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Daniel Radcliffe, perpetual good sport, reacts to Harry Potter memes

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Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t actively seek out Harry Potter memes, but that didn’t stop Jimmy Fallon from throwing a few his way.

The Harry Potter star, who is currently promoting his Broadway run in The Lifespan of a Fact, was a damn good sport on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, offering up genuine enthusiasm for meme after meme. 

But one particularly generated a strong grin, the viral video of YouTube personality Kelsey Ellison at MCM London’s ComicCon, stupefying all with a casually fierce dance while dressed up as Hermione Granger.

“That is great. We need to remake the film as a musical,” said Radcliffe. Read more…

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This ‘Harry Potter’ sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

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Free a house elf every day this Christmas, with this Harry Potter advent calendar filled with socks.

Perfect for wrenching poor ol’ Dobby from the Malfoys, Target’s new festive calendar contains 12 pairs of Harry Potter themed socks — that’s 24 freed house elves, people.

It’s going for $15 in Target’s online store, pretty decent for 12 pairs of socks. They feature design references to the Marauder’s Map, quidditch and the Deathly Hallows. 

Look at those socks, they’re cuter than a niffler (nah, nothing is cuter than a niffler). Read more…

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This is why Emma Watson avoids taking selfies with her fans

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Emma Watson is no stranger to celebrity. The actress has been in the public eye ever since she scored the role of Hermione Granger at age 10. While the spotlight has given the actress more roles and a social justice platform, it has also made her more vulnerable.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Watson revealed why she opts out of selfies with fans — it’s a matter of being tracked.

“For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not,” she said. “If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.” Read more…

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J.K. Rowling calls out Piers Morgan after he claims he's never read 'Harry Potter'

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Piers Morgan, a man who has always had trouble with criticism, responded to a brutal Saturday burn from J.K. Rowling by saying he’s “never read a single word of Harry Potter.”

But, Piers, what about that opinion piece, hm?

It all started when Rowling declared her joy at seeing Piers Morgan decimated on live TV by Jim Jefferies on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I’d always imaginedhttps://t.co/4FII8sYmIt

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 11, 2017 Read more…

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Don't ever try to use 'Harry Potter' against J.K. Rowling in an argument

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LONDON — As we’ve learned over the past week, throwing insults at J.K. Rowling on Twitter is a very bad idea.

But attempting to use references from her own books to win an argument? That’s an even worse plan.

Following on from her repeated shut-downs of the people threatening to burn her books, someone else accused her of using “the mark of the beast in a children’s novel”.

It didn’t end well for them.

Nicolas Flamel doesn’t die in the Potter books. Seriously, read before you burn, it’ll make attacking me so much easierpic.twitter.com/cU8AOMS21F

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 2, 2017 Read more…

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This risky fireworks battle is straight out of a Harry Potter scene

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Don’t try this at home. Seriously.

This intense battle between two guys in China shooting fireworks at each other is going viral.

The official People’s Daily outlet tweeted the dangerous “duel” between the two men, where they blasted fireworks on sticks at each other. Needless to say, we don’t recommend doing this. Ever.

The scene looks a lot like the showdown between Harry Potter and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2.

The event took place over Chinese New Year, which is usually celebrated with fireworks in China.

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John Hurt, who played Ollivander in 'Harry Potter', dies at 77

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Award-winning British actor and knight John Hurt died at 77 Friday, roughly a year and half after announcing he had pancreatic cancer, Mashable has confirmed. 

The actor of stage and screen had hundreds of credits dating back into the 1960s, but he was most known for his roles in Alien, 1984, Doctor Who and The Elephant Man. For a younger generation, he was known for playing the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander who appeared in three of the Harry Potter films.

1984, V/VENDETTA, MAN/ALL SEASONS, TINKER TAILOR, HELLBOY, KING RALPH… The films you need to see to make sense of today, John Hurt was in.

— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) January 28, 2017 Read more…

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Relive the best parts of Harry Potter at this magically themed B&B

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The world just cannot let Harry Potter go.

Llety Cynin, a small, family-run bed and breakfast in South Wales, has created the ultimate Harry Potter-themed tea service in celebration of two very important Harry Potter milestones. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 10th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Now, this B&B isn’t just giving you a Ravenclaw scarf and calling it a day. It’s going all out to honor J.K. Rowling’s cherished series by serving Wizard’s tea for both children and adults. The menu features familiar treats from the books such as chocolate frogs, treacle tart, and hot butterbeer. Read more…

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