Tickets for J.K. Rowling’s signing event at New York City’s Lincoln Center went on sale 12 hours early at 10 p.m. on Sept. 9. Since then, fans have been wondering if the tickets they purchased will be honored at the Oct. 16 event. Lincoln Center has just posted an update to help clarify the situation.

There were to be approximately 1,200 tickets sold for the Casual Vacancy event, and the statement issued by Lincoln Center admits to the mistake, and implies that some seats were in fact double-booked. However, the venue says that “arrangements may be made to honor each ticket purchased,” and promises to offer an update soon.

When Hypable contacted the book’s publisher, Little Brown, on Monday morning, we were told that our information was “incorrect” and no tickets had gone on sale Sunday night. However, hundreds of fans, including several Hypable staff memebers, purchased tickets and received confirmation emails. The next morning, tickets went on sale — online, by phone and at the box office — as scheduled at 10 a.m. ET. Those tickets sold out before noon, although some fans were able to purchase online tickets again around 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE 5 (Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.): We received an official statement which matches what we told you yesterday in our 5 p.m. update. You can read it below:

On Sunday, September 9, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ticketing system was breached and an unauthorized link to purchase tickets to the J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy event on October 16 was distributed online. This breach did not result in the breach of purchasers’ personal information. In order to accommodate customers who purchased tickets on September 9 as well as customers who purchased tickets on September 10, Jazz at Lincoln Center has secured the David H. Koch Theater at 20 Lincoln Center as the new location for the event. Each customer who purchased tickets prior to the official on-sale date and time will be contacted directly by Jazz at Lincoln Center to process tickets for the event at the new location. The event remains sold out. At this time, only customers who purchased tickets on September 9 and 10 will be accommodated. Although neither Little, Brown and Company nor J.K. Rowling are responsible for this situation they were keen to make sure that no person who legitimately bought a ticket was left disappointed, and are delighted this matter has been resolved in this way and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused in the meantime. Jazz at Lincoln Center apologizes too for any inconvenience and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the David H. Koch Theater on October 16.

UPDATE 4 (Sept. 11, 5 p.m.): We just got off the phone with the Lincoln Center and have solid answers. We were read aloud an internal e-mail stating that the event will move to the David H. Koch Theater at 20 Lincoln Center. ALL tickets purchased September 9 and 10 WILL be honored. The move to the larger theater is to accommodate the larger-than-planned audience. Obviously, you will not have the same exact seat that’s currently noted on your ticket. We’re aware there are other questions and we hope to have them answered in due time.

UPDATE 3 (Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m.): The next statement from Lincoln Center could now arrive as late as 10 p.m. tonight or even early tomorrow morning, customer service representatives have begun telling customers. The delay is because they’re trying to “please everyone,” one Hypable staffer was told when calling the venue. From the sound of the conversation, the Lincoln Center is trying to resolve this in a way that will keep them from voiding any tickets.

UPDATE 2 (Sept. 11, noon): If you purchased your tickets on Monday, a box office employee at Lincoln Center told Hypable, you “more than likely” will have no problems using them. The fans who purchased tickets on Sunday, however, may encounter trouble, the customer service employee confirmed. More information will be available on the Jazz at Lincoln Center around 3 PM ET today, the box office rep told a Hypable reporter, who called as a customer, not a member of the press. We’ll update this story when the statement is made.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning, the statement on the Jazz at Lincoln Center website changed from “due to technical difficulties,” and now reads “due to a security breach.”

The full statement, via the Jazz at Lincoln Center website, reads:

Due to technical difficulties on the ticketing website, tickets for the J. K. Rowling event on 10/16/12 were made available prematurely at 10 pm on September 9th. Tickets then went on sale at the previously announced time of 10 am on September 10th. Jazz at Lincoln Center is in the process of investigating how this occurred and what arrangements may be made to honor each ticket purchased, and will provide an update as quickly as possible. Neither JK Rowling nor Little Brown and Company are responsible for this situation. Jazz at Lincoln Center apologizes for any inconvenience.

Calls throughout the day to Lincoln Center provided no concrete answers. Some representatives said that the tickets would be honored, while others were unsure and a few said that the Sunday night purchases were invalid. We’re glad to finally be getting an official statement from Lincoln Center, and we’ll keep you updated as more information is released. Hopefully the venue will make it so that everyone who purchased one of the $43 online tickets will be able to attend an event with J.K. Rowling.

What do you think of this whole debacle? How did you buy tickets?

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?