘Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure’. This cements our as of yet unexpressed opinion (for fear of backlash) that when they’re not busy filming, Disney characters really do come to life and all hang out with each other. Toy Story had a deep emotional impact on us as children.
Continue reading: Shrek World? Hunger Games Land? The Rise Of Movie Themed Parks
Who'd have thought it? Harry Potter and Scottish rugby.
In a new story, Jk Rowling has revealed that the wizards in the Harry Potter universe are pretty big on Scottish rugby. Writing on her Pottermore website, Rowling said: "it is considered infra dig for wizards to support any rugby team other than Scotland."
JK Rowling Revealed Harry Potter as a Scottish Rugby Fan
The author elaborated on the revelation in a rare appearance on Twitter, telling her three million followers to, "help keep this noble tradition alive by tweeting #wizards4scotlandrugbyteam before #6nations Scotland v Italy", adding: "Wizards worldwide support the Scottish rugby team. It's an old magical tradition."
Continue reading: Turns Out Harry Potter Supports Scottish Rugby, Hates Cricket
Terry Gilliam was JK Rowling's first chocie to direct the Harry Potter movies, but could the direct have done a better job than Chris Columbus?
Fourteen years ago the question of which director would be responsible for bringing the 'Harry Potter' franchise to the big screen was one of the most debated film topics. Chris Columbus got the job, but Terry Gilliam wanted it and the director expressed his annoyance at not be given the role at the time. Now with the benefit of hindsight who really would have been better at taking on the unenviable task of directing 'Harry Potter'.
Could Terry Gilliam have done a better job than Chris Columbus?
Who ever was given the task of bringing ‘Harry Potter’ to life onscreen for the first time was going to be carrying the hopes and expectations of millions children all over the world. This meant that the task of picking the first director would not be easy. Among the names talked about early on, were Steven Spielberg, (who wished to animate the films), Tim Robbins and M. Night Shyamalan. However Rowling’s personal pick was Terry Gilliam, whom the author was a fan of. Gilliam said in 2006 that he was the ‘perfect guy’ to direct ‘Harry Potter’, but the gig went to Chris Columbus.
Gilliam definitely had an impressive back catalogue, especially in the fantasy genre. Looking at ‘Time Bandits’ and his later works ‘Brothers Grimm’ and ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, it’s clear Gilliam would have had the imagination to bring the ‘Harry Potter’ books to life on screen. Columbus’s previous work was less impressive. Yes ‘Home Alone’, ‘Home Alone 2’ and ‘Mrs Doubtfire.’ were box office hits aimed at a younger audience, but they were a far cry from a story with as much depth and imagination as 'Harry Potter'. What was in Columbus’s favour though was that he had written two eighties cult classics, ‘Gremlins’ and ‘The Goonies’.
What went against Gilliam was more his reputation especially when it came to budgetary matters.
Gilliam had a reputation of making movies with extremely inflated budgets, for example ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’, which cost around $46 million to make and earned only about $8 million at the box office. This meant it was incredibly unlikely that Wanner Brothers would take a risk with Gilliam, especially as they were lining up the ‘Harry Potter’ movies to be a huge money making franchise.
Continue reading: Could Terry Gilliam Have Directed Harry Potter?
A classic, Harry Potter was always going to be at the top
Later Harry Potter novels have darker themes, death and violence, but the earlier books are a veritable play pit of magic, cuddly characters, butterbear and escapism. And that’s why the first in the series, The Philosopher’s Stone, has been voted the nation’s favourite children’s book.
The Philosopher's Stone was a real hit - it still is!
While all seven books have something for everyone – and were all popular in their own right – our introduction to Harry has proved to be the pinnacle of the spellbinding story. From his time on Privet Drive to spending his first night at Hogwarts; from meeting Hagrid to gathering supplies in Diagon Alley, The Philosopher’s Stone captured the hearts of an entire nation.
Continue reading: The Nation's Favourite Children's Book? Why It's Harry Potter, Of Course
Not one, but two spin-off movies based in the same wizarding world of Harry Potter could well be on their way to the big screen
Did someone say Harry Potter spin-off? Surely that's too good to be true! Well apparently not, because the word on the street is that Warner Bros. are working alongside J.K. Rowling in order to bring a host of other adventures set within the same world as Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Rowling is currently writing her first screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Wehre to Find Them
As already revealed last month, Rowling is working on her first screenplay to bring her charity-written book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to life. Now it has emerged that her other Comic Relief 2001 title, Quidditch Through the Ages, could very well be adapted for the screen too. Warner Bros. have acquired the rights to the book and now have the potential to turn it into another live-action feast for the eyes, with reports stating that the film giants have also acquired the rights to the many Quiddich teams and notable player names mentioned in the book.
J K Rowling announced she will be writing a new Harry Potter-inspired film series based on the Hogwarts textbook 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'.
J.K Rowling and Warner Bros are extending their successful relationship by announcing a new film series inspired by her Harry Potter franchise that will be based on the Hogwarts textbook 'Fantastic Beasts and Were To Find Them'.
Rowling will be making her screenplay writing debut, creating a new story from the mind-set of the man behind 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. The fictional author is called Newt Scamander and his adventures will be the focus of the first film in the upcoming series.
The creator of Harry Potter commented on the announcement in the official press release, "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".
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The well-known author enjoyed the anonymity that came with a pseudonym
As the author of the Harry Potter series – possibly the best-known book franchise in the world – it’s difficult for J.K Rowling to pen a new story without intense scrutiny being placed upon it, long before its release. So it should come as little surprise that she’s been writing under a pseudonym.
J.K. Rowling at the premiere for the last ever Harry Potter movie
It should also come as no surprise that as soon as that pseudonym became obsolete, the book went from selling well to topping the Amazon charts. The Cuckoo's Calling had sold already 1,500 copies before The Sunday Times blew the lid off this thing, propelling it to the summit of Amazon’s book chart.
Continue reading: Hands Up, Who Rejected JK Rowling's Secret Novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling'?
The buyer was clearly eager to own the piece of literary history, but chose to remain anonymous.
A rare first edition of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was auctioned off this Tuesday for the staggering price of 150 GBP, Reuters reports. According to auctioneer Sotheby’s the book is part of the smallest printed batch in the series – the first printing of "Philosopher’s Stone" was limited to just 500 books. However, this isn’t the only thing that makes the book special.
This particular copy was annotated by Rowling herself with notes, second thoughts and original drawings, revealing more of the author’s vision of the story. The bidding was intense and highly contested, but in the end it was an anonymous patron, bidding over the phone, who was willing to shell out the most to own a piece of the magic - 150 000 pounds ($227,421).
While it was the best seller, the book about the boy wizard wasn’t the only piece up for sale. The full collection, entitled “First Editions, Second Thoughts” featured 51 first editions in total. Other top sellers included Roald Dahl's "Matilda" with new illustrations by Quentin Blake for 30,000 pounds ($45,470), Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day" for 18,000 pounds ($27,278) and Julian Barnes' "Metroland" for 14,000 ($21,216). The sale will benefit the charity English PEN, which promotes freedom of expression. In the end, the complete collection went for 439,000 pounds or $665,410.
Continue reading: Rare Harry Potter Book Sold For £150,000 Pounds: Who Bought It?
Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, 22, was stopped at U.S immigration in New York after being mistaken for a child. She was singled out by officials after landing at JFK airport and told she should be accompanied by an adult. The actress, who was wearing a school-style backpack, was eventually waved through, presumably after proving her age.
A source who spoke with the Sunday People said, "Emma was mortified. Not only did they not recognise her, they thought she was a child. It was very embarrassing but she managed to awkwardly laugh it off," adding, "The Americans are very serious about who they let in and out of their country. If young kids are thought to be travelling on their own it poses a massive problem." The British actress - one of the most recognisable stars on the planet - joked about the incident on Twitter, writing, "Passport control: 'Unaccompanied minor?' Me: 'Sorry?' Passport control: 'Where is ur guardian?' Me: 'I'm 22!!!!!!!' #neverwearingabackpackagain." She added, "The really sad thing is that this is not the first time this has happened."
Watson was returning to the United States where she is expected to continue her studies at Brown University, Rhode Island. She took two years out to work on a couple of high profile film projects, including Darren Aronofsky's Noah, with Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins.
Jk Rowling’s new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy went on sale yesterday (September 27, 2012). Rowling and her publishers may not have managed to whip up the same degree of hysteria that was achieved with the release of a new Harry Potter book but still, British readers still queued up outside bookstores as crates of the book were wheeled out ceremoniously at 8am.
So far, detail of The Casual Vacancy have been kept under wraps; review copies were not sent out and instead, an air of mystery surrounded Rowling’s new venture. Where children would dress up as their favourite Harry Potter characters to stand in line waiting for a first glimpse of the book, such behaviour was hardly appropriate here. Regardless of the lack of familiarity with the novel’s contents, JK Rowling is still pretty much guaranteed to land herself a slot in the bestsellers lists in the UK, the US and elsewhere – such is the potency of her reputation as a compelling author of fiction.
Whilst few are under any illusion that The Casual Vacancy will match the sales figures of the Harry Potter novels, there is still a quiet confidence that sales figures for the book will still sky-rocket. According to the Vancouver Sun, William Hill have already put “2/1 odds on it outselling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which shifted 2.6 million copies in Britain on its first day.” The publication of this debut adult novel from Rowling has attracted an unprecedented degree of media coverage – which can’t harm the sales – and the world’s press will now be on tenterhooks for those early sales result.
The Harry Potter franchise well and truly launched the career's of author Jk Rowling and actor Emma Watson, with both women gaining universal acclaim for their role in the seven-book and eight-film epic, but how is life treating them post-Potter?
Pretty well, we'd say. The creator of the Potter universe is set to take the literary world by storm with her new book (and this time it's for adults) The Casual Vacancy, with pre-orders hitting the roof. According to The Telegraph, Darren Hardy, books manager at online retailer Amazon, said: "JK Rowling is one of the most well-loved authors of all-time and there is a lot of anticipation ahead of the release of her new novel. We have seen a great deal of customer interest for 'Casual Vacancy' and, on the strength of pre-orders alone, it has featured in the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers list since it was announced. It's likely to be one of our bestselling books this Christmas."
Emma Watson, who portrayed the smart brave 'mudblood' Hermione Granger, has also faced a more adult reincarnation for new role in Perks of Being A Wallflower, which deals with themes of suicide and mental illness as opposed to potions lessons and butterbeer. Donning an American accent and depicting an entirely different character, Watson seems to have escaped her typecast wizardry role for now. Perks hit cinemas in the U.S last Friday (September 21), and The Casual Vacancy will be published worldwide on Thursday 27th September 2012.
Edinburgh-based Jk Rowling has admitted that come 2014, she will be voting against the country's proposed moved for independence from the United Kingdom and Great Britain.
The 2014 referendum will determine whether or not Scotland will stay as part of the Union and as a non-Scot living in Scotland the Harry Potter author is entitled to cast her vote on the matter. During a press conference for her new novel, The Casual Vacancy, the esteemed author very bluntly explained that she is "pro Union."
The author, originally from Yate in Gloucestershire, has a history of wearing her political allegiance on her sleeve, having donated to the UK Labour Party on a number of instances including one £1million donation in 2008, however this is the first time she has spoken on the controversial issue. At the same press conference she detailed her politic allegiance even further by damning the current Tory government, comparing the powers of Westminster to the same government that reigned at the beginning of the 1990's, thus taking a massive leap back in terms of how the under-classes are cared for by the government.
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Bookshops are expected to open early for the launch of the novel at 8am on Thursday and pre-orders at Waterstone’s are the highest of the year so far. A spokesman for the high-street bookseller said: “This is definitely the biggest launch of the year. Having said that, it is not in the league of Harry Potter, which is obviously a phenomenon that built up over a decade.” The real pull, though are the online pre-orders, and they’ve hit the roof. “We have seen a great deal of customer interest for ‘Casual Vacancy’ and, on the strength of pre-orders alone, it has featured in the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers list since it was announced. It’s likely to be one of our bestselling books this Christmas,” said Amazon’s books manager Darren Hardy.
In terms of adult books, of which this is Rowling’s first foray, Dan Brown leads the way: his novel The Lost Symbol sold 550,000 hardback copies in its first week. EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 5.3 million copies in print and ebooks, will also be hard to beat, but given Rowling’s monolithic name in publishing; her Harry Potter franchise making her one of the richest women in the world, she’ll have the best chance of breaking those impressive sales records.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is selling her home in Edinburgh’s Merchiston area after moving to a new home in the city. The home in Merchiston is where the much-lauded children’s author created the Harry Potter characters for the long-running wizard stories (which spawned the globally successful Harry Potter movies and it has been her home for some thirteen years.
Rowling bought the top half of the house for £425,000 in 1999 following on from the success of the early Potter novels, before buying out her downstairs neighbour and reinstated the property into a detached family home some time after. The eight-bedroom property has been put on the market for £2,250,000. It features five double bedrooms, a drawing room, a timber-framed summerhouse, landscaped gardens and its own library as well as an impressive security system that the author had to put up when the house became something of a pilgrimage site for diehard fans.
Rowling, who is believed to be worth an estimated £560m, purchased her new home in Edinburgh for £2m in December 2009, moving into it permanently last year. She also owns an estate in Perthshire and a townhouse in London. Recently, the author won planning permission to build two giant tree houses for her children in the garden of the new property.
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