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If you need another reminder that time's flat circle will eventually roll over and crush you, it might as well be in the form of Harry Potter news.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the public's introduction to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as the three precocious, magical children who found adventure, friendship and eventually love in the halls of Hogwarts.

Seriously, 15 years.



You probably have memories of this, don't you? Meaning you are even older than old.

Here's part of the original press release that preceded the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:

ATTENTION ALL MUGGLES! Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman have discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles. Young actor Daniel Radcliffe will be the film's Harry, with newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry's best friends at Hogwarts, in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming adaptation of the first in the best-selling series of Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.



The hashtag #15yearsofDanEmmaRupert has sprung up around the anniversary with people sharing their memories and their appreciation for the wizarding trio.

By the by, this is what they look like now:



And you're probably older. Much older.

Sorry about the reminder that death is hurtling towards you at lightning speed.

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For the third time, Simon Pegg flexes his nerd muscles to appear on The Tonight Show as a sloppy drunk Ron Weasley.

The schtick is the same as it ever was: poor Ron Weasley has turned to drink after the world only cares about the exploits of the Boy Who Lived.

His heart's at least in the right place as he shows up on late night to wish his best friends a happy 35th birthday.

Things even have taken a turn for the worse as it appears Hermione left the penniless ginger (again) for someone, probably a Slytherin, else.

Jimmy Fallon tries to both cheer up the soused wizard and protect his talk show audience from Weasley's desire to show his junk.

Humor ensues.

The last time Drunk Ron Weasley appeared on The Tonight Show, it went just about as well.

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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore was gay back in 2007 at Carnegie Hall, but apparently some fans still can’t seem to wrap their heads around it.

On Twitter Tuesday, a girl named Ana Kocovic reached out to Rowling and asked about the decision to make the Hogwarts headmaster a homosexual.

“Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter,” Kocovic wrote. “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him in that way.”

And just like magic, Rowling responded with the most perfect tweet ever.

The girl ended up thanking her and apparently deleting all of her tweets. Her profile now says her name is Gellert Grindelwald, whom Rowling previously said was Dumbledore’s love interest.

“Amazing answer,” she replied. “Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!”

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Are you a wizard but stuck practicing spells alone in your parent's basement?

Go to Poland!

About 200 Harry Potter fans from 11 different countries met up this past November in a massive live action role playing event at the Polish castle of Czocha (aka The Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry.)

Inspired by the J.K. Rowling series, the event was organized by a group of volunteers from Denmark and Poland. Those who attend the 4-day retreat are split into one of 5 houses (Durentius, Faust, Libussa, Molin, and Sendivogius) and work towards passing their S.P.E.L.L. (Senior Protective Enchanter's Lifelong License) exam.

The next event is scheduled for April 16 - 19, 2015 and costs about $345, so buy your plane tickets or warm up your brooms now!

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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!

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Here's why a charity is going to be out $750,000.

For those of you who don't know, a radio "drop" is just a short bit of chatter in between songs that can be an advertisement, a notification, or just a heads-up. For example, say a song just ended and suddenly you hear "YOU'RE LISTENING TO 69.0 D-E-R-P FM, DENVER'S GREATEST HITS!" Cue next song. That's a drop. Here's Floyd Mayweather trying to read one of those. It starts at 2:00 in.

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Either Harry Potter drank a bad Polyjuice potion, or it's the first look at Daniel Radcliffe's new movie Horns.

Based on the book by Joe Hill, Horns stars Radcliffe as a guy falsely accused of killing his girlfriend, and a mysterious set of sprouting horns adds injury to insult.

What do you think? Cool? Weird? Ten points from Gryffindor?

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