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#JK Rowling

Draco Malfoy joined JK Rowling's website and got sorted into Gryffindor

Everything you thought you knew? It was a lie.

JK Rowling says that Hogwarts is a 'safe place for LGBT students'

She’s got strong Twitter game.

JK Rowling continues her reign as queen of Twitter with this excellent revelation...

Um, why is she not our best friend yet?

JK Rowling to release a new Harry Potter short story on Halloween

This time, the reviled Professor Umbridge is in the spotlight.

Harry Potter fans rejoice as three spin-off films are confirmed to be in the works

Harry Potter fans rejoice as three spin-off films are confirmed to be in the works

The news was confirmed by Warner Bros yesterday.

J.K. Rowling's cryptic Harry Potter tweets have been solved

The author’s hints drove Twitter insane.

J.K. Rowling threw some serious shade at this Dumbledore critic on Twitter

A perfect response to a homophobic comment.

J.K. Rowling sends care package to teenage survivor of mass shooting

Teenager had quoted Dumbledore in a public address after shooting.

JK Rowling has written a brand new Harry Potter short story

It’s available to read on her website, Pottermore.

5 reasons why we still don't forgive JK Rowling for the Harry Potter finale

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the key Battle of Hogwarts, according to the book series’ timeline.

A definitive ranking of the children's books you read in school

From Roald Dahl to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

January is (finally!) over. Here are the nine things you need to know as your weekend – and February – begins.

J.K. Rowling to produce Harry Potter play in London's West End

It’ll tell the story of Harry’s life before Hogwarts. Coooool.

From TheJournal.ie Burton confident about Youth Guarantee despite concerns Jobs

Burton confident about Youth Guarantee despite concerns

The Minister was speaking about the Youth Guarantee scheme, which ministers are meeting about in Paris.

From TheJournal.ie Here's what some successful people were doing aged 25 Richlist

Here's what some successful people were doing aged 25

Not all of them got it right first time around.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why did JK Rowling feel the need to use a pseudonym? Opinion

Column: Why did JK Rowling feel the need to use a pseudonym?

It’s been revealed that the Harry Potter creator used a male pseudonym and is in fact the author of a new mystery crime novel – but Michelle Jackson writes that it is sad Rowling had to do that to achieve critical acclaim.

From TheJournal.ie JK Rowling 'angry' after her law firm admits leaking her alter ego Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling 'angry' after her law firm admits leaking her alter ego

The Sunday Times newspaper revealed that the ‘Harry Potter’ author had penned the book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

From TheJournal.ie Harry Potter and The Pseudonym: JK Rowling has written a crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling

Harry Potter and The Pseudonym: JK Rowling has written a crime novel

The Harry Potter author has been forced to reveal that she is the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling which she wrote under the name Robert Galbraith.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Sunday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

From TheJournal.ie First edition 'Harry Potter' - including author's notes - up for auction They See Me Rowling

First edition 'Harry Potter' - including author's notes - up for auction

The rare first edition will be sold to raise funds for English PEN, a writer’s association.

Harry Potter and the Miraculously Unguarded Vagina - the JK Rowling reviews are in

We’ve read the reviews of The Casual Vacancy so you don’t have to.

Fifty Shades of Grey outstrips Harry Potter as UK's fastest-selling novel Twiliterature This post contains images

Fifty Shades of Grey outstrips Harry Potter as UK's fastest-selling novel

The book has raised over £550,000 in sales and is only the fourth paperback to sell 100,000 copies in one week.

From TheJournal.ie Watch live: Leveson inquiry hears evidence from David Cameron Hacking This post contains videos

Watch live: Leveson inquiry hears evidence from David Cameron

The inquiry set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World continues to receive witness testimony today.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

JK Rowling's adult book: What's it all about?

It may lack wizard, witches and spells but the new title has booksellers excited.

Harry Potter for grown-ups? JK Rowling gets new book deal

The multi-million-selling author has revealed she is writing a new book – this time for a grown-up audience.

From TheJournal.ie Watch: Journalists give evidence to Leveson inquiry Hacking This post contains videos

Watch: Journalists give evidence to Leveson inquiry

The inquiry set up in the wake of the News of the World hacking scandal continues to receive witness testimonies today.

From TheJournal.ie "They have no human feeling at all": Max Mosley speaks at Leveson inquiry Leveson This post contains videos

"They have no human feeling at all": Max Mosley speaks at Leveson inquiry

Sienna Miller spoke today of being chased by a dozen photographers down dark streets, while JK Rowling described trying to protect her children from press intrusion.

From TheJournal.ie UK media inquiry set for testimony from high-profile celebs Leveson

UK media inquiry set for testimony from high-profile celebs

Actress Sienna Miller, author JK Rowling and former motorsport chief Max Mosley will all give testimony at the Leveson Inquiry.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know by 9am: How do you solve a problem like Kevin Cardiff? How do ministers claim a little-known €3,500 tax rebate? And what is the USA’s top export?

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know this morning….

Harry Potter smashes US box office on opening day

More box office records are expected to tumble. Magic stuff.

End of an era: final Harry Potter film arrives Potty About Potter This post contains images

End of an era: final Harry Potter film arrives

Thousands of fans gathered in London for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Watch: JK Rowling announces the further adventures of Harry Potter Pottermore This post contains videos

Watch: JK Rowling announces the further adventures of Harry Potter

Harry Potter author says thank you to fans with special announcement about “Pottermore”.

Could it be magic? Harry Potter fans in frenzy over new website Harry Potter This post contains videos

Could it be magic? Harry Potter fans in frenzy over new website

JK Rowling has launched a mysterious new site, and many readers believe it heralds Harry’s return.

From TheJournal.ie Revealed: the bestselling books of all time World Book Day This post contains images

Revealed: the bestselling books of all time

…question isn’t have you read all of them, it’s have you read ANY of them?

JK Rowling voted 'more influential' than the Queen Most Influential? This post contains images

JK Rowling voted 'more influential' than the Queen

Mind you, so was Victoria Beckham… Check out who else made it into the Top 10.

HARRY POTTER fans can truly immerse themselves in the stories of JK Rowling, by signing up to study the novels at university.

The course, entitled Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion, is offered by Durham University and promises to:

…place the phenomenon that is Harry Potteer in its social, cultural and educational context and understand some of the reasons for its popularity

The module is part of the undergraduate Education Studies programme, and has already seen about 70 undergraduates sign up for the course which will be available next year. The course aims to help students read the Harry Potter series in the context of the education system.

Some of the key areas of content that students will consider are:

  • Prejudice and intolerance in the classroom
  • Anarchy and rebellion
  • Bullying, friendship and solidarity
  • Courage, ingenuity and integrity
  • The concept of good citizenship

JK Rowling published the first Harry Potter book in 1997. Since then, the series has enjoyed phenomenal success; the seven-book series has sold over 400m copies worldwide.

And Durham would appear to be the perfect setting for studying Harry Potter as the town was used as a filming location for the first two films.

Durham Cathedral, near Durham University, was used for both the interior and exterior views of Hogwarts. The cathedral’s chapter house was also used for the scenes in McGonagall’s classroom.

And if that not authentic enough for die-hard fans, they can always sign up for some extra-curricular Harry Potter activities with the International Quidditch Association.