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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 Finds $75M

JK Rowling's magic still works, topples 'Doctor Strange'

(Newser) - Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast a spell over audiences, reports the AP , summoning $75 million according to studio estimates Sunday and unseating Doctor Strange from the top spot. The success of the JK Rowling creation is a promising kick-off for the planned five-film franchise,... 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: Even Trump Deserves Free Speech

She defends 'offensive and bigoted' speech at PEN gala

(Newser) - JK Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump. Speaking Monday night at PEN America's annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the Harry Potter creator noted that she opposed a petition calling... More »

Rowling's Harry Potter Writing Chair Sells for $394K

The seller would like to see it end up in a theme park or museum

(Newser) - The humble chair JK Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series was auctioned in New York City on Wednesday for $394,000, the AP reports. An anonymous private collector made the winning bid, Heritage Auctions says. The chair is one of four mismatched... 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 »

Harry Potter Sequel Is Coming, Sorta

A script book of the new play will be published

(Newser) - The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a "script book" of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published July 31, the AP reports. The book is based on the two-part stage collaboration of JK Rowling, Jack Thorne,... 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 »

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