A recent statement posted on the official J.K. Rowling facebook page delivers the news of a film series inspired by ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. The full statement has been posted below:
Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling at the centre of bidding war for film rights
The Guardian reports that “a fortnight after the Harry Potter author was inadvertently unmasked as the pseudonymous author of the thriller The Cuckoo’s Calling, the novel has attracted the interest of a number of Hollywood studios keen to acquire the rights.” It is believed that before the leak of Galbriath’s true identity, the novel had already received two offers from television production companies.
Several Hollywood studios are understood to be bidding for the rights to launch The Cuckoo’s Calling on the siler screen, but a spokesman for Rowling declined to discuss the matter, saying only: “I’m afraid that we’re not commenting on the film rights situation for The Cuckoo’s Calling.”
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J.K. Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith now has a twitter account and a beautifully designed official website. Galbriath’s site includes a number of FAQ’s in which Rowling responds to why she has chosen to write crime fiction and under a pseudonym:
I’ve always loved reading detective fiction. Most of the Harry Potter stories are whodunits at heart (‘Order of the Phoenix’ is more of a why-did-he), but I’ve wanted to try the real thing for a long time.
As for the pseudonym, I was yearning to go back to the beginning of a writing career in this new genre, to work without hype or expectation and to receive totally unvarnished feedback. It was a fantastic experience and I only wish it could have gone on a little longer.
Visit the official website to read more and discover more about the release date for the next Strike novel.
JK Rowling revealed as author of The Cuckoo’s Calling
J.K. Rowling has been revealed by The Sunday Times as the author of, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, a crime novel about a war veteran turned private investigator. The book has been billed as a “classic crime novel”, written in the style of PD James and Ruth Rendell. The Cuckoo’s Calling, released in April 2013, received rave reviews from its readers and critics, selling 1,500 copies in the UK.
When approached about her use of a pseudonym, Jo said:
“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
The Goodreads summary for The Cuckoo’s Calling:
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is available in hardback, ebook and audio book.
Jo’s annotated first edition of Harry Potter up for Auction
J.K. Rowling along with fifty other authors have revisited one of their novels and annotated it however much or little they wished. A genuine first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone will be up for auction at Sotheby’s (during May?) in aid of English Pen, a charity that defends the rights of writers and readers alike, promoting freedom of speech.
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Wooow. It’s officially been three years since I got my little obscure J.K. Rowling fansite on freewebs hosted by Starszz as JoRowling[dot]net and what a ride it has been.
I’ve created and ran websites since I was 11 years old and JRN has been the only website I have kept hold of for any long period of time. This site has literally become my little baby and I’m so ridiculously proud of it and how many people it has reached. I have spent so many hours slaving over new layout designs and news updates, putting my school work on hold just to get bits and pieces finished, having J.K. Rowling know of its existence has all been so completely worth it.
I just want to thank everyone who keeps visiting the site and following me on Twitter. Without everyone’s continuous support for this site and thirst for news this site would have slid to the wayside (and I’m oh so glad it hasn’t). You guys are truly amazing and I hope this site is still here and being visited for many years to come.
– Jess x.
Rowling, Royalty and the Harry Potter Studio tour.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour, was visited today by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry. Their visit was a part of The Duke of Cambridge’s Inauguration of the Harry Potter-anchored attraction which opened in 2012. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was present alongside her husband Neil and Harry Potter film directors David Yates, Mike Newell, and producer David Heyman.
Prince William made a speech at the event, praising what the Harry Potter franchise has done for Britain. “Our Nation’s extraordinary capacity for talent is not a thing of the past. It is worth reminding ourselves that the Harry Potter book series has become the most popular series ever to be printed, and the Harry Potter movie series – filmed right here – is the most successful in history. ??So, what of the future? How can we possibly continue these successes of the past?”
“I am proud to say that, as President of BAFTA, there is a huge amount of work going on to nurture the talent of tomorrow,” he continued. “BAFTA’s inspiring Guru programme is one that I would encourage everyone in the industry to support. I am also immensely proud of the scholarships which BAFTA has announced today, which Warner Brothers are so generously supporting. These scholarships will lead to talented young people, who would otherwise not have the chance to develop their careers, to reach their full potential.”
As some of you may know JK Rowling created a charity called ‘Lumos’ back in 2010 to help disadvantaged children around the world. I thought it’d be a brilliant thing for fans to group together and help her out a bit because if there is one thing that puts a huge smile on Jo’s face, it’s when people tell her they’ve donated to her cause. Anyone who donates to Lumos will be in with a shot to win a Harry Potter Wand Pen and Bookmark that I went out and bought today. There will be two lucky winners. Everyone who donates will have their name put in a card that will get sent to Jo when the giveaway ends. So please don’t forget to include your twitter/tumblr in the comments section when you donate for me to contact you if you win.
To everyone that donates you are truly an amazing person. Our goal is to hit £1,000. Thank you (and spread the word).
JK Rowling among 33 receiving philanthropy honours
The Civil Society reports that 33 philanthropists, who have collectively given more than £100m, were honoured for their commitment to giving in an awards ceremony (the 8th annual Beacon Awards) in London last night.
JK Rowling was recognised for the work of her foundation the Volant Charitable Trust with two awards last night: the ‘Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy’ and a ‘special award for the highest standards of philanthropy in the UK’ which she received along with 3 other philanthropists.
“None of us who are privileged in our daily lives and fortunate enough to have more money than we need should require a pat on the back for the act of giving, but we do need help to spread the word that responsible giving can make a difference; to individuals and communities, locally, nationally and internationally.” – J.K. Rowling
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…