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1. Eddie Redmayne May Star in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie

Fantastic BeastsRumor has it that Eddie Redmayne “is the favorite” for the role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. According to Variety, Warner Bros. has not yet made an official offer to the Oscar-winning actor.

Filmmaker David Yates, the director behind four installments of the Harry Potter film franchise, will take the helm on the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Author J.K. Rowling will serve as both the screenwriter and a producer.

Here’s more from the article: “Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. Scamander is described as a magiczoologist, which in the Harry Potter realm is a person who studies magical creatures. Besides Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is currently looking to cast.” (via GeekNation.com)

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2. J.K. Rowling to Light Empire State Building on Thursday

Author J.K. Rowling will light the Empire State Building purple, blue and white in honor of 8 million children living in orphanages this week.

The ceremonial lighting represents the official colors of Lumos, a non-profit dedicated to children living in poverty founded by Rowling in 2005. The purpose of the lighting is to “help shed light on the 8 million children around the world who are needlessly separated from their families due to poverty, disability, disease and conflict and placed into institutions and so called ‘orphanages’, which significantly affect all aspects of child development and their future life chances.”

The event will take place on Thursday, April 9th at 12 p.m. and will mark the US launch of the non-profit. Rowling will be joined by Lumos Chief Executive Georgette Mulheir.

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3. The Book Thief Voted Most Popular Book in Australia

Book Thief CoverWhat’s the most popular book in Australia?

According to the results of Dymocks Bookstore’s booklover’s 101 survey, that honor belongs to Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. More than 15,000 bibliophiles participated in this survey.

Here’s more from The New Daily: “This year 17 Australian books made the list, including AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life and Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee…Ms Higgins said 35 books on the list have been made into successful films – including the recent Hollywood hit Fifty Shades of Grey.” We’ve linked to free samples of the top ten books below.

Free Samples of Australia’s Top 10 Favorite Books

01. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

02. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

03. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

04. Magician by Raymond Feist

05. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

06. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

07. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

08. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

09. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

10. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

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4. Philip W. Errington On J.K. Rowling’s Four ‘Daily Prophets’

harry potter logoWhat did the man behind J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013 dig up? In an interview with Entertainment WeeklyPhilip W. Errington revealed that J.K. Rowling created four special pieces of Harry Potter universe content early on in her career.

Errington explained: “She actually wrote four editions of The Daily Prophet, the newspaper within the Wizarding World, which were printed and distributed by Bloomsbury to the Harry Potter Fan Club. Those four issues are entirely by her. So if you were looking at the author’s work, you would know that between the American publication of The Sorcerer’s Stone and the English publication of The Prisoner of Azkaban, she wrote two issues of The Daily Prophet. Between Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, she wrote another version of The Daily Prophet.”

In the last few months, Rowling herself has unleashed several new pieces of Harry Potter-related writing on the Pottermore website. Fans have been treated to essays and stories about potions master Severus Snape, antagonist Draco Malfoy, villainous bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge, singer Celestina Warbeck, and the final match of the Quidditch World Cup 2014.

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5. HBO Unleashes Trailer For A Casual Vacancy Mini-Series

HBO has unveiled its own trailer for the A Casual Vacancy mini-series. This show, based on J.K. Rowling’s novel, aired in the United Kingdom back in February 2015.

United States audiences will get to see this adaptation on April 29th and April 30th. Click here to watch the BBC One trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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6. Toni Morrison On Failure

morrison, toniAward-winning novelist Toni Morrison has contributed a piece to NEA Arts Magazine. For this issue, every article focuses on the topic of “failure.”

Morrison (pictured, via) feels that “as a writer, a failure is just information. It’s something that I’ve done wrong in writing, or is inaccurate or unclear. I recognize failure—which is important; some people don’t—and fix it, because it is data, it is information, knowledge of what does not work. That’s rewriting and editing.”

Morrison also shares her thoughts on “recognizing when something isn’t working,” “learning not to overdo it,” and “stumbles along the way.” Many writers have publicly expressed similar opinions on failure including Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling, Fight Club novelist Chuck Palahniuk,  and Trigger Warning writer Neil Gaiman. How do you deal with failure?

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7. J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography Released

Thinking of doing a PhD on Harry Potter? Bloomsbury Academic has just released the text you’ll need for your studies.

J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013 by Philip Errington is a complete bibliographic text on Rowling’s writing. It includes: “details of each edition of all her books, pamphlets and original contributions to published works, there is detailed information on the publishing history of her work, including fascinating extracts from correspondence.”

“As someone who respects comprehensive research, I am in awe of the level of detail and amount of time Philip Errington has dedicated to this slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling bibliography,” Rowling commented on the book in a statement.

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8. How Would Hermione Granger Have Fared as the Chosen One?

What if Hermione Granger had been named The Chosen One? BuzzFeed has created a video (embedded above) called “If Hermione Were The Main Character In Harry Potter”—it has drawn more than 680,000 views on YouTube.

Many of the characters within the Harry Potter universe enjoy a fiercely loving loyal fan base including the sharp-tongued matriarch Molly Weasley, the surprisingly brave Neville Longbottom, and the greatly misunderstood Severus Snape. Who’s your favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series?

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9. J.K. Rowling Sends a Heartwarming Letter to a Harry Potter Fan

rowlingHave you ever received a heartwarming letter from one of your favorite authors? J.K. Rowling bestowed such a gift to one Harry Potter fan last summer.

The bibliophile, a Scottish resident named Johnnie Blue, shared Rowling’s letter with BuzzFeed. Blue confessed that reading it brought tears to his eyes.

Here’s an excerpt: “What you say about Harry helping you at what was clearly a dreadful time in your life means more to me than I can easily express. I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often ‘handled’ in schools. Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad…” (via Refinery29)

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10. Harry Potter Fan Creates Video On Severus Snape’s Life Story

Who’s your favorite character in the Harry Potter series? The video embedded above, created by YouTube user kcawesome13, shines the spotlight on Professor Severus Snape. It features his most prominent scenes from “the Harry Potter film series in chronological order.” SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read J.K. Rowling’s beloved children’s books series, you should not watch this piece! (via BuzzFeed)

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11. Famous Writer Flowchart: INFOGRAPHIC

Electric LiteratureDo you aspire to become as recognized and powerful as J.K. Rowling? The Electric Lit team has created an infographic to help people try to answer this question: “Am I a Famous Writer Yet?

Those who go through this flowchart will encounter scenarios such as “I have many followers on social media” and “sobbing uncontrollably in a bathroom.” We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think?

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12. Oyster Forms Partnership With Pottermore

HP on OysterOyster has established a new agreement with Pottermore.

Subscribers now have access to all seven installments from the Harry Potter series and the three titles from the “Hogwarts Library”. In honor of this occasion, young adult author Lauren Oliver has penned an essay for The Oyster Review on the influence J.K. Rowling has had on her.

Here’s more from the Oyster blog: “Make sure your Oyster app is updated to version 1.9 and ¾ (you can get it on the App Store and Google Play), and then open a Harry Potter title to get the full effect. Once inside, rather than one of Oyster’s reader themes, choose one of the new ‘House Themes’—with designs inspired by Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff—or tap the Sorting Hat icon to have one selected at random. Then dive into a custom reading experience inspired by your favorite Hogwarts House.”

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13. Exploring the Careers of Famous Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

author careers blinkboxWhich authors do you admire most? The team at blinkbox books has created an infographic that examines the careers of several famous authors including J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King, and Haruki Murakami. For each author that is listed on this image, their “breakthrough” novel is highlighted.

Both Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien hit it big with their debut novels, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Hobbit: There and Back AgainF. Scott Fitzgerald became well-known at age 30 for his third book, The Great Gatsby, while Leo Tolstoy achieved great success at age 42 with his sixth title, War & Peace. We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think?

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14. Inspiring Quotes From Children’s Books: INFOGRAPHIC

hp quoteWhich children’s do you find moving? The team at Quotery.com has created an infographic called “20 Inspiring Children’s Book Quotes.”

These beautiful words come from a variety of titles including Roald Dahl’s Matilda, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. We’ve embedded the full infographic below—what do you think?

Children’s book quotes.
Courtesy of: Quotery

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15. The World’s Greatest Storytellers: INFOGRAPHIC

World's Greatest Storytellers

Who would you name as the world’s greatest storyteller? The team at Raconteur.net interviewed 500 authors, journalists, editors, students, media experts, and marketing professionals to try to uncover the answer to this question; the data was collected into an infographic.

The ones that made it into the top six include five British writers and one American horror master: William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King. Follow this link to view the full infographic.

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16. J.K. Rowling Confirms That a Jewish Wizard Has Attended Hogwarts

.@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014

Has Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry ever admitted a Jewish student? Yesterday, J.K. Rowling confirmed that the answer is “yes.”

In response to a fan’s message on Twitter, the Harry Potter series author revealed that a Jewish wizard named Anthony Goldstein belonged to Ravenclaw house. We’ve embedded the tweets above—what do you think?

In addition to coming to her fans rescue via social media, Rowling has been a busy bee with adding new content on Pottermore. For the past few days, several new details about Potions Master Severus Snape has been unveiled. (via BuzzFeed)

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!

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17. J.K. Rowling Shares New Severus Snape Story On Pottermore

Snape Riddle

Harry Potter enthusiasts will be counting down the 12 days of Christmas with new stories on Pottermore. Over at the Pottmore Insider blog, fans were tasked with cracking a riddle (embedded above) about “a house in Spinner’s End” to unlock the first piece. Perhaps J.K. Rowling decided to continue challenging her fans with Ravenclaw-style puzzles as she did on Twitter earlier this year.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!

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18. J.K. Rowling’s Crime Novels to be Adapted For TV

cuckooJ.K. Rowling is going to see her first adult fiction novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, adapted into a television series for BBC.

The book, which was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the first novel in the Cormoran Strike series of detective novels published last year. It was followed by The Silkworm in 2014.

J.K. Rowling tweeted the news today.

My friend @RGalbraith‘s first novel is going to be a TV drama on @BBCOne. He’s very excited, but expressing it with characteristic silence.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 10, 2014

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19. Can You Compare Dolores Umbridge to Lord Voldemort?

Dolores UmbridgeFor a Halloween treat, J.K. Rowling has published a new essay on Pottermore about the infamous witch Dolores Umbridge.

Harry Potter readers first meet Umbridge in the fifth book, Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. Actress Imelda Staunton plays this character in the film adaptation.

According to the press release, Rowling feels that Umbridge’s cruel nature is comparable to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. She feels that the antagonist’s “desire to control, to punish, and to inflict pain, all in the name of law and order, are, I think, every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort’s unvarnished espousal of evil.”

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!

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20. Michelle Aielli Moves to Hachette Books

Hachette LogoMichelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity at Hachette Books. She will report to publisher Mauro DiPreta.

In new new role, Aielli will oversee the publicity for both the division’s brand and the titles on its list. The start date for her new position has been set for November 17th.

For the past 10 years, Aielli has worked in the Little, Brown PR team. She launched and managed campaigns for James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards, Elin Hilderbrand, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more.

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21. Opening Round Begins For The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreads 2014Bibliophiles can make their voices heard on some of their favorite books that were published this year. Opening round has begun for The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Goodreads users can submit their votes in 20 different categories: fiction, mystery & thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, humor, nonfiction, memoir & autobiography, history & biography, business books, food & cookbooks, comics & graphic novels, poetry, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy, middle grade & children’s, and picture books. Each category contains 15 nominees. Readers also have the option to write-in votes. Click here to learn about the full details

This initial period will run from November 3rd to 8th. The second period, the semifinal round, will follow from November 10th to 15th. At the end, the final round will last from November 17th to November 24th. The winning titles will be unveiled on December 2nd. Past winners include The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (fiction), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (mystery & thriller), and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (young adult fantasy).

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22. List of ‘Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors’ Unveiled

rowlingHollywood has been chasing after popular books for inspiration. Titles such as the Harry Potter seriesThe Hunger Games trilogy, and The Fault in our Stars novel have been transformed into blockbluster film franchises.

At this point in time, a diverse array of adaptation projects are being developed for YouTube, Hulu, and the silver screen. In recognition of book creators, The Hollywood Reporter has crafted a list of “Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.”

J.K. Rowling claimed the number one spot because arguably speaking, “no single creator has had so much influence on a megafranchise since George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy.” We’ve posted the list of the top 10 authors below—what do you think?

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23. Little, Brown, and Company to Publish J.K. Rowling Harvard Speech as an Illustrated Book

Back in 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a commencement speech at Harvard University. Little, Brown and Company plans to publish it as an illustrated book.

The release date for Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and The Importance of Imagination has been scheduled for April 14, 2015. Joel Holland has signed on to create the artwork for this project.

According to the press release, “sales of Very Good Lives will benefit both Lumos, a charity organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.” The video embedded above features Rowling’s full speech—what do you think?

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24. J.K. Rowling to Share Christmas Surprises on Pottermore This Month

pottermoreHarry Potter fans are getting a nice gift this Christmas. Author J.K. Rowling is giving out holiday surprises this year on the website Pottermore.com, a destination for all things Harry Potter.

From December 12-23, the site will be releasing a new surprise every day at 8am EST. Among the gifts on the list include new writing from Rowling. The site is running a social media campaign on Facebook with the hashtag #PottermoreChristmas where can check in for daily updates.

Here is more from Pottermore’s emails:

A Wonderland of New Writing by J.K. Rowling
From Florean Fortescue’s ghost plot to J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the sneaky Slytherin Draco Malfoy, there’s a wealth of writing to discover.

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25. My Writing and Reading Life: Romina Russell, Author of Zodiac

Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

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