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!

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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 donatedÂŁ1 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.

Attention: NSFW language below. Read at your own choice.

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.

J.K. Rowling apologizes for Fred Weasley’s death in honor of the Battle of Hogwarts

In honor of the 17th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts yesterday, J.K. Rowling tweeted her condolence on the death of Fred Weasley.

As J.K. Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Fred is killed by an explosion in the Room of Requirement during the final battle at Hogwarts. In the tweet, she apologized for killing the beloved character, also admitting that Fred’s death was the “worst for [her]”, more than any other character.

 

On the topic of the battle, Rowling also joked about the odds of the royal baby being born on the anniversary, and being named Victoria. This was an allusion to Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s daughter, Victoire, who was born on the first anniversary of the battle.

Update: See J.K. Rowling’s joking response after the royal baby is born Princess Charlotte, without a reference to Harry Potter.

For all updates on J.K. Rowling’s Twitter, click here. In the meantime, follow us @PottermoreNews7 for the latest Harry Potter news updates.

J.K. Rowling posts a selfie on Twitter, talks third Cormoran Strike book, more

In case you missed it, J.K. Rowling posted a selfie on Twitter last Saturday to her more than 4 million followers.

For an Internet minute, everyone sort of fell in love with it. (Including us — we’re still gushing…)

The 49-year old author took the photo of herself and her agent, Neil Blair, at a rugby match between Scotland and England. It was the first selfie the author posted online, besides the photo set that was featured in Emma Watson’s Wonderland Magazine interview with Rowling last February. The picture garnered many messages from fans in response along the lines of, “You are so beautiful!” Honestly, we can’t blame them for saying it.

In relation to the game, Rowling unexpectedly linked to the PottermoreWiki page for Scottish rugby as she reminded her followers of the wizarding world’s association with Scottish rugby. Last year, as Scotland headed for the Six Nations tournament, the author published an entry to Pottermore, revealing the connection between the wizarding world and rugby.

Finally, besides tweeting about the rugby game, Rowling confirmed that the third Cormoran Strike novel is near completion.

As we always encourage, keep an eye out on Jo’s Twitter page. You never know what she’ll tweet, or if she’ll answer your question! (Or send you a free book!!!)

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J.K. Rowling on Twitter: Patronus test coming soon to Pottermore

Back in September, J.K. Rowling hinted on Twitter at the possibility for a function on Pottermore that would allow users to find out their Patronus. Today, the Harry Potter author confirmed that a Patronus test is in the works and will make its way on the site soon.

A fan tweeted at J.K. Rowling, asking, “Is a Patronus quiz for Pottermore ever going to be created?” The author’s response:

So, the long-awaited test will soon be a reality! Since Pottermore’s launch in 2011, lots of fans have asked for the option to choose their Patronus. This is the first substantial news reporting that the option is coming, besides the tweet in September.

Screenshot 2015-02-12 at 06.35.23 PMWhen Pottermore released Moments from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in October, fans were disappointed that the site did not include the opportunity to choose a Patronus, as the fifth book is when Dumbledore’s Army is taught how to perform the Patronus Charm. However, in the moment from chapter 27, in the margin of the illustration, there is a text box and artwork titled, “Expecto Patronum,” saying, “It’s forming…”, hinting at something to come.

Along with this Patronus tweet, this past week J.K. Rowling answered a few fans’ Harry Potter-related questions on Twitter. The author shared the fate of Hagrid’s dog, Fluffy, and this 140-character history of 12 Grimmauld Place. She answered a question about Horcruxes and the Resurrection Stone, too. But, she didn’t stop there, commenting on the television special, Magic Beyond Words, a 2010 biographical film on her own life (1, 2). And she also replied with this amazing response to a question about writer’s block. Lesson learned, keep an eye out on her Twitter — you never know what’s she’s going to say.

What are you looking forward to with the Patronus test? How do you think the test will be set-up? Tell us in the comments below!

Fantastic Beasts to be directed by David Yates

fantasticbeastscoverDavid Yates, who previously directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is set to return to the world of Harry Potter to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Yates’ involvement was previously rumored but it was confirmed today by Warner Bros. C.E.O. Kevin Tsujihara at an investment meeting. Yates will be working closely again with the whole Harry Potter filmmaking team, including producer David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and J.K. Rowling, who will be making her screenwriting debut with the film. As previously announced, the films will be a trilogy released in 2016, 2018, and 2020. The films’ storyline has been adapted from J.K. Rowling’s companion book to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

From the press release:

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”   Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

In other news regarding Fantastic Beasts, last week J.K. Rowling teased her Twitter followers with an anagram that turned out to be the opening line of a synopsis for the first Fantastic Beasts film.

The tweets made garnered attention around the world and gave us our first clue into what will happen during the movie. Check out the author’s Twitter for the whole story.

Are you surprised David Yates is directing the films? Would you have preferred a new perspective to Harry’s world? Tell us in the comments below!

J.K. Rowling hints at Pottermore Patronus test on Twitter

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J.K. Rowling (2014)

Gone are the days when pen and paper were J.K. Rowling’s only priority…

The Harry Potter and Casual Vacancy author has been very active on Twitter these past few days, continuing to weigh in on the Scottish Referendum debate as well as replying to fans.

In the midst of all her tweets (there were a lot), she responded to one fan’s comment about wanting a test that would let someone choose their Patronus, tweeting, “Keep watching Pottermore…”

Since the start, Pottermore fans have been asking for a test like the Sorting Hat and wand questionnaire to choose their Patronus (or, at the very least, the option to choose their Patronus), and this is the first hint that it might become a reality. The test would likely be included in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when members of Dumbledore’s Army learn how to cast Patronuses. Relatedly, we also would not be surprised if the prize for the upcoming House Cup would be the first chapters of Order of the Phoenix, like Pottermore did last year around this time for Goblet of Fire. However, Dumbledore’s Army isn’t established until later in the book, so it’s unlikely that it would be in the first installment.

Moreover, be sure to keep an eye out on J.K. Rowling’s Twitter. As we said, she’s been replying to lots of fans and Scotland debaters, so there is a chance that she might reply to you. (!) The author even tweeted Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch, in an amazing conversation that you can see here. To see more of her tweets and replies, click here.

What do you think your Patronus would be? How do you feel about this option being included on Pottermore? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

J.K. Rowling tweets reminder about guest radio edit

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J.K. Rowling took to Twitter today to remind her followers of her guest edit of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Takeover week, from April 28 to May 2.

Her official website provided a full description of Rowling’s program, which will include discussions on “the issue of orphanages, and why so many children continue to be cared for in institutions worldwide; the power and myth of the shoe in popular culture; and why Scotland has the highest number of multiple sclerosis sufferers in the world.”

In addition to Rowling, British athlete Kelly Holmes, novelist Naomi Alderman, the Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and media personality Lauren Laverne will also take part in the Women’s Hour Takeover Week.

As well as that reminder, Rowling also answered a fan’s question regarding the gems in the Hufflepuff hour glass.

Over the past month or so J.K. Rowling has really increased her Twitter involvement, in that she has tweeted more often and even replied to fans, as evidence today. Hopefully, she’ll continue with this!