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Put on your party hats because today marks a couple big birthdays.

Not only is J.K. Rowling turning 48, but her most famous character is also celebrating a birthday. Yes, folks, Harry Potter is 33!

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter Photo

In honor of these milestones, let's attempt to do the impossible: rundown the top 10 moments in Harry Potter movie history! Scroll down for the list and try to keep your venom to a minimum in case we left out your favorite...

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Religious scholar Reza Aslan recently appeared on the Fox News online show Spirited Debate and found himself grilled on why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus.

Aslan appeared on the show Friday to promote his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about how the environment Jesus grew up in shaped him.

But host Lauren Green didn't seem to want to talk about the book so much, however, as she wanted to talk about how Reza Aslan is a Muslim.

She seemed insistent that this fact somehow affects the quality of his new book about Jesus. Her very first question leading off the interview:

"You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

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Pippa Middleton is pissed about a Twitter account called "Pippa's Tips," which spoofs advice she gives in her party planning book and applies them to pregnancy and parenting.

With sister Kate Middleton on the verge of giving birth any day now (her rumored due date is July 23), Pips has launched a legal fight over the parody.

Pips Middleton

According to the U.K.'s Independent, the Twitter page calls itself "an obvious parody" and was started by writers Mat Morrisroe and Suzanne Azzopardi.

It pokes fun at Pippa Middleton by parodying advice she offers in her party-planning tome, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends.

But with 50,000 followers, @Pippatips has become extremely popular.

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Robert Galbraith, whose debut detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling recently debuted to critical acclaim, is actually none other than JK Rowling.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling
  • J.K. Rowling Picture

The Sunday Times revealed last weekend that Galbraith was just a pseudonym for the Harry Potter author, one of the best-known writers today.

Times arts editor Richard Brooks said his colleague, India Knight, was reading the book and tweeted about how good it was, especially for a debut.

"A very interesting reply came back, which said, it's not a debut novel, it's by an existing author," he told NPR. "So India tweeted back and said, 'Who?'"

"And a very straightforward, simple reply came back: 'J.K. Rowling,'" Brooks says. Then the Tweet, and Tweeter, were gone "like a Harry Potter spell."

"Gone. No trace!"

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For a Potterhead like myself, the world seemed to come to a slight screeching halt when the last movie came out. What were we going to do? What did we have to look forward to?

Thankfully Pottermore was announced in 2011, and the magical anticipation was renewed. Then this past year, Playstation got in the game and Sony brought Pottermore to Playstation Home.

You can walk through Diagon Alley and unlike the Google Maps Harry Potter Universe, this is all interactive. Go have your wand choose you in Olivanders and visit the Weasley twins in their shop. 

You can ride the Hogwarts Express, visit the Great Hall, and after you've linked your Pottermore account, you can even hang out in your House's Great Room.

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Lots of people still love them some Paula Deen recipes.

Ballantine Books does not seem to care, however.

Poor Paula

The chef's rough month just got worse with the loss of a lucrative publishing deal, despite the fact that her latest cookbook has soared to #1 on Amazon.

Ballantine announced it would not publish her upcoming effort, announcing that it also made the "difficult decision to cancel" her current best-seller.

The division of Random House also announced it is nixing a five-book deal it signed with Deen last year, believed to be worth millions of dollars.

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Michelle Trachtenberg takes on the role of Marina Oswald in National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy, a biopic chronicling the final years of JFK.

Oswald, of course, was the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed the President of the United States nearly 50 years ago in November 1963.

A photo of Michelle in character as his Russian immigrant wife has just been released. Check her out look as a nearly unrecognizable '60s housewife:

Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald

Based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Kennedy stars none other than Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy.

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Richard Matheson, a prolific and influential writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction novels, has died at the age of 87, according to news reports.

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Many of his works have been adapted for TV and cinema, and Stephen King has often cited him as the single biggest influence on his own work.

Like King, Matheson sent shivers down the spines of readers and viewers for decades with stories like The Incredible Shrinking Man and I Am Legend.

He also penned the story and screenplay for one of Steven Spielberg's most effective films, Duel, and 16 installments of TV's The Twilight Zone.

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Vince Flynn, the prolific and best-selling author of many political thriller novels, has died.

He succumbed to prostate cancer after a two-year battle. Flynn was just 47 years old.

V. Flynn

Flynn announced in 2011 that he was fighting Stage 3 metastatic prostate cancer.

A statement from Flynn's publisher, Simon & Schuster, Inc., said he died Wednesday.

Flynn self-published his first book, Term Limits, in 1997, then got a publishing deal.

Term Limits became a New York Times bestseller, as did other works of his, many centering around the character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative.

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This awesome video of books collapsing has set a world record for longest domino chain - and it's all for the good cause of encouraging kids to read.

The Seattle Public Library set up 2,131 hardcover books end-to-end in an effort to promote its Summer Reading Program, then filmed the thing.

Concept designers Luke Greenway and Laura D'Asaro assembled lines of books that traverse stacks, climb stairs, and even spell out the word "read."

Not only that, the tumbling works encircle a number of library patrons in action! Take a look at the awesome, literary domino chain collapse below:

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