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Hermione should have married Harry Potter, author JK Rowling admits

After years of squabbling, Harry Potter's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger finally became an item -- but now their creator JK Rowling has admitted she made a mistake by marrying them off. Hermione -- whose quick wits get the teen wizards……

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: J.K. Rowling writing Harry Potter spin-off films

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is writing a series of spin-off films set in the magical world of the British boy wizard, she announced on Thursday. The first film will be called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and will be based on a textbook of the same name…

Young Arizona ‘exorcists’ set out to save England from Harry Potter

A trio of Arizona “exorcists” has ventured to England to fight what it describes as the endorsement of satanic elements in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. “Harry is using this magic for good,” 18-year-old Brynne Larson explains in video posted by the Daily Mail on Monday. “So here we…

J.K. Rowling gets ‘substantial’ charity payout over leaked pseudonym

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Wednesday accepted a “substantial” donation to charity from the law firm which leaked the fact she had written a crime novel under a pseudonym. Russells, which specialises in entertainment law, will pay damages to a charity supporting soldiers after admitting exposing her as the…

J. K. Rowling to release book for adults

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has written a novel for adults, which she said would be “very different” from her best-selling books about the boy wizard, her publishers announced Thursday. Publishers Little, Brown said they would release further details about the book, including the title and worldwide publishing date…

Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

WASHINGTON — Free-spending US tourists shrugged off economic worries to overwhelm Disney World and other top Florida theme parks this week, forcing them to temporarily shut the gates, local officials said Thursday. Some visitors to Legoland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and three Disney destinations found parking lots and…

Social justice for wizards

Alyssa Rosenberg has an interesting post up about how some people refuse to accept that "Harry Potter" has political themes.  There are probably two camps of people who believe this, though it's obviously false (which I'll get into): a) people who just think politics is a nasty sporting event and…

Witches: are they out to get you or just minding their own business?

Here’s a story that makes me all warm and fuzzy with Christmas cheer. A decision by the local Salvation Army to refuse Harry Potter and Twilight toys donated for its Christmas campaign has angered some Calgarians. Capt. Pam Goodyear, a Salvation Army spokeswoman, said the Christian aid organization doesn’t support…

Save us all from portrayals of responsible alcohol use

Via Atrios, I read last night this moral panic that struck me as one of the funnier ones I’d read in a long time. It’s about the presence of (gasp!) alcohol in the latest Harry Potter movie. Apparently, the British are supposed to pretend that they have the same furtive…

JJ Abrams, a nation (or two) turns its lonely eyes to you

Last night, Marc and I went to see “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”, which of course meant spending more than an hour waiting in line in the summer heat to even have a hope of getting decent seats. Which in turn meant a lot of time for talking,…

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