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J.K. Rowling Is Writing A Harry Potter Spin-Off Movie

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Good news, Potterheads: Warner Bros. has announced that J.K. Rowling will bring Harry Potter's world back to the big screen in a new film series. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be based on a fictional textbook featured on the Hogwarts reading list in the first Harry Potter book. The movie will star the (fictional) book's fictional author, Newt Scamander, and marks the author's first foray into screenwriting.

If you're hoping to see Harry, Hermione, and Ron in these new movies, though, Rowling has some bad news: "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway," she said in a press release from Warner Bros.

For the studio's part, the release promises that their "expanded partnership with Rowling also covers the continued expansion of its Harry Potter activities," which includes Harry Potter theme parks, Pottermore, games, and "consumer products."

This isn't the first time Fantastic Beasts has made its way outside of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In 2001, Rowling donated a written version of the textbook (which featured margin notes from Hogwarts' most famous students) for a charity auction. But she wasn't finished with Newt: "As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood."

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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