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J.K. Rowling reveals new information about the 'Potter' family lineage, Harry's grandparents J.K. Rowling reveals new information about the 'Potter' family lineage, Harry's grandparents

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed some exciting new information about the 'Potter' family lineage over at Pottermore today. She also revealed, at long last, the names of Harry's grandparents — Fleamont and Euphemia Potter.

The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.

Potter is a not uncommon Muggle surname, and the family did not make the so-called ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ for this reason; the anonymous compiler of that supposedly definitive list of pure-bloods suspected that they had sprung from what he considered to be tainted blood. The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, however, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.

Harry finds the Mirror of Erised

Harry finds the Mirror of Erised. Image: Pottermore.com

In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.

Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell, who came from the village of Godric’s Hollow. She was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell. In the absence of male heirs, she, the eldest of her generation, had inherited her grandfather’s invisibility cloak. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.

The Potters continued to marry their neighbours, occasionally Muggles, and to live in the West of England, for several generations, each one adding to the family coffers by their hard work and, it must be said, by the quiet brand of ingenuity that had characterised their forebear, Linfred.

Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 – 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.

Henry’s son was called Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry’s mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out. He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at duelling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name. It was Fleamont who took the family gold and quadrupled it, by creating magical Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion ( ‘two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet’ ). He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness. They had quite given up hope of a son or daughter when, to their shock and surprise, Euphemia found that she was pregnant and their beloved boy, James, was born.

Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age, and James Potter then inherited Ignotus Peverell’s Invisibility Cloak.

Chris Columbus would like to direct a Harry Potter film set before the 'Deathly Hallows' epilogue Chris Columbus would like to direct a Harry Potter film set before the 'Deathly Hallows' epilogue

Chris Columbus has expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film, set before the 'Deathly Hallows' epilogue

Chris Columbus has expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film, set before the 'Deathly Hallows' epilogue

Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, recently expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film — set before the events of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. Asked about returning to the 'Potter' universe, Columbus said:

"I would love to go back and do another one. "Not 'Fantastic Beasts' as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters – Harry, Hermione, and Ron. "I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There's 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories," he said.

And what does J.K. Rowling think of the idea? Columbus mused, "I don't have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what's in her head about those missing years."

Chris Columbus directed Philosopher's Stone in 2001 and Chamber of Secrets in 2002. He returned as a producer on Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 before parting with the franchise to spend more time with his family.

 

J.K. Rowling reveals the cost of studying at Hogwarts — it's free! J.K. Rowling reveals the cost of studying at Hogwarts — it's free!

J.K. Rowling revealed that the Ministry of Magic covers the education fees of Hogwarts students

J.K. Rowling revealed that the Ministry of Magic covers the education fees of Hogwarts students

How much would it cost to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? A recent study took a entertaining estimate at the cost of magical tuition — everything from wands and cauldrons to textbooks and robes. Fortunately, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was at hand to clear things up, revealing that the Ministry of Magic covers the cost of a magical education. Brilliant!

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answers 'Fantastic Beasts' questions Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answers 'Fantastic Beasts' questions

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answered a couple of fan questions about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Twitter tonight.

Asked about Dan Fogler (who was recently cast as Newt's rival, Jacob), Rowling said:

Rowling also answered a question about wands, and revealed there will be a character with, "loads of scars".

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November next year. It will be directed by David Yates with a screenplay by Rowling, and stars Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob).

Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming 'Philosopher's Stone' illustrated edition Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming 'Philosopher's Stone' illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the 'Philosopher's Stone' deluxe illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the 'Philosopher's Stone' deluxe illustrated edition

Bloomsbury today announced plans to release a deluxe version of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition. Like the regular illustrated edition, it will feature new art by illustrator Jim Kay.

The deluxe illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic will feature an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. It is the ultimate must-have edition for any fan, collector or bibliophile. This edition will be sold exclusively from the Bloomsbury.com website until March 2016 when it will be made available to retail outlets.

The deluxe illustrated edition will be released on 5 November. Learn more about the illustrated editions right here. Read on to explore some of the Diagon Alley shops in more detail.

Dan Fogler reportedly cast as 'Jacob', Newt's rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Dan Fogler reportedly cast as 'Jacob', Newt's rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt's rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt's rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Deadline is reporting that actor and comedian Dan Fogler will join the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as 'Jacob', Newt Scamander's rival. The report also notes that Jacob is a Muggle.

Fogler joins Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), and Alison Sudol (Queenie). It was previously reported that Warner Bros. were potentially looking at actors Michael Cera, Josh Gad and John Krasinski for the role.

Fogler won a Tony award for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He's also appeared in films such as Kung Fu Panda, Fanboys and Good Luck Chuck.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be released in November next year. It'll be directed by David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and written by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman will also return to produce.

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts film

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts film

Musician Alison Sudol will play the character of 'Queenie' in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Sudol will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, who was cast last month as protagonist Newt Scamander.

The character Queenie is the younger sister of Porpentina (Tina), played by Katherine Waterston, who meets Newt while he is in New York cataloguing magical beasts.

The role of Jacob, Newt's rival in the film, is expected to be announced in the coming days. Josh Gad (Frozen), Michael Cera (Superbad) and John Krasinski (The Office) are rumoured for the part.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first in a trilogy of films) will be released on 18 November 2016. The film will be directed by David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) and penned by J.K. Rowling.

Image: WME Entertainment

Explore the new artwork in the Harry Potter illustrated editions Explore the new artwork in the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Artwork from the Harry Potter illustrated editions

J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', to be performed as a play in London J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', to be performed as a play in London

Update: Here's everything we know about the play so far

J.K. Rowling today announced a new Harry Potter story titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which will be performed as a play in London in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' Harry Potter prequels Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' Harry Potter prequels

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' prequelsWarner Bros. today announced that actor Eddie Redmayne will play protagonist Newt Scamander in the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequels.

According to the press release, "Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films and will direct “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He's also known to audiences for his performance as Marius in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin later this year with a release date of 18 November 2016.

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.

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