Now before you get all excited, thinking that I’m going to blow your mind with new exclusive pictures from the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I’ll warn ye muggles to settle down. This is a spoiler-free news blog, so you’re going to have to be a good
nerd fan like me and wait until the first part of the epic two-part series finale hits theaters (Ed. – That’s theatres in England). But that doesn’t mean we can’t bask in all of the other news surrounding arguably the most popular book and movie series of all-time.
First off, what good is having more money than most nations if you don’t put it to good use? Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently donated $15.4 million to a multiple sclerosis research and treatment facility at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Rowling’s mother died of MS at 45 and the author’s goal is to make Edinburgh the world’s foremost collective authority on fighting the disease. With any luck they’ll be able to kill MS like Snape kills… just kidding.
The rumor mill is buzzing about news that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando may already be set to expand as early as 2012. Since opening earlier this summer, the Potter attraction has sent ticket sales through the roof at Universal, eclipsing all previous sales records. The new expansion would potentially spell doom for the dinosaurs, as The Lost Continent would be wiped out and used to accommodate the new roaming space for quidditch lovers flocking to Orlando. Whatever, the dinosaurs are used to it by now. So long again, reptile losers!
Finally, there’s no arguing that the Harry Potter franchise has made stars of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that a recent Forbes study revealed that Radcliffe is one of the best value actors in the movie industry. The Potter star is third, to be exact, ranking behind Shia LaBeouf in first and Anne Hathaway in second. Of course Radcliffe has the luxury of starring in the Potter series, and LaBeouf is benefiting from Transformers and Indiana Jones.
Hathaway‘s success, on the other hand, can only be explained by her timeless, natural beauty. She’s single, right? Seriously, an iPad or Anne Hathaway, I’m not picky.
- Witchcraft is running rampant throughout Africa. I‘m assuming this doesn‘t mean they‘re dressing up like wizards and pretending to play quidditch like the hipsters down the street from me. (Live Science)
- A man obsessed with Emma Watson has been banned from contacting the actress for the next five years after police in Manchester UK found more than 2,000 pictures of Watson on his computer. Oh, and he also had over 1,300 child pornography images on his computer as well. Yeah, that restraining order will sure teach him a lesson. (Daily Mail)
KNOW YOUR STATS
- At one point, there were three Harry Potter books on the New York Times best seller list, which is apparently unheard of for children’s books. Also unheard of for children’s books? Cocktail recipes. (The Cutting Edge)
- In one day (7/21/07) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies. And yet the film’s producers chose to split it into two films. What a bunch of boobs! (Vital Statistics)
- 50 percent of American adults are unable to read a book at an eighth grade level. That’s precisely why I never learned to write beyond a fourth grade level. (Read Faster)