J.K. Rowling sues former employee for buying too many cats, the witchiest crime of all

Suggesting that Grindelwald isn’t the only one out there committing crimes against the wizarding world right now, BBC News reports that author J.K. Rowling is suing a former assistant for, among other things, supposedly using a company credit card to buy herself a couple of cats. (The News refuses to note whether the…

There's not much magic in the plotty, reference-heavy Fantastic Beasts sequel

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald wastes no time at all ushering viewers back into the “Wizarding World” of Harry Potter. Those very words, in fact, appear right on the screen, in big letters, floating into view seconds after the Warner Bros. logo—sheening and monochromatic, to tease the stormier nature of…

The Crimes Of Grindelwald's casting of Claudia Kim as human Nagini is stirring up controversy

One of the biggest takeaways from the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald surrounded Nagini, the pet snake of Voldemort (and final Horcrux) in the Harry Potter series. In the trailer, we learn that Nagini was not always a snake, but rather a human woman. (As we pointed out in our writeup of…

This tournament in search of the world's worst fan base is really heating up

“Fandom” is starting to sound like a four-letter word these days. Over the last few years, devotees of the world’s most popular properties have taken it upon themselves to harass women, drive down Rotten Tomatoes scores, harass women, spew racist shit, and harass more women. And that’s when they’re not cooking up…

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with a bunch of Harry Potter ASMR, if that's your thing

Today is, canonically speaking, boy wizard Harry Potter’s birthday. He is 38, it seems. (Not coincidentally, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is 53 today.) As of the writing of this article Rowling is yet to publicly celebrate the birthdate of her most famous creation in her traditional fashion of tweeting a new Harry…

Unfortunately, Dumbledore does not fuck in the first Crimes of Grindelwald trailer

We knew it was coming, but we held out hope. However, the first trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald , the second film in the five-part Fantastic Beasts series, confirms that Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) does not fuck in this movie. There’s plenty of other eye candy for Potterheads, though: We catch glimpses of…

Harry Potter fans can blow their New Year's Day watching the whole series on HBO

New Year’s Eve is all about getting dressed up, putting on a sparkly hat, and getting so drunk that you don’t mind watching several hours of Anderson Cooper or Ryan Seacrest on TV, but New Year’s Day is about groggily rolling out of bed, pushing aside all of the previous night’s detritus, and either going for a…

“19 years later,” Harry Potter’s biggest legacy is how it shaped modern fandom

Like many people, some of my favorite memories from high school are of road tripping to concerts with my friends. Only in my case, we were driving to suburban libraries and the musicians were “wizard rockers”—Harry Potter-themed bands who half-ironically, half-sincerely sang about J.K. Rowling’s wizarding series to…

A titanic, bittersweet symphony: 35 pop-culture windows into 1997

Two years after warring electronics companies competing to develop high-capacity CDs declared a truce, their compromise format, the DVD, first went on sale in the U.S. in March of 1997. (Twister, The Mask, GoodFellas, and The Road Warrior were among the first batch of titles.) DVDs didn’t hit major retail chains like…

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