J.K. Rowling has more magic on the way.

The "Harry Potter" author is launching a series called "History of Magic in North America," a four-part back story for this fall's film adaptation of the Potter prequel "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Rowling's website, www.pottermore.com, began running installments of the series on Tuesday and will continue through Friday.

The new series tells of the North American wizardry school Ilvermorny and brings "to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' "

Rowling has taken on numerous projects lately, from the stage production "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" to her detective novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The Cure to return to Xcel this summer

The marquee band of late-night, tortured dorm-room poetry-writing sessions in the late-1980s, the Cure has announced its first Twin Cities concert in 20 years, a June 7 date at Xcel Energy Center. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $25-$85. The "Just Like Heaven" hitmakers have mostly kept to festivals in recent years but are hitting arenas and amphitheaters this summer, including three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden. The group's last Minnesota show was at Target Center in 1996. In addition to makeup-smeared, spider-haired frontman Robert Smith, the Cure's modern-day lineup includes two other heyday-era members, bassist Simon Gallup and keyboardist Roger O'Donnell, plus new guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who performed with David Bowie in Tin Machine.

Chris Riemenschneider

pop-up show: Hannibal Buress' love for the Twin Cities knows no bounds. The red-hot comic, who taped his Netflix special at the Varsity Theater, announced a show at Acme Comedy Co. for 5 p.m. Thursday — but tickets sold out in less than two hours. Soon after, he announced another Thursday show at the Turf Club (7:30 p.m.).

Neal Justin

Farewell: The "Fifth Beatle" and influential record producer George Martin has died at 90, Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter reported late Tuesday. Ringo Starr tweeted: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed xxx."

Return: Jimmy Kimmel will return to the stage of the Microsoft Theater as host of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, ABC said. Kimmel hosted the Emmy Awards for ABC in 2012.

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