July 20, 2007 |
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.
November 11, 2001 |
In much the same way that Harry Potter, the bespectacled orphan with the lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, trades grim reality for a wondrous life of fantasy at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, many Americans who descend on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when it opens Friday will be seeking escape from an equally frightening world. Fans of J.K. Rowling's cherished children's novels - a great many of whom are adults - have waited years for the first in a series of Harry Potter films to reach the screen.
October 16, 2011 |
As the twentysomethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out farther up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo quidditch team, one of 15 teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Caitlin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the Johns Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.
October 15, 2011 |
As the 20-somethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out further up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo Quidditch team, one of 15 quidditch teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Catilin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the John Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.
November 19, 2001 |
Boy wizard Harry Potter was magic for the box office this weekend, pulling in a stunning estimated $93.5 million for the biggest movie debut ever. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone shattered the previous record of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which grossed $72.1 million over the first three days of the 1997 Memorial Day weekend. It already had broken the highest single-day take ever on Friday with $31.6 million, beating Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which had a $28.5 million opening day in 1999.
March 16, 2000 |
Long before there was a Harry Potter, there was a Larry Potter. He lived in an enchanted land called Aura, with muggles and Nevils. Harry Potter, as any well-read adolescent will tell you, lives in a magical place with muggles and a character named Neville. To children's author Nancy K. Stouffer, the characters are "suspiciously similar. " Stouffer, of Camp Hill, Pa., filed a federal lawsuit March 6 in Philadelphia against Scottish author J.K. Rowling, whose three books about a young orphaned wizard named Harry Potter have sold 19 million copies in the United States alone.
November 14, 2001 |
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located a few degrees east of Dorothy's Oz and a couple degrees north of Alice's Wonderland. The happy corridors of this possessed castle-on-the-lake are hung with portraits that talk and are lined with shifting staircases that take thrilling detours. There are humongous trolls and baby dragons. There are cobwebs and broomsticks and other levitating objects, such as the constellation of candles that floats above the tables in the dining hall.
February 4, 2014 |
J.K. ROWLING , the megaselling author who paired up Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley at the end of the Harry Potter series, is having second thoughts. London's Sunday Times excerpted a soon-to-be published interview with Wonderland magazine in which Rowling says she chose the red-haired Ron for Hermione for very personal reasons having little to do with literature. She told the magazine she "wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment" and said the couple might eventually need relationship counseling.
July 9, 2007 |
With the fifth installment of the Harry Potter films in theaters tonight and the seventh, and final, tome due in bookstores on the 21st, Potter fever is epidemic. Here's hoping, though, that Book No. 7 is better than Movie No. 5, a slog that might induce Potter fatigue even among stalwarts. Until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , the Potter pictures were that rare franchise in which each new film topped the prior one. This time around, there's a notable backslide, the filmmakers frustrated in their attempt to telescope 800-plus pages into two-plus hours during which Harry fights demons inner and outer while experiencing hormonal surges and grieving the loss of a loved one. In Phoenix , director David Yates, who has exhibited sensitive rapport with actors in his work for British TV ( The Girl in the Cafe , The Way We Live Now )
June 1, 2007 |
HEY, HARRY POTTER fans and we know there are a few of you - Universal Orlando is opening "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in late 2009. "The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," said author J.K. Rowling, who has been working with creators. Visitors will be able to view such famed fictional places as Dumbledore's office at Hogwarts and the shops at Hogsmeade, according to Universal's Scott Trowbridge.