Last week, JK Rowling revealed the form her Patronus takes — a pine marten. Which is so adorable that I’ve stopped coveting the rabbit that lives in our backyard, and now I’m coveting my very own pine marten friend who will chillax with me while I write. Nerdist also reviewed several characters’ Patronuses, and you […]
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A recent study conducted by Facebook revealed that author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" book series has been more influential in people's lives than the Bible.
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In the world of Harry Potter, a witch or wizard's Patronus is a very personal and powerful thing. Conjured by a mixture of magic and a person's happiest memory, the energy force takes the form of an animal, which can be guided to ward off Dementors and Lethifolds. Harry's Patronus is a stag, while Ron Weasley's is a Jack Russell terrier. Click To Continue Reading
14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important. Read the rest
For years we have waited in the dark, like Voldemort's wispy soul in the forests of Albania, awaiting the answer to wizardry's oldest question: What is J.K. Rowling's patronus? Like Albus Dumbledore after discovering the 12 uses of dragon's blood, we now know the truth: .@acciowandspells It's a pine marten. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2014 The noble pine [...]
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With all this recent talk of patronuses (patroni? patronees?) lately, it only stands to reason that someone would think to ask the Harry Potter creator about what her own happy thoughts would eventually conjure. So, now that we know... what the heck is a pine marten? And more importantly, will I want to cuddle it? The answer to that last question is a resounding yes.
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I figured it would be pretty easy to figure out what my Patronus would be. A cat, obviously. But then, maybe a red panda...or a fennec fox! OH GOD, WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT?! Don't worry, a solution may be about to present itself thanks to Pottermore.
It’s been more than seven years since JK Rowling told the world Dumbledore was gay, yet the author still gets trolled for it. When one former Potter fan took to Twitter to vent his rage directly, Rowling handled the situation with the grace. Show More Summary
All the magical Londons. Over at Tor.com, there's a great roundup of all the fantasy versions of London that have appeared in books, movies and other media, from Gaiman to Rowling. With a ton more brought up in the comments. Read more...
As if we could possibly love the author of Harry Potter even MORE than we already do! J.K. Rowling goes and does something like this and it's as if we're under a new love potion! The brilliant author has been dealing with some annoying Twitter trolls since she's gotten more politically active, but this specific one had a problem with Albus [...]
The Harry Potter author lives in Scotland
This Saturday, Twitter user and probable Death Eater @halfelven55ff responded to a tweet J.K. Rowling made way back in May by criticizing the author for exposing what he refers to as "Dumbledore's deviant lifestyle." But beware, oh ye who underestimate Rowling's political savvy and Klout Score!
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Harry Potter author and gazillionaire J.K. Rowling doesn’t take to Twitter often, but she had the perfect response to one homophobic hater. This weekend, one “Frank Fraticelli” posted this nugget of information: Showing good form, Rowling hit back with this: @halfelven55ff I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He’s much more your kind of […]
The bestselling author responded to an unhappy reader's complaints about her beloved character Albus Dumbledore being gay with a curt response on Twitter.