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Rowling to write quidditch reports

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is turning sports writer to pen a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World …

  • JK Rowling's Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts Confirmed as New Big-Screen …
    JK Rowling's Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts Confirmed as New Big-Screen … Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Looks like Warner Bros is not ready to let go of its blockbuster Harry Potter franchise yet. After a successful Lord of the Rings spin-off, The Hobbit franchise, the studio is planning "three megamovies" for author JK Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, reports Variety. WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara persuaded Rowling to revive the Harry Potter movie magic by adapting her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for the big screen. "When I say he made Fantastic Beasts happen, it isn't PR speak but the literal truth," she said about Tsujihara. More »

  • Watson's post-Potter acting doubts
    Watson's post-Potter acting doubts Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Emma Watson has revealed she had doubts about a career in acting after the Harry Potter films ended. More »

  • Paul Weller Fights Mail Online over 'Intrusive' Photos Of Children in …
    Paul Weller Fights Mail Online over 'Intrusive' Photos Of Children in … Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Paul Weller has launched a privacy battle against the publishers of the Mail Online after photos of his three children was published on the internet. Weller is taking on Associated Newspapers in a rare privacy lawsuit, alleging images of his family on holiday in Los Angeles were 'voyeuristic', the High Court has heard. The Modfather is demanding thousands in damages after seven photos of daughter Dylan, who was 16 when the pictures appeared and twin boys, John-Paul and Bowie, who were 10 months- old, were used in a story under the healdine 'A family day out'. The court heard how the pictures were taken by photographer who had followed the Wellers through LA's streets to a cafe, sometimes using a long lens without their consent despite being asked to stop. More »

  • J.K.Rowling Surprises Fans with Publication of the 'History of the Quidditch …
    J.K.Rowling Surprises Fans with Publication of the 'History of the Quidditch … Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    While Harry Potter fans thought the wonderful world of wizardry at Hogwarts had come to an end in 2007with the publication of the final book in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, it seems J.K Rowling has another trick up her sleeve. The world famous author has surprised fans by publishing an extensive 'History Of The Quidditch World Cup.' In an official statement, CEO of Pottermore Susan L. Jurevics said: "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to publish such an imaginative and engaging story from J.K. Rowling about the history of the Wizarding world's most exciting sport." "We're committed to being the only digital destination where fans can discover new original content about the world of Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling. More »

  • World Book Day 2014: Top Ten Book-Related Guinness World Records
    World Book Day 2014: Top Ten Book-Related Guinness World Records Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    In celebration of World Book Day 2014, Guinness World Records has revealed its top ten book-related record breakers. Since 1995, World Book Day has been celebrated annually in over 100 countries across the globe, to promote reading, authors and illustrators. Each year, National Book Tokens Ltd, along with publishers and booksellers, send over 14 million book vouchers to children and young people in the UK. More »

  • Fifty Shades Sales Hit 100 Million Worldwide
    Fifty Shades Sales Hit 100 Million Worldwide Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    It has been translated into 51 languages and now the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy has sold 100 million copies worldwide. The erotic fiction, written by British novelist EL James, has proved such a hit that a big screen adaptation is in the works which will be released on Valentine's Day 2015. As well as selling 27 million copies in the UK and Commonwealth counties, Arrow Books has also sold one million copies or more in Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, and The Netherlands. When compared to other series, the figures put the erotic classic on similar figures to Ian Fleming's James Bond series, which was first released in 1953. More »

  • Fifty Shades hits 100m sales mark
    Fifty Shades hits 100m sales mark Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    The trilogy of EL James's erotic romance novel Fifty Shades Of Grey has sold 100 million copies worldwide. More »

  • Apple Founder Steve Jobs Could Appear on US Postage Stamps
    Apple Founder Steve Jobs Could Appear on US Postage Stamps Sat, Feb 22, 2014

    Only three years after his death, Apple's co-founder and tech icon Steve Jobs could feature on postage stamps in the United States. Jobs' name is among those on a shortlist of figures from the worlds of sport, music and popular culture under consideration to appear on stamps from 2015. The US Postal Service (USPS) said that though the final shortlist has not yet been decided, early designs for several stamps had been made. Some have commented that the design for the stamp featuring Jobs, the man responsible for Apple's signature curved aesthetic, should probably eschew the sharp corners he so abhorred. More »

  • Science Fiction Forum Shuns Women Writers: Warp Speed to the 'Assholocene …
    Science Fiction Forum Shuns Women Writers: Warp Speed to the 'Assholocene … Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    A conversation on a public science fiction forum has revealed that prejudice against female science fiction writers is still rife. Albeit among a minority of the community, several influential writers – and members of multi-national publishing firms – denounced the increase of vocal women and minorities in science fiction. Sean P. Fodera, the associate director of contracts at Macmillan publishing, was one of the most outspoken commentors. Fodera, whose long and varied career in publishing began at Penguin Books in 1989, claimed that the argument made by a particular female writer who was campaigning for equality within the industry. More »

  • Kendall and Kylie Jenner Release Their First Book
    Kendall and Kylie Jenner Release Their First Book Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Their reality TV fame has opened doors and offered opportunities that some teenagers could only dream about and now Kylie and Kendall Jenner are turning their hand to book writing. The duo, who are Kim Kardashian's half-sisters, have released the cover art to Rebels: City of Indra, their futuristic novel which tells the story of "two super-powered girls, Lex and Livia, who embark on a journey together, not realising their biggest danger might be each other." Kylie and Kendall will be hoping to emulate the same success as the Twilight saga with their dramatic young adult novel. "Kylie and I love the creative challenge and are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to share this story," Kendall said. More »

  • Harry Potter Author JK Rowling's Next Crime Novel on Stands in June
    Harry Potter Author JK Rowling's Next Crime Novel on Stands in June Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    Author of the popular Harry Potter series, JK Rowling has finished writing her second crime novel, which will be published in June, the publishers have announced. The Silkworm is the second in Rowling's highly acclaimed crime novel series which she has penned under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The book will feature Cormoran Strike, the private detective the 48-year-old author introduced in her first crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling last February. According to the publisher Little, Brown Book Group, The Silkworm tells a new story about detective Strike, who is a war veteran, and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott. More »

  • JK Rowling Writes Second Novel Under Pseudonym
    JK Rowling Writes Second Novel Under Pseudonym Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Harry Potter creator JK Rowling will publish her second adult crime novel this summer, again under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. More »

  • Rowling to publish 2nd crime novel
    Rowling to publish 2nd crime novel Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    JK Rowling will publish her second crime novel this summer, with her private detective, Cormoran Strike, on the trail of a killer who bumps off a novelist. More »

  • Shades among most borrowed books
    Shades among most borrowed books Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Literary sensation Fifty Shades Of Grey - which has already set sales records - has become one of the UK's most borrowed library books. More »

  • Hermione should have married Harry Potter, Rowling admits
    Hermione should have married Harry Potter, Rowling admits Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    After years of squabbling, Harry Potter's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger finally became an item -- but now their creator JK Rowling has admitted she made a mistake by marrying them off. More »

  • Harry Potter: JK Rowling Admits Romance Mistake
    Harry Potter: JK Rowling Admits Romance Mistake Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has admitted she may have got a key romance in the wizard series all wrong. Heroine Hermione Granger's coupling with flame-haired Ron Weasley left some fans reeling - they wanted to see her paired with the franchise's protagonist, played by Daniel Radcliffe in the hit films. Now Rowling has admitted her error. "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment," she told lifestyle magazine Wonderland, which is guest-edited by Hermione actress Emma Watson for the upcoming issue. More »

  • Rowling admits Ron romance doubts
    Rowling admits Ron romance doubts Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Harry Potter heroine Hermione Granger and flame-haired friend Ron Weasley's unlikely romance left some fans calling for the female character to be paired up with the franchise's protagonist instead. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Sunday
    The 9 at 9: Sunday Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Morning, all. Here are the nine things you need to know as you start your day. More »

  • Harry Potter and Hermione Should Have Ended up Together, Says Author JK Row …
    Harry Potter and Hermione Should Have Ended up Together, Says Author JK Row … Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    What started with a lot of bickering and squabbling eventually turned into love and marriage for Harry Potter's two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It's hard to imagine that die-hard fans of the Harry Potter phenomenon would have preferred anything different than what author JK Rowling wrote. However, the author recently admitted that she made a mistake by marrying Ron and Hermione off. According to a Yahoo report, the spunky Hermione, whose quick wits and sharp thinking have got the teen wizards out of trouble many a time in Rowling's hit novels, would have been better off with Harry, the British author said in comments published by the Sunday Times newspaper. More »

  • The 9 at 9: Saturday
    The 9 at 9: Saturday Sat, Feb 1, 2014

    January is (finally!) over. Here are the nine things you need to know as your weekend – and February – begins. More »

  • Watch out JK Rowling! Kim Kardashian Writing First Book
    Watch out JK Rowling! Kim Kardashian Writing First Book Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    She is the world's most famous reality star but Kim Kardashian could soon be competing with the likes of JK Rowling as an accomplished writer. According to the Daily Star, the 33-year-old beauty has ventured into the literary world and is working on her first novel, which is loosely based on experiences from her own life in the limelight. ''The book's about the tangled love lives of three sisters with a pushy mum, trying to make it big in Hollywood," a source told the newspaper. Kardashian - who has seven-month-old daughter North with fiancé Kanye West - is said to have recruited a professional ghost-writer to assist her with the book. More »

  • Harry Potter wizard invoked again as Japan hits back at China
    Harry Potter wizard invoked again as Japan hits back at China Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    The diplomatic bickering between Japan and China descended into name-calling in the British press Monday, with ambassadorial claim and counter-claim invoking the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort. More »

  • Lawyer fined for revealing pseudonymous author was JK Rowling
    Lawyer fined for revealing pseudonymous author was JK Rowling Thu, Jan 2, 2014

    A lawyer who blew JK Rowling's cover when she wrote a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,650) and received a written warning from a British legal watchdog. Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing world's biggest secrets to his wife's best friend - who then tweeted Galbraith's real identity to a journalist. Rowling, Britain's best-selling author, was furious when she found out that a partner at her London-based law firm had revealed she was the author of "The Cuckoo's Calling". After taking legal action against Gossage and his friend Judith Callegari, Rowling accepted an apology from the law firm which paid her legal costs and made a substantial, undisclosed donation to a charity of her choice, the Soldiers' Charity. More »

  • Lawyer fined for leaking JK Rowling identity
    Lawyer fined for leaking JK Rowling identity Thu, Jan 2, 2014

    The lawyer who blew the cover of Harry Potter author JK Rowling when she wrote a crime novel under a pen name has been fined £1,000 (1,200 euros, $1,650) for breaching the privacy rules of his profession. More »

  • JK Rowling To Work On Harry Potter Stage Play
    JK Rowling To Work On Harry Potter Stage Play Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    JK Rowling is to collaborate on a stage play about Harry Potter. The author has announced that she is working on a production about the boy wizard's life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She will be co-producer on the show, along with veteran theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. She said: 'Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin's vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage." More »

  • Harry Potter Heading for London's West End
    Harry Potter Heading for London's West End Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    The Harry Potter books which spawned a massive film franchise and made author JK Rowling millions of pounds are reportedly heading to London's West End. According to the Daily Mail, a new version of the wizards' school tale will be turned into a stage play by late 2015. The show will tell "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast". London and New York producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are said to also be on board for the project. More »

  • JK Rowling: 'I Won't Top Harry Potter Books'
    JK Rowling: 'I Won't Top Harry Potter Books' Mon, Nov 11, 2013

    JK Rowling has said she will never write anything better than the Harry Potter novels. The seven Harry Potter novels have sold over 450 million copies worldwide - making it the most successful book series of all time. Speaking during a fundraising event in aid of her children’s charity, Lumos  (named after a light-giving spell in the Potter books), Rowling told Sky News: "As far back as 2000 I knew I would never top Harry Potter. Money raised from the fundraising event in London will help fight the institutionalisation of children into orphanages across Europe, which the charity claims can lead to severe developmental problems. More »

  • JK Rowling: Single Mums 'Face Stigmatisation'
    JK Rowling: Single Mums 'Face Stigmatisation' Thu, Sep 19, 2013

    JK Rowling has revealed she felt stigmatised as a single mother on benefits when she was writing her first Harry Potter novel. More »

  • Harry Potter Film Spin-Off In Hands Of Rowling
    Harry Potter Film Spin-Off In Hands Of Rowling Fri, Sep 13, 2013

    JK Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with a spin-off film based on a minor character in her Harry Potter stories. More »

  • Boris Johnson Eyes Writing After Politics
    Boris Johnson Eyes Writing After Politics Fri, Aug 23, 2013

    David Cameron will no doubt issue a slight sigh of relief when he hears Boris Johnson may have plans beyond politics when he finishes as Mayor of London in 2016. More »

  • JK Rowling Wins Damages Over Pen-Name Novel
    JK Rowling Wins Damages Over Pen-Name Novel Wed, Jul 31, 2013

    Author JK Rowling has accepted a donation to charity from a law firm which breached her confidentiality by revealing she was writing under a pen name. More »

  • JK Rowling Rumbled Over Secret Crime Novel
    JK Rowling Rumbled Over Secret Crime Novel Sun, Jul 14, 2013

    JK Rowling has admitted to secretly writing a crime novel under a false name. More »

  • Leveson To Be Grilled By MPs Later This Month
    Leveson To Be Grilled By MPs Later This Month Wed, Jul 3, 2013

    Lord Justice Leveson will give evidence to MPs about press regulation later this month. More »

  • Dan Brown's Inferno Upsets Philippines
    Dan Brown's Inferno Upsets Philippines Thu, May 23, 2013

    Dan Brown's description of Manila as "the gates of hell" in his new novel Inferno has provoked anger in the Philippines. More »

  • Harry Potter First Edition Makes £150,000
    Harry Potter First Edition Makes £150,000 Wed, May 22, 2013

    A one-of-a-kind copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, personally annotated by author JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction. More »