TIME celebrity

J.K. Rowling Had the Best Response to Ireland Legalizing Gay Marriage

She summed up her feelings by tweeting a meme to a fan

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been tweeting up a storm since Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national vote.

When an Irish fan tweeted to the best-selling children’s book writer with the hope that Ireland’s vote would make wizards like Albus Dumbledore feel more welcome in the country, Rowling tweeted back a photo of Keanu Reeves with the caption “WHAT IF DUMBLEDORE AND GANDALF WERE GAY TOGETHER.” (The meme is inspired by the horrified look on Reeves’ face in the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and in this case references Dumbledore, the headmaster of wizard school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, and Gandalf, the heroic wizard from The Lord of the Rings.)

Rowling revealed in 2007 that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay, though his sexuality was not stated in the books.

TIME celebrity

Ryan Reynolds Helps a Young Cancer Patient Meet Deadpool

Tony Acevedo wanted to meet the character because "Deadpool never dies"

A young cancer patient got to meet the anti-hero Deadpool—as played by Ryan Reynolds—thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation sent Tony Acevedo, who suffers from Hodgkin Disease, a type of lymphoma, up to the Vancouver set where Reynolds is filming Deadpool, the movie based on the Marvel comic book due out in 2016.

As Reynolds wrote on Instagram, “I wasn’t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile… and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Make-A-Wish spokesperson said Acevedo wanted to meet this particular fictional character because “Deadpool never dies.”

TIME animals

These 2 ‘Seeing-Eye’ Dogs Help a Blind, Old Canine Get Around

Jessica VanHusen

Paws-itively heartwarming

These two pups are seeing-eye dogs—for another dog.

Jessica VanHusen of Waterford, Mich. has two healthy dogs that help out her older, blind pooch, a 10-year-old Akita named Kiaya.

Kiaya had to have both eyes removed after a two-year battle with glaucoma, according to a press release on the website for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Now, the other Akitas that VanHusen owns, 8-year-old Cass and 2-year-old Keller, are always by Kiaya’s side, grooming her, lying next to her in the yard, and watching out for her while she’s eating or when they’re all in the car together.

“It’s clear the other dogs are trying to protect her,” Dr. Gwen Sila, the veterinary ophthalmologist who performed Kiaya’s surgeries, said in a statement.


TIME animals

See the Amazing Selfie That This Elephant Took

Or an "elphie," as the photo has been nicknamed

An elephant in Thailand stunned a Canadian student when it took his GoPro camera and snapped a selfie—or “elphie,” as the animal’s photo has been nicknamed.

ABC News reports that the device was in continuous shooting mode, so it started taking photos as soon as the animal snatched it up from Christian LeBlanc, a 22-year-old business major at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on study abroad, who was feeding elephant bananas.

He had better luck than Kim Kardashian did when she was in Thailand last year and got “attacked” by an elephant when she tried to take a selfie with it.

This wasn’t the first time an elephant picked up a camera. Just around this time last year, a 23-year-old man visiting West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire, England, dropped his phone while driving through the elephant enclosure, and it got picked up by one of the elephants, which also managed to take a photo.

TIME society

93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Finally Gets High School Diploma

Just in time for his birthday

A 93-year-old World War II veteran finally received a diploma this week from the high school he attended in Alabama before he had to drop out because he was drafted into the Army.

J.D. Sexton’s wife arranged for him to receive the diploma during Highland Home School’s graduation ceremony as a present for his birthday this month.

In Alabama, the State Superintendent of Education is allowed to award high school diplomas to those who served in the U.S. armed forces during the World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

WSFA 12 News reports that while Sexton did receive a GED in the 1970s, he has always wanted to earn a degree from Highland Home School. He told the news station that the feeling of being among class of 2015 grads is “a wonderful thing.”

TIME Ireland

Chris O’Dowd Had No Doubt Ireland Would Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

He said a "yes" vote is a sign Ireland "is escaping the clutches of the Catholic Church, finally"

Before Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, TIME asked the Irish actor Chris O’Dowd how he thought the country would vote in the historic referendum. “I think it’ll pass pretty easily, which is great,” he replied.

He also said that if same-sex marriage was approved, then “it’s a sign that Ireland is progressing with the rest of the world and is escaping the clutches of the Catholic Church, finally.”

Read the rest of the interview in the May 18, 2015 issue of TIME.

TIME Ireland

20 Other Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal Nationwide

In light of Ireland voting to legalize same-sex marriage, here is a list of other countries where same-sex couples can marry

Ireland just became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national vote—rather than through legislation or the courts.

Here is a list of 20 other countries where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide and the year it was approved (Mexico and the United States are not included, since they only allow same-sex marriage in certain jurisdictions):

The Netherlands (2000)

Belgium (2003)

Canada (2005)

Spain (2005)

South Africa (2006)

Norway (2009)

Sweden (2009)

Argentina (2010)

Iceland (2010)

Portugal (2010)

Denmark (2012)

Brazil (2013)

England and Wales (2013)

France (2013)

New Zealand (2013)

Uruguay (2013)

Luxembourg (2014)

Scotland (2014)

Finland: (signed 2015, effective 2017)

TIME Family & Relationships

This Dad Has the Best Surprise for the Bride During Their Father-Daughter Dance

"I could not imagine having a traditional father daughter dance with her," the dad wrote on YouTube. "That is not what we were or are"

An Ohio dad added a twist to the traditional “father-daughter” dance at his daughter’s wedding when he surprised her with a baseball and baseball gloves and started a game of catch on the dance floor.

As Jim Mikunas described the rationale behind this special moment with his daughter Kandice on YouTube:

“My daughter has always found her own path. She played flag football at 6. She hated wearing dresses. She wore a tuxedo to her first communion. She lettered in soccer and track. She then became an engineer for the largest automaker in the world when she was 22. I could not imagine having a traditional father daughter dance with her. That is not what we were or are…So I came up with this. She had no idea!”



TIME viral

The Mario Kart Parody of the Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer You Never Knew You Needed

Fasten your seatbelts

In a must-see two minutes for gamers and action movie fans, a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is transformed into a go-kart race from the video game Mario Kart. The video imagines what would happen if Nintendo and George Miller teamed up for the summer action flick of the century, complete with a rainbow road, the voice of Mario and clouds that look like “Thunder Clouds.” Let’s just say it’s more violent than a typical Mario Kart race.

See how it compares with the original:

TIME movies

Michael B. Jordan Slams Internet Trolls Who Say a Black Man Can’t Play Johnny Storm

20th Century Fox

"To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer"

Actor Michael B. Jordan, who will play Johnny Storm—aka The Human Torch—in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, is firing back at online commenters who did not think he looked the part because he is black and the character has blond hair and blue eyes in the comic book. Jordan wrote an op-ed published Friday on Entertainment Weekly’s website:

Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.

This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie…To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer…this is the world we live in.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.

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