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This Day in History (November 16)

Nov 16, 2001: First Harry Potter film opens

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On this day in 2001, the British author J.K. Rowling’s star creation–bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter–makes his big-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which opens in movie theaters across the United States. Based on the mega-best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, the film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies in history.

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, debuted in Great Britain in 1997 and was released in the United States the following year under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Children and adults alike were captivated by the story of Harry, his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, their adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry’s struggles against his main enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort.

Rowling, who was born in England in 1965, first got the idea for Harry Potter while she was riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She began writing the first book that night and finished it while living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she struggled financially as a single mother and battled depression. Her completed manuscript was turned down by a number of publishers before she got a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 1996. Rowling went on to pen a total of seven Harry Potter novels, all of which became international blockbusters, selling more than 400 million copies and being translated into some 60 languages in all. The books also spawned a series of movies, video games and other merchandise that made Rowling one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry.

The first Harry Potter film was directed by the American filmmaker Chris Columbus, whose previous credits included Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. Prior to being selected to play Harry, Daniel Radcliffe, who was born July 23, 1989, in London, had appeared in a BBC production of David Copperfield as well as the 2001 film The Tailor of Panama, which starred Pierce Brosnan. British actors Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were chosen for the roles of Harry’s friends Ron and Hermione. A roster of celebrated actors took supporting roles in the film and its various sequels, including Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Richard Harris and Gary Oldman.

Columbus also directed the second Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which was released in 2002. The Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron helmed the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which arrived in theaters in 2004. The fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was directed by Mike Newell and debuted in 2005, while 2007 saw the release of the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, helmed by David Yates. The sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, also directed by Yates, is scheduled to open in 2009. The seventh and final (according to Rowling’s predetermined plan) novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, debuted in U.S. bookstores on July 21, 2007. Like all the previous Potter books, it is slated to become a movie, to be released in two parts in 2010 and 2011. To date, the Harry Potter films are the most financially successful series in history, having surpassed both the Star Wars and James Bond franchises.

This Day in History (July 31)

Jul 31, 1965: J.K. Rowling born

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On this day in 1965, Joanne Rowling, better known the world over as J.K. Rowling, the author and creator of the celebrated Harry Potter book series, is born near Bristol, England. Beginning in the late 1990s, Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels became international blockbusters, selling over 400 million copies and being translated into more than 60 languages. The books also spawned a series of movies, video games and other merchandise that made Rowling one of the wealthiest people in the entertainment industry.

Rowling attended England’s University of Exeter, where she studied French, and later worked for human-rights organization Amnesty International in London and as a language instructor in Portugal. The idea for Harry Potter came to Rowling when she was riding a train from Manchester, England, to London in 1990. She began writing the first book that night. Rowling finished the book while living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she struggled financially as a single mother and battled depression. Her completed manuscript was turned down by a number of publishers before she got a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 1996.

The first Harry Potter book debuted in Great Britain in 1997 under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book was released in the United States the following year and renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Children and adults alike were captivated by the story of the bespectacled boy wizard Harry, his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, their adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Harry’s struggles against his enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort.

On November 16, 2001, the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, opened in America and was a huge box-office success. It was directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) and starred British child actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron and Emma Watson in the role of Hermione. A roster of celebrated actors took supporting roles in the film and its various sequels, including Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Richard Harris and Gary Oldman.

The seventh and final (according to Rowling’s predetermined plan) Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, debuted in U.S. bookstores on July 21, 2007. Like all the previous Harry Potter books, it is slated to become a movie, to be released in 2010. To date, the Harry Potter films are the most financially successful series in history, having surpassed both the Star Wars and James Bond franchises.

This Day in History (July 21)

Jul 21, 2007: Final Harry Potter book released

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On this day in 2007, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released, with an initial print run of 12 million copies in the United States alone. Like each of the previous Harry Potter novels, Deathly Hallows was slated to be made into a major Hollywood film.

The bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter is the brainchild of the British author J.K. Rowling, who was born July 31, 1965. Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, debuted in Britain in 1997 (it was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when it was released in America the next year) and went on to become an international bestseller. Children and adults alike were captivated by Harry, his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and their adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The books, which chronicled Harry’s struggles against his enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort, have sold over 400 million copies and been translated into more than 60 languages. The series is also credited with boosting childhood literacy around the globe.

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Spawning a series of blockbuster films, video games and other merchandise, the Harry Potter series transformed J.K. Rowling, a broke single mother when she penned the first book, into the highest-earning author in history. The first movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, opened in America on November 16, 2001. Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire), the film starred British actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron and Emma Watson in the role of Hermione. Columbus also directed the second film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which premiered in the United States on November 14, 2002.

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The Mexican director Alfonso Cuaran (Y tu mama tambien) helmed the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opened in America on June 4, 2004. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was directed by Mike Newell, the first Brit to helm the series, and released in the United States on November 18, 2005. The fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was directed by David Yates and opened in America on July 11, 2007. Yates also directed the next film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2008) and is scheduled to helm the adaptation of the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is planned as two separate films.

Top 20 Minor Characters In The Harry Potter Series

NIGEL WESPURT
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Nigel, more famously just referred to as that anonymous ginger kid in the first film, who delivers a parcel to Ron, and the latter responds: “Oh, thank you Nigel& not now, Nigel, later, go on.” Nigel is obsessed with Harry Potter, perhaps too much so, and is later killed by a Death Eater during the Battle of Hogwarts.

SIR CADOGAN
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“What villains are these that trespass upon my private lands? Who dares challenge Sir Cadogan? Back, you scurvy braggarts, you rogues!” – Cadogan, in regard to the Battle of Hogwarts Cadogan is the knight whose portrait takes over at the entrance to Gryffindor Tower after the Fat Lady’s was destroyed by Sirius Black. He’s widely considered insane, or at the very least, eccentric.

PANSY PARKINSON
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Pansy Parkinson was a Slytherin who served on the controversial Inquisitorial Squad. She was the ‘queen bee’ of a group of girls, and dated Draco Malfoy. She was later condemned by her classmates for favoring turning Harry over to Voldemort.

THE WEIRD SISTERS
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The Weird Sisters were a popular band during the students’ time at Hogwarts, and who played at the Yule Ball in The Goblet of Fire. The band’s most famous songs are ‘Do the Hippogriff,’ ‘Magic Works,’ and ‘This is the Night.’ The members were all male and described as ‘extremely hairy,’ adorned in ‘artfully torn’ black robes.

PADMA & PARVATI PATIL
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Padma and Parvati Patil were twin sisters who studied alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermoine, the former a Ravenclaw, and the latter a Gryffindor. Parvati was Harry’s date to the Yule Ball in The Goblet of Fire and later joined Dumbledore’s Army. Both sisters are into Divination and often insensitive to other classmates, especially Luna Lovegood.

THE FAT LADY
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The Fat Lady guarded the entrance to Gryffindor Tower for the majority of the series, refusing anyone entry without the proper password, and typically scolded those who returned late or woke her up while she was sleeping.

GRAWP
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Grawp is Hagrid’s half-brother, a giant measuring 16-feet tall, ‘small for a giant,’ according to Hagrid. He can speak little English and grasps even less of proper manners. He rarely responds to Hagrid’s attempts at civilizing him, and instead likes tearing down trees in the Forbidden Forest.

MALFALDA HOPKIRK
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Malfalda Hopkirk worked in the Improper Use of Magic Office at the Ministry of Magic, and was best known for issuing notices to those who violated either the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy or the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery (such as when Dobby used the Hover Charm in The Chamber of Secret.) In Deathly Hallows, Hermoine takes possession of her using a Polyjuice potion to infiltrate the Ministry, bumbling around and ultimately learning that Malfalda was an assistant to Dolores Umbridge.

CORMAC MCLAGGEN
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“McLaggen makes Grawp look a gentleman.” -Hermoine One year above Harry, Cormac McLaggen was a Gryffindor from an influential wizarding family, who tried to court Hermoine. He became a member of Horace Slughorn’s ‘Slug Club,’ and Ron reffered to Cormac as the ‘King Slug.’ He was notoriously known for Gryffindor’s Quidditch team loss to Hufflepuff.

BlAISE ZABINI
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Blaise is good friends with Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson, his fellow Slytherins. His backstory is interesting, as his mother was famous and beautiful, who had been widowed seven times by the end of the series. Wealthy from these deaths, Blaise was part of the Slug Club and harbored a great distaste for Muggles and Muggle-borns. His name is also really cool.

MARGE DURSLEY
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Marjorie ‘Marge’ Dursley is Vernon’s sister, who is similarly neckless and unattractive. Harry has always had to refer to her as ‘Aunt,’ and takes solace in that she rarely visits Privet Dr. because she breeds bulldogs in the countryside. In a memory during The Order of the Phoenix, Harry remembers when one of her dogs chased him up a tree and she wouldn’t call it off. He gets his accidental revenge when he losers his temper in The Prisoner of Azkaban and inflates her up like a balloon.

OLYMPE MAXIME
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“I ‘ave nevair been more insulted in my life! ‘Alf-giant? Moi? I ‘ave–I ‘ave big bones!” -Madame Maxime Madame Maxime was the Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic at the time of The Goblet of Fire. She is known for her heavy French accent and traveling with her students in a big, power-blue carriage drawn by winged horses. Though technically a half-giantess, she tries to hide her heritage; when Hagrid takes her to the Yule Ball and reveals that he is also a half-giant, she is unimpressed.

MRS. NORRIS
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Owned by Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch, Mrs. Norris is a cat well-known by students for catching those who are misbehaving or going where they should not be. Her abilities are so honed that she often–at least seemingly–catches Harry when he’s under his Invisibility Cloak.

IRMA PINCE
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“A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.” – Irma’s note in a library book Irma Pince is the highly possessive and protective librarian at Hogwarts, often intimidating its pupils, who thought of her as unpleasant, to say the least. As the librarian, she wouldn’t allow students to do anything that was remotely suspicious or may cause any kind of damage to the books in the library’s collection.

HANNAH ABBOT
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Hannah was a Hufflepuff in Harry’s year. She was a big fan of Cedric Diggory and later became a Prefect for Hufflepuff, as well as a member of Dumbledore’s Army, though she was gone for a year after her mother was murdered by Voldemort. In her later years, she married Neville Longbottom and became the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron, above which they lived. Also, she makes awesome facial expressions in the movie.

POMONA SPROUT
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Pomona Sprout was a Professor of Herbology and Head of Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts. In The Chamber of Secrets, she saved lives by brewing the Mandrake Restorative Draught; helped oust Snape after Dumbledore’s death; threw dangerous plants onto invading Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts; and generally never stopped winning.

LEE JORDAN
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Lee Jordan was a Gryffindor student who was best friends with Fred and George Weasley and partook in many pranks with them, but most famously was a Quidditch commentator whose narration of games often went too far.

THE BLOODY BARON
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Originally the Baron was a Slytherin, who, after Hogwarts, fell in love with Helena Ravenclaw, who did not love him back. Rowena Ravenclaw, her mother and one of Hogwarts’s founders, sent him to search for her in Albania. However, upon finding Helena, she refused to return and he, a ‘hot-tempered man,’ hastily killed her. Realizing what he’d done, he took his own life and to this day is covered in her blood (thus, his name). He then took to haunting Slytherin House.

ERNIE MACMILLAN
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“… [I]n case youre getting ideas, I might tell you that you can trace my family back through nine generations of witches and warlocks and my bloods as pure as anyones…” – Ernie, yelling at Harry Potter A pure-blood wizard, Ernie was a Hufflepuff who was good friends with Hannah Abbot and initially believed Harry was the Heir of Slytherin after his friend Justin Finch-Fletchley was petrified in Year Two. Eventually, he came around and apologized to Harry, becoming a member of Dumbledore’s Army in his fifth year and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. He was also sorta obsessed with Hermoine from afar (who isn’t, though?).

GRIPHOOK
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Griphook was the managing goblin at Gringotts Bank, whose looks are deceiving. He appears conniving and unsympathetic, but when the Ministry of Magic declares wizards superior to goblins he refuses to acknowledge anyone his master and goes on the lam. Ultimately he helps Harry and the gang search for Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup.

12 Movie Plots Easily Solved by Modern-Day Technology

Posted on Pleated-jeans.com by Jeff Wysaski

The Little Mermaid:

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The Terminator:

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Back to the Future:

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Star Wars:

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The Muppets:

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The Ring:

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The Wizard of Oz:

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Superman:

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Harry Potter:

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Friday the 13th:

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Milo and Otis:

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Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle:

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JK Rowling Publishing New Book For Adults

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That note reads: “Although I’ve enjoyed writing it just as much, my next novel will be very different from the Harry Potter Series.”

So we know that,and we know that it will be published by Little Brown. And that’s literally all of the information we have. So let’s speculate wildly!

Source: Buzzfeed

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