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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in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.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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For any fan willing to spend some money to make their dreams come true & walk the red carpet of a J.K. Rowling movie, this is for you! This once in a lifetime opportunity comes at a steep price of $3990 but will be worth every penny when you get to spend the night with the stars of Fantastic Beasts & even possibly Jo!

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” Premiere and After Party So you say you’ve been heartbroken ever since the Harry Potter series of films finally ended? You say you’ve watched every film 50 times, and you still want more? Have your friends all grown tired of letting you win whenever you get together for a brisk round of quidditch? Well, take heart. Your wishes are about to be answered in November, when J. K. Rowling’s next series of books that grew up to be films hits the big screen, starting with the November release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Beasts is a prequel/spin-off of the Harry Potter film series and is the first installment of a trilogy. If my math is right, when this set of three is finished, that will be a total of 10 Harry Potter films. However, Rowling can certainly squeeze out a few more spinoffs if she really tries. After all, when it comes to Harry Potter, it’s her world–and when it comes to making money, she is well-loved throughout Hollywood. This film is about one of Harry’s mentors, Newt Scamander, who is part of a secret community of witches and wizards in New York. Harry read Scamander’s book in school some 70 years after it was written. The movie’s premise is as follows. Scamander goes to the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), to meet with an important official. He brings along a magic briefcase that houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, the American wizarding authorities come looking for Newt, which threatens to further strain the state of magical and non-magical relations. NYC is already in unsafe for wizards, thanks to the fanatical New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organization dedicated to the extinction of wizard-kind. Newt fights to right the mistake, as well as the horrors of the resultant increase in violence, fear, and tension felt between magical and non-magical peoples (muggles). So, now that you know that the film is going to be released in mid- to late-November, 2016, aren’t you just bursting at your seams to go see it? Well, guess what? We have tickets to the world premiere right here is beautiful Los Angeles, which is much nicer than New York, especially if you’re a wizard or a witch. Tickets to the premiere come with passes to the after party, where you can meet some of the people who brought the film to life. You never know who’s going to show up for such a prestigious red-carpet event. J.K. Rowling might even be there. But you can make sure that you show up for it by buying your tickets now. Given how popular the Harry Potter series is, was and will always be, it’s pretty certain Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be the start of another rousing (and profitable) new franchise for Rowling, who must be getting tired of being so successful by now. Date/Location: Mid- Nov., 2016, Los Angeles(Date and Location TBD) Trailer: trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/fantasticbeastsandwheretofindthem/. –TheVipConcierge.com

For more info or to make your Potterhead dream come true, visit TheVipConcierge.com! Oh, & if you do decide to purchase a pair of tickets & are interested in reporting from the premiere for us, please email us at Michaella@AlwaysJKRowling.com.



Filed Under: Appearances, Cursed Child, Harry Potter Play, J.K. Rowling // Sep 03 2016

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For the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ premiere on July 30th, J.K. Rowling wore a stunning navy, fitted dress by Roland Mouret paired with Sophia Webster winged heels. It was a fun, sassy combo in which Jo’s personality shined through as well as the plot line of Cursed Child (Jo’s accessories were little hints to the play’s script; i.e. the serpent ring for Slytherin)!

BUT the dress alone is $2,295! No need to worry! We’ve found Jo’s look for a grand total of $150.00! You can purchase a look-a-like dress from Amazon for only $120 & the find of a century, winged heels that could easily pass for a pair of Sophia Webster’s also from Amazon!

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[Left from right: winged heels from Amazon for only $30 & Sophia Webster’s couture heels.]



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Little, Brown Book Group revealed the cover for J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The script of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced back in April. It will now be published on the same date as its’ film release, which is November 18th, 2016.

Scholastic is publishing the print edition of the screenplay in the United States and Canada. Scholastic will also participate in a film tie-in publishing program that includes a poster book, fashion sketchbook, and a magical movie handbook.

HarperCollins has shown us its newly designed covers for The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The cover was produced by the MinaLima duo. HarperCollins will publish tie-ins Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Book of 20 Postcards to Colour and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film as well.



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.



Filed Under: Site // Aug 17 2016

Calling all Potterheads! Do you love Jo & Harry Potter? Do you like to write? Always J.K. Rowling is looking for passionate fans to help update the site’s blog with the latest news from J.K. Rowling & the Wizarding World. No experience needed & there’s no age limits!

To apply, send an email to Michaella@AlwaysJKRowling.com with a sample post on whatever topic you like (doesn’t have to be JKR/Harry Potter).

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AJKR is the largest source just for J.K. Rowling. Our staff has over a decade worth of experience in the JKR/HP fansite community & the content on AJKR is a decade in the making. Our viewers have come to expect exclusive content from coverage of premieres and readings to interviews from individuals within the wizarding world of JKR. As a staff member, you could have the opportunity to cover press events for us. Oh, and the queen herself has been known to view the site & Twitter account!



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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