Hey, Nerds: Don't Trespass on Active Railways to Get a Great Harry Potter Picture 

There are many lovely Harry Potter-related activities in the United Kingdom, including taking a Hogwarts Express-style steam train over the stunning Glenfinnan viaduct, which appears in the films. However, for fuck’s sake, do not trespass on any railway lines to get your perfect snapshot. Seriously. Don’t. »10/07/15 4:30pm10/07/15 4:30pm

Harry Potter Train Platform Marriage Proposal Nearly Thwarted 

A Texas man flew his girlfriend all the way to goddamn England to propose marriage at a specific train station that appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Only he arrived and discovered that the goddamn trains weren't running, and so he had to improvise. (His backup plan involved taking the bus.) »1/08/15 3:30pm1/08/15 3:30pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. »12/24/14 1:36pm12/24/14 1:36pm

JK Rowling Confirms 'Of Course' There Were LGBT Students At Hogwarts

In a tweet response that really should surprise no one, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has officially confirmed that yes, there were indeed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Hogwarts. In fact, the only group she didn't imagine existing at the wizarding academy were Wiccans. Sorry, neopagans! »12/17/14 10:56pm12/17/14 10:56pm

Snape Was a Potions Master Because J.K. Rowling Hated Chemistry

As anyone who's ever dipped a toe into the Harry Potter universe can tell you, potions—taught primarily by Professor Snape throughout the books—is one of the most challenging (and rewarding) parts of the Hogwarts curriculum. And it works that way because it's mirrored after chemistry, J.K. Rowling's own least favorite… »12/15/14 3:45pm12/15/14 3:45pm

Big Pottermore Reveal Has Actually Been Known in the Fandom for Years

JK Rowling released her first story of the Harry Potter 12 Days of Christmas series via Pottermore today and, according to MTV, she's revealing some "serious Severus Snape secrets." Too bad that the "secret" is something that's been a widely accepted fact in the Harry Potter fandom for years now. »12/12/14 5:50pm12/12/14 5:50pm

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a new Harry Potter short story!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a new Harry Potter short story! According to a newsletter, starting on Friday, December 12, JK Rowling will be dropping a new piece of Harry Potter-related writing on the site every day until Christmas. And one of those will definitely be focused… »12/06/14 4:30pm12/06/14 4:30pm

A New Harry Potter Story Is Coming Starring Meanie Dolores Umbridge

On Halloween, Harry Potter’s cutest villain will return with all things pink, feline and evil in her hands. Author J.K. Rowling is releasing a new story surrounding Dolores Umbridge, the teacher who made Harry write ‘I must not tell lies’ with a pen that simultaneously scratched the words into his own hand. Yeesh. »10/24/14 12:40pm10/24/14 12:40pm

Mom's Evangelical Christian Rewrite of Harry Potter CANNOT Be Real

Exciting news from the fan fiction world! A writer who claims to be an Evangelical stay-at-home mom named Grace Ann has taken it upon herself to remove all the witchcraft devil-worship from Harry Potter and replace it with a more Christian-friendly message. Looks like someone has finally thought of the children — by… »9/23/14 6:45pm9/23/14 6:45pm

Harry Potter's JK Rowling Tells Off 'Fan' Angry Dumbledore Was Gay

Harry Potter series author JK Rowling has hit back at an angry "fan" on social media site Twitter after the user chided her for revealing Dumbledore is gay. Rowling's writing is being discussed in relation to her recent donation of £1 million ($1.6 million) to the "Better Together" campaign opposing Scottish… »9/07/14 11:25pm9/07/14 11:25pm