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All Eight 'Harry Potter' Movies Are Available to Stream on HBO Max!

Surprise! All eight Harry Potter movies are currently available to stream on HBO Max that launched today (May 27)!

Currently available to stream are: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002), “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005), “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009), and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).

The Harry Potter spinoff movies, Fantastic Beasts, are also available.

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The films starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.

If you missed it, Rupert recently celebrated some very amazing news!

J.K. Rowling Reveals the True Birthplace of 'Harry Potter' Series & Fans Are Shocked!

J.K. Rowling is addressing fan theories about the birthplace of Harry Potter.

The 54-year-old author responded to fans on Twitter on Wednesday (May 20) regarding the origins of the series.

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“I was thinking of putting a section on my website about all the alleged inspirations and birthplaces of Potter. I’d been writing Potter for several years before I ever set foot in this cafe, so it’s not the birthplace, but I *did* write in there so we’ll let them off!” she wrote in response to one fan, who asked whether a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Elephant House, was where she came up with the series.

“This is the true birthplace of Harry Potter, if you define ‘birthplace’ as the spot where I put pen to paper for the first time.’ I was renting a room in a flat over what was then a sports shop. The first bricks of Hogwarts were laid in a flat in Clapham Junction,” she then confirmed.

“*If you define the birthplace of Harry Potter as the moment when I had the initial idea, then it was a Manchester-London train. ut I’m perennially amused by the idea that Hogwarts was directly inspired by beautiful places I saw or visited, because it’s so far from the truth.”

She also revealed where she came up with the idea of Quidditch.

“This building is in Manchester and used to be the Bourneville Hotel (Pretty sure it’s this building. It might be the one along). Anyway, I spent a single night there in 1991, and when I left next morning, I’d invented Quidditch.”

“I sometimes hear Hogwarts was based on one or other of Edinburgh’s schools, but that’s 100% false, too. Hogwarts was created long before I clapped eyes on any of them! I did finish Hallows in the Balmoral, though, & I can’t lie, I’d rate it a smidge higher than the Bournville,” she went on to reveal.

“My favourite bit of utter nonsense about Potter landmarks is still this one. I can’t drive,” she wrote in response to a fan who said a Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh pointed out the parking meter she used while writing the final Harry Potter.

Harry Potter also went viral in a discussion about the naming of its characters.

Find out what rumors she debunked about the series…More Here! »

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Here's Why Daniel Radcliffe Thinks Rupert Grint's Baby News Is 'Very Cool' But Also 'Super Weird'

Daniel Radcliffe revealed his feelings about his former Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint welcoming a new baby this month!

“Yes, I texted him the other day, actually, just being like, I’m so happy for him,” Daniel said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live!. “It’s very, very cool.”

He also added, “It’s also super weird for me to think that we are all of the age where we’re having children, but we definitely are and it’s really cool.”

“We’re all just a terrible yardstick for how old you are,” he added. “I remember when I turned 30, a lot of people in my life were really depressed to find out that had happened.”

Here’s what we know about Rupert Grint‘s brand new baby!

Viral Tweet About J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Character Names Leads to Discussion About Cultural Stereotypes

The Internet is discussing J.K. Rowling‘s character naming process.

The author of the wildly popular Harry Potter series was the subject of a viral tweet from The New York TimesAstead W. Herndon on Wednesday (May 13).

J.K. Rowling, thinking of a name of white character: Albus Dumbeldore, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall. J.K. Rowling, thinking of nonwhite character: Cho Chang,” the tweet reads, which garnered over 148,000 “likes” in a day.

The tweet resulted in a large debate in the replies, with some pointing out other names in the book that play to certain cultural stereotypes.

“ITS TWO LAST NAMES from two diff ethnicities as well? did they not have google back then for authors?” wrote back one user.

“Yo forgot about Seamus Finnigan, the singular Irish character, who loves turning water into alcohol and blowing stuff up as an 11 yo,” added one commenter.

“Just pointing out: *Seamus Finnegan* the Irish kid, Minerva *McGonagal* the Scottish teacher. There were stereotypes to go around in that series. Ironically tho, Dean Thomas out there being the most normally named mofo in Gryffindor,” added another.

“This is getting annoying. Victor Krum and Fleur Delacour had names that fit their culture too, stop it,” another user wrote.

Daniel Radcliffe recently did something to celebrate the legacy of Harry Potter.

Check out the J.K. Rowling tweet and the replies…

Daniel Radcliffe Returns to 'Harry Potter,' Reads Aloud First Chapter of 'Sorcerer's Stone'

Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the Harry Potter universe to read chapter one of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” also known in the UK as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Daniel starred as Harry Potter in all the films that were released in the early 2000s.

The project is bringing together a bunch of celebrities, who will each be reading from JK Rowling‘s iconic book series.

You can watch Daniel reading the entire first chapter, “The Boy Who Lived,” right here. And also check out the teaser to see what other celebrities are currently involved in the project!

We’re glad to see Daniel doing well after this viral hoax about him!

J.K. Rowling Remembers Alan Rickman in Emotional Tweet (& We're Not Crying, You Are)

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J.K. Rowling had an emotional moment while remembering the late Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman in a recent tweet.

A fan tweeted, “Tonight in Italy they air ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2′. As always, I’m NOT ready to say goodbye to Severus Snape … Thank you @jk_rowling for this unique character and for convincing Alan Rickman to portray him – we had the perfect Severus Snape.”

J.K. replied, “In Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Snape makes his first appearance with his back to the audience. At the dress rehearsal I saw him in his long black wig & my eyes filled with tears because, for a split second, my irrational heart believed when Snape turned round, I’d see Alan.”

Our hearts.

If you missed it, find out the secret J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman about Snape.

J.K. recently revealed that she had coronavirus symptoms but is now recovering with the help of this technique. See what she’s done to entertain Harry Potter fans who are social distancing at home.

READ MORE: In Memoriam: 9 ‘Harry Potter’ Actors Who Have Sadly Passed Away Since Filming

J.K. Rowling Launches 'Harry Potter at Home' to Entertain Families While Social Distancing

J.K. Rowling has just announced the launch of Harry Potter at Home!

The online hub, meant to help families in quarantine right now, will contain “special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!”

She personally tweeted out the news this morning and fans were eager to try it out.

This is not the only major move J.K. has made for Harry Potter fans during this global health crisis.