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Oops: Joke Tweet Included In a Real Harry Potter Book

Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone’/Image © 2001 Warner Bros.

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Also in today’s news: How Justice League became a “Frankenstein” project, and an unforgettable Hugo acceptance speech. It’s your Daily Blunt!

When Willie Muse wrote a parody article for College Humor entitled “J.K. Rowling’s Twitter Is Out of Control!” he had no idea that the fake tweets he’d composed would end up ricocheting around the internet for years — with one of them even being included as canon in a new edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which includes a section updating the text with the author’s later comments, tweets and observations about the characters. Here’s Muse’s account of these events, which concludes with the update that the fake tweet will be scrubbed from future editions. Being a gadfly to publishers is a dubious accomplishment, but Muse seems to be taking his meteoric rise and fall in stride.

Whether or not you enjoyed “Justice League,” you’re probably still surveying the reports of internal strife surrounding its release and wondering: “What happened?” The Wrap has assembled a tidy compilation of all the various factors — the firings, mergers, and re-imaginings that turned a cohesive product into a “Frankenstein” of artistic visions. One of the biggest game-changers? The success of “Wonder Woman,” which all but assured that the already-in-production “Justice League” would have to change its tune (and its color palette).

Ursula Vernon won a Hugo this year for her novelette The Tomato Thief, and used her time at the podium to explain to the audience what happens to a whale’s body when it dies of natural causes. “You’re probably all asking what whalefall has to do with awards ceremonies, or science fiction novelettes,” she concludes, “and the answer is: absolutely nothing. But how often do I get to tell an audience this size about whalefall?” This kind of speech is all the incentive the Hugo committee could possibly need to keep giving Vernon prizes.

Desperate to overcome your writer’s block? This MetaFilter post may have the answer — or at least, one that will amuse you as you toil. Basically, the suggestion is that you make up the name of a dance move, then you invent the move itself. Final step: write song lyrics about doing the dance move! The numerous videos showing examples of  this type of song should prove that there’s no wrong answer, and no manufactured dance craze that’s too dumb to become famous.