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JK Rowling named the two drivers of the Knight Bus, after her own grandfathers.
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Most of the Black family are named after stars and constellations—Sirius is so named after the Dog Star, alluding to his canine Patronus.
Bloomsbury Mentions New '3 book box-set' from JK Rowling; Jo Dispells Immediate Encyclopaedia Plans
Posted by Mariam - 22 May 2012
Two interesting news pieces emerged today - firstly, Bloomsbury, the U.K. publishers of Harry Potter, released reports regarding their year's profits and sales which mentioned a new 'three-book box set' from J.K. Rowling relating to the Potter world. Bloomsbury added that they will be relying on this set for their coming year's profit. From Reuters:
Bloomsbury, the publisher of the "Harry Potter" series by author JK Rowling, also said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series, and a non-fiction account of spies in World War II to support sales in the coming year.
Next, Jo updated the F.A.Q. section on her official site with an unfortunate statement concerning the much-wanted encyclopaedia of Harry Potter facts and histories; Jo no longer has any definite plans to publish it. Here's the excerpt:
What about the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia?
Updated May 2012 I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form.
So now this leaves fans to speculate over whether the three-book box set will simply be a re-release of the Potter companion books, which are Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beetle the Bard, or other Hogwarts library texts, or something else entirely (although now that the encyclopaedia's been crossed out, we're down to slim pickings.) Thoughts on what the new set could be?
Sneak-Peak at Emma Watson in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" MTV Movie Awards Promo
Posted by Victoria - 22 May 2012
In a new MTV movie awards promo, we are able to glimpse our first second-long sneak-peak of Emma Watson as her character Sam in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Emma appears at 0:14, in between appearances by Mark Whalberg and Elizabeth Banks, in a scene at a library from which we've seen some stills already. Good luck to Emma and the whole cast, as they present the first official trailer for the film on Sunday, June 3rd at the pre-show.
Rupert Grint to Star in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman"
Posted by Mariam - 21 May 2012
Rupert Grint has reportedly signed on to a new crime drama, called The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. The Collider has a synopsis of the film's plot:
Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?
Rupert's character is so far unnamed. The film, which also stars actors Shia Labeouf, Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo and others, will begin filming in Romania next week.
St. Andrews University Holding Literary Conference to Study Harry Potter books
Posted by Victoria - 18 May 2012
BBC News reports that St. Andrews University in Scotland will be holding a literary conference for more than 60 top academics, about the themes and effects of the Harry Potter novels, over the course of the next two days. Lecture topics from over 50 scholars will include ideas from the books such as how themes of British identity or death, are dealt with in the series. The conference has been put together by John Patrick Pazdziora from the University's School of English and Father Micah Snell from the University's Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA).
Pazdziora says: "We can't avoid the fact that Harry Potter is the main narrative experience of an entire generation - the children who literally grew up with Harry Potter.
"The Harry Potter novels are simply the most important and influential children's books of the late-20th and early 21st Centuries." Adds keynote speaker, John Granger: "I take exception to the unexamined and misinformed assumption that the books are light on literary merit. Ms Rowling's works are comic, certainly, but it's a great mistake to think they're simple or haphazard story-telling."
Emma Watson Presenting "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" Official Trailer at MTV Movie Awards
Posted by Victoria - 16 May 2012
Emma Watson announced today on Twitter that the official trailer for her new film, The Perks of Being A Wallflower that she shot in the US last fall, will be launched at the MTV Movie Awards next month. Emma will present the trailer at the pre-show with her co-stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Here's what she had to say: #PerksOfBeingAWallflower Trailer is going to show at the @MTVMovieAwards pre-show! @LoganLerman and Ezra and I will be there to present. :)
@EmWatson: Sorry I couldn't mention anything sooner! Thank you to everyone who has voted for HP ! You guys and girls are so awesome : ) xx
Harry Potter is, as she mentioned, up for 6 awards, as reported previously. Make sure to vote lots, if you haven't already.
Pottermore has announced that the first book on the site has been updated with more exclusive content from J.K. Rowling, specifically excerpts from the Hogwarts school textbooks.
The content from the books can be found hidden in the Pottermore library in chapters 12, 14 and 15, with new information on spells, charms, transfiguration, and more. Excerpts from the following texts were released:
-The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk -The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble -A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch -Curses and Counter-Curses by Vindictus Viridian -One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore