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J.K. Rowling Writes A Letter To A 15-Year-Old Girl As Dumbledore After Her Entire Family Is Murdered

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J.K. Rowling sent a very thoughtful gift to a girl who has been through a lot in the past month.

This is a very sweet ending to a very very sad story.

15-year-old Cassidy Stay's world was shattered last month when her uncle shot and killed her mother, father, and her younger siblings while he was trying to find his ex-wife.

The youngster was the only one to survive the horrific ordeal after she played dead, and three days after the shooting she spoke at a memorial service for her family. Cassidy's speech caught a lot of attention from Harry Potter fanatics who noticed she quoted Albus Dumbledore, saying:

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Dumbledore Is Back In J.K. Rowling’s Next Movie! Take THAT Voldemort!

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We'd totally be a part of Dumbledore's Army, any day of the week!

Michael Gambon (or Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore from the Harry Potter franchise) apparated on the set of the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy this past weekend!

Or maybe he used a Portkey! We'll never know!

In this movie, Michael plays the part of Howard Mollison, Pagford delicatessen's fictional proprietor! Sure, it's a notch or two down from being Headmaster, but oh well!

Filming is taking place in the Cotswold town of Northleach in the good ole United Kingdom!

We cannot wait to see his magical performance!

[Image via Splash News.]

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SPOILER ALERT! New Study Shows That People Prefer Spoilers!

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers referenced (below). Duh!

How many people had The Sixth Sense ruined for them? How many of you knew Dumbledore's fate before you got to page 596?? How many of you had the secret of Keyser Söze's identity ruined in The Usual Suspects???

You MAY have been pissed off at the time, but a new study shows that people actually PREFER hearing spoilers!

According to the new study,

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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

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