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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

Rupert Grint carries Olympic Torch. We pretend it's a Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint carried the Olympic torch for a leg through northwest London today.

The AP reports that  23-year-old Grint started his turn at Middlesex University and was mobbed as he finished his run.

“I don’t usually run for anything, but it was all downhill so I was OK,” he said. “It was all a bit of a blur. I’m just so proud to be a part of it.”

Doesn’t run? Clearly Grint has never watched the Potter films since starring in them, which have him running from a dragon, spiders, and Nagini, just to name a few.

With any luck, this is only the beginning of the Harry Potter-related Olympic fun. If the rumors are true, Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony will feature Lord Voldemort battling Mary Poppins.

Mischief officially managed, London.

Read more:
Will a favorite villain make a special appearance at the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony? — SPOILERS
Olympics: E! News special correspondent Bruce Jenner doesn’t know where his gold medal is
Olympics: Rowdy Gaines’ Five times I was on the edge of my seat

Watch My Sport: U.S. women's soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe edition

While the Olympics don’t officially kick off until July 27, early round soccer play starts today. The U.S. women’s team, which has won gold in three of the four Olympics since women’s soccer was introduced as a sport, takes on France. Catch the match live at noon ET on NBC Sports Network or NBCOlympics.com.

We asked first-time Olympian Megan Rapinoe what makes women’s soccer great TV. “Look for me, I think I’m great TV,” she said, laughing. If you saw her grab an on-field mic and sing “Born in the U.S.A.” after scoring a goal at the 2011 World Cup, you know she’s not lying. “I think that we’re different from the past teams. I feel like they were pretty girl-next-door. We have a good mix for everyone. There are some darker players, some happy-go-lucky players,” she says. “And we’re good. And we win. And it’s always fun to root for the winning team.”*

*Especially if some of its players visit a castle where Harry Potter was filmed on their day off from training, risk injury to play Quidditch (watching defender Kelley O’Hara wipe out at 2:18 in the video below will never not be funny), and make a Katniss reference while shooting a bow and arrow. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men,' and 'Doctor Who' spoofed in burlesque show

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Your favorite TV shows just got hotter: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Doctor Who have been given a makeunder by a New York City burlesque troupe.

Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s rotating cast hosts themed performances every third Tuesday of the month. Last week’s tribute show to Game of Thrones pushed the TV show’s R-rated envelope further with booze, blood, fire, and flesh (lots and lots of bare flesh). In the burlesque act, host Cyndi Freeman (AKA Cherry Pitz) drank a toxic alcoholic concoction that landed her in the hospital. GoT played in her mind during her unconscious state and she channeled the character Tyrion Lannister during her risqué performance.

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LeakyCon to debut 'A Very Potter 3D' with Darren Criss

While we’re still pretty psyched at the opportunity to do morning yoga led by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), the Harry Potter fan convention LeakyCon now boasts an even bigger event: The debut of A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior YearTeam StarKid will present a one-time only staged reading of the third installment in the Very Potter Musical franchise that made Glee‘s Darren Criss, who’ll be in Chicago on August 11 to participate, famous. Check out the full LeakyCon schedule here. And revisit A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel in their entirety on YouTube. Below, a refresher of where we left off… READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: The 'Before Watchmen' debate (Plus: Alan Moore does Harry Potter!)

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For years, Watchmen was one of the great untouchable masterworks in geekdom. Alan Moore’s deconstruction of the superhero myth was a watershed moment for the mainstream cultural acceptance of the comic book form. It was also a great story, with a beginning, a middle, and a decisive ending — a rarity in a medium built on characters designed to live forever. So it was only natural that DC Comics would ignite a mini-firestorm of controversy when they announced a sequence of Watchmen prequel series, Before Watchmen. READ FULL STORY

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