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J.K. Rowling to be featured in “Unions Matter: A Reader”

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Mar 04, 2015

Posted by Catherine

The National Union of Public and General Employees is releasing a second 40-page booklet on why employee unions matter. Both volumes one and two contain essays, quotes, quips, and images from various sources that are in support of unions. The second volume features J.K. Rowling, along side other big names such as Bruce Springsteen. It …read more!



Jason Isaac’s New “Must-See” TV series “Dig”

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Mar 04, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) stars in the lead role of USA’s new TV series, Dig. The pilot episode of the new series airs tomorrow, March 5, and already has rave reviews. Isaacs plays a detective, Peter Connelly, who works in Jerusalem. As he investigates the murder of a young woman, an archaeologist, he uncovers “a …read more!



New Harry Potter Figurines from SlideShow Collectibles

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Mar 03, 2015

Posted by Catherine

SlideShow Collectibles has released a new line of figurines (dolls) consisting of four Harry Potter characters–Ron, Harry, Sirius, and Voldemort. Comparable to the Toner Collectibles (if not even more cool), each handcrafted doll comes with many accessories, including interchangeable hands to hold wands, broom sticks, magical effects (plastic fire, and a magical effect), or in …read more!



Hogwarts Express Exhibit Reveal at Leavesden

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Mar 03, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Mark Williams (Mr. Arthur Weasley) took the train into Warner Brother’s Leavesden Studio Tour, as he helped reveal the new Hogwarts Express Exhibit. The 20,000 square foot expansion includes the original Hogwarts Express Engine sitting in a replica of Platform 9 3/4. The “windows” of the Hogwarts Express will be playing film that show how …read more!



Emma Watson Hosting a HeForShe Event in London

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Mar 03, 2015

Posted by Catherine

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, fans of Emma Watson and her HeForShe movement have the chance to sit down and talk with the Harry Potter star and UN Women’s Embassador, as Emma hosts a “HeForShe Conversation” in London. In order to get a chance to sit down and chat with Emma, …read more!



Happy Birthday Miranda Richardson

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Mar 03, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Today, please join us in wishing Miranda Richardson, who played the sneaky Rita Skeeter, a happy 57th birthday!



Maggie Smith: New Movie, Working with Michael Gambon, and Downton

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Mar 02, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) recently sat down for a couple of Sunday Time’s interviews. (If you have a subscription to The Sunday Times you can read the full articles here and here). Smith talked of her character on Downton Abbey, saying that the series must be coming to an end, and she doesn’t “see how …read more!



“The Casual Vacancy,” It’s a wrap

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Mar 02, 2015

Posted by Catherine

J.K. Rowling tweeted “This biting, blackly comic drama reminded me of mid-Eighties series A Very Peculiar Practice, Blott on the Landscape and Porterhouse Blue – panoramic ensemble pieces with a cartoonish sense of the absurd. The review uncovers many spoilers, especially it’s reaction to the changed ending, and can be read here. YouTube also posted trailers …read more!



“J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013″ Update

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Feb 28, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Last April, Leaky reported on a new J.K. Rowling/Harry Potter non-fiction “bibliography.” The book is considered an academic textbook on the making of Harry Potter–to dispel rumors and reveal facts of how the Harry Potter phenomenon came to be. Then, it was thought that the book would be released in the United States December 18, …read more!



Happy Birthday Georgina Leonidas

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Feb 28, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Please join us in wishing Georgina Leonidas, who played the bewitched Katie Bell, a very Happy Birthday! She turns 25 today!



Happy Birthday Timothy Spall

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Feb 27, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Timothy Spall (Scabbers/Peter Pettigrew) turns 58 today! Please join our whiskery friend a very happy birthday!



Ranking Harry Potter Characters in terms of Dateability

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Feb 26, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Throwback Thursday, Fun Friday, a combination of both–going out on a limb here to try something new and fun/silly on the Leaky News page. Bustle recently posted a hilarious list of “25 Harry Potter Characters, Ranked by Dateability.” You can read the list on their sight, here, and peruse their pros and cons of each …read more!

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Harry Potter and the Window into Behavioral Genetics in DNA

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Feb 26, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Sound like an interesting book title? Maybe to the more science-oriented fans in this fandom, or those of us particularly interested in genetics. Professors at Rutgers University have turned towards using Harry Potter as an introductory level example of behavioral genetics to answer the famous question: what drives our personal characteristics and actions, nature or …read more!



Harry Potter Moments at the Oscars

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Feb 25, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Many of us tuned in to watch the Oscars last Sunday evening, and even though Harry Potter was not directly mentioned, Harry Potter affiliates tend to find their way into the mix. The leading Harry Potter alumni was Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) in The Grand Budapest Hotel.  As Leaky reported a couple of weeks ago, Ralph Fiennes new …read more!



Wizarding World brings in Magical Profits for Universal (Again)

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Feb 25, 2015

Posted by Catherine

As few of you may recall, Universal Studios reported a spike in revenue with the construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade several years ago. It appears that the new Diagon Alley addition of the theme park is proving to be as magically profitable. The Chicago Tribune tells of a 38% increase in …read more!



Happy Birthday James and Oliver Phelps!

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Feb 25, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Please join us in wishing two of the greatest twins ever a very happy birthday! They charmed and tricked themselves into our hearts as the loveable Fred and George Weasley, and today James and Oliver Phelps turn a very grown-up 29 years old!



“The Casual Vacancy” takes a hit in Viewers

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Feb 24, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Sadly, it does not appear that the BBC One adaptation of  The Casual Vacancy flies as well as Harry on a broomstick. The show seems to have lost about 2 million views between it’s premiere and it’s second installment last Sunday. The Independent, among many other news sources, also reports that it’s rival, Julie Walter’s …read more!



Rare Alan Rickman Interview

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Feb 23, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) sat down with Scotland Tonight, making a rare appearance behind a camera that comes with an interviewer. On a promotional trip to Scotland, Rickman sat down with Scotland Tonight’s John MacKay to talk about his upcoming film, A Little Chaos. The film follows a woman gardner (Kate Winslet) who is charged with …read more!



WB Studio Tour shows Preview of new Hogwarts Express Exhibit

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Feb 22, 2015

Posted by Catherine

Warner Brother’s Leavesden Studio Tour has uploaded a couple of videos to its twitter, previewing the new Hogwarts Express exhibit. The Studio Tour announced its expansion last month, and it will be opening to the public March 19. The Studio’s twitter feed uploaded a twenty-second advertisement for the expansion, as well as a two minute …read more!



Emma Watson shuts down Dating Rumors

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Feb 22, 2015

Posted by Catherine

For many weeks rumors have been accumulating around Emma Watson dating Prince Harry. Although these rumors had many skeptics, the rumors continued to spread like wild fire. This morning, Emma Watson took to her twitter to shut these rumors down once and for all. Her tweet reads: Emma Watson ?@EmWatson  2h2 hours ago WORLD Remember that little …read more!





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