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J.K. Rowling will be publishing a treat for Harry Potter fans this Halloween in the form of a 1,700 word backstory on everyone’s favorite Hogwarts Professor/Headmistress Dolores Umbridge. It will be available to read for free on Pottermore, which noted the following:

Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.

The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.

Will knowing Umbridge’s backstory have any effect on how you feel about her? We’ll have to wait unitl October 31st to find out. If it’s anything like this past July when Rowling posted a short story on Pottermore featuring a 34-year old Harry Potter, the site will probably fall to pieces.

(via Buzzfeed)

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Since 2011, Scottish Lego enthusiast Morgan Spence (now 15-years-old) has been making stop-motion animation films with Lego. Impressed by his talent, Lego artist Warren Elsmore tasked Spence with creating a promotional trailer for his book Brick Flicks in just two weeks. Spence took the challenge and the resulting video is below the break.

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Were you disappointed in Transformers: Age of Extinction? Don’t worry, true believers! Director Michael Lukk Litwak and his talented team have brought us what we desperately needed: an award-winning romantic adventure film that features dinosaurs with frickin’ lasers on their heads. The movie is entitled The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger and, according to its director, was “once described by a drunk person as ‘a cross between Blue Valentine and Jurassic Park.’ ”

Check it out after the break!

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It’s been awhile since Air New Zealand released it’s fantastic Hobbit-themed in-flight safety video. With the release of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy, the time was ripe to make a new one so they’ve created what they’re billing as, “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” It features all the usual safety tips, but it also has cameos by the actors from the film in one of the few safety videos that everyone will actually watch and enjoy.

See the video after the break.

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Many fans out there have pondered crossovers between the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchise. Although that will never officially happen outside of the internet and staged fan-fiction readings, some fuel has been added to the fire thanks to Daniel Radcliffe remarking that he visited Pinewood Studios where they’re filming (at least part of) Star Wars: Episode VII.

At the red carpet premiere of his new movie Horns, the star of the Harry Potter films said, “I was so excited, ’cause I literally just watched the original Star Wars movies very recently, so I was like a new fan going on set. But I got to meet Harrison Ford and have a chat, and he was lovely. It was great!”

Surprisingly though, Radcliffe wasn’t there just to spy on Han Solo and learn the future of the Jedi Order. He explained, “I went out because all my friends were working there ’cause it’s the Potter crew. They’ve basically just moved onto [Star Wars: Episode VII], so I was going to see all of them.”

You know you can trust a wizard when he never forgets to keep in touch with his friends!

(via The Daily Dot / Photo via Gage Skidmore)

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You guys, this Super Mario World script is really, really bad. Even Max Landis admits it’s horrible. He wrote the script when he was just 19, but he had the cojones to post it on his site (which you have to admire) along with a foreword detailing the script’s many issues. Let’s start with it being a whopping 435 pages long and that it contains a ridiculous character list that includes Banjo and Kazooie. This is definitely in “so bad it’s good” territory.

Read Landis’s forward after the break.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has set up a special site called For Your Consideration designed to promote its films to Academy Awards voters. One of the things they think voters should consider nominating is a Best Original Song contender from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The song is The Last Goodbye which is written by screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, and actor Billy Boyd who also sings the tune.

You might remember him singing All Shall Fade in the original trilogy which may have brought tears to your eyes. Expect the same this time around, and have a box of tissues at the ready.

(Warner Bros. Pictures via The Mary Sue)

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The first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked earlier today and was quickly pulled. Apparently, that prompted Marvel to say “f*ck it” and release the real deal. If you haven’t seen the high-res version head after the break post haste.

UPDATE: Marvel’s response to the leak earlier today was “priceless” as one of our Facebook commenters put it. You can see that after the break as well.

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Indy

1A4 Studio has created a very simple animated version of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that summarizes the whole thing in just 60 seconds. It’s got all the key scenes and locations from the movie. You wouldn’t think they could cram it all in to such a short video, but they do, and it’s ridiculously cute.

See the video after the break.

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Peter Quill’s rocking Awesome Mix Vol. 1 will be released on cassette tape. I can’t think of any format that is more perfect for the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy. The limited edition cassette will hit select stores on November 28th and is exclusive to independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. You can search for participating stores on their site.

Now all you need to do is check your attic for that old Walkman because authentic Star-Lord versions are pretty pricey right now on eBay.

(Billboard via ComicsAlliance)