14 Biggest Harry Potter Scandals

Rags-to-riches billionaire author J.K. Rowling is nothing if not protective of her life’s work. Since the release of the first novel in the Harry Potter series 20 years ago, Rowling and her corporate sidekicks Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Warner Bros. have gone after everyone from the U.S. Army, adolescent girls and sweet old librarians – and Rowling herself was accused of stealing her entire storyline from a penniless writer who wrote an 18-page book before he died. In the meantime, the teenage stars of the Harry Potter films found time to do a little damage as well: They got high, lost their virginity to a cougar and flashed their undies to the world. Here are the 14 most shocking Harry Potter scandals of all time.

TV: Sunday-Night Scorecard

Veep: In the season finale, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, pictured) finally got the one thing that she wanted: another chance at the presidency. Grade: B+. Silicon Valley: The fourth season ended with some good news for Pied Piper and some bad news for Ehrlich. Grade: B. Twin Peaks: The eighth chapter of David Lynch’s increasingly experimental revival can most be described with two words: nightmare fuel. The episode was so surreal I’m going to have to watch it again to know what happened. Grade: A.

Angela Lansbury To Join “Little Women”

She may have retired from life upon the wicked stage, but Angela Lansbury, 91, isn’t slowing down much. She is in talks to join the cast of “Little Women,” a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. No, she won’t be playing Jo or Meg or Beth or Amy. She will be Aunt March. Lansbury is also in the upcoming movie “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Albee Art Sale To Benefit Foundation

Michael Paulson tells us: ‘Edward Albee is, of course, best known for his plays (the most famous: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”). But he was also a collector, and visitors to his TriBeCa loft were often struck by the museumlike array of tribal sculptures and contemporary paintings. Now his estate is planning to sell his art collection to raise money for his foundation, which maintains a residence for artists in Montauk, N.Y. In late September, Sotheby’s is planning to auction over 100 works from Albee’s collection, which the company expects to sell for more than $9 million. The work is mostly 20th century fine art — Jean Arp, Milton Avery, Wassily Read more »

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Another “Transformers” movie? “The Beguiled” and “The Big Sick” look more interesting. TV/Streaming: “Endeavor” gave us a young Inspector Morse and now “Prime Suspect,” debuting Sunday, gives us a junior Jane Tennison. Music: Diana Krall has decided to “Turn Up The Quiet.” And “Dim All The Lights,” once sang Donna Summer. Books: Need a break from the bad news? Try “Theft by Finding: The Diaries of David Sedaris.” Sports: The College World Series is underway in Omaha, Nebraska. Info here. Finally: The federal government may not care about LGBT people, but Google does. The evidence. Happy Gay Pride, Happy Straight Pride — Happy Everything Pride!

Which States Are Best For The Arts?

Richard Florida writes: ‘Arts and culture are key components of quality of life, and important contributors to urban economies as well. My own research finds that arts and cultural employment is one of three key drivers of urban economies — alongside science/technology and business/management occupations. Two recent studies provide a fresh look and new data on how the contribution of the arts to state and local economies. Some artsy states may surprise you: Wyoming, Utah. Others won’t: New York, California.’

Architect: This Is Not Bilbao

Almost 20 years since Frank Gehry’s $100m titanium-clad Guggenheim Bilbao opened, another city on Spain’s north coast is getting a major contemporary art centre designed by an internationally acclaimed “starchitect”. The Centro Botín, Renzo Piano’s first big commission in the country, opens in Santander on 23 June. But comparisons with the museum that became a model for culture-driven regeneration schemes worldwide are too simplistic, say Piano and the president of the Fundación Botín’s visual arts committee, Vicente Todolí.