5 Lunchtime Links: J.K. Rowling continues “Harry Potter” series in two-part play and more

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In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)

In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)

1. J.K. Rowling brings Harry Potter back in two-part play.

Yer back ‘Arry. Author J.K. Rowling has announced the two-part play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” to premiere next summer, will pick up where the last book in the seven-book series left off in 2007. You can read a portion of the official synopsis, below:

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

2. McDonald’s to test out sweet potato fries in Texas.

The fry situation in Amarillo just got a little sweeter. McDonald’s has announced it will test out sweet potato fries, an item offered at locations around the world, in some Amarillo restaurants. If you’re feeling really excited about it, the Panhandle-city is only a seven hour drive (and at least a hundred McDonald’s restaurants) away.

3. Adele releases first single in four years.

Grammy Award-winning singer Adele released a new, melancholic single “Hello,” the first in four years, today. The ballad is the first song available from album “25,” set to release November 20. The black-and-white video features Adele crooning to an estranged ex-lover, played by Tristan Wilds, with intermittent flashbacks to happy shared times.

Grab a few tissues and preview the single in the video below. And don’t worry — someone has already created a mashup of the song with the Lionel Richie hit of the same name.

4. Austin downsizes events surrounding F1 this year.

Not quite sure how to spend your time after leaving Circuit of the Americas this F1 weekend? Unfortunately, post-race events may be fewer and harder to find than in previous years. The change in the U.S. Grand Prix nightlife is attributable to several causes including, increased competition from Mexico’s new F1 event and drops in attendance. The main post-race event, Fan Fest, has been moved to Rainey Street, farther from the center of downtown.

5. The Weeknd pleads no contest to punching cop.

ACL headliner and Canadian singer of hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” The Weeknd, plead no contest after being arrested in January for punching a cop in the face in Las Vegas. The singer was asked to pay $1,000 to the cop, undergo anger management and alcohol evaluation, and complete 50 hours of community service.


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