The Casual Vacancy miniseries DVD + BluRay out August 4 in U.S.

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The DVD and BluRay editions of the television adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will be released in stores August 4.

Special features will include an introduction to the series, a segment on adapting the book to television, and also an in-depth look at casting the miniseries.

The DVD and BluRay edition of The Casual Vacancy are available to pre-order from Barnes and Noble today for 20% off the retail price.

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Pottermore adds “History of Magic” timeline to the homepage

On Tuesday, Pottermore unveiled a new “Timeline of the Wizarding World”, a feature on pottermore.com that traces the History of Magic through noteworthy people and their accomplishments from antiquity to the 20th century.

As a mark of the new timeline, an icon of a book, with the title “History of Magic” was added on the Map homepage on Pottermore.

The Timeline is filled with familiar names, like Ignatia Wildsmith and Celestina Warbeck, as well as the not so well-known, like Leopoldina Smethwyck, the first British witch to referee a Quidditch match. The names are connected with lightning bolts of lineage tracing wizarding history all the way up to the boy with the lightning bolt scar.

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Users are encouraged to use the timeline to discover unfamiliar characters from the wizarding world, from the inventor of the Sneakoscope (Edgar Strougler) to the first landlady of the Leaky Cauldron (Daisy Dotteridge), as well as build up their knowledge on the history of magic. In their announcement, Pottermore implied that the timeline will be updated over time.

As one would expect, the list features Newt Scamander, the famed magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, his listing reveals that the wizard is still alive today. Previously, his status was unknown and he was assumed deceased by fans.

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This revelation is significant in relation to the upcoming film trilogy based off of Fantastic Beasts. Will elderly Newt Scamander make an appearance? We’ll have to wait and see to find out!

Visit Pottermore.com to explore the Timeline of the Wizarding World, to read new information from J.K. Rowling, and so much more…

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood to open Spring 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open in the spring of 2016.

Initially announced in December 2011, the park will feature the signature attractions from the Orlando and Japan locations, including Hogwarts Castle, the Flight of the Hipogriff ride, and the shops at Hogsmeade Village, with Honeydukes, Ollivanders Wand Shop, the Three Broomsticks, Dervish and Banges, and much more.

Promotional image released today via Universal Studios Hollywood on Twitter

Promotional image released today via Universal Studios Hollywood on Twitter

Hogwarts Castle will house the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, which will immerse guests into the storyline. Guests will meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they soar above Hogwarts, partake in a Quidditch match, and narrowly escape the Whomping Willow. This version of the Wizarding World’s signature ride is new and improved from the Orlando version and will utilize Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles.

Ahead of the park’s opening, visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood can purchase Harry Potter merchandise, including wands, robes, and other collectibles, in their on-site stores.

More details will be revealed later today with an online video announcement at 1:00 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. PST. Universal encourages fans to join in the conversation on social media using #WizardingWorldHollywood.

Eddie Redmayne confirmed to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

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Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne will play Newt Scamander in the upcoming film adaption of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. confirmed today.

The confirmation today comes after months of speculation of who would play Newt. Redmayne will play the famed Scamander, a magizoologist who discovers a number of magical creatures, leading to a documentation of his travels in the form of Fantastic Beasts.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling published a version of the book as part of the Hogwarts Library Collection in 2001 for charity.

From the press release, David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Over the past few years, Eddie Redmayne has rose to prominence with roles in the 2012 musical film Les Miserables and My Week with Mairlyn. Redmayne garnered international praise for his performance as Stephen Hawking in last year’s The Theory of Everything, for which he won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters worldwide in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

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J.K. Rowling takes on homophobic Westboro Baptist Church on Twitter

Screenshot 2015-06-10 at 09.33.30 AMIn today’s edition of “Who’s J.K. Rowling Fighting With (and Winning) on Twitter?”, J.K. Rowling takes on the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, the homophobic, racist and misogynist organization based in the U.S.

The interaction started when J.K. Rowling tweeted in praise of Ireland’s landmark event of legalizing same-sex marriage in a popular vote. She tweeted to fellow author and friend Val McDermid, “May the next generation never go through what some of my friends went through. A victory for love and human rights!”

Hilariously, Jo tweeted this picture as well, which thus caught the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Westboro Baptist Church’s tweet and Jo’s epic response:

And finally, J.K. Rowling’s kind defense of gay (LGBTQ+) youth…

All hail to Queen Rowling, the true gay icon!

Pottermore announces winner of House Cup competition

Green and white banners hung from the Great Hall on pottermore.com as Slytherin House was named champion of the seventh Pottermore House Cup competition on Friday.

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The snakes’ first place standing is a leap from the previous competition, where they placed fourth. Slytherin succeeds Ravenclaw House, which won the previous two House Cups.

The final standings:

1st Place: Slytherin  52,652,850 points

2nd Place: Hufflepuff – 50,109,456 points

3rd Place: Ravenclaw – 49,775,819 points

4th Place: Gryffindor – 49,335,378 points

In honor of Slytherin winning the Cup, Pottermore promoted a poster they created called, “Famous Slytherins Through the Ages,” for all Houses to enjoy; you can view it here. Also in the coming weeks, Pottermore is expected to release Moments from the final Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows. Stay tuned!

Now, back to brewing and dueling! Good luck to all houses in the eighth House Cup competition…

Bloomsbury reveals new image from Harry Potter illustrated edition

Bloomsbury Publishing revealed a new image from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, out this fall.

In the picture, illustrated by artist Jim Kay, Harry Potter is seen in the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley’s home, Harry’s iconic home nest as a child.

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In March, Bloomsbury revealed the cover art for the book, featuring the Hogwarts Express and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling featuring art by Jim Kay, is published worldwide on October 6, 2015.

J.K. Rowling reacts to Harry Potter actor Matt Lewis’s strip-down photo shoot on Twitter

Harry Potter film actor Matthew Lewis braces the cover of Attitude Magazine this month in new photos that broke the Internet Thursday, and caught the attention of author J.K. Rowling.

The former Neville Longbottom is featured shirtless and in his underwear in an article headlined, “From Hogwarts to Hottie” on the cover of the LGBT-focused monthly. The photo shoot was welcomed by the many fans who have been watching Matt’s transformation over the past few years, from a cute schoolboy to a sexy gentleman. In the accompanying article, Matt discusses his physical transformation and his upcoming film, the romantic drama, Me Before You.

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Matt’s cover photos garnered the attention of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who funnily commented on the photos on Twitter. You can see her exchanges with Matt and Jason Issacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the films, below.

Visit Attitude Magazine’s site to read quotes from the article; for news updates like these, follow our Twitter @PottermoreNews7.

J.K. Rowling reveals Moaning Myrtle’s full name on Twitter

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On Monday, J.K. Rowling revealed the full name of the infamous Moaning Myrtle, in response to a question posed by a fan on Twitter.

Moaning Myrtle, of course, is the ghost of an old Hogwarts student that haunts the bathrooms in the castle, making home base in the first-floor girl’s bathroom. As readers of the Harry Potter series will recall, she was murdered by Slytherin’s basilisk at the hands of young Tom Riddle. She made a few appearances in the books, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire. Some of Rowling’s followers, including this writer, connected Myrtle’s name to the prominent U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, from Massachusetts. Clearly, J.K. Rowling realized this connection, as she quickly tweeted out:

When asked if she knew the name all along, Rowling replied that she always knew “Warren” was Myrtle’s last name, but picked Elizabeth instantaneously when thinking of a “good middle name of the period.” Rowling joked: “the moment I’d committed myself, I thought: uh oh :)”.

Be sure to keep up with J.K. Rowling on Twitter by following her @jk_rowling — her tweets are not something you want to miss!

J.K. Rowling faces Twitter trolls in midst of British General Election

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J.K. Rowling faced harsh political critics on Twitter this week in the midst of the United Kingdom’s General Election.

Rowling initially tweeted credible articles focused on the negative effects of a Conservative majority in Parliament. Users responded furiously in defense of their own politics, so Rowling elaborated on her little confidence in British Conservative leadership and spoke against policy decisions made by the Conservative government; in contrast, she defended her own Labour views. Through this whole debate, unhealed wounds from last year’s debate on Scottish independence were rehashed, and once again J.K.R. defended her anti-Nationalist views.

Historically, J.K. Rowling supported the British Labour Party. In 2008, she donated£1 million in support of then-incumbent Prime Minister Gordon Brown over Conservative David Cameron. Also, last year, Rowling faced vicious backlash online after voicing her opinion against Scottish independence.

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The reaction to the author’s pro-Labour tweets was harsh, cruel, and unsubstantiated, but the Twitter Queen of our Hearts did not back down. Take note of the interaction below, initiated by now-blocked Twitter user @sjosiah0…

@jk_rowling Fuck off you Labour CUNT. All you lefties are finished in this country, especially you JK bitchface. – Steve Josiah (@sjosiah0) May 8, 2015

@jk_rowling You lefty Labour scum are finished in this country – Steve Josiah (@sjosiah0) May 8, 2015

Jo’s response garnered the attention of thousands of people, including author John Green. Harry Potter fans rose to defend and comfort Rowling after that correspondence, leading her to tweet this:

True, that was only one correspondence between the author and many haters. In one final act of advocacy, at the end of the week the author tweeted a long response through to a user claiming Rowling thought Scottish Nationalist Party voters were “hideous thugs and bullies…” J.K. Rowling’s response, in full:

“I say this wearily, Callum, but where did I say they are? I reserve the right to call out people who swear at me. [The user responded to this with a comment about wishing J.K.R. never responded to him: “she probably thinks i’m an asshole [sic]”]… Callum, you seem a very decent person to me, as did the SNP girl whom I said I loved on Twitter this week when she sent me support… I’ve favorited and responded to other really nice SNP supporters this week, too. I’ve talked on Twitter about the Yessers and how much I had in common politically with many of them. I have ignored and blocked abuse form people with an SNP twibbon for months on Twitter, very much taking the view that the abusive ones are not typical. This week, though, my personal line has been crossed with being called traitor and shite the least of the abuse. I feel no responsibility to hush up that kind of behavior to protect the image of any political party. It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.

Of course, J.K. Rowling had the last word.

For more tweets from Jo, follow her at @jk_rowling on Twitter.