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The Washington Admirals quidditch team practices at Thomas Jefferson Community and Fitness Center in Arlington, Va. The real-life sport was inspired by the magical one described in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, in which players fly about on broomsticks. Jared Soares for NPR hide caption

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A new installment in J.K. Rowling's series titled History of Magic in North America will be released every day for the next three days. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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Hagrid, the trusty half-giant himself. Jim Kay/Courtesy of Bloomsbury hide caption

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Pictures Worth 1,084,170 Words: The 'Harry Potter' Series, Illustrated

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Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

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J.K. Rowling reads aloud during the Easter Egg Roll at the White House in 2010. We will neither confirm nor disconfirm the possibility that she was location-scouting for the American school. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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J.K. Rowling reads to children at the 2010 White House Egg Roll. According to a new essay, her own experiences as a young student helped inform the Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service hopes its new Harry Potter stamps will spark enthusiasm among a new generation of stamp collectors. USPS hide caption

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Remember the frenzy when Harry Potter books and movies came out? Fans may be cast under a similar spell now that J.K. Rowling has agreed to write the screenplay for a Potter spinoff. (This 2005 photo was taken in London when the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released.) Paco Serinelli /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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