Topic: J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ Is Not Really Another Harry Potter Book

J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' Is Not Really Another Harry Potter Book

The cover art for J.K. Rowling’s new book, “The Casual Vacancy” has just been released and unfortunately, it doesn’t feature a certain lightning bolt scar and pair of bi-focals. Meaning she wasn’t kidding about writing a book that has absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter series. I was secretly hoping that Rowling was conducting the greatest practical joke of all time, as I’m sure most Potterheads were. More »

Celebrities Like Taylor Swift and Kate Middleton Take Over Guinness World Records 2012 Book

Celebrities Like Taylor Swift and Kate Middleton Take Over Guinness World Records 2012 Book

Celebrities have it all: They’re fit, dating beautiful people, and ridiculously wealthy. And now they’ve invaded the one realm we normal folks had over them: The Guinness World Records. This was our chance to shine by growing our fingernails long and holding our breaths underwater, and now they’ve crossed onto our turf. Damn you, famous people!

I’m mostly kidding — these categories are stuff normal people would never break, like platinum record sales and live stream viewership. More »

Didn’t Get in to Pottermore Yet? Check Out Twimore!

Didn't Get in to Pottermore Yet? Check Out Twimore!

Last week, J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore allowed 1 million lucky users access to the site, where they would use their Harry Potter knowledge to solve clues and locate quills. Their prize? Uncovering 18,000 words’ worth of new content about the wizarding world (Quidditch rules, etc.) and the bragging rights that you got there first. We didn’t get an invite, but that’s OK, because we’ve discovered something even better: Twimore, the ultimate Twilight fan destination. More »

5 Ways the Wizarding World Would Be Different If J.K. Rowling Had Written ‘Hermione Granger and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

5 Ways the Wizarding World Would Be Different If J.K. Rowling Had Written 'Hermione Granger and the Sorcerer's Stone'

No, we can’t take credit for this cheeky commentary on the Harry Potter series; it was Global Comment who came up with this fake tribute for the alternate universe in which Joanne Rowling (not having to hide behind her initials) introduced the world to young, motivated witch Hermione Granger and her sidekicks Harry and Ron. And what a different world it is… More »

7 Things We Learned from Lifetime’s ‘Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story’

7 Things We Learned from Lifetime's 'Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story'

On Monday, Lifetime debuted Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story, an honest-to-God biopic starring Poppy Montgomery as the world-famous author back when she was a struggling single mum in Edinburgh. We realized that for all of J.K. Rowling‘s fantastic rags-to-riches story, we didn’t know a lot of the details. Plus, Montgomery is always good for an over-the-top drama. So we settled in to watch and learned a few things about Rowling’s past, plus some advice for aspiring fantasy writers. More »

Fan Service: ‘Harry Potter’ and the Uncomfortable Erotica

Fan Service: 'Harry Potter' and the Uncomfortable Erotica

I started reading the Harry Potter books around the time I started writing fan fiction, though I didn’t combine the two until a few years later. Still, Harry Potter was easily the most popular category on FanFiction.net, surging to the forefront with thousands of new fics each day. As of writing this post, there are 528,202 stories listed on Ff.n, though the number would be larger if there hadn’t been The Great Porn Fic Shakedown of 2001. More »