“Harry Potter” 19 Years Later: Rumors About Cast, Movies Busted By Gossip Cop

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Harry Potter 19 Years Later

By Shari Weiss |

Harry Potter 19 Years Later

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Friday, September 1, 2017 marks the date of the “19 Years Later” epilogue to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. While Gossip Cop hasn’t been around quite as long as the iconic book series, we’re celebrating the occasion by looking back at rumors we’ve busted about the movies and film cast over the years.

In the summer of 2009, right around when Gossip Cop launched, we busted the site Holy Moly! for outrageously claiming Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) faked his battle with swine flu to draw attention to Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. In late 2009, there were also multiple rumors claiming Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) would go nude in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We debunked the speculation at the time, and we were proven right when the film only showed the actor stripping down to his skivvies.

In 2011, after Gossip Cop shut down claims that Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) was bullied out of Brown by fellow students shouting things like “10 points to Gryffindor,” the actress herself confirmed our reporting in a candid blog post. “I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown. This ‘10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened,” she insisted.

That same year, Star claimed Watson was “caught in a downward spiral of partying” because she was “so distraught” over the end of the film series, and even alleged she was worried “no one will cast her in another role.” Of course, as Gossip Cop pointed out, she was already cast in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower at that time, and has since gone on to star in a number of other movies, including Beauty & The Beast. As Watson’s rep told us six years ago, “This is a ridiculous story and in no way true.”

More recently, almost exactly a year ago, Gossip Cop called out the National Enquirer for falsely claiming Radcliffe planned to marry girlfriend Erin Darke at Alnwick Castle, the film location used for Hogwarts, in a “Hogwarts-style wedding.” The actor’s spokesperson assured us the story was 100 percent “not true.” The supermarket tabloid featured an even more ridiculous tale just weeks ago in late July. According to that piece, a little boy at King’s Cross Station mistook Prince Harry for the fictional Potter, and became upset upon approaching the royal and discovering the truth.

Like the Harry Potter franchise itself, the article was both fictional and fantastical. Gossip Cop confirmed the far-fetched story was simply “nonsense,” and no such encounter occurred. That said, hundreds of fans are actually at King’s Cross today, commemorating the day Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, boards the train to Hogwarts. And as “Back To Hogwarts Day” is celebrated annually for many more years to come, Gossip Cop will continue separating fact from fiction on all things Harry Potter.

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