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J.K. Rowling publishes story on Harry Potter character Celestina Warbeck

Celestina Warbeck, a famous singing witch, remained a mystery in the Harry Potter series—readers only saw her name mentioned briefly in a few of the books. But on Monday, J.K. Rowling published a piece on Pottermore so fans could find out more about the minor character, including what her hobbies are (traveling in fabulous style) and what house she belongs to (Gryffindor).
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J.K. Rowling sends 'Dumbledore'-penned letter to shooting survivor

J.K. Rowling sent a personalized handwritten note written in the voice of Albus Dumbledore, from her Harry Potter series, to 15-year-old shooting survivor Cassidy Stay, according to The Telegraph.

Last month, a gunman killed Cassidy Stay’s siblings and parents in a shooting in Houston. At a memorial event, Stay paraphrased Dumbledore from the movie adaptation Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, saying, “Happiness can be found even in darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.”

In response, people started an online campaign to have Rowling meet with Stay. Rowling sent her the letter (written in purple ink), a wand, an acceptance letter and school supply list for Hogwarts, and a signed copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban. A spokesman for Rowling told The Telegraph that “the contents of the letter remain private,” and did not say whether or not Rowling and Stay would meet.

Warner Brothers creates Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team

Harry Potter has his own book series, his own movies, his own theme parks, and now he’s getting his own team: Warner Brothers just announced they’re launching a Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team to foster relations with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling and to continue expanding the ever-growing Potter empire.

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Here are the new UK Harry Potter covers you won't be able to buy

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Harry Potter‘s publisher, Bloomsbury, announced a new line of covers for the book series. They’ll drop on September 1st this year—but only in the UK. For everyone else, you can stare at them in their unattainable glory here.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling plans to write more about Cormoran Strike than Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling said that she plans to tell the story of Cormoran Strike, the war-veteran detective who stars in her books The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, in more than seven novels, outnumbering her Harry Potter books.

“I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind,” Rowling said at Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival. “One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.”

Rowling said she’ll write more more novels than in the Harry Potter series, but the Harry Potter books include more than just seven novels. There are also three others: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemQuidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. All of those books were written pseudonymously with names from characters of the Harry Potter universe.

Writing more books under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym could be a useful way to divert attention from the overwhelming influence of the Harry Potter series on Rowling’s reputation as a writer; Harry Potter is still Rowling’s signature character, but if “Galbraith” writes more stories with Cormoran Strike, Rowling’s reputation may change. Of course, Harry Potter is a media franchise unto itself, including billion-dollar-grossing movies and theme park rides, while Cormoran Strike is the star of just two books, so it has a long way to go if it wants to compete with Potter.

In addition to the Cormoran Strike series, Rowling is working on screenplays for a trilogy of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Pottermore liveblogs the Quidditch World Cup: Rita Skeeter's snarkiest lines

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There are two types of people on the internet right now: Those who count this as Friday’s biggest sports news, and those who care much more about Pottermore’s fictional Quidditch World Cup.

The main thing this made-up event has over LeBron’s return to Cleveland? Commentator Rita Skeeter, who’s on hand less to report on the made-up facts (that’s Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter-née-Weasley’s job) than to deliver some juicy, made-up gossip about the main characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. (The best part: All the snark comes directly from Rowling’s own quill.)

Please feast your eyes on the notorious gossip hound’s most hilariously nasty one-liners, reprinted below. (The best one: Is Neville Longbottom day-drunk?!) As the “game” is ongoing, we’ll update this post whenever Rita spews something especially heinous. (Update: It’s all over! Click through for the best of the best.) And for the full effect, please press “play” before reading.

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Game Two of the Quidditch World Cup, and more from J.K. Rowling on Pottermore

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The Quidditch World Cup continued on Pottermore today, and game two pitted Nigeria against Fiji. As predicted, tournament-favorite Nigeria steamrolled the island nation of Fiji in a 400-160 win. Read the full article from The Daily Prophet‘s Quidditch correspondent Ginny Weasley to figure out why Fijian coach Hector Bolobolo’s only comment after the game was, “I’m going to kill him.”

Nigeria will go on to face the winner of the Poland v. Japan match — and meanwhile, Pottermore tells us that it will be updating The Daily Prophet every day this week with new coverage from Ginny (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling).We’re Quaffling with excitement.

J.K. Rowling reports live from the Quidditch World Cup!

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Harry Potter’s official fan site, Pottermore, posted two new pieces from J.K. Rowling as part of the “History of the Quidditch World Cup.” And now we know why! Because Ginny Potter (née Weasley) is going to be “reporting live” from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which is happening in the Patagonian desert this year, folks. (So I guess South America is hosting all the World Cups. Lucky dogs.)

These days, Ginny is married to Harry and enjoying a post-player career as a sports journalist. Her byline says, “from the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch Correspondent in the Patagonian desert, Ginny Potter.”  J.K. Rowling also quotes the magical creatures expert Rolf Scamander in the piece — which a press release noted that “knowledgeable Harry Potter fans” should be able to “spot the link to the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts that J.K. Rowling is currently writing, the protagonist of which is Newt Scamander, Rolf’s grandfather.” So are you a true fan? Did you catch that?? (I didn’t.)

This first article from Ginny describes how the international teams’ mascots, magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, took part in the ceremony and caused havoc for their handlers. We find out why more than 300 crowd members are suffering from shock, broken bones and bites following the ceremony, and why failure to bring their usual mascots — a troupe of performing trolls — caused a great deal of trouble for the Norwegian delegation.  A match report details the thrilling action between Norway and Ivory Coast in the first match of the tournament.

To check out the articles, sign in to Pottermore and go to the Office of The Daily Prophet section.

On The Books: Jimmy Carter talks biblical misogyny and an author imagines Hitler is a comedian

It’s a weird collection of book news this Monday. To start with, Jimmy Carter has a new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, which hits shelves tomorrow. The 39th President has published more than 25 books during his career, covering everything from history to politics to “The Virtues of Aging.” But his newest book is on the subjugation of women around the world, looking closely at how religion is used as a tool of oppression. NPR interviewed the former president this weekend and you can listen to an excerpt on their website.

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More Potter on Pottermore! 'History of Quidditch' Part 2 now available!

More Potter! More Potter! Fridays are so much better with Harry Potter stories. The second installment of The History of the Quidditch World Cup, the follow up to last week’s story on Pottermore, has gone up online today. This section covers “amusing recaps of some notable recent matches that have been held every four years since 1990.” Let’s get a Kickstarter campaign together to beg J.K. Rowling to release chapters from the wizard-verse every week. I know that she already has all the money she could want, but there must be something we could offer her as encouragement…any ideas?

In other book news, the author and journalist Khushwant Singh passed away at age 99. The Guardian says that “he held a particular place in Indian life as a critic of the establishment and a challenger of hypocrisy.” His mosaic ethnic background helped make him a keen observer of India’s modern history, especially its violent division into Muslim and Hindu countries: “Though his mother tongue was Punjabi and his cultural language was Urdu – he loved the Urdu poets and knew the Persian script – he chose to write in English, and soaked himself in Punjabi, Urdu and English and other European literature. Intellectually independent, he never took himself too seriously, and despite his Sikh background was an unrepentant agnostic. He made quite a success out of poking fun at pomposity, self‑righteousness, religiosity and his country’s myriad gods.”

Sounds like we could all take a page from his book. Speaking of ripping out pages, a publisher of Immanuel Kant’s essays on reason and judgement placed a “political correction” notice on its version of Kant’s Critiques. It reads: “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.” Since when do we need to add a caveat to one of the western world’s greatest philosophers? [Open Culture]

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