Given how depressing my past few days have been, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about two bits of good news for all the geeks out there. The first is that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson (who play Harry, Ron, and Hermione, respectively) have signed on to have signed on to play their roles in the final Harry Potter films, clear up through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which will be published July 21 of this year. While I realise that there are some who migh believe the three could be too old for their roles, personally I couldn't see anyone else in the parts. For more on this story, you can go to "Potter" stars set for more wizardry.
In other news, a new novel by J. R. R. Tolkien will be published next month, on April 17. The Children of Hurin was begun in 1918. And while Tolkien revised it several time, he left it unfinished at the time of his death. Christopher Tolkien, son of J. R. R. Tolkien, completed the book using the various draughts his father had written over the years. The book will feature illustrations by Alan Lee, who had also illustrated The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. He was also one of the concept artists on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. It is the first new Tolkien work to be published since The Silmarillion in 1977. The basic story of The Children of Hurin was briefly related in that book. Anyhow, you can read the story here: New Tolkien book to be published next month: report.