July 10, 2007 |
By late morning, the line seemed to stretch for miles, with Potter-philes waiting for their cue to rush inside and scramble for seats. With the debut of a new film, and the final episode in the book series due later this month, Potter excitement is at fever pitch. And at an advance screening of the movie at the Ritz Five recently, nervous excitement bubbled over. Important-looking people clutching important-looking papers pounded the pavement, vetting those hoping to be among the few hundred who would gain admittance to the special screening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , the fifth and latest of the movies based on J.K. Rowling's wildly successful books.
July 17, 2000 |
Harry Potter, schoolboy wizard, popped fully formed into the mind of author J.K. Rowling on a train journey 10 years ago, she revealed yesterday. "The character of Harry strolled into my head," Rowling told Sky Television. "Harry arrived very, very fully formed. I really did feel he was someone who walked up and introduced himself in my mind's eye. " Rowling's staggeringly successful creation is going to be turned into a Hollywood film, due out in November 2001. Up to 40,000 people have applied to play the celluloid Potter.
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 )
July 4, 2000 |
The secret's out of the bag, or at least the store. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the latest installment in J.K. Rowling's hugely popular children's series about a young wizard, will officially be unveiled at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Bookstores have been forced to keep nearly 4 million copies under wraps until then, and many are planning special launch parties. But a lucky few people have their hands on the eagerly awaited book after snatching up copies that were prematurely displayed.
November 17, 2001 |
Movie magic swept the Philadelphia area yesterday, as the young and young at heart thronged to theaters for the long-awaited opening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry Potter fever began at one minute past midnight, when some theaters opened the doors to long lines of fans of the British boy sorcerer. Benj Kamm and Dan Kitrosser, both 17 and seniors at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Merion, were part of the midnight madness at the General Cinema multiplex in Plymouth Meeting.
July 8, 2000
If you poke your head outside this morning, something might seem to be missing - the sounds of children laughing, skating, biking, playing. On this day of days, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire day, many kids are curled up on a couch, a bed, a hammock, devouring the fourth installment of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series. By now, even adults who lived in happy ignorance of Muggles, Quidditch and other Potterisms while Ms. Rowling's first three novels enthralled the young have picked up on the sensation.
October 25, 2015 |
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.
July 10, 2011 |
Friday marks the end of an era. Some, like Warner Bros. executive Dan Fellman, compare its finality to the breakup of the Beatles. When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the eighth and presumably final film based on the phenom that has sold 450 million books and close to a billion movie tickets, opens this week in theaters from Lahore to Los Angeles, it will be twilight in the Potterverse. No more pajama-clad kids lining up at midnight to buy the new Harry volume.
April 8, 2016 |
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.