New Harry Potter Story Released, However Sadly There Is No Book Planned

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(PCM) Harry Potter fans were delighted when they received word that author J.K. Rowling had just published a 1,500 word short story on her website, Pottermore, that gave fans an update into Harry Potter’s wizarding world.

The story was written from the perspective of a gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, and it marks the first time that Rowling has written about the trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) since her last book.

The story talks about a grown-up Harry Potter, who is married to Ron’s sister Ginny Potter. Ron is married to Hermione Granger. Rabid fans flocked to the Pottermore website and the server crashed quite a few times throughout the course of the afternoon.

Rumors began to swirl that the story meant that it was possible that Rowling was working on a new book, however those rumors were squashed when a rep for Pottermore revealed that there are no plans to continue the series.

Bummer! Well, at least Potter fans got a small treat this summer!

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Harry Potter…the Antichrist??

Could Harry Potter, the boy wizard who inspired a generation of children to pick up books again, who starred in a massive, blockbuster film franchise that generated billions of dollars globally, who is one of the most beloved fictional heroes of all time, be the Antichrist?

I guess it all depends on who you talk to and in this case it’s comic book writer Alan Moore, the mastermind behind Watchman and the long-running League of Extraordinary Gentleman series, to name a few.

For the past few years, the author has strayed away from the comic book medium, only returning to Extraordinary Gentleman series, which is vastly different from the 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery.

Unlike the horrible film, Moore has built up a satirical comic over the last decade, filled with countless references and allusions from the history of Western literature, featuring appearances by an array of fictional British character. Most recently, Moore has released a second volume of his three-part arc Century, which included a visit from a black haired man who taught magic at a school “up north” that went by Tom, with a last name that was a “conundrum.”  Also known as Tom Riddle, or “he who should not be named,” or more famously, Lord Voldermort from the Harry Potter series.

The appearance of the Dark Lord is only a warm-up compared to what Moore has coming up in 2009, Moor’s third and final volume of Century. According to Laura Sneddon of London’s Independent, Moor has written something that will probably be considered blasphemy by avid Potter fans: their beloved wizard has been transformed into the Antichrist.

At no point does Moore use the words “Harry” or “Potter”, but a magical train hidden between platforms at King’s Cross station, leading to a magical school where there are flashbacks of psychotic adolescent rage and whimpering children pleading for their life, all strewn with molten corpses, does rather suggest a link to the Boy Who Lived. A hidden scar and a mentor named Riddle, though possessed as he is by the real villain, completes the picture,” Sneddon wrote.

Sounds like some pretty obvious references to “the boy who lived” and an extremely controversial comic. Even if this latest depiction of Harry Potter is intended to be satire, it will inevitably spark controversy amongst Potter fans and possibly J.K. Rowling herself, who has been famously protective of her series in the past.

The author sued a Harry Potter superfan after he created his own online Potter encyclopedia, viewed as a big PR mistep, so there is no telling what the author might do when she reads that her creation is “high on anti-psychotics.”

A showdown more epic than the one between Harry Potter and Voldermort may be brewing. Stay tuned for Moore vs. Rowling upon the release of 2009. 

 

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J.K. Rowling Returns to Publish Her First Novel for Adults

J.K. Rowling may be finished with writing about the wizarding world, but the magic of her writing is far from gone. It was announced today that the hugely popular author has inked a deal with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to publish her first novel for adults.

While the title, release date and further details about the novel are being withheld until later in the year, this news gives great hope and excitement to both the literary world and those of us Potterheads who will never leave the wizarding world behind. Soon enough we will be entering another world and incredible story concocted by Rowling. But it won’t be a Harry Potter replica.

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series,” Rowling said in a statement.

That won’t be the only change for Rowling either, seeing as this novel will be published by Little, Brown unlike the Harry Potter series, which was published by Bloomsbury.

“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. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

After the seventh and final Potter novel was released in 2007, speculation ran rampant as to what Rowling would pen next. While information about the novel is still largely kept a mystery, we can only imagine her skill and imagination will transition seamlessly into the adult-reading world. After all, the Potter series may have been touted as children’s literature, but it is no secret that it attracted people of all ages.

The Potter popularity among people of all ages is evidenced everywhere, especially with the announcement today as Twitter is taken over by Rowling hashtags and trending topics. Even the Dark Lord himself has acknowledged the news, tweeting “Yes, it’s true. Much like her hero Voldemort, JK Rowling will return after years. Greater & more powerful than ever before. #RowlingReturns”

So whether you consider yourself an honorary member of the wizarding world or you just love to read, there is definite cause for celebration! #RowlingReturns!

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10 Stars We’d Give Hugs to on National Hugging Day

It may not be a federal holiday, but January 21 is still cause for celebration. It’s National Hugging Day! And, really, who doesn’t love a good hug?

There are all kinds of hugs: the I’m-here-for-you hug, the so-nice-to-see-you hug, the thank-you hug… really, the possibilities are endless. So in the spirit of spreading the love, we’ve compiled a list of celebrities who we would use the “National Hugging Day” excuse on if we happened to run into them on the 21st.

So while you get your arms prepped for all those hugs you’re about to give, check out who made our list and tell us who else would be on yours!

 

Katy Perry

It’s no secret that Katy is going through a difficult time right now. We had been rooting for Katy and Russell Brand to last forever, but with the impending divorce it seems all but hopeless. We would give her a hug just let her know we’re there for her and that she will get through this.

While Katy seems to be putting on an admirable strong front, we don’t blame her for being upset over the divorce. She even canceled her appearance at the People’s Choice Awards last weekend, which would have been her first appearance since news of the break-up, to keep out of the limelight. We love you Katy! *Hug*

 

 

 

 

Steven Tyler

This rock legend has always been a favorite of ours, but since joining the judging table for American Idol last season, we’ve discovered that many more reasons to adore him. Sure, he may be a little crude at times, but we’ve seen his heart, his passion, his vocals and his reaction to hearing a true talent and that’s enough to push him even further up the ranks.

But what really landed him a spot on the list was after watching last night’s conclusion of the two-night premiere event for Season 11 of American Idol. Everyone loves Steven, this is no surprise, but with every contestant and their mother getting the opportunity to hug Steven and come away raving about it, he definitely is added to our lets-hug list.

 

 

 

 

Demi Lovato

Demi’s tale this past year is nothing short of inspirational. We admit, as much as we love Demi, last year she would have made this list with a different sort of hug after being admitted into rehab for a myriad of issues, but she has truly transformed her life, her image and her role model status.

She can now be the image of hope and support that we all originally may have pictured her. She is a symbol of strength, positivity and, now, sobriety. If that doesn’t deserve a hug, well, we don’t know what does.

 

Vin Diesel

It takes a special sort of actor – and man – to pull off the tough guy role AND the family friendly role. But Vin does it with ease. Not only does he give us a sense of protection, but a surprising sense of warmth and humor.

Not to mention, he stated this past year in an issue of “Men’s Health Journal” that he likes hugging. So, uh, we’re not going to deny him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giuliana Rancic

It has been a trying year for this host. After being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, she announced it to the whole world, underwent a double mastectomy among other treatments and has returned to work.

She’s one of the strongest women in Hollywood and has proved herself to not just be a role model but a beacon of hope. She’s shown that she is a fighter and for that, we not just admire and congratulate her, but we put her on the lets-hug list.

 

 

 

 

Jon Bon Jovi

He’s Jon Bon Jovi, so to be quite honest – we don’t need a reason to want to hug this Renaissance man. But, he did beat out other celebs who we would have argued the same reasons for (think Ryan Gosling) because of that terrifying death rumor that spread about him last month.

Thankfully he is alive and even proved it with a picture of himself where he’s holding a sign that is dated that very day, but we’d like to hug him just to make 3000% sure that he’s alive and well. And, again, he’s Jon Bon Jovi. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cast of Harry Potter

Everyone gets that feeling from time to time like something is missing. But, sadly, we know what is missing from our lives now that the Harry Potter series is finished and all the last movie has been released just this past year. No longer do we have the promise of new storylines and information to discover.

We still have the movies to watch and the books to read and we even have the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to visit when we need a true dose of Hogwarts, but we would love to just give the cast of the Harry Potter movies a hug so that we can get a better sense of goodbye. It’s never really goodbye, but a wrap-up hug would just put us more at ease.

 

Revenge’s Daniel Grayson

Revenge is arguably the best new show on TV  and features a great collection of characters. But one that stands out as someone we would really like to hug is Daniel Grayson. He doesn’t want to just be the rich boy. He’s sweet, he’s caring… and he has no idea what’s coming down the line for him.

This would probably be a long hug, because we not only thing he’s a great guy, but we know that as much as he loves Emily, he is going to get hurt. Both literally and figuratively. So we’d really like to hug him while we can and try not to cry while doing so.

 

 

 

 

Howie Mandel

Okay, at first glance this may seem a strange choice. But Howie is an unstoppable force and he seems like a great guy. Between America’s Got Talent, Deal of No Deal and Mobbed, Howie shows no signs of stopping down and for this we are definitely always excited to see him.

But we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that part of the reason he made the list is because of what we imagine to be the exclusivity of his hugs. The man has mysophobia, an irrational fear of germs, so the hugs may be few and far between (we have seen him hug people!), but we’d like to be among the few people who can say we’ve hugged Howie!

 

 

 

 

 

The Impractical Jokers

We hope you’ve heard of this show by now, if not already fallen in love with it, or else we’re afraid you haven’t been getting the appropriate doses of laughter on Thursday nights. Joe, Murray, Sal and Q are the four best friends behind this tear-inducing laugh riot series and they would definitely be getting a “thank you” hug.

Thank you, guys, for coming into our lives when reality TV was at an all-time bore and providing us with endless enjoyment. Really, it’s endless; we can watch the repeats over and over and laugh like we’ve never seen it before.  Besides, for what they put themselves through, they deserve a little – arguably a lot of – love.

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A Push to Make Quidditch an Official Sport

The Keller High School Quidditch club in Texas is attempting to designate Quidditch as an official high school sport. Yes, the sport created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter novels.

The club, which boasts 80 members and four teams – named after the houses of Hogwarts – are hoping to have the sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), making it the fourteenth official high school sport. This is also a recognition sports like gymnastics, water polo and lacrosse are attempting to receive.

“People don’t really grasp that it’s a legit sport,” co-founder of the club, Brooklyn George, said, “But, everybody thinks, especially at Keller High School, that it’s really cool.”

The game also is a great addition to the roster of sports because as co-founder of the club Kati Polaski said, Quidditch is “getting people who may not have played sports before to play sports and be physically active.”

For Keller High, the game of Quidditch is much the same for Muggles as it is in the Wizarding World. Just without the flying. But, players do still have to “ride” a broom, which means they only handle the ball with one hand. They use quaffles and bludgers and even a golden snitch. But this snitch is a bit different than flying golden-winged ball. “Our snitch is a person running around in all gold with a tennis ball in a sock tucked into a flag-football belt,” Kati explained.

The UIL has yet to make a decision on the designation of Quidditch as a school sport, but if it is accepted, Texas would become the first state that allowed Quidditch the recognition.  The members of the club are creating a petition to show to the UIL, hoping to get people from at least 200 Texas schools to sign.

Quidditch for Muggles, however, is not necessarily a new concept. Since 2005 when two students from Middlebury College in Vermont first introduced the magical sport as Muggle-friendly, many other colleges and high schools have been playing. There is even a Quidditch World Cup, which last year was a competition between 60 teams and held in NYC, and an International Quidditch Assocation which cites colleges like Emerson, Johns Hopkins, Vassar, Tufts, Harvard, Arizona State and many others are official members.

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