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J.K. Rowling and Time Warner have a pretty good relationship. Together, they helped make one of the most successful and impressively coherent film franchises in history with Harry Potter. So it’s of little surprise Rowling turned in their direction when looking for a place to air her follow up novel, The Casual Vacancy, as a miniseries.

BBC and HBO will co-produce a three episode miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US. Read more about The Casual Vacancy HBO below. Read More »

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Harry Potter spinoff

Not content with getting just one new addition to the franchise, Warner Bros. has revealed that the planned Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released as a trilogy of “megamovies.”

Potter creator J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay, which follows the adventures of “magizoologist” Newt Scamander. Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump.

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Harry Potter history of Quidditch world cup

We don’t usually report on sports here at /Film, but for Quidditch we’ll make an exception. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has posted the first part of her History of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.com, her interactive website for Potterheads.

While Rowling has put up several pieces of original content on the site, the 2,400-word essay is one of her longest yet. The post lays out the background and rules of the tournament, and recounts some particularly controversial matches including 1877′s The Tournament That Nobody Remembers. Learn more about Rowling’s newest work, including when we’ll get to read Part 2, after the jump.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

In the Harry Potter books and films, there’s never much question that Hermione will end up with Ron instead of Harry. Although she and Harry share a warm friendship, they never seem to see each other in a romantic way, whereas she and Ron spend years bickering and flirting and getting jealous before finally ending up together in the last volume.

But while Hermione may not have had any doubts about her feelings for Ron, author J.K. Rowling admits she did. In an interview with Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the movies, Rowling confessed that she regretted having Hermione end up with Ron and that she should have put her with Harry instead. Read her comments after the jump.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has already flown from the page to the screen, and now he’s headed to the stage. One in London’s West End, to be more precise.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are reportedly developing a new play about boy wizard’s early years, which will take place before he discovered his magical side and enrolled at Hogwarts. Author J.K. Rowling is expected to co-produce. Hit the jump for more details on the show.

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Daniel Radcliffe

Warner Bros. recently announced J.K. Rowling is writing a new movie based in the world of Harry Potter. It’s called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and will be set several decades before Potter’s story begins. One would assume, then, actor Daniel Radcliffe would not be appearing in the films. That doesn’t stop people from asking him about it, though, and Radcliffe revealed he’s thought about how his character could return. Read More »

Harry Potter Quidditch

This month’s news Warner Bros. would be making more Harry Potter movies was both surprising and expected. The expectation came from the fact the Potter franchise has grossed billions for the company and anyway to continue that would make sense. The surprise came from exactly how it was going to happen. J.K Rowling herself would be adapting a smaller, spin-off book she wrote in 2001 called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Originally conceived as a textbook Harry Potter owned at Hogwarts, Rowling’s new film will be set in the magical world, decades before Potter is born.

In recent weeks, Warner Bros. has trademarked “Fantastic Beasts” for every imaginable thing under the sun which, again, is expected. But the surprise is they’ve done the same for two other Potter spin-off books, suggesting they’re possibly looking at film adaptations down the road. Read More »

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Harry and Buckbeak

The phrase “the next Harry Potter” has been used to describe franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games, but in truth nothing’s quite been able to beat the original Harry Potter. The eight films have collectively grossed $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office, and that’s not even counting the money coming in from the various tie-ins, events, theme park lands, and so on.

It was only a matter of time, then, before Warner Bros. figured out a way to dive back into Harry’s world of wizardry. The studio announced today that it is developing a spinoff feature inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling will write the screenplay. ”It is planned as the first picture in a new film series,” says a press release.

Hit the jump for more details.

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