Harry Potter

Books Podcast: Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary

3 August 2017 16:29

This summer saw 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. Love them or hate them, the…

J.K. Rowling’s schizophrenic politics

1 July 2017 10:00

On the face of it, there is nothing complicated about the politics of Harry Potter, who made his first appearance…

The Spectator Podcast: The dying of the right

22 June 2017 16:14

On this week’s episode, we look at conservatism’s apparent decline, how society has responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and whether young…

Boris Johnson and the Cursed Theatre Trip

19 March 2017 21:34

Spare a thought for Boris Johnson. Ever since the Brexit vote, the Foreign Secretary has struggled with the often hostile…

The Guardian gives Emma Watson’s offshore company a miss

11 May 2016 11:09

Steerpike’s revelation yesterday that Emma Watson has been named in the latest Panama Papers leak has been followed up across…

Revealed: Emma Watson named in latest Panama Papers leak

10 May 2016 16:36

Of late, Emma Watson has been taking a more active role in both UK and American politics. The Harry Potter actress…

There’s nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger

21 December 2015 17:05

A news producer rang up this morning, asking me to talk about ‘colour-blind casting’. Noma Dumezweni has just been cast…

Alan Rusbridger and the Sword of Truth

10 June 2015 19:18

When Alan Rusbridger stepped down as the editor of the Guardian last month, there were emotional scenes at Guardian HQ…

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint makes a million

27 February 2015 9:30

Since finishing filming Harry Potter, Rupert Grint has struggled to match the success of his former co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in the…

J.K. Rowling’s “Robert Galbraith” trick reveals nothing of how publishers really treat unknown novelists

16 July 2013 17:30

Is it okay for struggling authors to talk about promotion and marketing and how they are dealt with by publishers?…

Of snobs, nobs and plebs

24 September 2012 17:17

The muggles of Tutshill, Gloucestershire, have a bone to pick with J.K. Rowling. Tutshill is where Rowling spent her unhappy…