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J.K. Rowling solves America's problems on 'The Daily Show': 'You need a monarch' -- VIDEO

So what if The Casual Vacancy isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Any novel that leads to a publicity tour, which in turn leads to J.K. Rowling appearing on The Daily Show, is a-okay in our book. The author and Jon Stewart had a grand ol’ time last night, even if they mostly talked around Rowling’s latest published work. (Understandable, considering EW’s review: “What started as a lively comedy of manners has turned into an overwrought slog.”)

Rowling’s well-publicized stint as a welfare recipient — in the U.K., it’s called “benefits” — was the main topic of conversation during the interview’s televised portion. She also took this opportunity to spoil The Casual Vacancy‘s (fake) twist ending: “Dumbledore comes back!”

That quip set the tone for the second half of the interview, which appears online only.  READ FULL STORY

Pop culture's best and worst teachers: Who makes the grade? -- POLL

Great teachers are all alike, in a sense — they’re mentors, role models, lifelong inspirations. Terrible teachers, on the other hand, are all awful in different ways. Some are drunken burnouts, while others are obnoxious frauds or sexually amorphous jerks who invite their personal BDSM slaves to perform lewd acts in front of their fourth graders. (Okay, that last one is probably limited to South Park).

Still, TV shows and movies are filled with characters who exemplify both poles. And in honor of back-to-school season, PopWatch wants to know who you think deserves to be at the head of the class — as well as who needs to have their teaching certification revoked, pronto.

The rules: These polls focus on teachers, so school administrators (sorry, Principal Belding), librarians (ditto, Rupert Giles), coaches (adios, Sue Sylvester), headmistresses (good riddance, Matilda‘s Trunchbull) and guidance counselors (you too, Mr. Russo from Freaks and Geeks) weren’t eligible for inclusion. Otherwise, though, it’s anyone’s game. Will you exalt Mr. Feeny and denounce Professor Umbridge, or celebrate Dead Poets Society English teacher Mr. Keating while pooh-poohing Ms. Halsey of Bad Teacher? The choice is yours and yours alone — but here are your options. Don’t worry; we made sure to show our work.

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Back-to-school with Harry Potter: Last chance to enter sweepstakes

It’s August 31 — Do you have your trunk packed for Hogwarts?

We’re heading into a pretty exciting weekend for Potter nerds such as myself.  It’s time to get back to Hogwarts.The train! The castle! Hagrid! It’s all coming back to me now.

And while I personally haven’t received my acceptance letter yet (over a decade late, but who’s counting?), I can’t help but think about the Sorting Hat. “There’s nothing hidden in your head, The Sorting Hat can’t see, So try me on and I will tell you, Where you ought to be,” as the story goes. But I’ve got a bit of a confession: While I would love to say that I would be sorted into Gryffindor alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I also know that there is no way that would ever happen.

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J.K. Rowling building her children the best tree houses ever

On Wednesday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling received permission to build the most amazing tree houses ever seen on the face of this planet (and probably any other). Seriously, just look at that picture there.

The tree houses, which are Hogwarts Castle-inspired, stand two stories tall and include a rope bridge, turrets and secret tunnels. And you thought your yellow slide was cool.

Instead of being overwhelmed by seething jealously, however (okay, maybe there was just a moment of weakness), we at PopWatch started brainstorming what Harry Potter creations we’d like to see in our own homes. READ FULL STORY

'BAMF Girls Club': Hermione, Katniss, Bella and more move in together -- WATCH

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favorite pop culture heroines moved in together?

Well, here’s your chance! In the BAMF Girls Club, a spoof of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, we get to see Hermione, Lisbeth, Katniss, Michonne, Bella and Buffy all take up residence in a cute suburban home that couldn’t possibly fit all of them without one of Hermione’s Extension Charms.

The first five-minute episode has plenty of drama: Hermione can’t keep her love for Fifty Shades of Grindelwald a secret from uber-hacker Lisbeth, while Michonne finds Bella’s attraction to the dead revolting. Buffy tries to set Hermione up with her friend Willow, but Hermione insists that not all wizards are gay. Katniss hides out in a tree, only coming down to make a less-than-savory dinner for her roommates. Watch the video below:

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Daniel Radcliffe talks to J.K. Rowling: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Did I just drink some Felix Felicis?

That’s the only explanation I can think of for how lucky I feel to check out this EW exclusive video of part of an extended chat between Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling.

When their talk was first released on the Blu-ray for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, fans were psyched to see the woman behind the story sit down with the star and discuss all matters of Hogwarts, fame, and Quidditch.

And now, thanks to Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection set, out Sept. 7, you can watch the full version of that conversation.

In the clip, Rowling discusses always knowing that the final battle would take place at Hogwarts, and also setting up in previous installments that Harry had to become a leader of some type of resistance movement — enter Dumbledore’s Army.

Check out the video below to see all that, as well as find out the George Eliot significance behind Lily’s name: READ FULL STORY

Do you know what today is in 'Harry Potter' world?

Accio random Harry Potter history facts!

The greatest — well, one of the greatest — things about the Harry Potter canon is that there was just so much stuff that happened. The books are full of flashbacks and details, and J.K. Rowling is great about providing additional information — Pottermore — about the world, even if it was never in print (But we’re still waiting on that promised encyclopedia, Jo).

Because of that, you can pick almost any date on the calendar, and read up on exactly what happened that day in history. You know, hypothetically. I want to state for the record that I fully understand that it’s not “real.”

August 22 is a major day for Harry and Co. It’s no April 1 (Happy Birthday, Fred and George!) or October 31 (there isn’t enough time to list everything that ever has gone down on Halloween!) but according to exhaustive HP fansites, it is the date of one of the most infamous Quidditch World Cups of all time: the one from Goblet of Fire, where Ireland defeats Bulgaria and Barty Crouch Jr. kicks off the real story, casting the Dark Mark into the sky using Harry Potter’s own wand. It’s also Percy Weasley’s birthday, if you want to celebrate a traitor who finally came back to his family in the end. READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss and Team Starkid return to Hogwarts -- VIDEO

Before Darren Criss was a star of the Broadway stage and the small screen, he was just a wizard, standing in front of Ginny Weasley, asking her to love him.

Criss shot to fame in 2009, when a Harry Potter parody he co-wrote went viral on YouTube. A Very Potter Musical‘s various parts have since been viewed millions of times, allowing Criss and his comrades — collectively, they’re known as Team StarKid — to create a similarly popular sequel in 2010, as well as a variety of other productions. But when Hollywood beckoned that same year, Criss moved on to bigger things, and plans for a third Potter parody — A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year — had to be put on hold. Until now.

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New 'Harry Potter' contest and behind-the-scenes extra -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s not quite an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but it sure is close.

EW is excited to announce that Warner Bros. is giving away a prize sweeter than some Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’ candy. To mark the upcoming Sept. 7 release of the 31-disc Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection set, the studio will be giving away a grand prize: A 3-day, 2-night trip for four to London to tour Warner Bros.’ studio, as well as  access to the “The Making of Harry Potter” exhibit. Two first prize winners will receive the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, containing all eight films on DVD/Blu-ray plus extras spread out over 31 discs.

You can enter here, and the deadline is 11:59pm ET on Aug. 31. After you enter, make sure to check out EW’s new Family Entertainment channel — it’s the ultimate parents’ guide to the best kid-friendly movies, TV, books, games and app, and more.

Wizard Collection owner or not, everyone can enjoy an EW exclusive of one of the behind-the-scenes extras, where you can see how the Harry/Dumbledore Horcrux scene from the end of Half-Blood Prince came together.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

It's Harry Potter's Birthday. Celebrate by buying a just-announced $500 complete set

Today is kind of a big day in Harry Potter world.

It’s the Boy Who Lived’s birthday (not to mention J.K. Rowling’s!) and, as even Muggles know, July 31 was also the day Hagrid broke down a door and was all, “You’re a wizard, Harry,” kicking off the whole saga.

July 31 will now also be known as the day Potter fans are faced with a choice more daunting than whether or not to trust Snape: whether or not to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for a very special collection set. Warner Bros. announced today that on September 7, they will release a brand-new 31-Disc Collection.

According to the press release: READ FULL STORY

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