J.K. Rowling’s ‘Career Of Evil’ to be launched

Robert Galbraith is back with yet another Cormoran Strike crime novel. J.K. Rowling will publish Career of Evil, the third book under her pseudonym, and it will be released in the fall, according to Little, Brown’s UK Imprint.

Rowling has been tweeting updates on her own Twitter account, as well as Galbraith’s, confirming that the book is the third in the Cormoran series:

(The answer is Blue Oyster Cult, for the record.)

Is Rowling having an existential crisis?

READ MORE: ROWLING REACTS TO FAN WHO ‘CAN’T SEE’ DUMBLEDORE AS GAY

Galbraith has written two books previously, both of which are currently being developed into a BBC One series.

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The first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, became a rave-review bestseller without readers realising who had actually penned the novel. The story followed a war veteran turned private investigator looking into the mysterious death of a model falling from a balcony.

At the time, Rowling said: “Being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said.  “It has been wonderful to publish without hype and expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The Cuckoo’s Calling was followed by The Silkworm – both the novels are set to be adapted for a BBC One TV series.

25 Times Emma Watson Said Everything Better Than We Ever Could

Emma Watson turned 25 last week, which meant we were celebrating by eating a lot of cake and simultaneously asking ourselves, “What have we even accomplished with our lives?”

Answer: Not as much as the talented, clever, crazy-successful Watson has in just 25 years. (We repeat: 25 years. Two-and-a-half decades. A zillion dog years.)

We could sit here and gush about all the times we fell in love with her over and over again – her movies, her work for gender equality, her prolific Twitter … the list goes on – but we’ll just let her do the talking instead.

1. When the #HeForShe campaign advocate reminded the world she’s not just the Harry Potter girl

“I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”

2. And then when her UN address left us speechless

“In my nervousness for this speech and my moment of doubt, I told myself firmly: If not me, who? If not now, when? … I invite you to step forward, to be seen and ask yourself: If not me, who? If not now, when?”

3. When she took her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Twitter

“Gender equality not only liberates women but also men from prescribed gender stereotypes. #heforshe”

4. When she helped men understand feminism, too

“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”

5. When she challenged society’s focus on sex appeal

“The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”

6. When she gave advice to a fan whose dad told her she couldn’t be an enginer because it’s a ‘men profession’

“Become an engineer.”

7. When she asked for change, and the world listened

“Women feel like we need permission … We need to lead and change that.”

8. When she shut down the concept of ‘man-hating’

“I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

9. When she stood up for those affected by the nude photo hack

“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.”

10. When she gave perfect relationship advice

“Chivalry should be consensual.”

11. When she was honored for being a trailblazer

“You have supported me in all of my awkwardness and allowed me to grow into the kind of actress and the kind of person that I hope to be, so thank you very much for that. If you truly put your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.”

12. When she understood how we feel about Christina Aguilera’s early hits

“‘Genie in a Bottle’ … What a tune.”

13. When she promoted self-love

“I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.”

14. When she shot down rumors she was dating Prince Harry, even if it broke our hearts

“WORLD. Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!”

15. When she motivated us to give it our all

“I really believe that you have to earn things. I don’t feel comfortable unless I have worked really hard.”

16. When she made us want to get a pixie ASAP

“To be honest, I felt more myself with that haircut. I felt bold, and it felt empowering because it was my choice.”

17. When she was the perfect role model

“I feel like young girls are told this whole idea that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and that’s bulls—.”

18. When she perfectly summarized entering adulthood

“I like that I’m getting older. In a way, I started out like this old lady, and now I feel like my age is catching up with me. And I’m excited by all these new things for me to do.”

19. When she revealed her love for bagels, and everything made sense

“Bagels – they’re the best thing ever! Americans just love variety; there’s so much choice, it’s overwhelming.”

20. When she found out how much money she’s worth and lost all chill in the sweetest way possible

“I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.”

21. When she threw shade at crazy Hollywood standards

“L.A. scares the crap out of me. I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad. I will absolutely lose it.”

22. When she shared some wisdom with guys who want to date her

“The very worst men are those that say, ‘Are you the girl from Harry Potter?'”

23. When we wanted to give her a hug

“I’ve had dark times – this voice in my head that makes me pretty hard on myself. I really don’t let anything go. I’ve been learning that I have to try and be a bit kinder and take care of myself a bit better.”

24. When she was just like us

“I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s really hard, but it also spurs me on. I always want to do better. I’m always striving toward the next thing.”

25. When she revealed a perk of aging

Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things. And because I feel good about what I am doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not. I think that comes with age, which is nice.”

Amazing! 6 Magical Things From ‘Harry Potter’ Have Become Totally REAL

Reading my first Harry Potter book at the age of 10, I was immediately immersed in the totally amazing wizarding world. As a young kid there was absolutely nothing more I wanted than to be able to spend one day (or even one hour) at Hogwarts castle surrounded by all the characters of the series.

Though it seems totally farfetched, check out these 6 awesome things from your favorite magical series that now really exist:

1. Wizard music and balls


During Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire many readers and viewers will remember the horror of seeing Ron in his moldy dress robes attending the Yule Ball (along with a gorgeous Hermione and dapper Harry). The highlight of the Yule Ball was the Weird Sisters, a wizard music group who played a number of their hit songs for the students.

Weirdly, the idea of ‘wizard rock’ seems to have taken off and there are now over 880 ‘wizard rock’ artists. Yep! The genre has become so popular there is even a three-day wizard rock music festival, named Wrockstock as well as a real version of the Yule Ball. Take a listen to this wizard rock song, from The Whomping Willows:

2. Wizarding schools


I think we all secretly hoped that our Hogwarts letter would magically end up in the mailbox on our 11th birthdays, inviting us to embark on the best adventure our little minds could ever imagine. Sadly, the closest I came was attending a school which split students into four houses, but there is one man who is trying to change that!

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (born Timothy Zell) opened his own wizard school in California, named the Grey School of Wizardry. Classes include Beastmastery, Alchemy, Wand-Making, Spell Casting and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and students are also split into four houses: Sylphs, Salamanders, Undines, and Gnomes. While Zell-Ravenheart originally planned for children ages 11-17 to attend, the school now accepts adults as well, yay!

3. Invisibility cloaks


It wasn’t until the final book that Harry Potter fans learned how important Harry’s invisibility cloak really was, in that it was actually one of the three Deathly Hallows! However, while it might have sounded like a far off dream to be able to sneak around in your own invisibility cloak, a 2010 Forbes reported that invisibility cloaks are really being developed!

Scientists at Tuft’s University researched certain compounds that interact with light to create the illusion of invisibility – how cool is that!

4. The search for the Philosopher’s Stone


Let’s be real: the Philosopher’s Stone (renamed the ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ in America) sounds like it would be a pretty awesome thing to be in possession of, and you might be interested to know that many years ago the Philosopher’s Stone was thought to be a real thing!

Nicholas Flamel, who was in possession of the stone in the Harry Potter series, was an actual real-life Alchemist born in the 14th Century. Years later, legendary accounts state that Flamel had found the fabled Philosopher’s Stone which gives immortality. So who knows, maybe the real thing is out there after all? I just hope that doesn’t mean there’s a nasty Fluffy-type animal to guard it!

5. Quidditch


When I was a kid reading Harry Potter for the first time, I would have givenanything to be able to play a real game of Quidditch. Seriously, how awesome does zooming around on a broomstick as a sport sound?! Well, for some it sounded like too much fun not to try, so international rules for the game were devised at Middlebury College, Vermont in 2005! These days there’s an actual National Quidditch League as well as an International Quidditch Association. While there are no Golden Snitches in real-life Quidditch, players are required to run around on brooms.

Recently the 2015 Quidditch World Cup was held in Rock Hill, South Carolina where 80 teams from across the US and the world competed for the title. In the end it was The Longhorns from Texas who ended up as the winners of the 8th World Cup – their third win in a row!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3yq7iMjArI

6. Owls as pets


Please join me for a minutes silence as we remember our fallen feathered friend, Hedwig.

Ok, now that we’ve paid our respects it might also interest you to know that after Harry Potter, demand for owls as pets went through the roof – So much so that there was even a sizable black market in India for them! The owls-as-pets craze got so out of hand, that eventually J.K. Rowling herself spoke out against it, saying:

“If it is true that anybody has been influenced by my books to think that an owl would be happiest shut in a small cage and kept in a house, I would like to take this opportunity to say as forcefully as I can: please don’t.”

Well said, JK!

JK Rowling’s Life Advice: Ten Quotes on the Lessons of Failure

The Harry Potter author’s new book is based on an inspirational speech she gave to Harvard students. Here are some of the best quotes

JK Rowling has some inspirational advice for graduating students – or for anyone in this universe, really. Her new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, out on 14 April, is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, published by Little, Brown. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children founded by Rowling, and to a financial aid programme at Harvard. Some of her wisdom from that speech, for those of you who weren’t in the Harvard audience, is collected below.

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How to be good … the cover of Very Good Lives.

Rowling, who came from a family where her imagination was seen as “an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension”, struggled considerably before becoming one of the world’s most successful authors: seven years after graduating, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Only last week, she tweeted about the rejections she has received in her career – even under the pen name Robert Galbraith which she adopted, after the succcess of the Harry Potter novels, for crime fiction.

The writer based her speech – the most viewed commencement speech on Harvard’s website – on “failure and imagination”. Delivered to some of the world’s most elite students, her words went beyond the get-ahead cliches of careers advice. Here are 10 of our favourite quotes:

On the benefits of failure

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates.

I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.

Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.

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On the power of imagination and empathy

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.

Those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.

Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.

One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: ‘What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Watch her full speech here:

A fan asked J.K. Rowling how she knew Dumbledore was gay, and she replied with something obvious.

A few years ago, JK Rowling caused a bit of a stir when she revealed that she’d always thought of Dumbledore, one of her most popular characters, as gay.

(Shhhhh! Don’t wake him up. He’s a powerful wizard!)

Of course, being gay is just one part of who Dumbledore is, like being a wizard or having long hair or [REDACTED SPOILER OMG]. So Rowling never really felt the need to make a big deal out of it in the books. But since Dumbledore is not identified as gay in the text, lots of people were … confused.

So when a fan tweeted this at Rowling:

“Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is gay, because I can’t see him in that way.”

She decided to respond. And it was, in a word…

Perfect.

UPDATE – 3/25/15 – 1:45pm: After Rowling tweeted her response, the fan wrote back, in a tweet since deleted:

@jk_rowling amazing answer… Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!

UPDATE – 3/25/15 – 4:40pm: And J.K. Rowling herself weighed in to answer those who thought the fan was out of line with her original tweet.

Rowling said when she revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality: “It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men.

“He is my character. He is what he is and I have the right to say what I say about him.”

The incident is not the first time the author has defended making Dumbledore gay.

Top 11 Harry Potter Gifts of 2014

The top 11 Harry Potter gifts of 2014,  updated with some Christmas cheer! 

1. Harry Potter Artefacts Box

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Manufactured by the Noble collection and officially authorised by Warner Bros, this set includes: HOGWARTS Acceptance Letter, Sirius Black Wanted Poster, QUIDDITCH World Cup Ticket, Lily Potter Letter to SIRIUS, HOGWARTS Express Luggage Tag, Order of the Phoenix Lenticular Photo adn DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY Signature List.

2. Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Replica

Hogwarts castle replica

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Replica is the most amazing Harry Potter gift manufactured in recent times. It includes a wooden base that measures 11 x 12 inches in width and 2.5 inches in height. The castle, which is made of cold cast porcelain, measures 12-inches in height from wooden base to top of castle. Weighs approximately 16 pounds.

3. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
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Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, Page to Screen is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.

 4. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory

Harry Potter recipes

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories.

5. Dumbledore’s Wand with Ollivanders Box
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Noble Collection have manufactured some exquisite Harry Potter merchandise and Dumbledore’s Wand is no exception! A truly marvelous piece, remember this wand plays an important role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

6. Exclusive Harry Potter Hogwarts Letter
Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Chromaluxe Panel from Warner Bros.

A Warner Bros shop exclusive, this personalized Hogwarts acceptance letter panel is a fantastic gift for any Harry Potter fan. This letter is a replica of the one sent to all incoming Hogwarts students, printed with your very own name.

7. LEGO Harry Potter Freeing Dobby
Lego Freeing DobbyWith the help of Harry Potter, free Dobby from his master Lucius Malfoy/Trick Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby, the house elf! Then use Dobby to protect Harry Potter and send Lucius flying down the hall with a magic blast as he tries to get revenge in this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets scene.

8. The Marauders Map by Noble Collection
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A detailed full size Marauder’s Map replica printed on parchment paper. Measures 15.5 x 72 inches open, folds to 15.5 x 8.25 inches. Not for children under 3 yrs.

9. Harry Potter Dementors Crystal Ball

. Harry Potter Dementors Crystal Ball from Warner Bros.

10. Deathly Hallows: Xenophilius Lovegood Necklace

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Xenophilius Lovegood Necklace from Warner Bros.

This finely crafted die cast metal Xenophilius Lovegood necklace features a Deathly Hallows symbol pendant with a rotating centre.


11. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 videogame
Lego Harry Potter videogame 5 to 7

The game is built on the events from the movie series ranging from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Features include: 24 story events, and 16 lessons, new charms, spells and dueling skills, new characters and drop-in/drop-out co-op support.

 

Some of the ideas for items were originally posted on HarryPotterFan.Me/Gifts

J.K. Rowling Finally Gives Harry Potter Fans What They Want

Rowling finds herself ‘unnerved’ at those who romanticize Draco Malfoy

“Draco was raised in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord has not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community,” Rowling writes, revealing that before meeting Harry on the Hogwarts Express, Draco, his family and other ex-Death Eaters thought Harry could be “another, and better, Voldemort.” Draco’s hatred for Harry was spurred on by the realization that the one who lived was nothing like Voldermort, and due to Potter’s budding friendship with Ron Weasley. And the rest, as Potter superfans know, is history.

READ MORE J.K. Rowling Debunks Severus Snape Rumor

But what happened next? Draco married Astoria Greengass (Rowling revealed this to TIME in 2007 when she was named to the TIME 100), who may have helped shape the bitter Slytherin into a better man. “As Astoria refused to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles were scum, family gatherings were fraught with tension,” Rowling writes.

The story is followed up with a few paragraphs of Rowling’s thoughts on the character, which makes for the funniest bit of all. While she reveals she does pity him (“just as I feel sorry for Dudley”), she is not a fan of those who came to fancy him.

“I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films and, ironically, is about the nicest person you will ever meet,” Rowling writes. “Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering.”

She backtracks a bit, explaining there is “some unextinguished good at the heart of Draco,” which, of course, fans knew all along. There are still two more days of Rowling’s promised Christmas Pottermore content. Could we get a taste of Harry’s future tomorrow? If only Professor Trewlaney were around to tell us.

J.K. Rowling Refutes Severus Snape Rumor

The author also reveals what was in some of her earliest Harry Potter notes.

Want challenging Harry Potter trivia?

What does the Owl grade ‘P’ stand for?

Who put the poision in the oak-matured mead that almost killed Ron?

After performing the spell to create light with one’s wand, what incantation is used to extinguish the light?

Did these questions get your adrenaline rushing? Surely at least one of them did. These aren’t your run of the mill Harry Potter trivia questions, they have a central element of challenge in them. Even if you have read your Harry Potter books multiple times, you’ll have to really jog your memory to answer such trivia.

Where can you find such trivia questions? Of course, the internet is littered with many many quizzes of our favourite series. However, I took these questions not off the net but from a slick looking mobile app, It’s called Harry Potter Book Trivia and it’s available to Android users on the Google Play Store.

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Some interesting functionality of the app includes the ability to choose one or multiple Harry Potter books to select your questions from. You also get to choose from four levels of difficulty, as seen in the screenshot below:

Harry Potter book trivia

A really good aspect of this app is to be able to compete in global rankings. If you’re doing well in this trivia you’ll be able to see your rank go up against different players from around the world.

player ranking harry potter trivia

All in all this is a decent app to challenge your Harry Potter knowledge on, and well worth the Dollar to spend on.

PS: Clicking on “update trivia list” downloads newer trivia questions to the app. Nice innit?

Get the Harry Potter Book Trivia on Play Store

A new ‘Harry Potter’ story will unfold on Halloween

  • Rowling will upload short story to Harry Potter website on October 31  
  • Will focus on the wizard’s arch-enemy Dolores Umbridge in fifth book 
  • Earlier this year a story was published describing Harry as an adult 
  • Writer has ruled out releasing another Harry Potter novel in near future 

It’s no Halloween trick: There’s more witchcraft and wizardry in store for “Harry Potter” fans, who can expect a new tale from author J.K. Rowling on Oct. 31.

In an announcement posted to Pottermore.com, Rowling reveals that she has penned a new 1,700-word story that will offer “revealing first-person” thoughts about former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.

jk rowing new potter story

A spokesman for the author later confirmed it would be ‘filled with many new details’, as well as Miss Rowling’s ‘revealing first-person thoughts and reflections’ of Professor Umbridge, first introduced to readers in her fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The news comes after Miss Rowling, 49, published a tale on Pottermore earlier this year featuring a grown-up Harry watching a Quidditch match.

Short stories are not the only Potter-related pet projects that Miss Rowling has been working on, however.

It emerged this month that the wealthy author has submitted plans to build a cottage similar to Hogwarts caretaker Hagrid’s hut at her estate in Perthshire.

Earlier this year the author revealed she would be writing the screenplays for ‘at least’ a trilogy of Harry Potter spin-off films.

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The writer has not ruled out ever writing another Harry Potter book but revealed she had no plans to do so in the near future. The fictional wizard was portrayed in a film franchise by Daniel Radcliffe (pictured)
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The short story is expected to offer more detail into the character of Dolores Umbridge (centre) played by Imelda Staunton

Based on her 2011 book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the films are thought to be planned for release in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

But while fans speculate about the release of another Harry Potter novel, a statement on the writer’s website revealed no such plans were in the works.

‘I have always refused to say “never” to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in a few years’ time.

‘However, I have no immediate plans to write another Harry Potter novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry’s story in the seven published books.’

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