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.
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.
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.
August 17, 1999 |
Everybody's wild about Harry. Everybody but Draco Malfoy and the awful Dursley family, that is. But what do those doofuses (about whom, more later) know? Harry Potter, to introduce him by his full name, is the bespectacled British schoolboy who is the hero of three books written for kids ages 9 to 12. The school he is enrolled in is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he studies subjects like potion-mixing and care of magical creatures and also plays on a school Quidditch team.
June 3, 2004 |
What were stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson doing promoting Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on TRL, MTV's teen mecca, last week? And why are theaters bursting out of the gates with showings of the film at midnight tonight? Isn't that a little past bedtime for Harry's young fans? The third film adapted from J. K. Rowling's fictional sorcery franchise is altering perceptions about the age of Harry Potter's audience. Apparently once the teen wizard casts his spell, you can't outgrow it. Kids who were in grade school or middle school when Pottermania broke (the initial book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published in 1998)
July 15, 2011
Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson has reviewed all 8 Harry Potter films, awarding them grades as high as A ("Deathly Hollows Part Two") and as low as B- ("The Order of the Phoenix"). Here are excerpts from a decade of Potter punditry: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001): B "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is loyal and faithful and true, and if movies were dogs, this would be best in show. The $125 million production doesn't preserve everything from J.K. Rowling's beloved book, but it preserves an impressive amount, so much that its legions of devoted young readers will scarcely experience a bump or jolt along the way. . . . What fans of the "Harry Potter" books love is the encounter with a work of inspiration, one that produces its own kind of magic.
December 17, 1999 |
When Caitlin Garrigan-Nass learned that she and her fifth-grade classmates would be spending three months on a Harry Potter project, she was not the least bit excited. "I'm one of the only people in the world that doesn't like the Harry Potter books," said Caitlin, 11. But once she found out that puppets, music, and a dash of magic from the popular children's book series would be involved, Caitlin perked up. "It was so much funnier than I thought it would be," she said.