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This morning, twitter once again seemed to come a live for wizards and J.K. Rowling. As it is always a treat when our literary Queen takes time to post a tweet, it was a pleasant surprise to see her twitter a buzz with more rugby. Low and behold, Ms. Rowling was even responding to direct tweets and retweets directed at her. She made one request of her fans, if we retweet #wizards4Scotlandrugbyteam she would give us "loads" of new material on the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore. As her twitter says:
No, you worked, the wizards just cheered. What a win!
All 3 suspected wizard-borns playing for Scotland tomorrow! If that makes no sense, try
Scotland-France . If you lovely people re-tweet I'll put loads on Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore x
Sorry James - retweet - could have saved a whole character.
Dan Radcliffe will be voicing a character on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" and a video showing his character, Diggs, and of Radcliffe in the recording studio has been made available online. You can watch it here or below.
The episode will air this Sunday, March 9th.
As readers may recall, quite a few Harry Potter actors are participating in this year's National Doodle Day, and now John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander) has also donated a doodle for the charity auction. Hurt donated a doodle of a dog, which you can see here. This doodle and many others will go up for auction on National Doodle Day, March 7th, which is this Friday. The auction will run for seven days and the proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action, which you can learn more about here.
This past Sunday, on the red carpet at the Oscars, Emma Watson spoke about J. K. Rowling's recent comments on the Ron/Hermione pairing, saying that the quote was "taken out of context":
Rowling recently made waves when she confessed last month that she regretted pairing up Harry's best friends at the end of her beloved series. In an interview in Wonderland magazine (conducted by Watson herself!), Rowling shared, "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment."
Watson also seemed somewhat pessimistic about the longevity of the popular pairing, sharing at the time, "I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy."
But Watson's tune may have changed just a bit, as the starlet took to the red carpet at tonight's Oscars (her first time attending the big show, if you can believe it) and told MTV's own Josh Horowitz, "It was a real shame, because the quote that she gave was completely taken out of context."
Watson implored fans to read the interview a bit more closely to more keenly understand what Rowling was saying about the cherished romance, and perhaps reduce their outrage just a bit. Ron and Hermione forever? It's still magic to us.
You can read more and see the video of Watson responding to the question here
As BBC announced their plans for adapting Dame Agatha Christie novel's in celebration of 125 years of publication, they also mentioned the screenwriter of the mini-series adaption of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Acclaimed screenwriter Sarah Phelps, who will be adapting Christie novels, was listed with The Casual Vacancy among her many credentials. Hypable also pointed out that The Casual Vacancy is also listed as "In Development" on Phelps' profile, on her agents website. Many thanks to Hyapble for the tip! The mini-series adaption of The Casual Vacancy is set to premiere later this year.
Two new photos of what is to come this summer, with Orlando's new Wizarding World: Diagon Alley, have been released. These photos contain snap shots of what food will be on the menu in Diagon Alley's main restaurant: the real-life Leaky Cauldron! Tom Schroder, PR for Universal Orlando Resorts, posted two pictures, on his twitter page, of Leaky's potential lunch and dessert items that he was taste testing. The first photo shows a cheese platter, fish and chips, a "Bangers & Mash" plate, and other English foods. For dessert, the Leaky Cauldron is apparently offering a variety of cookies (blueberry and cinnamon sugar included), "Chocolate Potted Cream", "Apple Red Currant Tart", and a few more pastries and delicacies. Schroder also reminds us not to forget about ice cream, also stating in a separate tweet that Universal is working on unique flavors for Diagon Alley.
Did someone say ice cream? Our culinary team has created great special flavors - just for Diagon Alley. Brilliant!
Our culinary team has done great work...so much variety and all delicious. Beyond that, you will have to stay tuned.
Many thanks to Hypable for the tip!
As reported earlier, Emma Watson presented the Oscar for Best Visual Effects (an award Harry Potter was often nominated for) along side Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted a funny selfie along side Emma, which can be seen below. There are many are other photos floating around of the pair as well. Many gorgeous pictures of Emma on the red carpet may be seeen here. Emma Watson graced the stage, wearing a beautiful metallic Vera Wang gown and subtle makeup.
March 1st marks the birthday of Ron Weasley! Please join us at Leaky in wishing Ron Weasley a very happy birthday! Many happy returns, Ron!
And, PotterCast is back! Just when we thought we were out...
Lots of stuff on the docket this time, like Ron/Hermione, Harry/Hermione, Ron/Hermione, Harry, Hermione, Ron/Hermione, and... what else? Oh, right, the park, and the upcoming Potter play. And a tease of a brand new Leaky podcast!
In a new interview at the What's on Stage Awards, Rupert Grint spoke about acting on stage for the first time, as well as commenting on J. K. Rowling's recent comments on Ron's romantic relationship with Hermione. You can watch the interview here or below.
The official Academy Awards site has released the names of everyone who will be presenting at this year's Academy Awards and this year the list includes actress Emma Watson.
Readers will recall
that last year Dan Radcliffe presented at the Academy Awards, alongside Twilight actress Kristen Stewart.
This year, the Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2nd.
Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint both appeared and won awards at the 2014 What's On Stage awards in London. Radcliffe won the award for Best Actor in a Play for his work in "The Cripple of Inishmaan," while Grint won the award for newcomer of the year for his work in "Mojo":
The Harry Potter star was named Best Actor In A Play for his role in The Cripple Of Inishmaan. Upon accepting his gong, he said: 'I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award.
'I accept it on behalf of the whole cast who together helped make this production of The Cripple Of Inishmaan a truly joyous experience for me as an actor.
'I'd also like to thank Michael Grandage for his leadership and inspirational direction, and I'm absolutely thrilled to now be given the opportunity to take Martin McDonagh's achingly witty and poignant play to Broadway.'
His fellow Potter star, Rupert Grint, also enjoyed success on the night.
Grint was named the London newcomer of the year for his West End debut in Mojo - an award which Radcliffe won previously for Equus.
You can read more and see pictures of Radcliffe and Grint's reunion here
J. K. Rowling has added new content, regarding the wizarding world's appreciation of rugby, to the "Goblet of Fire" on Pottermore:
The extensive entry reveals the history behind the worldwide wizarding appreciation of the Scottish rugby team, as well as the magical community’s general derision of Muggle sports like cricket:
“Unfortunately, cricket found little favour with wizardkind. As the chief sports writer in the Daily Prophet wrote in 1902: ‘a Beater who is unable to fly defends three sticks instead of a hoop, while a Snitch without wings is thrown at the sticks. That’s it. Sometimes for several days’. Rugby held more appeal. Wizards could not help but admire the strength and courage of Muggles prepared to engage in a sport so brutal, without recourse to Disapparating out of the way, or access to Skele-Gro to repair broken bones. It must be admitted that there was an edge of sadism to some wizards’ enjoyment.”
On July 18th, J. K. Rowling will be appearing at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate for a discussion of the books she has written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith:
We are delighted to announce that J.K. Rowling, new to the crime genre under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will be on the Harrogate stage with bestselling crime writer Val McDermid for a unique In Conversation event this July. This special event will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 18 July at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, and will be J.K Rowling’s first and only appearance this year as Robert Galbraith.* The Silkworm, featuring the return of private investigator Cormoran Strike, will be published in hardback by Little, Brown on 19 June 2014. McDermid said of Galbraith’s first crime novel – ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’.
Tickets will go on sale March 17th, but you will only be able to get them over the phone or in person at the box office:
Tickets for all Special Guest events will be available to purchase from 10am on Monday 17th March 2014. Given the anticipated demand, Weekend Rover tickets and Individual Event Tickets to the Rowling/Galbraith event will not be made available online, but can be purchased by phone on 01423 562303 or in person from the Harrogate International Festivals Office at 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DB from the above on sale date/time. Tickets for this event will be limited to 3 per person, and will be available for box office collection only (full information on this will be provided at the time of booking).
You can read more about the event here
A happy birthday to Bonnie Wright, who turns twenty-three today. Please join Leaky in wishing her many happy returns.
As reported earlier, Emma Watson was featured in Wonderland Magazine, as well as a guest editor. She interviewed J.K. Rowling and was interviewed herself. According to the New York Post, Ms. Watson told Wonderland Magazine of her involvement in the production of a new book-to-screen franchise: The Queen of the Tearling, part one of a trilogy by Erika Johansen. Emma Watson is the first actress considered for the role of the protagonist, as well as producing it along side David Heyman. Watson told Wonderland:
“I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it,” Watson said in an interview with Wonderland magazine this month. “Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep for about a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book. Now I am executive-producing it.”
The sequel to "The Cuckoo's Calling," which was written by J. K. Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith, will be released this summer, on June 24th. The sequel, titled "The Silkworm" will be 384 pages long and the summary is as follows:
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
**As pointed out in the comments (many thanks) the release date is posted as June 19 on Robert Galbraith's official website, as well as the Little, Brown Book Group website.
Another tidbit from J. K. Rowling's talk at Exeter College has been revealed: Harry Potter was nearly named Harry Batt.
Rowling’s “Mortality and Morality” talk filled the Sheldonian Theatre. Students who attended said that the author revealed interesting details about their much-loved series, such as her initial plan to name her central character Harry Batt instead of Harry Potter, as well as her love for Albus Dumbledore – a character she always saw as morally flawed.
Rowling reportedly told students that death and morality will play a major role in all her future works. There was little mention of the author’s recent revelation that she partly regrets pairing characters Ron and Hermione together. The comments, given to Potter actress Emma Watson, caused outrage among fans, with Rowling adding that Ron and Hermione would probably have needed marriage counselling.
You can read the rest of the article here
The full theatrical trailer for Dan Radcliffe's film, "Kill Your Darlings," is now online and can be viewed here or below. Radcliffe portrays a young Allen Ginsberg in the film.
Hypable has posted pictures of the U.K.'s new adult covers for the Harry Potter novels. The most recently released cover is that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Interestingly, Bloomsbury has chosen to feature Nagini for the visual representation of the final Harry Potter book. Also noted by Hypable, not one of the U.K.'s new adult covers features a human character. All new adult version of the Harry Potter novels will be available by September 26. Images of all of the covers can be seen here. The new Deathly Hallows cover may be viewed below.
As readers may recall, quite a few Harry Potter actors are participating in this year's National Doodle Day, and now David Bradley (Argus Filch) has also donated a doodle for the charity auction. Bradley has donated a very cute doodle of Filch and Mrs. Norris, which you can see here. This doodle and many others will go up for auction on National Doodle Day, March 7th. The auction will run for seven days and the proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action, which you can learn more about here.
In a new interview, Dan Radcliffe discusses his role in "The Cripple of Inishmaan," which will be premiering on Broadway in April, and how it's similar in terms of physical challenges to playing Harry Potter:
“It is never specified in the play exactly what ailment Billy has – you just have clues in the text, which says he has one arm and one leg crippled,” Radcliffe explains. “I arrived, with the help of a friend, at the conclusion that it could be a specific type of cerebral palsy called hemiplegia. And then I worked with a woman who is a vocal coach but who also has that type of cerebral palsy. We worked together, on and off for about three months before rehearsals started, just learning about the condition and the mechanics of it, and how that affects people in everyday life. Most people with this type of cerebral palsy often come up with amazing solutions to problems that I would never have thought of, so it was a really fascinating thing to learn about.”
Radcliffe says he developed a love for physical challenges on the Harry Potter movie sets, his training ground as an actor from age 11. “Potter was a very physical role and I got to do so many stunts and so many different types of getting hit or falling or climbing up something. There are a couple of very physical moments in Cripple for Billy – one is at the end of the show, and one, a moment early on, where he has to climb down a wall in our production.”
“The fact that I get to do so many different things is one of the parts of my job that make it incredibly fun,” Radcliffe continues. “Maybe the fact of playing one character in one environment for quite a long time built up an energy to want to get out after Potter and grab as many different things as possible; you are constantly learning something new, so you are always in a very receptive state,” he reflects.
You can read the rest of the article here
Today's Independent features an article written by Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) on cyber bullying, and how she learned to overcome the intense meanness of the Internet:
was somewhat prepared for the inevitable internet onslaught in the wake of my casting. I was already an active member of the 'Harry Potter' internet fan community and had seen how quickly passion turned to rancour when a beloved book series and the specifications of its characters were at stake.
I'd even admitted to my dad, after one of the auditions where I felt I'd blown my chances, that I would forever despise the awful girl who got Luna's role, and would never be able to watch another Potter movie again.
The piece describes how Evanna started learning to shut out the negative places of the Internet and focus on those who provide the positive encouragement that humans notoriously ignore in the face of negativity:
They say we remember a compliment for two weeks and an insult for 14 years. Just as I am about to single out the one troll and prepare to fight venom with venom and fire, I pause and think what kind of person that makes me. Someone who doesn't care about the dozens of pure, generous souls who offer kindness and support, and instead lavishes time and attention on the one miserable leech? I stop, delete the offending tweet, maybe block the user and focus my attention on the people who remind me to see the beauty in the world and in myself.
I don't think we're ever strong enough to read the hateful stuff and let it roll off our backs. It's all very well for the self-help books and bespectacled psychiatrists to dole out the very grand advice to simply "love ourselves". What the hell does that mean to the 13-year-old who's put on 15lbs and is told every day at school she's a fat pig?
Essentially, "loving oneself" is the answer, yes, but as a hyper-aware, introspective, self-help-book-consuming 22-year-old I have already deduced that that is a mission that takes a lifetime of learning, forgetting, crying-in-your-car-that-you're-a-giant-failure and relearning all over again.
No, it's not about demanding of ourselves to instantaneously love ourselves. It's about consciously choosing light over dark. It's about realising that even if we don't have the strength to stare these hurtful comments plain in the face and say "you're wrong", we have the strength to search for those people who will convince us that the bullies and the nasty things written about us, or others, are wrong.
And it's about practising that positive outlook every single day, with every person, in everything we do until eventually – eventually – that becomes a habit.
We encourage you to read the full article! It is tremendous stuff that highlights what a beautiful journey this young woman has taken since the day she first appeared on our screens.
Yesterday, J. K. Rowling spoke at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre as part of Exeter College’s 700th anniversary and while there she commented on writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for The Cuckoo's Calling, and her experience in writing male characters:
“There’s a line in As Good as it Gets,” she said about the 1997 Jack Nicholson film, “where a woman asks him how he writes such wonderful female characters and he says, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘I think of a man, and I take out the logic’, or the sense. That made me laugh, as misogynistic as it is, because when I write a man I take certain things out and give free rein to aspects of me that would not be acceptable. To be honest, I think I’m quite blokey — at least I’m told I am, and I like writing both.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling was written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, only for the secret to be revealed by a solicitor who had been party to private discussions. “You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen,” she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. “It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.”
Rowling also spoke, very briefly, about her recent shipping comments saying only that "Harry did love Ginny." You can read the rest of the article here
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The full text of the Wonderland issue that caused a Ron/Hermione vs. Harry/Hermione shipping riot this week is now out, and rumors of the death of the canon pairing have been greatly exaggerated. J.K. Rowling repeats previously made comments that there are certain characteristics between Harry and Hermione that may have them better suited, but does not indicate a wish to pair them off or any regret over how she wrote the books. Emma Watson and J.K. Rowling simply discuss the hypothetical post-Hogwarts world and what Ron and Hermione's relationship might have looked like.
Rowling said that regardless of their issues, Ron and Hermione "would probably be fine."
Ron "needs to works on his self-esteem issues and she [Hermione] needs to work on being a little less critical,"she said in the article.
The full text of the article can be read at MuggleNet
; shipping excerpts are below:
I thought we should discuss Hermione... I'm sure you've heard this a million times but now that you have written the books, do you have a new perspective on how you relate to Hermione and the relationship you have with her or had with her?
I know that Hermione is incredibly recognisable to a lot of readers and yet you don't see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside.
What I will say is that I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione with Ron.
I know, I'm sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I'm absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people's hearts by saying this? I hope not.
I don't know. I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.
And vice versa.
It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of it... I'm not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I can't believe we are saying all of this – this is Potter heresy!
I know, it is heresy.
In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit and I'll tell you something very strange. When I wrote Hallows, I felt this quite strongly when I had Hermione and Harry together in the tent! I hadn't told [Steve] Kloves that and when he wrote the script he felt exactly the same thing at exactly the same point.
That is just so interesting because when I was doing the scene I said to David [Heyman]: "This isn't in the book, she didn't write this". I'm not sure I am comfortable insinuating something however subtle it is!
Yes, but David and Steve – they felt what I felt when writing it.
That is so strange.
And actually I liked that scene in the film, because it was articulating something I hadn't said but I had felt. I really liked it and I thought that it was right. I think you do feel the ghost of what could have been in that scene.
It's a really haunting scene. It's funny because it really divided people. Some people loved that scene and some people really didn't.
Yes, some people utterly hated it. But that is true of so many really good scenes in books and films; they evoke that strong positive/negative feeling. I was fine with it, I liked it.
Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They'll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.
I think it makes sense to me that Ron would make friends with the most famous wizard in the school because I think life presents to you over and over again your biggest and most painful fear – until you conquer it. It just keeps coming up.
hat is so true, it has happened in my own life. The issue keeps coming up because you are drawn to it and you are putting yourself in front of it all the time. At a certain point you have to choose what to do about it and sometimes conquering it is choosing to say: I don't want that anymore, I'm going to stop walking up to you because there is nothing there for me. But yes, you're so right, that's very insightful! Ron's used to playing second fiddle. I think that's a comfortable role for him, but at a certain point he has to be his own man, doesn't he?
Yes and until he does it is unresolved. It is unfinished business. So maybe life presented this to him enough times until he had to make a choice and become the man that Hermione needs.
Just like her creator, she has a real weakness for a funny man. These uptight girls, they do like them funny.
They do like them funny, they need them funny.
It's such a relief from being so intense yourself – you need someone who takes life, or appears to take life, a little more light heartedly.
An excerpt of the interview published in The Sunday Times on Feb. 1 caused a controversy when Rowling said she "wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment."
"For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron," Rowling said.
Many fans took this to mean that Rowling had changed her mind and would have preferred Harry and Hermione as a pairing. It resulted in shipping wars intense enough to give some of us flashbacks to 2005.