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Welcome back to this month’s issue of Celebrity News, where you can keep up to date with all of the latest goings on from your favourite Harry Potter celebrities! This issue, we take a look at Emma Watson’s latest UN equality speech, take a look at Robbie Coltrane’s role in the new TV series “National Treasure”, and discover the patronuses (patroni?) of a few famous faces.
As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson is no stranger to speaking out about gender equality and women's’ rights. And this month she has made another speech at the U.N. Headquarters, speaking about women’s rights at university.
She said that universities “must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities, and anyone who may be vulnerable is a right and not a privilege — a right that will be respected by a community that believes and supports survivors, and that recognizes that when one person’s safety is violated, everyone feels their own safety is violated”, and said that universities were key to setting students off into the world with the right ideas about what they deserve and where they can go.
She also addressed to subject of campus sexual harassment, saying that, “at far too many universities, we are given the message that sexual violence isn’t actually a form of violence”. This, of course, is a jarring statement and the tone in Emma’s voice as she said it showed just how disgusted she was by it. She went on to say that “a university should be a place of refuge, that takes action against all forms of violence.”
She finished up her speech saying that “students should leave university believing in, striving for and expecting societies of true equality. Societies of true equality in every sense, and universities have the power to be a vital catalyst for that change.”
So, an incredibly powerful speech from an incredibly inspirational woman, with words that we should all respect and messages that we should take forward into our everyday lives.
Watch the whole of Emma’s speech here:
The first episode of New Channel 4 drama “National Treasure” aired on September 20th, in which Robbie Coltrane (played Rubeus Hagrid) plays the lead role of “Paul Finchley”, a comedian accused of historical sexual abuse cases.
Written by Jack Thorne - one of the writers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” - “National Treasure” takes on the issue of Operation Yewtree, a British police investigation into sexual abuse allegations - one of the most notable offenders investigated in the operation being Jimmy Savile. As you can imagine, Operation Yewtree is a difficult topic to write a TV Drama about, because of how current it is and also because of the fact that so many people were affected by it. For this reason, it’s paramount that the drama is accurate and suitably sensitive, otherwise it’ll be an outrage among the general public. Speaking to Channel 4 about his role in writing the drama, Jack Thorne expressed his worries on the subject, saying,
“A lot of people have been damaged by this. An awful lot of people have been damaged by this, how do you write something which manages to be a drama but has a responsibility at the heart of it. It wouldn't be responsible to tell a story which tried to encompass all stories involved in this case - so that being the case, it wouldn't be responsible because the drama wouldn’t be good and you're not then doing justice to the people involved. So when you're telling a partial story how do you still do justice to those people that aren't necessarily going to be in the full spotlight of it. That was a constant battle all the way through and one we're still talking about now in the edit.”
Robbie Coltrane also talked to Channel 4 about his role and, when asked what he’d like “National Treasure”’s impact to be, he said,
“I would like to make people think – but that makes it sound a bit worthy. There are a lot of very, very talented people in it, and I think it’s a great showcase for the talents, both of the actors and the writer, director, DoP. All of us involved in it are really proud of it. And I think it’s important to deal with these issues in some way and help people understand them. And hopefully to prevent it from happening again. Because you’re really doing it for the victims. A lot of people’s lives have been ruined by this kind of stuff. You have to do it right out of respect for them.”
Another Harry Potter actor also plays a big role in the drama - Julie Walters (played Molly Weasley) takes on the role of Finchley’s wife Marie, who has to decide whether or not to believe her husband and look after their daughter Dee as the whole family is affected by the accusations.
“National Treasure” is aired on Tuesdays at 9pm on Channel 4 (UK). Watch the trailer here:
With the release of the new Patronus quiz on Pottermore, Potterheads all around the world have been buzzing with excitement at the prospect and reality of discovering their patronus. However, it’s not just the fans - some famous faces have taken the test too!
Warwick Davis revealed his patronus as a gerbil on twitter last week, offering no thought on the matter when he answered the question of one twitter fan. (see left, source: twitter.com)
Evanna Lynch, however, wasn’t afraid to express how she felt about her salmon patronus, going into full rant mode on twitter after expecting her patronus to be a cat, stating that “all of my happiest memories are spent in the presence of cats”.
She went on to say that her “sad lil salmon” patronus would probably make her cry, thus defeating the purpose of a patronus, and that she’d proabably be “so embarrassed by [it] I wouldn’t even want Dementors to see it.” (see right, source: twitter.com)
J.K. Rowling even revealed her very own patronus, saying that it had changed since she first created and took the test a while ago. Back then her patronus was a pine marten, but she revealed last week that her new patronus is a heron. (see left, source: twitter.com). JKR also took to twitter to offer words of wisdom to those disappointed by their patronuses, telling fans interesting information about their seemingly “useless” animals and inspiring them to give up their disappointment. So, for any of you with a mole for your patronus - it’s official, Queen J.K. thinks they’re awesome.
To finish off this month’s edition of Celebrity news, we’d just like to wish Tom Felton a very happy 30th year after his 29th birthday on September 22nd. And to think, it seems like just yesterday he was playing 11-year-old Draco Malfoy, all set to start his first year at Hogwarts. Merlin, they all grow up so fast!
Happy Birthday Tom!