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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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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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I'm still waiting on my acceptance letter to Hogwarts, and I'm no doubt not alone. Thankfully though, as we wait for the owl post, we can get a glimpse of what we can expect to see when there. 

Google Maps has given Harry Potter fans a way to experience Diagon Alley, if not in person at least through their Street View option. 

Google Maps Street View Ollivander's

Want to see Ollivanders Wand Shop? Done.

Click through to see where else you can visit in the Warner Bros. set.

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Richard Griffiths, the British actor know for his role as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, has died at age 65.

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The actor died in the hospital due to complications following heart surgery.

Potter's Daniel Radcliffe told the BBC, "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him. Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence."

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The following video may not be overly impressive to Harry Potter fans who are accustomed to magic, but we find it pretty darn cool.

A Japanese YouTube user named "marayu74" has released a look at him playing this iconic franchise's theme song, using nothing but wine glasses. How does he accomplish this feat? It has something to do with the right amount of water and the right type of glass... but whatever.

Just watched and be amazed now!

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The final Harry Potter movie marked the end of an era this summer, and Warner Brothers is trying to punctuate the epic saga's conclusion with an Oscar blitz.

A series of "For Your Consideration" ads have been released with the intention of lobbying voters to nominate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Best Picture, so Warner Bros. certainly has a chance to gain some critical recognition for the franchise.

Here's the latest ad the Academy should ignore at its peril:

Considering the impact it has on the film world, awards in some of the many applicable categories seem likely, but only time (and voters) will tell.

Will the marketing push succeed? Should it? You tell us ...

Should Harry Potter be nominated for Best Picture?

 

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The actor who played Vincent Crabbe the bully in six Harry Potter films before getting canned following a marijuana arrest, has been charged with possession again.

Only this time, he was allegedly caught with a HOMEMADE BOMB.

According to UK reports, he intended to detonate it during the London riots this summer. Police say surveillance video showed the 22-year-old miscreant was packing a Molotov cocktail while looting champagne from a drug store on August 8.

Jamie Waylett Picture

Cops eventually arrested Jamie Waylett on September 20.

At some point during the investigation, cops claim they found 15 marijuana plants in Waylett's home, a fact that, given his past history, isn't all that shocking.

Cops released a statement saying the following:

"[Waylett] was charged with violent disorder, having an article with intent to destroy or damage property, receiving stolen goods and also cultivating cannabis plants."

Waylett is due in court November 11.

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Attention, Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling's latest chapter in this iconic saga is open for business.

But not for everyone.

The handful of fortunate fans who received early access to the Beta version of this interactive website can now cycle through it. They're encouraged to share their thoughts on the "different elements" of the creation and to recommend improvements, as all will be welcomed to the site in October.

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What does it look like at the moment? How can you register in the fall? Visit Pottermore right now and find out!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theaters today. Perhaps you've heard. Perhaps you've read the incredible reviews.

And perhaps you're being dragged to see it by a significant other and have no clue what any of this Muggle, Gryffindor or Horicrux talk is all about. Fear not. The Fine Brothers are here for you.

Dressed in Harry Potter garb, these fast-talking siblings take seven minutes in the following video to rundown the entire franchise. Never feel left out of a conversation about the sorting hat again! Watch and enjoy...

Meanwhile, visit our friends at Movie Fanatic to count down the top 10 moments in Harry Potter history!

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Two members of the Big Brother 13 cast got into an argument Tuesday, which in itself isn't news. Jeff Schroeder's homophobic comments - stemming from a discussion of Harry Potter, of all things - are being widely criticized, however.

Jeff clearly hasn't seen the films or read the books, but nevertheless starts laying into Dumbledore, who author J.K. Rowling says she always thought of as gay:

Newcomer Kalia Booker defends the books and the character, but Jeff stresses how wrong it is to send kids to a "fantasy camp" run by a gay man.

He then goes ballistic on Kalia, accusing her of "saying the right answer for TV." Odd, given that just a few nights ago, Cassi Colvin reportedly dropped the f-bomb on Dominic Briones, only to be chastised by Jeff.

What do you think? Did Jeff's rant totally cross the line? Or did he just get carried away in a conversation we don't know the full context of? Discuss.

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