Tom Felton sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling responds

"When will my reflection show who I am inside?" - Tom Felton today, probably.

“When will my reflection show who I am inside?” – Tom Felton today, probably.

Do you think his father heard about this?

Today, Tom Felton, who played Slytherin bad-boy and Harry Potter archenemy Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, tweeted out a message announcing that he was sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore.

Not only did the tweet receive massive attention on the Internet from fans, but the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling, responded to Felton’s tweet.

Though some say the Sorting Hat is rigged, J.K. Rowling’s claim is not unlikely, as she was the one who created the questionnaire for her Pottermore website.

Felton is not the only Potter film alum to be disappointed with their Pottermore results. Way back in 2011, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch was shocked when she was sorted into Gryffindor after she took the test. So, the identity crises live on. *cue Pottermore by Alex Carpenter*

Illustrated ‘Harry Potter’ book details revealed including price, number of illustrations

Amazon.com has added the fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to its website, with the feature revealing new details about the book.

The most important detail in the synopsis is the number of illustrations in the book — over 100. Judging by the number of chapters in the first book, that’s about 5 artwork per chapter.

From Amazon:

The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For the first time, J. K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Rowling herself selected artist Jim Kay, whose over 100 illustrations make this deluxe format as perfect a gift for the child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan.

The Amazon listing features a black book cover for now, with the title and publication date as well as the ribbon “Final Cover to Come”.81GlgImbM9L

Earlier this week, publishers of Harry Potter revealed four new images from the book, featuring Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Rubeus Hagrid.

The book is 256 pages, about 70 pages less than the US hardback edition. It’ll be interesting to see how the book will be spaced out with the text and the illustrations. It is priced at $30.74, with retail price at $39.99. The book will be published in hardback on October 6, 2015.

Harry Potter films recognized by Academy Awards online with movie highlights

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

After eight films and twelve nominations, the greatest films ever snubbed by the Academy Awards are finally getting some recognition.

Yesterday, along with this year’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, the Oscars website launched a new Harry Potter section to their Collection Highlights page. Through 27 pictures, the collection tells the Harry Potter film story, featuring stills from the movies as well as newspaper clippings from the early days of the series.

Potterheads will be hard-pressed to learn new tidbits from the series, but there are still a few things of interest; for instance, a June 2000 newspaper article reporting the casting of Pulp Fiction actor Tim Roth for Severus Snape. The role went to Alan Rickman when Roth chose to star in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. (We’re not complaining about the decision either. Alan Rickman…Always.)

Along with that report, there are pictures of articles from when the trio was cast and when Warner Bros. launched HarryPotter.com, more than decade before Pottermore hit the web.

Although the collection is a nice way to remember the series, it doesn’t really make up for the Academy’s lack of recognition when the films were released.

For now, visit Oscars.org to view the collection — it’s definitely worth a look through and any Harry Potter fan will appreciate and enjoy it.

New images from the first illustrated Harry Potter book released

Today, Bloomsbury Publishing and Scholastic, Inc. released four new images from the upcoming, fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, to be released in October this year.

The pictures, illustrated by artist Jim Kay, depict four of the series’ key characters, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Draco Malfoy in stunning detail.

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Related: ‘Harry Potter’ to be transformed into new, fully illustrated editions by Jim Kay

The book will be published worldwide October 6, 2015, beginning the first series of fully-illustrated Harry Potter books. The books are planned to come out every year subsequently. As the press release reads, “The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and  artwork on every spread.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is currently available for pre-order on Bloomsbury’s website, featuring the following blurb:

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this deluxe full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

In addition to the new illustrated books, Bloomsbury will release a gift edition hardback of Philosopher’s Stone on February 5, coated in a “beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle.” The book can be pre-ordered here.

David Heyman talks Fantastic Beasts: Filming to start this summer

While on the publicity tour for his newly released movie, Paddington, Harry Potter film producer David Heyman talked about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts project.

Heyman, who will produce Fantastic Beasts as well, talked with Collider about the film and its progress. In the video below, Heyman reveals that the project is still in the early stages, with casting just beginning, but that filming is set to start this summer.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series will hit theaters November 2016.

Click here for more news on Fantastic Beasts >>>

Pottermore adds new spell in honor of Snape’s birthday

Copyright of Pottermore

Copyright of Pottermore

In honor of Professor Snape’s birthday today, Pottermore added a new spell to the Dueling Club.

The Smokescreen Spell, or Fumos, is a defensive spell; the Insider predicts it was useful to Snape when necessary.

Previously, for Halloween, the site added four incantations for users to play in Dueling Club, including the Tickling Charm, the Levitation Charm, the Freezing Charm and the Disarming Charm. All spells are available on pottermore.com by clicking “Dueling Club” on the Map.

Regarding Severus Snape, in the most recent update on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling cleared up rumors that the Potions Master was a vampire — read it here.

Happy Birthday Professor Snape! You will always be in our heart.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives on Pottermore

"Avada Kedavra" Moment from book six -- Copyright of Pottermore

“Avada Kedavra” Moment from book six — Copyright of Pottermore

The sixth Harry Potter book is now available on Pottermore.com after the site ran a Christmas campaign releasing one Moment from the new book a day over 12 days.

Trace the plot from the Unbreakable Vow made between Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy all the way through Dumbledore’s death and funeral in stunning new illustrations. In the Moments, discover never-before-released information from J.K. Rowling on Florean Fortescue’s Ghost Plot, Inferi, Draco Malfoy’s backstory, and much more.

Explore the new Half-Blood Prince Moments, with new content from J.K. Rowling, now >>

In addition to the book, two new Potions are available to brew, Doxycide and the Shrinking Solution. The new Moments are filled with Potion ingredients, so keep an eye on your discovery bar until it’s filled. If you haven’t checked your Gringotts balance lately, Pottermore added a few hundred Galleons to everyone’s account to buy ingredients in the Apothecary. So, get brewing this holiday break!

What do you think of the new Moments? What is your favorite new J.K. Rowling entry? Tell us in the comments below!

Rowling Talks ‘Lumos’ and Her Mission to End Worldwide Child Institutionalization

J.K. Rowling, 2014

Earlier this week, J.K. Rowling published a powerful article in The Guardian regarding her charity, Lumos. Headlined, “Isn’t it time we left orphanages to fairytales?” Rowling begins her column by recounting the heart-wrenching image of an institutionalized boy she saw in a newspaper ten years ago. Locked in a caged bed, the boy’s hands clutching at the wire surrounding him, the picture devastated her so much that she immediately began seeking a solution.

Founded in 2005, Lumos strives to shut down child institutions and “orphanages,” and help displaced children return to loving homes.

Through her research, Rowling learned that more than 8 million children worldwide are institutionalized, and the shocking fact that, in many cases, the children in these institutions have parents and family members who are still living. The main reason that children fall into these places is because their parents are unable or unwilling to take care of them. Growing up in these kinds of deplorable conditions has been proven to have a drastic, negative affect on the quality of life, education, and overall humanity of these children. Malnutrition, failure to thrive, abuse, trafficking, and even death are all common outcomes of child institutions. Rowling knew that she had to do something to put an end to the suffering of these children.

Related: J.K. Rowling’s Lumos charity launches campaign, #LetsTalkLumos

Named after the Harry Potter spell that produces light in dark places, Lumos has moved swiftly through Europe to bring hope to these children. Efforts in Moldova (Europe’s poorest nation), the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria have seen extraordinarily significant decreases in new admissions to institutions, as well as a vast increase of caregivers and foster care, providing much-needed loving family environments. If this kind of success keeps growing, the institutionalization of children can be globally eradicated by the year 2050.

In order to end child institutionalization for good, Lumos needs us all to keep the issue alive and create awareness in our own parts of the world. Last month, the charity and J.K. Rowling launched #letstalklumosa social media campaign that was created for the very purpose of keeping the issue fresh in the world’s mind. Just because we may not see what goes on in some corners of the world does not mean that it can be pushed under the rug, into the dark. Rowling ends with these simple, yet impactful words: “I recently committed to becoming president of Lumos for life. It is my dream that, within my lifetime, the very concept of taking a child away from its family and locking it away will seem to belong to a cruel, fictional world.”

Donate to Lumos’s campaign here to help children with disabilities go to school.

Pottermore’s 12 Days of Christmas Surprises

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This post will be updated every day of Pottermore’s Christmas celebration.

Last week, Pottermore announced their Christmas celebration, spanning from this Friday, December 12 until December 23. Over the course of the celebration, Pottermore plans to release a surprise to fans everyday, with gifts including new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, new writing from J.K. Rowling, additions to Potions, and more. The gifts are released on pottermore.com everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST); all fans have to do is solve a simple riddle to unlock the gift. Otherwise, you can follow Pottermore’s releases on this post..

December 23:

Riddle Answer: Albus.

Surprise: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince concludes with Dumbledore’s funeral. Listen to the audiobook version as the headmaster is laid to rest and unlock new information by J.K. Rowling on the Order of Merlin honors.

From the entry:

The Order of Merlin, commemorating the most famous wizard of his time, has been given since the fifteenth century. Legend says that the green ribbon, on which the First Class Order hangs, is to reflect Merlin’s Hogwarts house.

December 22:

Riddle Answer: Draco Malfoy.

Surprise: In the penultimate Moment of Half-Blood Prince, Snape performs the Killing Curse on Dumbledore when Draco cannot complete the task. Click on Draco to unlock a substantial new entry from J.K. Rowling, in which she summarizes his life during his school years, including information on Lucius and Voldemort’s influence on his life. Her own thoughts on the character are in-depth as well, with comments on Draco’s personality and name, Tom Felton’s portrayal, and more.

From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts:

I pity Draco, just as I feel sorry for Dudley. Being raised by either the Malfoys or the Dursleys would be a very damaging experience, and Draco undergoes dreadful trials as a direct result of his family’s misguided principles. However, the Malfoys do have a saving grace: they love each other. 

December 21:

Riddle Answer: Inferi

Surprise:  Dumbledore and Harry encounter Inferi inside the cave where Salazar Slytherin’s Locket is kept. Zoom in to see Dumbledore taking the Inferi head-on and to unlock a new entry from J.K. Rowling on Inferi. In addition to explaining the creatures, Rowling discusses the relation between Inferi and zombies and relays her reasoning to not “call the guardians of the locket Horcrux zombies.”

From the entry: “Lastly, zombies have been represented and reinterpreted on film so often in the last fifty years that they have a whole raft of associations that were of no use to me.  I’m part of the ‘Thriller’ generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.

December 20:

Riddle Answer: Room of Requirement.

Surprise: In the ninth Moment, Harry leaves the Half-Blood Prince’s Advanced Potion Making textbook in the Room of Hidden Things. No content to unlock, but a lot of things to play around with inside the room.

December 19:

Riddle Answer: Salazar Slytherin.

Surprise: Harry and Dumbledore watch on as Tom Riddle meets with Hepzibah Smith in the eighth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There is no new content to unlock.

December 18:

Riddle Answer: Apparition.

Surprise: Harry and his classmates learn the basic skills of Apparation from Wilkie Twycross, the Ministry Apparition Instructor, in the Great Hall. There is no new content to unlock, but a few collectible items to find, including Galleons.

December 17:

Riddle Answer: Luna Lovegood.

Surprise: In the sixth Moment from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and friends attend Professor Slughorn’s holiday party. J.K. Rowling shares information about Vampires in Harry Potter, revealing early plans for a vampire Hogwarts professor named Trocar, and dispelling rumors that Professor Snape was a vampire. “In short,” the author concludes, “Snape is not a re-vamped Trocar.”

December 16:

Riddle Answer: Professor Dumbledore.

Surprise: Dumbledore and Harry use the Penseive to visit Dumbeldore’s memories with a young Tom Riddle. Again, there is no entry from J.K. Rowling to read, but there Pottermore did release another two-part Potion, the Shrinking Solution. Brewing both the Shrinking Solution and Doxycide will earn users the Practical Potion-Maker badge.

December 15:

Riddle Answer: Chaser.

Surprise: Katie Bell is cursed in the snowy fourth Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter twelve. There is no J.K. Rowling content to read, but many collectible item for one’s trunk. Pottermore also added the Book of Potions to Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley, which members can purchase using Galleons. By purchasing the book, users can brew a new, two-part Potion, Doxycide.

December 14:

Riddle Answer: Professor Slughorn.

Surprise: The third Moment of Half-Blood Prince, in which Harry’s Potions class is brewing Felix Felicis (chapter 9). Along with many collectible potion ingredients, there are two entries from J.K. Rowling to be discovered in the Potions classroom, subjected on Cauldrons and Potions.

From J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts on “Potions”: Chemistry was my least favourite subject at school, and I gave it up as soon as I could.  Naturally, when I was trying to decide which subject Harry’s arch-enemy, Severus Snape, should teach, it had to be the wizarding equivalent.  

Screenshot 2014-12-13 at 06.19.13 PMDecember 13:

Riddle Answer: Diagon Alley.

Surprise: The second Moment of Half-Blood Prince, from chapter six, depicting Fred and George’s joke shop in Diagon Alley. J.K. Rowling gives insight into the history of the Leaky Cauldron pub, as well as the ghost-plot of Florean Fortescue, the ice-cream parlor owner.

December 12:

Riddle Answer: Professor Snape.

Surprise: First moment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, depicting the second chapter of the book. In the Moment, discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the town of Cokeworth, where Severus Snape and Lily and Petunia Evans grew up. Pottermore also rewarded all users with 300 Galleons to their Gringotts account.

Robert Galbraith novels to be adapted for BBC television

J.K. Rowling, 2014The BBC has announced plans to adapt J.K. Rowling’s crime novels centering around London detective Cormoran Strike, published under the name Robert Galbraith, for television.

Update: J.K. Rowling confirmed the news on Twitter.

The two Galbraith novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) and The Silkworm (2014) will serve as the basis of a BBC One series that will be produced by Bronte Film and TV, J.K. Rowling’s production company that previously worked on the BBC adaption of Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy. Bronte Film and TV chairman and J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC.”

J.K. Rowling published the first novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith in April 2013, with the identity of the book’s author being kept secret until Rowling was outed in July of that year. At the time her name was revealed, Rowling said she had already received two offers from television production companies to adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling.

So far, not much is known about the project; the number and length of episodes are still being decided and no cast or screenwriter was announced. However, the BBC said that Rowling will “collaborate on the project.” Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added, “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

Though no air date was indicated for the new series, The Casual Vacancy adaption is set to air in February. Recently, the BBC released promotional pictures for the series, which can be viewed here.

Find out more about the J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series here.

Source: Irish Times

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