Harry Potter

Rare Good News at the Box Office: Adam Sandler’s ‘Pixels’ Tanked

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It takes a real heartless bastard to root from someone else’s failure—except when it comes to the films of Adam Sandler, which have chugged along on low expectation, product placement, fart jokes, and sycophancy for so long now, they’ve come to represent not only what’s wrong with the studio star system but perhaps, perhaps, what is lacking in America …Read More

J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

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Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life. 
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Ezra Miller May Play Another Character With a Funny Name in ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff

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Gotta love beasts. They’re fantastic — at least, if you can find them. Luckily, the new Harry Potter spinoff film is based on the mini-made-for-charity pseudo-textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — which will, if its title doesn’t betray us, feature some fantastic beasts, and, as if that weren’t enough, their locations. As we now know, it’ll also feature Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston playing non-beasts.
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A Classic Book for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type

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Recently at the Flavorwire office we’ve become obsessed (in a skeptical and dubious way, of course) with the Myers-Briggs personality test, a pop-psych phenomenon which sorts us all into one of 16 categories, each with a unique combination of four letters. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Intuitive or sensing? Thinking or feeling? Perceiving or judging? Now take all your results and combine them, and you have your MBTI personality type! While we don’t advocate your running out and switching jobs based on this result, a personalized reading guide can’t hurt. So in the spirit of summer reading — and summer self-inquiry — we offer a novel that we think would suit each MBTI …Read More

Fathers of Fantasy: Celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ Friendiversary

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When young fantasy readers first learn that the author of The Lord of the Rings once bro-ed down with the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, it’s as exciting as seeing two former enemies team up to fight the bad guys in our favorite adventure movie. And indeed, the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, who first met on this day in 1926, is going to be the subject of an $18 million film helmed by the director of Con Air.
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J.K. Rowling’s Furious Moral Voice Powers HBO’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

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Imagine the Dursleys from Harry Potter, locking their orphan nephew beneath the stairs and generally abusing him — but with no magical realm into which the boy can escape. That is the prevailing tone of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, a realist tragedy laced with dark comedy. The novel, which uses a parish council election to highlight abuses, hypocrisies, and injustices in a small town, recalls the 19th-century novelists: the detailed social dissection of George Eliot, the righteous fury of Dickens, the sharp, equal-opportunity satire of Anthony Trollope, the fatalistic bleakness of Thomas Hardy. Tonight, as if in homage to its eminently adaptable forbears, The Casual Vacancy (which premiered on the BBC) begins airing as a miniseries on HBO. The adaptation, while imperfect, highlights the best aspect of the novel: Rowling’s energetic indictment of bourgeois apathy and her championing of the downtrodden.
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