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The Rowling Magazine Issue #46 · October 2020

K(nox): The Rob Knox Story (Documentary)

Actor Rob Knox appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Marcus Belby, a Ravenclaw student who joined Harry and others in Professor Slughorn’s famous dinner party. Knox was just getting started with his acting career when he became a victim of a knife attack in 2008 and was murdered. But his life will […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #46 · October 2020

Never seen before posters from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Phil Bates is an award-winning designer who worked as a senior art director for major broadcasting and cable networks, motion picture production companies, music labels, and design firms that support the industry. You probably saw a film poster made by him, and among his clients are big corporations like Fox or Warner Bros. In 2009, […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #46 · October 2020

Hogwarts Legacy: Is it J.K. Rowling’s legacy?

And in the end, it was announced. There were many months of waiting and anxiety for the Harry Potter fandom, or at least for the part that was asking for something since forever. A Harry Potter role-play game (RPG) looked like a million-dollar idea and there were not many reasons why a videogame like that […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #45 · September 2020

Troubled Blood: Review

Troubled Blood, the new book by J.K. Rowling under the pen name of Robert Galbraith, is out next week. This is our review before its release. Troubled Blood Robert Galbraith Sphere – September 15th, 2020 4 / 5 ⭐ Minor spoilers The long awaited fifth installment in the Cormoran Strike series is the longest one, […]

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September 4th, 2020

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hogwarts House Editions: Release Date

We are first to report that the Hogwarts House Editions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be published in 2021. The sixth book in the Harry Potter series will be published on 14th January, 2021, and the seventh and final book, The Deathly Hallows, will be […]

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August 19th, 2020

Back to Hogwarts 2020

ANNOUNCING A VIRTUAL DEPARTURE FROM PLATFORM NINE AND THREE QUARTERS… HARRY POTTER FANS WILL STILL GO ‘BACK TO HOGWARTS’! First ever digital Back to Hogwarts will bring the magic of Kings Cross home Each year, on the 1st of September, Harry Potter fans have gathered at London’s Kings Cross Station. At 11:00am precisely, they raise […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #44 · August 2020

Quill to Parchment: The letters that shape Harry Potter

Harry receives lots of letters throughout the series. From letters from the Ministry for using underage magic outside school to birthday letters and others from Ron and Hermione during summer holidays, Harry is constantly in contact with the Wizarding World through the owl post. Some letters in the series are more significant than others. Let’s […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #44 · August 2020

Seven Year: Hogwarts without Harry Potter

At this moment, excited eleven-year-olds would be poring over racks of newly purchased spell-books, unaware that they would never see Hogwarts [and] never see their families again. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is absent from his seventh year of education. But during the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, school […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #43 · July 2020

The Big Six Translations of Harry Potter

The hardest Harry Potter books to get in a foreign language.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #43 · July 2020

The Boy Who Dreamed

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”* Ten-year-old Harry Potter sleeps in a cupboard. He dreams of a magical world. His mean, adoptive family inspire the villains in his imagined adventures. Strange people he sees are transfigured into witches and wizards. […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #42 · June 2020

The wand didn’t choose the wizard: Neville Longbottom and his dad’s wand

The Wizarding World is full of fascinating objects, but wands are the most magical of them all. A wizard’s wand is much more important than simply being a wooden stick for casting magic spells. In the Harry Potter series, wands are mysterious and can be thought of as having minds of their own. The first […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #43 · July 2020

The Draw Who Lived

Pol Peiró knew he was skilled since he was a kid. “I drew the characters from memory from the films I liked”, he recalls. He is one of the many fans who arrived in the Wizarding World through the films and then dived into the books. “It was in 2002 when I did my first […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #43 · July 2020

20 years of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

On July 8, 2020, Harry Potter fans celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Let’s dive into the pensieve and reminisce about this amazing day in 2000. The title of Book Four changed multiple times before it became Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In an […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #42 · June 2020

Fantastic Beasts and How To End It

Newt Scamander is the unlikely hero of the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, released in 2016, screenplay by JK Rowling. A wizard in his late twenties who likes magical creatures more than people, Newt is nobody’s idea of a Chosen One. But he possesses remarkable empathy, which enables him to unmask the […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #42 · June 2020

What’s The Ickabog?

I can’t remember the first time I heard or read the phrase a political fairy tale. I am sure, though, that it came from J.K. Rowling, and that it was a few years after she published Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I am also sure that, since then, I have associated political to fairy-tale, […]

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May 22nd, 2020

Why you should take J.K. Rowling’s Twitter lightly

Can we trust in the information J.K. Rowling shares on her Twitter profile?

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November 29th, 2019

J.K. Rowling’s involvement in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“So, when Jack Thorne and John Tiffany were brought into the team to develop the story with me, I knew I could trust them to create something truly extraordinary.” says Rowling in the new foreword of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey”.

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June 17th, 2019

Why is Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure breaking and delayed?

So Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened a few days ago and it is already delayed. Why? They got caught with technical problems. It looks like instead of doing a technical rehearsal, they opened to the public without doing a full test of the ride. Why hurry to open a ride if it wasn’t ready? […]

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December 22nd, 2018

J.K. Rowling’s new Political Christmas Tale

J.K. Rowling just published a new political Christmas Tale on Twitter, using the social network threads feature. You can read the full text below: And lo, unto her did appear a host of Corbyn defenders, who did descend upon her mentions, and she was not sore afraid, because she was used to it. And the […]

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November 14th, 2018

Spoilers: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” articles, thoughts, theories and more!

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is released tomorrow in most countries, but we have already watched it twice. So we leave you with a set of articles about the film, including our thoughts, theories and more about the biggest revelations of the motion picture. Beware, of course, because there are a lot of spoilers […]

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November 2nd, 2018

Spoilers: The surprise in The Crimes of Grindelwald that could break canon (again)

Today Warner Bros. released the full cast list for Fantastic Beasts: “The Crimes of Grindelwald and someone truly important to the Harry Potter world came up among these names. According to the press release, actress Fiona Glascott has been cast as no other than Minerva McGonagall. What’s relevant about this addition is how old Glascott […]

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March 15th, 2018

What Secrets Lurk within the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer?

On Tuesday, Wizarding World fans across the globe celebrated as the long-anticipated first trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2 finally apparated online. And while the sight of wizards apparating onto Hogwarts grounds quickly Accio’d fans’ attention, it was the desire to seek out and share all possible clues about the upcoming plot that led to an explosion of discussion.

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November 16th, 2017

The Crimes of Grindelwald

The sequel of Fantastic Beasts will hits theaters one year from now, on November 16th, 2018. But we do not have to wait 365 days to know more about the film, since today they release the movie title and a promotional image with all the main characters. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be […]

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March 16th, 2017

What was changed in the new Fantastic Beasts book, and what it means for canon

A few days ago, J.K. Rowling released a new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, originally published as a mock-textbook in 2001. A few sections were removed, including all of Rowling’s handwritten parts, some new content was added, and a handful of lines were edited to ensure consistency with the new movies. While Rowling […]

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January 29th, 2017

Who wrote the Ilvermorny School Song?

Last night, at the Harry Potter Celebration in Universal Orland Resort, the visitors had the chance to watch a deleted scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The scene shows Queenie and Tina performing the Ilvermorny School Song. But who wrote that song?

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November 15th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts: A feeling

It is December and my eleventh birthday is just a week away. Last month, at the end of November, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in cinemas around the world. The internet has not exploded (yet), so the only thing I watched (and I did it hundreds of times on QuickTime, because I […]

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October 4th, 2016

When we visited Jim Kay’s Exhibition

After visiting the place where J.K. Rowling finished writing the Harry Potter series, we headed to Newcastle, to see Jim Kay’s exhibition at Seven Stories.

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September 11th, 2016

What we learned from the Pottermore Presents ebooks

This is a guest post by Ibid. Ibid is an Editor at The Harry Potter Lexicon, You can find him at Reddit and SciFi StackExchange. This list is focused on new canon bits and how they relate to other canon. It doesn’t strive to summarize the original articles and therefore will not serve as a substitute […]

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August 16th, 2016

“1 Wand” twice doesn’t mean anything

Three days ago, TIME Magazine published an article stating that a typo in your Harry Potter copy could mean that you own a first printing first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – worth thousands of dollars. The article in question is this: How a Typo in Your Harry Potter Book Might Be […]

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August 6th, 2016

What would be a good format for the next Harry Potter story?

As we all know, everything began with a Harry Potter book, which eventually became an epic tale of seven parts. In between, the series morphed into other formats, being the film format the most successful representative of this. But it did not stop there: merchandising of all kinds, theme parks, and now a new original film (not […]

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July 31st, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script Book – Review

At the end of the seventh book in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, the author urges and recommends the reader to close the book at this point. The final chapter could be controversial, so King suggests finishing the story with the happy ending. Well, something like this could be added to the end of […]

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July 31st, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Stage Play – Review

“Wow”… That’s the only word we could think of when we walked off the Palace Theatre in London last month. We were lucky enough to attend Part One and Part Two of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on June 16th and 17th, and that’s something we will remember for a long time. Since it is the […]

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July 22nd, 2016

The Harry Potter Lexicon is back

Back in 2000, when dynamic websites were reserved for IT professionals, the Harry Potter fandom started to flood the internet with a lot of different “pages”. You could easily find websites with news, forums and chats to discuss the latest theories – but there was a special fansite out there: The Harry Potter Lexicon. Created […]

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July 1st, 2016

With the new Pottermore text, did J.K. Rowling legitimize Voldemort’s weird death?

This week, Pottermore revealed a new writing by J.K. Rowling: Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The new text, that comes with a trailer, tells the story of the North American Wizarding School – not to be surprised since we are just six months away from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in […]

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June 1st, 2016

The Balmoral Hotel, where J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

At the east end of Princes Street, just a few meters away from the Scott Monument, there is a Victorian Building that has been one of the landmarks of Edinburgh: The Balmoral, a luxury five-star hotel which opened more than 100 years ago.

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April 23rd, 2016

Is J.K. Rowling chasing pavements with The Cursed Child spoilers?

A 90-second new clip has been released online today, with footage from inside Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s rehearsals, revealing the cast working and also J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany talking about the play. 

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April 21st, 2016

The cover artwork that Rowling did not approve

Salamandra, the publisher of the Harry Potter Series in Spanish, used Dolores Avendaño’s artwork for their covers until 2014. Avendaño’s illustrations were inspired by their American counterpart, and they took part in different editions published since 1999. 

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January 15th, 2016

The lost dust jacket of Azkaban

It is early morning, just as in the story of the man who owns the Harry Potter prequel. This time it is Christmas Eve too, and Carly cannot sleep. There is an auction on eBay that caught her attention, and without knowing that she is going to find something unique, she clicked on the link.

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December 28th, 2015

The man who owns the Harry Potter Prequel

It was 4 in the morning in Tokyo, and the man (from now, we will call him the man, since he asked us to remain anonymous, though you can search for his name online) received a phone call from London. He had won the auction, but his reply was “Can you call me back in 1 […]

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December 21st, 2015

Everything we know about Hermione’s skin colour

Just a few minutes ago, the identity of the actors that will play the Golden Trio in the West End Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been announced. And there is a little detail that will be the center of the comments and reactions about the news: the actress portraying Hermione Granger is black. Noma […]

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September 27th, 2015

Peter Kenneth, the Potter collector

As an amateur Harry Potter book collector, when I found out about Peter, I could not feel anything else than admiration. He is, without a doubt, the maximum Harry Potter collector out there, owning not only the holy grail of any Harry Potter collector, but also items that most of us could not even dream about. […]

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September 22nd, 2015

The new Pottermore: The Encyclopedia meets Buzzfeed

The new and awaited Pottermore was released this morning. We spent a few hours exploring it, and analyzing the changes that this new version of the digital platform brings to the fans.

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April 12th, 2015

Do Judge A Book By Its Back Cover, by Peter Kenneth

Peter Kenneth is a Harry Potter collector, and creator of The Potter Collector. In this article, he shares a tip to avoid fake copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As collectors and fans of the Harry Potter books, it is important to be informed and cautious when making purchases. As Mad-Eye Moody warns, “Constant vigilance!!” […]

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April 2nd, 2015

Exclusive: J.K. Rowling’s text from 1994 (Pre Potter-era)

It was 1994 and J.K. Rowling was already writing and finishing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Well known is the story of “a single mother living in Edinburgh”. What is not so popular is the fact that Joanne Rowling (not Kathleen yet) used to write and give as a present a Personal Horoscope, an astrological report based […]

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February 28th, 2015

The secrets of the new J.K. Rowling website

If you are old enough to have visited the interactive J.K. Rowling website that showed us her desk (and house), you will remember the secrets that it used to hide. With the publication of The Casual Vacancy, and later the Cormoran Strike novels, she had to give a more adult image – and her new […]

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February 16th, 2015

Why the BBC Drama “The Casual Vacancy” is good for the book

The Casual Vacancy began tonight on BBC One, with the first of three episodes of the 2012 novel adaptation. The drama, written by Sarah Phelps, explores the life in the village of Pagford, where the death of a parish Councillor triggers an inner war between their people. This is the first adaptation of a J.K. Rowling’s […]

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August 28th, 2014

Could the Fantastic Beast Movie be Warner Bros. bet to finally get a Potter Oscar?

The announcement of the Fantastic Beasts movie has brought a lot of interesting discussion, including a lot of skepticism. Is it possible to adapt a book that has no story? Yes, by telling the story of its author, Newt Scamander. But who will do that? And here is where the first questions start to arise: J.K. […]

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July 20th, 2014

Did Pottermore contradict the J.K. Rowling books?

The football World Cup was the sporting event of the year, and like J.K. Rowling showed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the tournament happened at the same time that the Quidditch World Cup. With Pottermore in one of its less popular moments since its creation, the idea of telling the progress of the World Cup through […]

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February 18th, 2014

Was Bombyx Mori the original name of The Silkworm?

When the name of the new Robert Galbraith’s novel was announced, everyone tried to remember what a silkworm is. A silkworm is a larva, and as an insect, is a primary producer of silk. Its latin name is Bombyx Mori – and no, that’s not a spell of the Harry Potter world. A quick search […]

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March 27th, 2012

Comments on the New Pottermore Shop

Next, a few comments and reviews about the new Pottermore Shop that has been launched today: Forbes – Harry Potter and the Mysterious eBookstore: First of all, you can only purchase the books from the Pottermore site. This is really unusual. On Amazon’s page they actually push you there. There is no other Kindle book […]

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July 1st, 2011

I owe the most to the Harry Potter fandom

I owe the most to the Harry Potter fandom, however, which originally drew me into the Potterverse. Waiting for each new book in the series together, imagining what would happen next and arguing about each clue: my fellow fans made the experience of J. K. Rowling’s marvelous story and characters much better for me than […]

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June 23rd, 2011

My thoughts about PotterMore

I must admit that when Pottermore was announced over a week ago, I thought it would be something amazing and that it would change the Harry Potter fandom. Now I am not only disappointed with the final result, but also with the way the fans were treated. Firstly, we had to wait for an announcement […]

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June 15th, 2011

We discovered the ten letters of Secret Street View: J.K. Rowling new Big Announcement

You can read the story in Mugglenet, and get the news: This is not a new book, but it is something equally exciting. As a teaser before the official announcement, ten letters have been hidden on this website for you to find. To locate them you just need to enter ten individual coordinates in the […]

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