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Harry Potter World expands: Oliver Phelps talks playing George Weasley...again

Harry Potter readers, some travel dreams can come true. Apparating may be but a fantasy, but now you can finally ride the Hogwarts Express.

As announced in January, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding. Currently, visitors can check out a replica of Hogsmeade village. Starting this summer (an exact date hasn’t been announced), fans will also be able to wander through Diagon Alley. Connecting these two attractions? Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s very own Hogwarts Express train, of course. 

At a media event Thursday night, representatives from Universal Creative — as well as Oliver Phelps, who portrayed George Weasley in the films — revealed details about the expansion, including their excitement over the one-of-a-kind train. They explained there will be a Platform 9 3/4 that will allow fans to “transition through the wall” on their way to the train. Once on board, the Universal Creative team stressed that unlike Universal’s King Kong ride, which depends on 3-D imagery, guests will be able to look out the windows and see an actual Harry Potter scene play out. Depending on where participants are seated on the train, the scene will appear differently.

Read on for EW‘s chat with Phelps from the event, where he discussed the building of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (!), his favorite Potter scenes, returning for more, and his take on the latest Potter rumors. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Emma Watson, Kurt Russell, more pick their desert island Oscar movies -- VIDEO

Now that the 86th Annual Academy Awards have sailed off into the pizza-covered sunset, awards season is officially dunzo. But in honor of the final red carpet of the season, EW took to the Oscars with an incredibly important question — if you were stranded on a desert island, which Oscar-winning movie would you take with you? READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe's new long hair hangs out with Rupert Grint

One may say the fan-anticipated Marauders prequel isn’t happening, but clearly Daniel Radcliffe-by-way-of-early-Sirius-Black didn’t get the message and is moving forward with his audition for the young Mr. Black. Note: Radcliffe’s hair isn’t brand new; He explained the Frankenstein-mandatory look (it’s a weave) during a recent appearance on the Graham Norton Show. READ FULL STORY

Regrets over Ron/Hermione pairing?! An open letter to J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowling,

Hello. I wish we were speaking under better circumstances, like I was congratulating you on the completion of the long-rumored Marauders prequel, but instead, I’m quite upset with you at the moment.  Your comments over the weekend that you might do things differently when it came to the romantic pairings of the golden trio in Harry Potter ignited a firestorm of fandom wars that had been mostly put to rest over the past few years, as readers went from arguing over who Hermione should wind up with and started caring more about whether Peeta and Katniss were a good match.

You said Ron and Hermione were only together in the books because of “wish fulfillment” on your part, and that it had “very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it.” And you spoke about how you wish you could do things differently. Um, what? You’re dropping this info in 2014? What am I supposed to do with this information NOW? I can’t just ignore it! (Also, I probably owe some Harry/Hermione shippers an apology for calling them delusional from about 2003-2007.) READ FULL STORY

Universal's 'Harry Potter' theme park reveals Diagon Alley details, Hogwarts Express, new ride


Forgive me Firenze, but I have sinned. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened three and a half years ago at Universal Orlando, and I still have not made the pilgrimage down to Florida to experience the wonders of tasting butterbeer and letting a wand choose me.

As if I needed even more reason to Apparate to the Sunshine State, Universal has announced new details for expansions to the theme park, which this summer will welcome the addition of Diagon Alley, a new ride, and a Hogwarts Express that ought to put Mickey’s non-magical Monorail to shame. READ FULL STORY

I'm Still Not Over... How Ginny was butchered in the 'Harry Potter' films


It’s a conversation any books-first Harry Potter fan is all too familiar with: You’re talking about how wonderful Harry Potter is (because just because it’s nearly 2014 doesn’t mean you’re stopping that conversation any time soon), and your friend brings up that it doesn’t make any sense Harry wound up with Ginny Weasley of all people, because Ginny is the worst.

I’m sorry. This isn’t true at all! That’s just what Warner Brothers inexplicably wanted you to think because of the fact Ginny was in roughly 20 minutes of the entire franchise (time spent nearly dying in the Chamber of Secrets when she was 11 not included). Ginny is a really cool girl who becomes a really cool lady and –bonus! — through her J.K. Rowling taught teenage readers a lot of really valuable lessons about being yourself, owning your own accomplishments, and not waiting around for guys (well, at least not too much). READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' on stage: Why it might be the last good thing

If we were ever led to believe that our Harry Potter experience would end after the final page in the books or final frame in the films, recent history has proven otherwise. The years since J.K. Rowling’s devastating last pen stroke (or what I believed was her last) have since borne a decadence of extensions of the Potter realm, including three theme parks, a film spin-off, an encyclopedia, a pop-up museum tour, copious video games (several of the Lego variety), novel re-releases, and a sort of online interactive e-book kind of thing (does anybody really know what Pottermore is these days?).

Today’s news marks the latest development in the Potter world, and it’s quite a doozy. Rowling is on board to co-produce — not write, but co-produce — a stage play on London’s West End based on Harry’s younger days. The official synopsis is that it’s the “previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” which leaves little wiggle room for interpretation that it’ll find young Harry inhabiting the cupboard under the stairs. This appears to be the implied setting, considering the rest of Harry’s journey is, well, the not-previously-untold story.

J.K. Rowling writing 'Harry Potter' prequel... for the stage

Harry Potter is coming to the stage.

J.K. Rowling says she is working on a play about the boy wizard’s life before he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Rowling said in a statement Friday that the play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. “

Rowling will be a co-producer on the show, along with veteran theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. The statement said Rowling will collaborate with a writer but will not write the script herself.

Writer and director have yet to be chosen. No opening date has been set for the show.

Rowling’s Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world and were adapted into eight Warner Bros. feature films.

The Best YA Novel of All Time bracket game: And the winner is...


… not a novel, but a series. And what a series.

That’s right: EW readers have officially voted J.K. Rowling’s epic, game-changing Harry Potter saga to be the best YA novel — er, novels — of all time. (Why did we pit series against standalone books? Simple: As EW book editor Tina Jordan explained, the list would have been too cluttered “with multiple titles from YA’s most outstanding series” otherwise.)

On one level, this should hardly come as a shock. Harry, after all, is responsible not only for introducing an entire generation to the wonders of reading but also for single-handedly creating a boom in children’s and young adult publishing, one that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. The film adaptations of Rowling’s series also helped spur a new franchise-based film economy, while arguably ruining movie sequels to boot.

Look back at the way the full bracket progressed, though, and you’ll see that Harry’s ultimate nemesis — not Voldemort, but John Green’s heartbreaking romance The Fault in Our Stars — made its way to the top by summarily crushing franchise after franchise.

What is the best YA novel of all time? 'Harry Potter' vs. 'The Fault in Our Stars'


Welcome to the finals of EW.com’s YA novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you.

And then there were two — Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars. Will Potter take home the crown of best YA novel of all time, or is John Green’s heartbreaking work the one that will win it all?

See the road to the finals in our full bracket here, and vote in the poll below. For more, check out staff picks of books that didn’t make it as far as we would have liked — including The Outsiders, A Wrinkle in Time, Holes and The Earthsea Cycle.

Voting closes at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The winner will be announced Monday. READ FULL STORY

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