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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
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Can you believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley will be open to the public today? When Harry Potter's stars (with a few notable exceptions, ahem, Dan, Rupert and Emma) made an appearance at the Diagon Alley Preview a few weeks ago, it felt like it would be forever — but now the day is nigh!
As you can see, we're having a bit of trouble containing our excitement... and here are a few reasons why:
10. Remember that awesome scene from the seventh book/eighth movie when Harry, Ron and Hermione (and Griphook) break into the infamously impregnable Gringotts? Well, now it's a ride!
9. Also, according to Evanna Lynch, the dragon at Gringotts "is even more true to life than the movie sets!"
8. There's a real-life Florean Fortescue's, and they serve butterbeer soft serve!
7. You can cast spells.
6. You can grab English-style pub grub at The Leaky Cauldron!
5. You can also visit Borgin and Burke's in Knockturn Alley, if you're so inclined.
4. Three words: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.
3. Yeah, it exists, and apparently you can buy Pygmy Puffs there.
2. You can finally go to Ollivanders... and wait for the wand to choose you.
1. Also, Eyelop's Owl Emporium — you know you always wanted a Hedwig of your own.
The cast of the Harry Potter films reunited in Florida on Wednesday (18Jun14) to unveil a new theme park attraction inspired by the wizard series. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, who played villains Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise, were among the stars who came together at the VIP preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando park.
Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis were among the other castmembers who turned out for the event, which marks the upcoming launch of the theme park attraction on 8 July (14).
Felton said, "It's great seeing everyone again. We've all been catching up - I love it."
Leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did not attend the event. The final film in the eight-part series was released in 2011.
Following in the thread of booking gold medalists from the 2012 US Olympic team for various spots, the CW has landed Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for a cameo on Hart of Dixie. Maroney is headed to Bluebell — the small southern town Rachel Bilson has called home for one season now — as Tonya, a friend who comes to Rose’s (McKaley Miller) defense.
This is the third member of the 2012 US Olympic team to guest star on the CW. Olympic swimmer and grill-enthusiast Ryan Lochte will appear as himself on 90210, and another member of the Fab Five gymnastic team — Gabby Douglas — just shot a cameo on The Vampire Diaries. Since this seems to be a new trend, we decided to dream cast other members of the US Olympic team we'd like to see on a CW series.
Missy Franklin (swimming): America’s Next Top Model
She’s certainly got the height for a model. But can she smize enough to wow Tyra?
Michael Phelps (swimming): Nikita
Far be it from me to even suggest that someone come between Michael and Nikita, but Phelps has the looks and muscles to be another rogue Division agent that catches Nikita’s eye.
Nathan Adrian (swimming): Gossip Girl
He has the looks of an Upper East Sider for sure, but can he bring the deception and schemes we’ve all come to love expect on the series’ last season?
LeBron James (basketball): Beauty and the Beast
Maybe the Beast has a brother or cousin?
Kyla Ross (gymnastics): Emily Owens, M.D.
Since it hasn’t premiered yet, I don’t know how much patients will be focused on in this new medical series, but Ross could play a twist on herself—a gymnast who, despite a career-ending injury, wants to get back to competing. This could give our titular character a chance to show off her bedside manner when breaking bad news to a patient.
Season 2 of Hart of Dixie premieres Oct. 2 at 8 PM ET on The CW.
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The Baywatch star joins Harry Potter actor Oliver Phelps and British pop star Michelle Heaton on business magnate Sir Richard Branson's celebrity team at the upcoming race.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I've just joined Richard Branson's team for the Virgin Active UK London Triathlon this Sept, let the training begin!"
Hasselhoff's teammates have been training for months, but the 60-year-old hunk has just three weeks to prepare for the running, swimming and cycling endurance challenge.
The Virgin Active London Triathlon will take place on 22-23 September (12) in the U.K. capital.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka will feature a reconstruction of the enchanted Hogwarts school, as well as rides and themed snacks.
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the Potter movies, will be guests of honour when the attraction opens in 2014.
Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, says, "Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan. USJ will recreate to the highest level of authenticity The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
The theme park first debuted at Florida's Universal Studios Orlando in 2010, and another Wizarding World is due to open in Los Angeles.
Thousands of Potter lovers camped out for days to see the cast in London's Leicester Square last summer (11) as the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, made its premiere.
The eight movies came to a close after a decade, making huge stars of Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Grint and taking more than $7 billion at the box office.
Now bosses behind the films have compiled a special video to the franchise's loyal followers, featuring messages from the cast and footage from the final premiere.
In the clip, Grint and Watson, as well as co-stars Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright, thank fans for their unwavering support.
Grint says, "I just want to say thanks for being so supportive and dedicated throughout these ten years, it really means a lot to everyone that you still get really excited about these films every year. Thanks for everything."
Watson adds, "We just have the most amazing fans in the world. Thank you so much for your support over the last decade."
The star, who plays Ron Weasley in the hit movie franchise, cast a spell over children at the Bishop Walsh school as he walked into an assembly unannounced after a pupil won an online contest to meet the 23 year old.
Grint, along with his co-star Oliver Phelps, chatted with students before distributing copies of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two - but Grint admits he's not yet seen the release.
He said, "I don't think I've ever seen a DVD (of Harry Potter) - I find it very strange watching it back!"
Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the film franchise, visited Universal Studios Hollywood on Tuesday (06Dec11) to officially announce the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The themed attraction will be inspired by the boy wizard's magical world and will feature a replica of the enchanted Hogwarts school at its centre.
The first Potter park in Orlando, Florida, which opened last year (10), will also be expanded to replace the famous Jaws ride inspired by the classic 1975 thriller.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says, "I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting."
The twins, who play Fred and George Weasley in the wizard franchise, donned their walking boots earlier this month (Jun11) to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge, which saw them scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Snowdon in North Wales and England's Scafell Pike within 24 hours.
Speaking after the mammoth challenge, Oliver says, "The pride and relief was amazing in completing the three peaks and it was a very rewarding experience. My stamina is higher than I thought it could be. The great support that I received from everybody kept me going, so huge thanks go to all."
The twins' sponsorship money will go towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
James reveals he felt compelled to raise money for the children's hospital after visiting the facility: "It is a day I will never forget. Not only did I see how hard working all of the staff there are, but how amazing the children in there are also. Before I had even left the building I had decided that I wanted to do something to raise a little bit to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research."