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November 22nd, 2020

The Diaries of Alan Rickman, to be published on Autumn 2022

It has been announced that Canongate Books will publish The Diaries of Alan Rickman in autumn 2022. The diaries of the late actor – 27 handwritten volumes of his “witty, gossipy and utterly candid” thoughts about his career and life spanning more than 25 years – are going to be edited down into a single […]

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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

Harry Potter and the Unspeakable Horrors

Dirty deeds are not exclusive to Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange and the Death Eaters. Many characters in the wizarding world do terrible things. Events are not black or white. They are many shades of grey. Voldemort’s crimes include patricide, attempted infanticide, grave robbing, regime change, mass murder… and he’s a terrible houseguest. Other magic folk are […]

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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 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 #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 #41 · May 2020

The Lost Years

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a 19-year-gap between the defeat of Voldemort and the final pages. The book’s epilogue shares a snapshot of 36-year-old Harry Potter’s life and concludes: all was well. In “19 Years Later” and in her online writings, JK Rowling gifted us with clues about her characters’ lives. What can […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #38 · February 2020

Who is Adalbert Waffling

Adalbert Waffling appeared in the first and the last Harry Potter book, but there was a minor confusion with this character in some prints of the third book .

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March 27th, 2020

Exclusive: Leaked preview of MinaLima’s Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

We got access to a leaked preview of the upcoming edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States of America). In this preview, you can appreciate some illustrations from this beautiful edition that looks really promising.     Update: We were asked to remove the […]

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February 16th, 2020

Exclusive: Harry Potter and the History of Magic Exhibit to open in Japan in 2020

Harry Potter and the History of Magic, the exhibition that was held in London in the British Library and displayed manuscripts from J.K. Rowling and original artwork by the artists behind the covers will land on Japan in 2020. The exhibition will take place in the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art from September 5th to […]

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February 6th, 2020

Artist Jim Kay revealed he suffers from depression and the Order of the Phoenix launch may be delayed

Jim Kay, the artist behind the Harry Potter Illustrated editions, has just shared that he has “been battered by depression these last few months, and despite working non stop have produced practically nothing for The Order of the Phoenix. A minor miracle is now required to get this book done.” Mental health is really important […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #33 · September 2019

The Original Chapter 18 from The Prisoner of Azkaban

Prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Scholastic, the American publishers, released the Advance Reader’s Edition, a copy of the book to share among journalists and booksellers. It was made to create enthusiasm and hype about the book, so those who influenced the market could share their thoughts about the […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #31 · July 2019

Rowling & Granger

A lot of people who grew up with Harry Potter – or developed their love for the franchise later – decided to name their pets after a Harry Potter character. The world is full of dogs and cats called Hedwig, Dobby, Crookshanks, or even Lupin, Severus, Bellatrix, etc – the list could go on. Some […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #31 · July 2019

20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

July 8th marked two decades since the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was a normal day, July 8th 1999, when Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban reached the bookshops in the United Kingdom for all the kids who were waiting for the third part in the Harry Potter saga. In the United […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #30 · June 2019

A Real Wandmaker – Interview with Windermere Wand Shop

What is now Windermere Wand Shop started with a party. That’s how Deacon, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, tells the story of this wizarding project that brings magic to people around the world and allows wizards and witches to have their own Pottermore magic wand. Yes, you read that right – Windermere is one of the few […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #30 · June 2019

Stephen Fry, his low memory and how he pocketed it

This past May, the Hay Festival was held in Wales. The festival hosted various events and among them was the panel of Stephen Fry, where the actor and writer was presenting his third book on the re-telling serie Mythos and Heroes. The book follows the story of Troy in Greek mythology, and is accompanied with […]

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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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The Rowling Magazine Issue #27 · March 2019

The Art of Creating a Grown-up Harry Potter

Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Where are you from, how old are you, and what’s your background? My name is Bianca, I am from Brazil and I’m 25 years old. I graduated in Visual Arts two years ago and I draw about the universe of Harry Potter as a passionate hobby while working […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #20 · August 2018

Will the Fantastic Beasts TextBook Become Obsolete?

It was 2001 when the first companion book for the Harry Potter series was published. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling, was released to the Muggle world as a text-book from the Wizarding World, by Newt Scamander, to help the non-profit organization Comic Relief. The book was a facsimile copy […]

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #18 · June 2018

Is Delphi a Horcrux?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Part 1 & 2 arrived on Broadway and it seems it has some changes from its London version. The fans who were lucky enough to see both shows (the American and the European version) noticed a few differences. The most interesting report notes that, in Broadway, Harry Potter, […]

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May 15th, 2018

What is the new content in the “Harry Potter Film Wizardry: The Updated Edition”?

Our friends from Univers Harry Potter found a Taiwanese e-commerce website that gives away the new content that will be included in the “Harry Potter Film Wizardry: The Updated Edition”, to be released in November.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #10 · August 2017

Great Scot(t), Harry!

There is another Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone being released this year and it doesn’t come in the colours of your house but in a different language. We had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Fitt, who is in charge of translating the book into Scots.

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June 21st, 2017

Philosopher’s Stone exhibition at National Library of Scotland set for June 26

There will be a special exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh that will last only for seven hours. The reason? The 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #5 · March 2017

Cursed Child prices rise again

The Cursed Child team always puts a great deal of effort to make the play accesible to every fan. But with the rise in prices, are they doing what they preach?

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #4 · February 2017

The voice behind Rowling’s lyrics

We had the pleasure to talk to Emmi, the British/Australian singer who is the voice in J.K. Rowling’s The Blind Pig, about her experience in the Wizarding World franchise.

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The Rowling Magazine Issue #2 · December 2016

Fantastic Clues and Where They Lead Us

After watching Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, one seems to leave the theatre with more questions than answers. The first movie in this five-part series is more of an introduction to this new era of the Wizarding World than anything else, so it is natural that it leaves some loose ends. But, will […]

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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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The Rowling Magazine Issue #1 · November 2016

2004: J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival

In August 2005, J.K. Rowling was present at the International Edinburgh Book Festival. After reading an extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which was published a month earlier, she took questions from the audience. Here is a transcription of the most interesting questions from that moment, which take us to a time when we still did not know about the last two books.

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November 5th, 2016

Handwritten copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be auctioned

Barry Cunningham, who was working for Bloomsbury in 1996, was one of the people who discovered Harry Potter. He signed J.K. Rowling for the publishing house – and published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the next year.

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October 24th, 2016

Images from the upcoming Gift Editions – and a theory about the Deluxe Illustrated edition

This year Bloomsbury published two new editions for its slipcase collection of Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (January) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (April). Next month is the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in this format – and we have the images of […]

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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 17th, 2016

Three new ebooks from J.K. Rowling about Hogwarts

The website Hypable detected that Pottermore is going to publish three new ebooks written by J.K. Rowling about the Wizarding School from the United Kingdom: Hogwarts. 

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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 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 21st, 2016

Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set to be published in November

We found out about this a few weeks ago – but we couldn’t confirm what was about. “Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set” was the title but no more info, just a suggested price. Now, we have all the details about what Bloomsbury has planned for November for the Harry Potter fans.

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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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March 31st, 2016

Artwork from the upcoming illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets

As we told you previously, the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is going to be published in the United Kingdom and the United States of America on October 4th. The book will have 272 pages, and will be illustrated by Jim Kay again. 

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March 17th, 2016

Scholastic will publish “Hogwarts Classics”: a boxset of two books

Scholastic, the American publisher of the Harry Potter books, will release a new box containing two wizarding classics: Quidditch through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This elegant boxed set will be released on June 29th in the United States.

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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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November 20th, 2015

Harry Potter audiobooks available from Audible

The audiobooks of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are available from today through Audible’s UK, US, Australian and German sites, thanks to a deal with Pottermore. The audiobooks are produced by Pottermore and read by Jim Dale (in the North American version), Felix von Manteuffel (in the German version) and Stephen Fry (in the UK […]

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October 8th, 2015

Harry Potter books come to Apple in exclusive digitally enhanced editions

Digital versions of all seven Harry Potter books are now exclusively available on Apple’s iBooks Store. The company announced the launch in a press release published today, adding that the “enhanced” digital versions of J.K. Rowling’s novels feature interactive animations, custom covers, and annotations written by Rowling herself.

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October 6th, 2015

Happy #HarryPotterIllustrated publication day!

This is it! The wait is over! If you live in one of the lucky countries, you will be able today to get your copy of the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s / Sorcerer’s Stone. J.K. Rowling and the press are talking about this, because, although it may look otherwise, it is […]

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July 18th, 2014

Harry Potter series part of the new Amazon Kindle Unlimited suscription

Amazon announced a new subscription plan called Kindle Unlimited, which allows enjoying unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month. The Harry Potter series are included in this catalogue.

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June 26th, 2014

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published 17 years ago today: Win a copy of the original edition!

It’s been 17 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released and to celebrate this anniversary, the amazing people from Wordery are giving us 5 copies of the book to give away to our incredible followers! You only have to follow @wordery and @rowlinglibrary and write a simple tweet to enter the contest. […]

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May 8th, 2014

First edition Harry Potter books fetch £11,000

The Scotsman reports that a set of seven Harry Potter books were auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh. The set, that included a card signed by J.K. Rowling fetched £11,250.

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May 2nd, 2014

Win a Harry Potter boxed set!

Update: And our winner is… Ashley! Congratulations! a Rafflecopter giveaway Came home to find this waiting for me, made my day! Thank you @rowlinglibrary & @wordery; you're the best! http://t.co/EBIs8B6Wm6 — Ash.O (@AshleyMOrndorff) June 6, 2014 Our friends from Wordery are sponsoring this incredible giveaway. A month ago we gave you the chance to win […]

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April 2nd, 2014

Bloomsbury to publish ‘J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography’

Bloomsbury will publish ‘J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography’ on December, in hardback format. The book is being written by Philip Errington. Mr. Errington is Director for Children’s Books within the Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s. He was in charge of the auction of The Tale of Beedle the Bard manuscript in 2008, which was […]

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March 21st, 2014

Rowling releases “The History of the Quidditch World Cup – Part 2” in Pottermore

As it has been announced, Pottermore has released “The History of the Quidditch World Cup – Part 2”, the final part of the Quidditch World Cup Section in Pottermore.

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March 20th, 2014

New Harry Potter Edition: Bloomsbury team up with Pottermore

Bloomsbury will publish a new Harry Potter edition. The Harry Potter books will have a new face starting this September. Jonny Duddle is in charge of the new covers, which have a more tale-legend look than the previous one, possibly to stay in the same area than Pottermore. His past works include The Pirate Cruncher and […]

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March 14th, 2014

Rowling releases “The History of the Quidditch World Cup – Part 1” in Pottermore

As Rowling promised on Twitter, Pottermore has released “The History of the Quidditch World Cup”. In this first part, Rowling shared the rules and regulations of the famous cup, historical context, the history of the games, the structure of the tournament and a few unusual events that were very interesting to read.

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November 19th, 2010

J.K. Rowling’s first ever Harry Potter TV interview

STV talked to J.K. Rowling back in 1998 about her Harry Potter books and plans for a Hollywood movie. Watch the interview on YouTube.

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