July 8, 2011 |
Nearly a dozen years have gone by since the first Harry Potter book ascended best-seller lists, and nearly a decade have passed since it become a movie. Finally on Friday, after an intermission of more than seven months, the last film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 finishes the story of the series' seventh and concluding novel. So fans can be forgiven if they're fuzzy or confused about a lot of details. Herewith, then, is a Harry Potter quiz that should serve like a refresher course at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
November 8, 1999 |
I happened to be in London last summer on the very day "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third book in the wildly popular series by J.K. Rowling, was published. I couldn't believe my good fortune. I rushed to the bookstore to buy a copy, knowing this simple act would put me up there with the best grandmas in the world. The book was still months away from publication in the United States, and I have an 8-year-old grandson who is a big Harry Potter fan. It's a good thing when children enjoy books, isn't it?
July 15, 2011 |
Ashlee McClease hasn't slept in hours. Listen to her rapid-fire speech - jumping among sadness, euphoria, and nostalgia - and it's clear she has been anxious. "I've been crying for days," she said Friday afternoon. "I'm just shaking. " Why all the anxiety? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, naturally - the long-awaited, bittersweet, and final installment in a colossal series. It burst onto screens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, earning a record-breaking $43.5 million in midnight premieres and $2 million on IMAX screens after selling out in advance on Fandango at an unprecedented 6,000 theaters.
February 17, 2002 |
Harry Potter, boy wizard, has faced some formidable foes, from abusive Uncle Vernon and nasty Draco Malfoy to malevolent Lord Voldemorte. Never before, though, had he come up against an adversary quite like the Penryn Fire Police. The conflict is set not at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but in a wee Central Pennsylvania town 10 miles north of Lancaster. There, a squad of eight volunteers who direct traffic at fires, accidents, and special events has refused to work the annual Lancaster YMCA triathlon this fall.
August 16, 2007 |
J.K. Rowling may have penned her final Harry Potter novel, but that hasn't stopped Chinese authors from churning out unauthorized knockoffs sold under Rowling's name, with such titles as Harry Potter and the Hiking Dragon. More foreign counterfeit novels about the famous boy wizard are coming soon, some with slightly more political overtones than Rowling's originals. So grab a handful of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (or a chocolate frog) and get ready for: Harry Potter and the Eyes of the Great Satan (Khomeini & Sons, Tehran)
July 8, 2000 |
Neither magic potions nor a lightening bolt from the vengeful Voldemort could keep Harry Potter fans from flying into bookstores into the wee hours this morning to snatch J.K. Rowling's newest tome about the fictional bespectacled wizard. At bookstores in Philadelphia and around the world, mothers and children waited with anticipation as the clock struck midnight and the eagerly awaited books were rolled out for purchase. "The books are in the building," sales clerks whispered at Barnes and Noble, at 18th and Walnut streets, as the bewitching hour approached.
July 14, 2011 |
Ten years. Eight films. Four directors. It's official: Against all odds, Harry Potter is as stirring a film saga as Lord of the Rings . In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the final bow of the boy wizard, his boon friends, and his formidable enemies, director David Yates (who helmed films five through eight) chooses to touch audiences rather than wow them. The finale is a potion that induces euphoria, tinged with melancholy. By now, Daniel Radcliffe's owl-eyed stare, Emma Watson's nostril-flaring incantations, and Rupert Grint's slack-jawed swagger are as familiar as our own kids' facial expressions.
July 19, 2007 |
Millions of Harry Potter fans around the world are gearing up for the release of the seventh and final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, tomorrow. For the last eight years, children and adults have been swept up in the craze that is Pottermania, and Chester County residents are no exception. West Chester, Downingtown and Kennett Square have all won a spot on Amazon.com's top-100 list of the Harry-est towns in America, based on daily tallies of preorder sales.
April 15, 2011
THE DVD BIN is dominated this week by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," informally known as "Harry Cuts Class. " You can't blame him - Voldemort and his allies have taken over Hogwarts, so if Harry shows up, he's pretty much dead. That being the case, Harry, Ron and Hermoine spend most of the movie roaming a Samuel Beckett-like wasteland, mulling existential predicaments and looking for a magic sword that might one day kill Voldemort. Their wandering makes for a very languid movie - some say heroically uneventful for a tentpole franchise, some say merely dull.
August 1, 2007 |
Harry, Hermione and Ron are sitting at the dinner table talking. "Good thinking!" Ron tells Hermione, after she stuffs a large portrait into her tiny handbag. "Thank you," Hermione says, pulling her soup toward her. "So, Harry, what else happened today?" "Nothing," says Harry. "Watched the Ministry entrance for seven hours. " But Harry, Hermione and Ron aren't actually sitting at the dinner table talking. In fact, they aren't talking at all. Their distinctive, nuanced voices are emanating from earphones and car speakers across the country through a different kind of sorcery: the voice magic of Jim Dale.