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.
JK Rowling Tweets the right date this year.
As every die-hard Harry Potter fan will know, today marks the official day that the 19 Years Later epilogue of 'Deathly Hallows' was set. It's an exciting moment, given that that's where Jk Rowling left the books in 2007, and the author certainly hasn't forgotten about it.
JK Rowling at the 2017 BAFTAs
The 52-year-old writer declared today (September 1st 2017) as the day that her hero Harry Potter's second child Albus Severus went to Hogwarts to begin his first year of wizard schooling - and indeed the day that kicked off events in her play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.
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
Continue reading: Is There A JK Rowling Book Which May Never Be Published?
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.
Continue reading: Jude Law To Play Young Dumbledore In 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequels
'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.
Rowling has spent most of this week responding to angry Trump supporters, who are burning their 'Harry Potter' stuff in reaction to a critical article she penned about the new president.
A number of irate Trump supporters who disagreed with her views about the new American president’s controversial laws took to social media to air their grievances, only to be shot down in entertaining fashion by the 51 year old author.
The pick of the bunch was one person, who wrote: “@Jk_rowling glad I caught this article on yahoo. I will now burn your books and movies too.”
Continue reading: JK Rowling Entertainingly Shuts Down 'Harry Potter' Book Burners
The author was forced to deal with a whole load of prejudice with the heroine of her new play.
As 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens for previews at London's Palace Theatre, Jk Rowling once again addresses the onslaught of racially-charged criticism she has endured for giving her blessing for a black actress to portray an older Hermione in the play, despite the fact that she was white in the movies.
JK Rowling tackles the racists once again
Such a progressive move was always going to be controversial; Rowling tried to counter the attacks after it was announced that Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni would be playing Hermione Granger-Weasley by simply reminding fans that her colour was never defined in the novels. 'Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione', she wrote on Twitter. However, now she's addressing the slew of arguments she's received since making the comment.
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