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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.

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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

Harry Potter is the Antichrist in Alan Moore's new comic book

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Harry Potter is one of the most beloved fake human beings of all time. He was the central character in a series of novels that rescued the whole notion of “reading books” for a generation of children. He was the star of a film franchise that grossed several kabillions of dollars globally and redefined how Hollywood makes movies. And he is also the Antichrist, a being whose birth has been prophesied for generations, whose awful reign will cast an eternal shadow over our misbegotten planet. At least, that’s the argument put forth by Alan Moore — the brilliant comic book writer best known for writing Watchmen and complaining about Watchmen — in the newest entry in his long-running League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. READ FULL STORY

E3: Sony puts gamers first with 'The Last of Us,' 'Beyond,' and 'God of War: Ascension,' plus a new 'Harry Potter' project from J.K. Rowling

Whereas Microsoft seemed most concerned with highlighting the Xbox 360’s role as your living-room media thingamajig, Sony emphasized its games (and the PlayStation 3’s exclusive titles) more than anything else at its E3 press briefing Monday night. This resulted in one stunning game demo after another and theoretically positioned the PS3 as the true hardcore gamer’s system, even though the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii both enjoy a significantly larger user base.

We witnessed such PS3 exclusives as Quantic Dream’s intriguing new thriller Beyond, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PS Vita, God of War: Ascension, and The Last of Us (pictured above). And, oh yeah, a new project from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, which showed promise and also stopped the conference dead in its tracks. Here’s what went down at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena: READ FULL STORY

Harry Potter to play young Don Draper in your new favorite miniseries

Mad Men and the Harry Potter films are worlds apart: One is about a handsome magician who is good with his wand; the others are about Harry Potter. Now the lead actors from each are coming together in a miniseries that might just blow your mind.

British company Sky Arts has confirmed that Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe will both appear in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a four-part dramedy based on semi-autobiographical short stories by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Both actors will play the titular doctor at different ages, and the two will share the screen when Hamm’s character “has a series of bleakly comic exchanges” with the persona played by Radcliffe.

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'Harry Potter' fans finally unleash their lustful, magical desires

Give Harry Potter fans a spoonful of veritaserum and you still couldn’t have expected this: Thanks to trending topic #HarryPotterChatUpLines that’s taken Twitter by storm, die-hard Potterheads have a reason to throw caution to the wind and set their inner magical longings free in the form of 140-character blurbs. From the cute and sweet (“You can have the portkey to my heart.”) to the downright dirty (“One night with me and they’ll be calling you Moaning Myrtle.”), there seems to be no creative end to the innuendos of Rowling’s prose.

Read a chosen few from creative tweeters after the jump:

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The 'Harry Potter' encyclopedia is finally in the works! Which burning questions should it answer?

Where do Hogwarts professors go during their summer vacations? What are the 12 uses of dragon’s blood? What’s behind that locked door in the Department of Mysteries? And why in the world did Hermione and Ron name one of their kids Hugo?

I’ve been yearning for answers to these questions since 2007, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marked the end of J.K. Rowling’s book series as we knew it. (Well, technically, The Tales of Beedle the Bard marked the series’ real conclusion — but since it’s a supplementary storybook, I don’t know if it should really count.) Rowling responded to a few pressing fan inquiries soon after the book was released; she revealed, for example, that Harry himself became the head of the Ministry of Magic’s Auror Department and occasionally moonlights as a guest Defense Against the Dark Arts speaker. But there are still plenty of mysteries about the wizarding world that remain unsolved.

Luckily, they won’t stay that way for too long. READ FULL STORY

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