There's a New Dolores Umbridge Story on Pottermore

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There's a New Dolores Umbridge Story on Pottermore
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JK Rowling has released a new Harry Potter tale for Halloween on everyone's favorite character to hate, Dolores Umbridge. She also gives us a look at what inspired the character, which as it turns out, is a teacher Rowling once had.
If you don't have a Pottermore account, you can read the full story on Today. It starts out like this:

Dolores Jane Umbridge was the eldest child and only daughter of Orford Umbridge, a wizard, and Ellen Cracknell, a Muggle, who also had a Squib son. Dolores' parents were unhappily married, and Dolores secretly despised both of them: Orford for his lack of ambition (he had never been promoted, and worked in the Department of Magical Maintenance at the Ministry of Magic), and her mother, Ellen, for her flightiness, untidiness, and Muggle lineage. Both Orford and his daughter blamed Ellen for Dolores's brother's lack of magical ability, with the result that when Dolores was fifteen, the family split down the middle, Orford and Dolores remaining together, and Ellen vanishing back into the Muggle world with her son. Dolores never saw her mother or brother again, never spoke of either of them, and henceforth pretended to all she met that she was a pure-blood.

Happy Halloween, Potterheads!

Group Halloween Costume of the Day: Today Show Transforms Into Classic SNL Characters

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Group Halloween Costume of the Day: Today Show Transforms Into Classic SNL Characters
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Meet "Pat" Lauer: the new androgynous host of the Today Show.

The Today Show team always goes full throttle into Halloween mode with their costumes, and this year they decided to take on some iconic characters from Saturday Night Live, including the Blues Brothers, Mary Katherine Gallagher and Mom Jeans.

But they didn't just wear the costumes, they also acted out the skits.

Worth watching alone to see Kathie Lee and Hoda in drag as Wayne and Garth.





Halloween Links of the Day

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Halloween Links of the Day
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Aliens Are Real! Because the Guy in this YouTube Video Says So and The Internet Doesn't Lie. [RT]

As If Ebola and Bed Bugs Weren't Scary Enough, Now New Yorkers Have To Beware of Getting Impaled By Giant Drill Bits [NY Daily News]

Nooooooo! The Horror! The Colbert Report is Ending on Dec. 18 [EW]

You've Seen Sad Keanu. Now Here's Sad Cheeto, Starring Katy Perry [Time]

THIS is How You Carve a Pumpkin [GoPro]

Controversial Photo of the Day: Chelsea Handler’s Topless Putin Photo Sparks Instagram War

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Controversial Photo of the Day: Chelsea Handler’s Topless Putin Photo Sparks Instagram War
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Chelsea Handler repeatedly posted a topless photo of herself riding a horse to Instagram Thursday night, mimicking the classic shirtless Vladimir Putin shot.

But Instagram, citing its Community Guidelines, repeatedly removed the photo.

Needless to say, she was not happy, accusing Instagram of sexism.

"Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin." She wrote on her account.

So who wore it better? Handler or Putin?

Photo of the Day: Squirrel Tries to Steal Pumpkin?

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Photo of the Day: Squirrel Tries to Steal Pumpkin?
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British photographer Max Ellis tricks squirrels into posing and interacting with various props by encouraging them with carefully placed treats.

Ad of the Day: This Interactive Honda Civic Type R Ad is Absolutely Brilliant

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Ad of the Day: This Interactive Honda Civic Type R Ad is Absolutely Brilliant
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Choose your own adventure... click on the image above and watch the double sided story. Make sure to press r during the video!

Here's a teaser vid:

A Nearly 40,000 Year Old Baby Mammoth Goes on Display in Moscow

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A Nearly 40,000 Year Old Baby Mammoth Goes on Display in Moscow
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The mammoth was found in 2010 in the Russian region of Yakutia. Thus, scientists called the carcass Yuka. The mammoth was between six and nine years old when it died.

Yuka's preserved body shows signs that humans hunted for mammoths during the Ice Age, according to researcher Albert Protopopov.

Weighing five tonnes and at a height of three metres, scientists say that Yuka has become the best preserved mammoth in palaeontology.