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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: https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling

Posted by Pottermore on Friday, January 29, 2016

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J.K. Rowling Reveals the Secret She Told Alan Rickman About Snape

J.K. Rowling has revealed the secret piece of information she gave Alan Rickman during the filming of Harry Potter about his famous character Severus Snape.

Alan confided that J.K. had given him special insight about the character in a 2010 interview with RTE.

“She gave me one little piece of information, which I always said I would never share with anybody and never have, and never will,” Alan said. “It wasn’t a plot point, or crucial in any tangible way, but it was crucial to me as a piece of information that made me travel down that road rather than that one or that one or that one.”

When a fan asked J.K. about it on Twitter following Alan’s death, she finally shared the famous secret, writing, “I told Alan what lies behind the word ‘always.’”

J.K. Rowling Mourns Alan Rickman: 'We Have All Lost a Great Talent'

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has taken to Twitter to mourn Alan Rickman on Thursday (January 14) after news of his death spread.

“There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man,” J.K. wrote. “My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

Alan, who died from cancer at age 69, starred as Severus Snape in all of the Harry Potter movies.

J.K. Rowling Slams Critics of Black Actress Playing Hermione

J.K. Rowling has taken to her Twitter account to defend the casting of a black actress in the role of Hermione Granger in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

English actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as an adult Hermione in the play, which will be the eighth story in the franchise.

“Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione,” the author and playwright tweeted.

J.K. also sent some love to fans who praised the casting of Noma.

'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' Casts Actors for Adult Harry, Ron, & Hermione!

The three actors playing adult Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been revealed!

Jamie Parker, pictured to the right, will be playing the role of Harry Potter. Noma Dumezweni will be playing Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley.

“I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer,” author and playwright J.K. Rowling said in a statement.

Here is the synopsis of the play, intended to be the eighth story in the franchise: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Performances start on June 7, 2016 and there are two parts to the play, which can be seen separately or on the same day.

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'Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them' First Teaser Trailer Debuts!

The very first trailer for J.K. Rowling‘s next movie, a “Harry Potter” prequel tale titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has just debuted!

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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