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The Westboro Baptist Church are the latest twitter trolls to think they can take on the mighty JK Rowling.
We’ve definitely been here before, but for some reason twitter trolls just can’t leave ‘Harry Potter’ author and all round amazing woman Jk Rowling alone. You’d think these idiots would have learnt their lesson by now. But sadly they haven't, so step forward JK’s latest twitter time wasters, the always friendly Westboro Baptist Church.
JK Rowling is the Queen of twitter FACT.
In case you haven’t been paying much attention to world events over the last few days let us remind you that on Saturday, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. This was, of course, cause for celebration, not just in Ireland but around the world and Rowling was quick to share her joy over the news.
Continue reading: JK Rowling, Queen Of Twitter, Takes On Westboro Baptist Church
'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.
Even Twitter trolls should know better than to mess with JK.
Jk Rowling has stood up to the Twitter trolls with one brilliant tweet, after suffering a torrent of vile abuse following the results of Thursday’s election. Rowling, who is a vocal Labour Party supporter, also donated £1million to the Scottish ‘No’ campaign last year ahead of the independence referendum.
Rowling was the victim of abuse on Twitter following the election result.
Rowling was targeted by supporters of Ukip and the Scottish National Party online, after Labour’s poor election performance which saw the party pretty much wiped out in Scotland by the SNP. The author was subjected to some heinous name calling by the trolls, with some also accusing her of being a traitor to Scotland.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Just Took On The Twitter Trolls In Epic Fashion
JK Rowling got into a Twitter dispute with a pro-independence supporter.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling told a Scottish nationalist to "get your facts straight" after they said they were "heartbroken" over the writer calling those who wanted independence "death eaters."
JK Rowling was the biggest financier backer of the "no" campaign
The Twitter user - going by the handle Oor Politics - said they were over the results of the referendum on independence but were unable to forgiven JK Rowling's literary reference. In the Harry Potter books, death eaters are "pure blood" supremicists who look down on "half bloods" and "muggles" - or humans. They are generally regarded as second class citizens.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Goes On The Attack Over Scottish Independence
Could Oscar winner Eddie’s next big role be as Magizoologist Newt Scamander?
After taking home the Best Actor Award at this year’s Oscar ceremony, Eddie Redmayne is reportedly high on the list of Warner Bros' choices to star as Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Director David Yates has already signed onto the project, which is expected to hit cinemas in November of next year.
Redmayne won an Oscar earlier this year for Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything.
According to The Wrap, Redmayne is Warner Bros. choice to star as Newt Scamander in what will be a trilogy of films, with author Jk Rowling penning the script. The Wrap reports an insider close to the situation as saying it is unclear whether Redmayne has met with Yates to discuss the project, but the actor has yet to see a script.
JK Rowling offered the perfect response on Twitter.
Jk Rowling has responded to a Harry Potter fan who asked why Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay. Rowling, 49, revealed Dumbledore's sexuality in 2007, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
JK Rowling offered the perfect response to a young fan who questioned why Dumbledore was gay
In a tweet this week, fan Ana Kocovic asked: "Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way."
Continue reading: JK Rowling Responds To Fan Who Questioned Dumbledore's Sexuality
'JK Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013' hit shelves on Thursday.
Harry Potter fans are set to discover some fascinating secrets about the franchise, thanks to a new book titled Jk Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013. Compiled by Philip Errington, the book chronicles all of Rowling’s writing during the 16 year period, as well as giving fans some priceless insider details.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling
For example, Errington reveals that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was very nearly titled 'Harry Potter and the Death Eaters', 'Harry Potter and the Fire Goblet' or 'Harry Potter and the Three Champions'.
JK Rowling has been speaking about the diversity of Hogwarts on twitter, as Pottermore counts down the 12 days of Christmas.
Jk Rowling has been delighting loyal Harry Potter fans recently with new stories everyday as the author counts down the 12 days of Christmas on her site, Pottermore. However it seems Rowling has also been using what free time she has to answer fan questions on twitter about the diversity of Hogwarts, the famous school of wizardry.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling
It all started when one fan tweeted the 49 year old author, “my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I’m a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Thoughts?”, to which she replied, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
JK Rowling's acclaimed crime novels will be adapted for the BBC.
Jk Rowling's detective novels - written under the pen name Robert Galbraith - are set to be adapted for the small screen at the BBC. The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm will form the basis of the series, which is being made in collaboration with the Harry Potter author.
JK Rowling will help adapt her crime novels for the BBC, with The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm forming the base
The BBC said it was a "coup" to secure the rights to the books, which feature the private detective Cormoran Strike. It is yet to be announced who will play the down-on-his-luck private investigator, who is described as having "few clients [and] a large debt. He also lost his leg in the Afghan war."
Continue reading: JK Rowling's Detective Novels Set To Be Adapted For BBC Series
The two crime novels featuring the private investigator Cormoran Strike are to be turned into a BBC crime drama series.
The BBC has announced that the two crime novels written under a pseudonym of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are to be turned into a crime drama series.
‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ and ‘The Silkworm’ will form the creative bedrock of the series, and will be made with the assistance of Rowling herself. The 49 year old author wrote the books under the name Robert Galbraith, the first coming in April 2013 and the second in June this year.
J.K. Rowling's 'Robert Galbraith' novels are set to be turned into a BBC crime drama series
Continue reading: J K Rowling's 'Robert Galbraith' Novels To Be BBC TV Series
The British author will unveil a new Harry Potter-based "surprise" every day for twelve days, starting on December 12th and finishing on December 23rd.
Christmas may have just got even more exciting if you are a fan of the famous boy wizard 'Harry Potter' as J.K. Rowling is set to release twelve new Harry Potter-based stories in the run-up to the Holiday season.
Rowling will reveal 12 Harry Potter-based surprises in the run-up to Christmas
On Friday (Dec 5th), it was announced via the famous character's official fan site Pottermore.com that the British author will unveil a new "surprise" every day at 1.00pm GMT, starting on December 12th all the way until December 23rd.
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Set To Release 12 New 'Harry Potter' Stories
The British author gave fans a brief background on the malicious witch, who was played by Imelda Staunton in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies.
The author of the famed 'Harry Potter' book series J.K. Rowling has sent fans of the boy wizard into a frenzy as she published a spin-off 'Harry Potter' short story, around 1,700 words long, on Halloween that focuses on the spiteful Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.
Rowling gave fans a brief background on the inspiration for Dolores Umbridge
Rowling also revealed the real-life inspiration behind the wicked witch, who first appeared in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,' published in 2003, and was played by Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations.
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.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Wanna read about some dark magic?
Hello, this is your resident Potterhead speaking. J. K. Rowling has just released six new Harry Potter stories. Repeat: six new Harry Potter stories are now online. This is not a drill, people. The author has been incredibly productive of late, but when she promised to unveil some new info about Dolores Umbridge and her life after The Final Battle, we definitely weren’t expecting this.
Here it is, Potterheads! Queen Rowling has graced us with her writing again!
Queen Rowling went above and beyond, posting the Umbridge story along with five others to Pottermore. But (there’s always a but, and this one’s pretty big) it’s not that simple. The stories are reserved for the most dedicated of Potter nerds. They’re in a special section of the website and users have to navigate the labyrinth that is Pottermore, clicking on images until they unlock each of the chapters.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Does Both Trick AND Treat With SIX New Harry Potter Stories
The forthcoming short story, 1,700 words in length, will focus on the spiteful Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.
The author of the famed 'Harry Potter' book series J.K. Rowling has sent fans of the boy wizard into a frenzy as she recently announced that a new spin-off 'Harry Potter' short story will be released on Halloween.
The new short story will be published on Halloween
The forthcoming tale, around 1,700 words long, will focus on the spiteful Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge, who first appeared in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,' which was published in 2003.
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Set To Release New 'Harry Potter' Short Story For Halloween
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.
J.K. Rowling's series of cryptic clues and an anagram challenge caused her fans to storm social media with suggestions Harry Potter may be returning. But it seems Newt Scamander is now the hero of the hour.
When J.K. Rowling tweeted a series of cryptic clues on Monday (6th October), many Harry Potter fans were already throwing on their Gryffindor scarves and drawing a lightning bolt scar on their foreheads in anticipation of a new book.
J.K. Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
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
Both Amazon and Hachette have authors on their sides.
It’s no secret that times have been tough for both authors and traditional publishers since the advent of Amazon. Recently, the conflict has received renewed attention because of the lengthy court battle with publisher Hachette Book Group. The Seattle-based online retailer is pushing for lower ebook prices, but due to the lack of agreement from Hachette, the court proceedings have been going on for months.
J. K. Rowling was among the 900 authors, who stepped up against Amazon.
This past Friday, August 8, the publisher lauched a grassroots move against Hachette , the online retailer called on its authors to email Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch directly, giving out his email and outlining talking points for the email activists to use.
900 authors have signed the letter - a scathing critique of Amazon.
Over 900 authors including JK Rowling, James Patterson and Donna Tartt, have backed a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling on Amazon "to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business."
The aggressive tactic is the latest move in a battle which has seen Amazon delay delivery and remove pre-readers on a slew of books by authors from Hachette - the French publisher. Amazon says it is attempting to "lower ebook prices" while Hachette argues that it is seeking "terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author's unique role in creating books, and the publisher's role in editing, marketing, and distributing them."
Continue reading: 900 Authors Take Out Ad "To Stop Amazon Harming Livelihoods"
These new covers should make a nice addition to any Harry Potter collection, though more observant new readers should be wary of spoilers.
What can get a bibliophile more excited than a pretty book cover? A brand new pretty book cover, especially when it belongs to a reprint of the Harry Potter series. After the original editions, the deluxe editions, the adult cover editions, the American covers and countless versions of cool HP artwork on international covers, Bloomsbury are revamping the series with an all new collection of dust jackets, designed by award winning artist Jonny Duddle. Unlike both the original children’s covers and the American covers, the new collection maintains Harry’s look throughout the series.
Rowling played an active role in selecting the artist for the new, "child-friendly" covers.
Duddle, whose picture book The Pirates Next Door won the Waterstones Children’s Prize and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, was handpicked by both Bloomsbury and J. K. Rowling.
Continue reading: Want To See The New 'Harry Potter' Book Covers?
Was that Pottermore update really all we’re getting?
The buzz over J.K. Rowling’s latest Harry Potter offering is showing no signs of dying down. The 1,500 word story, published on the author’s Pottermore site, was a simple news style piece written in the voice of journalist Rita Skeeter. But it gave us the first update, since the Deathly Hallows epilogue as to what Harry and his friends have been up to. It’s all left us wondering, are there more Harry Potter offerings to come, or is J.K. Rowling really just teasing us?
J.K. Rowling offered fans an update on Harry and the gang on her Pottermore site
If J.K. Rowling just wanted to assure us that Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Neville had all grown up okay she could have easily done that. She could have written a kind of ‘nothing to see here’ style piece, which reassured us and satisfied our appetite for all things Potter, without leaving too many doors opened. But instead, the Daily Prophet article that Rowling posted only left us asking even more questions and threw up endless new possibilities for the members of Dumbledore’s army.
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 and the gang are all grown-up, but where have they been since Deathly Hallows?
Seven years on from the final Harry Potter book, Jk Rowling has treated fans to a brand new short story about everyone’s favourite wizard on her website, Pottermore. The 1,500 piece takes the form of a Daily Prophet gossip column, penned by cutting journalist Rita Skeeter. In tabloid style, Skeeter gives an update on what’s happened to Harry, Hermione, Ron and a few others as the Quidditch World Cup finals take place. So what did we learn about Harry and the gang after reading Rowling’s latest writings?
JK Rowling has given fans an update on Harry Potter
1. Harry is still a pretty big deal
Continue reading: 12 Things We Learnt From JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Story
The dog found abandoned in a tent at the Glastonbury festival has been offered a good home with her namesake, singer Dolly Parton. But the 68-year-old country singer isn't the only celebrity to surprise us all with random acts of kindness, check out these other five including Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Pamela Anderson.
Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.
Dolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness
J.K. Rowling has no plans to write more Harry Potter books.
J.K Rowling's Pottermore addition last week, introducing fans to thirty-something Harry Potter and chums, may have been met with clamorous excitement by fans but gave one actor a sinking feeling. Daniel Radcliffe, who made his name as the titular boy wizard, saw Rowling's new chapter as forewarning that he'd need to reprise his fantasy role for another movie.
Apparently Radcliffe's fears were assuaged by the British author, who sent the actor a text reassuring him that she won't be writing any more film featuring Harry, ergo there'll be no more Potter films, probably.
Rowling sent her fans dizzy with excitement when she posted a new chapter set 16 years after Voldemort's defeat. Written in the style of a tabloid article penned by busy-body Rita Skeeter, the 1500-word story featured Harry, Ron and Hermione aged 34 Quidditch World Cup Final in the Patagonian Desert.
Despite the initial excitement, fans who got their expectations too high will be disappointed to hear that Rowling isn't planning any substantial additions to the Harry Potter story.
Following J. K. Rowling’s announcement of a brand new Harry Potter short story, fans (who are now sane, rational adult humans, for the most part) went by-and-large crazy over the possibilities. Could there be a new book coming? What about a new movie? Maybe Hogwarts really is there to welcome Potterheads home, but it won't be with another HP book or film.
Jo Rowling isn't willing to mess with a good thing.
The first person the media went to in the frenzy was Daniel Radcliffe, who is not really open to returning to the franchise, unless Rowling is actually working on something movie-worthy. In the past, the author has indicated that she wouldn't be writing any more books about Harry, and a spokesperson reiterated as much to the Bookseller on Tuesday. But the Harry Potter universe is a vast and profitable place and Rowling has a whole world of short stories, spin-offs and expansions to choose from. Potter fans (this writer included) tend to eat up any new writing by Rowling, let alone things related to the boy wizard.
The British author wrote a 1,500-word long short story about Harry, Ron and Hermione reuniting at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, all aged 34 years-old.
Harry Potter fans everywhere will be going ecstatic!
The author of the teenage wizard book series, J.K. Rowling, has given a sneak peak into the adult lives of Hogwarts's favourite characters after the final isntalment ended.
Rowling wrote a short story, 1500 words long, on her Pottermore website that depicts the adult lives of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, many years after their storied adventures.
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.
Seven years later, fans can finally read more about the fate of the Trio.
Hey Potterheads, remember that fluffy epilogue at the end of Deathly Hallows? The-One-That-Shall-Not-Be-Mentioned in fan circles? Well, J. K. Rowling has added some new writing to the HP series and – you guessed it – it’s more of that 19 Years Later story. We can already see you rolling your eyes, HP fans, but JKR writes what she wants to write. And you’re obviously going to read it. In case you couldn’t think of any more loose ends that needed tying up after we found out even the name of Draco’s kid… well, our beloved series creator thought of some. Hurray.
The Trio is back in new writing from JKR.
So we know that Harry is an Auror, still happily married to Ginny, Ron and Hermione are also still together, and apparently Harry is getting the rough end of the stick over at his job as Auror for the Ministry of Magic. If any of those words don’t ring a bell, go back and re-read book 7, then move on to the chapter/second epilogue.
JK Rowling returns with 'The Silkworm'
Jk Rowling makes a less than subtle reference to the phone hacking scandal in her new crime thriller The Silkworm. Writing under her pen name Robert Galbraith, Rowling appears to draw upon her own experiences of giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry after suffering press intrusion.
JK Rowling's 'The Cuckoos Calling' [Photo: Getty images, credit: Jordan Mansfield]
The Silkworm follows private detective Cormoran Strike supplying details to a journalist of a scandalous affair between a member of the House of Lords and his secretary. During one passage, the hack asks Strike how he persuaded the woman to speak with him.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Goes After Phone-Hacking "D*cks" In Novel 'The Silkworm'
November 18th, 2016, has been confirmed by Warner Bros. as the release date of the first film in the JK Rowling-written Harry Potter spin-off trilogy.
Warner Bros. has issued the release date of the first film in the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' is slated to hit theatres on November 18th 2016.
The film studio completed Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter' film franchise almost three years ago with the release of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011,' but last September it was confirmed the wizarding world would be returning to the big-screen.
Rowling's popular book will find its way onto the silver screen
The BBC and HBO are involved in making a miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s first book for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. In December 2012, the BBC announced that it would be adapting the book for television but it has now revealed that the novel will be made into a three-hour miniseries, co-produced by the BBC and HBO.
J.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was the author's first novel for adults
The book, while receiving mixed reviews from the critics, proved to be a commercial success for Rowling, who receives intense publicity and scrutiny every time she writes new material. It sold 125,000 copies in its first week of publication and more than six million copies since then.
Continue reading: HBO/BBC Pick Up J.K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' For Miniseries
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
The 'Harry Potter' author added to her magical franchise.
Jk Rowling has added to her already extensive Harry Potter universe by writing a new post for her fansite, Pottermore.com. Rowling may have already written all the Potter books she intends to but that doesn't mean she can't keep building her extraordinary imaginary universe. Entitled History of the Quidditch World Cup, Rowling's new writing details the origins and rich history of Quidditch, the popular sport played on broomsticks.
JK Rowling Has Delighted Her Fans With A New Addition To The Harry Potter Universe.
Half of Rowling's new Potter-based writing was made available today, with the other half scheduled for Friday 21st March. All together, the history will be a 2,400-word account of the magical sport that has seen fans across the world captivated. Harry Potter spent a great deal of his time at Hogwarts school either training for or competing in Quidditch matches, meaning the sport is tightly interwoven into the Potter lore.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Writes Harry Potter Quidditch History Post On Pottermore Site
J.K Rowling is set to publish a sequel to 2013's 'The Cukoo's Calling', and will use the same Pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
J.K. Rowling will publish a second novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
The 'Harry Potter' author used the alias for 2013's crime fiction 'The Cukoo's Calling,' which followed private investigator Cormoran Strike.
Rowling's forthcoming novel, titled 'The Silkworm', will be a sequel to Galbraith's first novel and will continue to depict the adventures of Mr Strike, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Rowling is returning Cormoran Strike to investigate another eerie crime.
J. K. Rowling is publishing a second novel under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym, the author has announced. Rowling may have just found her niche in the crime genre. Galbraith’s second novel (Rowling’s tenth) is tentatively titled The Silkworm. It begins when a writer, Owen Quinn, is murdered after writing malicious descriptions of everyone he knows into his new manuscript. Cormoran Strike, the detective Rowling introduced in her first novel under the Galbraith pen name, is hired by Quinn’s wife to investigate the disappearance and the connection to his manuscript.
This is Rowling's second book under the pseudonym, third adult novel and the tenth book in her career.
"At first, Mrs Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home," runs the newly released description of The Silkworm (via The Guardian). "But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives – meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer."
People love reading about sex, crime and food. Go figure.
From crime to questionable erotica, this year’s list of the most borrowed books in the UK is a diverse mix. Plot twist: the first three spaces are occupied by British authors this year, with Lee Child’s The Affair and A Wanted Man topping the list and E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey coming in third. It seems like readers of the E. L. James’ steamy novel are overcoming their embarrassment about reading it.
Lee Child and E. L. James have tapped into the human psyche, or the British one, at least.
The success of Fifty Shades has previously been attributed mostly to the rising popularity of e-readers, which allow readers to avoid public embarrassment. Critics might want to revise that theory now – it doesn’t get more public than borrowing a library copy of Fifty Shades. The book was the most borrowed title in Suffolk and Essex between June 1012 and June 2013, according to information from the Public Lending Right scheme released today.
Rowling anticipated some backlash, but things have gone overboard.
Earlier this week, J. K. Rowling admitted in an interview that she thought Harry might have been a better match for Hermione at the end of her best-selling series. The author told the magazine Wonderland that she "wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment", and that "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".
Rowling's announcement was followed by waves of panic or triumph.
She also mentioned that the likely outcome of Ron and Hermione’s marriage would be relationship counseling. Rowling must have learned by now that it’s best not to mess with HP fans’ favorite characters – even if she happens to be the woman, who created them in the first place. Fans, who like Ron and Hermione just the way they are, were quick to mobilize online.
Continue reading: Fans (Over)React To J. K. Rowling's Hermione Clarification
Ron and Hermione? Yep, wouldn't have worked, would it?
Jk Rowling has spoken frankly about the relationship of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter books, admitting for the first time that the romance made little sense and was invented "for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility."
Rowling was speaking to Wonderland magazine - of which Emma Watson is presiding over as guest editor - when she discussed her reasons of pairing up Hermione and Ron, instead of Harry.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Concedes Ron And Hermione's Relationship Made Little Sense
Rowling says she wrote the Ron/Hermione story line for personal satisfaction, not credibility.
Years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling continues to reveal new background information about her characters – much to the dismay of a lot of Potterheads. In an interview with Emma Watson in Wonderland magazine (and teased in yesterday's Sunday Times), had she been given a chance to rewrite the relationships between the Trio, Rowling might have done things differently – and Ron might have never ended up with Hermione.
Seven years after the last book, Rowling Reminds Us She Still Owns The Characters, and our souls.
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” Rowling said. “That’s how it was conceived, really. 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.”
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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 lawyer who outed JK Rowling as the author of 'The Cuckoo's Calling' had already been sued by the 'Harry Potter' author, but now he has been fined by a much bigger authority.
Jk Rowling wasn't kidding around when she vented her frustration over being outed as the writer of The Cuckoo's Calling last year. The book was written under a pseudonym, and it turns out it was a lawyer who revealed the Harry Potter author as the true writer.
JK Rowling arrives in London in 2011
According to the BBC, lawyer Chris Gossage was the leak in the case. He reportedly told his wife's best friend about Rowling's connection, and has since been fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
If you're not already a Rowling fan, this timeline might convert you.
Even after the publication of two successful novels following her Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling just can’t help but return to the world of the Boy Who Lived. In a move that feels somewhat George Lucas-like to us, the author has announced that she is not only planning, but actively working on a play about Harry’s pre-Hogwarts years.
Rowling has been keeping busy since the final Harry Potter novel.
Harry’s ten years, spent in the cupboard under the stairs don’t really sound like thrilling subject matter. On the contrary, it sounds like things are about to get very dark, as according to Rowling herself, the play will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast."
Rowling's charity enjoyed a lucrative night
They may have wrapped up the eighth and final film in the Harry Potter franchise a while back, but Emma Watson and Jk Rowling were back in the magical world they created, alongside fellow Potter stars, Alan Rickman and Warwick Davies, for a charity event that raised over £1 million.
J.K Rowling takes in the crowd at the Deathly Hallows Part II Premiere
The charity, Lumos, aims to dissolve a culture of systematic institutionalized child care in Europe, reunite families, and provide loving and caring environments for children to grow up in.
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!?
Warner Bros. might be preparing to continue the lucrative franchise after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
After the announcement was made that Warner Bros. would be producing J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the studio has sparked speculation about more potential movies. According to the Metro, the studio has also taken out patents for Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beetle The Bard and Quidditch Expert Kennilworthy Wisp. In addition, the studio has also taken out trademarks on Quidditch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons (some Potterhead trivia: the Cannons are also Ron Weasley’s favorite team) and Kenmare Kestrels.
The author's new film franchise is moving full speed ahead.
So does this mean that there might be further Harry Potter spin-offs in the work? Rowling has released three Harry Potter companion books – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and of course, Tales of Beetle the Bard. So far, Rowling has announced that she is working on the script for Fantastic Beasts, to be produced by Warner Bros., so it would make sense to adapt the two other books as well. Then again, the trademarks could have just been an early measure to prepare for characters and detailes featured in the Fantastic Beasts film – the studio is yet to announce any additional spin-offs.
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is set within the wizarding world of Harry Potter and is based on characters and creatures from within the books and from a one-off Comic Relief booklet
J.K. Rowling has been handed her screenwriting debut by Warner Brothers to begin writing the script for a Harry Potter spin-off film called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The boy with a scar on his forehead will not appear in these books, nor will Ron, Hermione nor any of the other Hogwarts populace, and will take place about 70 years before the start of the first HP book.
Rowling will make her screenwriting debut with the film
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may sound familiar to some Potter-fanatics, and that's because it has appeared in the original series of book a number of times as one of the student's text books. The name was also used for a special one-off booklet written by Rowling in aid of Comic Relief, in which she listed and described the many mythical creatures that exist only to witches and wizards. Following the ficticious book's author Newt Scamander and beginning in New York seven decades before The Philosopher's Stone took place, Rowling has since assured fans that despite the time gap, the “laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films.”
Two years ago, Samantha Shannon was a nobody - certainly in the literary world. A 19-year-old slaving away as an intern like thousands of other aspiring writers, she put her mind to realising her dream - writing a fantasy novel.
Two years later came the manuscript for The Bone Season, a 480 page novel that's already being likened to Jk Rowling's Harry Potter. Snapped up at the first time of asking, the book has already been sold in 20 countries and hits shelves today (August 20, 2013).
Andy Serkis - who plays Golum in the Lord of the Rings movies - has bought the film rights to the book from publisher Bloomsbury and will begin work on a big-screen adaptation with his company The Imaginarium.
Continue reading: How A 19-year-old Intern Wrote 'The Bone Season,' The New Harry Potter
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
The matter seems to have been resolved peacefully.
J. K. Rowling has reportedly been reimbursed by the lawfirm responsible for leaking her identity as the author behind the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. After the book was revealed to be by Rowling, the author quickly began legal proceedings against Chris Gossage, an employee of the solicitors’ firm Russells, who was responsible for the original leak of information and against his friend Judith Callegari, who then released the information to the media over Twitter.
The author has settled for an apology and a donation to her pet cause.
Ms Rowling's solicitor Jenny Afia told the court her client, who was not present during proceedings, "has been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of her trust". Sales of the book, which had been getting good reviews under Robert Galbraith’s name, spiked after the reveal, however Rowling claimed that she had wanted to keep it a secret a while longer.
J.K. Rowling accepted a charitable donation as a settlement from those responsible for leaking her pseudonym. The High Court hearing, which took place on Wednesday 31st July, coincided with Rowling and her creation Harry Potter's birthdays.
J.K. Rowling has accepted, in lieu of further legal action, a sizable charitable donation from the law firm which leaked her identity as Robert Galbraith, the author of The Cuckoo's Calling.
J.K.Rowling at the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
The critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling was revealed to have been written by Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith earlier last month.
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Wins Charity Donation In Pseudonym Leak Court Case
There are plenty of reasons to admire the Harry Potter author, but here are the Top 5.
Happy birthday J. K. Rowling! Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Today the author of the world’s favorite series about an orphaned boy wizard there ever was turns 48, while the boy wizard himself turns 33 (yes, we know it’s not real, hush now!). In honor of this momentous occasion, we have compiled a list of our Top 5 favorite things about the author. It was certainly difficult, because, outside of her very strict policy on copyright, there really is a lot to love and admire in Rowling. Still, here goes.
Rowling is certainly a role model.
5. She wrote a book under a pseudonym. After Harry. Freaking. Potter. Seriously, imagine the money Rowling could have made announcing and promoting the book months in advance. Ok, so she did actually make all that money when the hoax was revealed, but it wasn’t intentional! And anyway, according to USA Today, the charitable author is donating the worldwide royalties from the book to The Soldier's Charity, a British charity that provides support for soldiers, veterans and their families. Which leads us to…
Rowling chose the pseudonym and the backstory very carefully.
Robert Galbraith, the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, has now been revealed to be nothing more than an alter ego for J. K. Rowling, but that doesn’t mean the persona doesn’t have a fascinating persona regardless. For example, in case you were wondering how Rowling came up with his unusual name… well, she’s not too sure herself.
Not exactly the picture of a "military man"
But the Cuckoo’s Calling author did reveal part of the reason behind the pseudonym on his… her website – the page still bears the Robert Galbraith name.
As JK Rowling's pseudonym was discovered and she had to give up the gig, there were rumblings that the whole thing had been a marketing ploy. Apparently not, according to the author.
When Jk Rowling published The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she hadn't expected to be outed so fast by a crack team of investigative journalists and Oxford University linguists who cross-referenced the crime novel with other authors to eventually choose Rowling as key suspect. JK did give up the game when she was questioned, but said she found it "liberating" to create a male alter-ego and write without the weight of expectation that the Harry Potter franchise inevitably would bring regardless of the adult audience.
*Thumbs Nose* "Don't Pretend You Weren't Fooled, World!"
In an FAQ section on the 'Robert Galbraith' website, JK Rowling has hit back at rumours that the leak was orchestrated by her publisher to maximise sales in a tough economic climate. "If anyone had seen the labyrinthine plans I laid to conceal my identity (or indeed my expression when I realised that the game was up!) they would realise how little I wanted to be discovered," she wrote in response to the question "Was revealing the true identity of Robert Galbraith not simply an elaborate marketing campaign to help boost sales?" She said "This was not a leak or marketing ploy by me, my publisher or agent, both of whom have been completely supportive of my desire to fly under the radar. If sales were what mattered to me most, I would have written under my own name from the start, and with the greatest fanfare."
JK Rowling will release further books under the moniker of 'Robert Galbraith.'
Jk Rowling has confirmed she has completed the sequel to her detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling and will publish it in 2014. The original book, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is expected to be the first in a projected series featuring investigator Cormoran Strike.
The Cuckoo's Calling sold only a few hundred copies before the Harry Potter was outed as the writer by The Sunday Times. It subsequently shot to No.1 on the hardback fiction charts, selling 17,662 copies last week and overtaking Dan Brown's Inferno and James Patterson's Second Honeymoon.
Speaking on 'Robert Galbraith's' official website, Rowling explained how she arrived at the name of her alternative persona, fusing her political hero Robert F Kennedy and her childhood fantasy name Ella Galbraith.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Finishes Sequel To 'The Cuckoo's Calling,' Set For 2014
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