• J.K. Rowling defends choice to make five Fantastic Beasts movies
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    Ben Arnold

    J.K. Rowling defends choice to make five Fantastic Beasts movies

    ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is very much an ancillary text in the ‘Harry Potter’ canon. So the yesterday’s news that five films based on the book are being planned in a new franchise has taken aback some fans of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. – Gwyneth Paltrow’s dad told her fame was turning her into an ‘a**hole’ – Hanks attacks Donald Trump over ‘locker room’ comments – Decoding the new Rogue One poster However, the writer has taken to Twitter to calm fears, and of course, it’s worth noting that she will be writing all of them. ...

  • J.K. Rowling's New Harry Potter Material Adds to the Tale of Severus Snape
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    Jordan Zakarin

    J.K. Rowling's New Harry Potter Material Adds to the Tale of Severus Snape

    For the first day of Pottermas, J.K. Rowling has published a new passage about some of the most crucial characters in the Harry Potter wizarding world. The Harry Potter author released the first of 12 new nuggets on the Pottermore website on Friday, with this one focused on Cokeworth, the industrial town where Harry once spent a night with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley. As it turns out, it was also the town where Petunia grew up, alongside her sister Lily — aka Harry Potter’s mom — and Severus Snape.

  • Harry Potter Fans Play Real-Life Quidditch in Exclusive Clips From Documentary 'Mudbloods'
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    Jordan Zakarin

    Harry Potter Fans Play Real-Life Quidditch in Exclusive Clips From Documentary 'Mudbloods'

    The best way to pretend you’re a student at Hogwarts is to head down to Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can ride into the castle and slug down butterbeer. Pick up the nearest broom and try your hand at Quidditch. Mudbloods, a new film by director Farzad Sangari, follows the upstart UCLA Quidditch team as it makes its way to the 2011 World Cup in New York, a magical journey through nerdiness and rugged athleticism. (The Muggle participants follow the rules as laid out by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series, though they swap actual flying for running with brooms between their legs.) We’ve got two exclusive clips from the movie: The first a peek instead the surprisingly rough gameplay and the second an introduction to the world’s No. 1 Harry Potter fan.