Where to Celebrate JK Rowling’s Birthday Based on Your Hogwarts House

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Everyone’s favorite mistress of magic, JK Rowling, turns 50 today! Here, we scoped out the perfect spots to celebrate the Harry Potter author’s birthday tonight based on your Hogwarts house (we KNOW you know yours).

Ravenclaw—Le Philosophe

Clever Ravenclaws will feel right at home at this NoHo restaurant; themed around famous philosophers, dinner conversations will naturally skew academic. But, the no-nonsense rustic French cuisine won’t make you think too hard.

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Hufflepuff—The Spotted Pig

Cozy gastropub chic fits Hufflepuff’s humble demeanor well. Even though Kanye has been known to frequent this place, it’s overall a good, low-key spot to nestle into rich dishes like burgers and skirt steak.

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Slytherin—Mission Chinese

Located on the gritty cusp of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, Mission Chinese is the perfect haunt for Slytherins. The strong, spicy flavors match their devious personality, and snagging a table here requires some cunning tricks.

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Gryffindor—The Clocktower

Hearty, contemporary British fair suits a Gryffindor’s night out. From fancy prime côte de boeuf to down-to-earth mac and cheese, this classic restaurant is the perfect place to raise a toast to JK Rowling’s birthday.

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For more places to eat and drink in New York right now, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

J.K. Rowling Addresses Indian Owl Smuggling Trend

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As you may know, I turned into an animal activist overnight. I resisted chicken and ate a salad for dinner. I watched The Cove. Sure, this is probably a phase and I’ll be back on Spicy Wings next week, but for now I’m a crusader for animal rights and I’m watching you, whole country of India. Last week, it was made globally known that the Harry Potter franchise, which remains hugely successful in India, has captivated youth in all the wrong ways, making owls the trendiest black-market pet of the month. This major wildlife trafficking crisis has become such a noisemaker that the government got involved, and now, Potter scribe J.K. Rowling.

Rowling addressed the issue yesterday on her website: “There has been a spate of stories in the press recently concerning the upswing in popularity of keeping owls as pets, allegedly as a result of the Harry Potter books. If it is true that anybody has been influenced by my books to think that an owl would be happiest shut in a small cage and kept in a house, I would like to take this opportunity to say as forcefully as I can: please don’t.”

Let’s hope her non-fiction is just as powerful as her wizardry.