Why JK Rowling Should Open Harry Potter Up To Other Writers

Earlier this month, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling released a short piece of prose that offered a quick look at Harry Potter and his Hogwarts classmates as adults. The response indicated that fans are still hungry for stories of the wizarding world—and perhaps it's time for someone other than Rowling to give it… » 7/18/14 12:14pm Friday 12:14pm

Creatures From The Harry Potter Spinoff Movie Appear In The Real World

Visitors at the brand-new Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park got to see creatures from the next Potter spinoff movie in the fake flesh. Behold a Crumple Horned Snorkack, a Kneazle and a Demiguise from the next Potter film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. » 7/07/14 1:43pm 7/07/14 1:43pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 10:00am 11/23/13 10:00am

Kazu Kibuishi's Awesome Challenge: Creating New Harry Potter Covers

Eisner Award-nominated comic book artist and author Kazu Kibuishi admits that he was "surprised" when Scholastic approached him about designing brand-new covers for all seven "Harry Potter" books. He needn't have worried: The founder of the stunning "Flight" comic book anthology series has brought a whole new… » 8/01/13 11:28am 8/01/13 11:28am

Who would win in a fight: J.K. Rowling, or J.J. Abrams?

What if the creator of Harry Potter met the originator of Alias and Lost, on the field of battle? Assume that Rowling gets to wield any item that's introduced in the Harry Potter books. Meanwhile, Abrams gets any device from his TV shows, but nothing from Mission Impossible, Star Trek or Star Wars. Who ya got? » 4/19/13 1:55pm 4/19/13 1:55pm

J.K. Rowling may — may — be writing a Doctor Who story

As part of Doctor Who's big 50th anniversary bash this year, the BBC has announced its plan to release 11 short stories set in the Who-niverse written by beloved and popular children's book authors. While the authors haven't been confirmed yet, at the top of the list of likely candidates is none other than J.K.… » 1/04/13 7:30am 1/04/13 7:30am

Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Still Encouraged to Use Male…

You might think that male or gender-ambiguous pseudonyms for authors of science fiction and fantasy was a thing of the past — a relic of the era when authors like James Tiptree, Jr. hid their gender from sexist readers. But not really. The Wall Street Journal has a depressing article explaining how widespread the… » 12/10/12 11:45am 12/10/12 11:45am

J.K. Rowling: "I don't read fantasy or science fiction"

J.K. Rowling helped to revolutionize fantasy with her Harry Potter books, but sadly, she has not steeped herself in the genre. Her interview over at the New York Times is full of very old-school literary allusions. (As in, Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Trollope, two 19th century novelists that anyone who loves fantasy… » 10/15/12 3:00pm 10/15/12 3:00pm