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Since the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fans have been understandably curious as to what future fate the gang from Hogwarts has, and while fanfic has rushed in to fill the void (across the spectrum of acceptability for all-ages reading), there hasn’t been much in the way of canon aside from a few thoughts offered by author J.K. Rowling. Well good news because Rowling has opened up her word processor for a new Potter short, and it gives fans everywhere a little taste of the world of Potter and Co. between the Battle of Hogwarts and epilogue in Deathly Hallows, which is set almost 20 years later. (more…)

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For many fans, the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left them wanting more. Sure, it was a sweet moment to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione sending their children off to Hogwarts, but it didn’t provide much about what their adult lives were like. Enter Pottermore, the online community/digital library where author J.K. Rowling has been providing new information about her acclaimed wizarding series. Her latest updates detail the ongoing 427th Quidditch World Cup with reports from The Daily Prophet‘s own Ginny Potter (née Weasley)! (more…)

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No word yet as to how mere “movies” or pint-sized “cinema” feel about their newly discovered, beastly-sounding kin.

News of Fantastic Beasts’ super-sizing was slid into a New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.  This expansion should come as a surprise to no one, as nearly every studio has been chasing after a new YA cash-cow following the end of Harry PotterTwilight, and Beautiful Creatures (wait…). Even when the project was first announced, it was being “planned as the first picture in a new film series.” What is a bit of a shock, however, is that new words had to be added to the English vernacular in order to describe such a monolith of motion pictures.

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Fans were excited when it was announced Warner Bros. would continue making films set in the wizarding world, though not starring Harry, Ron, Hermione or anyone else from the Harry Potter books. But I bet they’ll be even more excited when they learn author J.K. Rowling is co-producing a new stage play focusing on Harry’s earliest days before discovering he was a wizard and before going off to Hogwarts. (more…)

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We all knew it was only a matter of time before J.K. Rowling took us back to that wonderful world of Harry Potter. Thankfully, this isn’t some reboot of the entire series or just an animated retelling of the story. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have teamed up to bring us the story of Newt Scamander and his Hogwarts’ textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Will Rowling Put Quill to Parchment for ‘Doctor Who?’

In case you haven’t heard, 2013 is Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary. A great many gifts will be given to fans for the occasion, I’m sure, but perhaps one the greatest is currently in the works.

The BBC has already announced that it’s developing a book of 11 short stories, one for every Doctor (so far), and they’re giving the keys to the Whoniverse to 11 popular British children’s book writers. Obviously, this proviso raises one interesting possibility: J.K. Rowling, the creator and author of the wizarding series Harry Potter.

According to Hypable, Rowling is at the top of a list of candidates that includes Michelle Paver, Susan Price, Kate Thompson, Anthony Horowitz, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman and Alan Garner. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but securing Rowling would be a pretty big “get,” as they say in the business, and assure that the volume would be an immediate best seller.

The only question is now, which Doctor would Rowling write for? i09 seems to be of the impression that Rowling would be assigned a more modern Doctor like Ten or Eleven in order to capitalize on the merchandising opportunity, but they also digress that given her penchant for big scarves that the Seventh Doctor might a possibility. Of course, I don’t see why she couldn’t help kick-off the collection with a story about the First or Second Doctor, both of whom had very Dumbledore qualities. I guess the possibilities are endless…

Of course, as we said, there’s not confirmation that Rowling is even involved yet.

More news as it develops.

Source: i09

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

Above: This R2-D2, made out of tuna and corn cans, is part of the San Francisco Canstruction Exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit is closed but you’ll be happy to know that all of the food from the cans was donated to the needy. [Obvious Winner]

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While the whole world hasn’t yet read the Harry Potter books, we’ve all at least heard of the  series.  And if you haven’t yet read the books… well, that’s something else entirely.

The seven books of J. K. Rowling‘s magical world owned the top of Amazon’s best seller’s list for quite some time, where we expected it to stay.

It comes as quite a surprise that Suzanne Collins‘ trilogy, The Hunger Games, has actually overtaken our boy wizard in sales – through Amazon, at least.  To do what Rowling managed to do over the course of seven books in only three books and roughly four years is quite astonishing.

Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson told The Wall Street Journal:

Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time.

I knew The Hunger Games was popular, but I had no idea it was that popular.  It certainly hasn’t received the kind of international acclaim Harry Potter has as of yet, and we must remember that Amazon’s numbers are representative of a select market.  Rowling only recently allowed the sale of e-books through Pottermore, and even more recently allowing Amazon to include her series in its lending library.

In any case, it’s a huge accomplishment for Collins and we can probably expect her readership to increase over time.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading them, myself, but I’ll watch the movies.  😉

May the odds be ever in your favor, indeed.

Source: The Mary Sue, Wall Street Journal

See, one of the flaws of the internet is that anyone can post their thoughts (I prove that daily). Rarely is there an editor or even common sense to stop the insanity, the inanity, and more often than not the stupidity. Take for example events that occured on the message board attached to Peter Jackson‘s upcoming LoTR prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. User brian__007 wrote the following:

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as “Dark Lord” just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves almost as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore.

Is he serious? Is he a troll (internet, not bridge)? Why didn’t brian__’s 001 through 006 stop him? After a hundred or so responses (I assume half exclaiming ‘first’) the thread was deleted, thankfully before it consumed the entire internet.

More of brian__007’s thoughts on the matter are after the jump.

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