Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe delights fans with Harry Potter video reading

Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard in the film series, is taking part in the starry lockdown reading initiative Harry Potter At Home.

Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Fry are among the other celebrities involved.

The videos will feature on Rowling's online hub to help children, parents, carers and teachers through the crisis.

Audio versions will also be available on Spotify.

Each celebrity will read a different section of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has secretly bought her childhood home in Gloucestershire

The author lived there between the ages of nine and 18 and in 2011 bought the cottage through a property company in her married name.

She paid about £400,000 for the house, which is said to have inspired key elements of the young wizard's story.

Land Registry records show in September 2011, Edinburgh-based Caernarfon Lettings Ltd, which lists the author's husband Neil Murray as a director, bought Church Cottage.

The property was sold by BBC producer Julian Mercer, who himself had bought it off the Rowling family in 1995.

Melbourne pub ordered to tear down Harry Potter installation after legal threat

 The Imperial Hotel in Melbourne has been ordered tear down its rooftop Harry Potter installation and turn off the taps on its Buttah Beer after the multinational demanded the pub remove all wizard-themed decorations and references.

The pub – on the corner of Bourke and Spring streets, a few doors down from the Princess Theatre where the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play runs eight times a week – featured six "magical stores" adorned with spell books, almanacs and colours from the film series.

Harry Potter books burned at Catholic parish in Poland

Images from the burning at Gdansk's Mother of Church parish were posted on Facebook by Catholic foundation SMS z Nieba (SMS from Heaven,) which uses unconventional means to carry out its religious work.

Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator's next trick

Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts in real-world neighbourhoods in the smartphone game, which has yet to get a release date.

Pokemon Go reportedly had about 45 million daily players at its peak and generated more than $1.2bn (£915m) in sales.

One expert said the Harry Potter brand had the potential for similar success.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Fans anger over second-hand ticket prices

Many spent hours online trying to secure some of the 250,000 new tickets released at 11:00 BST on Thursday.

"Failed to get #CursedChild tickets after queuing for four hours," wrote one Twitter user. "Now loads on sale for hundreds of pounds on StubHub."

Tickets are currently being offered on the secondary site for up to £1,000.

J.K. Rowling wishes Harry Potter's son, good luck at Hogwarts

Not only did she bless us with a world of witches and wizards way back when -- a world that changed our childhoods forever -- but has kept that childish wonder in us alive by revealing new secrets and adventures over the years.

J.K. Rowling's inspiring advice to young fan on Twitter

Whether you're looking for Harry Potter confessions or one-of-a-kind zingers (basically, don't ever body shame Serena Williams), you should look no further than the best-selling author's social media page.

But on Saturday morning, the 50-year-old writer managed to make fans feel deeply touched when she responded to a stranger on social media who hopes to follow in her footsteps.

"You inspired me to write. However, in Egypt, girls can't do anything freely as boys," the Twitter user wrote. "They laugh at me when I say I am a writer."