Obituary: Harry Robinson

Actor Harry Robinson (b.1930) died on April 30. Robinson worked as a stand-in and double for Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He also appeared in episodes of Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis. Prior to becoming an actor, Robinson flew with the RAF in the Berlin Airlift and worked as a paramedic, being one of the first on the scene for the Great Train Robbery.

Godric’s Hollow for Sale

De Vere House, in the village of Levansham, England, is for sale. The estate was used as the exterior of Godric’s Hollow, where Harry Potter was born in the films based on J. K. Rowling’s novels. From the 14th to 17th century, the house belonged to the de Vere family, the second richest family in England, and Edward de Vere has been suggested as a possible writer of Shakespeare’s plays. The six-bedroom house is listed for £995.000.
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Harry Potter Prequel Stolen

A handwritten Harry Potter short story, which J.K. Rowling auctioned off for charity in 2008, has been stolen. The story, about an encounter James Potter and Sirius Black have with muggle policemen, has never been published and take sup two sides of an A5 sized postcard. Several pieces of jewelry was also taken during the robbery in Birmingham.
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Olivier Awards

The winners of the Olivier Awards were announced on April 9 and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won a record 9 awards. The Olivier Awards recognize excellence in live theatre in Longon’s West End. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best New Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Best Actor In A Play: Jamie Parker in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Actor In A Play: Billie Piper in Yerma
  • Best Supporting Actor In A Play: Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Play: Noma Dumezweni in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Direction: John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Set Design: Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Costume Design: Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Lighting Design: Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Sound Design: Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Australia Wins Quidditch World Cup

Australia has won the third biennial Quidditch World Cup with a score in the final of 150-130. The Australian Dropbears beat the defending champion US National team in Frankfurt, Germany. This is the first time a country other than the US has won the Quidditch World Cup.
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Potter to the Stage

J. K. Rowling has announced plans to produce a stage play based on her Harry Potter series. The play will focus on Harry’s life as an orphan growing up with the Dursley’s in the years before he was brought to Hogwarts. Rowling’s co-producers are Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and although she says she’ll collaborate with the as yet unnamed author, she has said she will not be the play’s author.

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Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

The Screen Actors Guild announced the winners of the annual SAG Awards on January 29. Genre works took three awards during the evening.

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story.
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: Game of Thrones

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Rowling Plagiarism Case Dismissed

The courts dismissed a charge of plagiarism against J.K. Rowling by the estate of Adrian Jacobs after the estate failed to post a £1.5 million security bond. Jacobs’s executor, Paul Allen, first charged Rowling with plagiarizing Jacobs’s book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard in 2004. The court had ordered the estate to post a bond to cover 65% of the costs faced by Rowling and her publisher, Bloomsbury, in case the estate did not prevail. The estate’s inability to post the bond eventually ended the case.

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Potter & BSG in Seattle

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” opens this weekend at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle Center. On the other side of Seattle Center, the exhibit “Battlestar Galactica” opens at the Science Fiction Museum. The Harry Potter exhibit, which debuted at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, is touring and making its fourth stop, its first on the West Coast. The Battlestar Galactica props, which include three spaceships, fifteen costumes, and more, are now part of the SFM collection and will be sent on tour in about 18 months.

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Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize

The First Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize was presented in Odense, Denmark, the birthplace of the fabulist, on October 19 to J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. The award includes a 5000 kroner prize and is given for work that can be compared to that of Andersen. The prize is distinct from the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which was presented earlier this year.

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