If, today, you encountered social media, a periodical, or—in any likelihood—another person, you undoubtedly learned, quickly, that this was no common Monday. Or perhaps you already knew. In any case, exactly twenty years ago, J.K. Rowling’s debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—the first in a magical…
One fun thing about Twitter is it makes it really easy to know who’s out partying on a Friday (or up early on a Saturday), and who’s sitting at home laugh-screaming at Piers Morgan getting eviscerated on the telly. I probably could have guessed that J.K. Rowling belonged to the latter group, but this devastating…
Since late September, Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old girl from war-ravaged Aleppo, has narrated her experiences on Twitter. The account, begun by her mother, accumulated over 100,000 followers as Bana delivered stark and harrowing messages of life amidst brutal chaos. But as of today, the account has disappeared.
Turn your eyes to the United Kingdom, where controversy rages over a shop owner’s reported reluctance to sell wands to Harry Potter fans—as opposed to those embarking on a true spiritual journey—drawing fire from J.K. Rowling herself.
North American sales for the script—the script!—of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two topped two million in the first two days it was available.
Today is author J.K. Rowling’s 51st birthday! She’s celebrating with the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the news that—sorry pals—she has finished writing about Harry Potter. This eighth, theatrical installment concludes his narrative.
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, and you know what that means! J.K. Rowling is here to apologize for killing off characters that she spent seven Harry Potter books convincing you to love!
The latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is here, and with it a little lesson in how wizards smuggle magical creatures across borders.
A humble wooden chair sold at a NYC auction for $394,000 on Wednesday—all because it happens to be the seat that J.K. Rowling planted her buns on while writing the first two Harry Potter books.
All this week, J.K. Rowling has been publishing History of Magic in North America, one part a day for four days. When it’s been at its best, it’s been sloppy; when its not at its best—which is most of the time—it’s uninformed and under-researched. At its worst, it is downright offensive, and here’s why.
JK Rowling, the writer who has spent the past two decades shaping popular culture around the world with her Harry Potter universe, has recently revealed a new series of stories, A History of Magic in North America. The series is being published on the “digital heart of the Wizarding World,” Pottermore, and presents a…
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not going to be “canon,” I would guess, but the forthcoming story—created for a stage play, and adapted into a book to be released July 31—was written by J.K. Rowling, in partnership with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
Help! Much like the character she is set to play, and a character she’s played in the past, Emma Watson loves books, so she’s starting a *feminist* *book* *club*. However, she is “almost certain” there are “more inspiring” name options out there than the ones she has (ahem cough Oprah).
In today’s Tweet Beat, J.K. Rowlingis the best, Ansel Elgort is late to the party and sure yeah, ok, Idris.
Casting for the upcoming London play about old-ass Harry Potter characters, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has been announced. And much to the chagrin of ~certain~ Potter fans, a black actress is playing Hermione.
Here’s your first taste of footage from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter prequel that follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), expert on magical animals and monsters (and writer of textbooks assigned to Hogwarts students), on his mishap-stricken adventure through New York City’s underground…
J.K. Rowling plans on writing another children’s book at some point in the future, so mark your invisible calendars.
Tuesday afternoon, J.K. Rowling tweeted some huge news about some of her beloved characters from the Harry Potter universe. “Have just heard that James S Potter has been Sorted (to nobody’s surprise) into Gryffindor. Teddy Lupin (Head Boy, Hufflepuff) disappointed,” she wrote to her 5.32M followers.
The younger generation of the Harry Potter cast may be pursuing new routes in show business, but, as Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis recently demonstrated on Twitter, they’re happy to channel their more magical selves. And J.K. Rowling, for her part, is here for all of it.