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The Anne Rowling Clinic (annerowlingclinic.com)
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in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.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 (gingerbread.org.uk):
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.
 
The Latest


Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them [Film]
Status: Now Playing In Theaters [Book Tickets: HERE]
Release Date: November 18, 2016


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [Play]
Status: Now Playing in London [Book Tickets: HERE]
Release Date: July 31, 2016


Career of Evil
Status: Published
Release Date: October 20, 2015


Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Status: Published
Release Date: April 14, 2015



The Silkworm
Status: Published
Release Date: June 19, 2014


The Cuckoo's Calling
Status: Published
Release Date: April 04, 2013


The Casual Vacancy
Status: Published
Release Date: September 27, 2012


Pottermore
Status: Online
Release Date: July 31, 2011 (Beta testing)


The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Status: Published
Release Date: December 04, 2008


Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them; Quidditch Through The Ages
Status: Published
Release Date: March 12, 2001


Harry Potter Series
Status: Published
Release Date: June 30, 1997 - July 21, 2007
 
 
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Filed Under: Exclusive, Harry Potter Series // Dec 11 2016

Our staff member, McKenna Fury, had the opportunity this weekend to go to the Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone Live Concert experience. This event was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. ~

This event was on December 10th, 2016 at the 7:00pm show. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert featured the Minnesota Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Nicholas Buc was the conductor of this orchestra. Also included along in the orchestra was a choir.

The night started off with a fun photobooth with various Harry Potter props. I got to have a printed photo as a free keepsake to remember this great night. After the photobooth, there was a featurette that showed how the composer of the music score created the music. The featurette included actors and director of the Harry Potter films.

The performance included a live music score by the Minnesota Orchestra while the movie played on a giant high definition screen. Every note from the movie was played and it sounded amazing! The night was definitely one to remember and I want to extend a big thank you to the Minnesota Orchestra for letting me experience this and for letting me cover their performance!



Filed Under: Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling, Pottermore // Sep 06 2016

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A trio of E-books were released from Pottermore today. They feature some new content from the Pottermore vault & some previously published works from Jo.

From Pottermore.com:

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

    Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

    Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

    Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Each book retails for $2.99 & are available from Pottermore, iBook, Amazon, + other E-book retailers.



Filed Under: Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling, Pottermore // Aug 23 2016

Pottermore presents a trio of new(*ish) eBooks! (*Much of content within these upcoming eBooks were previously published on Pottermore.com but this is the first time they will be in book form! Thankfully, never before seen content from the Pottermore archives will also be published!)

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On Wednesday, August 17th, it was announced that Pottermore will be releasing three eBooks that give us a deeper look into the wizarding world. These are a set of eBooks  called Pottermore Presents. These are short books that delve deeper into the Harry Potter stories. Included in these will be writings taken from the Pottermore archives. Also included will be writings from J.K. Rowling herself! The series also has insights and ideas that fans have added into about the Harry Potter series, including characters and settings from Pottermore.

The covers in the picture above were created by the graphic design team MinaLima. The three eBooks have a release date set on September 6th, 2016. Each eBook explores a different Hogwarts-related theme.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is the first eBook, which tells all about Hogwarts itself, including fun details about the ghosts of Hogwarts. It also has a part about what happens when the Sorting Hat can’t decide which house a student belongs in.

Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists you will learn about troubles with the Ministry of Magic and the terrors at the Azkaban prison. In this is a new original writing by J.K. Rowling on Professor Horace Slughorn.

The last eBook, Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship, and Dangerous Hobbies, offers stories of the staff at Hogwarts. You can discover more about the Care of Magical Creatures teacher Silvanus Kettleburn and another piece of writing from J.K. about Professor McGonagall and the second wizarding war.

Pottermore Presents will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. It will be available for purchase from a wide range of digital eBook retailers. As of now, the eBooks can be pre-ordered from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Amazon UK, iBooks, and Kobo Books.



Always J. K. Rowling is happy to have author S.P. Sipal join us for this exclusive post which highlights her insights into Rowling’s writing style and how the Harry Potter books in particular have made their mark on modern literature. Sipal maintains the Harry Potter For Writers blog and has been a contributor to the Wizarding fandom for years, including appearances at both fan and academic conferences. Her popular book A Writer’s Guide To Harry Potter was recently re-released as an updated 5th anniversary edition, available in paperback and e-book from retailers everywhere. This fascinating guide, good for writers and curious readers, now includes Sipal’s  insight on both the new play and the upcoming screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from a writer’s point of view. Enjoy this post and stay tuned for details on how you can win a copy of her guide along with a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

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Harry Potter: From Story to Myth

How One Woman’s Story Became a Generation’s Myth

Harry Potter started out as JK Rowling’s individual story. She conceived it, nurtured it, wrote it, submitted it for publication, and carefully revealed its mysteries for twenty-six years (having been inspired in 1990). Rowling is famous for having guarded the secrets of her world so tightly that her fans were surprised each time to read who lived, who died, and what Harry would have to do to defeat Voldemort.

But once a work is released into the wild, any author loses full control over their beloved newborn. We cannot regulate a reader’s opinion of our story, nor can we control how they reinterpret it and interact with it in their own way…as long as it remains legal.

Even with Rowling’s first concession of her wizarding world – when she accepted the film production deal – she still retained as much control as possible, more so than most authors faced with a film adaption. She insisted on a British cast, and though she may not have had contracted script approval in the early films, she definitely had script consultation.

Rowling achieved these concessions because she had clout. Fan clout. Almost since the inception of the series, her passionate readers engaged in innovative play with Harry and friends to heights rarely reached before in fandom. Fans flooded online forums as well as real world gatherings with fanfiction, fan art, wizard wrock, cosplay, and even musicals of their own creation.

Rowling encouraged her fans in these creative pursuits, such as with her earlier fansite award and praising fan parodies like “Dark Lord Funk,” while still retaining full control of her canon world. She even established Pottermore to self-publish her e-books while fully engaging her fans post-Potter (which, in retrospect, wasn’t exactly post).

But when a story creates such impact as Harry Potter, it achieves a life of its own and eventually outstrips the vision of the original author. From ancient myths that grew and varied as they spread across regions, to pseudo Shakespeare plays written to appeal to his fanbase, to the still popular parodies of Pride and Prejudice, stories that have deep emotional appeal last. Powerful stories, those that tap into the collective unconscious, have always been transformed by fans other than the original storyteller.

Thus, a story that has reached this mythic level loosens the reigns of one person’s control. Even myth makers of yore recognized the living essence of Story by allowing it to continuously grow and change. While the initial story may have been shaped by one individual, as it was recited orally from clan to clan and then village to village, new storytellers chimed in, adapting the emerging myth to accommodate the beliefs and times of the new audience.

Today, we have a similar transformation with comic books that continually add new characters and storylines written by fresh authors to adapt to changing times, and films that achieve such heights of popularity as Star Wars. The franchise even encourages the adaptions of its characters and plots through their licensing of books and comics from multiple authors. And, of course, fanfic has always embodied the transformative power of the fan’s engagement with the story.

For the first time with Potterdom, however, we have a new authorized story, a BOOK that is not written by the author herself. Rowling collaborated on the Cursed Child production, she may have written the original story the play is based on, and she likely read and approved every sentence of the script. But the script book we hold in our hands today, the one available to the public, was written by Jack Thorne. In reading it, you can tell the difference in style and tone from Rowling’s own work. Yet it is considered canon.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is thus a dramatic departure from everything that Rowling has released before. It is the first time she has sanctioned someone else in the creating of a new Potter story. Perhaps she is acknowledging that the baby she birthed and brought into this world has now achieved adulthood and seeks a life outside her home. We shall watch to see if it shall truly become a modern-day myth.

As in olden days, stories that made the jump to myth did so because they spoke to the shared dreams and universal truths across generations and cultures. By the evidence of fan passion and fan engagement from all ages and corners of the world, Harry Potter has definitely achieved mythic proportion. Now as his story is entering a new phase, of being retold by storytellers other than its author, we shall see if the Boy Who Lived will live eternally through generations to come as they spin their own versions of this contemporary myth.

 

S.P. Sipal is a writer, editor, and international speaker who has presented the material in A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter for over a dozen years. Her writing workshops, school and college lessons, and numerous fan conference presentations have been met with enthusiasm and repeat requests. Having lived with her husband in his homeland of Turkey for several years, she is now back in North Carolina on their small farm with their two kids. You can find her on Twitter @HP4Writers, her website at SPSipal.com, and her blog at HarryPotterForWriters.com.

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Filed Under: Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling, Novels // Mar 30 2016

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The cover of Jim Kay’s re-imagined fully illustrated edition of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was released today along with some illustrations. The book will feature over 115 illustrations & will be published worldwide on October 4th, 2016!

Update: More illustrations have been released!



A Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, a collaboration by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, will be released this summer after the premiere of the play. This means that readers around the world will be able to share the story which occurs 19 years after the events of the Harry Potter books! Preview shows begin for lucky audiences in June. The rehearsal shows allow producers and actors to fine tune the play in front of preview audiences and make changes before the official premiere of the play on July 30, 2016. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition. Pottermore also shared a possible cover design, though that is not final yet.

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In the UK, Little Brown Publishers, and in USA and Canada, Scholatic Books will release Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, on Jo’s birthday July 31st, 2016. In the US, the book will cost $29.99, and in Canada it will be priced at $39.99. The British hardcover will be £20. A digital edition will be released via Pottermore as well. The Scholastic press release includes a summary:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Pottermore also announced that more publications will arrive from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World soon in print and digital form in 2017 to celebrate the 20th year of the original Philosopher’s Stone.

Next year will see the publication of four special editions of the first book in the UK, one for each of the four Hogwarts houses. There will also be a brand new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017, with new content by J.K. Rowling, as well as new formats and editions of the Hogwarts Library books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Like all J.K. Rowling fans we are very happy to hear that the Wizarding World will continue in book form!


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