Talk of the Town: JK Rowling, Game of Thrones

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It was the wizarding series that took the world by storm – but the Harry Potter books could have been very different from the viewpoint of one of the main villains.

Responding to a fan on twitter, author JK Rowling revealed the titles she would have chosen if they had focused instead on Harry’s nemesis Draco Malfoy – though Draco Malfoy and the Rejected Handshake and Draco Malfoy and Hagrid’s Bloody Chicken might not have been so popular.

Hibs’ boo boys might be a little premature

Who’d be a football manager? They might get big salaries and a shot at glory, but with it comes the almost inevitable abuse from those fans who think someone else would be better in charge.

Just hours aftr being confirmed as Hibs boss, one fan had already started a @StubbsOut account, arguing Stubbs would have the team playing “the worst football in years” – although thankfully there are only three people so far who agree.

Festival’s Thrones lift

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin is sure to be a huge hit at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, and other writers are already hoping to get a boost, with author Peter Ross suggesting he’d happily discuss direwolves and fantasy with fans who couldn’t get tickets to see Martin.

Footy traffic control

England are out and Scotland were never there – but research suggests the next time the national side do qualify for a World Cup it could help more than our shattered footballing pride: traffic in England dropped 15 per cent during their crunch tie with Uruguay.