Intro for March 8, 2016
I can’t wait until tonight. JK Rowling’s giving us a bedtime story tonight. By the time you read this, it will be past 2pm GMT and the first installment of the History of Magic in North America – basically a study guide ahead of the November release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – will be published on Pottermore. Entertainment Weekly posted a preview video yesterday – see below – and includes brief details about Ilvermory, the US version of Hogwarts, Skin-walkers, a First Nations magical legend, the magic history behind the Salem witch trials, and the Magical Congress of the United States of America, the US equivalent of the Ministry of Magic.
That’s Jo, non? She never half-asses anything. Remember all those years ago when she told us that she had the entire story plotted out on that train? And boxes and boxes full of backstory, graphs, family trees, all of it the foundation of what’s become the world of Harry Potter? JK Rowling proved to us that she doesn’t just make it up as she goes along. With Jo it’s always comprehensive and it’s always complete.
Yours in gossip,
PS. Today is International Women’s Day. It’s 2016 but still, in many places around the world, women are treated as second class citizens – undervalued and, often, completely silenced. We all have work to do. Because gender equality isn’t just possible, it’s necessary. That’s why #IAmAFeminist. Visit ImAFeminist.ca to learn more about Oxfam’s International Women’s Day campaign. Take a selfie, use the hashtag #ImAFeminist, and please let’s all keep talking.