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J.K. Rowling Announces Stage Play 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' Will Open In London Next Year!!

J.K. Rowling has officially announced that a brand new Harry Potter stage play will be opening in London’s West End next year!

“Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago,” the 49-year-old author wrote on her Twitter account. “I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.”

“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans,” J.K. continued. “However, I can say that it is not a prequel! To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play. They will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the new play coming to London?

Ezra Miller Joins 'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts'

It looks like Ezra Miller will star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

According to Variety, the 22-year-old actor is in talks to star as Kredan in the highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off by J.K. Rowling.

Sources tell the outlet that Ezra was always the favorite for the role, though the deal has yet to close.

“Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter‘s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).”

Mark your calendars – the film hits theaters on November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX!

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J.K. Rowling Reveals More 'Harry Potter' Backstory About the Dursley Family

J.K. Rowling updated Pottermore with some new information about the Dursley family from her famous Harry Potter book series.

In the new piece, the author writes that the Dursley family is, “reactionary, prejudiced, narrow-minded, ignorant and bigoted; most of my least favorite things.”

Concerning Aunt Petunia and Harry’s final goodbye in the series, J.K. says she wanted “something decent (a long-forgotten but dimly burning love of her sister; the realisation that she might never see Lily’s eyes again) almost struggled out of Aunt Petunia” during the moment, “but that she is not able to admit it, or show those long buried feelings.”

J.K. also explained lots of back story about the family, including a disastrous first meeting between Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and Lily and James Potter. James and Vernon immediately did not get along.

It’s also revealed that Vernon hated Harry because he looked so much like his father.

J.K. also wrote about how she named the characters of Vernon and Petunia. Vernon was “a name I never much cared for”, and Petunia “the name that I always gave unpleasant female characters in games of make believe I played with my sister, Di, when we were very young.”

Katherine Waterston Lands Female Lead in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Katherine Waterston has landed the lead female role in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter series.

The 35-year-old actress will play “Tina, short for Porpentina, a witch who works her magic in the U.S. She meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures,” according to Variety.

Katherine is best known for her break-out role in the film Inherent Vice and her work on the series Boardwalk Empire.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Katherine Waterston’s casting?

Harry Potter's Severus Snape Works For American Airlines - See the Pic!

Famed Harry Potter villain Severus Snape is alive and well and working for American Airlines!?

The airline posted a photo to their Facebook account of a Severus Snape lookalike employee who has been getting traction for years for his similar appearance to the fictional character.

“Severus Snape will assist you in the boarding process for Flight Nine and Three Quarters from LaGuardia to Hogwarts. We’ll be boarding by Sorting House and are expecting a full flight today,” the Facebook post read. “Our First Class Slytherin passengers can now board the Patronus Jet. Please let our Flight Attendants know if you would like a pre-departure butterbeer. Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff are welcome to board next. Last and certainly least, Gryffindor and Muggles may board.”

The lookalike’s real name is actually David Dolci and he bares a striking resemblance to Alan Rickman, who portrayed Snape in all the Harry Potter films! Bigger photo inside… More Here! »

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Draco Malfoy Turns 35 Today, J.K. Rowling Confirms!

There is a big birthday to celebrate today – Harry Potter character Draco Malfoy (played by Tom Felton in the movies) is turning 35!

The news was confirmed on Twitter by the book series’ author J.K. Rowling, who responded to a fan’s question about how old Draco would be turning as she knew from the books that it was his birthday on June 5.

“Draco turns 35 today. I’m not invited to the party, mainly because I keep telling girls they’re misguided to fancy him,” J.K. wrote.

Rowling previously wrote on Pottermore to warn fans about crushing on a villain.

“I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character,” she wrote. “All this has left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends.”

Eddie Redmayne to Star in J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

Eddie Redmayne catches the cameras while walking back to his hotel with wife Hannah Bagshawe on a gloomy Monday (June 1) in New York City.

That same day, it was made official – the 33-year-old actor will play lead Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Eddie Redmayne has emerged as one of today’s most extraordinarily talented and acclaimed actors,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman said in a statement (via EW). “We are thrilled to welcome him into J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World, where we know he will deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander, the central character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Mark your calendars – the film hits theaters on November 18, 2016 in 3D and IMAX!

For 10+ pictures of Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe out in NYC, head over to

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