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14 Biggest Harry Potter Scandals of All Time

Lawsuits, parodies, love affairs, full frontal nudity and more


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 in 1997, 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.

From Rolling Stone US

2008: Daniel Radcliffe’s Sex Life

Daniel Radcliffe told Details magazine in a cover interview that he lost his virginity at 16 to “a much older woman.” In the same article, he admitted that his dream role was to play a cross-dresser, “just because it would be an excuse to wear loads of eye make-up.”

2008, 2009: Red Carpet Mishaps

Emma Watson suffered two panty-baring incidents: The first was on her 18th birthday, when paparazzi caught her at a bad angle while exiting a cab. The second occurred on the red carpet before the film premiere of The Half-Blood Prince, when her kimono-style dress blew open in the rain.

2010: Plagiarism Allegations

The estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs sued Rowling and Bloomsbury for millions, after accusing Rowling of cribbing The Goblet of Fire plot from Jacobs' 18-page book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, which made references to wizard college and wizard chess. (Jacobs died flat broke, after he lost all his money in the stock market.) The case was dismissed.

2011: Gettin’ High With the Weasleys

Rupert Grint – or someone who looked exactly like him – was photographed smoking out of a bong, supposedly at a Harry Potter cast party. A love of weed may be a family affair for actors playing Weasleys; in 2008, Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), was allegedly photographed rolling a joint.

2011: Hermione Loves… Draco?!

Emma Watson told Seventeen magazine that for the first few films she harbored a hopeless crush on Tom Felton, who played the sniveling Gryffindor enemy Draco Malfoy. The world struggled to process the horror of this revelation leading up to the premiere of Deathly Hallows: Part 2.