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Harry Potter Train Rescues Stranded Family

After losing their canoe, the Cluetts were picked up by the Hogwarts Express

(Newser) - For one family who found themselves stranded in the Scottish Highlands recently, life became like something out of a movie -- a Harry Potter movie. Jon and Helen Cluett and their four young children were staying in a small cottage in the remote boggy region of Lochabar when they woke... More »

Harry Potter Mania Is Putting Wild Owls at Risk in Asia

Demand for pet 'Hedwigs' has spiked illegal trade

(Newser) - Families looking to bring the magic of Harry Potter into their homes are causing major problems among wild owls in Asia. A paper chronicling this phenomenon as the “Harry Potter effect” traces the rise in the illegal owl trade since the boy wizard’s film debut, reports the Guardian ... 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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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 »

'Harry Potter' Busted Robbing Muggle Banks: Cops

Lookalike suspect in 6 bank robberies arrested

(Newser) - Washington state police say they've nabbed a suspected bank robber who resembles a certain boy wizard, and who they say has a not-so-magical history of busting into banks. Police and the FBI say Caleb Andrew Dierlam, 20, is the "Harry Potter Bandit" responsible for at least six bank... More »

An Old Friend Tops Amazon's Bestselling Books of 2016

'Harry Potter and the Extremely Good-Selling Book'

(Newser) - Amazon has released its list of the top 20 bestselling books of 2016, a year in which a new Harry Potter story was released, so the top spot shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. “The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t... 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 »

Harry Potter Typo Could Make You $34K Richer

First edition copy will be sold in November

(Newser) - It might be time to revisit your old copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A hardcover first edition of the book, published in 1997, is expected to fetch up to $33,700 (or about 4,585 Galleons ) at a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in... More »

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 »

Harry Potter May Have Distracted Man in Tesla Autopilot Crash

Authorities say they found a portable DVD player in Joshua Brown's car

(Newser) - A man believed to be the first person in America to be killed while his car was driving itself may have been watching a Harry Potter movie at the time, Reuters reports. The fatal crash happened in May but wasn't made public until Thursday. According to the AP , 40-year-old... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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