Harry Potter as Told By People Who've Never Read or Seen the Series

Thought everyone has read or seen Harry Potter? Meet six brave souls who have resisted the boy wizard and gathered all their knowledge about the series by osmosis. These folks wouldn't be able to tell a thestral from a horcrux or a muggle from a squib, and yet here they are, recapping the series in the most honest and… » 2/28/14 11:40am 2/28/14 11:40am

J.K. Rowling Is Writing Yet Another Mystery Novel Under a Pseudonym

Ready your Amazon gift cards, nerds, because J.K. Rowling has a new novel due out in June. But unfortunately for the world's wizarding enthusiasts, The Silkworm is a sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling, written as Robert Galbraith. It'll follow the investigation into the disappearance of a loathed novelist. » 2/17/14 4:00pm 2/17/14 4:00pm

For J.K. Rowling, an Alternate Ending for Ron and Hermione's Story

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently blew minds when, in an interview with Emma Watson, she revealed that she now wishes that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger — the couple that formed the standout romance of the series — would not have ended up together and that maybe Hermione and Harry should have fallen in love… » 2/05/14 5:45pm 2/05/14 5:45pm

It's the Dowager Countess, er, Maggie Smith's Birthday!

Ladies, my afternoon tea today will be in celebration of the life and acting career of Maggie Smith. The Brit, born on December 28, 1934, is 79 years old and she has given us fabulous characters like Hook's Granny Wendy, Gunilla Garson Goldberg of The First Wives' Club, Mother Superior from Sister Act, and Professor… » 12/28/13 2:30pm 12/28/13 2:30pm

Accio Nerds! J.K. Rowling Is Developing a Harry Potter Stage Show

Wait. Can you "accio" sentient beings? Or do I need to, like, levicorpus all the Harry Potter fans and then locomotor them over to the West End? Please advise. As I'm sure you can tell, I got a "T" in Charms. Oh, ANYHOO, there's going to be a Harry Potter stage show co-produced and overseen by J.K. Rowling within the… » 12/19/13 8:15pm 12/19/13 8:15pm

The 10 Types of Teen Heroes, Ranked According to Wish-Fulfillment

Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment. » 11/30/13 12:45pm 11/30/13 12:45pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 1:37pm 11/23/13 1:37pm

Worth It: Black Milk Fandom Collections

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation… » 9/10/13 4:20pm 9/10/13 4:20pm