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
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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
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
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
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.
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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.
… 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.
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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
Welcome to 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.
You’ve narrowed the field of 64 novels down to four — To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars (which handily overcame The Hunger Games‘ early lead). Which will make it to the championship round?
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In decades past, the movie sequel was a frowned-upon concept, something that implied unoriginality or laziness. There were exceptions (The Godfather Part II), and if you were a genre head in the ’80s, then you witnessed the birth of the Sequel-As-Perfected-Original (Wrath of Khan and Road Warrior and Empire Strikes Back and maybe Aliens), although that in turn led to the birth of the Threequel-As-Bloated-Mess (Search for Spock and Beyond Thunderdome and Return of the Jedi and Alien 3). Sequels as a cultural idea belonged to beefcake action heroes and cut-rate horror franchises.
At this point, though, complaining about sequels feels a bit archaic — the equivalent of the parents in Bye Bye Birdie complaining about rock and roll. Sequels are essentially the business of the mainstream Hollywood studios. The five top-grossing movies of 2013 are sequels that outperformed their predecessors, and there’s every reason to think Thor: The Dark World and Catching Fire will join that list soon.
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