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In the world of Harry Potter, a witch or wizard's Patronus is a very personal and powerful thing. Conjured by a mixture of magic and a person's happiest memory, the energy force takes the form of an animal, which can be guided to ward off Dementors and Lethifolds. Harry's Patronus is a stag, while Ron Weasley's is a Jack Russell terrier.
Facebook users have apparently been participating in a trending status update that asks readers to list the ten books that have stayed with them. Facebook compiled the data submitted and came up with 100 books that top the list. Holding the #1 spot is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. That's followed by To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Harry Potter is clearly on J.K. Rowling's mind these days, and that's just as well as she's penning the screenplay for the anticipated Fantastic Beasts trilogy. But it isn't Hippogriffs and Hinkypunks that she's written about most recently.
It's Harry Potter's birthday! By the timeline set in the books, J.K. Rowling's beloved boy wizard would be 34 years of age today. And to celebrate the occasion, we've come up with a list of challenges the character has overcome over the course of his documented life.
These days, Harry Potter fans looking for an immersive experience into J.K. Rowling's magical world need only to head to Universal Studios Orlando in Florida to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions, which now include the newly added Diagon Alley area, joining the previously opened Hogsmeade.
As the Quidditch World Cup has played out by report at the official Harry Potter website, Ginny Potter (nee Weasley) has been reporting from the games, delivering the updates for those wizards and muggles who can't be present at the magical event. But it was Rita Skeeter's recent report that has given us a real update on the happenings of the Harry Potter characters in the present day.
How much of a Harry Potter geek are you? The challenge is dropped in the video above, which features a number of Harry Potter trivia facts, focused mainly on the books and author J.K. Rowling, who's apparently no longer a billionaire because she's so generous.
There were Weasleys in Orlando today! Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps -- best known together for playing Ginny, George and Fred Weasley respectively in the Harry Potter films -- paid a visit to Universal Orlando today and they were gracious enough to Instagram some of the highlights of their visit, giving Harry Potter fans an inside look at the Diagon Alley attraction that's opening at Universal Orlando this summer.
16 years ago today, the Battle of Hogwarts took place... fictionally speaking of course. It's rare that we stop and acknowledge a fictional event, but for Harry Potter fans, there are certainly some worth noting, today included. Spoilers (obviously) if you still haven't read the final book in the Harry Potter series.
Should an artist be able to go back and revise their own work after it's been officially presented? Star Wars fans might have something to say about that. J.K. Rowling's recent comments about her current feelings over Ron and Hermione's relationship, and whether or not Harry and Hermione should have ended up together have ruffled feathers, and understandably so.
It's J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday, which should mean the week is one full of celebration and joy for fans of the series. However, for one super(crazy) fan named Jessica Elizabeth Parker, this week is the week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warrant for her arrest. Apparently, she’s been stalking the “webmistress” for popular Harry Potter blog The Leaky Cauldron.
Those looking for the opportunity to experience the world of Harry Potter as presented by Universal Studios will eventually be able to do it in California. NBCUniversal announced today that they're going start construction on the first projects in their 25-year Evolution Plan, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, however Harry Potter may be an exception to that rule. I'll admit that I don't tend to geek out over cover art for books in general, but I make an exception for the Harry Potter series, and particularly Mary GrandPre's beautiful artwork. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scholastic is releasing new covers for the seven books in Rowling's series, the first of which was unveiled today.
J.K. Rowling has played coy with Harry Potter fans for years now, suggesting that Harry's story is done but never outright promising she wouldn't set a new story at Hogwarts, or spin out further adventures in the wizarding world. Rowling is one of very, very authors to create a fantasy world so rich that fans would happily follow any character within it,
If you want an electronic copy of the Harry Potter books, you still have to use the Pottermore website, but if reading each of the books once is your only goal, Amazon Prime might be your best option. Earlier today, the online juggernaut signed a deal which will allow its Kindle lending library to offer copies of the series in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish to all Amazon Prime customers.