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How has rejection inspired our bestsellers 3.9.2016 TOI: India
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Harry Potter and the cursed child: The magic is not alive anymore, readers disillusioned 3.8.2016 TOI: India
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JK Rowling tells of anger at attacks on casting of black Hermione 5.6.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Author says Noma Dumezweni is ‘best for the job’ in West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

JK Rowling has revealed her frustration at online reaction by “a bunch of racists” to news that the role of Hermione will be played by a black actress in the eagerly awaited new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The production, which has broken records by selling 175,000 tickets in 24 hours, is tipped to be the theatrical event of the year. But the Harry Potter creator criticised those who have suggested that Hogwarts’ studious heroine could not be played by the Olivier-award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni.

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Quidditch World Cup 2016 hopes to feature first African team 4.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

A Ugandan team is raising money to attend the real-world championship of the broomstick-borne sport played in the Harry Potter novels

A crowdfunding campaign aiming to make Uganda the first African team to compete in the Quidditch World Cup has more than quadrupled its goal, less than two weeks after launch.

The worldwide quidditch tournament is due to take place on 23 and 24 July in Frankfurt. The competition, run by the International Quidditch Association, has taken place biennially since 2012, with the US winning the 2014 championship (the UK came fourth). It is based on the game made famous in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books – both versions take place on broomsticks, although broomsticks in the real world have so far stubbornly refused to fly.

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Historian Adrian Greenwood found murdered at his home 9.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Man arrested after 42-year-old is found stabbed to death in Oxford following ‘vicious and sustained attack’

A historian who made a name for himself dealing modern first editions of books including the Harry Potter series has been found stabbed to death following a “vicious and sustained attack”.

Adrian Greenwood, 42, was found by his cleaner in the hallway of his four-storey house in Oxford on Thursday afternoon, Thames Valley police said.

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Modi, Sania, Priyanka among Time probables for most influential people 24.3.2016 Rediff: News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tennis star Sania Mirza and actor Priyanka Chopra are among the probable contenders named by the Time magazine for its annual list of the most influential people in the world.
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Priyanka Chopra, Sundar Pichai may be on Time's 'most influential' list 24.3.2016 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Priyanka Chopra, Sundar Pichai may be on Time's 'most influential' list
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PM Modi on TIME's most influential people on internet for second year 17.3.2016 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the most influential people on the internet, TIME magazine said, describing the Indian leader as an "Internet star" who often uses social media to "conduct ...
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How can you sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them 13.3.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
As Lidl trumpets its latest clothing bargain, we estimate just how the high street cost is made up – and who is paying a heavy price

Abracadabra! “Jean genie Lidl magics up £5.99 denims,” shouted the headline in a newspaper last weekend as it extolled the brilliance of the cut-price supermarket chain in once again undercutting its rivals.

The German retailer, it explained, was continuing its assault on the traditional supermarket giants by targeting the high street fashion-conscious with jeans selling for an astonishing £12 less than a similar pair in Tesco.

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Scottish MP detained in Turkey talks of 'terrifying experience' 28.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Natalie McGarry was held by security forces for about two hours for using her mobile phone

A Scottish MP has spoken of her “terrifying experience” of being detained by security forces in Turkey for using her mobile phone.

Natalie McGarry says she was shoved repeatedly by a security officer and taken to a shack “filled with guns” during a tank bombardment on Kurds in the city of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey.

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A behind the scenes tour of the Guantánamo Bay library – video 15.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Guardian US correspondent David Smith was granted a tour of Guantánamo Bay prison, and a peek inside the library shows about 35,000 items available for inmates, from Harry Potter novels (very popular) to men’s health and fitness magazines, to a scratched-out copy of Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope

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Match found in 'needle in a haystack' search for stem cell donor 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Worldwide search for a donor for Lara Casalotti, a student with Thai-Italian background, ends after match has been found

After a worldwide search for a stem cell donor who could match the rare Thai-Italian background of a student suffering from leukaemia, one has been found – a chance described as “a needle in a haystack” when the hunt was launched.

The search for a matching donor for Lara Casalotti, from London but with Thai and Italian origin parents, was backed by celebrities including Stephen Fry, JK Rowling and Mark Wahlberg, who helped spread the word of the match4lara campaign through their social media posts.

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Japan gives Harry Potter the manga treatment 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Characters from JK Rowling’s books are being turned into manga characters in a country which appears obsessed with the Hogwarts and the wizard world

Japan’s enduring fascination with Harry Potter has generated colossal box office receipts and book sales, and his very own theme park attraction.

Related: The Harry Potter factory: inside JK Rowling's favourite room on Earth

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Screen Actors Guild awards set to further expose Oscars' lack of diversity 29.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
As the Academy continues to confront criticism, success at the Sags on Saturday for stars such as Viola Davis, Queen Latifah and Idris Elba seems likely to further highlight how far film lags behind TV As the #OscarsSoWhite diversity crisis continues to engulf Hollywood, the annual round of awards ceremonies are under inspection as never before. On Saturday, the Screen Actors Guild – the performers’ trade union – will give out its honours in a ceremony that has traditionally been seen as a strong indication of where the Oscars will go. But with the film industry in a hypersensitive state – particularly with regard to black and minority-ethnic performers – the mood is more febrile than it has been since the dramatic protests of the ...
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: JJ Abrams reveals he initially turned down film 19.12.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Director says he told Lucasfilm president he would not direct Star Wars reboot because he feared being known as ‘the sequels guy’

JJ Abrams initially rejected the opportunity to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens because he did not want to be regarded as “the guy who does sequels”.

The 49-year-old director, who successfully revived the Star Trek franchise, told the Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, he did not think it was the right project for him.

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How many LEGO blocks did it take to make this? 16.12.2015 Rediff: News
The UK's biggest LEGO show 'Brick 2015: Built for Lego Fans' in London featured a life-size woolly mammoth, a replica of the Titanic and Hogwarts from the famous Harry Potter franchise.
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Calls for an academic boycott of Israel continue to divide opinion | Letters 3.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Harry Potter enthusiasts are familiar with the character of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose racist attitude is not limited to physical persecution of those who are not “pure-blooded” magical people (Harry Potter and the boycott of Israel, theguardian.com, 29 October), but also manifest in the academic sphere. Teachers are persecuted or fired from teaching positions at Hogwarts, the school’s books are censored and its curriculum is rigorously modified to toe the line of the dominating ideology.

The boycott call is not directed at Jews, but at state institutions complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestine

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UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights 27.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

British and Israeli governments condemn pledge by 343 professors and lecturers who criticise what they call ‘Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land’

More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

The declaration, by 343 professors and lecturers, is printed in a full-page advertisement carried in Tuesday’s Guardian, with the title: “A commitment by UK scholars to the rights of Palestinians.”

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Cultural bridges with Israel have failed | Letters 27.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The letter from JK Rowling and others (Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts, 23 October) is well past its sell-by date. Cultural bridges between Israel and Britain’s elite have been part of the landscape for decades – and they’ve helped lead to where we are now; they’ve given Israel the veneer of respectability it needed to camouflage its expansionist, racist policies.

Today there’s no question: an artist or intellectual who collaborates with activities funded or approved by the Israeli state is complicit in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

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Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts | letter from JK Rowling, Simon Schama and others 22.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In February 2015 you published a letter from UK artists announcing their intention to culturally boycott Israel.

We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable or that the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK.

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