News articles tagged 'J.K. Rowling'

Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates

Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David YatesWarner Bros. today confirmed that at least three Fantastic Beasts spin-off films will be produced: the first released in 2016 and then in 2018 and 2020.

While J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay, it has been revealed today that David Yates (director of Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films) will direct. Producer David Heyman and various other members of the 'Potter' production crew will also return.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a fictional textbook in the 'Potter' universe) will follow the adventures of author Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling teased fans last week with a Twitter anagram, revealing, "Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway."

J.K. Rowling to pen 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' for the screen; the first in a new series of 'Potter'–inspired films J.K. Rowling to pen 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' for the screen; the first in a new series of 'Potter'–inspired films

Warner Bros. today announced that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut by bringing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (first published in 2001 as a 'Potter' companion book) to the silver screen.

The movie will be "the first in a new film series" and will be set in New York, seventy years before Harry's adventure begins. The film series will follow the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and will, "feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans".

Says Jo Rowling:

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

J.K. Rowling revealed as author of crime novel, 'The Cuckoo's Calling', published back in April J.K. Rowling revealed as author of crime novel, 'The Cuckoo's Calling', published back in April

It has been revealed today that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is the writer behind The Cuckoo’s Calling, a crime novel published back in April under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'.

Rowling revealed she was the author of the 450-page novel earlier today, stating, "I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The Cuckoo’s Calling is Rowling's second post-Potter novel, the first being The Casual Vacancy which was published in September of last year. It's currently available for purchase on Amazon.

J.K. Rowling's new novel – The Casual Vacancy – to be released today, find out when J.K. Rowling's new novel – The Casual Vacancy – to be released today, find out when

J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be released today

Five years after the publication of the final Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling's new novel – a book for adults – will be published today.

The Casual Vacancy will be released at 8:00 AM in London: that's midnight in LA, 3:00 AM in New York and 5:00 PM in Eastern Australia. (Use this time zone converter to find out when that is for you.)

Set in the small English town of Pagford, the novel clocks in at 512 pages and has been described as, "blackly comic, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising". You can purchase the new novel over at Amazon.

And what of Harry's future? While Rowling has continued to dismiss suggestions of a return to the Potter universe, she did mention in an interview with the BBC that, "I have always left the door ajar because I'm not that cruel. If I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it".

J.K. Rowling's new book 'The Casual Vacancy' out 27 September J.K. Rowling's new book 'The Casual Vacancy' out 27 September

J.K. Rowling's new novel for adults is called The Casual Vacancy and will be released on 27 September of this year.

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Jo's website has also been given a revamp and features a comprehensive timeline of everything Rowling and 'Potter'. While you're at it, bookmark thecasualvacancyfanzone.com – it redirects to Harry Potter Fan Zone where we'll be keeping you up-to-date with this new chapter in Jo's literary life.

J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adults, out later this year J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adults, out later this year

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling today announced that she is working on her first novel since 'Potter', a story for adults.

J.K. Rowling working on a novel for adultsAlthough I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher.

I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.

The title and release date are yet to be announced, but it's safe to say exciting times lie ahead!

Update: According to a tweet from Jo Rowling, the novel will be released later this year and will be, "very different to Harry". She added, "I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much".

J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows' J.K. Rowling reveals she almost killed Ron Weasley in 'Deathly Hallows'

J.K. Rowling has revealed that she almost killed Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

"Funnily enough, I planned from the start that none of them would die. Then midway through, which I think is a reflection of the fact that I wasn't in a very happy place, I started thinking I might polish one of them off. Out of sheer spite. 'There, now you definitely can't have him any more.' But I think in my absolute heart of heart of hearts, although I did seriously consider killing Ron, [I wouldn't have done it]," she told the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films and who was "convinced one of the main three had to buy it".

Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry! Happy birthday J.K. Rowling and Harry!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her birthday today, along with her fictional hero Harry Potter. Happy birthday Jo!

J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore' J.K. Rowling announces 'Pottermore'

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has just announced Pottermore, a "free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books."

Fans can register their email address with the project now, and more information will be revealed on July 31 (Harry and Jo's birthday).

J.K. Rowling to appear on 'Oprah' on Friday J.K. Rowling to appear on 'Oprah' on Friday

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will appear on the The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday, October first. The interview was recorded at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh where Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007.

In a wide-ranging interview that took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling speaks candidly with Winfrey about her life and career as well as her journey to becoming one of the most recognizable writers of children's literature today. Rowling, who rarely does interviews, also shares her thoughts on the possibility of ever writing another Harry Potter book in the future.

Rowling reveals the moment when she knew that her life had changed forever. It was while in the United States on her second book tour: "There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, oh my God. And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That's a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me…was when it felt 'Beatle-esque.'"

Rowling also reveals to Winfrey that coping with the pressures of sudden stardom was not easy: "You ask about the pressure. At that point, I kept saying to people, yeah I'm coping…but the truth was there were times when I was barely hanging on by a thread."

Read the full press release by clicking here.

JKRowling.com undergoes slight changes JKRowling.com undergoes slight changes

jkr site2As some of the more dedicated Harry Potter fans may know, J. K. Rowling's official site hasn't been updated in over a year. Now, a few minor changes have been spotted, including edited links and the title of her diary on the main page.

Perhaps these now minor changes could be hints of some more major updates to her sites. Stay tuned.

Happy birthday, Harry and Jo! Happy birthday, Harry and Jo!

harry-gofThe 31st of July is every devout Harry Potter fan's favourite day of the year because of two very important celebrity birthdays. A very happy birthday today to Harry Potter, who beat Lord Voldemort at his own game and made the world safe for Muggles everywhere.

Also, many warm and heartfelt wishes to Harry's creator, J. K. Rowling. Through online Harry Potter fandoms such as HPFZ, fans worldwide are connected because of their mutual love of her books. The world feels so much smaller, and it is – thanks to her. Best wishes and thank you Jo! We hope you have an amazing and relaxing day; you definitely deserve it.

Chair that Rowling wrote PS, CS on up for auction Chair that Rowling wrote PS, CS on up for auction

090721 jo chairThe chair that J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two Harry Potter books in her Scottish flat is now up for auction on eBay. The chair was originally donated by Ms. Rowling to a charity auction in 2002, and is being auctioned off again now through July 26 with 20% of the proceeds going to Book Abroad, a charity that sends free school books to impoverished countries. From Ananova:

Rowling wrote … on the chair in her Scottish council flat when she was a single mother, surviving on benefits and struggling with depression. It has been personalised by the author herself and features several painted slogans including: "I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair."

Proving its authenticity, the chair comes complete with a special Owl Mail signed by Rowling and addressed to the 'new owner of my chair'. The letter explains that she was given four mismatched dining room chairs in 1995 and, because it was the most comfortable, it was this one that ended up at her desk in front of her typewriter.

You can see some stunning photos of the chair at this link, and you can read and see the the authenticity letter at this link. For more information, visit the chair's website.

US fans can catch JKR documentary tonight on ABC US fans can catch JKR documentary tonight on ABC

090716 jkrA quick reminder for those of you in the US: ABC will be airing James Runcie's documentary "J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life" tonight, July 16, at 8:00 pm EST. Here's how Runcie describes his documentary:

It’s an intimate, personal encounter, in which J.K. Rowling talks simply and honestly about her life and her writing. It was not made as a glitzy publicity film because I wasn’t very interested in making something anyone else could have done. Instead, the aim was to make something more quietly revealing, to discover what Rowling really thought, and to discuss some of the central themes of her work; childhood hopes and fears, loyalty and betrayal, chance and fate.

Campaign sparked by JKR's MS Society resignation Campaign sparked by JKR's MS Society resignation

rowling-hallowsRemember when J.K. Rowling stepped down as patron of Scotland's MS Society last week? Her actions were a wake-up call for Multiple Sclerosis Society leaders. According to local Scottish journals (The Press and Journal, the Scotsman, and John O'Groat Journal), a campaign has been sparked following her resignation.

Specifically, the Caithness group of Scotland has written to all the other MS Society branches of Scotland requesting an "extraordinary general meeting," proposing that the society in Scotland break away from the UK-wide organization.

Mrs. Patricia Stanley, chairwoman of the Caithness group, suffers from multiple sclerosis herself. She explains she believes J. K. Rowling resigned because of unexplained suspensions of council members, adding:

"…We are as much in the dark as the public as to what exactly has been going on, but note that Ms Rowling has said that she has resigned because of the imposition of decisions upon Scotland by London."

The possibility of the MS Society of Scotland's independence from the UK-wide society may seem promising; the organisation can potentially be an excellent charity. We can only hope that all turns out well.

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