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!

50 Cent Said That if Floyd Mayweather Jr. Could Read a Single Page Out of a Harry Potter Book Without Screwing Up, He Would Donate $750,000 to a Charity of Mayweather's Choice

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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.

Horny Harry of the Day

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Horny Harry of the Day
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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?

Lights Out

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Journey through every Harry Potter movie in 13 minutes.

See Dumbledore change actors, Neville become hot, and so, so much more. You might cry.

[themarysue]

Parody of the Day

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Hufflepuff always got a bad rap -- it's the most inclusive of the four Hogwarts houses, "valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members."

But "Sorted This Way," a new parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" by Harry Potter fan group Not Literally, may be just the thing to thrust Hufflepuff into the spotlight once and for all.

[themarysue]

Say What Now of the Day

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Say What Now of the Day
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IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian's rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.

Here's the manifesto in full:

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as "Dark Lord" just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists' birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don't get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I'll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he's featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

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Breaking J.K. Rowling News of the Day

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Breaking J.K. Rowling News of the Day
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Breaking J.K. Rowling News of the Day: News from the industry vine this morning is that J.K. Rowling has officially signed a book deal with Little, Brown, and will soon be releasing her highly anticipated Harry Potter follow up.

No word yet on title, plot, or publication date, but word is that the book's target audience will be adults.

"Although I’