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March 14, 2014

J.K. Rowling officially ended the Harry Potter series in 2007 — but even if her title character's story is over, there are plenty of aspects of the wizarding world left to explore. In addition to her upcoming screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rowling has taken to her website Pottermore to flesh out the long and storied history of the Quidditch World Cup.

The new story serves as a kind of guide to the sport, chronicling the precise rules of the game. The highlight, by far, is the section on "infamous tournaments," which describes several of the strangest moments in Quidditch World Cup History — including the "Reappearance of the Dark Mark":

Possibly the most infamous World Cup Final of the last few centuries was the Ireland-Bulgaria match of 1994, which took place on Dartmoor, England. During the post-match celebration of Ireland's triumph there was an outbreak of unprecedented violence as supporters of Lord Voldemort attacked fellow wizards and captured and tortured local Muggles. For the first time in fourteen years, the Dark Mark appeared in the sky, which caused widespread alarm and resulted in many injuries among the crowd. [Pottermore]

To read the full story, you'll need to sign up for a Pottermore account. Once you've been sorted — Go Gryffindor! — you can check it out here. Scott Meslow

3:29 p.m. ET

President Trump has reportedly redecorated the White House with … pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? The Wall Street Journal's White House reporter, Michael C. Bender, spotted the unexpected wall art in the West Wing, noting that the images have apparently replaced "pics of Trump with Emmanuel Macron, president of France, one of America's closest allies."

Trump has faced backlash over his glowing praise of Kim, who is responsible for egregious human rights violations. Trump said this spring that "everyone thinks" he should win the Nobel Peace Prize for helping thaw tensions with North Korea, "but I would never say it." Jeva Lange

3:24 p.m. ET
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is definitely okay with separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. But last year, he wasn't so sure.

There wasn't a big fuss last month when Kelly said a new policy separating children and parents could be a "tough deterrent" for immigration and refused to call it cruel in an NPR interview. But the policy is getting more controversial by the day, and everyone from former first ladies to ex-White House staffers are coming out of the woodwork to decry it.

Kelly used to think a little differently too. In March 2017, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the department was "considering" family separation "in order to deter more movement" across the border.

Yet when confronted by Senate Democrats later that month, Kelly dialed his comments back, saying children and parents would only be separated if illness or other extenuating circumstances demanded it, per CNN. Then Kelly totally reversed, telling CNN he didn't think he ever advocated for family separation policies at all. "We might under certain circumstances do that, but I don't think I've ever said as a deterrent or something like that," Kelly said.

Of course, a lot of things change in a year. Just look at the White House staff. Kathryn Krawczyk

3:05 p.m. ET

Sometimes bad memes happen to decent people, and unfortunately that appears to be the case for Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Richard Painter, who got a little too literal with the ol' "dumpster fire" joke. Speaking in front of a flaming trash receptacle, Painter informs his would-be constituents that "some people see a dumpster fire and do nothing but watch the spectacle. Some are too scared to face the danger, or they think it will benefit them if they let it keep on burning."

With a truly astonishing lack of humor, Painter then reveals that while there is an "inferno raging in Washington … here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we know how to put out a fire." This proclamation is accompanied by a literal cascade of water mercilessly extinguishing the metaphor.

Try to watch with as straight a face as Painter's, below. Jeva Lange

2:41 p.m. ET

President Trump's historically dismal approval rating is no longer looking quite so historic. A Gallup poll released Monday shows that 513 days into his presidency, Trump has tied his highest approval rating at 45 percent. As Business Insider's Allan Smith observed, by comparison to past presidencies that isn't too shabby — it is even a blip higher than former President Bill Clinton's rating was on his 524th day in office:

Trump's rating was up 3 points since June 10, matching his rating on Jan. 29, 2017, The Hill reports. The weekly poll reached 1,500 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

A separate Gallup poll released Monday also found that 38 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., which Bloomberg News' Sahil Kapur notes is "the highest rating in nearly 12 years." That poll reached 1,520 people between June 1 and 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points; see the full findings here. Jeva Lange

2:13 p.m. ET

On Monday, former first lady Michelle Obama responded to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border, citing former first lady Laura Bush's condemnation and adding: "Sometimes truth transcends party."

Obama is now the fourth first lady to speak out against the policy, including the current first lady, Melania Trump. Hillary Clinton also responded to the policy, telling an audience in New York on Monday that it is a "moral and humanitarian crisis" and that "every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged," CNN's Dan Merica reports. Jeva Lange

2:00 p.m. ET

President Trump started Monday's National Space Council meeting with a not-so-spacey announcement.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility," Trump said, addressing the growing controversy around his administration's policy of separating children and parents at the border. He then reiterated the falsehood that Democrats are responsible for the "horrible laws" and won't come to the negotiating table to fix them.

"If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly," Trump said at the meeting. Trump can single-handedly end family separation immediately, per CNN.

As for Trump's claims of obstruction, Democrats are firmly opposed to both GOP-led immigration bills containing border wall funding, but the bills aren't related to child separation and haven't even been voted on yet. Trump is likely holding out on ending family separation to force Democrats to negotiate on the bills, CNN suggests. Kathryn Krawczyk

1:58 p.m. ET

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had some sharp criticism for President Trump's administration and its decision to separate parents and children who cross the border illegally.

O'Reilly on Monday sided with former first lady Laura Bush, who penned a scathing op-ed denouncing the "immoral" and "cruel" practice.

The disgraced Fox News host further diverged from Trump in a second tweet, predicting that the president "will not win on this one" and should "reverse course" immediately. Add O'Reilly to the list of Trump allies who are calling on the administration to change its ways. Summer Meza

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