JK Rowling Reveals Why She Named Harry Potter's son after Snape

Over the course of a dozen tweets, J.K. Rowling officially revealed why Harry named his son Albus Severus. She noted that it was from forgiveness and gratitude, as well as displaying Harry's matured state of mind post-war.
Rowling empthatically defends Snapes' actions, though admits he is neither a saint nor a devil. The potions teacher died for the wizarding world, and it was he did so protecting the young Potter due to his love of Lily Potter. She also made the case that Snape misdirected all of his anger from James Potters' bullying onto Harry.
The disagreement between author and fans started in 2007 during the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book of the magical series. In the epilogue set in 2017, readers discover Potter and his wife Ginny (Weasley) recover from the wizarding war to maintain normal lives - as normal as it gets in a wizarding world. Now an adult, it's revealed that one of their sons is named Albus Severus. Their other two childrens' names James Sirius and Lily Luna doesn't create as much as debate.  The choice of names over Potter's beloved firstborn has gained passionate ire over the years.

Fans note Snapes' bullying to innocent students, not just to Harry Potter but Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom as well, meanwhile dolling out praise to his Slytherin students. During that time, Snape also risked his life working alongside headmaster Albus Dumbledore to protect The Chosen One. However fans do not believe that his ability to ensure a victory against Voldemort rights the wrongs of his abusive nature, not to mention the clingy intentions he grappled with over Potter's mother.

Does double-crossing Voldemort to protect Harry throughout his school years warrant the name over other characters like Remus and Rubeus, to name a few? The debate lives on.

Entertainment Weekly Reveals Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is set to hit theatres November 2016. The Muggle world is excitedly having a field day for the highly anticipated spin-off of the Harry Potter series.

Giving us a sneak peak of the film, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander makes the cover of Entertainment Weekly. More details are further revealed:

In our cover image (see the full image below), you get a first look at Scamander, his pivotal briefcase in hand, standing inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic that’s housed inside the Woolworth Building in the film.
Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a famous Magizoologist and author of the titled new trilogy. Other stars kept under wraps include Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, and Colin Farrell.

Author J.K. Rowling penned her first-ever script for the film, which will be directed by famed David Yates who helmed the last four films of the Harry Potter series.

Earlier this week the logo for the film series was also revealed by the popular culture magazine. Raise your wands if you're excited for the new trilogy!

November Calendar of Harry Potter Events

Want to celebrate Harry Potter all month long? Here is a current list of birthdays and anniversaries for the films, the actors, and characters from the books.

Film Anniversaries
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film turns 13 on November 15th.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film turns 14 on November 16th.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire turns the big 1-0 anniversary on November 18th.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 turns 5 years old on November 19th.

1st - Actress Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) and Lavender Brown
3rd -  Sirius Black
6th - Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle HBP)
8th - Actor Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley)
15th – Jessica Hynes (voice of Mafalda Hopkirk)
24th - Actress Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)
28th - Alfonso Cuaron (director of Prisoner of Azkaban)
29th - Bill Weasley
30th - David Yates (director of four of the films)
30th - Actress Clemence Poesey (Fleur Delacour)

"I Will Fly" Commercial Shows How Quidditch Players Win

Written and directed by David Janove check out this magical commercial. Watch as Quidditch Players prepare to make the big score with a new energy drink!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the Official Eighth Book

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in the works for London's West End, has been officially confirmed as a sequel. And, more importantly: the Eighth Story of the Harry Potter saga. The news was revealed on J.K. Rowling's twitter and Pottermore.

"The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way," the author described the stage production.

The two-part play was written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony-award winner John Tiffany. The play not only has the stamp of approval by Rowling herself, but she collaborated on the story as well. Details about the play now include a synopsis.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Further of what we know about the production is that it will be "of an epic nature", featuring a cast of over 30 actors - the parts of which will be announced at a later time.

With any huge announcement about the wizarding world comes anticipation, curiosity, and of course, expectations.

While it is very exciting that the eighth book will be making its magical debut next year, some questions have risen for the series by its most adoring fans.

The play picks up from where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left fans wanting more. At Platform Nine and Three Quarters, the golden trio sent their children to Hogwarts for their own schooling in the magical arts. Though this tale will specifically center around Harry and his son Albus, no fan forgets the last words of the seven-book arc: All is well. Another conflict is brewing for the Potter clan.

It's difficult to not bring to attention with a hyper-critical outlook that "the eighth book" is indeed a play - one that will specifically play to London audiences and any fans around the world who attend the first run. When the books and movies were released, they were international affairs - fans standing in lines at book stores and movie theaters to have their own experiences with the stories. We can only imagine that the play will be a huge success and sometime down the line, the play will be go down the international route in the future. For the time being, will the eighth book feel like an exclusive experience rather than a collective one?

More details for the production will undoubtedly be released over the next few months. Who will take the reigns from Daniel Radcliffe to play Harry Potter? Will the story take place at or around Hogwarts? Will Deatheaters be at the heart of the Potter's new troubles?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London's West End in summer 2016. Tickets will go on sale 11am GMT on Wednesday, October 26th on a first-come first-served basis for all who have registered for priority booking. Friday, October 30th, at 11 am GMT tickets will be available to the general public.

New Signs for Muggles at Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando gave their park signs a modern twist. Bold and colorful, they attract just the right amount of attention for Muggles, witches and wizards alike.

Watch Hogwarts Unfold by UnPop Stop-Motion Animation

Built from the pages of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, UnPop creates a magical stop-motion animation of Hogwarts unfolding right before our eyes! Readers never forget the memories we have entering J.K. Rowling's imaginative and exciting world.

UnPop's wonderful first short film recognizes the power of a story that lives in us while we are awake, and even while we dream.

As the famed author once said, "Whether you come back by page or by screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you." We are sure to return to this creative tribute to our favorite series many times in the future.

Ideas for Harry Potter Halloween Costume: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

It's that time of the year again to dress up for Halloween. The Harry Potter series popularly inspires ideas for trick-or-treating, whether it's dressing up as a specific character or showing our house pride. One of the biggest attractions in Diagon Alley is the Weasley Wizard Wheezes. Originally started and operated by George and Fred, there's no reason why we can't pretend we're a Weasley or one of their employees for Halloween or Cosplay.

Like what you see in this post? Stay tuned! More creative ideas for Costume and Cosplay will be available soon.

Wanna look exactly like the Weasleys? Consider heading over to a local second-hand shop or Etsy for professional wear. Start with a brown suit and build from there. For George and Fred, they mixed complimentary colors - purple tie or orange tie with green vests, olive and mustard.

In the wizarding world, everyone is usually dressed to the nines in an early 19th century-esque attire. Consider a dress (or suit like the ones above) that matches colors with the Weasley Wizard Wheezes official logo.

Add some pizzazz to your outfit as you get the word out on the streets about their product. Wear a Weasley Wizard Wheezes pinback button, cuddle with a pygmy pyff, or hand out some chocolate frogs.

Don't feel like dressing up? Go causal with this Staff T-shirt by thegadzook on redbubble, and some brown or even purple pants. Add some accessories above and you're ready to get some candy!