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J.K. Rowling writes that Ilvermorny was a magical school of witchcraft and wizardry, founded by a pureblood Irish wizard named Isolt Sayre in the 17th century. Ilvermorny sat atop the highest peak of Mount Greylock enshrouded by powerful concealment enchantments.

Sayre was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin and the renowned Irish witch Morrigan. Sayre lived with her parents in a small Irish town till the day her mother's estranged sister Gormlaith Gaunt (pureblood zealot) murdered Sayre's parents and kidnapped her away to Hag's Glen to stop her from marrying a muggle.

A decade later, following imprisonment and continued attempts at indoctrinating Sayre, she stole her aunt's wand, and managed an escape. 

Sayre went on to pose as a Muggle boy, sailing to the 'New World', where she came across a wealth of magical creatures and fellow wizards that'd ultimately help her create Ilvermorny.

The four Ilvermorny houses are named after magical creatures:

  • Horned Serpent – a ‘great horned river serpent with a jewel set into its forehead’
  • Pukwudgie – ‘a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature’
  • Thunderbird – a creature that ‘can create storms as it flies’
  • Wampus – ‘a magical, panther-like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill’

Check out the story over on Pottermore that was just released today!

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Jedd Wadlow, the guy bringing you Kick-Ass 2, is set to write the script (an possibly direct!) for X-Force. No word on who's on the team, but I'll be mightily surprised if Wolverine doesn't make an appearance.

Are you excited for X-Force? Who do you want to see star in the film? Let us know in the comments below!

Unrelated but awesome art by Robbi Rodriguez.

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The Dark Knight: turning regular weirdos into homelesser weirdos.

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People in internet cafes in a village of about 60,000 in Dasmariñas City in the Phillipines are banned from playing DotA after two November murders were linked back to the game.  According to officials, players are betting on their games, leading to outbursts of violence as well as theft in the community. The official documents relating to the banning state that "it is a bad influence for the youth, the game/gambling game DOTA makes them violent and teaches them how to lie, cheat, steal and not farm from killing someone or die so as long as they can play."  

If an "internet shop" is caught with DotA, they will have their shops closed for a month.  Second time offenders will lose their permits, and third time offenders will have their business closed permanently and not be allowed a business permit.

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During a Facebook livestream Vin Diesel went ahead and spilt the beans on what we can expect regarding Guardians of the Galaxy v Avengers for upcoming film, Infinity War:

"Next year you've got 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' coming and that whole concept started from you all saying 'when are you gonna be in a Marvel movie?'" he recalled. "And you remember the first picture after that Marvel meeting that I had where I was standing [with] the Avengers thing in the back -- some of you can look up that picture…there was this old Avengers copy that was behind me in that picture if you look back on my Facebook page you can find that."

"What's gonna be surreal is that picture is going to come to pass because now the Guardians will be included in 'Avengers: Infinity War' and that's incredibly exciting. Incredibly exciting. Incredibly exciting and something that if you were a part of our page you knew before everybody," he added.

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A new Digimon game has been announced for 3DS in Japan only, but there's a change.org petition hoping to get the game localized. Check it out here.

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It is a Rock/Fairy-type Pokémon and it stars in the movie now titled Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie.

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Irrational Games founder Ken Levine announced today that Irrational Games is shutting down and laying off all but fifteen employees in order to start a new endeavor: "narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable" that he says will be distributed exclusively digitally. Read his announcement in full here.

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A beta test will begin on February 22nd, and players who own the game on PS3 will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version for free when the game launches in April.

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Xbox Wire announced MIcrosoft's plan for Twitch on the Xbox One, which includes the ability to watch livestreams and earn achievements at launch, but don't expect to stream any of your own gameplay until "the first part of 2014." Maybe Xbone owners can live vicariously through the streams of anyone whose PS4 works?

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Variety is reporting that Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, Captain America) has joined the cast of the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast.  He joins stars Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and Kevin Kline as a brand new character, a "neurotic maestro" grand piano named Cadenza.  

What do you think of the film's inclusion of a new character? Are you excited to see Stanley Tucci join the film?

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Last week The Guardian asked movie producer Yoshiaki Nishimura his thoughts on whether or not Studio Ghibli would employ a women director, and you could say his reply set off a barrage of outrage from various communities. 

Will Ghibli ever employ a female director? “It depends on what kind of a film it would be. Unlike live action, with animation we have to simplify the real world. Women tend to be more realistic and manage day-to-day lives very well. Men on the other hand tend to be more idealistic – and fantasy films need that idealistic approach. I don’t think it’s a coincidence men are picked.”

Fortunately, Nishimuru was quick to recognize his mistake, and he took to Twitter a few different times to issue his apologies. Here's his apology translated, in full:

“I would like to apologize for what was proclaimed in a June 6 article in The Guardian. The article was based on an interview done in the U.K. on September 28, 2015, and sure enough, those are the things I said. First of all, I left Studio Ghibli in late 2014, and I not a Ghibli employee. I would like to apologize for making everyone who loves Ghibli feel unpleasant due to the misunderstanding that this was representative of Ghibli’s thinking. Secondly, as for the comment that men tend to be more idealistic and women tend to be more idealistic, that is a discriminatory, one-sided point of view, and I most certainly had that. I’ve reflected, and I have learned a lesson. Gender is not related to making movies. I am truly sorry.”
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According to Biglobe, world-renowned anime classic Fullmetal Alchemist is getting a live action adaptation in 2017. The film will star Hey! Say! JUMP member Ryosuke Yamada (who played Nagisa in the live action Assassination Classroom) as Edward Elric. No other casting announcements have been made, but the internet is already calling for Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Roy Mustang and Toshihiro Yashiba as Shou Tucker, and it's not hard to see why: