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.
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We’d like to give a short, non-sarcastic round of applause for Emma Watson’s enrollment at Oxford: the woman might be a 21-year-old movie star with millions of dollars in the bank, but she is still dead-set on getting that college degree. Eventually. “I’m still a student at Brown, Emma confirmed while making the round at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premieres. “It’s just that I’ll spend my third year abroad – at Oxford. Then I’ll return to Brown to complete my last year.” That is, unless some other amazing film role pops up in the meantime, for which there is a 1,000% probability that there will be.
Watson put college on hold this past spring to work on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, while denying that bullying had anything to do with her decision to leave. We completely understand Emma’s decision to head to Oxford, though. What’s more important: starring in that Beauty and the Beast movie we’re already dead-set on seeing, or taking Intro To Statistics? Oh no…when we put it that way, our argument just starts to disintegrate!
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Internet, look! Your boyfriend Matthew Lewis is still being sheepish and cute while promoting Harry Potter in Australia today. We’ll sit on the snarky comments we want to make about his shirt because we’re sure the rest of the world finds it precious, and just say this: “Awwwww.”
Tom Felton, who’s hotness is growing on us every time we gaze into his piercing blue eyes, was spotted yesterday at LAX looking all sorts of RPattz wearing a hoodie and carrying a guitar. Across the country, Daniel Radcliffe showed up at The Daily Show with a book and iPod in hand. He then proceeded to be absolutely nerd-dorable while chatting with Jon Stewart about his love for Spongebob Squarepants and the time he fangirled to Amy Poehler‘s face. Watch below.
Daniel Radcliffe has a lot to celebrate these days. The final installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, opened today with midnight showings packed around the globe. Early reports are predicting the film will break box office records. In just the US alone the movie has already made $45 million in pre-sales — before it opened Thursday night. Daniel, like his Potter cohorts, has remained amazingly humble and down to earth through the past decade of Potter-mania. Currently performing on Broadway here in NYC, Daniel can often be spotted eating lunch by himself in the West Village, book in hand.
The actor will celebrate his 21st birthday on July 23rd. To honor the kid who made our favorite franchise the magical monster it is today, we’re taking a look back at the evolution of Daniel — from awkward tween to handsome, humble movie star.
A few days ago I caught wind of a movement spreading amongst my girlfriends on the internet: incessant gushing and crushing over the dude who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise. Being a lover of British dorks, I eagerly Google Imaged ol’ Matthew Lewis, excited at the prospect of a fugboat-turned-hot yacht crush (I don’t know what I just wrote there). I love a good makeover story, you know!? But then I laid eyes on Matthew and well…
That’s right, guys: he is the personification of a fart noise. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a decent looking man and he seems like a lovely person. At certain angles he might even be hot, the kind of guy you end up making out with in a drunken stupor as Journey plays at the end of your best friend’s wedding reception. But it’s not like he was once a two-headed troll who suddenly morphed into a George Clooney-RPattz hybrid (hot combo, right?). He could be any guy, at any bar, wearing any skinny tie, smiling any crooked smile.
Let me bust out some realness for you: lots of people stumble through their adolescence as ugly chubsters, only to shed the baby fat and bad teeth and learn how to buy a decent pair of jeans and spend a couple of bucks on a haircut and BOOM! — they become moderately attractive adults. Haven’t we ALL done this? If we’re handing out awards for People Who Look Less Atrocious As Adults Than They Did At 13 then I should take home Grand Prize, with Candace Cameron placing a close second.
If Matt has done one thing well, it is convincing the world that his average transformation from awkward n’ ugly man-boy to less awkward and kind of cute boy-man is hype-worthy. Now that is some f**cking wizardry.
[Please don't hurt me, Matthew Lewis lovers. I can only take so many Confundus Charms before I curl up and cry in the fetal position.]
So, it’s pretty clear we all love Emma Watson, right? Anything we say about her which has a negative tilt is more like constructive criticism rather than a b—chfest. Ã‚Â Let the record clearly state that. We showed Emma immense loveÃ‚Â in that Oscar de la Renta gown at the London premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It was dreamy and walked the exact line between frou-frou and couture which is like, our favourite line to walk.
Whereas Emma’s London look was Swan Lake, Emma’s New York look is more Black Swan, if you get our drift. Look at that make-up? It’s those black and gold-leaf eyes! We can get on board with it, because it’s edgy and she balanced it out with a nude mouth and slicked back hair. The minimal jewelry helps too and Emma’s bone structure will lend itself to any style she chooses to experiment with. That’s make-up and hair we’re talking about folks, because as hard as we’ve been trying, we can’t get on board with her gown. It’s Bottega Veneta and we get where she’s trying to go with it. We even dig the textured, frayed, fitted bodice. It’s that draped skirt that has us all meh. That fabric — which wrinkles super easy too, as you can see — Ã‚Â and those folds look good only when arranged perfectly and at certain angles. Otherwise the skirt tends to look like an over ambitious napkin.
The Deathly Hallows premiered in New York last night and we couldn’t help but sniff a little looking at all the pictures. Each premiere means we’re inching gradually towards the end. A lot of the tertiary characters didn’t show up for the event but our main squeezes did. After wearing a dreamy Oscar de la Renta to the London premiere, Emma Watson chose a Bottega Veneta gown,Ã‚Â Giuseppe Zanotti platform peep toe heels andÃ‚Â Lorraine Schwartz jewelry for the NYC leg. We’re not totally feeling the look and the harsh make-up, but more on that in our next post. Not much smiling from Emma at this one. She looks like she’s taking this quite emotionally, and we don’t blame her.
Props to Daniel Radcliffe for turning up in Prada as well! Ã‚Â Completely the trio was Rupert Grint who cleaned up quite nicely in his suit as well. He also looked like he had taken a brush to his hair and what a difference that made! Alan Rickman — possibly one of our favorite actors and the only one who could pull off Severus Snape — looked as cool as cool could be. Pulling up the handsome quotient were Tom Felton and Matt Lewis aka Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom. Growing up has agreed with these two. A couple of celebrities also turned up for the premiere. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker brought their son, James Wilkie. (Note to SJP: Stop putting your son in twee hats.) America Ferrera brought new husband Ryan Piers Williams. Sarah Hyland showed up looking lovely in an LBD, and our happy WTF of the day was Jay Manuel! All-in-all, a pretty successful premiere.
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Ever since James Bond first crashed onto our shores in some tricked out experimental car/boat/plane hybrid thing, Hollywood has been nuts for hip young British thespians. They’re everywhere! They’re in our vampire movies (make some noise, Twi-Hards), our wizard movies (pour one out for Harry, Ron and Hermoine), our rom-coms (hats off to trailblazer Hugh Grant), and our TV shows about British monarchy (OK, that one makes sense). We simply can’t get enough. It’s been said before, but it’s like their hotness is magnified by that accent.
This Saturday the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is hosting a 42 Brits To Watch gala in Los Angeles. The BAFTA president is HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (that’s Prince William and Kate Middleton to the rest of us), so these guys aren’t messing around. In honor of the big event, we’ve decided to compile our own list of 40 beautiful Brits that we’ve got our eye on; from upcoming Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, to action hunk Alex Pettyfer and dream queen Juno Temple. And of course we have our franchise favorites from the Twilight and Harry Potter sagas. Check out the gallery below to see the Anglos we’re expecting big things from!
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Did you know that Daniel Radcliffe had a drinking problem? This comes as news to a lot of people, because his excessive boozing was kept as a well-guarded secret. That’s just bad news, isn’t it? That’s how celebrities — specifically the younger ones — start sliding down fame’s very slippery slope and end up burning out. Luckily, DanRad seems to have a solid head on his shoulders and controlled what could have spiraled into quite a nasty addiction.
Daniel’s now a teetotaler who prefers nights in as opposed to nights out. And he’s spending them with a girlfriend, explaining, “I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not f—ing up totally all the time!” He hasn’t specified who “she” is, but we’re guessing it’s one Olive Uniacke. If so, she’s turned a new leaf too because Olive was known to be quite the party girl. Radcliffe talks about his complete dependance on alcohol, especially after he turned 18 and during the time he was filming Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. His choice of poison? Whisky and some hard partying.
Don’t look at us — we didn’t know and we’re not making it up either! He said, “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.”Daniel also talked about how nobody knew about this destructive streak of his. A lot of it was pure luck, as he revealed, “I really got away with that because there were many instances when a shot like that could have been taken. Our Boy Wizard has apparently, not touched a drop of booze since August last year. Good for him and thank God, he’s so level-headed! It takes some serious cojones to stop dead in your tracks like that.
It looks like all of that Hermoine/Draco fan fiction you’ve been slaving over for the past ten years was thisclose to playing out in real-life, as Emma Watson’s Tom Felton crush gets revealed in her new Seventeen interview. The Snape/Hagrid stuff…not so much. “He was my first crush,” Watson says about her fellow Hogwarts student. “He totally knows. We talked about it — we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that’s cool.” Sure, Felton laughs about it until Watson’s out of earshot, then weeps with regret under a pile of old Sorting Hats in the prop closet.
The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 actress says her “huge crush” on Felton faded away after the first two Harry Potter films, but Emma Watson’s dating life still has her figuring out how to find the next malevolent wizard of her dreams. “I’m so impatient – It’s one of my worst traits,” Watson says. “If I want to see someone, I want to see them, and if I don’t, then I don’t. My friends are always telling me I have to play hard to get because I’ll pretty much say to a guy, ‘I like you – let’s go hang out.’ But my friends are like, ‘You can’t do that! You have to string this guy along. It’s a nightmare.” Sure, but not so much of a nightmare as realizing that you missed the chance to make the romantic fantasies of millions of fans comes true. Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane, there’s still time for you to make it work!
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