Harry Potter (book series 1997 - 2007, film series 2001 - 2011) The Harry Potter series is a fantasy book and film series, based on the titular character studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Both the book and film series have gone on to become the highest grossing series' in their respective mediums. It focuses on Potter's quest to stop the Dark Lord Voldermort from taking over the wizarding world and wiping out all of those that cannot use magic. The original concept for the series was thought up by writer J. K. Rowling while delayed for four hours on a train ride in 1990. Due to the popularity of the novels and film series, J. K. Rowling now has a net worth of 1 billion USD. While the book series consisted of seven book, the film series contained eight movies. This is because, as the general public had become so connected to the world of the films, the final movie was split into two part - one wound down the world of the films, and the other provided the final climax of the series. The films are known for, amongst other things, their cast of some of the most famous British actors, as part of J. K. Rowling's contract that the films would only contain British actors for British parts. As well as launching the careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the films contained Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis and Emma Thompson, among many others.
Rowling is back on top of the Forbes' list of the highest-earning authors for the first time in 11 years.
Forbes’ annual list, compiled data from print, e-book and audio sales data, television and film earnings and industry expert opinion, estimates that the 52 year old author earned $95 million in the twelve months to May 31st 2017 – more than $180 per minute.
This figure was largely driven by the book-form sale of the manuscript for new play, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, which sold more 680,000 print copies in its first three days of sale in the UK when it was released last summer. It was the fastest-selling book since the publication of the final Harry Potter novel in 2007.
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The actor and academic has died at the age of 91.
The 'Harry Potter' film franchise has tragically lost another major star. Robert Hardy passed away at the age of 91 this week at a retirement home in London. He's the second star of the series to have died this year after John Hurt back in January.
Robert Hardy at Oldie of the Year Awards
The star, who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in four of the 'Harry Potter' movies, died yesterday (August 3rd 2017) at his home at Denville Hall; a facility for retired actors which has previously homed the likes of Andrew Sachs, Peter Sallis and Richard Attenborough.
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War For The Planet of the Apes fends of the competition of Marvel's Spider-Man to take the no.1 spot in the US Box Office
It was a busier weekend than usual at the box office with two monumental blockbusters going head-to-head. This weekend was dominated by 'War for the Planet of the Apes' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', with the former taking the no.1 spot.
The latest installment in the Apes franchise still underachieved compared to early predictions with the film grossing $56.5m from 4,022 locations, after being predicted to be around the $60m mark. This puts the film at the same level of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', but below the intermitting 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' which scored a huge $72.6m domestic opening.
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Will we ever see the Fancy Dress themed book?
Jk Rowling has certainly been busy, with four short stories as well as work on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', all coming out in the last year. However, it would seem that there will be one piece which may never be published.
JK Rowling attends the London Premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
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JK Rowling gives fans an insight into the Potter family for this iconic day.
Harry Potter fans everywhere are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' with cool Facebook features, new releasese on Pottermore and a sweet message from Jk Rowling.
JK Rowling at the 2017 BAFTAs
Explore the full history of the Potter family on Pottermore today as JK Rowling unveils a piece of writing exploring her boy wonder's most eccentric ancestors 20 years following her success with her debut novel.
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Once a year on the anniversary of the 'Battle of Hogwarts', Rowling apologises for killing off one of the characters. This year, it was Severus Snape. Twitter was divided.
J.K. Rowling has divided millions of ‘Harry Potter’ fans by apologising for killing off the character of Professor Snape in the final book of the series.
The Scottish author, 51, tweeted the apology on the anniversary of the fictional ‘Battle of Hogwarts’, a clash between good and evil wizards in which many popular characters from the Potter universe met their demise. Rowling has previously said sorry for killing off Fred Weasley, one half of the Weasley twins, and werewolf Remus Lupin.
Jk Rowling pictured at the 2017 BAFTAs
Law will star alongside Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel, due for release in November 2018.
Oscar-nominated actor Jude Law is to take on the role of the young Albus Dumbledore in the planned sequel(s) to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
The 44 year old star has most recently been seen on the small screen, in Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed drama series ‘The Young Pope’. Now, he’ll be reprising a much younger version of the same character portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter franchise, according to official site Pottermore.
The planned sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, currently scheduled for a November 2018 release, will begin filming in August this year. It will feature Dumbledore as a humble Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts’, decades before he becomes headmaster.
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'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' won the most awards ever at the Olivier Awards.
The Laurence Olivier Awards were a sweeping success for Jk Rowling's play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' which won no less than nine prizes at this year's ceremony - that's seven more than the other big winners of the night and puts them into the record books.
Jamie Parker at the Laurence Olivier Awards
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' made history last night (April 9th 2017) by beating 'Matilda the Musical' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' as the most awarded show in the Laurence Olivier Awards' 41 year history.
Ian McKellen wanted to respect Richard Harris by turning down Harry Potter role.
Fans of both Harry Potter and Ian McKellen will be aggrieved to learn that the actor was actually considered for the role of Professor Dumbledore following the death of Richard Harris, but he turned it down because the latter didn't like him very much.
Ian McKellen waves at 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere
Despite the fact that we can't understand why anyone wouldn't adore Sir Ian McKellen, it seems that his late contemporary Richard Harris wasn't his biggest fan. In an interview on the BBC program 'HARDtalk', he spoke about the situation in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
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The ballad was recorded for the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
Springsteen first mentioned he had written a song that didn't end up being used in the movie in an interview with BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo in October, and since then fans have been eagerly waiting to hear it. However, the mysterious track was later removed from Soundcloud, where it had first surfaced.
Bruce Springsteen’s unused Harry Potter ballad, ‘I'll Stand By You Always’, has surfaced online
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Gregory Nicotero - Universal Studios Hollywood Hosts The Opening Of "The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal City, California, United States - Tuesday 5th April 2016
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