Seeing as how the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, the original generation of Potter fans are by now old enough to have jobs and utility bills and thick, lustrous facial hair. It makes sense, then, that author J.K. Rowling would want to write something for her newly adult following. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher,” the Potter scribe said in a statement today about her next book and new publisher Little, Brown and Company. We should probably give up hope that Rowling is planning to bring Snape back from the dead in a new novel, but…but what if we’re just not ready yet?
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” she explained, without divulging either the subject or the title of her new work. Having last published Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows in 2007, switching from YA and the world of magic could potentially alienate readers who were only in it for the adolescent wizards. So are you ready to pre-order a new J.K. Rowling book? Or does the lack of quiddich mean you’ll probably just wait for the movie? Because you know there will be a movie.
[Photo: Getty Images]
What’s scarier than that decrepit clown jack-in-the-box from The Woman In Black trailer? Well, nothing, but Daniel Radcliffe’s former drinking problem runs a close second. In an interview with British magazine Heat (the same one in which Radcliffe discusses his body hair preferences at, um, length), the Harry Potter star claims he can pinpoint the exact scenes in his famous films during which he was under the influence. “I went into work still drunk,” he confesses. “I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes. I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem.” Dead behind the eyes! Oh, he means inebriated. Wait, that’s still pretty bad!
Daniel doesn’t specify exactly which scenes he’s referring to, but has discussed in the past how his drinking ramped up during the filming of 2009′s Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. “I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamoured with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me,” Radcliffe told The Telegraph this past summer. Radcliffe says he stopped drinking in 2010, maintaining, “I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work.” Man, can you imagine filming Dumbledore’s death scene three sheets to the wind? We could barely stop crying as it is, and we were stone cold sober. And in a crowded movie theater!
[Photo: Getty Images]
That face Daniel Radcliffe is making above mirrors exactly the one we had when we read his latest interview with U.K. magazine Heat, via The Sun. Not that it’s all that gross, mind you, just … well, it’s a little hard to think about coming from Harry Potter, even if he is 22. Talking about nudity in his upcoming movie Kill Your Darlings, he told the magazine, “It might have a bit of nudity and [the director] said: ‘Just to let you know, if you’re getting naked, no landscaping of any kind. This is the 1940s and you’re playing a Jew.’ I was like, ‘Pretty much there anyway, mate! Not a huge amount of maintenance going on.’ I mean, there’s a little bit, obviously, for courtesy.”
Um. And now that you’ve processed what amount of “courtesy” he gives to girlfriend Rosie Coker, we can move on to even more TMI, by DanRad’s own admission. Read more…
By Rae Votta
Glee might have been Darren Criss’ national introduction as a song-and-dance man, but his legions of Internet fans already knew him as a singing Harry Potter for Team StarKid, the musical-theater social-media phenomenon. Between shooting Glee and debuting on Broadway in How to Succeed, Criss joined the rest of Team StarKid for part of their first national tour last fall, and he stopped by VH1 earlier this month with some of his co-founders to share some exclusive footage from the tour. They also told us about a possible West Coast and U.K. leg of their jaunt, as they hope bring StarKid beyond the confines of the Net.
“StarKid is an Internet musical theater production group we started in college together and have been doing our best to run since we’ve been out of college,” co-founder Brian Holden explained for the uninformed.
The group initially put videos of their University of Michigan-produced Harry Potter musical, A Very Potter Musical, on YouTube to send to friends and family, but once the extensive Potter fandom caught a whiff of their existence, view counts multiplied, and they transitioned from in-joke to mainstream viral success. To date the group has surpassed 100 million views on their videos.
If Harry Potter erotic fan fiction is your thing, then this post is for you. If listening to Ralph Fiennes dramatically read Voldemort/Harry slash fiction out loud while wearing adorable pajamas is your thing, then maybe the Secret really does work. What other explanation could there possibly be for something so delightfully specific? And filthy?
Stopping by Andy Cohen‘s Watch What’s Happening Live on Bravo last night, the Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows: Part 2 villain was cajoled into reading some erotic fiction starring none other than He Who Cannot Be Named himself. Not having a nose or a sense of morality has never been so hot! “How is it possible that the touch of this evil man could feel so wickedly good?” Fiennes reads. We’ll let you listen to rest of the NSFW video yourself since it’s sort of scandalous. Though extremely fictional! And about fictional characters! Man, we thought our crush on Ralph Fiennes could never get any bigger. Or…um…our crush on Voldemort. We are so ashamed.
The folks at Forbes certainly know what they’re doing. Usually, we turn to them for the big lists, like the Celebrity 100, the World’s Most Powerful Women or the Hip-Hop Cash Kings. But those take a lot of work, and sometimes, they just need something fast and easy (we’re just assuming here, ’cause you know, we’d never be so gratuitous about our lists). So, they do things like this week’s Hollywood’s Top-Earning On-Screen Couples, which is topped by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, followed by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
We’re very happy to see the Harry Potter and Twilight stars at the top of the list, natch. But it does feel a bit like the editors sat down and said, “What kind of list can we do that will feature the stars of Harry Potter and Twilight, and maybe also Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers?” They admit themselves that the whole thing is based on numbers from Box Office Mojo (the total earnings from movies with the stars as a couple from the last five years).
Still, here we are, looking at the list. So they’ve hooked us again! We’ll give you the full list below, but also we want to come up with some kind of challenge for the Forbes editors, just to make sure they stay on top of their game. Maybe the next feature should be something like America’s Highest-Grossing Puppet Shows or Top-Earning Subway Mariachi Groups. That‘ll take a little shoe leather.
Vincent Crabbe, noooooo! E! is reporting on Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett’s arrest and while we don’t want to immediately blame Voldemort, this crime has his scaly fingerprints all over it. Known to most as Draco Malfoy’s dopey henchman, Waylett was arrested for possessing a petrol bomb on August 8, 2011 during the London riots, in addition to, um, well, growing 15 marijuana plants in his bedroom. But clearly some malicious wizard must have put them there! If only we were still able to practice law, we could represent him in court!
Unfortunately this isn’t Waylett’s first arrest. After facing pot charges in 2009, his character was written out of Harry Potter And The Dealthy Hallows: Part 2. Just goes to show that some can’t resist the dark side. At least Waylett won’t have to destroy The Boy Who Lived in order to assume control of the wizarding world. Because that seems like it would definitely be a felony.
Earlier today we wrote about Dudley O’Shaughnessy being too busy to date Rihanna, the Sexiest Woman Alive. And right now we’d like to expand on the theme of D-list dudes dumping their lovely A-list ladies. Emma Watson’s former flame Francis Boulle has recently opened up about why their relationship never blossomed, and as you might have expected, it’s not her- it’s him. The two met at the Cartier polo party in 2008, but the thought of being outshone by the Harry Potter star didn’t sit well with Francis, who at that time was an aspiring actor.
“We had a bit of a thing a while back,” he explained to Heat Magazine, “but I have always been an ambitious person and I want to achieve my own notoriety for what I’ve done.” Well congrats Francis, because we think you just did. “I chose not to pursue it any longer because I didn’t want to be the boyfriend of some child actress.” And that’s why he decided to split with the beautiful, talented, rich and famous Ivy league student. At least you can never accuse him of being a star f–ker, right? Luckily good things have come to both since the split. Emma’s moved on to dating her Perks of Being A Wallflower costar Johnny Simmons, and Francis has moved on to doing reality TV, where everyone’s a star. Kinda like porn.
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled some of Emma’s least child-actressy (read: HOT) looks in the gallery below. Enjoy!
[Photo: Getty Images]
Did you guys know Glee‘s Kevin McHale is a delight and a half? I found out first hand today when I interviewed him about the new Glee: The 3D Concert Movie and he charmed the pants off of everyone in the room (including me — and I’m in a dress). Did you know Kevin has sparkling blue eyes, as clear as the Mediterranean? Did you know Kevin once appeared on MTV’s TRL with his group NLT? (NBD, obvs.) Did you know Kevin and I are BFFs and I’m totally going to be written onto the next season of Glee, playing a quirky but mega-hot female blogger who steals Artie away from Brittany forever? Okay, so the last part’s not true…YET.
Kevin did tell me that he’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and that he’s long dreamed of being in the series. It’ll probably be a bit tricky seeing as the final movie of the franchise premiered last month, but who knows — Maybe JK Rowling will write a new book that involves a bit more song and dance? Watch Kevin get his fan-boy on in the clip above.
At this point, unless your arm is pinned underneath a rock in some desert canyon, you’ve already seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. However, now that the final film is out British journalist Greg Palast is revealing what could have been the series’ finale, if J.K. Rowling had gone with her Harry Potter alternate ending.
According to Palast, in 2007 after he had befriended Rowling over their mutual best-sellers, the Potter author let slip some details of an ending that she didn’t end up using. “Sorry Jo, that’s the danger of befriending an investigative reporter – if you forget to use the magical words, ‘This is off the record,’” Palast wrote on his website this week. If you want the full description, you can head over to Greg Palast’s blog, but just to give you a sneak-peek: Harry Potter as the headmaster of Hogwarts in the year 2130, Ginny turning herself into a bird, Voldemort frozen forever as a young Tom Riddle and Harry’s great, great grandson showing the first adorable baby clues that he might be something off a dark lord himself. Now did that give you enough of an adrenaline surge to heave that rock off your arm, or what? Oh…it didn’t? Please, please keep trying then.
[Photo: Getty Images]