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JK Rowling’s chair sells for £278,000

The chair that JK Rowling used while writing the first two Harry Potter books has sold for £278,000 at auction in New York, reports The Guardian. She penned Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while sitting on the chair. The 1930s chair was one of four mismatched chairs […]

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Today’s startling news, Harry Potter is going grey

JK Rowling has placed a 1,500-word article on her Pottermore site where Harry Potter is reunited with Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and their old Hogwarts friends at the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. The boy who lived is now the middle-aged man who was once famous. The article is written in the sensational […]

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Harry Potter: the early years – coming to a London stage soon

The Harry Potter bandwagon rolls on. It has been announced that there will be a Harry Potter stage show in London next year,  co-produced by author JK Rowling, reports the BBC. The play…. will explore “the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast”, according to its producers. It will be […]

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Censored and Banned Books: From John Steinbeck to Dr. Seuss

Our latest video breaks down the murky world of book banning – an unfortunate phenomenon that is remarkably common and yet rarely works.

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JK Rowling to write Harry Potter spin-off movies & other Potter news

The boy who lived continues to refuse to die. Two Harry Potter-themed stories today. Firstly, JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut by penning a new Harry Potter-themed spin-off movie series, reports the BBC. The first film will be called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt Scamander – the fictional author of […]

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Breaking News: JK Rowling Actually a Man Named Robert Galbraith

All right, that post headling might have been a bit misleading, but I thought it was funny. JK Rowling is not actually a man. What she very well might be is a genius. And not just the sort we already knew about – the imaginative, creative writing genius who created Quidditch and butterbeer and Hogwarts […]

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A record price for a Harry Potter

Well done to English PEN for a successful charity book auction of annotated first editions last night. The sale raised £439,200 for English PEN’s campaigns for freedom of expression, reports the BBC. A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with annotations and drawings by author JK Rowling, has sold for a […]

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Atwood to Rowling: English PEN’s auction of 50 annotated first editions

Our friends at English PEN, an organisation devoted to literary freedom, are staging an exciting event later this month when 50 modern first editions are to be auctioned. However, these are no ordinary first editions. All the books have been annotated, usually at length and in great detail, by their authors specially for the ‘First […]

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What’s the value of a signed copy of The Casual Vacancy?

At the moment probably about £500 (or $800 if you are stateside). JK Rowling signed copies of her first novel for adults on the launch day in London. The most expensive signed copy of The Casual Vacancy to sell on AbeBooks so far was priced at £650/$1,050 and the cheapest £500/$790. Rowling’s publicity schedule sees her […]

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Original Harry Potter manuscript at the British Library

The original manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is going on display at the British Library – just across the road from King’s Cross Station, reports the Daily Telegraph. The exhibition in question is called Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands and also features a 14th century copy of Sir Gawain And The Green […]

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