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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 »

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 »

JK Rowling Slams Serena Williams Troll

She looks like a man? "You're an idiot"

(Newser) - After Serena Williams won at Wimbledon again today, JK Rowling sang her praises on Twitter: "I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!" she wrote. Which drew a response from "Rob," who tweeted , "ironic then that main reason for her... More »

Wasp's Scary Name Inspired by Harry Potter

JK Rowling approves of 'Soul-Sucking Dementor' name

(Newser) - What name is worthy for a ferocious flying insect that swoops down on supposedly indestructible cockroaches, paralyzes them with its devastating sting, then drags them off into a corner to devour them? "Soul-Sucking Dementor" sounded pretty good to visitors at Berlin's Museum fuer Naturkunde. They were offered the... More »

JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

JK Rowling Schools Fan on Gay Dumbledore

Fan couldn't 'see' the character as gay

(Newser) - JK Rowling is the subject of headlines touting her " perfect ," " brilliant ," " amazing " response to a fan who asked her yesterday, "I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way." Rowling replied : "... More »

JK Rowling, Aziz Ansari Troll Murdoch Over Islam Tweets

Rupert's response to Paris terror attacks not well-received

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's thoughts on Muslim people made him very unpopular this weekend with JK Rowling and Aziz Ansari, Salon reports:
  • It started when Murdoch responded to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks by tweeting , "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they
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