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J.K. Rowling Congratulates Robert Galbraith: New Cormoran Strike Novel

The Silkworm | The Cuckoo's Calling

Early this morning, Little, Brown Book Group UK (@LittleBrownUK) took to Twitter to announce their privilege of publishing Robert Galbraith’s next completed novel in the Cormoran Strike series–Career of Evil–this fall. The synopsis and publication date have not been revealed, but Little, Brown assures us that we will be rewarded with this delicious news soon enough.

Publisher

Around that same time, Galbraith (@RGalbraith) announced his completion of the beloved title page. As per true Rowling fashion, the title page was the last to be completed, sealing the deal like an 11-year old’s Hogwarts acceptance letter. J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) tweeted Galbraith saying, “Very pleased for you, Robert.”

Aren’t we all!

Cormoran Strike novel

Career of Evil is to be the third novel in the Cormoran Strike series of a veteran and private investigator facing his own troubles while getting involved in sticky messes others tend to overlook or underestimate. The first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was released in April 2013, but it was not until July of that same year when we learned Robert Galbraith is in fact Rowling herself. The second book, The Silkworm, was released June of last year. And the greatest news yet: Rowling says plans are in the works to create even more books for the series. In addition, last July, she revealed the slightest tidbit of information on this third novel at the only promotional event she attended for the release of The Silkworm. With Career of Evil set for publication this fall, it is looking more and more like we will be served one juicy Galbraith novel a year–each to satisfy us long enough until the next course is served.Rowling answered a few fan tweets, as well. And she pleased us all when she took the liberty of answering one particularly open-ended question.

fan questions for J.K. Rowling

So, what can we expect in Career of Evil? A further insight into the lives of those who leave the military, as released in July’s promotional event. Other than that, we’re once again left to our imaginations. But one thing is certain: Galbraith has yet to disappoint.

“After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible, yes; but great…I think it is clear we can expect great things from you…” (Ollivander, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [film]).

 

Twitter images taken by screen capture.

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Two More February Birthday Wishes for the Potter Cast?!

phelps brosAnd so it is! Today we wish a very happy birthday to identical twins James and Oliver Phelps. The gents who played Fred and George Weasley, respectively, in the ever-popular Potter franchise will wind up a whopping 28 years old before the day’s end. And for those of you who have been wondering for however long, be in suspense no longer! Oliver Phelps is approximately 13 minutes older than James.

Wanna Play Hooky?

A few months before they auditioned for the roles of Fred and George Weasley, the twins’ drama teacher actually told them not to waste their time trying to get into acting. According to the twins, the teacher informed them that they probably wouldn’t do very well. Ha! Joke’s on the teacher, now!

Oliver and James Phelps agree that they’d initially auditioned for the parts as a way to get a day off from school. According to an interview by Matt Risley for Sky Movies, James elaborates that they admittedly scrapped the place once they saw a bunch of other people dressed the same to audition for the parts of Fred and George. They went to a nearby shop and picked up a set of matching outfits for the audition and whilst out, they even ran into the casting director!

Eeeew, Look! A Ginger!

During an interview on Mail Online, James admits that back in the day he used to tease a fellow schoolmate because of his red hair on their walks to school. Oliver also owns up to a contradictory childhood thought: “I remember watching Kate Winslet in Titanic when I was young and thinking: ‘Why the hell would someone dye their hair ginger?'” Nice going, gents.

Life After Potter

Now that they’re not being paid to be ginger anymore, the two are on the move for more screen time. Oliver is all about the on-screen experience. Brother James, on the other hand, doesn’t exactly oppose to more on-screen roles, but he does confess that he’d like to try his talent at theater as well. The twins actually occasionally try out for the same roles in hopes that one of them will land the position. Maybe it’s just me, but if I had an identical twin sister, I wouldn’t be very fond of the idea of competing for the same role. What about you?

Once You Go Weasley, You Never Go Back

Affinity Real Estate Shooting Stars Benefit banquet

Affinity Real Estate Shooting Stars Benefit Banquet 2010

Once a tight-knitted on-screen family, James and Oliver Phelps and Rupert Grint still enjoy keeping close company with one another. June of 2010, the trio of former Weasley brothers partook in golfing for the Affinity Real Estate Shooting Stars Benefit. The proceeds for the benefit were donated to charity. In 2011, the friends united again to attend Wimbledon together at Rupert’s invitation.

Interested on keeping up with the Phelps twins? Follow @OliverPhelps and @James_Phelps on Twitter for the latest on their lives after Potter.

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Happy Birthday to the Ever Classy Miss Bonnie Wright

bonnie-wright-attends-amfarToday 23 years ago, before the book that inspired her on-screen debut had even been published, Miss Bonnie Francesca Wright entered this world in London, England. Ten years later, in November of 2001, Bonnie made her very first on-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the youngest member of the Weasley family, Ginny Weasley. She continued to fulfill this role throughout the remaining seven movies in the epic, third most successful movie franchise of all time (as of August, 2013).

Since filming the Harry Potter series, Bonnie has attended London College of Communication in hopes to expand her experience behind the scenes as a television and film production manager and has continued her acting career, as well. She also wrote and directed the short Separate We Come, Separate We Go film for school.

Bonnie Wright also remains good friends with co-star Emma Watson, who portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. Her most up-to-date filmography can be found here. You can follow Bonnie on Twitter (@thisisbwright) for personal updates on her modeling and film careers, as well as amusing comments on everyday life.

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J.K. Rowling and the Plot Twist of the Century

Ron-and-Hermione

Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) & Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

Holy hippogriff, Batman! What is this news I wake up to today? Hermione and Ron having marital issues?? I don’t know if I can handle this. I don’t know if the Harry Potter fandom can handle this. Thanks to Britain’s Sunday Times, we now have excerpts from an exclusive interview with Rowling hosted by none other than the original Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson. Of course, I saw the article written by Andrew Simms on Hypable.com via Facebook and then did a bit of research for myself to find this piece on CNN’s Entertainment webpage.

Comments are raging on the CNN article, swinging both ways. Some even suggest the possibility of a new storyline, featuring Ron turning to the Dark Arts. Is it wise for Rowling to attempt such a task? Could this be the end for the Golden Trio? Why didn’t Rowling just put Harry and Hermione together from the get-go?

As many of us know, a few years back Rowling admitted debating whether to kill Ron halfway through the series (via Deathly Hallows DVD extra). Fortunately, however, the fandom was blessed with his presence throughout the rest of Harry’s journey as a teenager and into his mid-30s, to the last of our knowledge. What would we have done without Ron’s comic relief? What if he’d never saved Harry in Deathly Hallows? So many “what-ifs,” we could go on forever, speculating what could have happened.

As a writer, it’s difficult at times to decide what should become of your characters. I love that Rowling is able to share with us now what could have been, how she might have created a different ending. That’s the beauty of being given the power to work with words. Your creativity provides you with multiple opportunities for your characters, and it is your responsibility to choose what happens next, what’s for the best for your characters. Rowling possesses a talent many people dream of having, and hearing her thoughts is a blessing.

And look out, world of Harry Potter fanfic! It’s gonna blow up with all sorts of “I told you so’s.” That world is gonna be totally upside-down.

The full interview is set for publication in Wonderland, a magazine distributed across the UK, this coming Friday, February 7.

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