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!

Found on Mugglenet

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Emma Watson considering ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ role

UPDATE! This comes via Mugglenet:

According to the Entertainment Weekly article, Emma Watson personally assured fans, the allegations are false:

“I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing. There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ I never even saw a script!”

She adds that even some friends and family asked her about ‘Grey’ since so many different items linking her to the film have popped up online. “I told them just because there are 60 articles on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s any less true than if there are three or four.

And a word to the wise for those who believe everything that they read about the actress: “The thing is I’m not going to go out there every time someone attaches me to a film to say no or release a statement.”

Harry Potter news is buzzing with a new hot topic.  Emma Watson is rumored to be in “preliminary talks” about her possible new role- Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaption of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

According to NMA,

The Harry Potter actress is “in preliminary talks” about the movie and is said to be “one of the frontrunners” for the lead role of Anastasia Steele, reports the International Business Times… Since being published last year, Fifty Shades Of Grey has become notorious for its explicit sexual content and controversial portrayal of a relationship involving BDSM. The three novels by British author EL James have now sold more than 31 million copies worldwide.

While we’re excited for any new career opportunities that Emma has, what do you think of her in such a controversial role?

First ‘Chamber of Secrets’ chapters available to all in Pottermore

After yesterday’s advanced opening of the first few chapters of Chamber of Secrets on Pottermore to Slytherins, it has now been opened to all!  See below for Mugglenet‘s post on this!

As per their promise, after releasing the first few chapters as well as a batch of brand new Chamber of Secrets content to Slytherins – who took the House Cup this year – Pottermore has officially opened this brand-new section of the site to everyone.
In the past twenty-four hours Slytherins everywhere have enjoyed new mini-games within the chapters, incredibly detailed illustrations, and appropriately read up on some interesting material about the Malfoy family.

Once you’ve gone through these new chapters, let us know what you think of them!

Slytherin Wins Pottermore House Cup, Will Have Early Access to ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Congratulations to Slytherin for winning the inaugural Pottermore House Cup!  So what does one get for winning the House Cup, aside of from bragging rights?  Something pretty special actually.  Slytherin will gain access to the chapters of The Chamber of Secrets a full 24 hours before anyone else!

From Pottermore Insider

Pottermore has witnessed some frenzied brewing and duelling over the last few days and we’d like to congratulate Slytherin on winning the inaugural Pottermore House Cup.

Commiserations to the other houses, but your chance will come again as competition for the next Pottermore House Cup is already underway!

As part of their reward for winning the Pottermore House Cup, Slytherin will be able to explore the new chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 24 hours ahead of the other houses.

Please be aware that only students who were in Slytherin when the inaugural Pottermore House Cup was awarded, will get early access.

For students who are not in Slytherin, don’t despair. The first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be available for everyone immediately after this 24-hour period.

From then on, all users will be able to explore the new chapters, discover new Moments and continue their journey on Pottermore.

Source: MuggleNet via Pottermore Insider

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

Exciting news!  We have a date for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Japan!  According to the LA Times  this newest theme park is set to open in 2014 at Universal Studios in Osaka, who’s excited?!

The Los Angeles Times has reported that the next Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park is now set to be opened in Osaka, Japan in 2014.

On Thursday, Universal Studios Japan will unveil their plans to build the first International WWOHP, which has been an enormous success in Orlando, Florida. The park in Japan is being build on vacant land and as a result will open ahead of the WWOHP at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has to rebuild areas of its theme park.

Japan is only the NEXT location for the theme park, as more are sure to follow suit. So why Japan? From the article: In a country of 127 million, more than 80 million tickets to Potter films have been bought and about 24 million books have been sold, giving the story of the orphan boy turned world-saving magician four spots among Japan’s top 10 all-time bestsellers.

Continue reading complete article HERE

Hermione Granger Among Most Powerful Women in Literature

Sketch by Alicexz

Although Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre tops the list as the Most Powerful Women in Literature according to Flavorwire, much can be said for J.K. Rowling’s creation, Hermione Granger.  Not only did she nab second place, but she beat out the likes of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy (4th) and Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (6th), both very strong characters as well.  Would you agree? – TFGeekgirl

Image by Daekazu

Hermione Granger. A character that we have all fallen in love with as we have grown up with her, or for the older generation, have watched her grown up. Being smart, pretty, witty, and best friends with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley has never been an easy job for her. We watched her grow from a timid little first year with a lot of brain power to an amazingly beautiful and intelligent woman who never cracks under pressure and can keep her head (even while being tortured). Recently, Mugglenet posted that Hermione Granger has been given the title of “The Second Most Powerful Woman in Literature”. For those of us who have grown up with Ms. Granger, we have been greatly impacted by her. She is one of those characters who most girls want to be like. Strong, pretty, independent and level headed. She was an amazing role model for us as we grow up and as the years go on, she will be an amazing role model to future generations. – Lexi

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