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New Harry Potter book: Yes it's a new book; no, it's not what you think

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Twitter and Facebook were abuzz Wednesday when word got out that there would be an eighth Harry Potter book coming out later this year. 

But J.K. Rowling hit social media to clarify what exactly will be hitting bookstore shelves. 

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Scholastic is releasing "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," but it is not part of the series of best-selling books, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Rowling said the book is a script only. It is not a novel and it is not a prequel.

"The Cursed Child" happens 19 years after "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Rowling and Scholastic both have confirmed.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be released July 31.

The date has some significance in the Potter world. According to Scholastic, July 31 is Harry's birthday.

'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Frozen' to get Broadway runs

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Two stories, that couldn't be more opposite will both be on the the Great White Way.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be coming to Broadway for the first time, The New York Times reported.

And it has a big name adapting the story for the stage: Aaron Sorkin. 

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Sorkin is best known for his big-screen hits like "The Social Network" and "The American President," and his small-screen shows like "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom."

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be directed by Tony Award winner Barlett Sher.

It will hit the stage for the 2017-2018 Broadway season. 

A year later, Disney will bring mega-hit "Frozen" to Broadway, CNN reported.

The announcement was made on Frozen's new Broadway Twitter account.

It will be previewed in the summer of 2017, in an unnamed location, and will land in New York City in spring 2018.

The team that brought "Frozen" to life in movie theaters is reuniting for the stage version. Jennifer Lee will write the show, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will compose the music. 

J.K. Rowling releases names, locations of 4 fictitious wizarding schools

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People everywhere learned about the most famous wizarding school in 1997 when J.K. Rowling released the first "Harry Potter" novel. 

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Hogwarts, headed by Albus Dumbledore, was a revered school for young witches and wizards to learn about spells, potions and other magical affairs. 

In the fourth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Rowling introduced the Triwizard Tournament, which shed the most light on two other schools -- Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute

But now Rowling has revealed information about four more schools that exist in the wizarding world.

The 50-year-old author and screenwriter of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" introduced Ilvermorny, Uagadou, Mahoutokoro and Castelobruxo.

The new details give excited Potter fans information about seven of the schools in total. Rowling has said that there are 11 schools registered with the International Confederation of Wizards in total. 

Rowling wrote on Pottermore

"The number of countries that have their own magical school is minuscule compared to those that do not. This is because the wizarding populations of most countries choose the option of home schooling. Occasionally, too, the magical community in a given country is tiny or far-flung and correspondence courses have been found a more cost-effective means of educating the young."

Here's a bit of information about the new schools Rowling revealed:


Prounounced "Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo"

This Brazilian school can be found hidden within the South American rainforest. To Muggles, it looks like a ruin, but for those who can see it in its full glory, the castle, carved into a golden rock, looks like a temple. Students wear bright green robes and are especially skilled in Herbology and Magizoology. Castelobruxo offers popular exchange programs for wizarding students at other schools who wish to study Latin magical creatures like flora and fauna.


Pronounced "Ill-ver-morn-ee"

Rowling released the name of this school, but held back details about its location and student body. The map on the site suggests it's on the East Coast of some country or continent. Many think it's the American school Rowling has alluded to. If so, Rowling has said the North American school is not in New York and that "indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school." She once said, "If I say which tribes, location is revealed."


Prounounced "Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro" 

This school, located in Japan, has the smallest population of students out of all 11 wizarding schools. The school is comprised of a palace called Mahoutokoro, which is made of mutton-fat jade and is situated at the peak of the volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima. At Mahoutokoro, students receive enchanted robes when they begin their first term. The magical robes change and grow in color and length as students' grow in height and size and as their learning increases. Upon arrival, the robes are a faint pink color and they turn gold if high grades are acheived in every subject. They turn white if a witch or wizard illegally practices magic or breaks wizarding code. The school is known for having a strong and dedicated Quidditch team. 


Pronounced "Wag-a-doo"

Uagadou, the largest of all wizarding schools, is one of few wizarding schools in Africa that have flourished. The only address ever given is "Mountains of the Moon," and people say the school is carved out of the side of a mountain and disguised by a mist, so it looks like it's floating in mid-air. Students who graduate from this school have particularly strong skills in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration. Here, many witches and wizards conduct spells using just their pointing fingers or through hand gestures. Unlike Hogwarts, Uagadou invites young magical people to attend the school by sending Dream Messengers to children as they sleep. Selected students wake up to find a token in their hand with a special inscription. 

Discover four additional wizarding schools from around the world on Pottermore: by J.K. Rowling on Friday, January 29, 2016

What happened to Peter Rabbit? New Beatrix Potter tale to be published

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One of childhood's most beloved children's stories is getting a new book.

A story by Beatrix Potter went undiscovered for years, but it will be published for the first time in September.

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"The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots" was found two years ago in a letter Potter sent to her publisher in 1914. It mentioned "a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life," referring to an unedited version of the story, The Guardian reported.

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A search through a London archive found three handwritten manuscripts and a rough color sketch of the main character. It also contained a pencil sketch of the villain, Mr. Tod.

Potter planned to finish the story, but was interrupted by World War I, marriage, sheep farming and colds. 

Potter died in 1943 and the story went unfinished.

Quentin Blake has lent his colors to the story. Blake illustrated Roald Dahl's books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

"The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots" will be published in September by Frederick Warne & Co, the original publisher for Potter's books. 

Black History Month - how it began

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

Blacks Absent from History Books

We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

Established Journal of Negro History

Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation's history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. For example:

  • February 23, 1868:W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.
  • February 3, 1870:The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.
  • February 25, 1870:The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.
  • February 12, 1909:The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.
  • February 1, 1960:In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.
  • February 21, 1965:Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

Romance author Jackie Collins dies at 77

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Best-selling author Jackie Collins died of breast cancer Saturday at age 77.

People first broke the news, reporting Collins kept her stage 4 cancer diagnosis private for more than six years.

In her last interview with People earlier this month, she said she was happy with her decision to keep the diagnosis private and continue working. (Video via CBS)

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"I've written five books since the diagnosis, I've lived my life, I've traveled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it," Collins told People.

Many of her books made it to The New York Times bestsellers list, and several were turned into movies and miniseries — like "Lucky," "Hollywood Wives" and "The Stud," which stars her sister Joan Collins. (Video via Umbrella Entertainment)

Collins is best known for her sultry stories set in the glamour of Beverly Hills.

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"If I find that my characters want to have sex, then I just go with it. But I don't control the characters, they control me," Collins told The Insider.

Her family said she was "a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force." (Video via Jackie Collins)

Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization and to Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

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Harry Potter villain's name has been pronounced wrong this whole time

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Since Harry Potter took over pop culture, everything associated with the wizard's archnemisis Voldemort has equated to fear. And now an even scarier thought: Muggles and wizards alike should've felt his wrath a long time ago because apparently his name has been pronounced wrong the entire time.

"Lord Voldemort, himself!" one anchor said.

"There's a deep rage in Voldemort," Ralph Fiennes said.

"This is going to be Harry's last chance to finish the Voldemort problem," Daniel Radcliffe said.

Everyone pronounces the Harry Potter villain's name with a hard 'T': Voldemort, including Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the movies as well as Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

But J.K. Rowling left Potter fans questioning the meaning of life (again) Wednesday night when she replied to a tweet concerning the correct pronunciation. Apparently the 'T' in Voldemort's name is silent, so it's actually pronounced "Vol-de-more." (Video via Warner Bros. / "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix")

Just take a moment really quickly to let that sink in.

Not to point wands or fingers, but if there's one person to blame for the mishap, it might be JK Rowling herself. After all, she consulted on the movies, meaning she had eight movies to correct the actors' pronunciation.

Although "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" chimed in on the conversation in 2010. He posted a tweet saying, "Yo my names Voldemort & the t is silent, but don't say my name or imma get violent #FreestyleFriday."

Let's all be thankful he didn't get violent over this. 

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#BackToHogwarts as J.K. Rowling wishes Harry Potter's son good luck

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The books may be done, but the legend of Harry Potter has taken on a life of its own, blurring the lines of fiction and reality. 

Using #BackToHogwarts, J.K Rowling took to Twitter Tuesday morning to wish Harry Potter's son a good first day at Hogwarts.

Going by traditional literary beliefs, James Sirius Potter departed Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters on the Hogwarts Express for his first day at the wizarding school.

Could the tweet be more than just an author keeping her characters alive? Potter fans, and publishers, could only hope.

UPDATE: J.K. Rowling couldn't write just one tweet.

Per the author's request, her best wishes were forwarded to James Potter.

And then she realized what the gravity of all the well-wishers might mean.

Potter fans know that Harry and best friend's Ron adventure back to school their second year was much more hectic, thanks to a flying car and Whomping Willow.

But James Potter's first day was still a success as he was sorted to Gryffindor, just like his father. (Where else?)

Judy Blume saves desperate husband who gave away wife's treasured book

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A New York man is scrambling to find his wife's "irreplaceable" copy of Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" after he gave it away in a box of free books he left on the street, reported Friday.

"I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint," reads a poster in Brooklyn. "The book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads 'Christmas 1991.' If you happened to pick up this book, can you please get in touch with me?"

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Blume herself reached out to the desperate husband.

"Will send signed copy," Blume tweeted Thursday. "Not the same, I know. Let's hope it saves the marriage."

The next day, Twitter user @reddsauce responded, "I'm the terrible husband!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ... marriage saved!!!"

There is no word on whether he was able to track down his wife's book, but Blume said she's "on the case."

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Sadness, in Greenpoint. A photo posted by Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) on Jul 30, 2015 at 9:33am PDT

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