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 Thursday, 22nd


   Pre-order "Career of Evil"0 Comments

J K Rowling's upcoming novel under the guise of Robert Galbraith is now able to pre-order.

Career of Evil is the third Galbraith novel and is released on October 20th.


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When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.


You can currently pre-order on Amazon by clicking here as well as on Rowling's publisher's website soon by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:10.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Career of Evil

   Rowling says NO to Potter TV series0 Comments

J K Rowling has once again answered some questions from fans using her Twitter account.

The question revolved around the possibility of a TV Potter series in the future.


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So like... We had seven books and 8 movies. We are getting a play and 3 spin off movies. Where is our TV Show @jk_rowling ?!





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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 12:48.55 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Video: Meet Rowling0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to find out more about Harry Potter's first publisher?

The BBC have conducted an interview with Barry Cunningham, a Bloomsbury publisher. It was his daughter who fell in love with the Wizarding World.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:29.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Philosopher's Stone, Video

   Rowling disagrees with The Daily Express0 Comments

Rowling has become quite active on Twitter over the past few years and today is one example of this.

The Daily Express newspaper, known in England for its pro-British views, ran a story relating to the BBC's decision to air one episode of Songs of Praise from a migrant camp in Calais, France.

The article condemned the BBC's decision and Rowling was not happy with the owner of the newspaper:





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   Rowling reveals FB surname on Twitter0 Comments

J K Rowling asked fans to support the Scottish rugby team> yesterday on Twitter and stated that if they won their match she would reveal one piece of information about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.




Sadly, they were beaten 28-22 by Ireland, however Jo still revealed some information.










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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:51.56 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Twitter

   Rowling reveals new Potter information on Twitter0 Comments

J K Rowling has once again gone to Twitter to reveal new information about the Potter universe.

Who is the cursed child?






Do we know who it is already?






Hagrid and magic:




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   "Fantastic Beasts" - an all white cast?0 Comments

A Fantastic Beasts fan asked J.K. Rowling on Twitter if the cast of the movies is all-white.

Rowling responded by stating definitely not!













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   Rowling pays tribute to Oliver Sacks0 Comments

J K Rowling has paid tribute to British neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks.

Sacks passed away at the age of 82.




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   Rowling: Children Need Families Not Orphanages0 Comments

J.K. Rowling has narrated a new film to highlight the plight of 8 million children in orphanages around the world.

The new animated film has been released as part of Lumos' mission to raise international awareness of the plight of children living away from families, in orphanages.

In the three-minute film, Children Need Families Not Orphanages, the author and Founder of Lumos, speaks passionately about why children need families to grow and thrive, and how impersonal orphanages cannot meet the biological and developmental need that all children have for individual love and care attention.



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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:29.25 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   You have been saying "Voldemort" wrong!0 Comments

J K Rowling has answered another fan's Tweet on Twitter, announcing that Voldemort is pronounced the French way - a silent 't' on the end.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:20.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Voldemort

   New Pottermore opens!0 Comments

The newly re-launched Pottermore has been officially released with a new YouTube video by J. K. Rowling.





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The new writing from J.K. Rowling sheds unexpected new light on the origins of the Potter family name, delves into Harry’s ancestry, explains how his grandfather quadrupled the family’s fortune and how the Invisibility Cloak became a family heirloom.

Recently undergoing a design transformation, pottermore.com now includes more content than ever before and is designed to be consumed in a completely different way to the original site, which was launched in 2012. The new site contains entertaining features, commentary and articles about the Harry Potter series and the wider Wizarding World. Being designed first for mobile also helps users to easily share on social media as they go.

For the first time ever, there will be reporting and features by the Pottermore Correspondent, a journalist dedicated to reporting on all the latest updates going on in the Wizarding World. In the months to come the Pottermore Correspondent will report on the forthcoming Warner Bros. feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on an original J.K. Rowling screenplay, and the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, written by Jack Thorne, which is set to open in London in 2016.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:31.17 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Pottermore

   "Career of Evil" UK scavenger hunt!0 Comments

If you live in the UK and are over 18-years old then you can take part in the Career of Evil scavenger hunt!

The hunt started on Twitter with:




Calling the number leads to a question being given for fans to answer.

T&C's state:


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You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Great Britain to enter.

Qualifying entrants must be available on the October 21 in London between the hours of 11:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. to be eligible to take advantage of the prize. You must also be able to arrange travel to London and the venue set out in Section 4 (travel expenses will not be provided).

The promotion will open on October 5 at midday London time and close on October 15 at 5 p.m. London time. (so you have 10 days to get your entry in!)


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:15.23 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Career of Evil

   Read part of "Career of Evil" for free!0 Comments

The Guardian and Time have been given exclusive access to Rowling's upcoming Career of Evil.

Both websites have been able to release a chapter each, meaning you can read two chapters of the book, due for release on October 20th, for free!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:22.20 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Career of Evil

   Harry Potter novels now available through Apple0 Comments

The revamped Pottermore website now features the Harry Potter novels as digital formats through Apple.


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Apple® today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store℠ for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Mac®. Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork bringing these beloved stories to life in a unique way. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself.

“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way,” said J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter fans are going to love how their favorite stories come to life,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “J.K. Rowling’s legendary series is perfect for enjoying on your iPad or iPhone and we’re thrilled to offer them exclusively on the iBooks Store.”




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:27.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Books, Pottermore, Apple

   Become a Harry Potter "Spotter"0 Comments

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the Harry Potter Spotter competition in association with children’s charity, Kids in Museums.


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The Harry Potter Spotter competition launches on Friday 9th October. It challenges people of all ages to seek out and photograph an image from the book placed in museums around the country and share via social media. Working with Kids in Museums, Bloomsbury has placed 12 Jim Kay prints in 12 different museums around the UK and Ireland. With a clue to solve at each venue participants must find these images, take a photo of themselves with it and share via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HarryPotterSpotter.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:41.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Philosopher's Stone, Jim Kay

   Thorne and Tiffany describe working with Rowling0 Comments

With a day to go before the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child pre-release tickets, Pottermore has released an editorial describing how director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne have collaborated creatively with J. K. Rowling.

John Tiffany:


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‘I’d asked both sets of kids in my life, my three nephews and my godchildren, whether I should do this show. They’d all gone through Harry Potter and they all said “We’ll kill you if you don’t”’. So the journey began.



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‘Oh, stop it,’ John says and turns to me. ‘We went to Edinburgh to Jo’s house – Jack and I. Then I sort of watched the love affair begin. You know, it’s like taking your best friend to meet your new partner and then realising... Well, it was two writers meeting, you don’t get a look in.’




Jack Thorne:


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‘I’d read all the books in my twenties and I’d go to the cinema and watch all the films by myself. I was deeply in love with Potter already, so the chance to do this...’ says Jack, like he still can’t believe J.K. Rowling has given him characters from those books and films to write onto the stage.



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‘We started talking about ideas and her generosity in the way she listened to what was inside our heads, and then fed into that with her brilliant mind, was incredible. You were very clear back then, John, that you didn’t want to do something historical.’




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 20:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Cursed Child Theatre

   Rowling responds to Richard Dawkins Tweet0 Comments

J K Rowling responded to a Tweet meant to cause offence to the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

A person stated:




To which Rowling responded:




Go Rowling!

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   Rowling explains Albus Severus name0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has used Twitter to explain the choice of name for Harry Potter's youngest son, Albus Severus.










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   Rowling: Potter was "an explosion of colour"0 Comments

In a new interview with The Guardian, J. K. Rowling meets Lauren Leverne and discusses the Harry Potter series as well as working under the name of Robert Galbraith.




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LL I wanted to ask you about naming things, because you have an interesting relationship with the power of names. Obviously, having written under different pseudonyms, and having characters with these wonderful, Dickensian, perfectly fitting names.

JR I think they were offering odds of 100-1 that I’d call my son Voldemort. 100-1! It was worth a bet. But you’re right, names are really important. Choosing a pseudonym for Robert Galbraith was a really big deal.



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JR You know, I can say this now, I was quite diffident about saying it for a long time. But I did have a belief, with Harry, that the difficult thing would be persuading someone to take it, because it didn’t fit. People said children’s books had to be half the length, and what an old-fashioned subject, a boarding school. I did have this feeling that the difficult thing would be persuading someone to publish it – but that if it was, people would like it.



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LL Yeah: now do it again! But the Harry Potter legend is it came to you as a kind of universe, in its entirety.

JR There is truth to that. It was like an explosion of colour, and I could see lots of detail about the world. Of course the whole seven-book plot didn’t come at once, but the basic premises were there.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:22.36 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Rowling to pay tribute to Peter Kay0 Comments

The Radio Times is reporting that J. K. Rowling will be one of those paying tribute to Peter Kay in a special BBC1 programme dedicated to the comic airing on Christmas Eve.


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Rowling is an old friend of Kay's and in 2009 was pictured dancing with him at a charity ball.

The profile show, Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny, will chart the Phoenix Nights and Car Share star’s life from his childhood growing up in Bolton, via the places and people who have influenced him, to his rise “to become a household name and national treasure”.


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   Rowling describes Donald Trump "worse than Voldemort"0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has gone onto Twitter to compare Donald Trump and Lord Voldemort.




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   Rowling visits "Fantastic Beasts" set0 Comments

J. K. Rowling hasn't spoken much about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, however this image from Twitter does speak more than one thousand words!




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:15.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts

   Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny0 Comments

The Peter Kay documentary featuring J. K. Rowling was shown at Christmas and is now available to view online.


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Documentary looking at the career to date of Peter Kay, from Bolton schoolboy to award-winning, record-breaking comic, actor, writer and director.


Rowling's appearances are at around 0:47, 25:19, 45:59, and 50:46.



UK residents can watch the programme by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 12:44.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Don't mess with J. K. Rowling!0 Comments

Someone from Tumblr recently posted about attending Stephen Fry's live comedy tour in Australia/New Zealand and had a funny story relating to narrating the Harry Potter books to tell.

http://petty-revenge-stories.tumblr.com/post/136853142748/jk-rowling-s-harry-potter-revenge-on-stephen-fry


Whether or not this story is accurate is yet to be revealed, however it is a funny little story nevertheless!

Thanks to The Daily Dot for the tip!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:26.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Stephen Fry

   Rowling and Watson nominated for Shorty awards0 Comments

Shorty Awards has released their nominations for this year and both Emma Watson and J. K. Rowling feature.


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TECH & INNOVATION

Activism

Emma Watson



  Accio Quote:
NEWS & MEDIA

Author

J.K. Rowling


You can vote once per day in each category until voting closes on February 18th.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:57.50 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Emma Watson

   Rowling to be Honored with PEN Award0 Comments

PEN has announced that J. K. Rowling is set to receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Rowling will receive the award this spring at the 2016 PEN Literary Gala and Free Expression Awards.


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J. K. ROWLING

2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award Honoree

J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.


Congratulations!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:17.53 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Rowling to possibly sue Natalie McGarry0 Comments

The Guardian and other media outlets are reporting that J. K. Rowling could take offline action against suspended SNP MP, Natalie McGarry.


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The public argument, which lasted for more than six hours, began when McGarry announced she had discovered the author “defending misogynist trolls” and said she regretted queuing up to buy Rowling’s books.





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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:10.46 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Rowling supports UK junior doctor strikes0 Comments

J K Rowling has announced on Twitter that she agrees with the strikes that junior doctors around the UK are currently participating in.




Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's script writer, Jack Throne, has also shown his backing:




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   Rowling blames dog for delaying completion of latest book0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has joked on Twitter that the completion of her latest book is partly down to her beloved dog!




Even Stephen King agreed with Rowling:




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   "They see me Rowlin"0 Comments

The Queen of Twitter is at it again!

This time J. K. Rowling hit back at a troll that accused her of "obscene wealth & lawyer droids to threaten & bully​."

Her response comes through rapper Chamillionaire's hit Ridin'.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:42.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Fantastic Beasts to be three movies0 Comments

J K Rowling has once again gone to Twitter to clear up confusion between Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.

She stated that Cursed Child is a play and will not be a movie, whereas Fantastic Beasts will be three movies.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:35.17 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts

   Own JKRs Potter chair!0 Comments

Ever wanted to own the chair that J. K. Rowling sat on to write the Harry Potter series? Well now you can, according to The Guardian.


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Listed among the top five “finest collectibles in Muggledom”, this 1930s-era dining chair was given to Rowling in 1995 as part of a free set to furnish her council flat in Edinburgh. She choose the “comfiest” one of the four – the one with a red thistle decoration – as her writing chair while drafting both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998).




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:48.48 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Magic in North America0 Comments

J. K. Rowling is set to release four new stories this week on Pottermore.


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Pottermore always loves to be the bearer of amazing news, so here goes: prepare to learn much more about the wizarding world this year, as we publish the first in a series of new writing by J.K. Rowling called Magic in North America.

The first instalment of this exciting new series is called ‘History of Magic in North America’ and will be published on Pottermore in four pieces, starting tomorrow at 2pm GMT. Another piece will be revealed each day at 2pm until Friday 11 March.

You’ve got four days of new writing by J.K. Rowling to look forward to – as always, remember to breathe…Magic in North America will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And you’ll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November.


Pottermore: Magic in North America

The wizarding world is much larger than you imagined. Learn more about J.K. Rowling's #MagicInNorthAmerica now. #FantasticBeasts http://bit.ly/1X6ykVX

Posted by Entertainment Weekly on Monday, 7 March 2016


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   First part of "Magic in North America"0 Comments

Pottermore has been updated with the first part of History of Magic in North America.

You can read it by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:48.27 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, History of Magic in North America

   Rowling answers lots of wand questions!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has revealed new information about wands and magic on Twitter today.








































How exciting!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:52.58 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, History of Magic in North America

   Rowling tempted to book club by cake!0 Comments

Orkney library Tweeted J. K. Rowling's counterpart, Robert Galbraith, to state that they would be holding a book club to discuss The Cuckoo's Calling on Saturday, 5th March.

The library Tweeted both Rowling and Galbraith to inform them of the meeting and to ask them both what cake they would like if they were to attend.










It seemed to work!!!







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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:56.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Magic in North America - Part 20 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, Pottermore has released the second installment of J. K. Rowling's Magic in North America.

You can read it by clicking here.

How exciting!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:47.57 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, History of Magic in North America

   Magic in North America - Part 30 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, part three of Magic in North America has been released.

This story features a young witch who falls in love with a magic-hating man.

You can read it by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:59.58 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, History of Magic in North America

   Magic in North America - Part 40 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, part four of Magic in North America has been released.

This story reveals the four wand makers of America.

You can read it by clicking here.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 22:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, History of Magic in North America

   Rowling on "Most Influential" list0 Comments

TIME has released its 2016 Most Influential People on the Internet list and J. K. Rowling features.


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More than any other author, J.K. Rowling has cast a spell over the Internet, using Twitter and her website Pottermore to expand the Harry Potter universe. Over the past year, she has revealed everything from why Hagrid can’t produce a Patronus, to the fact that Hogwarts tuition is free, to the history of North American magic in general (though some criticized her for using details from existing Native American legends). Rowling has also made headlines for fighting with a member of Scottish Parliament, comparing Donald Trump to Voldemort and offering support to fans with depression.


Please note that the list is unranked.

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   Rowling discusses rejection0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has shared her thoughts about rejection of books as an author.













And her final thoughts?




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   Rowling discusses formation of LUMOS0 Comments

In a new interview with The Sunday Times, J. K. Rowling discusses how seeing images of children in cages in the newspaper in 2004 led her to take action.


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JK Rowling was reading The Sunday Times one weekend in 2004 when she came across a picture of a child looking distressed, perhaps screaming. She doesn’t think she registered immediately that he was caged. Revulsion made her turn the page — then a sense of shame made her turn back. If the story was half as bad as the picture, she told herself, she would have to do something about it.



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After reading about the caged boy, Rowling ripped the page from [t>he Sunday Times. Next day she photocopied it 50 times and wrote letters to anyone she thought could help: Scottish MEPs, the Czech ambassador to Britain, the Czech prime minister. She talked to Baroness Emma Nicholson, who had set up a charity in Romania, where children’s homes ‘were like Hieronymus Bosch’s vision of hell’, and accepted her invitation to the launch of a lobbying group in Bucharest. Then she took her husband, Neil, a doctor, for a long walk.


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   Rowling reveals favourite Potter character0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has announced on Twitter that apart from Harry Potter her other favourite character is....




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   Rowling discusses the freedom of press0 Comments

J.K. Rowling was awarded the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in America this week.

Upon gaining the Award she spoke about none other than Donald Trump!


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Only last year, we saw an online petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK. It garnered half a million signatures. Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted, but he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there.


About the Award and Rowling's selection:


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J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.




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   Rowling supports Dumezweni casting0 Comments

In a new interview with The Observer, J. K. Rowling once again speaks of her anger at attacks on casting a black Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


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“With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot,” she said in an interview with the Observer. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job.”



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While the vast majority of people responded positively to the casting decision, Rowling said: “I had a bunch of racists telling me that because Hermione ‘turned white’ – that is, lost colour from her face after a shock – that she must be a white woman, which I have a great deal of difficulty with. But I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm.”


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:04.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Cursed Child Theatre, Noma Dumezweni, Hermione Granger

   Rowling: "Harry Potters world is always in my head"0 Comments

In a new interview with The New York Times, J. K. Rowling et al. discuss the theatre show which opens for previews tonight!


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Why a play? Was it J. K. Rowling’s idea?

Sonia Friedman It was absolutely Colin’s and my idea. We knew that many other producers had approached her and she had rejected their pitches. But that’s because they were all ideas about musicals or arena spectacles. We went to her with the simple idea of a straight play. We were clear we didn’t want to adapt a novel, and we suggested exploring how Harry, an orphan, would cope as an adult and a parent.

Colin Callender We went up to Edinburgh four years ago and sat in a boardroom and talked about fathers and parenting for a while. We said we felt she had created a fully dimensional world, and there were things about the characters she hadn’t revealed. We didn’t hear anything for a bit, then got the call to say, “Let’s go to the next stage.” She was clear from the beginning that she was not a playwright and wouldn’t write it, and that she would only do it if we found a playwright she approved.



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Has it been difficult to work under conditions of intense secrecy? And what about when previews start and people are talking about the play online?

Callender I’m hopeful after seeing how people were about “Star Wars.” They mostly protected the fans.

Tiffany It will be a relief when the text is published, when the play officially opens on July 30, so that it’s not our secret to keep. But if you don’t read it, and you choose not to read reviews, we’ve made it possible to come without prior knowledge.


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   Rowling on "Cursed Child" fan reactions0 Comments

J. K. Rowling recently spoke to the BBC about how she is nervous at hearing the reactions from fans for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

To watch the video, click here.

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   Rowling sends flowers to Orlando shooting funeral0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has paid tribute to those that died in the Orlando shooting by sending flower arrangements to the funerals.

Luis Vielma sadly lost his life in the shooting and worked in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.




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   "Cormoran Strike Mysteries" to start filming in the autumn?0 Comments

The Knowledge Online is reporting that filming of BBC One's adaptation of The Cormoran Strike Mysteries by Robert Galbraith / J. K. Rowling is set to start in the autumn.


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The lengthy shoot will be delivered as 7 x 60 episodes, incorporating three of the books in the series of novels about the eponymous injured war veteran turned private investigator Strike and his assistant Robin as they investigate crimes in the capital's murky underbelly.


If this is true, then it is very exciting!

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   Rowling comments on UKs exit of the EU0 Comments

Today marked the day that the United Kingdom decided to vote OUT of the European Union.

J. K. Rowling was one of many celebrities that urged British people to vote REMAIN.

Below are some of her Tweets relating to the shocking result:














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   Rowling to attend a special screening of FB0 Comments

We Are Lumos is reporting that J. K. Rowing will attend a special screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and participate in a Q-and-A session with Eddie Redmayne.


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Rowling will join Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne on stage at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a conversation, followed by a special advance screening of the much-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Starting today at 11:00 am ET, tickets to this family event (age recommendation 10 years+) range from $25-$500 and will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and Seventh Avenue in New York City, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, and online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/


The money raised will benefit Lumos Foundation USA.

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   Rowling has already written "Fantastic Beasts 2"0 Comments

GSN recently interviewed director David Yates. It was revealed that J. K. Rowling has already written the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2 and has ideas for the final instalment.


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"We've done the first one, she's written the second one, she's got ideas for the third one."

"No one quite has ownership of them quite yet, in terms of having a relationship with the material, other than the relationship they'll have with the movie when it comes out. So it's sort of lovely in a way."




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   Bid to see "Cursed Child" with Rowling0 Comments

LUMOS and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have released further tickets to the gala performance of the play, in an online auction to benefit Lumos.

The Lumos gala performance of both Part One and Part Two of the play will take place on Sunday 18 September at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. J.K. Rowling will attend and introduce the play.

To bid for the tickets, click here.

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   Potter voted "Best Book Of All Time"0 Comments

BBC ran a poll with 1000 adults to choose the "Best Children's Book Of All Time."

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series beat the likes of Roald Dahl and Harper Lee.


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Harry Potter is the book most adults say every child should read, according to a new BBC poll. A thousand adults in the United Kingdom were given a choice of ten classic books chosen by recommendations from the British public, with J.K. Rowling's magical saga coming out on top. Roald Dahl's The BFG came second and To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee was third. But what makes a good children's book and why are they important? Professor Kimberley Reynolds is a specialist in Children's Literature Studies from the University of Newcastle in the north of England. She told Dan Damon about the first book she ever read.




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   Warner Bros. acquires “Cursed Child” trademarks0 Comments

Irish solicitor Brian Conroy has noticed that Warner Bros. has acquired some trademark registrations for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.






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Oh, here’s all the classes of goods and services that it has been registered for. You know that Play, that’s only going to be a play and not a movie or anything? Can anybody see where it’s registered for anything to do with plays? (Spoiler alert, it’s not)


So could Cursed Child branch out to more than just a play and playbook?

Let's just wait and see!

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   Happy Birthday!0 Comments

Today marks the birthday of the one and only J. K. Rowling!

Here is the present that her son bought her

Warning - Contains strong language:




















We hope you have a lovely day today, J. K!

^0^ TheSnitch ^0^


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   British Library to create PS exhibition0 Comments

The British Library is reporting that it will host an exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book.

The exhibition will open on 20 October 2017, and run until 28 February 2018.


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Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning at the British Library, said:

“We at the British Library are thrilled to be working with J.K. Rowling and with Bloomsbury to mark the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter, and to inspire fans with the magic of our own British Library collections.”


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   Rowling to release THREE new books!0 Comments

It has been announced that J. K. Rowling and Pottermore will be releasing THREE new Harry Potter-inspired e-books next month!

The three e-books under the title of Short Stories from Hogwarts will explore various topics and are priced at £1.99 each.


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

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‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.



Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

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‘No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts - and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.



Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

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‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.


You can purchase them via Amazon by clicking here, here and here.

You can also order them from the Pottermore shop.

The three books will be released on September 6, 2016.

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   Rowling shuts down homophobic Tweet0 Comments

Various media outlets have been reporting how J. K. Rowling stepped in on Twitter to comment on a Tweet made by the Christian Voice group to Olympian Tom Daley.

The Tweet came after Daley failed to qualify for the men's 10m platform diving final in Rio.




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   Images of the Potter universe by Rowling!0 Comments

Seven new images have surfaced onto Pottermore drawn by J. K. Rowling herself!

The images show how Rowling imagined the Harry Potter universe before it was adapted into films.

What do you think of the illustrations? Let us know in the comments section below!















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   Rowling to attend live chat!0 Comments

We Are Lumos has announced that J. K. Rowling will participate in a live chat tomorrow, Saturday 17th September, with Lauren Laverne.


  Accio Quote:
In conversation with writer and broadcaster Lauren Laverne in London on Saturday 17 September at 8.15pm BST / 3.15pm ET / 12.15 PT the Harry Potter author will illuminate the work of Lumos, which she founded a decade ago to return children from orphanages and institutions to families. The broadcast will be streamed live via the Lumos Facebook page.


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   Watch the Rowling live chat from yesterday0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, J. K. Rowling's live chat from yesterday can now be watched.



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   Rowling joins "Cursed Child" cast for special performance0 Comments

J. K. Rowling recently attended a special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in aid of Lumos.







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   Full Rowling speech released0 Comments

We Are Lumos has released the entire speech that J. K. Rowling said at the special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


  Accio Quote:
"Hello and welcome to this very special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I’m not going to detain you long and there will be no spoilers. I really couldn’t be prouder of what you’re about to see and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, every time I watch it.

It’s been an incredibly emotional experience for me to revisit the character of Harry Potter as an adult and a father. The story you’re about to see is primarily about family: about what it means to us, even when it’s imperfect, which it has to be, because we are all of us imperfect. The original seven Harry Potter books told a story about love, the absence of it and the need for it: a boy who came from a childhood of loss and longing who had to grapple with what is most real and important in the world, without parents to help him make sense of it all.
It isn’t a secret that Harry Potter drew heavily on my own experience of bereavement, but I was twenty-five when I lost my mother and I was fortunate enough to have her all through my childhood and teens. Through the work I’ve been privileged to do with Lumos over the past decade, I’ve come to have a new understanding of why those of us with imperfect families have far better chances of surviving this difficult world than those who don’t.

Lumos, which many of you will know as the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, is a charity I founded to help the eight million children who are growing up worldwide in institutions.

It is the most staggering statistic. Eight million children. It’s such a gigantic number that is seems almost unfathomable.

In the developed world, where the practise of placing children in institutions is dying out, we often hear talk of the ‘orphanages’ that exist in poorer countries. This conjures a certain mental picture, of parentless children who would otherwise be on the streets. We’re encouraged to give money to these orphanages and even to volunteer for a few weeks in them, feeding and cuddling children who have learned to take affection where they can get it.

Now here is the unspeakable tragedy of those eight million children. An estimated 80% of them having at least one living parent.

How can that be? Why would they be institutionalised if they have a parent? The Westerner often assumes that there must have been a lack of love or care if a child could be given up to a care home without being orphan.

Here’s the truth: the number one reason that children are institutionalised is poverty. Overwhelmingly, children become detached from their parents because the system in their country – a system propped up by the donations of well-intentioned donors – offers food and education only to the poorest children if they enter institutions.

And those institutions, as countless studies have shown, damage their inmates, sometimes beyond repair. Eighty years of research agrees that children raised in institutions suffer physically, intellectually and emotionally. A recent study suggested that one in seven are likely to be involved in prostitution when they leave, one in five will go on to have a criminal record and one in ten – ONE IN TEN – will kill themselves.

There are multiple challenges in changing a system that is so damaging to so many children, but this is a solvable problem. Lumos believes that by 2050, we can end child institutionalisation.

We work with governments and to show this can be done, partnering with on-the-ground experts who are as keen as we are to see global change. We advocate for children at the highest international levels; we help the money flow in the right direction to create community-based services that support families; and we work with individual children to get them back home, where they belong.

In the last six years, Lumos has:

• Moved more than 17,000 children from harmful institutions to families, family-style settings or supported independent living;
• Prevented nearly 15,000 children from being admitted to institutions
• Trained more than 27,000 social workers, medical professionals, teachers, caregivers, civil servants and policy makers
• Provided 1,418 interventions to help save the lives of children suffering from malnutrition, severe neglect or a lack of access to medical treatment;

You’ve supported our ever-increasing work by being here today. I’ve covered all core costs, so 100% of the money you have donated goes direct to Lumos’s programmes.

Children need, deserve and have a right to families. Thank you, from everyone at Lumos, for helping us achieve our ambition of bringing 8 million children back into the light. It is, to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, not easy, but it is right."

If you would like to purchase a Be The Light T-shirt, as worn by the cast, visit Reprent's website here.

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   Rowling tops "Most Powerful" list0 Comments

The Hollywood Reporter has placed J. K. Rowling at #1 on their "25 Most Powerful" list!


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J. K. ROWLING
Big Number: 4.1 million copies of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' sold in the first 10 days.

Even without the Harry Potter series and its blockbuster film run, Rowling would make the cut: a TV miniseries based on her first adult book (The Casual Vacancy), an upcoming BBC series based on her Cormoran Strike novels (published under the Robert Galbraith pen name) and a hit West End play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), the script of which became the best-selling book of the year so far. The Nov. 18 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the Potter-verse but without Harry, brings the biggest test yet for Rowling, 51, who penned the screenplay (her first) for Warner Bros.


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   Rowling confirms "Fantastic Beasts" as 5 movies0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has just confirmed that the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series will comprise of FIVE movies.




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   Handwritten "Beedle the Bard" set to auction0 Comments

The Guardian is reporting that one of only seven handwritten copies of Beedle the Bard are set to be auctioned.

The estimate is £500,000, however in 2007 a previous copy sold for £1.95m!


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The manuscript, which Sotheby’s will auction in London on 13 December with a guide price of between £300,000 and £500,000, was made for publisher Barry Cunningham, who signed up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for Bloomsbury. Cunningham was sent the manuscript of The Tales of Beedle the Bard on 12 December 2007 in a white Jiffy envelope. Inside was a cloth-wrapped, leather-bound manuscript covered in semi-precious stones and featuring a silver mounted skull. A note from Rowling in the front of the edition reads: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.”




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   Rowling reacts to Trumps election win0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has reacted to the news that Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States:






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   Rowling "likes" a fan painting0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has reposted a painting made by a Harry Potter fan of Harry Potter meeting Newt Scamander.




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   Rowling sends Potter books to Syrian girl0 Comments

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that J. K. Rowling has sent the Harry Potter books to a Syrian girl in the war-torn Aleppo.







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   Annotated "PS" book to go on display0 Comments

The BBC is reporting that a first-edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is set to go on display in Scotland.

This first-edition also contains annotations and 22 original drawings by J. K. Rowling.


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The original hardback book was annotated by JK Rowling in 2013 to raise money for charity.

It features 43 annotations, including 22 original drawings by the author.

The book will be on display at Edinburgh's Writers' Museum from Thursday until 8 January.

The book includes a sketch of baby Harry asleep on the doorstep of the Dursleys, the author's thoughts on Quidditch, and the Hogwarts Crest featuring a bear rather than a badger as the Hufflepuff house mascot.


How exciting!

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   Rowling sends message of thanks0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has posted a "thank you" message to all the supporters of her charity, Lumos.


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As we plan to celebrate this festive season with our families, please spare a thought for the estimated 8 million children who are in institutions worldwide. For many, Christmas is just another day in a cold, destitute place, where they are scared and alone, often hungry. For all it is another day without the love of a family or any affection at all.

Lumos is working to change the lives of these children every single day. Your extraordinary support of our We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign this year – whether you donated your time or money, raised awareness or attended one of our amazing fundraising events – made it possible for more children to be home with families for their very first real Christmas. You have helped us come closer to reaching our goal of ending the institutionalization of children by 2050, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please continue to support Lumos and help us to spread the word. Together we can give these children what every child needs and deserves – the love of a family.


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   Rowling launches a new website!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has updated her website, JKRowling.com.

She has also posted a letter to fans to explain the update:


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Once upon a time, JKRowling.com was a cosy corner of cyberspace where I could share things I was writing, answer readers’ questions, debunk baseless press stories and be as serious or as frivolous as I fancied on any given day. However, when I finished writing the Potter books, my website fell into disuse. I spent a few years writing, not publishing, and enjoying the quiet. A few years ago I resurrected [JKRowling.com>, but I didn’t feel the same connection to the new design and it showed, because I hardly ever wrote anything for it.

So I decided to start over. I wanted to bring my website back to what it used to be: something real and personal. This is a faithful representation of my writing desk, except that I haven’t put on the bits of stale popcorn and biscuit crumbs that usually litter the surface. Everything looks a bit tidier and cleaner than it really is, but after all, it’s only polite to make an effort for guests. The various objects littered around really do live in my writing room; some of them have sentimental value, some are practical and others have found their way in via friends and family members.

I write in a room I built in my garden, at a wooden table just like this, with a view of lawn and trees. Family members have to decide whether they’re prepared to make the effort to put on shoes or find an umbrella to come and find me, which makes it the perfect distance from the house: I’m neither accessible enough to be bothered every time a Nintendo DS gets mislaid, nor so inaccessible that I can’t be inside the house and tending to a broken leg within thirty seconds.

(I’m married to a doctor, so yes, I accept that he might be the more logical choice to deal with the broken leg, but Neil might be at work when this happens. Or maybe it’s his leg that’s broken. All right, I accept this isn’t entirely rational: I’m a worrier.)

You’ll find my Twitter feed on here, because Twitter has become for me a nice way of interacting with readers in the website-free years. It also slakes my thirst for pictures of dogs and otters, political arguments and random connections with strangers, which are hard to come by when your profession demands that you sit alone in a room for many hours a day.

I haven’t forgotten the debunking function that I found so useful on my old website, though you might not find the button right away. You’ll also find links to some of the causes and charities I support, including my own charity, Lumos, and my charitable trust, Volant.

2016 has been one of the busiest professional years of my life. I didn’t plan for the stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ and the movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where [t>o Find Them’ to come out in the same year, but that’s what ended up happening, with the result that 2016 meant an almost total re-immersion in the wizarding world. I’ve been absolutely delighted with the reception of both pieces: the stakes are always very high when you return to a well-loved creation, and after almost a decade of refusing to do spin-offs or remakes, I feel overwhelming relief that both long-time fans and newcomers have enjoyed what we’ve done. Pottermore.com, the digital hub for the wizarding world, does a great job catering for anyone who wants to dig deeper into that world.

Robert Galbraith, my crime writing alter-ego, remains active, and is currently working on his fourth. There’s no publication date as yet, given how busy 2016 has been, but I’m making steady progress. Cormoran Strike fans will be glad to know that filming has already started on the TV adaptation, starring Tom Burke as Cormoran and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott.

With four more Beasts movies to come, I decided my Christmas gift to wizard-lovers should be to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the plot of the new franchise. There’s also a bonus FAQ, an oldie about Chamber of Secrets that I’ve been asked at least once a week for nine years.

I hope you enjoy your visit, and if I don’t see you again before the end of December, I wish you a very happy new year!


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   Rowling announces 2 new books0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has been answering fans' questions on Twitter and announced that she has 2 new books coming out.

One under her own name and another under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.




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   Rowling at Christmas0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has written a series of 12 Tweets at this festive time.

Rowling reminds us that Christmas can be a tough time for people and lets us know that times can change.





































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   Rowling tops USA Today book chart0 Comments

USA Today has released their 2016 book sale rankings and J. K. Rowling has come out on top!


  Accio Quote:
Britannia — in the form of female novelists J.K. Rowling, Paula Hawkins and Jojo Moyes — ruled U.S. book sales in 2016, as USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list shows. USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg looks at the year's hottest literary trends.


Congratulations!

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   What is J. K. Rowling working on?0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has posted a cryptic message onto her Twitter account.

She states that she has found it hard to find a painting which illustrates what she is currently working on.







What do you think this painting could mean for Rowling's current work?

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   No "Cursed Child" movie trilogy! :(0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has finally put to rest the rumours that a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie trilogy will take place after the fifth Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie has been released.

It was suggested that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would get back together to play the older-versions of their characters.




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   Rowling receives Platinum Award!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has received a "Platinum Award" by Specsavers Bestseller Awards for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

She received the award in London on January 25, 2017.

Rowling said:


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As an author, the thrill of knowing your latest book is doing well never diminishes, even after 20 years of publishing. The script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however, was a bit different, because it was a collaboration with the creative team who produced the play: the director John Tiffany and in particular the writer Jack Thorne … But most of the credit for the success of the script book must go to the booksellers without whom of course there would be no bestsellers. Thank you all for getting behind the script book, and welcoming Harry back as a grown-up.


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   Response by Rowling to Harry Potter hater0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has once again managed to make us all laugh by telling one Donald Trump/Harry Potter-hater what to do after suggesting they would burn all of Rowling's books and movies.




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   Rowling corrects TV show mistake0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has revealed on Twitter that the quiz show QI has incorrectly revealed information about the origins of Quidditch.




After attempting to issue an apology, the show appeared to make it worse for their "elves."







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   Rowling explains new Wizarding word0 Comments

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, J. K. Rowling finally reveals the meaning behind the word from the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie and screenplay.... choranaptyxic.



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   Rowling asks fans to guess new book title0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has given Comoran Strike fans a treat! A partial revelation of the next book title:





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   Rowling reveals latest novel title0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, a fan has guessed the title to J. K. Rowling's latest novel.




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   Rowling to donate all "Fantastic Beasts" royalties to Comic Relief!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has announced that she will donate all her royalties for the revised Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them book to the Comic Relief charity.







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   Rowling reveals origins to Salazar Slytherin0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has revealed the origins to the Salazar Slytherin name:




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   Rowling honoured at Book Awards0 Comments

J. K. Rowling was honoured during her attendance at The British Book Awards.

The Award ceremony took place last night in London.


  Accio Quote:
The Harry Potter author was presented with the Bookseller’s Association Outstanding Contribution prize and said she was “thrilled”.

She added: “Twenty years ago, I would hardly have believed I’d have a book published, let alone an accolade as wonderful as this.

“I am truly honoured and overwhelmed.

“But tonight is really all about you, the booksellers, without whom of course there would be no bestsellers.


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   Rowling appeals for help to find stolen Potter postcard0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has appealed to Harry Potter fans for help in finding a rare Harry Potter-prequel written on an A5 postcard that has been stolen.




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:16.33 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   "Fantastic Beasts 2" script is complete!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has announced on Twitter that the script for the second Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie has been finished!




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   Rowling in top 5 "Highest Paid Celebrities" list0 Comments

Forbes has announced its annual World's Highest Paid Celebrities list and J. K. Rowling has been named as the third highest paid celebrity in.

According to the list Rowling is worth an estimated $95 million (£74.8m).


  Accio Quote:
Author J.K. Rowling ($95 million) returned to the ranking to snag the No. 3 spot, ahead of Drake (No. 4; $94 million), who more than doubled his 2016 take-home thanks to relentless touring. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million) rounded out the top five.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:19.08 BST | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling

   Rowling named "Companion of Honour"0 Comments

Both J. K. Rowling and Julie Walters have made it onto this year's Queen's birthday list.


  Accio Quote:
Rowling, who is already an OBE, has been made a Companion of Honour for services to literature and philanthropy. The eighth story in her Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opened at the Palace Theatre last summer, and she has sold over 450 million Potter books worldwide. She joins the likes of Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as a Companion of Honour, which is awarded for service of conspicuous national importance.



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Julie Walters, June Whitfield and 100-year old Olivia de Havilland have been made dames. David Walliams and Sarah Lancashire have both received OBEs.


Congratulations!

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