J.K. Rowling to have full screenplay rights for HARRY POTTER spin-off

Fear no more, Potterheads. 

According to THR, Rowling will write the screenplay for the first film all herself, and if WB wants another screenwriter to rewrite it, Rowling will have to approve the process.

As for the rest of the films in the series, Rowling will have script approval, so even if she is not writing the film herself, she will ultimately dictate the direction in which the series goes.

It seems that Rowling’s full vision will be realized for this film series.

Source: Movies Blog (MTV)

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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling!

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When J.K. Rowling gave her title character her own birthday, she considered it a little inside joke that no one would know. Legions of worldwide fans later, she’s certainly been proven wrong!

Jo turns 48 today, while Harry is now up to his 33rd birthday! How time flies!

J.K. Rowling has written another book- in secret!

And it’s been available since April!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has admitted posing as a retired policeman to write a crime novel that was praised by critics.

Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to write “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which was published in April, her publisher confirmed Sunday.

Galbraith was supposedly the work of a married father-of-two and former undercover police investigator.

However, Rowling’s cover was blown by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in a story published Sunday.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” the 47-year-old writer said in a statement confirmed by her publisher, Little Brown.

“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

I expect that the number of people buying the book will rise exponentially following this shocking news story! Will you be one of them?

Source: Today Books

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More photos released from J.K. Rowling’s Annotated Philosopher’s Stone

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“changed my life forever.”

“No shield here – crest. I mean all that came in the later editions. This one’s a bit wonky but you get the idea.”

“Perhaps Hufflepuff house would have the respect it deserves from fans if I’d stayed with my original idea of a bear to represent it?”

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Drawing of sleeping baby Harry

“Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking”

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“was invented in small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend. I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and knew I need a sport. It infuriates men, in my experience (why is the snitch so valuable etc), which is quite satisfying given my state of mind when I invented it.”

Source: Hogwarts Radio

What do you think of the author’s clever drawings and witticisms?

J.K. Rowling’s early sketches seen in annotated Philosopher’s Stone

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J.K. Rowling has recently sold her annotated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for over $220,000, and her official website has been updated with a snapshot of the book’s interior. Pictured here is Snape, as unpleasant as always!

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Rowling’s annotated Philosopher’s Stone sells for 200 grand

UPDATE: An anonymous bidder has won the Harry Potter author’s rare first edition!

A rare first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” took a massive price at charity auction in aid of the English Pen writers’ association in London on May 21. Featuring J.K. Rowling’s handwritten notes as well as original illustrations, the 1997 book was sold to an anonymous bidder, who bid for it over the telephone, for $228,000.

The “Harry Potter” book appeared along with books from other notable names at the auction hosted by Sotheby’s. Among them were a copy of “Life of Pi“, which got $3,900 and has author Yann Martel’s notes on why the chapters were switched from the original Canadian edition, and a first edition of Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin”, which fetched $5,460.

“This is a triumphant conclusion to a wonderful project, which has involved the hard work and good will of so many people,” said Rick Gekoski, who curated the collection of annotated first editions for the sale. “I am sure that the buyers of the individual books will be thrilled with their purchases.”

Source: Ace Showbiz

J.K. Rowling’s handwritten Order of the Phoenix notes revealed

They’re scribbly and hard to read, but seeing the author’s original thoughts written down on paper is undeniably cool.

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Here’s a link to a larger, clearer image.

The image was found via Buzzfeed!