Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Whether we wanted it or not (I’m saying “not”), we have, over the last five years, seen the development of a new genre of film. Harry Potter and th(...)

J.K. Rowling writes background story of one of her most evil characters to mark Halloween.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Harry Potter fans have been treated to a Halloween special by J.K.Rowling, who has published a rare new essay profiling Professor Dolores Umbridge on (...)

LT Meade’s A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton

Imagine if JK Rowling’s name rang no bells in people’s minds 100 years from now. Rowling: so ubiquitous, influential and popular – the thought seems a(...)

 Simon Fitzmaurice: “To spend this precious time I have doing something that fulfils me at the deepest level, that echoes in my soul.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:54

Making a feature film is an intimidating prospect and a leap of faith for any first-time director. You need self-belief, stamina, organisational skil(...)

A costume of Star Wars character Savage Opress, by Order 66 Creatures and Effects 4:18

It’s known as “cosplay”, and a small studio in Spiddal, Co Galway, has become an international hub for it. Whether it’s Wonder Woman, Batman or Dar(...)

 Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the the Peninsula Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

“You might be thinking, ‘Who is this Harry Potter girl, and what is she doing speaking at the UN?’ And, it’s a really good question. I’ve been asking (...)

The author JK Rowling: ‘Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.
JK Rowling welcomes No result
  • UK
  • September 19, 2014, 08:22

Prominent figures in the entertainment world reacted quickly to the result.Author and pro-union supporter JK Rowling was among the first celebrities t(...)

He’s British when he wins and Scottish when he loses, but on the day of the Scottish independence referendum, it appears tennis star Andy Murray is in(...)

 JK Rowling: was recently attacked online following a blog posting where she compared extreme nationalists to Death Eaters, supporters of the evil Voldemort in her Harry Potter series. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Scotland’s best known literary icon, the poet Robert Burns, would vote for independence in this week’s referendum, according to Alex Salmond, the nati(...)

When I was a little girl, in Dublin in the 1960s, a time when an awful lot of people still had Sunday shoes, and Sunday dinners, and rosary beads that(...)