New J.K. Rowling Stories Include Past History of Magic in America and Harry Potter’s Future

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J.K. Rowling clearly isn’t using her $1B net worth to retire, or even slow down. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter series of novels has begun to release a series of short stories on her website Pottermore, to fill in details about the magical world in North America (and other magic hubs/schools we’ve not yet been introduced to). The stories make use of the mythical elements of Native American legend and the tragically real witch trials that took place in the early colonies. They also establish the existence of a “Magical Congress of the United States of America”.


The release is part of a build-up to the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–the film adaptation of the book, which was a textbook given to the students of Hogwarts. Rowling actually wrote and published the “textbook” (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) as an accompanying work in 2001. It was never intended to be developed into a film trilogy, but Warner Brothers approached her about it and she agreed to write a screenplay. It will be set 70 years before the events in the main Harry Potter series.

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Here is the wonderfully animated “trailer” for the short stories about the history of magic in North America:

Rowling has said in the past that a “Harry Potter #8” book would probably never happen – but the sequel stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London this summer (which takes place 19 years after the events of the final book and stars Harry, Ron, Hermione and Harry’s son Albus) and it’s been given the official distinction of “The Eighth Story”.


Rowling is clearly busier than ever in keeping the Potter Universe alive and expanding, which is making Potter fans extremely happy. Way to go, Jo!

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming Harry Potter stories/films/plays? Would you prefer Rowling publish another Harry Potter novel, or do you like the array of mediums she’s been using instead? Tell us in the comments!

Latest News in Writing – Nov. 2015 Edition

We’re going to be starting a new post series called ‘Latest News In Writing‘ where we highlight some of the most interesting current writing-related news content that we personally curate. Without further ado — here is the first edition!

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The last film installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy of books released this weekend to a $101m box office, which was apparently a “disappointment”. Forbes wrote an interesting assessment of why, essentially concluding that the series of films (and books) lost hoards of fans after the glitz, glamour and violence of the characters competing in the Hunger Games ended and the real, gritty, slow war with the Capital began — “What if much of the appeal of this politically angry and unconventionally cynical fantasy franchise was merely embraced as a crowd-pleasing example of the things it most detested?” Alanis Morisette would be pleased.

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An Unpublished Charlotte Brontë poem has been discovered and is being sold for $300,000 to The Brontë Society. “The poem was found along with a sliver of prose, folded into a book that belonged to the author’s mother, Maria. The book had been on a boat carrying her belongings that was shipwrecked off the coast of Devonshire, England, in the early 1800s. It was one of the few artifacts belonging to Maria Brontë that survived.”

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J.K. Row–Ahem– Robert Galbraith released a new novel on Oct 20, the third in a mystery/crime novel series, called “Career of Evil”. J.K. Rowling is finally doing interviews to promote the books, since the whole world is well aware of her pseudonym (and we have been for a while now).


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Three YouTube stars are now bestselling authors. Yes, you read that correctly. YouTuber “PewDiePie” has over 40 million subscribers (regular viewers) to his channel. That’s more than most print magazines, and most TV shows. Every video that he puts out immediately has about a million views.  YouTuber Shane Dawson has only 5 million subscribers, but that was enough to land him a bestselling book.


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Shonda Rhimes is awesome. Yes, this is news. As if creating 3 critically acclaimed (and wildly popular) TV shows while raising 3 children as a single mom wasn’t enough, she said yes to everything for a year and then somehow found time to write a book about it.


Mastering the Complex Language of Meme Speak

Over the past few years, internet users have experienced a growing phenomenon called MEMES. Even if you’ve been living under a rock and you’ve never heard of a “meme” (pronounced meem), you’ve probably seen one and just didn’t know that’s what the kids are calling them. It’s given rise to a brand new language — “Memespeak” or “LOLspeak” — the use of intentional misspelling to covey humorous improper pronunciation of the content.

For instance, the phrase “Oh my God” might instead be spelled “Ermahgerd” on a meme, because when sounded out, it sounds much funnier than saying it the normal way, almost like you’re saying it with food in your mouth. This type of meme speak (yes, there are different types) was inspired by Cartman’s voice on the TV show South Park. Arguably the first meme to use this type of meme speak was the “Ermahgerd” girl, who was recently interviewed by Vanity Fair about what it was like to be the face one of the most famous internet memes of our time.

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If you’re still lost, here’s a translation: Gersberms = “Goosebumps”, “Mah” = My, “Fravrit” = Favorite, “Berks” = Books.

When saying “Yes” in memespeak, one can either say “Yis” or “Yas”. Added letters convey more excitement or satisfaction, illustrated beautifully by this meme of an owl being stroked by a human being:

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“Yisss” = I strongly approve of this.

There are also sub-languages within meme speak, such as “LOLcat” and “doge”.

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There are plenty of memes, including LOLcat memes, that don’t alter the English language. When English is used properly in these memes, it’s meant to denote that the speaker is of superior intelligence and intellect than average. Take for instance Grumpy Cat, who speaks in perfect English, but in the short, catch-phraseology of meme speak.

Doge is particularly interesting. Basically, seemingly random words are stuck on a photo, almost like thought bubbles, to convey speech or thoughts in the apparent incongruent, spastic way that dogs think (like the dog in Pixar’s “UP”).

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Where and when did all of this start, you ask? It all began with the infamous “I can has cheezburger?” meme. I Can Has Cheezburger? is the name of a weblog-format website featuring videos (usually involving animals) and image macros. It was created in 2007 by Eric Nakagawa (Cheezburger), a blogger from Hawaii, and his friend Kari Unebasami (Tofuburger). The website is one of the most popular internet sites of its kind. It received as many as 1,500,000 hits per day at its peak in May 2007. ICHC was instrumental in bringing animal-based image macros and lolspeak into mainstream usage and making internet memes profitable.

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ICHC was created on January 11, 2007, when Nakagawa posted an image from Something Awful of a smiling British Shorthair, known as Happycat, with a caption of the cat asking, “I can has cheezburger?” in a style popularized by 4chan (a huge online message board). It is from this image that the site derives its name. After posting similar images, Nakagawa then converted the site to a monetized blog.

Reference articles (because this is serious stuff):