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Like Harry Potter? You May Have Lower Opinion of Trump

'Fictional story may have implications for general election preferences'

(Newser) - The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was believed to help turn the tide of public opinion away from condoning slavery after it was published in 1852, but even the most popular fictional works today aren't shown to impact political leanings on a mass scale. Now researchers at the University... More »

JK Rowling Just Burned Trump—Hard

Voldemort 'nowhere near as bad,' she tweeted

(Newser) - Donald Trump is usually the one dishing out insults on Twitter. Not on Tuesday. The business mogul found himself the latest to be burned by JK Rowling after proposing a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US, reports Entertainment Weekly . Twitter users quickly began comparing Trump to... More »

We've All Been Saying 'Voldemort' the Wrong Way

According to 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling, that is

(Newser) - Potato, potatoh, tomato, tomatoh, Voldemore, Voldemort—we may have to call the whole thing off over our pronunciation of the Harry Potter villain if what JK Rowling says is true (and we guess she would know). The series' author took to Twitter last night to address a fan who commented,... More »

We Like Darth Vader Better Than All 2016 Candidates

Potential voters aren't pleased with their options: poll

(Newser) - If voting took place today, and if he could make the journey from the Death Star, Darth Vader might just be named the next president of the United States. He'd have a better chance than any of the real-life candidates at least, according to an amusing new poll from... More »

Between Harry Potter and Osama, ‘Eerie’ Connections

The links could boost Potter's box office, writes Gregg Kilday

(Newser) - Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, the inevitable question: When will the first movie about his death come out? In the Hollywood Reporter , Gregg Kilday makes the case that it might be as soon as July 15 ... when the final Harry Potter installment hits theaters. There have been... More »

Abra Cadabra: The New Harry Potter

Soul-sucking horror for boy wizard in new trailer

(Newser) - Desperation, death, and soul-sucking chills. And that's just a taste of what our boy wizard is up against in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, flying to theaters Nov. 19 . The brand new theatrical trailer for the Warner Bros. film reveals a blacker black from director David Yates, heart-stopping evil... More »

Rowling Assures French: 'Voldemort' Not a Slight

(Newser) - JK Rowling cleared up any fuss about her Harry Potter villain’s French name today, as she accepted that country’s Legion d’honneur for her contribution to the arts, Reuters reports. “I can assure you that the decision did not come from any anti-French sentiment,” Rowling said... More »

Potter Fans Like Sneak Peek of Young Voldemort

Trailer for Half-Blood Prince makes its online debut

(Newser) - Harry Potter fans seem captivated by the new movie trailer that focuses heavily on a young Voldemort, MTV reports. The trailer for Half-Blood Prince will be in theaters Friday, but it's already made its online debut to generally positive reviews along the lines of "dark and creepy." The... More »

Ignore Potter, and Be Doomed to Irrelevance?

Writer ponders the cultural cost of defying blockbusters

(Newser) - Lord Voldemort is the Darth Vader of the 21st century—if you don’t know what that means, you could be at a massive cultural disadvantage in a decade or two. Esquire's Chuck Klosterman claims he hasn’t read a page of the Harry Potter series—hearing Harry didn’t... More »

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