JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts screenplay to be published as a book

Out on 19 November, the book is Rowling’s script for the film of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released by Warner Bros a day earlier. The story was inspired by the textbook of the same name, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is used by students at Rowling’s […]

JK Rowling celebrates her 55th birthday on the same day as Harry Potter’s 40th with a surprise cake… following her ‘transphobic’ comments

He said: ‘Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.’

Children’s authors’ debt to JK Rowling: ‘She brought back storytelling’

Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon on the scale of Star Wars or the Marvel universe. But behind the money and manpower of the franchise is the power and integrity of one woman, alone with a pen. Even the longest books in the middle of the series feel necessary and you still want to read […]

JK Rowling’s ego akin to Kim Kardashian’s, says Joanna Trollope

She went on to claim that the growing trend of interacting with fans over social media posed a threat to the literary industry. “It’s so depressing to think that aspiring authors will look at famous writers with millions of followers, and think that that is how you have to operate,” she said. “It’s not, and […]

JK Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith shortlisted for crime novel award

Galbraith joins two-time winner Mark Billingham on the shortlist, which also includes two debuts: Disclaimer, by former TV documentary maker Renee Knight, which was touted as the new Gone Girl, and I Let You Go by former CID officer Clare Mackintosh, which won the Richard & Judy book club award and became one of the […]

From JK Rowling to Taylor Swift, women are cancel culture’s biggest victims

Becky Spelman, who is clinical director of London’s Private Therapy Clinic, agrees that cancel culture is more acute for females. “Women who state unpopular views or engage in behaviour seen as inappropriate often suffer far greater social penalties than men.”

Death in Paradise star Ralf Little defends retweeting JK Rowling amid controversy

He wrote: “I hadn’t actually known anything about her stance on trans issues until today, so any RT-ing you’re talking about can’t have been made in that context anyway. I’m absolutely 100% certain I’ve never tweeted or RT’d an anti-trans message in my life, so I can only assume I’d RT’d one of her left-wing thoughts […]

Sound of magic: Imogen Heap on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s music

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in the summer of 2016 in London, where it continues to sell out. Its script, by Jack Thorne and based on an original story by JK Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany, became the fastest-selling playscript ever. The show’s critical and commercial success in the West End, where it […]

Audiences give thumbs up to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Last week audiences for previews were asked to arrive an hour early and have their bags searched. The request follows controversy surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at the Barbican, when security staff struggled to prevent audience members from filming or photographing, forcing the star to urge fans not to record his performance.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: viewers told to arrive hour early

It is the most hotly anticipated London show since Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in Hamlet at the Barbican. During Hamlet, security staff struggled to stop viewers photographing the performances, prompting the star to ask fans not to record him onstage.