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At the end of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s whimsical, original Wizarding World series (the book is ten years old now, I believe it is safe to present spoilers for its conclusion), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the reader is given a look into what the lives of the book’s heroes are like nineteen years later, as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley are seeing their son, Albus Severus Potter off to Hogwarts for the first time. Likewise, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are seeing their daughter, Rose, off to the school of witchcraft and wizardry.

In the canon of the book, the “nineteen years later” date is September 1, 2017. Never missing an opportunity, Potterheads around the world flocked to King’s Cross Station so they could wish Albus good luck on his first day of school. Fans were able to pose with the famed Platform 9 3/4 and were also able to see, on the electronic display of trains arriving and departing, that the Hogwarts Express would be leaving the station at 11:00 A.M.

Even Rowling got in on the fun, interacting with her fans and making jokes about the occurrence on Twitter. Sadly for fans, though, real world time has extended past the final date ever mentioned in the series.

Fans do not have to be sad for too long because even though the date marks an important milestone for the Harry Potter series, the spin-off franchise is still going strong as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened to a great deal of success last November and J.K. Rowling claims to have plans to write four more sequels to the film in the coming years, bringing the canon of her wizarding world all the way up until 2024 in terms of when fans will potentially next have uncertainty about the future of their beloved stories.

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Steamrolling Terry Pratchett

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(FILES) This file photo taken on October 05, 2010 shows British author Terry Pratchett, arriving to attend the third day of the Conservative party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2010.
Unfinished works by late British comic fantasy author Terry Pratchett have been destroyed using a steamroller in line with his wishes for the works not to be completed and published after his death. Pratchett died in 2015 aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His Discworld novesl are some of the best-selling works in English fiction around the world. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

One of the great sci-fi writers of his time and author of the Discworld series of books, Sir Terry Pratchett always maintained a request that others may have found rather peculiar, but for the late and prolific writer, it was merely another aspect of his career that he wanted continued. Throughout his life, Pratchett was clear that when he died, he wanted all of the writing he was doing at the moment of his death, if it was unfinished, to be placed alongside his computers in the middle of a road for a steamroller to crush.

Now that the author has passed on, he received his wish in a manner that slower writers (like George R. R. Martin) might wish that they had the opportunity to use as an excuse.

Earlier this year, Pratchett’s wishes were fulfilled at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, photos of which were sent out via Twitter by Rob Wilkins, the manager of Pratchett’s estate. And even though his writing is lost now, the materials that were destroyed will stick around as they are being given to the Salisbury Museum for an upcoming exhibit based around all things Pratchett. It is truly a unique and clever way to go out!

It is always very amusing to see people who had a wry sense of humor while they were alive (which often makes sense, considering the wishes they have for what will happen to them and their work once they die) have their death wishes fulfilled once the time comes. After all, there are probably quite a few people who would object heavily to the destruction of Pratchett’s work, but it is absolutely right to honor the late great author’s final request. Always better to go out on the highest possible note rather than have someone disappointingly finish your work for you.

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Top Novels from Amber Tamblyn

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The star of films like 127 Hours and Django Unchained and television shows like Joan of Arcadia and House, Amber Tamblyn is, unlike many others, a Renaissance women. Not only is she a splendid actor, but she also dabbles in directing, poetry, and writing of her own. Because much like us, she is a total literature nerd. Thankfully, she is sharing her love of the books by releasing what her list of her favorite books are. Sure, you have probably heard of or even read some of these, but you have not likely heard of each one. Thanks to Tamblyn, you can get some exposure to brand new books!

Her list was presented in no particular order, but it does boast classics that do not fit into the category of prose, like Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a play about an abusive family, or Loba by Diane di Prima, a collection of poems that tackle the topic of feminism in an interesting and thought-provoking manner. Something that is a bit lighter and funnier is Amy Poehler’s exceptional memoir, Yes Please. But Tamblyn also makes room on her list for gripping, thrilling books, as well, as evidenced by the inclusion of There Is No Year by Blake Butler.

Some people might believe that the notion of receiving suggestions for literature from film and television actors is counterintuitive. I have even heard some people argue that the only places they go for recommendations for books is the literary realm, whether it is book critics, novel enthusiasts, or authors themselves. I can understand this line of thinking, but it is not always a helpful one. Tamblyn is a book enthusiast just like all of us and you would definitely well to heed the advice she provides.

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2017’s Movies from Books

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Whether you know it or not or even like it or not, books and novels are always going to be remade into films. It is a time honored tradition utilized by filmmakers to take the most riveting stories from the page and adapt them for the screen. Some work, like Steven Spielberg’s immaculate retellings of Jaws and Jurassic Park. Others (looking at you, Divergent) prove to be failures. 2017 is no different from this tradition because we are already in September and there are upwards of twenty book-to-movie adaptations still to come! Here are a few of the most highly anticipated.

One of the most hotly awaited of these is a horror movie, which seems to be few and far between these days, the remake of Stephen King’s classic tale, It, which once starred Tim Curry and now boasts Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise. Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye is based on a book about the life of a writer, J.D. Salinger. Actor Nicholas Hoult will portray the man who penned The Catcher in the Rye. Jo Nesbo’s 2007 bestselling thriller, The Snowman, will see the big screen on the twentieth of October and it will star Michael Fassbender, who starred in such films as Steve JobsFrank, and X-Men: First Class.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is also being remade, with this adaptation directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The movie will also feature the talents of Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, and Josh Gad.

And lastly, The Disaster Artist will see James Franco illustrate the making of the cult classic, The Room, thanks to Greg Sestero’s account of the subject. The movie also features an all-star cast including Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Nathan Fielder, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, and many, many more. It has even garnered some Oscar buzz!

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