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Actor Daniel Radcliffe celebrates 25th birthday

Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his role as the young wizard in the Harry Potter films, marks his 25th birthday today.

With estimated annual earnings of around £12.5m, the London-born actor is worth a staggering $110m (£65m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Daniel Radcliffe turns 25-years-old today.
Daniel Radcliffe pictured at an awards ceremony in New York last month. Credit: PA

At 11-years-old, the star first hit our screens as Harry Potter in 2001, playing his wizard role for ten years, before hanging up his cloak for good.

Daniel Radcliffe in 2001 before his debut as Harry Potter in the fantasy film franchise.
Daniel Radcliffe in 2001 before his debut as Harry Potter in the fantasy film franchise. Credit: PA

Since the release of the franchise’s final film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Daniel has continued his success, starring in a variety of films including The Woman In Black.

Emma Watson 'so sad' to hear of actor's death

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, said she was "so sad" to hear that actor Dave Legeno had died.

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I'm so sad to hear about #DaveLegeno. He was such a lovely man. I hope he is resting in peace x

Legeno, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the movies, was found dead by hikers in Death Valley.

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'Harry Potter vs Twilight Dance Battle' goes viral

Fans curious to know who would be victorious in a battle between the stars of Harry Potter and Twilight can now find out.

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger take on Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black in the epic dance dual, which has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

Filmmaker ScottDW wrote a rap to accompany the hit video which features the lyrics: "Yo, we the Hogwarts crew. Gotta wand that I know how to use. Expecto Petronum. Back up, you vamps don't know us."

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JK Rowling to write match reports for Quidditch

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is turning sports writer to pen a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World Cup.

The writer's fans will be able to read regular updates from the tournament, which first featured in her books about the teenage wizard, on the Pottermore website.

JK Rowling to write match reports for the fictional Quidditch World Cup Credit: PA

Quidditch - a fictional sport played by the student wizards on flying broomsticks in the best-selling books - is so popular with fans that they have adapted a version of the game that can really be played. Characters from the books are expected to feature in the reports.

Harry and Hermione should have wed, JK Rowling says

JK Rowling has admitted what many Harry Potter fans have long suspected - lead characters Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have ended up together.

A missed opportunity? Hermione and Harry should have got together, JK Rowling says Credit: PA

Granting a rare interview to Wonderland magazine, the author spoke candidly to Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione, who was also guest editing the publication.

In an extract from this week's issue, printed in The Sunday Times (£), the author said:

"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

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She went on: "I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility."

Rowling even suggested that Hermione and Ron Weasley would have ended up in relationship counselling.

“Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not,” Rowling added.

Read: JK Rowling to screenwrite new Harry Potter spin-off

Harry Potter and the West End debut

JK Rowling has announced Harry Potter will return - but this time it will be on the stage.

The author said she is working on a stage play that explores the boy wizard's early years under the Dursleys' staircase.

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The team behind the project said it would focus on 'Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast'. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Although she will not script the play herself, Rowling will co-produce the project with theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.

Rowling said: "Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production.

"But Sonia and Colin's vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage."

JK Rowling to screenwrite new Harry Potter spin-off

JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut for a Harry Potter spin-off film based on a minor character in the series.

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Author JK Rowling will be visiting the wizard world once again. Credit: Press Association

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will feature fictitious author Newt Scamander, writer of the Hogwarts textbook of the same name.

Rowling made the decision when she was asked by Warner Bros for permission to create the film.

She said: "As I considered Warners' proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn't dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros."

It's not the only project the author has taken on since completing the Potter series - Rowling has since released two novels.

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