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Sunday
Jul142013

"Harry Potter" Author Publishes New Novel Under False Name

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Some critics thought that author Robert Galbraith’s debut book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was too good to have been written by a first time author. And they were right.

It turns out that The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Rowling wrote the mystery novel secretly, using Robert Galbraith as a pseudonym.

The book was released in April to rave reviews from British critics, but London's Sunday Times started to investigate Robert Galbraith to find out how a first time author could have penned such a well written novel. They were able to reveal the book’s true authorship.

Rowling said she had hoped to keep the truth a secret a little while longer, as being Robert Galbraith had been such a "liberating experience" for her. She said she enjoyed getting feedback to her writing without all the hype and expectations that come with her famous name.

The truth has certainly helped sales, however. Sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling on Amazon.com increased 150,000 percent after Rowling was identified as the author.

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Wednesday
Sep262012

J.K. Rowling’s Daughter ‘Tutored’ Her on Teen Slang

ABC/PATTY NEGER(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling, the bestselling author behind the wizard world of the wildly popular Harry Potter books, has invented hundreds of words -- Muggle, Quidditch, apparating to name a few -- that have entered pop culture vocabulary. When it comes to today’s new digital language filled with LOLs, JKs, and OMGs, Rowling says her latest book embraces the new lexicon, though she had to enlist an assistant to sort them out.

“[Those kind of abbreviations,] they really interest me because language isn’t and shouldn’t be static, ever.  So, I’m the reverse of the person who wants to preserve it in aspic and say, ‘We still conform to a certain way of speaking and writing because that’s how it was done 100 years ago,’” she told Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden, in an interview for ABC News and the ABC News/Yahoo series, Newsmakers.

To keep up with the always-evolving slang of the younger generation, Rowling says she was “tutored by a real professional,” her eldest daughter, Jessica.

“There are loads of them that I got wrong. Loads of them.  And to the extent, I don’t wanna tell you what -- how badly I got one of them wrong that I had to go and get -- to get a crash course with Jessica,” Rowling said, adding that some of today’s abbreviated slang is “quite ugly.”

“I remember the first time I heard a teenager say ‘LOL.’  Just what?  But it means ‘laugh.’  Why don’t you just laugh?  What are you doing?” Rowling says.

“It’s not really for me. I’m a middle-aged woman.  So as a writer, I find it very interesting, but it would be embarrassing if I started trying to use it too fluently.  Sometimes you’ve got to accept you don’t belong in that gang.”

Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, is her first novel written for an adult audience and is a tremendous departure from the fantasy world of Harry Potter series, which sold 450 million copies worldwide and made the author a household name. The novel is set in the real world of a small English village where secrets and conflicts lie beneath the seemingly idyllic surface and explores dark topics such as adolescent sex, cutting and death.

The frenzied anticipation for the book has been building for months ahead of the Sept. 27 release date. It has already spent 83 days in the top 100 of Amazon’s bestseller list, climbing to the second most popular as of this writing.

While The Casual Vacancy is already a bestseller online, don’t expect Rowling to have the e-book version. As a reader, she says she prefers to hold a printed book in her hands, and says the day when fans will exclusively be reading her writing in digital form versus in print is far off.

“I would always want printed books. So maybe -- maybe when I’m 70, my latest novel will be [only digital]. I’ll just have one specially printed for me because I’ll always want them to be ink and paper,” she said when asked about the future of reading. “Honestly, I think we should be delighted people still want to read, be it on a Kindle or a Nook or whatever the latest device is.”

For the first time last summer, Rowling says she downloaded tons of books onto her iPad instead of her usual approach: filling an entire suitcase with heavy books. She says it was “a revelation.”

“I just couldn’t fill the [suitcase] with enough books to keep all of my kids and me happy.  So … I downloaded a lot of books and it was a revelation,” she said. “I loved knowing that I had, you know, 200 books to choose from with me, having a little library.  But physically to me, it’s not the same.  But I enjoyed it.  You know, we were on the move a lot and it was perfect.  So I think I’m going to be one of those people who downloads but has a physical copy at home.”

In the interview, McFadden noted that Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has cited studies that show what people miss about printed books -- even above holding it in their hands -- is the nostalgic smell of the old glue.

“Oh, I can believe that,” Rowling said. “And there’s a mold on library books, as well, that’s quite addictive … It’s a very, it’s a physical experience.”

Speaking of the physical … while sitting down with the arguably most famous and successful author of all time, the latest adult fantasy book, Fifty Shades of Grey, inevitably came up.

“Everyone, everyone has asked me if I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and I haven’t. I read The Story of O and I think, you know, if you’ve read The Story of O you’ve kind of -- you’ve read the ultimate,” she said about the 1954 erotic novel.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr122012

J.K. Rowling Announces Release of New Book

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced her much-awaited next book.

The Casual Vacancy will be Rowling’s first novel for adults,  her publisher said Thursday, a “darkly comic” story about a small English town torn apart by local jealousies.

The fictional town will be called Pagford and the 480-page story starts with the sudden death of local man, Barry Fairweather, whose demise leaves a vacancy on the parish council.

This will be Rowling’s first novel since she completed the last Harry Potter book in 2007. The Casual Vacancy will be released on Sept. 27 in e-book and audio formats, as well as traditional hardback editions.

Rowling’s Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies in 74 languages. The series and the popular film spin-offs have made the author one of the richest women in Britain with an estimated fortune of almost $1 billion.

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Thursday
Nov242011

Sienna Miller and JK Rowling Testify at Ethics Inquiry

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Harry Potter author JK Rowling and actress Sienna Miller told harrowing stories Thursday of being harassed by aggressive celebrity reporters, including leaving a note in Rowling's 5-year-old's book bag or being spit at by photographers to get a shot of Miller's reaction.

The women testified before a British inquiry how they felt threatened by tabloid reporters and photographers in their efforts to get scoops.

Rowling said that tabloid media crews camped in front of her home for weeks at a time, waiting for pictures of the author and her children.

"It's hard to explain how it feels to someone who has not experienced it. It's incredibly threatening," she said.

The unrelenting attention makes her feel helpless at times to stop it.

"Clearly I can't put the invisibility cloak over myself or my house nor would I want to. I just want to have some privacy," she said.

At one point the Harry Potter creator said a journalist went so far as to slip a note into her 5-year-old daughter's book bag while she was away at school.

"I felt such a sense of invasion....it's very difficult to say how angry I felt that my 5-year-old daughter's school was not a complete place of security," she said.

Rowling has fought to keep her children out of the public spotlight. She has sued and won several cases to keep photographs of her children from being published.

"We're not looking for special treatment. We're looking for normal treatment," Rowling said.

Prime Minister David Cameron called for the inquiry into media ethics because of the widespread cell phone hacking scandal involving the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Of The World tabloid newspaper. The newspaper has admitted eavesdropping on celebrities, politicians and crime victims in search of scoops.

News of the World shut down earlier this year because of the scandal and Murdoch's son James resigned this week from his seat on the boards of several British newspapers. Earlier in the day, actress Sienna Miller told the panel that years of being chased, harassed, and spied on by tabloids and paparazzi left her "scared, paranoid and anxious."

Miller was one of the first celebrities to take The News Of The World to court over phone hacking. The newspaper agreed to a $160,000 settlement in May.

Miller, 29, testified that for years she was followed every day by 10 to 15 men, all members of the paparazzi who spat at and verbally abused her to get the reaction and the photo they wanted.

The star became tabloid fodder when she began dating fellow actor Jude Law. Miller said she was baffled to see details of her personal life constantly appearing in The News Of The World. She said reporters would appear out of nowhere, anticipating her every move.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov102011

Daniel Radcliffe Was Allergic to ‘Harry Potter’

2011 Warner Bros. Ent./ Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.(LONDON) -- Daniel Radcliffe was once allergic to Harry Potter.

In a never-before-seen conversation with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling featured in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD, on sale Friday, Radcliffe reveals that he had an allergic reaction to his first pair of Potter glasses.

“It was brilliant because we put the glasses on and eventually we realized that I was allergic to them,” he said. “I was actually allergic to the Harry Potter glasses. Because I had these two rings of whiteheads and spots that had come up around my eyes and it took us a week to realize that it was actually the glasses.”

“It’s lucky neither of us believe in signs isn’t it?,” Rowling laughed. “You were meant to be.”

Radcliffe and Rowling’s 53-minute long conversation is one of more than a dozen extras featured on the disc. Their sit-down, filmed in London in 2010, chronicles how the iconic film franchise changed both their lives (after Radcliffe got a new pair of glasses, of course).

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Thursday
Jun232011

J.K. Rowling's Mysterious Harry Potter Website Revealed

Warner Bros.(LONDON) -- After days of speculation and millions of visits to a mysterious Harry Potter-related website of the same name, Pottermore has been revealed.

On Thursday, series creator J.K. Rowling posted a video introduction to the site, which -- contrary to a newspaper report Wednesday -- apparently has nothing to do with finding clues to digging up hidden magic wands in real life.

Instead, Rowling teases that Pottermore -- which will be fully up and running in October -- will give readers "an online reading experience unlike any other.  It's the same story, with a few crucial additions: the most important one is you."

Rowling said she created the soon-to-be interactive site as a way to express how "astonished and delighted" she is by the bespectacled wizard's loyal fans.  "Pottermore will be built, in part, by you," she told fans, and teased "I will be sharing information I've been hoarding for years about the world of Harry Potter."

Rowling said the site will also be the exclusive destination for those who want digital copies of the beloved book series.

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Friday
Jun172011

J.K. Rowling Creates Mysterious New Harry Potter Website

Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Heads up, Harry Potter fans -- it could be that J.K. Rowling isn't quite ready to retire her magical creations.

Rowling has revealed a new website with the intriguing name of Pottermore.com, which so far only features a logo, the author's signature, the message "Coming Soon," and a link to a YouTube channel featuring a countdown clock ticking away the seconds to an announcement Rowling will make at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 23.

Digitalspy.com reports that 10 Harry Potter fan sites were each given clues that led to a letter in the alphabet.  After all the websites pieced the letters together, they discovered Pottermore.com's address.

A Twitter account has also been created: Twitter.com/pottermore.  A tweet on the page declares, "Looks like the owls are getting ready to deliver some exciting news," and directs visitors to Pottermore.com.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter franchise, hits theaters July 15.

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Saturday
Nov202010

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Earns $61M in One Day

Photo Courtesy - Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 earned $61.15 million domestically on its first day, putting the new film in the series on track to pass the previous Potter films, according to Hollywood.com.

In the film, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are searching for objects known as Horcruxes, which provide the villainous Lord Voldemort with immortality.

Part two, the final chapter of the blockbuster movie series based on author J.K. Rowling's beloved books, will be released July 15, 2011.

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