After days of build up/stifled squeals, J.K. Rowling announced Pottermore today, though she doesn’t do much to clarify exactly what that means. Instead of a gaming site as a Pottermore leaked memo suggested, or the launch of an eighth book like our shrieks begged of her, the site will be a “a unique online reading experience” built around the series. While most Muggles don’t yet have access to the site, Wired has some Pottermore photos that look extremely promising. Perhaps most importantly for fans, Pottermore offers the first chance to buy Harry Potter e-books (currently unavailable), as well as, per Rowling’s description, “additional information I’ve been hoarding for years about the world of Harry Potter,” including, we hope, a complete dating history of Albus Dumbledore.
While fans can submit their email now and return July 31 to potentially get early access to the site, Pottermore doesn’t officially launch until this October, in part because it seems like Jo and the gang are still figuring out what the site will actually be. “Pottermore will be built, in part, by you,” Rowling explains in her launch video. “Pottermore will be a place where fans of any age can share, participate in, and rediscover the stories.” Based on the feedback they’ll get, we can probably predict the final product will be just be a massive archive of Snape ships. Give the people what they want!
If you’ve spent the last fourteen years living, breathing and occasionally eating the Harry Potter-verse, you might been feeling at a loss for how to navigate your Snape-free existence after the release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Luckily for you, it looks like you don’t have too! Per a leaked memo, it looks like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore is a gaming site with an interesting twist: while participants take part in an online Potter-themed world, gamers must also search for actual wands planted in different geographical locations as part of a game called “Quill Quest.” Pottermore has been counting down the hours until a press conference stated for tomorrow morning, and prior to the leak had set off rumors of a potential new book or spin-off, in addition to dozens of asthma attacks and hysterical meltdowns across the globe.
Says Rowling’s rep Mark Hutchinson, “Much as we would like to say this is an elaborate stunt to create excitement, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid it was a simple error. The document is an old plan which is now out of date.Ã‚Â The full details about the Pottermore project will be revealed at the press conference tomorrow.Ã¢â‚¬Â Reportedly the memo was accidentally send out by a staff member at StonehillSalt public relations firm, who is undoubtedly being set upon by Death Eaters as we speak.
We can hear Molly Weasley’s screeching voice now, yelling Ron’s name in horror after seeing this photo. Yes, that’s Rupert Grint taking a bong hit —although if Miley Cyrus has taught us anything, it’s that you can even smoke legal drugs out of those things, so who knows if this photo actually has Rupert engaging in illegal activity. More importantly though, Rupert’s pretty buff, huh?
There are few franchises that make us squee the way Harry Potter does. Twilight? Not really (sorry, Kate Spencer). The Hunger Games? We love it, but it still can’t hold a candle to the epic battle between The Boy Who Lived and He Who Must Not Be Named. So we’re thrilled and sad to watch this preview of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two because while we’re really excited to see it, it’s the end of an era. The movie comes out on July 15, 2011, after which point, Ralph Fiennes will finally get his nose back.
The boys at Brown must be crying onto their laptops today: Emma Watson is putting University on hold to focus on movie projects. “I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything but recently I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible,” she said on her website. “I’ve decided to takeÃ‚Â a bit of timeÃ‚Â off to completely finish my work on Harry Potter (the last one comes out this summer) and to focus on my other professional and acting projects.Ã‚Â I will still be working towardsÃ‚Â my degree… itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought.”
Watson hasn’t done much film outside of the Potter films—just a BBC original movie Ballet Shoes, voice work for The Tale Of Despereaux, and a small role in Kenneth Branagh‘s upcoming My Dinner With Marilyn. Her decision to put school, which she just began in Fall ’09, on hold, suggests she’s serious about maintaining a career after the franchise is finished. We’ve already heard Watson will film an adaptation of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, but does she have more roles in store before she heads back to Brown…assuming she actually returns?
Post Secret is a guilty pleasure website for a lot of people who like to know the dirty, anonymous details of other people’s lives. The site rarely offers blind items for celebrity gossip, except in the case of Harry Potter and The Illegitimate Baby, posted last week. An anonymous woman sent the site a postcard with images of all of the main male leads from the Harry Potter films and wrote “One of these men is the father of the most amazing little girl in the world. He’s never met her, he never will. He probably can’t even remember my name.” Subsequently, the entire internet started buzzing about who the father could be (if the post is actually true, and let’s face it, it could be the most genius viral marketing ever).
While the real identity is only shared with the blog’s author and her God, more than a few people suggested that the dad was Tom Felton, a.k.a. Draco Malfoy, the most evil bleached-blond in all of the wizarding world. Felton laughed off the accusation, writing on his Twitter page “my friend just found this on the web! just to confirm that i can be canceled out of this equation lol!” Similarly, twins Jamie and Oliver Phelps have denied that the child will grow up to inherit their ginger locks. Oliver wrote “Apart from making me laugh, I can honestly say it’s 100% not me,” while Jamie said “To clear things up, this isn’t me. Funny, but nothing to do with me.” That leaves Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs and Alan Rickman as the potential dads, and we’re pretty sure that once this kid grows up, it’ll be pretty easy to see a resemblance—these are not men who blend in. Care to venture a guess who it could be?
What happens when a bunch of ambitious college students who grew up on Harry Potter tire of the usual club sports like Ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball? They form Quidditch teams, of course! Forget the fact that Quidditch involves riding brooms, defying gravity, and chasing a Golden Snitch with a mind of its own, and forget that the sport was made up entirely by J.K. Rowling and was only ever meant to exist in our minds, it’s just proof once again that with enough cheap beer fueling you, nothing is impossible.
The Quidditch World Cup, now in its FOURTH year, was held in New York City this weekend and forty-six teams from across the country participated. The fact that not a single player flew seemed inconsequential to the athletes, and ultimately, Middlebury College’s squad of Muggles took the snitch to win it. Please enjoy some of our favorite photos from the event (that t-shirt above is perhaps the greatest thing ever to be silk-screened) and after the jump, a video of some of the matches that took place. You haven’t lived till you’ve seen two teams running around with brooms between their legs just to catch a non-magical golf ball.
It’s official: Harry the Wizard has got more dough than Harry the Windsor. It’s just been announced that Daniel Radcliffe’s personal fortune has surpassed that of Prince William and Prince Harry. Next up, he plans to buy Canada. OK, that’s not true, but apparently the boy wizard is also a financial wizard, doubling his fortune in the past year.
According to accounts reported in the Daily Mail, Radcliffe is worth about $45 million, to the Princes’ $44 million.Ã‚Â He has around $30 million tied in up “current and fixed investments”, and owns several properties in London and New York. Oh yeah? Well we’ve got a bunch of returnable bottles and cans to take back to the supermarket and you don’t hear us bragging about it.
This announcement comes on the heals of Radcliffe’s proposed sexual conquering of Broadway. Will he stop at nothing!? Although at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how much cash Dan Rad has, because someday Wills is going to be king and could totally have him burned as a witch or something. So it all evens out.
Okay, we don’t want to get TOO excited because this is a big, Hagrid-sized MAYBE, but J.K. Rowling revealed to Oprah Winfrey today that she is still has additional chapters of the Harry Potter story to tell. Rowling told O, “I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth [book].” Which is about where we passed out with excitement. But then she continued, “I’m not going to say I won’t. I don’t think I will Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I feel I am done, but you never know.” Rowling said that she felt “bereaved” upon finishing The Deathly Hallows and concluded the series. So did we, J.K.! Yes, we’re adults but we’ve been hard-pressed to find a more satisfying series to read since finishing Harry.
While the Potter series wrapped up fairly neatly, to the point where we got a glimpse of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adult futures in the epilogue leaving little else to be imagined, we would eagerly devour any additional books that Rowling added to the series. Heck, we think she should write her own fan fiction, telling one-off little stories about Hogsmeade and Hermione’s Muggle parents, we’d still find it all thrilling.
There are few things that actually makes us “squeeeee!”, as the kids say, but Harry Potter is one of them. The books, the movies (well, the last couple movies anyway), the theme park, whatever – we’re into it. So we’re thrilled to watch the full trailer for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I, which is like a mini-epic in itself.
In all seriousness, we wonder if the performances in this movie will be recognized at the Oscars (we’d settle for a Golden Globe, too) because Ralph Fiennes‘ Voldemort voice is chilling, and Daniel Radcliffe is putting himself through the ringer in these final two movies. Check out the trailer, which seems extremely faithful to the book and just as dark and emotional. We fully intend to bawl our faces off during this movie, if not for the deaths that occur than because it means the franchise is that much closer to being over. November 19, you can’t come soon enough!