Harry Potter

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Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours

Expect visitors (no, not Dumbledore)

(Newser) - A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market—complete with a cupboard under the stairs. Fans of the boy wizard will recognize 12 Picket Post Close as 4 Privet Drive, home of Harry's dastardly aunt and uncle, who took Harry in... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

Muggle's Potter-Themed Proposal Almost Thwarted

After flying his girlfriend to the UK, Samuel Goetsch ran into logistical problems

(Newser) - In the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore finds Harry at Surbiton station in Surrey, England, and whisks him away to Budleigh Babberton—a scene meant to depict the promise of new beginnings. So when Samuel Goetsch of Houston took his Texan girlfriend of four years Stephanie Dodd... More »

Rowling: Here's the Potter Death I Regret Most

Not Dumbledore ... Florean Fortescue

(Newser) - When it comes to deaths in the Harry Potter universe, JK Rowling is somewhat traumatized by one ... but perhaps not the one you might think. Florean Fortescue, owner of the Diagon Alley ice cream parlor, was kidnapped and killed by Death Eaters in The Order of the Phoenix after making... More »

New Harry Potter Story Coming on Halloween

Tale of scary Professor Umbridge to be published online

(Newser) - A new Harry Potter story is on its way. JK Rowling has announced the story's debut on Potter website Pottermore.com , the New York Daily News reports. Appropriately for Halloween, the story will deal with the frightening Professor Umbridge, whom Rowling notes is "not only one of the... More »

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