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These new additions JK Rowling is making to the Potterverse are becoming dependable, but it's still fun to see a master toymaker tinker around with her inventions. As a Halloween treat to the nations, she's written several new short stories for Pottermore, the official Harry Potter fansite. Thus far, her stories have focused on bit players, and today's additions are no exception. Dolores Umbridge is, with all due respect to Voldemort, possibly Rowling's most hateable creation, and in today's exploration of Umbridge's past (excerpted here) we learn that she is no misunderstood victim, just a genuinely unpleasant person—though she is certainly not exactly all she seems. Other stories focus on the awesome flying thestrals, the eccentric Sibyll Trelawney, the sinister Ministry of Magic and other Potter-y things. Happy Halloween ... Discuss

Last time Jenny Slate and her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, released one of their irresistible "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" videos, Slate was mostly known for her one season on SNL. These days, her future is looking bright, with her lead turn in Obvious Child grabbing all sorts of critical acclaim, as well as her note-perfect portrayal as Jean Ralphio's sister, Mona Lisa, on Parks & Rec. But she hasn't forgotten her best character, a tiny, sneakered shell named Marcel. But there's now a children's book to market—called The Most Surprised I've Ever Been—and she's back with a new video. Take it away, Marcel ... Discuss

You may remember a meme floating around Facebook over the last few months, in which friends would ask each other to share “10 books that have stayed with you" as a status update. The lists spread across the social network, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook users around the world ranking their favorite books. Now, Facebook has tallied up the full rankings across eight countries (that had at least 20,000 take part in the meme), to see which books where most beloved around the globe.

The list in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Philippines, Brazil, India and France were all dominated by one work: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The only country among the lists not topped by Harry Potter was Mexico (it ranked third), where One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez took the No. 1 spot.

The Bible on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. It ranked sixth for U.S. and U.K. readers, and barely cracked the top 10 in one other country, Brazil ... Discuss

John Grisham, human law thriller machine behind books like The Firm and The Pelican Brief, opened up to an interviewer about his thoughts on those who download child porn, and how the law is too hard on them and "They haven't hurt anybody, OK? They deserve some type of punishment, whatever. But ten years in prison?" Yikes. From The Telegraph:

A friend of mine, ten years ago, was drinking. His drinking was out of control. And he went to a website ...And it said, 16-year-old girls. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff. It was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. You know, they were all dressed up and whatever. He shouldn't have done it, it was stupid. But it wasn't 10-year-old boys and he didn't touch anything ...And he went to prison for three years.

Tale as old as time. One minute, you're drinking too much. Next minute, you're engaging in a horrible crime that exploits thousands of innocent children for the perverse enjoyment of others. Rest your case, Mr. Grisham ...

Update: Grisham has offered an apology for his statements, saying "My comments ...were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all." Discuss

Forty years ago today, Wolverine first graced the pages of The Incredible Hulk #180. Although first intended as a villain, he reappeared the following year in Giant Sized X-Men #1, and has been one of most recognizable parts of the Marvel brand ever since. HalloweenCostumes.com has put together this look at how he's evolved over the years, from spandex-clad timebomb to Hugh Jackman (and don't miss 1996's rarely discussed "Noseless Wolverine"). Whatever his look, he's always been the best there is at what he does. Happy birthday, bub ... Discuss

Rob Bell and his wife Kristen have released this trailer for their upcoming book about marriage, The Zimzum of Love. Their examination of a “new way of understanding marriage” releases later this month ... Discuss