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J.K. Rowling sues U.K. paper for libel

Much like Harry Potter circa Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling is having problems with a newspaper falsifying stories.

The Harry Potter author is suing U.K. paper Daily Mail over a story with the headline, “How J.K. Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered,” according to U.K. paper The Guardian.

The Daily Mail article misrepresented her comments, the lawsuit explains, and in doing that “it injured her reputation and caused her great distress and embarrassment,” per The Guardian. The offending article — which has been taken offline — “suggested Rowling had given ‘a knowingly false account of her time as a single mother in Edinburgh,’ and she had ‘falsely and inexcusably accused her fellow churchgoers of behaving in a bigoted, unchristian manner towards her, of stigmatising her and cruelly taunting her for being a single mother.'” READ FULL STORY

‘Harry Potter’ actor jailed for two years for violent role in London riots

Jamie Waylett, the 22-year-old actor who played Slytherin goon Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter films, has reportedly been sentenced to two years in jail for violent disorderly conduct during last year’s riots in London.

BBC News reports that Waylett, who has a previous conviction for marijuana possession, was found guilty by a jury at London’s Wood Green crown court after cameras captured him participating in riotous activities in an area north of London. Waylett admitted to drinking from a bottle of champagne stolen during the riot; however, the jury cleared him of intent to destroy property despite being caught on British closed-circuit television with a bottle of gasoline with a rag as a wick.

Waylett received a two year sentence for violent disorder and one year for handling stolen goods. He will be eligible for release after a year.

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'How to Succeed' canceled after backstage overdose

Last night’s Broadway performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was canceled after a stagehand overdosed backstage and died, according to the New York Times. Police told the paper that the 29-year-old man — whose name is being withheld until his family can be notified — was found unconscious backstage just before the 8 p.m. show and pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. The cast and crew ultimately decided they couldn’t perform, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette apologized to the audience from the stage.

Emma Watson transferring from Brown University

Actress Emma Watson, 21, will be transferring from Brown University to another university this fall, according to the Associated Press. Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter films, has recently taken time out of her studies to focus on her movie career.

Daniel Radcliffe to be given the Trevor Project's Hero Award

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who has been an advocate for suicide prevention group The Trevor Project since 2009, will be honored with that organization’s Hero Award. The Associated Press writes that Radcliffe is due to receive the award in June; past recipients include Vanessa Williams, Nathan Lane, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. “The people that are doing the heroic things are the people answering phones 24 hours a day in the Trevor call centers,” Radcliffe told the AP. “Out of everything that I’ve done so far in my career, I think this is absolutely one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I’m associated with.”

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Brother of 'Harry Potter' actress jailed for six months

Ashraf Azad, the 28-year-old brother of 22-year-old Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, has checked into jail for six months for assaulting his sister last May, according to Reuters. In December, Ashraf pleaded guilty to charges of assault, stemming from the incident at their home in Longsight Manchester, where he attacked Afshan for dating a non-Muslim. Afshan — who played Padma Patil in the films — had requested that the court not send Ashraf to jail. “The persistent attack was accompanied by serious and very hurtful abuse and threats,” Judge Roger Thomas said during the sentencing. “The background to this offense lies in the concern that you, and perhaps other family members, had about Afshan’s relationship with a young man who was not of the Islamic faith.”

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Brother of ‘Harry Potter’ actress pleads guilty to attacking her
‘Harry Potter’ actress escapes murder attempt

'Harry Potter' plagiarism suit dismissed

A lawsuit claiming that J.K. Rowling had copied another author’s work to write Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was dismissed this morning in New York, according to Reuters. The estate of the late writer Adrian Jacobs had claimed that Rowling’s work was oddly similar to his 1987 book, Willy the Wizard, especially parts describing train travel and a wizarding contest. Scholastic, Potter‘s U.S. publisher, said in a statement: “The Court’s swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd.”

Brother of 'Harry Potter' actress pleads guilty to attacking her

Ashraf Azad, the 28-year-old brother of 22-year-old Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, has pleaded guilty of assaulting her last May, the BBC reports. Ashraf allegedly was upset that Afshan — known for playing Padma Patil in the Harry Potter movies — was dating a man who was not Muslim. Though Ashraf and father Abdul Azad were cleared of charges of attempted murder, Ashraf is facing jail time. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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Judge allows plagiarism suit against J.K. Rowling

A British lawsuit claiming that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling copied a 1987 book will be allowed to proceed, according to the AP. The estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs believes that Rowling plagiarized elements of Jacobs’ The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No. 1 Livid Land. Rowling asked the court to dismiss the charge, calling the claims unfounded and absurd. However, Justice David Kitchin ruled that the plaintiff’s had the right to move forward, though he described their chances of success as “improbable.”

Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open June 18

Universal Orlando has announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will have its grand opening on June 18. More details about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction have also been released.

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