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Here Are the Best #BackToHogwarts Tweets

"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home"

J.K. Rowling sure knows how to ignite her fan base, which exploded in nostalgia when the author Tweeted on Tuesday that Harry Potter’s oldest son was headed to his first day at Hogwarts.

The Twitterverse took to posting about heading back to the wizarding school themselves. After all, as Rowling once said, “whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” See how fans (and brands) reacted to the big day.

The fan who learned a thing or two from Ron

The fan who always believes

The fan with proof the Hogwarts Express exists

The fan whose family might be like the Dursleys

The fan who seems to think Ginny Weasley’s hair has turned grey already

The fan with a great sense of humor about You Know Who

The fan craving some pumpkin juice

The fan who just can’t deal

The fan who has her quill and parchment at the ready

The fan who wants more than 140 characters

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J.K. Rowling Reveals That Harry Potter’s Son Is Following in His Footsteps

Where dwell the brave at heart

J.K. Rowling brought back many a memory on Twitter when she reminded Harry Potter fans that today would be the first day of school for Harry’s oldest son, James Sirius Potter. School, of course, means Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And as we well know, Hogwarts is no ordinary school.

After fans (and brands, too) went nuts using the hashtag #BackToHogwarts, Rowling chimed in on the fun once again, mentioning the annual Sorting Hat ceremony, where new students are placed in one of the four houses at Hogwarts.

The Teddy Lupin she refers to is the son of the late Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, who, for those who’ve not kept up with the Potter universe, is dating Victoire Weasley, the daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur de la Coeur.

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One Direction Sets 6 New Guinness World Records

(L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction at ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City on Aug. 4, 2015.
Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images (L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction at ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City on Aug. 4, 2015.

The band's latest single has already achieved high numbers as well

They might be taking a hiatus next year, but the boys of One Direction will still be in the 2016 Guinness World Records book. The record keepers announced the group’s six honors on Monday, awarded for everything from their ability to sell albums to attracting Twitter followers.

Here’s a list of the accomplishments that landed One Direction a place in history:

First group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums in the U.S.: Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four

First U.K. group to debut at No. 1 in U.S. with debut album (same as above)

Highest debut by U.K. group on U.S. singles chart at No. 3 with “Live While We’re Young”

Most popular dance game track for their “What Makes You Beautiful” routine on Just Dance 4, which garnered 36,817,975 views

Most followers on Twitter for a music group: 23,393,106

Most subscribers for a band on YouTube: 36,817,975 views

In 2015, 1D earned a spot in the Guinness World Records book for becoming the first act to debut at No. 1 with their first three albums.

One Direction’s latest single “Drag Me Down” — the band’s first without Zayn Malik — has already achieved high numbers, breaking the Spotify record for one-day streams, and becoming the first video to reach one million likes within the first 24 hours of its Vevo release. Hopefully their upcoming album, expected this fall, will put the foursome in the world record books yet again.

This article originally appeared on EW.com


Watch This Farmer Catch a Fish Using a Drone

'My first drone fish!'

It’s been a big week for fishing news. First, there was the story of the Alabama fishermen who rescued a tiny pair of kittens swimming by their boat. Now, there’s a farmer who caught a fish using his drone.

This technologically skilled fisherman is Farmer Derek Klingenberg, who is very active on YouTube. (His most popular video features him serenading cattle with a trombone rendition of Lorde’s “Royals.”)

Klingenberg says this is his first attempt to fish with a drone, but of course, it’s possible he practiced before shooting the video. Either way, we’re impressed.

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A Baby Girl Was Born in the Back of an Uber Car in New York City

The mother was on her way to the hospital from New Jersey

(NEW YORK) — Officials say a baby girl was successfully delivered in the backseat of an Uber car parked at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel, says the birthing process began around 5:15 p.m. Monday while the baby’s 32-year-old mother was riding in the ride-hailing company’s car.

The driver flagged down two Port Authority officers, telling them he had woman in labor who “couldn’t wait.”

The Port Authority says an employee delivered a healthy baby in just minutes. It was the second baby senior agent Greg Nimmo has delivered while working for the authority.

The mother, who had been traveling to the hospital from Hoboken, New Jersey, was transported to a hospital along with her new daughter.

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James Bond Author Called Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ to Play 007 and the Internet Is Not Happy

Anthony Horowitz later apologized for his choice of words

Update: Horowitz took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to apologize for his comments about Elba, saying he is “mortified to have caused offence.” He attached a full statement to the Tweet:


In an interview with the Daily Mail published on Aug. 29, Anthony Horowitz, the author commissioned by Ian Fleming’s estate to pen the next James Bond novel, aired his opinion on casting for the next Bond movie. When asked about Idris Elba, a fan favorite for the role, Horowitz responded, “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond.” He suggested Adrian Lester, the star of the BBC series Hustle, as an alternative.

In the wake of Horowitz’s remarks, many people took to social media to call his choice of words, and especially the word “street,” racially coded. Some compared the use of “street” to the word “urban,” which is often used to imply blackness in a narrow and sometimes derogatory way.

Many read it as a way of Horowitz implying that he doesn’t envision a black James Bond, without saying it in so many words.

Still others simply posted pictures of Elba dressed in dapper attire, confounded at how anyone might consider him anything less than suave.

Others pointed to a slew of other weaknesses in the anti-Elba argument, namely the fact that the role is that of a white man who regularly kills, that not all of the actors who have played Bond represent the pinnacle of suaveness and that regardless of whether one considers Elba suave or “street,” acting means, well, playing something you’re not.

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Try Not to Recoil in Horror at This Video That Imagines Joffrey as Game of Thrones’ Hero

Obvious spoilers below

Game of Thrones fans may have to make it through winter before another season of the hit HBO show airs, but there’s a new video that puts a different twist on the series.

The same comedians who cut together scenes from Harry Potter showing Harry as the villain are back with a video that does the exact opposite for dangerous boy king Joffrey Baratheon. The clips, which took BloodBlitz Comedy more than 50 hours to edit together, are quite laughable as the evil character is painted in a positive light. There are scenes that depict all of his enemies doting on him — Sansa, Tyrion and even Ned. Margaery Tyrell is the villain in this rewrite, but it doesn’t change the outcome: Joffrey still ends up dead.


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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Explain the Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj Feud Using Emoji

He also tackled Kanye's long-winded announcement

On Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, the late-night host used emojis to recap the moment at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night when Nicki Minaj called out host Miley Cyrus, referring to a recent New York Times interview in which Cyrus described Minaj as “not too kind” and “not very polite.” Kimmel also managed to perfectly sum up the long-winded speech that rapper Kanye West gave when he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in just two emojis.

In July, Kimmel used emojis to explain the feud between Minaj and Taylor Swift that was sparked when Minaj tweeted that her video “Anaconda” did not receive enough VMA nominations because pop stars with “slim bodies” are favored — a statement that Swift took personally. But the two “buried” their “bad blood” when they performed “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood” on stage at the awards ceremony Sunday.

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This Golden Retriever Cannot Contain His Excitement Over Bath Time

Just a little something to get you through the day

Some dogs really, really hate taking baths and will put up a fight as you attempt to get them into the tub. Not this Golden Retriever, though. As you’ll see in the clip above, he’s having the time of his life splashing around and gleefully making a big mess.

We suspect this pup is trying to turn the bath into a jacuzzi, and totally loving it. However, we’re not sure he ultimately enjoyed his bath as much as Barry the pug:

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Chris Christie Stormed Off Set When Jimmy Fallon Made a Joke About His Weight

The politician also warned that he could go 'nuclear'

New Jersey Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night.

In his monologue, Fallon joked that the politician showed up in one of Miley Cyrus’s outfits from the MTV Video Music Awards.

During the interview, Christie said he would “go nuclear” if he does not get enough questions directed towards him at the next GOP primary debate.

He also told a story about how he and Marco Rubio stayed with Mitt Romney’s family the night before the July 4 parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. When Christie said the families all went on a boat ride to get ice cream, Fallon joked that the pol’s reaction to getting ice cream must have been “Yahoo!” That’s when the N.J. politician jokingly walked off the stage. When he “cooled off” and sat back down, he told the comedian, “If I ever leave public life, you’re going to have to hire two writers just to replace the garbage you say about me.”

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