Graeme Whiting, the principal of a British private school suggested that fantasy books like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones (to name a few) can damage the subconscious of a child and cause mental illness. In this longer than necessary blog post he talks about how by the age of 30 he had read all the books he wanted to and that children don't have "thinking brains" until at least the age of 14.
He prefers that kids stick to the classics that aren't "sensationalized" with tales of magic or anything interesting.
This has led many critics to ask several questions such as, "Does he seriously think Game of Thrones is for kids?" and "What kind of boring Shakespeare plays is he reading?"
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In preparation for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' which is set in the U.S., J.K. Rowling plans to release four new segments of writing about the history of magic in North America. The video description hints that tomorrow's piece will reveal more information about Ilvermorny, the magical school in North America. According to Pottermore, each piece will be released at 2pm GMT:
The first instalment of this exciting new series is called ‘History of Magic in North America’ and will be published on Pottermore in four pieces, starting tomorrow at 2pm GMT. Another piece will be revealed each day at 2pm until Friday 11 March.
It's not that surprising but some old prints of Harry Potter books can net you thousands of dollars if you're willing to part with your childhood reading material. Like with many collectors items, the price varies by edition and rarity.
According to the Independent, the most valuable Harry Potter books are first edition hardcovers of "The Philosopher's Stone" from 1997. In these books JK Rowling was credited as 'Joanne Rowling' and there were only 500 copies made, 300 of which became library books.
A find that that could be worth up to $50,000.
Harry Potter fans may remember the Weasley's magical clock that always knows the location of family members.
via Harry Potter Wikia
Well, someone made a real life version of that clock. Using the GPS of his family's smartphones, Imgur user tbornottb was able to program the clock to light up when they reached different locations. Reading through the step by step process makes it seem almost easy. All it took was a whole lot of wires, lights, programming, app coordinating....
It was basically magic.
The result of all that work is a beautiful piece of technology and probably well worth it. Although it does carry the implication that your parents will know your location at all times...
J.K. Rowling created a play for Harry Potter fans dying to know what happens next to everyone's favorite wizarding trio. 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is set to take place 19 years after the last Harry Potter book. According to the play's website:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.
Now, even if you can't make it to see the play performed, you can read it all in one sitting if you want. Pottermore just announced that the script will be published on July 31st.
Author J.K. Rowling is known for her scathing quips toward people who say things that are sexist, racist, homophobic or generally awful. Also she wrote the very, very famous Harry Potter Series.
This time she tweeted back to a Donald Trump spokeswoman who made a zenophobic remark regarding Americans born outside the U.S. who are (or would like to be) leaders of the country.
Ouch, Katrina Pierson. You need a freezing spell for that burn?
TripAdvisor is sending one lucky Harry Potter fan around the world. You can enter at TripAdvisor.com.
The site provided these details on what the winner can expect from this excursion:
Your adventure begins at the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM at Universal Studios HollywoodSM and continues to Universal Orlando® Resort and Universal Studios Japan®. Plus, experience a behind-the-scenes look at where the Harry PotterTM films were made at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
Apparently the sweepstakes is in honor of the grand opening of the Wizarding World in Hollywood.
By Grabthar's Hammer what a devastating loss. Esteemed British Actor Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 after a battle with cancer.
Rickman was known by many for his exceptional portrayal of the complex and conflicted villain Severus Snape in the films adapted from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
But real-talk the strapping lad could make most anything epic.
From his acclaimed role as criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in Die Hard:
To that time when director, Kevin Smith, recognized he'd happened upon a British stud who had a voice deeper and richer than a Ghirardelli 98% Dark Chocolate bar. Yeah the voice of a god. Literally:
To what was one of his arguably best roles as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility':
Throughout his career Rickman continually demonstrated an awe-inspiring range, while at the same time establishing himself as something of a legendary 'bad guy.' Let's get real though, his bit in Galaxy Quest — the epic sci-fi romp — kind of takes the cake.
RIP Alan Rickman, you'll be fiercely missed.
The most recent exciting addition to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London calendar is a three course Valentine's Day meal plated and served within Hogwarts Great Hall, which is also set to include a hearty supply of Butterbeer, a tour of the studio, and a free wand.
Perhaps the biggest catch here is this meal's about to wipe out your account at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
But hey, you could always hit up Harry Potter for a friendly loan, right?
No really though, the whole show costs £247.50 ($357) per person, or £495 ($714) for two people.
A group of college students had the real-life Professor Snape.
His name was Henry Lloyd Snape, and while he didn't wield a wand—far as we know— fawn after Lily Potter, or make a mad magical potion; he did claim his expertise in the field of Chemistry. So, he was pretty much the Half Blood Prince. Check him out, pictured in the center, below.
In The Irish Times, the real-life Professor Snape is described as uncannily lenient towards a dark but charismatic disposition, much like the demeanor of Severus as played by Alan Rickman in the 'Harry Potter' flicks.
What gets the bit between the teeth on the connection between Henry Lloyd and JK's Severus Snape, is Rodger's discovery of a recent lecture that was titled 'The Philosopher of Stone.' This immediately brings to mind the title of the first 'Harry Potter' book, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.'
As a final resounding note we'll add that Henry Lloyd taught at Aberystwyth University, an old college building that had Gothic spires and turrets eerily similar to Hogwarts.
After yesterday's casting news of a black Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans took to Twitter and began riffing on other characters in the series with different nationalities. JK Rowling even joined in to express her fondness for a few with praise and retweets.
Somebody draw these, stat!
Go argue with Voldemort, eat a Golden Snitch or spit in Snape's coffee Harry Potter, because Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni's is the new chosen one, and she's shattering barriers. Dumezweni's been chosen to play Hermione Granger in the up and coming stage play, "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child."
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is listed as the eighth installment, and covers events that transpire shortly after we all got goosebumps watching Harry and Ginny's kids board the Hogwarts Express with the original theme playing on in the background. All the nostalgia feels though.
Much like rising star Michael B. Jordan who played Johnny Storm in the recent, catastrophic, anything but Fantastic Four rendition, Dumezweni's reprised role as Hermione will continue to challenge film audiences that expect white as the default ethnicity.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘 https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
What's more is, JK Rowling just expressed her strong nod of approval.
Check out Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley as Harry, Hermione, and Ron above. It's great to have the band back together for another adventure. Any guesses on who might play our favorite barrel-chested, black bearded, mountain of a man Hagrid?
Erase some of the hate on the internet with the browser extension Trump2Voldemort. All mention of Trump is replaced with references to Voldemort, the evil antagonist of the Harry Potter series.
Not surprisingly, most of Trump's statments seem to make more sense when attributed to one of Voldemort's many names.
Sit back and watch this magical, wonderful thing.
Fans Joan Kamberaj and Peter Heacock animated this beautiful short film, which shows Hogwarts being built out of folded paper from The Prisoner of Azkaban.
It's a loving tribute that, according to the description, took them a great deal of work.
We are huge fans JK Rowling. So much so, that we built Hogwarts from the pages of "Prisoner of Azkaban". Frame by frame, and over one month of work, we are proud to share our first short film with all of you.
Brb. Going to King's Cross, platform 9 and 3/4.
Harry Potter fans can't really give the shirts off their backs to help a house elf, but they're getting close.
Dobby the house elf from the wizarding series of books has his own display in the Warner Bros. Studio tour, featuring him encased in glass, with his eyes closed for some reason.
Well intrepid, altruistic people saw a chance to free the little guy.
Friends of the house elf have festooned one of his exhibit cases with their socks, a nod to both Dobby's HP story line, as well as the fact that house elves are granted independence if they are given an item of clothing.
People have been trying to free Dobby at the WB Studio Tour 😢 pic.twitter.com/qTduzDmZvu— Hogwarts Logic (@HogwartsLogic) September 27, 2015
J.K. Rowling retweeted the initial mention, because she has a Twitter problem, and the idea began to spread.
So, basically, if you go on the Warner Bros. Studio tour and it smells bad, you know why.