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J.K. Rowling Defends Donald Trump's Right to Free Speech

J.K. Rowling is defending Donald Trump’s right to “be offensive and bigoted.”

The Harry Potter author spoke up about the presidential hopeful’s freedom of speech during an appearance at the PEN Literary Gala on Monday (May 16) in New York City.

“His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine,” J.K. said (via LA Times). “Unless we take that absolute position, without caveats or apologies, we have set foot upon a road with only one destination.”

She continued, “If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed a line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.”

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J.K. Rowling Reveals 'History of Magic in North America' Titles & Themes

J.K. Rowling has revealed the titles of her upcoming Pottermore series on the magical history of North America!

A new installment will be released on the site each day March 9-11 at 9 a.m. EST, EW reports.

“Seventeenth Century and Beyond” will debut Wednesday (March 9) and covers the Salem witch trials, explaining why being a witch or wizard is more dangerous in North America than it is in Europe.

“Rappaport’s Law” debuts Thursday (March 10) and discusses strict laws about wizarding secrecy in the 18th century.

“1920s Wizarding America” debuts Friday (March 11) and tells the story of “the American makers of the finest wizarding implements.”

Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling Releasing Four Stories Detailing North American Wizarding World!

J.K. Rowling is releasing four stories on Pottermore to introduce fans to the North American Harry Potter world before the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

The famed author of the “Harry Potter” series will release “History of Magic in North America” in four installments and introduce fans to the wizard school in the US Ilvermorny, Skin-walkers, the Salem witch trials, the US version of the Ministry of Magic, called the Magical Congress of the United States of America, and more!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on November 18.

The first written piece will be revealed on Pottermore on Tuesday (March 8), so stay tuned!

Watch a preview video from EW below…

J.K. Rowling Confirms 'Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them' Will Be a Trilogy!

Awesome news – Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them will, in fact, entail three movies!

Author J.K. Rowling confirmed the trilogy news on Twitter.

She wrote to a fan, “You heard wrong, I’m afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though!”

The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob (Dan Fogler), a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and more star in the film, which will hit theaters on November 18, 2016!

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J.K. Rowling Clarifies Rumors About 'Harry Potter & the Cursed Child'

There’s a lot of mis-information about the new Harry Potter script being published as a book this coming summer, so author J.K. Rowling is offering up some clarification!

First, the 50-year-old writer addressed that it is not a new “Harry Potter” book. It is a script of the new Harry Potter play, being published in book form. The script is titled, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.

“To be clear! The SCRIPT of #CursedChild is being published. #NotANovel #NotAPrequel 😉,” J.K. tweeted.

She also wanted to address that the book is not a prequel to the story.

“The script will be in book form, true, but it’s still #NotAPrequel because it’s set #19YearsLater,” she wrote on her Twitter account. She also clarified that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the prequel to Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling Reveals More Magical Schools in the 'Harry Potter' World

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has just revealed the existence of 11 other magical schools like Hogwarts, including a school in America!

In a series of posts on Pottermore, the 50-year-old author explained that there are schools in Japan and Brazil as well as more secretive institutions in Africa, Europe and the East Coast of the United States.

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Not many details were revealed about the American Wizarding Academy but fans finally know that it is called Ilvermorny.

J.K. also explained that although only 11 schools are registered with International Confederation of Wizards, there are many smaller institutions while most wizards “choose the option of home schooling.”

Ever wondered about wizarding schools other than Hogwarts? Wonder no more. We’re delighted to share our wizarding schools map with you:

Posted by Pottermore on Friday, January 29, 2016

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