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The Stellar Seven
These were our seven most popular news stories for the year.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was officially announced at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- The Diagon Alley expansion at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was confirmed.
- MinaLima presented The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films in a special exhibition.
- J.K. Rowling was revealed as the real author behind crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, previously under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.
- J.K. Rowling admitted that Dumbledore was the character she missed the most in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.
- J.K. Rowling announced that she will be penning the first screenplay for a new Potter film series based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as part of an “expanded creative partnership” with Warner Bros.
- David Heyman confirmed that he will produce the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation.
January 7 – MuggleNet got nominated for a Shorty Award in the Fansite category.
January 8 – Pictures leaked of WWoHP Orlando expansions, letting all fans assume that the expansions were no longer just a rumor.
January 9 – Emma Watson won the award for Best Dramatic Movie Actress for her role as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower at the People's Choice Awards.
January 11 – Rupert Grint's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman competed for a Golden Bear in the Berlin International Film Festival.
January 17 – The Casual Vacancy was ranked #23 on USA Today's Top 100 Best Selling Books of 2012 list.
January 19 – Daniel Radcliffe's Kill Your Darlings premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received good first reviews.
February 12 – BBC Radio named J.K. Rowling the 13th most powerful woman in the UK.
February 13 – Scholastic hired Kazu Kibuishi to design the new paperback covers for the Harry Potter books in honor of the fifteen-year anniversary of the publication of Sorcerer's Stone.
February 19 – MuggleNet took part in Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter's "Wand Week" in celebration of wands.
February 24 – MuggleNet hosted the first live MuggleNet Harry Potter Oscar Awards ceremony based on fan votes in each of the categories.
February 27 – The first rumors started popping up about WWoHP Orlando expansions being complete in summer 2014.
March 17 – After countless rumors concerning Emma Watson playing a role in the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, Emma finally denied these assumptions on Twitter.
March 23 – Goblet of Fire was named the most popular book found in British households by the Sun.
March 29 – Richard Griffiths, the actor who portrayed Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, passed away at the age of 65.
April 3 – Pottermore released new, interactive content for PlayStation Home.
April 18 – MuggleNet posted its Quidditch World Cup roundup. UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, and Sam Houston State University won!
April 18 – Alohomora! celebrated its one-year anniversary.
April 24 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was officially announced at Universal Studios Hollywood.
May 8 – The Diagon Alley expansion at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was confirmed.
May 22 – Rare copy of Philosopher's Stone sold for £150,000; includes J.K. Rowling's illustrations of Snape, baby Harry, the Hogwarts crest, and annotations.
May 30 – The new fifteenth anniversary cover for Chamber of Secrets was released.
June 19 – MinaLima presented The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films in a special exhibition.
June 27 – Bloomsbury released new covers for the adult UK editions.
June 27 – New illustrations from Mary GrandPré were compiled and released online.
June 27 – The fifteenth anniversary cover of Prisoner of Azkaban was revealed.
June 29 – Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix fifteenth anniversary covers were discovered before their official release date.
July 1 – Entertainment Weekly honored the Harry Potter series with 7th place on their list of greatest books of all time.
July 4 – Warner Bros. Studios enabled virtual exploration of Diagon Alley via Google Street View.
July 13 – J.K. Rowling was revealed as the real author behind crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, previously under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.
July 23 – A first edition of The Cuckoo's Calling, signed by "Robert Galbraith," sold for £2,950.
July 31 – Scholastic revealed Kazu Kibuishi's Deathly Hallows cover art, the last piece of the fifteenth anniversary collection.
August 11 – LeakyCon made its way across the pond to become the first major Harry Potter convention in the UK.
August 20 – Kazu Kibuishi spoke with the Scholastic blog about illustrating the fifteenth anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series.
August 27 – J.K. Rowling admitted that Dumbledore was the character she missed the most in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.
September 9 – A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sold on eBay for an astonishing $10,602.
September 12 – J.K. Rowling announced that she will be penning the first screenplay for a new Potter film series based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as part of an "expanded creative partnership" with Warner Bros.
September 16 – Warner Bros. signed on as global distributor for the BBC miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, due to start production in early 2014.
September 27 – MuggleNet spoke to Lumos's Head of Communications about the aims behind J.K. Rowling's charity.
September 27 – Warner Bros. trademarked, among others, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, provoking rumors of further films and adaptations.
October 1 – David Heyman confirmed that he will produce the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation.
October 4 – First look at Wizarding World Orlando's Gringotts carts was revealed.
October 7 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced it would host "Hogwarts in the Snow," covering the Hogwarts model with a blanket of snow.
October 9 – The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic opened at Edinburgh University.
October 21 – Students of the New England School of Communications announced an adaptation of The Tale of the Three Brothers into a short film, including a nine-year-old girl playing the character of Death.
October 23 – Three new Potter Puppet Pals videos were released.
October 27 – The MuggleNet Podcast Family earned four nominations in the 2013 Podcast Awards.
November 9 – J.K. Rowling raised £1,000,000 for Lumos with an event at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
November 19 – Full Harry Potter Forever 46 stamp collection from USPS was released, with 20 stamps and a number of keepsake items.
November 20 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveiled the snow-covered Hogwarts model.
November 21 – Details for Wizarding World Orlando's "A Celebration of Harry Potter" were revealed, including cast Q&A, wand master class, MinaLima panel, Pottermore behind-the-scenes look, and a prop expo.
December 8 – The first official photo of the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando was released.
December 11 – J.K. Rowling's charm bracelet sold for £20,000 at Sotheby's, to benefit Lumos.
December 12 – A new video with Stuart Craig discussing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando expansion was released.
December 17 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park announced an upcoming webcast on January 23, 2014.
December 19 – More details about the A Celebration of Harry Potter event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando were released.
December 20 – J.K. Rowling confirmed the Harry Potter stage play, a collaboration with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, focusing on Harry's childhood.
December 20 – Two trailers for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando's Diagon Alley expansion were released.
December 22 – A helicopter flew above the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida for a construction update.
December 25 – The Cuckoo's Calling received the number three spot on Amazon's Best-Seller list.