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J.K. Rowling writes Harry Potter Halloween tale profiling 'malicious' Dolores Umbridge

J.K. Rowling is serving up a special Halloween dose of Harry Potter for her die-hard fans, this time in the form of a profile of one of the most malicious characters in the Harry Potter universe. The story comes from Pottermore.com, the online home for the world of Harry Potter, which shared her latest story exclusively with TODAY.com.






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J.K. Rowling to release new tale from Harry Potter universe on Halloween

UPDATE: Read the full Halloween Harry Potter tale from J.K. Rowling here.Harry Potter fans rejoice!J.K. Rowling will be releasing a new tale from the Harry Potter universe exclusively on TODAY.com for Halloween this Friday, so visit the site tomorrow morning to get your fix.The author has periodically released new pieces through her website Pottermore.com and TODAY.






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Wrap her up! 4 lessons from Diane von Furstenberg's independent, well-dressed life

Mention the name Diane von Furstenberg and what pops to mind? World-famous designer? Independent, forward-thinking lady? Daughter of a Holocaust survivor? Onetime wife of a prince? All true. Now add to that list author (of new memoir "The Woman I Wanted to Be") and reality show subject (the upcoming "House of DVF," on E!).






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'Little Humans' of New York are just as awesome as big ones

Photographer Brandon Stanton is used to capturing big personalities on his Humans of New York blog, which features everyday New Yorkers and their stories. Now he’s turned his lens on “Little Humans,” in a new book with portraits of 30 young residents of the city. And, no surprise, their personalities are just as oversized. TODAY.com recently asked Stanton about his new project.






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Diane von Furstenberg on being 'The Woman I Wanted to Be'

In her latest book, designer Diane von Furstenberg discusses issues facing women everywhere, from sexism to aging. Read an excerpt from "The Woman I Wanted to Be" here.Excerpted from "The Woman I Wanted to Be" by Diane von Furstenberg. Copyright © 2014 by Diane von Furstenberg. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved






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Ansel Adams captures Yosemite's breathtaking beauty








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New biography 'The Good Son' examines relationship between JFK Jr. and his mother

Christopher Anderson's new book, "The Good Son" dives deeper into the lives of the Kennedy's, particularly the relationship between John F. Kennedy Jr. and his mother. Read an excerpt here.Copyright (c) 2014, reprinted with permission from Simon and Schuster.






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'Positive' author debunks myths common myths about HIV

Paige Rawl is the author of "Positive" a memoir documenting her life since she was diagnosed HIV-positive when she was in middle school. "Positive" is the latest pick for TODAY's Book Club. Head here for more information. HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, is commonly seen as something incredibly grave — even a death sentence. But it's not.






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Veteran NBC journalist John Palmer’s memoir reveals ‘admiration’ for Anwar Sadat

John Palmer’s new memoir, "Newscatcher," details the veteran NBC News correspondent's eyewitness account of history, from breaking the news of the Challenger disaster to the unsuccessful unsuccessful 1980 attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran..Although Palmer passed away in 2013, his wife Nancy persisted in bringing her husband's memoir to publishing.






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'Napkin notes' dad battles cancer again, shares inspiring story in new book

The Virginia dad who inspired a nation with the short, simple notes he writes to his daughter every morning on napkins slipped into her lunchbox is now sharing his mission in a book, one he began writing weeks after learning he had cancer.For the fourth time. Garth Callaghan, 45, touches upon his health battles and draws parallels between them and the challenges of parenting in “Napkin Notes.






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Bill O’Reilly: US government 'blew it' on Ebola








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New book claims JFK assassination left Jackie Kennedy with PTSD

Jacqueline Kennedy became a model of strength and grace for a grieving nation after a president's assassination, but a new book claims that her husband’s murder actually left her falling apart and with what today would be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder.The widow of President John F.






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New biography tells 'The Untold Story' of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Read an exclusive excerpt from "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story" by Barbara Leaming.From "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story" by Barbara Leaming, Copyright (c) 2014. Reprinted with permission from Thomas Dunne Books.






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Bill O'Reilly examines the strange death of famous WWII general in 'Killing Patton'

Read an excerpt from "Killing Patton" by Bill O'Reilly.From "Killing Patton" by Bill O'Reilly, Copyright (c) 2014. Reprinted with permission from Henry Holt and Co.






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Gene Simmons' new book aims to help you 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God'

Read an exclusive excerpt from "Me, Inc." by Gene Simmons.Excerpted from "Me, Inc." by Gene Simmons, Copyright (c) 2014. Excerpted with permission from Dey Street.






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Jimmy Fallon coaches babies to say 'dada' in new children's book

Jimmy Fallon wants to coach fellow fathers in the secret campaign being waged against moms over their child’s first word.The "Tonight Show" host is sharing his wisdom in a new children’s book, “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada.






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Jim Gaffigan shares his 'love story' with food in new book

Read an excerpt from "Food: A Love Story" by Jim Gaffigan.From "Food: A Love Story" by Jim Gaffigan, Copyright © 2014. Excerpted with permission from Crown Archetype, an imprint of Random House LLC.






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How 'Playing Big' helped Tara Mohr find her voice, mission and career

Tara Sophia Mohr stopped by TODAY to talk about her new book: Read an excerpt from "Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message."From "Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message" by Tara Mohr, Copyright (c) 2014. Excerpted with permission from Penguin Random House.






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Russell Brand is starting a 'Revolution' but wants 'to be a channel of the peace'

Read an excerpt from "Revolution" by Russell Brand






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Cary Elwes shares tales from the making of 'The Princess Bride' in new memoir

Read an excerpt from "As You Wish," by Cary Elwes.From "As You Wish," by Cary Elwes, Copyright (c) 2014. Excerpted with permission from Touchstone.






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As you wish: See the 'Princess Bride' actors then and now

Twenty-seven years ago, "The Princess Bride" cast a spell over audiences, and it lingers even today. The film differed significantly from the William Golding novel that inspired it, but its lively cast of characters are what made it such a classic. Want to see what happened to those stars and their happily-ever-afters? Well, then ... as you wish.






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J. K. Rowling takes fans on a cryptic Twitter quest

Sorry, Harry Potter lovers: Author J.K. Rowling has no plans to write additional stories about the young wizard and his magical friends, despite a series of cryptic tweets that sent fans of the series into a frenzy. Instead, she gave her admirers a peek into an upcoming film that takes places 70 years before "The Boy Who Lived" was even born.






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PC run amok? Female Thor's debut leaves some thunderstruck

Like thunder, the news reverberated far and wide when Marvel Comics released it in July, the same week the Disney-owned comics publisher announced a black Captain America: Thor, formerly the brawny, bearded god of thunder, would now be a woman.The change has left many thunderstruck since the new character was unveiled on "The View." "Thor is a chick," Tucker Carlson declared disapprovingly Sept.






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Joel Osteen shares his 'qualities of a winner' in new book 'You Can, You Will'

Read an excerpt from "8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner" by Joel Osteen.From "You Can, You Will" by Joel Osteen, Copyright (c) 2014. Reprinted by permission of FaithWords. All rights reserved. 









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