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John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Popular Fiction

1. DO — WRITE A PAGE EVERY DAYThat’s about 200 words, or 1,000 words a week. Do that for two years and you’ll have a novel that’s long enough.Nothing …

Creative Writing

The Most Inspirational Quote From Every Harry Potter Book on the Series' 20-Year Anniversary

'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was published 20 years ago on this day.<p><i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</i> was first published by Bloomsbury on June 26, 1997, which officially makes the series 20 years old today.<p>Getting that first break wasn't easy for author J.K. Rowling. Not only …

Books

It's goodbye from him! Prince Philip finally retires at 96 after 64 years of service and 22,219 solo engagements

Prince Philip's final official engagement was hailed as "historic" by a Royal Marine - 64 years after the Duke of Edinburgh began his service to the …

15 Most Photogenic Places In the World You Must Visit

Travel photography is such an integral part of our experience – whether you’re an amateur or a pro, memories captured are priceless. Here are some …

How Many of The 2017 Locus Award-Winning Books Have You Read?

Since 1971, The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has presented the annual Locus Awards in recognition of the best in science-fiction and fantasy …

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Steps<p>1<p>Done<p>Make the Chocolate Frosting (in advance)<p>Place chopped chocolate into a large heatproof bowl.<p>In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream and …

How to Make Banana Pudding Tiramisu

Layers of creamy mascarpone pudding, bananas and coffee-soaked vanilla wafers bring the best parts of these two classic comfort desserts. Make it the …

Harry Potter’s legacy will continue in the fan fiction culture it inspired

Thanks, Harry<p><i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone</i> turned 20 yesterday. There are various ways the series has continued to inspire an entire generation of kids and adults, but to see the true legacy of Harry Potter, you only have to look at fan fiction.<p>Fan fiction, for those who’ve never waded …

Books

Harry Potter's Best Villain Was Really Barty Crouch Jr.

In the years since the <i>Harry Potter</i> series ended, there’s been a lot of retroactive theories, like why Fred and George never used the Marauder’s Map …

Books

Words From 'Harry Potter' Even Muggles Know And Love

You might chortle at the thought, but a surprising number of words we use every day slipped into the English language through children’s books.<p>“Chortle,” a combination of “snort” and “chuckle,” was coined by Lewis Carroll in the poem “Jabberwocky,” which appears in his children’s fantasy novel</i> …

Books

Muggles and wizards unite: J.K. Rowling's Pottermore has an official Harry Potter book club

J.K. Rowling's website Pottermore is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first "Harry Potter" volume with a new online book club.<p>The Wizarding World Book Club launched on Monday with the goal of uniting fans of the British boy wizard from across the globe. The club's first reading assignment …

Teaser Trailer Released for Unbelievably Cool Voldemort Fan Film

J.K. Rowling may be busy working on the second film in her <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> trilogy, but one fan film is getting reading to …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Are you a fussy eater? Have your meals personalised to your DNA

A chain of cafes in London plans to cater to your body's every whim - right down to its genetic makeup.<p>Vita Mojo is the first in the world to create meals based on the customer's DNA profile.<p>Previously, this had only been available for dogs, or celebrities such as Formula One drivers, said the …

How To Get Over A Breakup, According To Science

So you’ve just been dumped. Right now you want to throw sh*t out the window, burn your ex in effigy, and smash all the breakables in sight. Then …

The Brain

4-Ingredient French Bread Baguettes

This recipe makes 3 baguettes, about 13 ounces each, and they're relatively fast and easy to prepare and bake. The steam from the water makes for …

Bread

Harry Potter fans create spellbinding teaser to launch campaign for Voldemort prequel

Looks like He Who Must Not Be Named is set to return if Harry Potter fans and independent film production company Tryangle Films have anything to say …

6 Secret Ingredients That Are Making You Gain Weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, there are basic guidelines that we know we have to follow. To start, we have to eliminate any processed foods or …

Stephen King

Emma Watson Let a Group of Kids Interview Her and It's Adorable

These are quality questions.<p>When you bring to life beloved, iconic characters like Hermione Granger and Belle, having young fans just comes with the territory. And those young fans have QUESTIONS for Emma Watson.<p><i>Entertainment Weekly</i> collected some of the best kid questions out there for Emma to …

The Incredible Hidden Treasures of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Oscar-nominated production-design team takes us behind the scenes of J.K. Rowling’s new universe.<p><i>With voting open for this year’s Oscars, we’re taking a closer look at some of the craftspeople nominated for the year’s best films—from the people who re-created the golden age of Hollywood for the</i> …

11 commonly mispronounced words you probably say every day

Let’s be real, how many of us had NO IDEA how to say Hermione out loud before the <i>Harry Potter</i> films came out? Like, everyone. But fictional …

The 'Beauty and the Beast' Scene That Was Most 'Boring' to Make, According to Emma Watson

If you were going to describe the musical number "Be Our Guest" in Disney's live adaptation of <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>, boring would certainly not be the word you'd use for such a colorfully magnificent moment. The scene has dancing plates, singing candelabras, and Emma Watson at the center of it all. …

Walt Disney Company

PC Answers ‘73 Questions’ For Vogue And Nails Them With Her Brand Of Quick Wit And Sass

At this point, it is safe to say that Priyanka Chopra is pretty much having the time of her life. The <i>Quantico</i> and <i>Baywatch</i> star has been a stunner in …

Give Emma Watson an Oscar for Keeping a Straight Face in Beauty and the Beast

Winning an Oscar requires the highest level of commitment to one’s craft — the kind of commitment that might lead to you consume raw bison liver or …

Emma Watson's acting is unbelievable once you know what the Beast really looked like while filming 'Beauty and the Beast' without CGI

This year's "Beauty and the Beast" remake was a hit at the box office and will soon be on DVD and Blu-Ray. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, it was another take on Disney's classic romantic animated film from 1991.<p>To play the Beast, Stevens was decked out in an enormous, …

Walt Disney Company

Emma Watson Is a Better Actor Than We Thought

<i>Beauty and the Beast</i> was wildly popular, and our own Madeleine Davies reported how surprised she was at how much she enjoyed it. Though I personally …

Emma Watson

Two slices of buttered toast a day doubles diabetes risk, study suggests

Eating two slices of buttered toast a day can double the risk of diabetes, warns new research.<p>A study of more than 3,000 people found those who consumed just 12 grams (0.42 ounces) were twice as likely to develop the disease within the next five years.<p>Scientists say the finding underlines the …

How to connect wireless headphones to any TV

Use one of these methods to connect headphones to your TV and enjoy listening at full volume without disturbing others.<p>So you want to watch television at night without disturbing others trying to sleep. Or maybe you prefer to block out the noise of your surroundings -- like that annoying dog next …

Consumer Tech

The 8 Trends You'll Be Wearing Next Fall

It happens like clockwork: the New York Fashion Week runways wrap and we start planning our outfits. The Fall '17 forecast promises to mix up our wardrobes with reinvented suiting, fresh autumnal florals, and the piece that's about to replace the culottes we've worn on repeat for the last year. …