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Happy birthday, Neville Longbottom: A top 10 tribute to the character everyone forgets about

Dear Neville Longbottom, Professors’ Wing, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

While the rest of the world is planning out their joint Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling birthday celebrations for tomorrow, I want to take a moment to celebrate you. You’re the perennial groomsman of the Harry Potter series, never as much of a sexy bad boy as Draco, not as funny as Ron, not as endearingly wacko as Luna, and you missed being The Chosen One by one day. (So close yet so far!)

So today, on your 33rd birthday, let’s look back on your Hogwarts years and highlight some moments where we were cheering for you. While your friend Harry Potter may have a crazy-popular book series named after him, you were great and managed some mischief on your own as well — and we haven’t forgotten that. Read on below for 10 of our favorite memories, and then add your own. READ FULL STORY

Travel to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley with Google Maps

If you find yourself suffering from PHPS — also known as Post Harry Potter Syndrome — then have no fear, Diagon Alley is right here! Like, literally right in front of you. The geniuses at Google decided to add Street View to the Diagon Alley set in Warner Bros. Studios in England — giving the average Joe access to the strip mall of our dreams.

No longer will fans have to pack up and travel to Leavesden, Hertfordshire or, God forbid, Orlando to bask in the glory of Harry Potter. Instead, just mix up some butterbeer, grab your peppermint toads, and waste hours on Google Maps.

Sure, Google has been working on some other pretty cool projects, but I must say: This one certainly takes the Sugar Quill.

Check out the feature here.

'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' is 10 years old today. Debate: Was it the worst of the series?

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Ready to feel old and feel a rush of nostalgia for Hogwarts? The fifth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released 10 years ago today. That’s right: It’s been a full decade since we were originally introduced to Professor Umbridge, Occlumency and even a sirius-ly upsetting side to Severus Snape.

You know what’s fun? Continuing an argument that most people quit having years ago. Below, check out a spirited discussion between two writers in honor of the tenth anniversary: one of whom says Order of the Phoenix belongs near the top of the Harry Potter Book Ranking List, and another who says it should be near the bottom. We’d say SPOILER ALERT, but if  you haven’t read Order of the Phoenix yet (What is wrong with you!?), it may be time to admit it’s never going to happen.  READ FULL STORY

Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: Emma Watson to star in another franchise, plus Tom Felton!

It’s summer, O.W.L.s have been taken and we’re all itching to get back to the castle, which means it’s time for another update to Hogwarts’ Alumni Newsletter.

Last time around when we caught up with the gang, we were excited that Daniel Radcliffe was set to star in a version of Frankenstein as the hunchbacked assistant Igor. This week, a bunch of new projects have been announced that have us thrilled for Hogwarts’ former (and current) favorite sons and daughters. I won’t rehash previously announced work, just the things they’ve added to their growing résumés recently. Read on to find out why it’s possible Emma Watson will be known for a different franchise come 2015. I mean, not really: She’ll clearly always be Hermione Granger. But she’s got another potential big movie happening too! Good things all around!
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'A Very Potter Senior Year': Darren Criss & Team StarKid's last Potter parody hits YouTube

In the beginning, God and Darren Criss created Harry Potter: The Musical, a madcap Harry Potter parody originally performed at the University of Michigan in 2009. The musical, cowritten by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden and produced by StarKid Productions, arrived on YouTube that summer and quickly went viral, inspiring a 2010 sequel that helped to launch Criss into mainstream stardom. (Its popularity also inspired a name change meant to stave off the litigious Warner Bros; that’s why you now know the show as A Very Potter Musical.)

Potter‘s Harry soon joined the cast of Glee, and StarKid’s other members moved on to other projects as well. Still, though, the story didn’t seem quite finished — which is why a whole passel of StarKids (including Criss) reunited for a one-night-only performance of a second Potter sequel at Chicago’s LeakyCon convention last summer. Though the gang released the show’s cast recording in December, the full musical itself remained absent from YouTube… until this past Friday.

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Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: What's new for the 'Harry Potter' kids

What’s even more exciting than discovering a new secret passageway on the Marauder’s Map?

Trick question. Nothing is more thrilling than discovering a new way out of the castle. But the past couple of weeks have been pretty great for Harry Potter fans. J. K. Rowling still hasn’t announced she’s writing a prequel (dream big!), but there was a new book cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released, providing readers the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series. And for those who were hopeful the whole gang would find life outside the castle walls, there are a lot of promising developments. Let’s break down the current goings-on of Hogwarts’ favorite class.

Most Likely To Succeed: Daniel Radcliffe
News broke yesterday that the actor is about to sign a deal to star in a Frankenstein film as the hunchbacked assistant Igor.  This isn’t the only bit of creepy casting news for the former Quidditch star. He’s been filming Horns, where he’ll have actual horns growing out of his head. This is all in addition to Kill Your Darlings, which premiered at Sundance last month. Happily, Hogwarts’ favorite son doesn’t seem to be in any danger of awkwardly returning to the famed school, 10 years too late.

+100 points to Gryffindor for picking varied, interesting projects; -20 for consistently signing up for parts that demand he make his fans watch him be a creep. READ FULL STORY

'Warm Bodies': Which supernatural is right for you?

It’s time for Mystery Date: Supernatural Edition! While the whole vampire craze may be drawing to a close (Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 comes out on DVD March 2) 2013 is still on track to be a huge year for those that love the supernatural. Apologies to viewers who enjoy their zombies more in the style of Walking Dead, but it’s looking like the biggest trend is more romance, less death and destruction. Warm Bodies, in theaters today, centers around a love story between zombie R. and a human, Julie. It’s a great read – and surprisingly, in between the killing and the brain eating, a wonderfully original and charming boy-ish meets girl tale.

Which got us thinking: Readers probably have their personal favorites when it comes to the guys that portray these vampires, zombies, and werewolves (Ian Somerhalder, Robert Pattinson, Alexander Skarsgard, etc.) But what if we took the actors out of it? Based solely on the plotlines in the current books/movies/television shows, which supernatural should you, a “normal” human with a slight love on danger, attempt to begin a relationship with? The answer may surprise you – or help you justify a couple all-too-real conversations about an alleged hypothetical situation (ahem).

Take the quiz below, and then click over to the next page for your results. READ FULL STORY

Tops on Facebook in 2012: 'Hunger Games,' fun., Channing Tatum, and (no joke) 'Duck Dynasty'

This morning, Facebook announced its “2012 Year in Review,” a series of lists of the top trends of the year. And befitting a website that boasts hundreds of millions of users, popular, youth-skewing taste ruled the day — with one very hairy exception.

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Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe on playing each other in upcoming miniseries -- VIDEO

Are Harry Potter and Don Draper two great tastes that taste great together? We’ll find out after the premiere of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a British miniseries that features Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe playing the titular doctor at different points in his life. Yes, the doctor is British; yes, that does mean Hamm will be speaking in an accent; yes, I understand if you need to go get your smelling salts.

Back? For your delicate constitution’s sake, you may be relieved to know that we don’t hear British Hamm in this behind-the-scenes video. We do, however, get to see both stars enthusing about the project, as well as a glimpse at its “darkly comic” situations — including Radcliffe nonchalantly saying “right then!” after sawing off a corpse’s leg and donning a dead doctor’s apron, then being told that the deceased “was a lot taller than you.”

All told, A Young Doctor’s Notebook looks pretty charming — but considering its stars, how could it not be? Take a look at the miniseries below, courtesy of The Guardian.

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J.K. Rowling sells her 'Harry Potter' house for $3.6 million

Just when you thought shelling out for the $1,000 limited edition box set was a splurge, J.K. Rowling has sold the home in which she wrote four of the seven Harry Potter books for over $3.6 million. Now there’s a real fan.

The 19th-century Victorian mansion defied the lackluster Edinburgh housing market and sold after just three short weeks, becoming one of only six properties in the Merchiston area to go for over $3.2 million this year. Rowling resided in the home from 1999 to 2009, initially purchasing the top half of the mansion before later buying out her downstairs neighbor to convert the mansion into a single property. READ FULL STORY

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