Good news for modern witches and wizards who don’t have time to pursue a traditional magic education: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry now offers an online option. The tech-savvy training program, called Hogwarts Is Here, was dreamed up by a group of enthusiastic Harry Potter fans who wanted to give people the experience of Hogwarts (without the need to ram yourself repeatedly into the brick wall at Platform 9 & 3/4). Here’s the lowdown from the site: Keep reading »
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron. … I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
Ron and Hermione shippers, what say you about J.K. Rowling‘s revelation — in Wonderland magazine — that she regrets pursing the love story between the two in the Harry Potter series? In fact, Rowling says that the smart and capable Hermione would have been “a better match” for Harry himself. Emma Watson, who covers and guest edits the issue of Wonderland, agreed with Rowling, writing, “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” Those fans certainly exist and these new comments from Rowling certainly have renewed that fight online, in the bowels of Harry Potter fandom. [Buzzfeed]
Exciting news, Potterheads! JK Rowling has announced that she has teamed up with British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender to create a stage version of “Harry Potter.” The upcoming play will focus on an as-yet-unexplored time in Harry’s life: his early childhood years “as an orphan and outcast” before he received that fateful letter from Hogwarts. “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production,” Rowling said in a statement, “but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.” Rowling won’t be writing the script, but she will work closely with producers to ensure it matches her vision. I’ll raise my butterbeer to that! [People]
OK, it’s actually not quiiiiite that simple. Like, you can’t just go up to the counter and say, “Venti butterbeer, please!”, but thanks to the seasonal appearance of toffee nut syrup, you CAN order a Starbucks drink that tastes exactly like the butterbeer described in the Harry Potter books. Here’s the off-menu recipe for Muggles with a sweet tooth: Keep reading »
Merlin’s beard, we’re old! It is the 12th anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone premiere, but Potterdom is as alive today as ever. One of my favorite things (of many) about the Harry Potter book and film series is that it’s not a cheesy romantic story on the outside — hello mystery, adventure, and strong female heroines — but at the heart of it, it is a love story. There are various romantic pairings that slowly develop over the course of the series, and there is, of course, the love of Harry’s mother that steers the entire plot. So using GIFs and quotes from the movies and books, I’m sharing some of the best love lessons J.K.’s series has taught us about the magic of love. Read all 27 love lessons on Tres Sugar…
Thanks to Hollywood’s crippling inability to let any wildly profitable franchise end gracefully (see: “Pirates of the Caribbean 5″), Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have teamed up once again for another movie to take place in the Harry Potter universe.
The movie will be based on the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which Rowling published IRL in 2001. The film will follow the exploits of author Newt Scamander; Rowling herself is set to write the screenplay. A Warner Bros. statement announcing the film threatens the film “is planned as the first picture in a new film series.” Read more at Celebuzz…
Legendary NYC punk venue CBGB shuttered in 2006 after 36 years of business, but its legacy lives on — in stories, in memories, in music, and in the form of Ron Weasley’s bare exposed ass. That’s right: Rupert Grint plays Cheetah Chrome, one fifth of the first-wave punk band the Dead Boys, in the upcoming “CBGB” film, which hits theaters October 11. The general consensus around the Frisky office at the moment is that Rupert is one of the few gingers we are not hot for, but I kind of disagree. I always had a thing for Ron, you know? If you, like me, have been waiting years to get a glimpse of the old Weasley backside, now’s your chance! [MTV]
After it was leaked that she wrote “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling has received damages from the law firm that let the information slip.
How did it all go down? Where did the money go? Read more at The Mary Sue…
Remind me again why cardboard cutouts of celebrities and film characters exist and are available for purchase? Oh, wait, nevermind, somebody else beat you to it, and it’s whoever made it their life’s mission to chronicle the mundane daily activities of Severus Snape. Aside from teaching Potions, Professor Snape also enjoys sulking on Valentine’s Day, going trick or treating, playing hide and seek, running on the treadmill, and basking in the great outdoors. He even wakes up in strange locations covered in glitter and awash in unidentified pills, like me on
Tuesday Saturday morning! He’s just like one of us! Except better, being that he is the Half Blood Prince and all. [Snape Does Things]