5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Harry Potter’ chair sells for nearly $400,000

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FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London July 30. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London July 30. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this April 9, 2015 file photo, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children’s organization Lumos, in New York. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, that a “script book” of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London July 30. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

1. J.K. Rowling’s chair sells for nearly $400,000.

Harry Potter didn’t even sit in this chair, guys. And yet, the wood-backed, spindly and worn chair did once belong to J.K. Rowling, and that was enough to earn it nearly $400,000 at a recent auction, the Associated Press reports. The chair was one of four given to the writer for her flat in Edinburgh, Scotland. She sat on it while writing both “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” It was previously auctioned for $21,000 and $29,000. The owner said he would donate 10 percent of the funds to Rowling’s charity. The chair has “I wrote/Harry Potter/while sitting/on this chair” scribbled on the seat.

2. Happy National Beer Day!

Happy National Beer Day to you and yours! Celebrating this day doesn’t take a lot more than indulging in your favorite beer at a favorite spot (whether that be your front porch or other). Several bars around Austin are offering deals in honor of the “holiday.” If you’re looking to try out somewhere new check out our readers’ favorite places to grab a beer here.

3. Willie on Merle.

Willie Nelson’s comments following the news that his good friend and fellow country singer Merle Haggard had died at age 79, were simple and heartfelt. Nelson made a statement by way of his publicist in which he simply said, “He was my brother. My friend. I will miss him.” The two recently released a collaborative album in 2015 that topped the country charts, and both were booked for shows at at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels before Haggard was forced to cancel due to ill health.

4. Why the trailer for “Rogue One” makes it look even better than “The Force Awakens.”

The American-Statesman’s movie critic Joe Gross said he was put in a better mood this morning by the new trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Among the things that sold him? The title which he says leaves the story open. “This isn’t THE Star Wars story, it is A Star Wars story, the kind that millions of kids made up with their action figures.” Other things that won Gross over were the two female leads: “In a sharp reminder that this is a movie from the 21st century, the main character, Jyn Erso, is a woman. Her boss is a woman,” and the “more direct and cannier” “nostalgia-mining.”

5. Reddit comes out with app for iOS, Android.

No longer will Redditors have to struggle through the pain of scrolling through their favorite subreddits in a browser on a cellphone. The online community has debuted its first official app compatible with both iOS and Android, 512 Tech’s Jackie Wang reports. Alien Blue, an app compatible with only iOS, has been removed from the app store by Reddit to make room for the new app. Many users used either this or other third party apps. The top comment on the announcement thread on Reddit asked a very long series of questions, all of which were addressed or answered by vice president of consumer products Alex Le.


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