JK Rowling just confirmed this Harry Potter theory about Hermione

JK Rowling just confirmed this Harry Potter theory about Hermione


And we feel like we’ve been hit by a confundus charm!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have come out over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve moved on from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

In fact, us millennials are probably still as hooked as we were when the series was actually still going.

Too many of us own wands, chocolate frogs and clothes emblazoned with our Hogwarts House crest (we’re ALL Gryffindor, OK?) and we can all admit to having debated HP theories deep into the night.

No one knows this more than Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who despite deserving a long break from Pygmy Puffs and Quidditch, has found herself bombarded with fan theories on Twitter since the books came to an end.

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This week, the 53-year-old novelist took to her Twitter account to confirm a fan’s theory, and it’s all about our favourite leading lady, Hermione.

More specifically, it’s all about the pronunciation of ‘Hermione’, which if we’re honest, a lot of us got wrong to start with.

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The theory in question that was spreading the internet suggested that Rowling had included a conversation between Hermione and Viktor Krum where she spelt out her name phonetically, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in order for the author to let HP readers know how they should pronounce the protagonist’s name.

This was of course before any of the films had come out, so the author had to take measures into her own hands.

‘Theory: @jk_rowling included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum,’ one Harry Potter fan (@atulaak) posted to her Twitter account.

JK Rowling’s response? ‘Theory correct.’

Minds blown.

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This could be Meghan Markle’s biggest royal test yet

This could be Meghan Markle’s biggest royal test yet


And it looks like she’s going to ace it.

Meghan Markle has fitted seamlessly into the royal family from the moment she started dating Prince Harry, from bonding with the Queen’s corgis to getting an early invite to spend Christmas at Sandringham with the Windsors.

And now that the couple have tied the knot, Meghan is officially a royal, with the Queen giving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the titles, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as a wedding present.

With the title however comes a lot of responsibilities, with Meghan now tasked with royal tours and appearances on behalf of the royal family, changing lots of traits about herself from her handwriting to her fashion choices (no tights and no leggings!).

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But it’s her increase in royal engagements that have been the most noticeable, with Meghan embarking on her biggest royal test to date just next week.

The Duchess is preparing to set off for her first string of solo engagements.

Yes, that’s right. While she would previously have been accompanied by a seasoned royal family member, whether her husband Prince Harry or sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Meghan is now officially ready to go solo.

Those princess lessons must be working!

Meghan will kick off her duties by hosting (yes, hosting) an event at Kensington Palace to celebrate the launch of the cookbook, Together, created by a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower in an effort to bring their community together.

Then just days later she will be heading to Loughborough university for the Coach Core Awards, and then on her return Meghan will make a solo appearance at the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

It looks like Meghan is becoming a dream Duchess!

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Meghan Markle getting reunited with her wedding dress is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day

Meghan Markle getting reunited with her wedding dress is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day


This is lovely.

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Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was one of the most talked-about in the world, with people taking bets in the run up as to which designer she would select and how long her train would be.

Her selection? A classic white bateau gown by Clare Waight Keller, from the house of Givenchy teamed with a hand-embroidered 16.5-foot silk tulle veil with flowers representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

While the dress was the biggest talking point of the day, it quickly slipped out of everyone’s minds for more pressing matters:

Princess lessons, world tours, predicted pregnancies and a lot of royal outings – it’s hardly surprising therefore that even Meghan hasn’t had enough time to think about her dress post-wedding.

This week however, new footage emerged of the Duchess of Sussex, and it’s all about her wedding gown.

As part of the Queen of the World documentary, airing next week, the Duchess was reunited with her wedding dress on camera for the first time since the wedding, with some of the clips appearing in the trailer.

‘Fifty-three countries, oh my goodness,’ Meghan can be seen saying while playing with the embroidery on her veil, symbolising the 53 countries of the commonwealth.

The documentary contains more behind-the-scenes footage of the royal wedding, but its focus is Queen Elizabeth and her training of the next generation of royals.

We’ll definitely be tuning in.

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90 second facials prepped all the models at Victoria Beckham – here’s how to do it yourself at home

90 second facials prepped all the models at Victoria Beckham – here’s how to do it yourself at home


Just look at that healthy glow go

Victoria Beckham celebrated her brand’s 10th anniversary at LFW this weekend, pulling out all the stops for a show to remember.

‘I want to do the best I can and give my customer what she wants,’ the woman herself said at the show. ‘You never know what might happen – one of the girls might have fallen down the stairs, I might have fallen down the stairs! But that’s what makes it exciting.’

The key beauty look for models on the day was super healthy, flawless looking skin and so prepping the complexion with the right skincare was essential. The good news is that it’s really easy for you to DIY at home.

Every model was given a super speedy facial that lasted for just 90 seconds, using the Foreo UFO Mini device. Models’ skin was blasted with a dose of both green and red light to reduce any redness and plump up the skin, as well the hyaluronic acid-packed H2Overdose microfibre mask for a hit of hydration.

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As for make-up, Pat McGrath kept to the fresh and healthy theme by applying a little highlighter and eye gloss to catch the light. The look was dewy but not overly so, and went with the slightly wet-look hair created by lead stylist Guido Palau.

‘The hair reflects a minimal idea of beauty,’ Guido explained. ‘Victoria’s clothes are so exquisite that the idea of simple hair adds an ease of luxury to the overall look.

‘There’s a slightly boyish feel with the comb marks in the front and squarish shape, and I’ve used a combination of Redken Fashion Work 12 and Glow Dry Style-Enhancing Blow Dry Oil to achieve this nod to the overall look. It’s very Victoria.’

Very Victoria indeed.

Here’s to another 10 years, VB!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer going to Prince Charles’ birthday party

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer going to Prince Charles’ birthday party


But they have a good reason…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal tour is in touching distance, with the royal newlyweds set to embark on their trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga this autumn.

Details have been coming through thick and fast of what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex can expect – and it’s getting more enviable by the day.

It was announced last month that David Beckham would be joining the royal couple for the Australia leg of their tour, after signing up as an ambassador of the Invictus Games, due to take place while the couple are in the land down under.

Yes – David Beckham on the royal tour!!

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David explained that he was ‘incredibly proud’ to take up the role, and we’re sure Harry and Meghan will be thrilled to spend some time with their friend too, with the Beckhams attending Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier this year.

And now it seems that two more famous royal faces are set to be coming along, with Denmark’s Prince Frederik and Princess Mary joining them.

While the tour seems to get more exciting by the day, it’s not all good news, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s travelling making it impossible for them to attend a very important event back home – Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is reportedly planing a big concert and dinner at Buckingham Palace in honour of her husband’s milestone birthday, held on 25 October – three weeks before his birthday.

While the royal newlyweds won’t be making his party, they should be back for his real birthday where there is sure to be a smaller celebration.

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We’ve all been pronouncing Chrissy Teigen’s name wrong

We’ve all been pronouncing Chrissy Teigen’s name wrong


Wait, what?

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Chrissy Teigen is one of the most talked-about women in the world, never afraid to take a stand or call out what she thinks is wrong, whether that’s trolling Donald Trump quotes or standing up to mum-shaming.

It’s strange therefore that we’ve all gone so long pronouncing the 32-year-old model’s name wrong.

Yes, really. Christine Diane Teigen is not pronounced how you’d expect, but it’s not her first or middle name that people are getting confused by, it’s her surname – Teigen.

Following the revelation that Ariana Grande’s name is actually pronounced ‘Grand-ee’, Chrissy opened up about how her surname is ofter mispronounced too.

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‘It’s Tie-gen,’ Chrissy explained to E!’s Giuliana Rancic as she walked the red carpet with her husband John Legend at the 2018 Emmy Awards last night.

What? ‘Tie-gen’, not ‘Tee-gen’ – that’s going to take some getting used to.

Luckily, Chrissy doesn’t expect people to change their habits.

‘Mine is the least of anyone’s worries,’ she explained, before adding ‘Sorry dad!’

‘Tie-Gen is the official real Norwegian name,’ John Legend added.

‘I gave up a long time ago,’ Chrissy has previously explained on Twitter. ‘I even correct people when they say it correctly. It’s all very effed up.’

Well that has confused us all.

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There’s a new Mary Poppins trailer and it’s all anyone can talk about

There’s a new Mary Poppins trailer and it’s all anyone can talk about


We’re feeling nostalgic AF.

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Ever since it was announced that a Mary Poppins sequel was in the works, we have been counting down the days till its official release – with small updates over the past few months exciting us beyond belief.

While we still have a bit of a wait for Mary Poppins Returns to hit our screens, debuting at cinemas in December, Disney  has finally released the official trailer, and we already know that Emily Blunt is the Mary Poppins of our dreams.

Following the trailer’s release, what are the main talking points?

Emily’s magical vocal chords, the all-star cast (hello Meryl, Colin and Julie!) and the fact that Dick Van Dyke has returned to the same role he played 54 years ago, at the grand old age of 92.

We were shown the teaser trailer earlier this year, with Disney choosing the Oscars 2018 as the moment for its release.

Oh the nostalgia!

Emily Blunt spoke out about playing the iconic role in a recent interview with People, and we’re more excited for the film than ever.

‘Really this is my version of her,’ Emily said about playing Poppins. ‘I did not watch the original during the process of making it. I had seen it as a kid but I didn’t watch the details of it all because I had to do my version of her.’

She continued: My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain. I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great.’

The upcoming film, starring Blunt as Mary Poppins, is based on P.L. Travers’ book series, with the plot following on from the 1964 Disney classic that we all know and love.

Mary Poppins Returns will take place 20 years later, following the story of a now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins who helps him to sort out his relationship with his own children.

The 35-year-old actress was confirmed as the iconic role in July last year, with Walt Disney Studios taking to Twitter to share a video of Emily Blunt in character, captioning it: ‘Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The brand new film opens in theatres December 2018. #D23Expo’

The new film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set to be a big change from the original, promising an all-new soundtrack (no ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ for us) and boasting a star-studded cast.

Aside from Blunt, Colin Firth has also joined the project, set to play Bank president, William Weatherall Wilkins, and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as Bert’s equivalent – a street lamp lighter called Jack – even Meryl Streep has been given a cameo. It’s just too much.

Bring on December 2018.

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The three things Charlotte Tilbury used to give models ‘J Lo skin’ at fashion week

The three things Charlotte Tilbury used to give models ‘J Lo skin’ at fashion week


Plus her new must-have that’s already selling once every 60 seconds…

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Charlotte Tilbury is all about the Hollywood glow. Her products allow all of us to recreate a red carpet look at home to help us achieve what she dubs ‘the most beautiful version of ourselves’, and we love her for it.

Of all the beauty looks found backstage at London Fashion Week 2018, her signature is probably the most accessible. There is a reason she now has an MBE, you know.

Backstage at Temperley London there were no real beauty trends per se, but what I can tell you is that every single model and muse was just. So. Radiant. The skin was so glowy that it almost blinded you – not actually, but you get my point here. And the good news is that it’s really easy to get that glow on yourself.

The three essential products for what the woman herself calls ‘the Tilbury Temperley glow’ were Magic Cream, new this year Hollywood Flawless Filter (which Charlotte invented to be ‘J-Lo’s skin in a bottle’), and the dreamy Bar of Gold Palette.

Flawless filter blurs the skin’s texture and tone while adding an amped-up healthy look to the skin, while the bar of gold adds that 24-karat brillant sheen to your face.

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All models also had their complexions topped up with the new Magic Away Concealer – which contains Persian silk tree bark extract to smooth everything out (‘like a pair of Spanx for the face!’). Quite possibly the quickest product to reach cult status, it’s already selling at one a minute.

For the lips, Tilbury mixed two of her Hot Lips shades, Super Cindy and Tell Laura, for a bright coral-y pink shade, and added Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette, a bright bronze that makes everyone’s eyes pop.

The ‘night look’ meanwhile utilised her most popular lip shade, Pillow Talk, and Eyes to Mesmerise in Mona Lisa, a colder chocolate, almost mocha shade.

Ready for a Charlotte Tilbury haul? (Please note I take no responsibility for damage to your bank balance as a result of this look.)

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Kim K and Kanye’s third child Chicago West could have been called called THIS

Kim K and Kanye’s third child Chicago West could have been called called THIS


A revelation

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By Rebecca Fearn.

There was a great deal of speculation as to what Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s third child would be called. With their first named North and their second called Saint, we were expecting something a little out of the ordinary.

However, we were a little surprised when the couple revealed they were named their daughter Chicago West (Chi, pronounced ‘shy’ for short) as it didn’t seem to follow the pattern of short, one syllable names. The reason behind the name is largely to do with Kanye’s memories of growing up in Chicago and his late mother.

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Interestingly enough, on a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim revealed their baby wasn’t necessarily always going to be called Chi after discussions with Kanye’s family about their ideas.

“[Kanye’s] cousin’s like ‘Miracle’ and I’m like ‘Miracle West?’ That’s like Miracle Whip and that’s like the biggest stripper name of all time,” she told her sister Kourtney.

“And then he’s like, ‘What about Precious?’ and I’m like ‘we clearly don’t have the same taste in names.” Ouch.

Either way, we think Chicago is looking pretty damn cute these days.

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You’ve been getting the technique for perfect beachy waves all wrong

You’ve been getting the technique for perfect beachy waves all wrong


What a top hair stylist taught me backstage at London Fashion Week

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think beachy waves will ever go out of style. There’s something effortless and cool girl about them, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most-searched for styles on the internet, or that there are dozens of hair products promising that look, bottled.

At House of Holland’s London Fashion Week show on Saturday, models took to the catwalk with that ‘just got out of the sea’, wet look, beachy wave that everyone wants – but can’t get without literally getting out of the sea and running a salty hand through our hair. Or so we thought.

Backstage, stylists prepped models’ hair with thickening sprays TIGI Bedhead Superstar and Evo Root Canal, because they are dry sprays that don’t dampen the hair. But it was the wave technique that really got me.

Using the 25mm Babyliss Pro Curling Tong, the team wound hair around the tool but held it horizontally, not vertically like we’ve all spent our entire lives doing.

‘When we do these waves, all of us backstage will use the same tong and size to do them like this,’ lead stylist for the show Syd Hayes explains. ‘If you go up in size the barrel is big and you get more of a roller kind of curl. And if you go lower, you get more of a curl and the hair bounces back in.’

So what’s secret to getting a perfect wave, rather than a curl?

‘Place your tong on top of the hair and then twist the hair around – I’m twisting as I go and then leaving the end out – as you take that out [by releasing the tong] and pull down on, that’s how you get that beachy wave that, I think, every girl always wants.’

So to recap: place the tong against your head, then wind the section of hair around it, leaving about an inch or so out at the end.

Then as you release the hair, pull the tong downwards – the heat encourages the wave to lie a bit flatter rather than bouncy like a curl. Finally, spritz away and lock that thing down with your sealant of choice.

We’re calling it: wet look beach waves are (still) the next big thing.

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