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Warning! 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' spoilers ahead.
We should all know by now that Jk Rowling thinks of everything when it comes to the Harry Potter universe and beyond.
So when fans had some questions regarding ‘plot holes’ in the recent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, of course the author was ready with all the answers.
Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been busy. Not only has she shepherded her two-part sequel play to the West End, but she has also written the screenplay for this spin-off prequel, which is set some 70 years before Harry was born. The American setting puts a fresh slant on her elaborately imagined wizarding world, and the film has enough lively humour to keep things entertaining, but the movie itself is thin and derivative, never quite engaging the audience with its magic.
In this alternate reality, 1926 America has forbidden all magical creatures out of fear of terrorist attacks taking place around the world. Then an expert in these beasts, the cheeky nerd Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York with a suitcase full of them. He's on some sort of mission, which is immediately interrupted by three escaped critters, drawing in hapless wannabe baker Jacob (Dan Fogler) and witch detective Tina (Katherine Waterston). Joined by Tina's breathy sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), this rag-tag team is trying to recapture Newt's escaped creatures when they run afoul of aggressive wizard enforcer Graves (Colin Farrell), who's working for American's magical President (Carmen Ejogo). But there's something more seriously nefarious going on in the city.
Continue reading: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Review
The show hits HBO in the US and BBC One in the UK next year.
Fans of J.K. Rowling in the US and Canada can sleep well knowing that the upcoming Cormoran Strike mini-series will air on HBO as well as BBC One. The novel series, written under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith, continues the 'Harry Potter' author's run of onscreen adaptations.
Jk Rowling's 'Cormoran Strike' series coming to HBO
The speculation has been confirmed; the television adaptation to J.K. Rowling's latest novel series is coming to HBO, following in the footsteps of her 2012 book 'The Casual Vacancy' which aired as a limited series in the States in April 2015.
Daniel Radcliffe was asked about JK Rowling's tweet last year in which she said Trump was worse than He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
The 27 year old English actor, who played the Boy Wizard in eight Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, was attending the Empire Live Film Festival this week when he was asked for his take on JK Rowling’s recent tweet that Voldemort is “nowhere near as bad” as the Republican candidate.
Daniel Radcliffe in September 2016
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Says Donald Trump Is Worse Than Voldemort
The ‘War and Peace’ actor will play Rowling’s detective in three upcoming TV dramas.
Tom Burke has been cast as private investigator Cormoran Strike in the upcoming BBC adaptations of Jk Rowling’s mystery novels. Rowling, who publishes the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has written three stories in the saga so far, all of which are being adapted for television.
Tom Burke will be playing Cormoran Strike in the upcoming BBC series
Burke is best known for starring as Fedor Dolokhov in the BBC series ‘War and Peace’ earlier this year and as Athos in the 'The Musketeers'. The 35-year-old is also an established theatre actor, having won the Ian Charleson Award in 2008.
Continue reading: Tom Burke Cast In BBC Adaptation Of JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike Novels
Some women are just built for Twitter.
Occasionally, we'll be browsing the web and come across something so perpetually ridiculous that it beggars belief. That's just happened to us recently, and in the world of science no less. A new study on the female orgasm has arisen suggesting that it serves no evolutionary purpose whatsoever. But Jk Rowling is having none of this rubbish.
JK Rowling responds sarcastically to scientists
An article appeared in the New York Times exploring the many facets of female sexual pleasure. To put it simply, scientists are trying to work out what the point is, and are theorizing that it's to do with reproduction in mammals 150 million years ago 'as a way to release eggs to be fertilized after sex'. While human females these days ovulate once a month, our pre-historic ancestors may have done so after mating like rabbits and camels do.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Smoothly Retaliates To Misguided 'Female Orgasm' Article
The author was forced to deal with a whole load of prejudice with the heroine of her new play.
As 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens for previews at London's Palace Theatre, Jk Rowling once again addresses the onslaught of racially-charged criticism she has endured for giving her blessing for a black actress to portray an older Hermione in the play, despite the fact that she was white in the movies.
JK Rowling tackles the racists once again
Such a progressive move was always going to be controversial; Rowling tried to counter the attacks after it was announced that Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni would be playing Hermione Granger-Weasley by simply reminding fans that her colour was never defined in the novels. 'Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione', she wrote on Twitter. However, now she's addressing the slew of arguments she's received since making the comment.
The older Malfoy will be played by Alex Price.
Fans are torn between feeling highly amused and unabashedly thrilled at the new images of Draco Malfoy for upcoming play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. Alex Price from 'Penny Dreadful' will be playing the Slytherin, and he looks pretty unforgettable in a long, glossy ponytail.
Jk Rowling's newest story is coming soon
If you hadn't guessed, Draco pretty much takes after his father Lucius with the hair, the icy scowl and the ridiculously well-tailored wizard's robes for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. And to make things even better, his son Scorpius Malfoy - played by Anthony Boyle - is not far off what Draco looked like as a Hogwarts student (played by Tom Felton), though slightly less slick.
As always with ‘Harry Potter’ this one might bring tears to your eyes.
A Harry Potter fan has a sad but very plausible theory about one of the book series’ most confusing aspects, why was Harry’s Hogwarts class size so small? The theory, posted by Tumblr user marauders4evr is definitely very believable based on what we know about the wizarding world, but it might also bring a tear to your eye.
A fan has a depressing theory as to why Harry’s Hogwarts class was so small.
For those who don’t know, Jk Rowling once stated that there were around 1,000 students at Hogwarts during Harry’s time. Now here comes the math. We also know there were seven years, which means there should be about 143 students per year.
Tempah name-drops Rowling and ended up in this delightful exchange.
It seems best-selling author Jk Rowling has found an unlikely fan in Tinie Tempah, even if he did just suggest that she needed to be more educated in the magical art of fortune-telling. Nonetheless, this is one piece of Twitter banter that 'Harry Potter' fans cannot get enough of.
JK Rowling gets teased by Tinie Tempah
Possibly in response to a comment that Rowling put on Twitter two weeks ago referencing Chamillionaire's song 'Ridin'' (she hilariously wrote 'They see me Rowlin', They hatin'' after receiving criticism from author Kevin Williamson), rapper Tinie Tempah has name-dropped her in his newest song 'Girls Like' with the line 'Tell JK that we still rolling', much to her surprise.
Continue reading: JK Rowling And Tinie Tempah Banter About Divination On Twitter
Hoorah for diversity!
Black Hermione Granger has literally broken the internet. For some reason, fans are strongly divided over the choice of casting Noma Dumezweni in the role of the older witch in Jk Rowling's upcoming stage play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. We agree with the author that the diversity should be celebrated, just as it has been every other time a black actor has been cast in a traditionally white role.
And it's not just theatre where ethnic fluidity has become commonplace; cinema is also catching up with the progression, despite many areas of Hollywood still tending to 'whitewash' their casting. Who cares if initial character descriptions don't match up with the modern interpretations? Adapting classic stories for today's audience is the best way to keep them relevent after all. Here's just a few examples of when black actors have nailed 'white' characters:
Continue reading: Black Hermione Joins The List Of Awesome Race-Bending Roles
The ‘Harry Potter’ author also revealed she often worries about dying before all her stories can be published.
Jk Rowling has revealed she’s begun working on her first children’s book since the Harry Potter franchise. In her first major interview in years the author opened up to BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo on his Drivetime show and also revealed she fears she’ll die before getting all her stories published.
JK Rowling has begun writing a new children’s book.
"I sometimes genuinely worry that I'll die before writing them all out. That's my mid-life crisis, that I'll leave this earth without having written them all,” Rowling said. "I have plans to write novels - in the plural - as JK Rowling again but I'm not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy enough.”
Continue reading: JK Rowling Reveals She's Started Writing A New Children's Book
J.K. Rowling has explained her decision not to endorse Palestine’s cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
J.K. Rowling does not believe Palestine’s cultural boycott of its neighbouring state Israel will “further peace”. Rowling was forced to further address these complex diplomatic relations after some of those in the pro-Palestinian camp used the Harry Potter characters she had created to make points about the boycott.
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in New York, April 2015.
Because it's the must-see event of the summer of 2016.
Harry Potter fans everywhere will no doubt be trembling with excitement and trying to get last minute priority booking for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' next year, and now franchise creator Jk Rowling has created an even bigger buzz by revealing some more information regarding the play.
JK Rowling unveils more information about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
While we don't know the exact plot details yet, nor who will be cast in the production, we now know enough to keep us pondering until next year. So here's nine things that have already been revealed to us about this unique play:
Scotland were facing Samoa in the Rugby World Cup.
Jk Rowling has been known to enjoy letting Harry Potter fans in on some new information about their favourite characters, but on Saturday the author used a little bribery to drum up support for Scotland in the Rugby World Cup from her loyal followers.
JK Rowling has revealed the birthday of Sirius Black.
As Scotland were gearing up to face Samoa, Rowling asked fans on twitter to show their support, promising to then reveal the birthday of Sirius Black if enough people tweeted the hashtag AsOne.
Fans of the Harry Potter films have been warned of the dangers of trespassing on railway tracks after a number of sightings of tourists on the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Harry Potter fans have been warned not to trespass over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands. The local police have issued a warning about the dangers of trespassing on to railway lines. Their warning comes after a number of tourists were spotted taking pictures from the viaduct over the summer.
Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in the film adaptation, at the L.A. premiere of Horns in October 2014.
Continue reading: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Warned To Stay Off The Glenfinnan Viaduct
But you might need to check your Gringotts vault before buying a ticket.
Harry Potter fans are in for a magical treat this Christmas as Hogwarts opens its doors to host an unforgettable festive feast. Lucky fans will be able to enjoy a meal in the iconic Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio in London and feel just like Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Dine like Harry, Hermione and Ron at Hogwarts this Christmas.
The event will take place on Thursday 3rd December, but tickets don't come cheap and are priced at £230. The event is also only opened to fans aged 18 years and over.
Ever wondered how Harry’s family got the invisibility cloak?
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has revamped her official website Pottermore and given fans an extra special treat, releasing a new, free story which delves into the Potter family’s history. In the story, titled ‘The Potter Family', Rowling explains where the Potter lineage started and even reveals how the family came to posses the invisibility cloak.
JK Rowling has revealed the Potter family history on Pottermore.
So how did it all begin for the world’s most famous wizarding family? Well the Potter Family started in the 12th century, with Linfred of Stinchcombe, who had seven children. Rowling describes Linfred as ‘well-beloved and eccentric man’ who cured Muggle ailments with magical potions, unbeknownst to them.
The ‘Harry Potter’ author shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday (9th September).
J.K. Rowling has shocked – and devastated - the Harry Potter fandom by admitting everyone has been saying Voldemort’s name incorrectly. We should actually be pronouncing the name without the ‘t’. The 50-year-old author shared the news with her 5.46 million Twitter followers on Wednesday evening (9th September).
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in April 2015.
The philanthropist has spoken of his "shame" about the current crisis
Bob Geldof put his money where his mouth is when he offered refugee families shelter in a number of his houses and has called out to others to do the same. The organiser of the massive LiveAid charity concerts is one of the many famous names that have spoken out against Britain’s perceived reluctance to take in significant numbers of Syrian refugees who are currently seeking asylum across Europe.
Bob Geldof has called out to other celebrities to help with the current refugee crisis
Along with author Jk Rowling, footballer Stan Collymore and fashion guru Mary Portas, Geldof has pledged his support for those who need it most and has spoken of his "profound shame" at the growing crisis.
Continue reading: Bob Geldof Is Willing To Take Refugee Families Into His Home
The 'Harry Potter' author reminded us that it was James Potter's first day at wizarding school.
Rowling introduced readers to Potter Jr. in the epilogue of the final book of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, a brief section set 19 years after the events of the book in which Harry and Ginny are a couple with three children, the eldest of which is James Sirius Potter – named in honour of Harry’s own father James and godfather Sirius Black.
J.K. Rowling tweeted that Sep 1st, 2015 is James Potter's first day at Hogwarts
Colin Farrell has been cast as a wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
Colin Farrell has joined the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The 39-year-old actor will play a wizard in the upcoming film, due to be released in 2016.
Colin Farrell at a screening of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet in Los Angeles in July 2015.
Columbus, who directed the first three 'Harry Potter' movies, believes audiences would be interested in exploring what happened to them over the next 19 years before the movies' brief epilogue.
Director Chris Columbus has revealed that he would like to make a series of sequels to the Harry Potter movies. He’s “fascinated” by the plotlines and back stories of the main characters, such as Hermione Grainger, Ron Weasley and the boy wizard himself, and would like to explore what happened to them after the books finished.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 56 year old filmmaker who directed the first three official Harry Potter movies (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban) said he wants to fill in the 19 year gap between the final book and its epilogue. Columbus is “fascinated about what happened to them” and wants to tell their stories.
Chris Columbus has expressed an interest in theoretical 'Harry Potter' sequels
Continue reading: Chris Columbus Wants More 'Harry Potter' Movies
The 'Harry Potter' author has created more waves with her neighbours after gardening work caused traffic tailbacks on the roads outside her home.
J.K. Rowling has incurred the wrath of her neighbours once more, with the author being blamed for causing traffic “chaos” by having her garden hedges trimmed. With headline makers salivating with the prospect of innuendo, it refers to the front garden of her Edinburgh home.
The multi-millionaire 49 year old writer has hired a set of four-way temporary traffic lights while gardeners tend to the huge Leyland cypress bush at the front of her property, which prevents passers-by from glaring in, but the process is taking a long time and causing inconvenient tailbacks in all directions while it goes on.
J.K. Rowling has caused traffic "chaos" around her Edinburgh property because of garden maintenance
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Causing Traffic Chaos With Work Done On Her Edinburgh Home
JK Rowling has answered more of fan’s important 'Harry Potter' questions over twitter.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has once again indulged her fans over Twitter, answering some of their more pressing questions about the wizarding world and its inhabitants. The million selling author is known for keeping her fans happy through her social media accounts, where she frequently reveals info about Harry and his friends in response to fan-posted questions.
JK Rowling has answered more Harry Potter questions on Twitter.
When one fan told the author that she was having a ‘super intense debate’ with her friends about the cost of tuition at Hogwarts, Rowling responded by revealing there were no tuition fees at the school, adding, ‘The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!’
One lucky girl will land the role of a lifetime in the upcoming movie starring Eddie Redmayne.
An estimated 25,000 girls under the age of 12 have turned up a London’s ExCeL conference centre to audition for a role in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The mile long queue of girls are competing for one role in the upcoming movie which is set to begin shooting next month.
Eddie Redmayne is playing the lead role in Fantastic Beasts.
Producers are looking for a young actress aged between eight and 12, for the role of Modesty a key character in the film adaptation of Rowling’s story. In a character description sent out by studio Warner Bros, Modesty was said to posses the 'ability to see deep into people and understand them’. The character was also described as being ‘a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness’.
JK Rowling announced a new Harry Potter stage play.
Jk Rowling has announced that her Harry Potter stage play The Cursed Child will open in London's West End next year. The author said the show would tell the "untold part" of the boy wizard's story including the story of his murdered parents.
JK Rowling revealed details of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The prequel will run at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016 with tickets on sale this autumn. Rowling made the announcement on Friday to coincide with the 18th anniversary of when her debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was first published in the UK.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Announces 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' For 2016
Waterston will be playing Porpentina, a witch who teams up with Newt Scamander, in the movie due to be released in November 2016.
Katherine Waterston is the latest name to be cast in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The British-born American actress will be playing the prominent role of Porpentina, a witch, in J.K. Rowling’s first ever screenplay.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Harry Potter spin-off had found its female lead, less than a week after it was confirmed that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will be playing the lead role of Newt Scamander.
Katherine Waterston will be joining Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts'
Continue reading: Katherine Waterston Added To 'Fantastic Beasts' Cast
The Potter prequel is due to hit cinemas in 2016, and Rowling hosted an impromptu Twitter Q+A about the screenplay over the weekend.
American fans of ‘Harry Potter’ will be thrilled to know that J.K. Rowling has suggested the existence of a U.S. version of Hogwarts, and that we may get a look at it in the forthcoming prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The author was conducted a Q+A session on Twitter over the weekend (June 6th) and was asked by one fan asked whether the main protagonist – Newt Scamander – would be visiting a school in New York as part of the film’s plot and what its name would be.
J.K. Rowling revealed some details about the upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts' film
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Hints At 'American Hogwarts' In 'Fantastic Beasts' Film
JK Rowling hit back at the Westboro Baptist Church.
The author of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, has defended her recent tweet to the controversial Westboro Baptist Church over the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland. Rowling had initially taken to the micro-blogging site to celebrate the historic vote though soon found herself in a war of words.
Jk Rowling had something to say to the Westboro Baptist Church
Elated by the vote, Rowling posted: "Sitting here watching the Irish make history. Extraordinary and wonderful."
Continue reading: Message To Westboro Baptist Church: Don't' Mess With JK Rowling
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