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J.K. Rowling’s Latest Harry Potter News Will Make You Feel Insanely Old

Back to school

Hold on to your broom, Potter fans, because J.K. Rowling’s recent Twitter storm is going to make you wish you had a Time Turner.

That’s right. Potter’s oldest son is off to his first day at Hogwarts. James Sirius Potter is already well-adjusted to Hogwarts when we meet him in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. It’s his younger brother, Albus Severus Potter, who gets the spotlight. But not today, as Rowling’s followers supposedly wished James luck for Rowling. The author, as always, continued to play along with the fun.

Mischief managed.

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Ian McKellen: Taylor Swift Kicked Me Out of My Apartment

"No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night - After Party
Walter McBride—WireImage/Getty Images Sir Ian McKellen attends the "No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night after party at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City on Nov. 24, 2013.

The actor says the pop star bought an apartment he was living in and kicked him out

Sir Ian McKellen wants everyone to know that he’s not part of Taylor Swift’s squad.

In an interview with Gay Star News, the actor was asked how it felt to be in the pop star’s famous posse of friends. (Fellow actor Patrick Stewart recently said that he and McKellen were part of the squad; they were asked to appear on Swift’s 1989 tour.)

“I’m not,” McKellen responded. “When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave! That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift’s team, does it?”

According to the interview transcript, McKellen then laughed and explained, “She bought it, she had every right to – I was just lodging there for free!”

And as for turning down the offer of appearing on stage with her: “She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night.”

Read next: Let Ian McKellen Teach You How to Make Scrambled Eggs

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Pregnant Tourist Posts Video To Find Holiday-Fling Father of Her Child

Natalie Amyot put a video online trying to find a man she slept with on vacation, saying she's now pregnant but lost his number

When Natalie Amyot met an Australian man on the last night of her vacation, she says it was love at first sight.

On her journey home she lost her phone and his number. But six weeks later she found out she was pregnant, and realized she had no way to contact him to tell him she thought he was the father. So she enlisted the help of the Internet.

Amyot, who lives in Paris, created a video she hoped would get passed around and eventually find its way to her blonde Australian.

“We had a beautiful night, and on the next morning I flew home to Paris and lost my phone with his number on it,” she says. “So I have no way to contact him… So I flew back here to try to find him. I have no family of my own. Please, please help me.”

As the video began to go viral, Amyot had to defend herself against online critics. “Oh my god i didn’t know it would be on news,” she posted in a recent comment on YouTube, responding to people alleging that she was irresponsible, or that she was making the whole story up. “Please don’t hate me, i just want to find him…”

TIME game of thrones

Maisie Williams Accepts Guinness World Record on Behalf of Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams
Ethan Miller—Getty Images Maisie Williams at Comic-Con 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., on July 11, 2015.

The show won the record for largest simultaneous broadcast of a television drama

Season 5 of Game of Thrones was one for the record books – literally. EW can reveal that the wildly popular HBO show will be featured in the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Records, and we have your exclusive first look at Arya Stark – er, Maisie Williams – accepting the honor on behalf of the cast and crew.

Game of Thrones aired the largest simultaneous broadcast of a television drama when the second episode of the most recent season was simulcast to 173 countries and territories around the world, beginning at 2 a.m. on April 20.

Williams made a play to break a world record by skydiving for a good cause this summer, planning to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet. However, according to Williams’ Twitter feed, “good old British weather” ruined the fun and the jump was postponed. But, at least she’ll be able to share in this glory with the rest of the cast and crew.

The 2016 edition of Guinness World Records will be released Sept. 10.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

TIME Bizarre

A Man Sent Naked Selfies to the HR Manager of a Company That Offered Him a Job

Not exactly getting off to a good start

A 23-year-old man from Chicago, reportedly sent nude pictures of himself to the human-resources manager of a company that had just hired him.

Police said the manager informed them of the incident on Aug. 14, one day after the man had sent her two naked selfies over three days, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Elmhurst police chief Michael Ruth said the company had made the 23-year-old man a “conditional offer of employment” earlier in the month. “He texted the HR director and sent a nude photo of himself,” Ruth added.

According to the police report, the man admitted to sending the photographs but said they were meant for someone else. The company did not respond to calls for comment from the Tribune.

“My understanding is they’ve rescinded the offer of employment,” Ruth said.

[Chicago Tribune]

TIME viral

This Boy Wrote an Adorable Apology Note to the Library for Ripping a Page

He felt bad for other kids who may want to read the book

An 8-year-old boy wrote an adorable apology note to the Toronto Public Library for accidentally ripping a page in an Asterix comic book.

The letter, written by Jackson Dowler, reads: “I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bed when I fell asleep reading it. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. From Jackson.”

The library shared the letter on social media, and it had over 4,600 likes on Facebook and over 1,000 shares by Monday evening.

It was the widespread social media fervor over the letter that ultimately identified Dowler as the author of the letter, which was taped to the comic book in the overnight drop box addressed “Library.” One individual touched by Dowler’s letter shipped him some Asterix comics.

“We tried to tape it, but I wrote the note so I could tell the library it was ripped so they could fix it better,” Jackson told PEOPLE. “Other kids who want to read it don’t want to be missing a page. It was my dad’s favorite book and it’s mine too. It’s full of adventure!”

[People]

TIME animals

Watch Men Rescue These Tiny Kittens While Fishing

Adorable

Two men appear to have spotted and rescued kittens while fishing on a boat in Alabama’s Black Warrior River Saturday.

Jason Frost uploaded video of the moment when he and his fellow fisherman, Brandon Key, pull two orange tabby kittens out of the water and put them on their boat. As Frost joked on Facebook, “This puts a new spin on the term ‘catfishing.'”

News outlets have been having a field day with this story, as headlines range from “Catfishing turns into cat fishing on the Warrior River” to the completely over-the-top “You caught to be kitten me?”

TIME animals

Watch a Humane Society Parody Car Salesmen on TV

"We've got cats of all makes, models, and colors..."

In a recent spoof video produced by the Calgary Humane Society in Canada, a mustachioed man in a suit tries to sell people on adopting cats — “certified pre-owned cats,” that is. “We’ve got cats of all makes, models, and colors,” the faux salesman says, then describes one feline as “boasting a top speed of 30mph.” The video was made to promote an adoption day hosted in a parking lot earlier this month, but the message is relevant year-round.

(h/t Upworthy)

TIME celebrity

This Is Why Bill Murray Agreed to Appear in the Next Ghostbusters Film

Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.
Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.

"I feel really good about it."

Ghostbusters fans around the world rejoiced earlier this month, when it was revealed Bill Murray will make a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.

Murray, who had long been resistant to the prospect of starring in a third Ghostbusters project, explained how the role came about — and what made him agree to it — over the weekend at a screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, in East Hampton, N.Y.

“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray told Vulture. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”

Murray said the addition of actresses like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to the film’s cast made him come around to the idea of aGhostbusters return. “I like those girls a lot,” he added. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

Still, he gave the prospect a lot of thought — by his count, years worth.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” Murray said. “Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

Feig’s Ghostbusters, with Wiig, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, and Neil Casey, opens in theaters on July 15. You can read the rest of Murray’s interview over at Vulture.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Sports

Viral Tom Brady Sketch Artist Gets Another Shot at Court Drawing

Tom Brady Portrait by Jane Rosenberg
NY Daily News/Getty Images Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg with a more pleasant sketch of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"It was a nightmare," she said after her first portrait got the Internet's attention

The last time sketch artist Jane Rosenberg had to draw a portrait of Tom Brady in court, the results weren’t so pretty—her work was derided by fans for depicting a version of the New England Patriots quarterback that some likened to Lurch from The Addams Family.

Rosenberg got another chance on Monday when Brady made another appearance in court over the Deflategate scandal, Sports Illustrated reports, and she fared much better this time. The NFL star is a lot more recognizable in this drawing compared to the last one, not that Rosenberg enjoyed the process any more.

“It was a nightmare,” she said.

Rosenberg, who has 35 years of experience, says she finds Brady “very hard to draw.” “Something subtle goes on with his eyes,” she told the New York Daily News. “He has a big chin with a cleft in it.”

[SI]

 

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