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Founded in 2010 and opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials.
Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.
Gingerbread, originally known as One Parent Families, has helped single parents and their children since 1918. J.K. Rowling has been an Ambassador of the charity for seven years and in 2007 took the honorary position as President.
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Career of Evil is just days from publication (only 11 days to be exact) and thanks to The Guardian, we now have an except from the 3rd Cormoran Strike novel!
This Ain’t the Summer of Love
He had not managed to scrub off all her blood. A dark line like a parenthesis lay under the middle fingernail of his left hand. He set to digging it out, although he quite liked seeing it there: a memento of the previous day’s pleasures. After a minute’s fruitless scraping, he put the bloody nail in his mouth and sucked. The ferrous tang recalled the smell of the torrent that had splashed wildly on to the tiled floor, spattering the walls, drenching his jeans and turning the peach-coloured bath towels – fluffy, dry and neatly folded – into blood-soaked rags.
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You can NOW ready the first TWO CHAPTERS of Career of Evil! For chapter one, click here. For chapter two, here! Enjoy!
Pottermore & Apple have teamed up to bring you all seven Harry Potter books as interactive eBooks featuring 223 illustrations, animations, interactive images & annotations from J.K. Rowling herself! Each eBook is different than the ones which Pottermore exclusively sold. Illustrations from Pottermore were used, along with animation that even make sounds as you read! Brand new covers were commissioned as well. The “Harry Potter Enhanced Editions” will now be sold exclusively on Apple’s iBook.
“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realized on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way,” -J.K. Rowling via Press Release
You can purchase all seven eBook today! Each retails for $9.99 in the US & £6.99 in the UK (also available in English in 32 countries retailing at conversion rate of prices above). You can pre-order the Harry Potter enhanced editions in French, German and Spanish, which will be available on November 9th in 18 other countries. Click here to purchase!
There’s an exciting mystery afoot for U.K. fans of Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. Jo Rowling)! Join The Crime Vault’s Scavenger Hunt and become an amateur detective with a chance to win a signed copy of the new book Career of Evil, out on October 20.
Phone that number in Britain and you will hear the first clue! You have until the 15th to enter your answers and get a chance to be on one of the official Scavenger Hunt teams. This contest is open to British citizens only and you must be able to attend the event. More Terms and Conditions:
You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Great Britain to enter.
Qualifying entrants must be available on the October 21 in London between the hours of 11:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. to be eligible to take advantage of the prize. You must also be able to arrange travel to London and the venue set out in Section 4 (travel expenses will not be provided).
The promotion will open on October 5 at midday London time and close on October 15 at 5 p.m. London time.
Follow the hashtag #makemeadetective and keep up with the fun! Good luck!
(Thanks to our eagle-eyed detective friends at Mugglenet)
Be ready to be spellbound by the newest edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Illustrator Jim Kay provides over 100 color illustrations to create an enchanting way to reread the beloved story! We had the honor of speaking to Jim and asked some burning questions that we’ve had ever since we learned about this magical edition!
Platform 9 & 3/4
Arriving at Hogwarts
Cuoard under the stairs
J.K. Rowling's Comment
Were you influenced by previous Harry Potter illustrators/the films or did you veer away from both?
I’m a huge fan of both the books and the films. I thought the screen adaptations were a wonderful showcase of the best set design, product design, costume, casting, directing and acting their disciplines had to offer. I knew from the start that I’m competing to some degree with the hundreds of people involved in the visuals of the film. I remember watching the extras that come with the movie DVDs a few years back, and wondering how on earth you’d get to be lucky enough to work on the visuals for such a great project. To be offered the opportunity to design the whole world again from scratch was fantastic, but very daunting. I’d like to think that over the years lots of illustrators will have a crack at Potter, in the same way that Alice in Wonderland has seen generations of artists offer their own take on Lewis Carroll’s novel. I had to make it my version though, and so from the start I needed to set it apart from the films. I’ll be honest I’ve only seen a few illustrations from other Potter books, so that’s not been so much of a problem. I love Jonny Duddle’s covers, and everyone should see Andrew Davidson’s engravings – they are incredible!
What is your favourite scene you have illustrated?
That’s a difficult one. I’m fond of the ghosts. I paint them in reverse (almost like a photographic negative) and layer several paintings to make them translucent. I enjoyed Nearly Headless Nick. I really enjoyed illustrating the trolls too. Your favourite illustrations tend to be the ones that gave you the least amount of difficulties and I think Diagon Alley was nice for this reason. It was more like a brainstorming exercise, slowly working from left to right. My favourite character to illustrate is Hagrid – I love big things!
If your copy hasn’t already arrived by owl, make sure you travel by Floo Powder or (if you’re old enough) Apparate to your nearest bookstore today! Don’t forget, you can also buy off the Muggle internet by clicking here! (Mr. Weasley would be so proud!)
J.K. Rowling appeared for Robert Galbraith tonight for his nomination for The Silkworm at the 2015 The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards. Although, Robert didn’t leave with an award this time, we remain optimistic that Career of Evil (out on October 20th in the US & 22nd in the UK) will be taking home awards to come! The Gold Dagger 2015 award was given to Michael Robotham for his novel, Life or Death. Photos from the event are surfacing. We will update the gallery shortly!
Photos of Jo poising with fans have been added to the gallery. Special thanks to David Headley & Harry Illingworth!
J.K. Rowling and Pottermore revealed tonight that the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be produced in two separate parts. Reminiscent of when Deathly Hallows was announced as a 2-movie production, this led to much speculation by fans and reporters online.
The Daily Mail has further confirmed that the 2 plays will be presented separately on consecutive weekdays and back-to-back on the weekend. No word on whether this requires two separate ticket purchases.
‘It can be seen on consecutive days in the same week or in some instances on the same day,’ confirmed Sonia Friedman, who is producing the new Harry Potter And The Cursed Child with Colin Callender, along with Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
Friedman explained that the story is ‘too long to be told in a traditional length and it became inevitable that it had to be in two parts’.
Director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne elaborated on Pottermore.
‘Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts,’ Jack tells us, ‘because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been.”…
‘I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before,’ [John Tiffany] says. ‘Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating.
‘It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.’
The tickets will be on sale next month through HarryPotterthePlay.com and new details will be revealed then, too. We will have our eyes peeled for more news, but meanwhile we can confirm: it is NOT a prequel 😉
Exciting news! BBC has released new details on their upcoming TV adaption of the Cormoran Strike series, “The Cormoran Strike Mysteries“. Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy) will adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling, while Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Fortitude) will adapt The Silkworm. With Julian Farino (Entourage, The Office) directing.
No word yet on who will adapt Robert/Rowling’s upcoming third novel, Career of Evil but seeing as it hits shelves next month (October 20th in the US & October 22nd in the UK) there’s still plenty of time. Continue to check back for the latest news on what is sure to be an incredible TV production!
Pottermore relaunched today to expand the wizarding world. The new Pottermore will include information from “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child“, “Fantastic Beasts“, interviews from the Fantastic Beasts cast, and of course the original writings from J.K. Rowling (all of the ones from the old Pottermore and adding more like the history of “The Potter Family” which was published today). J.K. Rowling has narrated a new video telling fans in her own words what Pottermore is and why you just simply have to join.
Since its opening in 2011, Pottermore has given fans exclusive content straight from J.K. Rowling. That’s gratefully not going to change but in fact improve. So, you might be wondering what exactly makes this new version of Pottermore different. First of all, after seeing that the whole gaming experience didn’t go over as planned, Pottermore niched that concept. Although they are keeping the Sorting Ceremony and allowing users to find the wand which chooses them. One big change which J.K. Rowling confirmed via Twitter a few months back is that there will now be a Patronus test! The major change is the platform of the site. It is much simpler to navigate now. All of Jo’s writings are in one place and are open to the public. Pottermore has also hired journalists to conduct interviews with the cast of the upcoming trilogy, Fantastic Beasts (very exciting, indeed!).
We are very excited to see what this new version has to offer. It sounds like fans will be able to experience all the hype and excitement that is to follow in the next few years in a very unique way! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the new Pottermore!
Although a book signing for this year seems like a long shot, it wasn’t ruled out! Does this mean that there might be a surprise reading & signing in store for us? Only time will time!
Career of Evil will be published on October 20th in the US & October 22nd worldwide. Make sure you grab your copy! If you preorder from either Waterstone or Goldsboro before October 22nd, you will be entered to win a signed copy! As if you needed more of a reason to buy a copy!
As members of Pottermore may already know, the interactive Harry Potter game site will be going through some changes this month. They recently told players that the site as we know it will be ending. On September 11, they released an official press release with more details:
Pottermore will continue to have at its core new writing by J.K. Rowling, and will feature significantly more original content. This includes commentary and timely news items from the Pottermore Correspondent, a professional journalist hired by Pottermore especially for this role. Pottermore will showcase news relating to the Wizarding World, including the Warner Bros. feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on an original J.K. Rowling screenplay, and the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and written by Jack Thorne, which is set to open in London in 2016.
Though Pottermore will not be exclusively about Harry Potter, the audiobooks and e-books will remain on sale through the site. Pottermore Part 2 will apparently be geared to a more adult audience, as Jo’s Wizarding World expands and will not have games, but will include more social media friendly content.
An elegant new logo has been created, using J.K. Rowling’s own handwriting, and a complete makeover of the visual framework of the site features sumptuous new imagery, a fresh new palette, and socially shareable content. Users will find all areas easier to access, due to the elimination of mandatory registration, as well as responsive designs for optimal viewing across a wide range of devices.
Players of the original Pottermore are being offered an official certificate to commemorate their time spent looking for Chocolate Frog cards and dueling with their Housemates. Get yours by September 16th!
(Congratulations to HUFFLEPUFF for winning the Final House Cup!)
We look forward to seeing what happens in the new Pottermore and how Jo announces it! Should we expect another flock of owls taking over the web? Or maybe some more fantastical beasts…?