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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 »

Netscape and Joe Camel, Class of '18 Never Knew Ye

Saturday morning cartoons not a big thing for them

(Newser) - Kids these days, with their Firefox and Chrome … Members of the incoming Class of 2018 probably never used Netscape or got hooked on Saturday morning cartoons, according to an annual list apparently aimed at making you feel old. Beloit College in Wisconsin notes in its yearly Mindset List that... More »

Harry Potter Casts Spell on Millennials' Political Views

Readers show 'greater support for equality': Anthony Gierzynski

(Newser) - JK Rowling's boy wizard hasn't just entertained millennials—he's worked his magic on their political views as well, writes a political science professor who's studied the subject. After surveying university students, Anthony Gierzynski found that "reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for... More »

JK Rowling Cannot Stop With the Harry Potter Stories

There's a new character's story on Pottermore

(Newser) - JK Rowling, apparently not adjusting so well to post-Harry Potter life in the eight years since the last book dropped, has released yet another new story on her Pottermore website —a biography of sorts of one of the author's alleged "favorite off-stage characters" from the Series That... More »

JK Rowling Reaches Out to Survivor of Family Shooting

Texas teen Cassidy Stay quoted Dumbledore at her family's memorial service

(Newser) - Cassidy Stay, the Texas teen who made headlines in July when she became the sole survivor of a family massacre that left her parents and four younger siblings dead, quoted a Harry Potter novel at her family's memorial service: "In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says, 'Happiness... More »

Harry Potter Villain Found Dead in Desert

Actor David Legeno played werewolf Fenrir Greyback

(Newser) - He was a 6-3, 250-pound former mixed-martial arts fighter who went on to play a villainous werewolf in the Harry Potter movies, but even David Legeno was no match for Death Valley. The 50-year-old actor was found dead in the place known to be the hottest on Earth last weekend,... More »

JK Rowling, Stop Writing Harry Potter Stories

Otherwise, you devalue the original series, writes Devon Maloney

(Newser) - Harry Potter fans grieved when they read the final page of the final book in the series, knowing that JK Rowling was determined not to write any further stories. So a devoted Potter reader like Devon Maloney should be overjoyed that Rowling yesterday released a new story set in Potter'... More »

JK Rowling Publishes Harry Potter Sequel, Kind Of

It briefly crashed Pottermore website

(Newser) - Harry Potter fans, rejoice: JK Rowling has published a story on her Pottermore website set years after the teen wizard (spoiler alert) finally defeated Voldemort. You'll need a login to read it, BuzzFeed notes (and it was so popular it temporarily crashed the site, Mashable adds, though everything appears... More »

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