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Who Is Your Least Favorite Fictional Character?

We've looked at the characters you adore and even those that you first fell in love with, but who is on the flipside?

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Harry Potter and the History of Queerbaiting

In recent years, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has not only been busy writing a sequel-play and a whole new film series set in the magical world, but also taking to Twitter, dropping new details about the story she created. While these things seem great, they can cause more harm than good as Rowling tries to rewrite her own narrative after the fact.

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Things We Saw Today: Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem on the Latest Drunk History

A young, feminist writer named Gloria Steinem shot to prominence thanks in large part to an exposé she wrote for Show Magazine called "A Bunny's Tale," in which she infiltrated Hugh Hefner's infamous Playboy Club to find out how the bunnies were treated. Spoiler alert: not well. Drunk History captures Steinem's time undercover as a Playboy bunny.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Queer Erasure

We have been begging and looking for representation, only finding it in subtext and fanfiction for so long, it’s time we were given it for real.

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J.K. Rowling Is Not Interested in Fan Anger Over Dumbledore’s Sexuality Being “Not Explicit” in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

Yesterday, the internet erupted when news broke of an interview with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Director David Yates, in which he said that Dumbledore would "not explicitly" be gay in the upcoming movie, despite what Rowling has said about the character. He correctly stated that "all the fans are aware of it," and ... yeah, that's why they're upset that it will be downplayed, but Rowling herself feels a bit differently.

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Does Realism Matter When Creating a Fictional Magic System?

There are a lot of variables to consider when developing a magic system for a game or a literary or cinematic series. Who is able to wield magic? What is the source of its power? How much training is required to become a magic-user? Does it involve incantations, material components, and/or specific gestures? Is it dependent upon details of time and place?

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Things We Saw Today: Come Meet the Porgs of the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride has some cute new friends for you to meet.

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Daniel Radcliffe Doesn’t Buy the Excuses Defending Johnny Depp’s Casting in The Crimes of Grindelwald

There's been an uproar ever since Johnny Depp, who was allegedly emotionally and physically abusive toward ex-wife Amber Heard during their marriage, was cast in the titular role of Grindelwald in the next Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. Now, Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has something to say on the matter.

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Things We Saw Today: How to Order Butterbeer at Starbucks

Starbucks now offers two "secret" Harry Potter drinks: the Butterbeer Latte and the Butterbeer Frappuccino. And as with most "secret" drinks, you just have to know how to order them.

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An AI Wrote Its Own Harry Potter Chapter and It Is Perfect

An artificial intelligence algorithm was fed all the original novels and then produced four pages titled 'The Handsome One' for Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash.

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We’re Getting a Harry Potter RPG Set at Hogwarts in the 1980s

Warner Bros. and Jam City recently announced Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a narrative-based mobile RPG that takes place "in the mid-1980s after the Wizarding Wars."

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J.K. Rowling Releases Statement on Depp’s Casting: “Conscience Isn’t Governable by Committee”

"The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful."

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Things We Saw Today: Tor.com Asks Us to Reconsider Voldemort’s Parents

Harry Potter think-piece time! Tor.com author Mairead McNulty published an article asking for us Potter-heads to reconsider the parents of Voldemort: Tom Riddle Sr. and Merope Gaunt.

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Johnny Depp Should Not Be in the Harry Potter Franchise

Also, David Yates: STFU

David Yates doesn't care about Johnny Depp's wife-beating: "Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

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The Makers of Pokémon Go Are Working on a Harry Potter Game

Niantic Labs, the developers behind Pokémon Go, have announced that their follow-up augmented reality game will be titled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

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Review: Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set the Perfect Gift for Any Potterhead

One of the best parts of being a Harry Potter fan is knowing that the world of the story is rich and detailed and still full of possibilities all these years later. Running Press brings us a piece of the Potterverse with a gift set straight out of Dumbledore's office.

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I’ll Get Into Hogwarts Even If It Means I Have to Buy My Acceptance Letter

Upset you never got your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Well, for £3,000-£5,000 you can buy your way in.

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It’s Officially the Day of the Harry Potter Epilogue, and Everyone’s Celebrating

At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the story jumps ahead by a massive 19 years to show us that everything turned out OK for the foreseeable future (Cursed Child notwithstanding). It seemed massive at the time, at least. Now, it's flown by, and today is the actual, real-world date the epilogue takes place, when Albus Severus boarded the Hogwarts Express for the first time, and it's cause for Potterhead celebration.

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Things We Saw Today: Get Ready for Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy to Visit Riverdale

The upcoming crossover Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica sounds like a delightful and wacky premise for all characters involved. It's definitely by no means the weirdest Archie Comics crossover.

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Jessica Williams Meticulously Drafting a DM to J.K. Rowling Is All of Us

Jessica Williams shows us no matter who you are, a direct message from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will obliterate any sense of chill you might have had.

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