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J.K. Rowling Pranked by Russians Impersonating Ukraine President Zelensky on Zoom Call

J.K. Rowling has fallen victim to a hoax by a prankster duo who tricked the Harry Potter author into believing she was having a Zoom call with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. In the video below, first discovered online early Tuesday by The Rowling Library, Rowling was fooled by Russian comedy outfit Vovan and […]

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Can’t Find Magic With $43M Box Office Bow

Warner Bros.’ Wizarding World is in trouble on the movie side. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore opened to a tepid $43 million at the domestic box office over Easter weekend after earning $20.1 million Friday, including $6 million in Thursday previews. It is faring better overseas, where it earned another $71 million for a […]

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’: Film Review

In the third installment of the Wizarding World franchise, Newt Scamander and his friends try to stop Grindelwald from attaining power.

Vladimir Putin: J.K. Rowling and Russia Are Victims of Western “Cancel Culture”

Russian leader Vladimir Putin made an unlikely reference to J.K. Rowling in his latest speech. During a televised address Friday on state TV, Putin cited the Harry Potter creator, who has come under fire for statements she has made relating to transgender issues, as proof the West likes to “cancel” people, adding that this was […]

J.K. Rowling Opposes Gender Recognition Reform in Scotland

Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling has reignited controversy over her stance on transgender rights by opposing gender recognition reform legislation in Scotland. Rowling has clashed with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following the Gender Recognition Reform Bill’s introduction last week at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament. “Multiple women’s groups have presented well-sourced evidence to @NIcolaSturgeon’s government […]

Jon Stewart Clarifies His ‘Harry Potter’ Criticism: “I Do Not Think J.K. Rowling Is Anti-Semitic”

Jon Stewart is clarifying his comments criticizing J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise. Previously, the former Daily Show host made headlines by calling out the fantasy franchise’s goblin banker characters as resembling Jewish caricatures and specifically made it sound as though Rowling deliberately based the characters on anti-Semitic tropes. On Wednesday, he took to […]

J.K. Rowling Credit Is Nearly Invisible in New ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Trailer

It would take some kind of magic to spot J.K. Rowling’s name in the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.  The Harry Potter author is the film’s producer and co-screenwriter (not to mention the creator of the Wizarding World franchise), yet the only reference to Rowling is an extraordinarily tiny publishing rights […]

Trans Rights Groups Struggle to Win Hollywood Funding Even After Dave Chappelle Controversy

Every year, Hollywood gives millions to LGBTQ organizations, partnering with the likes of GLAAD, HRC, The Trevor Project and The Point Foundation for starry galas as A-listers sit on their boards or serve on host committees. But it’s the “T” that seems to have gotten less financial commitment than the rest of the acronym, as […]

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Returns to Broadway as Single Show

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is slated to return to Broadway this fall and, with it, a new show format that morphs the original two-part experience into a single-ticket performance. The reimagined show, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, will begin at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in New York […]

Behind Warner Bros.’ Decision to Sever Ties With Johnny Depp

The call was prompted by a U.K. judge dismissing the actor’s defamation claims in a closely watched trial that pitted the actor against the publisher of The Sun after the British tabloid referred to Depp as a “wife-beater.”

J.K. Rowling Returning Award to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Group

J.K. Rowling is returning an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization after its head criticized her views on transgender rights. 

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to J.K. Rowling: “Transgender Women Are Women”

Daniel Radcliffe has penned an essay in response to J.K. Rowling's tweets that sparked online outrage, saying that "transgender women are women."