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Rowling Sorry for Inaccurate Trump Tweets

Author apologizes to parents of boy she tweeted about

(Newser) - JK Rowling started an uproar when she claimed, via Twitter, that President Trump had refused to shake the hand of a young boy in a wheelchair. That claim turned out not to be true, leading Rowling to delete her original tweets and apologize, Time and the Telegraph report. Rowling's... More »

Harry Potter Turns 20. Here's How the Internet Is Celebrating

Facebook, Google getting in on the action

(Newser) - The first book in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series was released on June 26, 1997. A roundup of the celebration surrounding the series' 20th anniversary:
  • Facebook has added a fun "easter egg" for anyone who includes the words "Harry Potter," "Gryffindor," "Slytherin,"
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Highest-Paid Celeb Can Thank Vodka for the Honor

Diddy tops 'Forbes' annual list

(Newser) - The highest-paid celebrity on Forbes' 2017 list managed to beat out Beyonce for the top spot—and he has vodka to thank for it. Sean "Diddy" Combs tops this year's annual list, having raked in $130 million pre-tax between June 2016 and June 2017. That's partially due... More »

Thieves Make Off With Harry Potter Prequel

Cops asks fans worldwide to be on the lookout

(Newser) - Police in Britain are asking Harry Potter fans worldwide to be on the lookout for a one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prequel. The untitled 800-word story, handwritten on a card, was stolen during a burglary in Birmingham last month, and police say they are going public in the hope that "the... More »

In Twitter Feud vs. JK Rowling, Piers Morgan Kid Abandons Dad

'Harry Potter' author seems to be winning against Brit who shall not be named

(Newser) - The Guardian reports on the newest feud between "two of Britain’s best known international exports:" It all started when JK Rowling tweeted early Saturday regarding Piers Morgan's appearance on Bill Maher's talk show, noting that watching Morgan being "told to f--- off on live... More »

JK Rowling Goes Biblical on Mike Pence

'He gains the whole world and forfeits his soul'

(Newser) - JK Rowling has been among Donald Trump's most vocal critics on social media, but his right-hand man hasn't escaped her notice. On Sunday, Rowling retweeted a December 2015 tweet in which Mike Pence said "calls to ban Muslims from entering the US are offensive and unconstitutional,"... More »

JK Rowling Makes Some Magic for Young Girl in Aleppo

The author sent 'Harry Potter' books to the girl in war-torn Syria

(Newser) - JK Rowling just introduced another child surrounded by daily horrors to the wizarding world. But instead of Harry Potter living under the Dursleys' stairs, it's 7-year-old Bana Alabed living with her family in war-torn Aleppo.The Telegraph reports Bana's parents are trying to distract her from the fighting... More »

Fantastic Beasts Is, Well, Fantastic

It's 'a rare kind of magic,' say critics

(Newser) - Thought the Wizarding World only existed in the UK? Not so. Dive into America's magic community circa 1926 in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of five planned films in a Harry Potter spinoff (with JK Rowling as screenwriter) centering on Newt Scamander, the author of... More »

Warren Wants a New Job—at Wizard School

She wants to fight dark magic, aka 'Trump'

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren: wizard professor? In a tweet to Harry Potter author JK Rowling—who revealed details about a fictional wizarding school in Massachusetts this week—Warren says she would be up for teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, the class that prepares students to fight dark magic and Lord Voldemort'... More »

Rowling Mourns Orlando Victim Who Worked at Harry Potter Ride

'I can't stop crying,' she writes of Luis Vielma

(Newser) - Harry Potter author JK Rowling is mourning one particular victim of the Orlando massacre: "Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can't stop crying. #Orlando," Rowling tweeted early Monday, along with a picture of Vielma. "Thank You... More »

JK Rowling Shares Harsh Rejection Letter ... a Recent One

An editor told her to attend a writer's course

(Newser) - Every good writer gets rejected, and JK Rowling may know that better than most. Despite selling 400 million copies of her Harry Potter books, she still had trouble getting her 2013 novel The Cuckoo's Calling published under pseudonym Robert Galbraith . In fact, she got some pretty "cringe-worthy" rejection... More »

Here Are the 7 Most Influential Celebs on the Internet

According to 'Time'

(Newser) - Celebrities make up a big chunk of Time's second annual list of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet , and the Kardashian-Jenner-West clan makes up a big chunk of that chunk. Here are the seven most influential celebrities on the Internet, in no particular order, per Time:
  1. Kanye
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Native American Fans Hurt Over Portrayal in New Harry Potter Story

'I'm broken hearted…my beliefs are not fantasy'

(Newser) - Native American Harry Potter fans are feeling hurt, betrayed, and angry over JK Rowling's newest entry to her magical universe. History of Magic in North America: Fourteenth Century-Seventeenth Century was published online this week and focuses on Native American wizards, the Guardian reports. According to Mashable , the short story... More »

JK Rowling Reaches Out to Depressed Fan on Twitter

Other 'Harry Potter' fans join in

(Newser) - JK Rowling is an active tweeter , and Mashable points out this heartwarming Monday morning exchange between the Harry Potter author and a fan:
  • Twitter user "pale emo nerd" tweeted , "@jk_rowling could you please teach me how to scare the dementors that have been living under my bed? i'
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Rowling: Here's the Hint I Gave Rickman About Snape

She explains how she gave actor info needed to play iconic role

(Newser) - When Alan Rickman started playing Professor Severus Snape, the end of the Harry Potter series was not yet written—but JK Rowling already had Snape's story arc figured out, and she hinted to Rickman that (spoiler alert!) there was more to Snape than met the eye so that... 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 »

JK Rowling Announces Plot for Harry Potter Sequel Play

Play will follow Potter and his son, 19 years later

(Newser) - JK Rowling announced back in June that Harry Potter was coming to the London stage, but until now, there was much speculation the stage play's plot would be a prequel to the books. Rowling debunked that today: "So now you know it really isn't a prequel,"... 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 »

Bob Geldof to 4 Syrian Families: Come Stay in My Homes

Rock star calls drowning of Syrian 3-year-old an 'absolute sickening disgrace'

(Newser) - The drowned 3-year-old who perished as his family tried to flee Syria for safer shores has touched people around the world, including author JK Rowling, who tweeted a welcome message for refugees everywhere, the Guardian reports. "If you can't imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have... More »

Today's a Big Day for Harry Potter Fans

JK Rowling tweets followers to say hi to James S. Potter at King's Cross

(Newser) - If you saw more people than usual ramming head first into a wall at King's Cross Station this morning, that's because JK Rowling caused a bit of a stir when she reminded fans of a special occasion in the Harry Potter-verse, Vanity Fair reports. "Could somebody at... More »

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