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JK Rowling News Updates

A lot of announcements today for all thing Jo. She tweeted this morning in support of The Impress Project an Indiegogo project in support of fair and honest journalism in the UK.

On Facebook Jo's page announced that she will be one of the guest editors for BBC 4's Woman's Hour Takeover Week. She will be the guest editor on the Monday, April 28's program, discussing institutions and orphanages in Europe, multiple sclerosis and other topics.

And, thanks to those keen eyes at Snitch Seeker we learned that the Casting Call for the BBC production of The Casual Vacancy is today too. Filming begins in June and runs through August, so hopefully will be on television this fall in the UK.

Posted on 09 Apr 2014 by Janet

'Tale of Three Brothers' Trailer Released

As we reported last year, the New England School of Communications (NESCOM) has been working on a student production of JK Rowling's short story "The Tale of the Three Brothers". They have released a trailer for the public. Because it is a student film, it will not be released publicly, but if you happen to be in Maine, you can see the screening at The Gracie Theater on May 4, 2014. Congrats to everyone involved, because it looks fabulous smile (I hope Jo gets to see it!)

Posted on 08 Apr 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling Updates Pottermore With Quidditch History

The Pottermore site has a new entry all about the History of the Quidditch World Cup. In the first part of the history, found in the "Campsite" section of Chapter 7, Book 4, Jo gives readers a lot of new details about the popular International Wizarding event that began in 1473. We get to learn about How the Tournament Works and several Infamous Tournaments, including the 1994 game we first read about in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
According to the Pottermore Insider blog, Part 2 will be released next Friday (March 21) and will detail more about the rules of Quidditch and recaps of every tournament.

This is the longest entry Rowling has written for Pottermore so far, with more to look forward to. While it seems that the long-anticipated "Encyclopedia" is being published piece-meal on Pottermore, the interactive site Jo launched with Warner Brothers in 2011, it also looks like Jo is well-immersed in the Wizarding World still. She is supposedly still writing a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Could we be seeing more after that? Say, perhaps, a Quidditch sports epic about the Tournament that Nobody Remembers? ;) As long as she keeps writing, we are all winners!

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 by Janet

New Robert Galbraith Book Release Dates Revealed

Joanne Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, will release The Silkworm, the second novel of the detective Comoran Strike series on June 19, 2014 in the UK and June 24th in the USA and Canada.

From the Hatchette Books site:
"When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before..."

The new book is already getting big buzz from critics, especially after the well-reviewed The Cuckoo's Calling which Jo secretly published under the male pen name. She recently gave a talk at Exeter College at Oxford in which she discussed writing as a "bloke" and how disappointing it was when her secret was exposed by one of her lawyers.

From The Evening Standard:
You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen, she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.

Also announced on the Little, Brown Publishers site:
"Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling will not be available for interview but will be taking part in the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, on 18th July at 7:30pm, in conversation with Val McDermid."

Info for the festival is HERE. There will be signings after the interview.

Looking forward to another great mystery novel from Rowling/Galbraith. smile

Posted on 16 Feb 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling Interview with Emma Watson Released

The now-infamous interview between J.K. Rowling and actress Emma Watson has been released in Wonderland's latest issue. Watson was the guest editor for the fashion and pop culture magazine (which I do not yet have a copy of).
BUT, Thanks to Hypable we can read an excerpt, specifically concerning the Ron/Hermione relationship.

"Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognizable to a lot of readers and yet you dont see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside."

"Rowling: I love Hermione.

Watson: I love her too.

Rowling: Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? Theyll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical."

EVEN More interestingis the part in which the two discuss the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film for which Jo wrote her first screenplay. She reveals the first draft was written in only 12 days!

"I really did have one of those moments that always make you phenomenally excited as a writer; but also that you know is going to end up being a ton of work. I thought, "Oh my God, a whole plot's just descended on me!" But I wanted to do it as I was really excited about it.

They also joke about secretly being in costumes in the background of the FBAWTFT film, so I for one will have my eyes peeled when it comes out!

Copies of WONDERLAND magazine are available to order

The official JKRowling site now has a transcript of the FULL INTERVIEW

Posted on 08 Feb 2014 by Janet

Stunning Confession from J.K. Rowling

Jo has stunned the Harry Potter fandom with an admission that she thinks she should have matched Harry with Hermione in the series instead of putting Hermione and Ron together.
The Sunday Times broke the story after an interview between Jo and Emma Watson for Wonderland magazine.

From the Sunday Times: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment, she says. Thats how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.

I know, Im sorry, she continued, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if Im absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking peoples hearts by saying this? I hope not.

The Feb/March issue of Wonderland will be released February 7th. Watson is the guest editor and is featured on the covers.


Posted on 01 Feb 2014 by Janet

J.K. Rowling to Co-Produce play based on 'Harry Potter'

Joanne K. Rowling will be the co-producer of a stage play about Harry Potter's early years, prior to receiving his letter from Hogwarts. She will serve as collaborator and co-producer along with veteran producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender and an unnamed playwright. The play is expected to debut in West End London within two years.

The Daily Mail received an exclusive announcement and just revealed a few details, including:
"Harry Potters theatrical adaptation will seek to offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom destiny has plans..."

And: "

Rowling noted the numerous approaches she has received about putting Harry Potter on the stage, but the vision put forth by Sonia and Colin was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harrys story to the stage.

After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phrase.
Warner Brothers is expected to be involved in the production as well.
We will be following this story for more information as it develops, but I for one think this is a fabulous Christmas present for all JK Rowling Fans smile

READ MORE at the Daily Mail

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 by Janet

LUMOS Bracelet Raises 20,000 For Charity

The bracelet J.K. Rowling helped design for her charity LUMOS was auctioned for 20,000 by Sotheby's on December 10. The charm bracelet was designed with Jo's help by Hamilton & Inches jewelers in Scotland and has several charms representing the Harry Potter books and the charity for disabled and institutionalized children Jo founded, LUMOS. (See article below for more info)
Her FACEBOOK page was updated this morning with information about the auction. The man who won the auction stated: "J.K. Rowling said before the auction that she was certain the sister bracelet would go to a very nice woman, and she can be confident the bracelet will be treasured by Yvonne and my family for generations.

"My wife absolutely adores the Harry Potter series and she now can't wait until Christmas day to open her present.

"As someone who supports a number of charitable causes, it has also been very pleasing to back a charity which creates opportunity for so many disadvantaged young people across the world."

J.K. Rowling had also written an article for Harper's Bazaar UK which she describes as "the story of three charm bracelets." Harper's has made it available online post-auction. It's a wonderful story, by our favorite storyteller, so go READ IT in full.

No word yet on when that gorgeous bracelet will be replicated and sold to the masses. ;)

[Picture from Harper's Bazaar UK]

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 by Janet

JK Rowling Designed Bracelet to Auction for LUMOS

J.K. Rowling helped design a special charm bracelet which will be auctioned off by Sotheby's to raise funds for LUMOS.
The description from the site:
194mm. sterling silver chain bracelet with eleven handcrafted charms including gold, diamonds and gems, a twelfth charm acts as a fastener, presented in purple silk and velvet folding box with clasp.

It includes charms which represent the Harry Potter books and magic, but Jo says the most special one is the butterfly which is the symbol of LUMOS. She discusses the December 10th auction in an article for Harper's Bazaar which recently named her Inspiration of the Year for the humanitarian work she and her charity LUMOS do for children in Europe.

We are now having another fundraising drive, and this time weve decided that, as part of our money raising scheme, we are auctioning a unique piece of jewellery at Sothebys on 10 December. The first idea was a brooch, but I, of course, proposed a charm bracelet. I sketched some ideas based on my treasured Bloomsbury bracelet and took them to the Scottish jeweller Hamilton & Inches. With incredible generosity, they offered to make the piece free of charge.

The last and the prettiest of this storys bracelets could have come out of a fairy tale itself. It carries a collection of unique handmade charms that allude to stories and magic, including a winged key, a tiny spell book and (for Harry) a bolt of lightning. The most precious charm of the lot is a little jewelled butterfly, which is the logo of Lumos a symbol of transformation and liberation, of the beauty that can emerge from dark confinement.

The bracelet is expected to raise 15-20,000 pounds for LUMOS.
(I am hoping they make cheaper versions to sell to fans! smile )

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 by Janet

JK Rowling Hosts LUMOS Charity Event

(via Mugglenet)

J.K. Rowling hosted a celebrity-filled event for LUMOS at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios in London on November 9, 2013. Cast members from the Harry Potter films were among the guests and supporters who were there to raise funds and attention for the charity that aids East European children who are put into institutions because of disabilities and poverty. Jo started LUMOS in 2005 to offer light in these children's bleak lives.

This event included a tour of the HP Studios for guests and their families. After the tour was a dinner, then the children were entertained by magicians and some of the animals from the films. Adult guests had a charity auction. The event raised over 1million overall.
Thanks to Mugglenet we can also watch video of the minglers, with Jo at about :12. Keep watching to see some of the wonders at the Studio.

Also, during the event SKY News interviewed Jo about LUMOS and her career. The interview is on video at the link.

"There are eight million children globally being raised in institutions and everything we know about institutionalisation tells us it is harmful to children's physical and mental health," Rowling said.

Jo also admits that she will never write a book as successful as the Harry Potter series.

"If you've had the kind of success that you never expected you can think 'oh no, how dreadful I'll never ever top that', or you can say 'how incredibly marvellous and liberating that I made money beyond my wildest dreams and that I can affect issues I really care about'."

She says that she has always written what she wants to write, and wll continue to write as long as she can.
Thank goodness! :)

From the official JK Rowling Facebook page:

J.K. Rowling said:

Since setting up the charity eight years ago to help change the lives of so many children living unnecessarily in appalling institutions across the world, Lumos has already helped governments to take nearly 12,000 children out of these institutions. We have prevented the deaths of more than 400 extremely vulnerable children with disabilities, who were not receiving the care they needed in institutions. We have helped the EU change its rules on how it uses money to reform health, education and social services and we are just beginning. There is so much more we need to do to bring an end to the institutionalisation of children.

The incredible support we have received tonight will directly go towards helping achieve all this.

(via tumblr)

Posted on 10 Nov 2013 by Janet

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