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J.K. Rowling's Original 'Harry Potter' Pitch Unveiled - Read It Here!

J.K. Rowling's Original 'Harry Potter' Pitch Unveiled - Read It Here!

We’ve all heard the story about author JK Rowling‘s pitch for Harry Potter being rejected not just once, or twice, but 12 times before Bloomsbury said yes — and now, the original pitch has been revealed!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”, the original pitch has gone on display at the new Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition at London’s British Library and we’re definitely still scratching our heads about how 11 other publishers said no to it — because it’s just as magical as you’d expect!

Check out the first page of the pitch below:

Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin because his parents died in a car-crash — or so he has been told. The Dursleys don’t like Harry asking questions; in fact, they don’t seem to like anything about him, especially the very odd things that keep happening around him (which Harry himself can’t explain).

The Dursleys’ greatest fear is that Harry will discover the truth about himself, so when letters start arriving for him near his eleventh birthday, he isn’t allowed to read them. However, the Dursleys aren’t dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight on Harry’s birthday the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door to make sure Harry gets to read his post at last. Ignoring the horrified Dursleys, Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and the letter he gives Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a month’s time.

To the Dursleys’ fury, Hagrid also reveals the truth about Harry’s past. Harry did not receive the scar on his forehead in a car-crash; it is really the mark of the great dark sorcerer Voldemort, who killed Harry’s mother and father but mysteriously couldn’t kill him, even though he was a baby at the time. Harry is famous among the witches and wizards who live in secret all over the country because Harry’s miraculous survival marked Voldemort’s downfall.

So Harry, who has never had friends or family worth the name, sets off for a new life in the wizarding world. He takes a trip to London with Hagrid to buy his Hogwarts equipment (robes, wand, cauldron, beginners’ draft and potion kit) and shortly afterwards, sets off for Hogwarts from Kings Cross Station (platform nine and three quarters) to follow in his parents’ footsteps.

Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth in his family to go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand spellbooks) and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon’s blood). Together, they have their first lessons in magic — astronomy up on the tallest tower at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses where the…

Val Chmerkovskiy Writes Memoir Due Out in March 2018

Val Chmerkovskiy Writes Memoir Due Out in March 2018

Make some room on your bookshelves for Val Chmerkovskiy‘s upcoming memoir.

The Dancing With The Stars pro dancer, and two-time champ, will be dropping his first book in March 2018, Gossip Cop reports.

Titled “I’ll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars”, the memoir will chronicle his beginnings and his rise to fame on the hit ABC show.

Published by HarperCollins, the upcoming book “illuminates his soul, revealing a deep, thoughtful person who channels his emotions and socially conscious views through his art. The beloved dance champion and choreographer assesses his life and career so far – where he’s come from and where he hopes to go.”

Inside Val‘s book, you’ll find poetry that he’s written, as well as 16 pages of never-before-seen photographs. Val‘s brother Maks even wrote the foreward.

Can’t wait to read it!

Mackenzie Ziegler Debuts the Cover for Her First Book

Mackenzie Ziegler Debuts the Cover for Her First Book

Mackenzie Ziegler just shared the cover of her debut book “Kenzie’s Rules For Life” today, and we can’t wait to read it!

The 13-year-old entertainer announced she was writing a book back in May, and it’s due to be released May 15, almost exactly one year later.

The cover features Kenzie donning a sweet pink romper, white sneakers, and curly hair, holding a piece of chalk. On the chalkboard behind heard it reads: “Kenzie‘s Rules For Life: How to be Happy, Healthy, and Dance to Your Own Beat” with her full name.

Pre-order the book with the link below.

Congratulations, Kenzie!

JoJo Siwa Celebrates the Release of Her Book 'JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life'

JoJo Siwa Celebrates the Release of Her Book 'JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life'

JoJo Siwa is celebrating her book release day!

The 14-year-old entertainer and former Dance Moms star took to Instagram today to share the exciting news.

“MY BOOK IS OUT!!!” she wrote. “Go get it right now at wherever books are sold! or click the link in my bio to order on amazon! I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS! #JoJosGuide #PeaceOutHaterz.”

She isn’t the only Dance Moms star with a book deal; Chloe Lukasiak‘s book is coming out in January, and Maddie Ziegler has already published a book as well.

Congrats, JoJo!

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Rowan Blanchard Announces Art Book 'Still Here' Coming in 2018

Rowan Blanchard Announces Art Book 'Still Here' Coming in 2018

Rowan Blanchard is such a powerful young voice we knew it was only a matter of time until she wrote a book — and now she has!

As usual, the former Girl Meets World star has totally subverted our expectations.

The 15-year-old actress and activist took to Instagram today to announce the cover for her new book, STILL HERE.

“OKAY HERE WE GO!!!!” she wrote. “For the past three years, I have been making, collecting, and editing various artworks, made by myself and my insanely talented friends (most of which I met thru the internet :D) into an art book with @penguinrandomhouse @razorbillbooks.”

“I am so overwhelmed and excited and nervous to present to you guys the cover for STILL HERE, coming to you early next year,” she continued, “this is so surreal and is what I have been up to at 1 in the morning alone in my bedroom for the past few years! Ok this is insane! Link in my bio if you want to know more! Ok I love teenagers so much this is for you!! Ok bye I am freaking out!”

We’re freaking out too! Rowan has been such an outspoken proponent of Generation Z and the power of the Internet, and we are so proud of her for using these passions to make something important.

Chris Colfer Reveals How He Feels On Saying Goodbye to 'The Land of Stories', For Now...

Chris Colfer Reveals How He Feels On Saying Goodbye to 'The Land of Stories', For Now...

Anyone else still trying to avoid the last page of Chris Colfer‘s “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” so the series won’t ever, ever end? Us, too.

The author recently spoke with CBC’s Q podcast, and kind of feels the same way as we do about saying goodbye.

“I always dreamt of what would happen after the last page of the first book, you know, life beyond that [for Alex and Connor],” Chris muses. “I did not sign up for these books thinking there would be six of them.”

“Just the idea of doing one book…the longest thing I had ever written was a two-page essay when I was in high school. It was really daunting.”

But before he knew it, there were two books, then three.

“It wasn’t until the first one did well that I started thinking that I can do another, and then two after that…After the third one, I was so invested in all the characters that I could not say goodbye,” Chris shared.

However, now that he’s at the sixth and final book, he’s having a hard time saying goodbye.

“I’ve never been a parent to anything but a golden retriever and a tabby cat, but I want to say it’s kind of like parenting where you are writing and you start off in the beginning, maybe you’re not so good and you make mistakes,” Chris says. “But by the time you get it, the kids are all grown up.”

“That’s kind of how it feels with the books.”

Toby Regbo Gifted Adelaide Kane A Book That She's Reading Now (Exclusive)

Toby Regbo Gifted Adelaide Kane A Book That She's Reading Now (Exclusive)

Adelaide Kane is a big reader and has stacked library of books that we’d love to browse.

Speaking with the JJJ Book Club, the former Reign actress revealed the last three books that she’s been reading and they include “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari.

“[I've] been reading this for quite some time,” she admits. “I just can’t seem to get all the way through it though because it’s really dense and I’ve been really busy.”

However, the one book that Adelaide‘s reading right now is called “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami — and it was Toby Regbo who gave it to her!

Toby gave it to me when he left [the show] and it’s just been sitting in my library for years and I just started reading it,” she tells us.

Adelaide adds that he gifted it to her on a whim, really.

“He was giving away a whole bunch of his stuff when he moved and gave this one to me,” she shares. “He kind of knew that I have an affinity for Japanese stuff.”

It's Albus Severus Potter's First Day at Hogwarts & Muggles Are Celebrating Hard

It's Albus Severus Potter's First Day at Hogwarts & Muggles Are Celebrating Hard

September 1st, 2017 marks the official “19 Years Later” from Harry Potter, and author JK Rowling, and fans across the world are giving us all the feels about it.

Albus Severus Potter, Rose Granger-Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy have officially started their magical journey at Hogwarts and fans across the world are celebrating.

“Today’s the day Albus Severus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross for the first time #19yearslater,” author JK remembered on Twitter.

It gets even better when you see that muggles gathered in London’s King’s Cross Station to celebrate said day and it makes us sad that we aren’t there too.

Together, a packed crowd counted down the minutes until 11 a.m. — the exact time when the Hogwarts Express promptly departs the station. We mean, how cool is this?

Happy first year Albus, Scorpius and Rose!