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J.K. Rowling Drops Harry Potter Hints to Send Twitter Crazy

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had fans speculating feverishly over the last 24 hours after a series of cryptic tweets sent to her 3.74 million followers.

jk rowlingThe usually active British author has been tweeting less in recent weeks, and now we know why. Rowling told her fans that she was busy working on a novel and “tweaking a screenplay” without giving anything away as to the titles of the projects she’s working on — although it is a safe bet that the screenplay is Potter spin-off Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. She has also been involved in charity work with Lumos, an organization she founded to combat the harm caused by orphanages and similar institutions for children.

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Rowling then followed her update tweet with a cryptic message: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Re-tweeted over 4,000 times, the riddle or anagram had Rowling fans and Potter-geeks around the world debating what it all could mean, with the most optimistic fans hoping it was yet another hint that there will be further Harry Potter stories.

Check out Rowling’s tweets below and see if you can decipher what they mean.

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New York Scientists Unveil ‘Invisibility Cloak’ to Rival Harry Potter’s

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists at the University of Rochester have recently developed a simple and inexpensive lens device that hides objects from view.

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There have been many complex approaches to cloaking all with the basic goal of taking light and have it pass around something as if it isn’t there.

“Many cloaking designs work fine when you look at an object straight on, but if you move your viewpoint even a little, the object becomes visible,” explained John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester.

Previous cloaking devices can also cause the background to shift drastically, making it obvious that the cloaking device is present. But, Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi developed a combination of four standard lenses that keeps the object hidden as the viewer moves up to several degrees away from the optimal viewing position.

“This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Choi, a PhD student at Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

cloaking-by-Joseph-Choi-Adam_FensterThe Rochester Cloak can be scaled up as large as the size of the lenses, allowing fairly large objects to be cloaked. And, unlike some other devices, it’s broadband so it works for the whole visible spectrum of light, rather than only for specific frequencies.

While their device is not quite like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, Howell had some thoughts about potential applications, including using cloaking to effectively let a surgeon “look through his hands to what he is actually operating on,” he said. The same principles could be applied to a truck to allow drivers to see through blind spots on their vehicles.

Howell became interested in creating simple cloaking devices with off-the-shelf materials while working on a holiday project with his children.

For instructions on how to build your own Rochester Cloak, and a link to their paper submitted to the journal Optics Express, visit U. of Rochester News Center.

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Mexican’s ‘Harry Potter’ Collection Is World’s Biggest

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas’s 3,097-piece haul of Rowling-themed goods wins him place in Guinness book.

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A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.

Guinness World Records officially recognised it Monday as the world No 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807.

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Silva Vargas said he began collecting without any intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell.

He laughingly called his obsession both a blessing and a curse: “My salary, my bonuses … it all ended up here.”

What Harry Potter stuff do you own? Check out some interesting things you might love to get your hands on.

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J.K. Rowling Sends Letter From Dumbledore To 15-Year-Old Who Lost Her Family

While many others may still be waiting patiently for their admittance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, one teen in Texas has already received her owl.

Cassidy Stay, the 15-year-old survivor of a mass shooting in Houston that killed her her parents and siblings, received a handwritten letter from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

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Rowling’s team has remained tight-lipped about the contents of letter, which was reportedly written from the perspective of her character Professor Albus Dumbledore.

“We can confirm that J.K. Rowling was in touch with Cassidy Stay, however, the contents of the letter remain private,” an unidentified spokesman for the author told The Telegraph.

The personal letter comes after Stay quoted the fictional Hogwarts headmaster during a recent memorial event for her family.

“In ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Dumbledore says: ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” Stay said during the memorial (skip to 1:24 in the video below).

Thanks to an Internet campaign, Rowling heard the news that Stay relayed Dumbledore’s message of hope and sent the teen a handwritten note. Creators of a Facebook page that aimed to get the two to meet confirmed that Stay also received a few other special items, including a wand and an acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

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Stay lost her parents and four siblings last month, when they were reportedly tied up and shot at the family home by her aunt’s former husband. Police say she saved the lives of several others when, after the shooting, she called 911 to report the man was on his way to a home where other family members lived.

In the aftermath, she received an outpouring of support from across the country, including more than $300,000 in donations to a fund in her family’s name.

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This custom-made set, by Etsy seller CustomLumos, caught our eye recently. “Wizard’s Monopoly” comes in a lovely wooden trunk, with a board made up of locations from throughout the wizarding world. It’s a beautiful presentation, though the $1000 asking price is ridiculous, even if you take into account the necessary legal fees the creator will need when the combined forces of J.K. Rowling and Parker Brothers come down on them (you can buy PDFs of the board and wizard-branded play money to print at home for much less exorbitant amounts).

And because it’s Etsy, the listed materials also of course include “charms, spells, and some Dark Magic.” So if you end up bashing your friend over the head with the trunk when he grabs 12 Grimmauld Place out from under you, you can always blame evil wizards for your murderous impulses.

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: Review

Consider the strange and remarkable case of JK Rowling. Her first book, for children, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was rejected by at least 12 publishers. It was bought for £2,500 and published, in 1997, in an edition of about 1,000 copies.rowling

Rowling’s storytelling struck an immediate chord with juvenile readers. Within a year, she was winning all the children’s book prizes. By the time two Harry Potter sequels – The Chamber of Secrets (1998) and The Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) – had been launched, Rowling was a pawn turned queen, and her work a global cult.

Not since Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories had a writer of Scots ancestry – indeed, any writer – achieved such an astounding audience. Subsequent Harry Potter adventures smashed all known sales records. In 2004, Forbes magazine named Rowling the first person to become a billion-dollar author.

Just as remarkable, in 2007, Rowling completed her seven-volume Harry Potter sequence, withThe Deathly Hallows, nailing down almost every last detail of a mind-bendingly intricate plot, and bringing an elephantine narrative to a satisfying and possibly open-ended conclusion. In the annals of British literature, Rowling’s Harry Potter series is an unprecedented achievement.

Inevitably, there was a reckoning. In 2011, after a troubled hiatus, Rowling fired her agent and the following year published The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults, under her own name. The reviews were mixed, but she still sold more than a million copies worldwide, while clearly relishing this second act in her literary career.

Meanwhile, like Conan Doyle, who followed Holmes and Watson with his Professor Challenger novels, Rowling hankered for another series. Unlike him, she wanted to write and publish without the hype or expectation surrounding her literary life. Secretly, she adopted a pseudonym and forged a new protagonist. Once again, the author of Harry Potter was in the business of creating an alternative world for herself. She almost got away with it.

Almost, but not quite. When, in April 2013, Little Brown published a debut crime novel by a certain Robert Galbraith, described as “a former plainclothes Royal Military Police investigator”, there was a smattering of excellent reviews, the usual modest sales (some 1,500 copies) and then… Hey presto! Rowling’s secret was out. She was “Robert Galbraith”.

Sure enough, The Cuckoo’s Calling became a No 1 bestseller. Whatever Rowling’s aspirations to control the execution and reception of her mid-career progress after Harry Potter, the awkward truth is that she is now the rich-and-famous victim of her celebrity, with all the consequent stresses of such a fate. Intriguingly, her second Robert Galbraith novel is a playful, obsessive yarn about the ironies of the literary life.

Novelist Owen Quine goes missing having just completed a manuscript replete with vicious pen-portraits of his nearest and dearest. In the works of Conan Doyle’s contemporary, PG Wodehouse, such a premise is the basis for farce. Not here. Tellingly, for Rowling, Quine’s literary evisceration of his agent, his editor, and his publisher forms the basis for a detective story that does not merely suspend disbelief but hoists it like an escape artist over an abyss of improbabilities.

Private detective Cormoran Strike (named after a mythological Cornish giant) is commissioned by Quine’s wife to track him down and bring him home. After 123 pages of teasing stuff about literary London, revenge tragedy and the Latin for silkworm (Bombyx Mori), Strike finds Quine horribly murdered (trussed, eviscerated, and putrid) in an empty house, 179 Talgarth Road, W14. There is no shortage of nasty suspects with creepy hidden drives, ample opportunity and oodles of motive.

The book isn’t perfect. It’s a tad too long, and the suspect interrogations grow repetitive. Sometimes the reader feels Rowling may be trying too hard to move away from Hogwarts. The fair amount of swearing reminds one of a rebellious teenager set free.

Some will also argue that while Harry Potter altered the landscape in a way no children’s novel ever has, here Rowling does the opposite: She plays to form. “The Silkworm” is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel, but it breaks no new ground, and Rowling seems to know that. Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson and Peter Robinson, but she wouldn’t overshadow them. Still, to put any author on that list is very high praise.

The upside of being as well known as Rowling is obvious — sales, money, attention. That’s not what she’s after here. The downside — and her reason for using the pseudonym — is that telling a story needs a little bit of anonymity. Rowling deserves that chance, even if she can’t entirely have it. We can’t unring that bell, but in a larger sense, we readers get more. We get the wry observations when we can’t ignore the author’s identity and we get the escapist mystery when we can. In the end, the fictional publisher Daniel Chard got it right: “Content is king,” and on that score, both J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith triumph.

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Harry Potter Returns In New J.K. Rowling Story

JK Rowling, writing as gossip columnist ‘Rita Skeeter’ for the Pottermore site, exposes his first grey hairs and Ron Weasley’s now-thinning thatch.

Harry Potter is back — mysterious, married, and going gray.

JK RowlingJ.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of the grown-up boy wizard in a new story posted Tuesday on her Pottermore website.

It’s the first update since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was published in 2007, but Rowling spokesman Mark Hutchinson said there are “no plans” for a new Potter novel.

The 1,500-word story describes Harry, about to turn 34, attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and old friends Ron and Hermione.

Harry now has “threads of silver” in his hair and a mysterious cut on his cheekbone, related to his “top secret” work as an evil-battling Auror.

The story is written in the style of a gossip column for the Daily Prophet by reporter Rita Skeeter, a minor character in the novels.

ThRita Skeeter Harry Pottere style allows Rowling to poke fun at the tabloid press, a real-life bugbear that she has accused of invading her privacy and that of her family.

Skeeter observes that Harry and friends are “no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday” and speculates about the state of Harry’s marriage to Ginny Weasley.

She says Ron Weasley’s red hair “appears to be thinning slightly,” and notes witheringly that Harry still wears “the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient 12-year-old.”

The story discloses that Ron now runs the family joke shop, while Hermione is a — literally — high-flying civil servant, Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Skeeter also writes sniffily about a “prolonged period of what, in my young day, was called ‘snogging'” between two younger members of the party.

The article is part of a series of pieces written by Rowling about the 2014 Quidditch Cup for Pottermore. The final article will be published on 11 July, and will see Ginny Potter, now a journalist, cover the cup final, between Brazil and Bulgaria.

There are also updates on other characters, including Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood, as well as glimpses of a new generation of teenage wizards.

Rowling has long said that “Deathly Hallows,” would be the last Potter novel, but has produced other Potter-related material, including spin-off story collection, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.”

Rowling has also published a novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” and two detective thrillers under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Gringotts Comes Alive at Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley opens to the public July 8 at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. Diagon Alley expands the park’s original Harry Potter attraction, which was modeled after Hogsmeade Village and opened in 2010.

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Guests at the new attraction will have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds made famous in the Harry Potter franchise including, a trip through Gringotts Wizarding Bank (complete with firing breathing dragon), Knockturn Alley, Ollivanders, the Leaky Cauldron and more.

Check out the Behind the Scenes video:

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11 Quotes by J.K. Rowling | You Will Love the Last One

J.K. Rowling is such an inspiration for all of us, and apart from her wonderful Harry Potter series, she is credited with many inspiring quotes, brought out through her own experiences of life. We are pleased to put down the 11 of them:

  1. I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

  2. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools.

  3. Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.

  4. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

  5. Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because 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.

  6. The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

  7. People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don’t know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.

  8. I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

  9. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

  10. However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.

  11. “Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

    I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate.

    I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”



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Emma Watson Graduates From Brown University

It wasn’t a Hogwarts-style ceremony, but a degree from a top Ivy League university is just as good, right?

Emma Watson walked across the stage at Brown University on Sunday in Providence, R.I., where she graduated with a degree in English literature.

The renowned actress, who is most well known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, has been enrolled at the institution since 2009.

Since beginning her studies at the highly venerated university, the 24-year-old Brit has also starred in five major Hollywood films.