August 11, 2016 |
This election season, the American people are caught in the middle of a battle for two very different visions of our nation. Lorrie Kim, a West Philadelphia writer and confirmed Harry Potter superfan, thinks it's not unlike the battle between Potter and the Death Eaters, led by the creepy Lord Voldemort. (Author J.K. Rowling has likened the villain to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump but hedged: "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. ") In the face of all that, Kim says, the only hope is if we, the voters, invoke our inner Severus Snape.
October 7, 2012
The Casual Vacancy By J.K. Rowling Little, Brown. 503 pp. $35 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke When, in the history of publishing, has the anticipation for an author's eighth book been so different from the anticipation for her seventh? Five years ago, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , J.K. Rowling tied a bow on her seven-volume epic chronicle of a teenage wizard's adventures. Both the young and the young at heart lamented the end of one of the most popular book series in history.
September 27, 2012
J.K. ROWLING isn't finished with everyone's favorite boy wizard. In an interview with the BBC, Rowling said she's not opposed to revisiting Harry Potter and the Hogwarts crew for another book. She doesn't want to do a sequel or a prequel, but she'd consider "a sidestep. " "If I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it," Rowling said. Despite the massive popularity of her series, Rowling expressed dissatisfaction with some of the books. "I had to write on the run, and there were times when it was really tough," she said.
July 15, 2007 |
At a little before midnight Friday, scores of small, black-robed wizards will swoop into the Children's Book World in Haverford. Olivia Sun, 9, of Narberth, will wear a droopy, pointed hat with her robe. Eli Federman, 9, of Penn Valley, will wear round black glasses with his. Audrey Kintisch, 8, of Havertown, will carry a stuffed owl to complement her costume. Each will have a parent in tow - with a credit card. And so will begin the ritual surrounding the release of the seventh and apparently final book in the series by J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
July 15, 2005 |
He has kept children awake many a night following his magical adventures through five spellbinding books. Tonight, Harry Potter will likely do it again, as the sixth volume in the series goes on sale at midnight. Area stores are holding special events to herald the arrival of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, some leading up to the stroke of 12, others on Saturday after a good night's sleep - or a great night of reading. The Doylestown Bookshop, on South Main Street, will host an evening of activities today beginning at 10 p.m. Characters from the books will be mingling with the crowd, and Harry enthusiasts can play games and drink "half-blood punch.
June 22, 2003 |
Dressed in Gryffindor colors of scarlet and gold, fans scarfed pumpkin juice, played "Gnome Toss" card games, and stayed up well past their bedtimes yesterday to get the first copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But these were no knee-high fans. A mechanical engineering student, a geologist and an elementary school teacher took the front spots at the Wynnewood Borders bookstore, salivating for the midnight release of the latest in J.K. Rowling's wizard series - usually placed in the children's sections.
March 3, 2003 |
Thirteen-year-old Will is an avid reader, and any of the Harry Potter books would get his vote for "best book of the year. " Despite being born with a clubfoot and mild cerebral palsy (a nonprogressive muscle disorder of posture and movement), Will is an active teen. He enjoys in-line skating and playing basketball. There is abuse and neglect in Will's background. He receives counseling for improving social skills, remaining on tasks, and anger management. He takes medication for an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and impulse control.
March 1, 2003 |
Cappuccino babes of the world - get naked. Playboy magazine plans to do a picture spread on the "Women of Starbucks," and is asking latte-makers from its more than 6,200 coffee shops worldwide to send in photos. Playboy's Theresa Hennessey said: "Starbucks is such a big part of American pop culture, and Playboy is always trying to stay on top of the latest trend, so it seemed like a natural fit . . . " Starbucks has not warmed to the idea of the joining of these two cultural colossi, saying that it does not endorse the nude-coffee-makers issue.
February 24, 2002 |
They're trying to muzzle the Muggles. Throughout the country, parents, school districts, religious groups, and others are trying to censor the best-selling Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. Why? The books' alleged occult/Satanic theme, witchcraft, wizardry, encouragement of dishonesty, religious viewpoint, anti-family approach, and violence. And now the Penryn Fire Police has refused to work the annual Lancaster YMCA triathlon this fall. They claim the Y promotes witchcraft by reading the Potter tales in children's story hours.
May 14, 2001
Stop studying crime; do something about it Just what we need, another study about violent crime patterns that tells us what we should already know about violent crime ("Study finds Phila. homicides often black-on-black crimes," May 7). Philadelphia apparently lacks the leadership to develop a comprehensive citywide crime prevention plan and put it into action. Many other U.S. cities took advantage of funding provided by the Department of Justice during the 1990s to produce and implement such plans.