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Third Pottermore Gift: History of Cauldrons

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Dec 15, 2014

Posted by Mel

Today’s Pottermore Christmas gift takes us to the Potions classroom, where J. K. Rowling gives us some background information on cauldrons and tells us why she decided to put Snape in charge of Potions classes. Go to Pottermore to see today’s Potion-themed riddle and read new info from JKR!



The 2nd Day of Christmas: Pottermore

Pottermore

Dec 13, 2014

Posted by Catherine

For the 12 days of Christmas, or J.K. Rowling’s 12 days of giving the gift of new Pottermore writings, the second day leads us to Fred and George’s Weasley Wizard Wheezes. There, after solving today’s riddle, you will find new stories about Florean Fortescue and our very own Leaky Cauldron! Please visit Pottermore.com to read …read more!



Pottermore Posts First Christmas Gift: New Writing from J. K. Rowling and 300 Galleons for All Users

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Dec 13, 2014

Posted by Mel

Today starts off Pottermore’s Christmas celebration: from today until December 23rd Pottermore users will see new writing from J. K. Rowling, as well as additional “gifts.” Today, 300 Galleons were added to every user’s Gringott’s vault, and J. K. Rowling posted information on Cokeworth, the town that Lily Potter and Severus Snape grew up in. …read more!



Robert Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling” to be a TV Drama

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Dec 10, 2014

Posted by Catherine

Hours ago, J.K. Rowling tweeted for her dear friend, Robert Galbraith, to share the exciting news that his first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is to become a BBC 1 TV Drama. Our favorite author said that she shared Robert’s excitement, and thought it wise to share the news with her fan base as Robert is particularly …read more!



J. K. Rowling Donates Signed Copy of “The Silkworm” to Lumos Fundraiser

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Dec 06, 2014

Posted by Mel

J. K. Rowling has donated a copy of “The Silkworm” (which is signed by both Rowling and Robert Galbraith!) to the Lumos fundraiser that hopes to create opportunities for children with disabilities to access education in Moldova. Anyone who donates will be entered to win this copy of “The Silkworm,” and multiple entries are allowed. …read more!



“Half-Blood Prince” Moments Coming to Pottermore December 12th

Pottermore

Dec 06, 2014

Posted by Mel

The Pottermore Insider has announced that Christmas will be coming early to Pottermore and from December 12th to December 23rd Pottermore users will see a new “gift” each day. Galleons and new potions will be among the gifts, as well as new writing from J. K. Rowling on Florean Fortescue and Draco Malfoy: We’re feeling …read more!



J. K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech to be Published as an Illustrated Book

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Dec 03, 2014

Posted by Mel

J. K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech (which you can watch here or below), which centered of the benefits of failure, will be published as an illustrated book on April 14th. The book will be called Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. All the profits from the book …read more!



Hot Butterbeer Now Sold at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Nov 22, 2014

Posted by Mel

Universal Orlando announced today that in addition to cold, frozen, and ice cream flavor guests at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter can now drink butterbeer the way it was written in the books: hot! Just in time for winter, this delicious new addition has the same alluring flavors of butterscotch and shortbread that have …read more!



Video: “Behind the Walls” by Lumos

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Nov 09, 2014

Posted by Mel

J. K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, has posted a new video entitled “Behind the Walls,” which discusses the institutionalization of eight million children in Central and Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and underscores how many children in orphanages aren’t orphans. You can watch the video here, and find out more about Lumos …read more!



Happy Halloween! New Umbridge Story from J.K. Rowling

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Oct 31, 2014

Posted by Catherine

As a Halloween treat, J.K. Rowling has released her new story detailing Dolores Umbridge’s personal history. The story can be found in the “Dolores Umbridge” chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. J.K. Rowling gives light to the parents Umbridge is so ashamed of, and tells of her back-stabbing climb up the ranks …read more!



Daniel Radcliffe Answers Fan Questions on Reddit

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Oct 28, 2014

Posted by Mel

Dan Radcliffe participated in an AMA today on Reddit and answered fan questions about filming the Harry Potter series and more. You can see the questions and answers here, but please be advised that there is strong language throughout.



J.K. Rowling releasing new Umbridge short story

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Oct 24, 2014

Posted by Catherine
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Pottermore has announced that J.K. Rowling intends to give us a treat, instead of a trick, this Halloween. Our favorite author has penned new material to add to Professor Umbridge’s character profile on Pottermore. The new addition will be a 1,700 word back story of the infamous Dolorous Umbridge. The update post on Pottermore reads: …read more!



J.K. Rowling dispels rumors on Twitter

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Oct 23, 2014

Posted by Catherine

J.K. Rowling took a writing break today to make a short visit to Twitter, her first since unleashing a riddle upon her followers. She tweeted this morning to dispel any rumors of her partying it up in a London bar, as she celebrated handing in a “romance novel” to her publishers. J.K. Rowling denied being …read more!



WB Confirms David Yates to Direct “Fantastic Beasts,” Will Be a Trilogy

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Oct 17, 2014

Posted by Mel

Yesterday, Warner Bros. confirmed that the first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film will be directed by David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films. Producers David Heyman and Lionel Wigram, and screenwriter Steve Kloves will also be back for “Fantastic Beasts.” As reported previously the films will be a trilogy, …read more!



MUDBLOODS Interview

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Oct 14, 2014

Posted by Brad Ausrotas

We reviewed MUDBLOODS, a documentary about the UCLA Bruins Quidditch team and their dream of competing in the 2011 Quidditch World Cup in NYC. It was a pretty great film. Today, MUDBLOODS is officially available to the world, with a digital release available at mudbloodsmovie.com. We recently had the chance to do a Q&A with the director …read more!



First Look at Dark Arts Expansion at WB Studio Tour

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Oct 13, 2014

Posted by Mel

Readers may recall that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London will be receiving its first permanent addition since it opened in 2012. This addition will focus on the Dark Arts and includes an expansion of Malfoy Manor, a model of Nagini, props from Borgin and Burkes, and a model of Umbridge’s office along with …read more!



PotterCast 255: Equality FTW!

PotterCast

Oct 08, 2014

Posted by Melissa Anelli

New PotterCast! It’s not about those dang tweets of JKRowling’s – that’s coming soon. While we wait to tear apart that bit of juicy Fantastic Beasts news, we have a very special episode about an organization we haven’t discussed in detail in seven years here on PotterCast. Seven years! Insane. The HPA has been flourishing …read more!



MUDBLOODS Review

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Oct 07, 2014

Posted by Brad Ausrotas

I have played Quidditch. Yes indeed. At LeakyCon 2014, I put a broom between my legs and played Chaser in the LeakyCon vs. Harry Potter Alliance Quidditch match. I understood the concept of Quidditch before that point. I had a vague idea of the rules. But until I played in that grueling 20 minute match, …read more!

Avatar ImageCatherine says: I play "professional" Quidditch at IU. It is a club sport, and I have been a beater for 2 years. It is true that we talk about Harry Potter much much less than what would be expected of a group of fans hanging out together. A lot of Quidditch is about the sport itself. That isn't saying that some of us don't want the Harry Potter part--most of us do, we love talking about the books and movies when they do come up in conversation...it's just much less often than normal for a group of Harry Potter lovers. We have also been following up on "Mudbloods" for some time now, and I think it looks like a good documentary! :)Add your own comment! »


J.K. Rowling’s teasing Tweets (UPDATE: Fan Solves Riddle)

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Oct 07, 2014

Posted by Catherine

Our favorite author, J.K. Rowling, made another visit to twitter–her first since the finale of the Scottish Referendum. Her first tweet was to let us, her fan base, know that she was busy working on many projects, including a novel and a screenplay. It is safe to assume that the screen play is her first …read more!

Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: That was a pretty cool/fun event, I hope she does more like that in the future. :DAdd your own comment! »


Alfred Enoch in “How to Get Away with Murder”

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Oct 06, 2014

Posted by Catherine

Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) has begun a new chapter in his career–as law student, Wes Gibbins, in ABC’s new original series How to Get Away with Murder. Enoch plays one of the lead roles as a (more humble) student in a very competitive law school class. He and a few other highly ambitious …read more!

Avatar ImageKaren Session says: Good for you Alfred. Best of Luck!!!!!Add your own comment! »




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