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J.K. Rowling is publishing 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' as a book
J.K Rowling's Harry Potter sequel may be a stage play, but that doesn't mean you can't read it at home.

On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.

Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)

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I’m having a lot of feelings lately about the nostalgic Harry Potter fandom (The pre-tumblr days!).

So:

Shoutout to all of the old, bizarre, theories that the Harry Potter fandom came up with (while the books were still coming out). The theories that were posted on message boards and were discussed with so much detail that we were all convinced that they were going to happen in the later books.

It’s 12:26 AM and I can’t remember them all but some of my favorites were:

• Ron was really a time-traveling, de-aged, Dumbledore.

• Crookshanks was an Animagus.

• Fred Weasley was going to turn out to be the evil twin.

• Petunia was a witch.

• I can’t remember the specifics but there were a lot of theories about what was going to happen to Ginny since Jo once mentioned that she was the seventh child of the seventh child. (Boy did that turn out to be anticlimactic.)

• Harry had a twin.

• Snape was really Regulus in disguise.

• The Giant Squid was really Godric Gryffindor.

Harry Potter Girls by chuwenjie on DeviantArt.com. Harry Potter girls! My favorite character is probably Bellatrix, but Ginny Weasley.. aghhhh I could draw her all day long! I included Cho and Tonks at the bottom partly cause they never get enough attention, and partly cause I didn’t like the way they were portrayed in the movies. Her Tumblr Here! | timeturnershoppe.tumblr.com

Female Character Aesthetics: #1: Pansy Parkinson

Her breath receded her; she would choke on air in her throat as she tried to inhale. She was overwhelmingly dizzy, as though she were on a rollercoaster ride. Muscles tensed, skin trembled, sweat glistened upon her pores. Her heart pumped the blood deafeningly in her ears and she hyperventilated, cornered like a deer trapped in the headlights. 

Her cacophobia made her detest the way she looked, but she would never let anyone know that. Externally, she was as vain and narcissistic as a girl could be.

“Gay people just look like people”: J.K. Rowling shuts down reader’s complaint about Dumbledore’s sexuality

“Proving yet again why she’s your kid’s role model – and probably yours as well — J.K. Rowling Tuesday offered a perfect retort to a “Harry Potter” fan still uneasy with her acknowledgement that beloved wizard Dumbledore was gay.

Responding to a reader who tweeted, “Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him in that way,” the author tersely responded, “Maybe because gay people just look like… people?” Though the original poster has since deleted her question, the succinct reply to it has subsequently become the most satisfying thing to happen on Twitter since Rowling’s droll January observation that “I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I’ll auto-excommunicate.”

It’s been eight years already since Rowling first verified Albus Dumbledore’s orientation to an audience of New York fans, responding to a question about the Hogwarts hero’s love life by stating unequivocally that “Dumbledore is gay” — and calling his doomed love for Gellert Grindelwald a “great tragedy.” But it still hasn’t quite sunk in for everybody.

Though her response was flip, it was a classic Rowling line, because it carried with it a far deeper message. And with it, she gave that reader who asked about Dumbledore an opportunity to learn something. That person may honestly not have understood that she already knows plenty of gay people. That she has gay teachers and gay friends and gay neighbors. Her assumption that Dumbledore somehow never seemed gay to her says that she assumes that gay people lead different lives from straight people, or that they’re narrowly identifiable.” 

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WELL DONE AS ALWAYS JK!

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We collaborated with our champion Weasley sweaters illustrator, @steffilynnt, to bring you the never-before-seen business cards of some of our favorite Harry Potter characters. Click on for some REAL TREATS—from Hermione’s gmail to Voldemort’s striking similarities to Blair Waldorf.