Reading Harry Potter is rarely a singular experience; even before the advent of the Internet, there were midnight release parties bringing together fans of the books. The success of Pottermore and such proves that the series’ reach extends beyond closing the back cover of The Deathly Hallows. But darn if those kids didn’t find a new way to share the Potter love! BuzzFeed Books spotted a new trend out in the wild: #PotterItForward, in which fans leave notes in library editions of the books for the next reader. Most are incredibly heartwarming, reminding future readers just starting the journey that Harry, Ron, and Hermione will become like their friends, and that even the scariest Dementors can be defeated. There are also some cheekier examples of Pottering It Forward, like this Moaning Myrtle note left in a girls’ bathroom.
Afternoon Roundup brings you hot takes on the ultra-meta new Muppets series, a Darth Vader rumor we’re not sure we’re for or against, and movie goofs that are actually canon!
- How was the series premiere of The Muppets? The New York Times was underwhelmed, Vulture thought it felt a bit off (though the show made several keen points), and Decider reminds us that the Muppets were never meant for kids.
- Cory Doctorow on how beautiful and terrible the Moon is in Ian McDonald’s Luna: New Moon.
- Maisie William trades the Iron Throne for The Forest of Hands and Teeth!
- Aside from the new information from the redesigned Pottermore, there’s also breathtaking new Harry Potter art.
- Because we really needed to see Hayden Christensen and Mark Hamill share the screen with actual dialogue…
- Rainbow Rowell explains how Simon Snow got his own book.
- How writing Alien: Resurrection became Joss Whedon’s Night Café.
- Tamora Pierce tells Reddit about her new Tortall series! Read her AMA if you want to see a bunch of heartwarming stories about the fans whose lives she’s touched.
- Star Wars gets in on the immersive 360-degree video experience, and it’s pretty darn cool.
- How Ian McKellen whacking his head and other movie bloopers made it into the final cut: