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July 18, 2011 | By DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates with a record-setting magic act at both the domestic and international box office. Warner Bros. estimates that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to yesterday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros., for 2008's Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight. " Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the previous best international debut of $260.4 million set in May by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
NEWS
October 16, 1999
The book ban-ners finally may have met their match in Harry Potter. We can only hope. Over the years, in many school districts, fundamentalist parents have challenged the "Wizard of Oz" because it includes a "good witch," and so runs counter to their religion. Just reading about Glenda apparently would send the youth of America straight out to bubbling cauldrons. And since they can't trust their own kids to know that it's only a story, nobody else's kids should have the book in school, either.
NEWS
February 27, 2001 | by Rob Walker
Kids love Harry Potter and marketers love kids. So if you have a product to market - like Coca-Cola, for instance - what you want is to figure a way to imply that the children's book hero endorses that product, however indirectly. This fall, Warner Bros. plans to release the movie version of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and now the studio has forged what is said to be a $150 million marketing alliance with Coca-Cola. Often such marketing deals are mutually reinforcing.
LIVING
December 21, 1999 | By Kathy Boccella, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sid Zilber is no fan of Harry Potter. He's never read the enormously popular series of children's books about the junior wizard. He doesn't know a Muggle from a Martian or a Nimbus 2000 from a Nissan 300ZX. But he does know a good idea. "A great idea," the 53-year-old businessman and former lawyer says, happily, in his plush Bala Cynwyd offices. Hoping to cash in on Potter mania, Zilber is selling sweatshirts, T-shirts and baseball caps with Potteresque logos, on the Internet.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2007 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
SINCE THIS is Harry Potter movie day, here's the wit and wisdom of star Daniel Rad-cliffe, who recently spoke to Details: On attending school after the first Harry Potter film was released: "Some people did get very aggressive. People say it was just jealousy, but I don't think it is jealousy. I think it's just 'We can have a crack at the kid that plays Harry Potter.' " On not attending college: "The paparazzi, they'd love it. And also if there were any parties going on, they'd be tipped off as to where they were, and it would be all of that stuff.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2005 | By CATHERINE LUCEY luceyc@phillynews.com Daily News Wire Services contributed to this report. Catherine Lucey is filling in for Howard Gensler, who is on vacation
SOMETHING wicked this way comes and Tattle can't wait. Yesterday we got a little closer as the British and American covers of the new Harry Potter book - sure to be the literary event of the summer - were revealed. The British book cover for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" can be seen on the London Mirror Web site (www.mirror.co.uk). It shows Harry and Dumbledore surrounded by a circle of flames, brandishing fire sticks. This picture will be used internationally, but for reasons unknown to Tattle, the U.S. version has a different cover (and usually some Americanized language, which annoys Tattle's Anglophile sensibilities)
NEWS
June 18, 2003 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thousands of copies of the new, not-yet-available Harry Potter book have been spirited away from a warehouse in Britain, prompting a full-scale search of that fabled isle. Police have issued stern warnings that anybody caught trafficking in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix between now and Saturday, the official worldwide release date, could end up in the dock. Author J. K. Rowling, already richer than the Queen of England from four previous Potter books, is aware of the crime and is being kept closely informed, her agents said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2011
GIMME FIVE "Harry Potter" has to be the most weirdly consistent box-office monster ever. The top five Harrys: 1. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," $317 million. 2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $301 million. 3. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $295 million. 4. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," $292 million. 5. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," $290 million.
NEWS
April 1, 2013
Richard Griffiths, 65, one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon, died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, from complications following heart surgery, said his agent, Simon Beresford. Mr. Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical Harry Potter movies.
NEWS
July 20, 2007 | By Heather Servaty-Seib
Death has hung over the Harry Potter series, just as it dominates much of popular entertainment, driving the plot of crime and forensics television shows, for instance. Who will die this time?, fans debated at home, camp, work - even online, during the buildup of J.K. Rowlings' final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, due for release tomorrow. Will Harry survive his final confrontation with Lord Voldemort? However, people are much less likely to talk about how death affects their personal lives.
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July 14, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
7 p.m. Wednesday at Talen Energy Stadium. About Crystal Palace: Crystal Palace, which is in its English Premier League preseason, lost to Manchester United, 2-1, in the FA Cup final in May. . . . Some big names on its roster - goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and midfielders Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley, and Jonny Williams - did not make the U.S. trip after playing in the Euro Cup. . . . Wednesday's lineup will have players from the developmental team as...
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June 26, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
When a secret society comes with its own strange customs, highly developed jargon, and a belief that certain talented youth are destined for greatness, you can only be talking about the world of Harry Potter. Or classical music. Thursday night at the Mann Center, it turns out, these two insider cultures had quite a bit to say to each other. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was given a world premiere of sorts. The John Williams score was stripped from the sound track and instead played live by the Philadelphia Orchestra while the 2001 film was shown on large screens.
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June 12, 2016 | Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
Summer is a great time for kids to play in the sand, climb trees, investigate tide pools, and lift rocks in the creek to see what's underneath. There's also plenty else for them to do, from children's concerts and theater to animatronic dinos. Kidchella (June 17, July 15, and Aug. 19, Smith Playground) Wee ones get a chance to break out the tie-dye and dance at the third annual children's festival, now a three-concert affair on Friday evenings. On tap: Jazz-folkie Lucy Kalantari and kindie-rocker Joanie Leeds (June 17)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THE BATTLE over race has reared its ugly head across the pond, and at stake is whether Hermione Granger must be white. Granger, as most of you probably know, is a fictional character from the world of Harry Potter, so she really can be anything your imagination wants her to be. The reason this is an issue now is because a new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , starts previews Tuesday night at London's Palace Theatre. The story picks up 19 years after the end of Deathly Hallows, and Entertainment Weekly reports the cast consists of Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Cherrelle Skeete as Hermione Granger's daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, Jamie Parker as Harry and Noma Dumezweni as Hermione.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Harry Potter, the theme park Humanity holds its collective breath: As I write, we are mere hours away from the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday. The attraction was shown off to the rich and mighty at a red-carpet do Tuesday featuring Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint , and Emma Watson . Other guests included Steven Spielberg . They grooved to the stylings of the L.A. Philharmonic under the direction of John Williams , says the Los Angeles Times.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rowling: Snape capable of love Oh that snidely Severus Snape ! He was a backstabbing evildoer who killed Albus Dumbledore ! So why, fans have asked for years, did Harry Potter name his second son Albus Severus after him? Potter creator J.K. Rowling has finally answered: Rarely is anyone all evil, she said. Snape, played in the films by Alan Rickman , was capable of love - he became twisted up when the love of his life, Harry's mom, Lily , didn't reciprocate. (Great, so it's the woman's fault?
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October 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Potter story - on stage The previously announced Harry Potter theater production won't consist of rehashed material but will mark a new chapter in the magical saga, J.K. Rowling said Friday on the Pottermore website. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , set to open in July at London's Palace Theatre, will be the eighth installment of the story, which has spanned seven novels so far. The play will be about the relationship between the adult Harry and his youngest son, Albus.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2015 | By Grace Dickinson, For The Inquirer
For all the wizards, Muggles, and everything in between, the Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill this weekend for its fifth year. The popular Friday night pub crawl is already sold out, but hold your hippogriffs: There are plenty of other events happening in Philly's own version of Hogsmeade. Lost? A map with an outline of various activities throughout the day can be picked up at activity tables, stores, restaurants, and the opening ceremony. Whether you manage to catch a ride with Buckbeak or choose to travel via the Hogwarts Express - the new name for Saturday's SEPTA train traveling from Jefferson station to the festival - here is our guide for making this a magical weekend.
TRAVEL
October 5, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST ANDREWS, Scotland - The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland, just one of many signs it's a magical land. So when my niece, Rachel Cawkwell, received a Bobby Jones Scholarship to do graduate studies in English literature at St Andrews University, I knew I had to visit. She was studying the works of the great authors and walking their hallowed grounds, but for my sojourn, I proposed a lighter route: the trail of literary hero Harry Potter. We found suggestions online at VisitBritain.com and made plans.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
In the midst of all the crime-fighting superheroes, time-traveling aliens, and walking dead who will populate the 15th annual Wizard World Comic Con this weekend, Burt Reynolds may seem somewhat out of place. But if remaining an icon for more than four decades armed with nothing more than a lady-killing smirk, a machismo-emitting mustache, and a death-defying Trans Am isn't a superpower worthy of Wizard World, then what is? The Convention Center will be filled for the next three days with appearances by a host of pop-culture celebrities, from actors to comic book artists and writers to professional wrestlers to rock stars.
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