ENTERTAINMENT 11/16/2018 01:03 pm ET Before the casting controversy surrounding the "Fantastic Beasts" character, Nagini was inspired by an actual snake. But where is that snake now? By Bill Bradley “Harry Potter” fans were hit by yet another shocking revelation when J.K. Rowling (aka She Who Must Not Be Questioned) announced that Nagini, the notorious snake/Voldemort’s favorite Horcrux, was once a real live woman. That means the evil pet we’ve known for years was actually a female human, imprisoned in the body of an animal at the behest of a very bad serpent man the entire time. For goodness snakes! In the movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” pre-Voldemort Nagini is portrayed by South Korean actress Claudia Kim, a casting decision that has prompted some backlash among Potterheads. But before Kim took on the role (and Nagini was little more than a twinkle in the Dark Lord’s dead eyes), Rowling’s … [Read more...] about What Happened To The Real-Life Snake That Inspired Nagini In ‘Harry Potter’?
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CULTURE & ARTS 03/08/2016 01:50 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago The "Fantastic Beasts" films, like many of J.K. Rowling's canon additions, are wreaking havoc on the "Harry Potter" world. Maybe they were a bad idea from the start. By Claire Fallon Note: Our books and culture critic, Claire Fallon, refuses to watch any of the “Fantastic Beasts” movies. Why? Just read her essay from 2016 on the clunky, unnecessary expansion of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” universe. American Harry Potter fans found out, earlier this year, that their whole magical lives had been lived in deliberate ignorance: Muggle or not, we would never have gotten that coveted owl from Hogwarts. That’s because North America’s wizarding school, it turns out, is some place called Ilvermorny (according to J.K. Rowling). Ilvermorny?? OK, fine. Within the books themselves we’d learned about chic Beauxbatons, the French wizarding academy, and Durmstrang, which … [Read more...] about Why The Wizarding World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Should Stay Small
Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 3:43 PM EDT The years have been very kind to Draco Malfoy.We've already seen what Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley will look like as grown-ups -- along with their middle child, Albus -- in the upcoming West End production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." And now, thanks to the release of some more cast photos, we're getting a glimpse of Harry's best friends -- and main school rival.In "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the children of the original books' main characters head to Hogwarts, which means audiences will see Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco as parents with teenagers to worry about -- never mind the fact that they're learning how to use magic. JK Rowling defends Trump's right to enter UK at PEN AwardsOn the Slytherin side of things, Alex Price plays a grown-up but still rather youthful Draco, while Anthony Boyle stars as his nervous-looking son, Scorpius. And in more Gryffindor-friendly territory, there's the Granger-Weasleys, with Ron (Paul … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ron, Hermione and Draco revealed in latest “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” photos
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling continues to call them as she sees them -- especially when it comes to critics on social media. When Noma Dumezweni was announced as the actress tapped to play grown-up Hermione Granger in the stage production "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," some fans were less than pleased -- but it wasn't anything for which Rowling wasn't prepared. Take a look at grown-up Harry Potter in these "Cursed Child" photos "With my experience of social media, I thought that idiots were going to idiot," Rowling said in an interview with the Observer. "But what can you say? That's the way the world is. Noma was chosen because she was the best actress for the job." That didn't mean that the level of passion of the responses didn't get her attention -- and Rowling has never been shy about engaging critics online, especially when they try to use her own writing against her. Ron, Hermione and Draco revealed in latest "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" photos "I had … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo JK Rowling calls people who don’t like seeing a black Hermione “bunch of racists”
Last Updated Feb 22, 2010 8:17 PM EST Muggles everywhere will be as warm as butterbeer to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new attraction at Universal Orlando Resort starting May 28 -- until they realize a four-night package at the resort starts at $645 per adult. That's a lot of coin, so hopefully they all have a vault at Gringott's (that's the bank that stores all of Harry's gold, nonreaders.) There are cheaper alternatives down the road, starting at $829 per family of four (that's without airfare), with rates higher on weekends. The chi-chi hotel at the resort starts at $1,548, but both come with early park admission and one three-day park pass. (The elaborate attraction cost Universal about $265 million, so I'm not surprised they're trying to get their money back.) To make it more attractive, they also throw in breakfast at the park's restaurant, the Three Broomsticks, a frog choir and talking hog's head, but I was saddened to hear the butterbeer would be nonalcoholic. … [Read more...] about All the Gold in Gringott’s: Universal’s Harry Potter Theme Park Is Expensive