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July 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Author J.K. Rowling said Thursday that she was "staggered" that U.S. newspapers published reviews of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" before the book officially goes on sale at midnight Friday. The "purported spoilers" are "in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry's final destination by themselves," Rowling said in a statement released by her United Kingdom publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing.
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April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included a first-generation Chinese American, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and one of the bestselling authors of all time (sort of). Not all the winners were present to accept their awards -- the mystery/thriller prize went to “The Cuckoo's Calling” by Robert Galbraith, a once-secret pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. The mega-bestselling author of the Harry Potter series is notoriously private and did not attend.
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May 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
J.K. Rowling has a request for those with inside dirt on her seventh and final Harry Potter book: Please keep it to yourself. "We're a little under three months away, now, and the first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication can be heard on the horizon," Rowling wrote on her website Monday.
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February 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
One of 2013's biggest literary surprises was the news that Robert Galbraith, a low-profile but well-regarded new detective novelist, was actually J.K. Rowling. And now, Galbraith returns with another novel to be published in June. "The Silkworm" -- by Robert Galbraith -- is another mystery featuring Galbraith's investigator, Cormoron Strike. Strike, a veteran who lost part of his leg in Afghanistan, will again be aided by his assistant Robin Ellacott. It will be published in June in the U.S. and U.K. The plot involves a writer who may have been murdered.
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December 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
J.K. Rowling expects to have a busy 2006, "the year when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series." Rowling expects to start on the final book, not yet titled, next month. "I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (Will I ever answer all of the questions?
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August 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, lost a privacy lawsuit Tuesday over the rights of a photo agency to use a picture of her son. London High Court Justice Nicholas Patten dismissed a suit filed in the name of the author's 3-year-old son, saying the legal action had "no reasonable or realistic chance of success." Rowling, 42, and her husband, Neil Murray, had sued photo agency Big Pictures U.K. Ltd.
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December 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A book of fairy tales created, handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling sold for nearly $4 million at auction Thursday. The buyer, London art agent Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, now has one of only seven copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," which is leather bound with silver mounts. The book originally had been expected to sell for about $100,000. The standing-room-only crowd at Sotheby's auction house applauded as bidding topped the $2-million mark.
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August 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Harry Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling says her young hero will survive to the seventh book in her series about the young wizard, but she won't say whether he would reach adulthood. Rowling, now at work on the sixth book, teased a group of fans with morsels of information as she gave a reading of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday.
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February 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Everything Harry Potter fans ever knew about love is a lie. Seven years after the beloved “Potter” books came to an end, author J.K. Rowling said she regrets pairing heroine Hermione Granger and guy pal Ron Weasley.   In a soon-to-be-published interview with Emma Watson, who played Granger, Rowling admitted that she thinks Potter and Granger would have been a better match. "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," Rowling said in the interview.
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September 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Magizoology is sure to be trending after Thursday's news that J.K. Rowling is returning to her Harry Potter roots. The bestselling author's new partnership with Warner Bros. will involve inventing a new series of movies based on Newt Scamander, the fictional author of Harry Potter's first-year textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. " Turns out Mr. Scamander is a magizoologist, one who studies magical creatures. His book, which features 75 magical species found around the world, was culled from his years of travel across five continents.
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February 4, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Endings can be hard. When Tahereh Mafi's “Ignite Me” publishes today, it'll bring her bestselling young adult "Shatter Me" series to a close. Mafi is entirely confident in her choices, but she's also aware that her books are more than art objects -- they're in conversation with her readers, including the devoted Mafi Mafia . Here are some thoughts from Mafi on her books and writing. Her book tour begins later this month, with an appearance at Barnes & Noble at the Grove Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Did you know you were going to be a writer when you were in school?
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February 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Should Hermione Granger have gotten together with Ron Weasley? J.K. Rowling used to think so -- but now it appears she's changed her mind. Fuller details are forthcoming in an interview that the Sunday Times is trumpeting with the headline: "JK Admits Harry Should Have Wed Hermione. " “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron,” Rowling explains.
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February 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Everything Harry Potter fans ever knew about love is a lie. Seven years after the beloved “Potter” books came to an end, author J.K. Rowling said she regrets pairing heroine Hermione Granger and guy pal Ron Weasley.   In a soon-to-be-published interview with Emma Watson, who played Granger, Rowling admitted that she thinks Potter and Granger would have been a better match. "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," Rowling said in the interview.
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September 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling's new film series -- based on a fictional textbook that the author wrote to accompany her "Harry Potter" novels -- is expected to do big business for the Burbank movie studio. The Sept. 12 announcement that Warner Bros. would turn "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" into a franchise was also huge news for Stan Goldin, the owner of Whimsic Alley, a Miracle Mile specialty shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise, books and costumes. Goldin expects to see a surge in business around the release of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie.
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September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to pick the Jets or Patriots.   The Skinny: I love the Saul Goodman character on "Breaking Bad," but anytime I hear the words "spinoff," "prequel" or "sequel," I get very nervous as visions of "Joey" start flashing through my head. We've got a busy Morning Fix for you today as Warner Bros. is back in business with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Also, NBC has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to profits.  Daily Dose: Since putting its shows on Netflix, Cartoon Network has seen its ratings take a hit. The same thing has happened in the past with Nickelodeon and Disney.
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September 12, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Bestselling author J.K. Rowling is to get her first screenwriting credit working on a new series of films based on the world of the Harry Potter books. Warner Bros. announced the partnership  Thursday. The first film, “ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ,” will be based on a textbook of that name from the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the adventures of Newt Scamander, the texbook's author. In a statement, Rowling said she decided join the project, and so return to the wizard-world, because of her affection for the character Scamander.  “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years,” Rowling said, “'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
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July 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
J.K. Rowling's birthday is coming up on July 31, but readers have already given her a present: a new bestseller. "The Cuckoo's Calling" is a mystery published in April by Mulholland Books. It leapt to the top of Amazon's bestseller list this weekend when it was revealed that the author, Robert Galbraith, was, in fact, Rowling. The book remains the top-selling book on Amazon . Rowling had talked openly about the pressures of following up her Harry Potter success. After the final boy-wizard novel, she wrote her first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," which received a chilly critical reception.
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July 31, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
After her recent unmasking as the writer behind the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith and the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling," J.K. Rowling announced Wednesday -- her birthday -- that the worldwide publishing royalties from the book will be donated to The Soldiers' Charity, a British charity that provides support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families. The central character in “The Cuckoo's Calling” is a soldier, and in a statement Rowling explained , "This donation is being made to The Soldiers' Charity partly as a thank you to the Army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed.” She plans to contribute net profits from the book for three years, beginning with the date Rowling was revealed as the true author of “The Cuckoo's Calling.” This decision was made public after Rowling brought legal proceedings against Chris Gossage, who is a partner at Rowling's law firm, and his friend Judith Callegari.
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September 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Muggles, rejoice: Warner Bros. is getting back into business with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. More than two years after the last film in the eight-picture series about the iconic boy wizard hit theaters, Warner Bros. announced Thursday that it will release a "Harry Potter" spinoff of sorts. Rowling is set to pen her first screenplay, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on a 42-page book the author wrote in 2001 to accompany her "Harry Potter" series. In the first "Harry Potter" novel, the protagonist studied a textbook called "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" while at his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Warner Bros. and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling's work. While Harry Potter may be over, the witches and wizards that can be found in Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," along with the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander will live on. "'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway.”  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Rowling will write the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which Warner Bros.
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