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
Famed author suggests POTUS put weaknesses on display in Iran deal document Jeremy Fuster, provided by Published 2:39 pm, Thursday, May 10, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 JK Rowling Throws Scorn Spell on Trump’s Giant Signature 1 / 1 Back to Gallery J.K. Rowling has attacked President Donald Trump many times during his term, and her latest swipe on Twitter came after POTUS signed a memorandum to pull the U.S. out of President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. In the tweet, Rowling posted a picture of Trump holding up his signed memorandum next to a news article about graphology, which involves studying one’s signature and handwriting for personality traits. The accuracy of graphology has been disputed, but Rowling thinks the article’s suggestion that a big signature could be a sign of arrogance might be on to something. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing … [Read more...] about JK Rowling Throws Scorn Spell on Trump’s Giant Signature
Every year, the author apologizes for a death on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2, 1998 Beatrice Verhoeven, provided by Published 7:29 am, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 JK Rowling Apologizes for Killing Off Beloved ‘Harry Potter’ Character in Annual Tradition 1 / 1 Back to Gallery J.K. Rowling has apologized for killing off another beloved character in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Every year, the author apologizes for a death on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2, 1998, in the magical series of books. This year, Rowling focused on Dobby the house elf. “It’s that anniversary again,” Rowling tweeted on Tuesday. “This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn’t die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who’d win it. I refer, of … [Read more...] about JK Rowling Apologizes for Killing Off Beloved ‘Harry Potter’ Character in Annual Tradition
By Eli Meixler 5:49 AM EDT J.K. Rowling has apologized for yet another Harry Potter death, in what has become an annual tradition on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. The author offered fans an apology for condemning one of the series’ most memorable and endearing characters to an abrupt death in the pages of the much-loved saga. This year, Rowling is is sorry for, “for killing someone who didn’t die during the Battle of Hogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who’d win it.” “I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf,” Rowling wrote on Twitter. Dobby the house elf appears in five of the series’ seven volumes, beginning in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which he warns Harry of a plan to reopen the titular secret vault beneath Hogwarts. He becomes a free elf in the book’s conclusion when Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into releasing him from servitude, and proves a loyal companion over the rest … [Read more...] about J.K. Rowling Apologizes For Another ‘Harry Potter’ Death