This morning, J.K. Rowling posted yet another brief but charming window into the Harry Potter world on Pottermore, the official headquarters for Potterheads. This particular post is actually a biography of Celestina Warbeck, a character who was rarely discussed and never actually "seen" in any of the Potter books, but whom Rowling refers to as a "favourite." Warbeck is pitched as a "singing sensation" and Today even has posted a song by her called "You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart," which is not the most inventive title Ms. Rowling has ever come up with ... Discuss
A few weeks ago, we heard the unimaginably horrific story of a young girl who lost her parents and four siblings to her murderous uncle. 15-year-old Cassidy Stay survived her uncle's rampage by pretending to be dead before calling the police, and was the lone survivor in her immediate family. When she recently spoke at her family's memorial service, she quoted Dumbledore's words in The Prisoner of Azkaban, saying "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Word of this made its way to J.K. Rowling, who allegedly sent Cassidy a letter "written" by Dumbledore, telling her what Rowling believes the Hogwarts headmaster (who has some experience dealing with tragedy) would want her to know. Neither Rowling nor Cassidy has made the exact contents of the letter public. In the meantime, a GoFundMe page for Cassidy has raised over $400,000 and is still accepting donations ... Discuss
The first rule of business is "will it make money?" and that definitely trumps the first rule of Fight Club, so let's talk about it again. Author Chuck Palahniuk plans to revisit Tyler Durden and the whole gang in an upcoming graphic novel that takes place 10 years after the events of Fight Club, his novel which David Fincher later adapted into the now-classic film. At this point, all Palahniuk will say is that the story picks up with the unnamed narrator's marriage to Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. Project Mayhem is still in existence, but has undergone some serious evolutions in the absence of Tyler Durden's leadership. About Tyler, Palahniuk will only say that "Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that's popped into his mind," saying that he plans on using the story to explore mid-life crises ...
You're still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you—do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?
The graphic novel will be published in April of next year ... Discuss
Just days after announcing that the mantle of Thor will be passed to a woman, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada went on The Colbert Report to announce that the cowl and shield of Captain America will be switching hands as well. Sam Wilson—who's been Cap's high-flying partner the Falcon since 1969—will take over after Steve Rogers loses the super soldier serum in his blood. Wilson is notable for being Marvel's first African-American superhero (The Black Panther—from Marvel's fictional African nation of Wakanda—appeared a few years earlier) and made his big screen debut in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This promotion is a sizable one, and it all starts in Captain American #25. Comic purists may revolt, but it's nice to see Marvel taking some creative risks and being willing to let its roster reflect a little more diversity ... Discuss
The mantle of one of Marvel's most iconic heroes is being passed to a woman. Yes, the Mighty Thor—who has been portrayed by a man more or less since 1962 (well, really since Roman historian Tacitus recorded the Germanic deity known as Donar in the seventh century, but whatever)—is getting a gender overhaul.
As comic nerds know, Thor's hammer Mjölnir is only his so long as he's worthy of holding onto it. Evidently, an upcoming storyline will strip the traditional Thor of that right and bestow it on a mystery woman. Earthling? Asgardian? Someone else altogether? Who knows. Either way, she's the real deal, as writer Jason Aaron says, "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it's unlike any Thor we've ever seen before" ... Discuss
This morning, JK Rowling published a new short story about a 34-year-old Harry Potter with "threads of silver" in his black hair—our first Rowling-led trip back to the world of the Boy Who Lived in ages. She published it on Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, so you can't read it unless you have a subscription, but if you're the sort of person who's losing it over this news, you're already a part of Pottermore. In fact, you probably aren't even reading this anymore and have already printed and decopauged the new story to glue onto your locker. The story is written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, Hogwarts' version of TMZ, and takes place at a Quidditch tournament. Tragically, there is [spoiler alert] no mention of a resurrected Dobby ... Discuss