June 6, 2014 |
Amid the chaos of Stacy Brandt's childhood, books were her only friends. "Harry Potter saved my life," the author, 23, says. "I read those first two Harry Potter books over and over. It's how I learned to write. " Her self-published memoir, Things I Learned (available through stacybrandt.com) is about a different magical 'friend' of the most sinister sort: Heroin. "It turned me into a person I never thought I would be," Brandt says from Millville, N.J., where she has been clean and sober since Feb. 20, 2013, after an overdose.
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.
December 14, 2013 |
What's a poor Muggle to do? It's been a few years since J.K. Rowling published the final installation of her Harry Potter series. Since then, we've had Hunger Games and Hobbit films, but we seemed to be tapped out on boy wizardry. Enter Potted Potter 's young Brits, James and Del, a comic duo charged with keeping the magic coming for a little while longer. A whirlwind romp through all seven books (they claim 70 minutes, or 10 apiece, though the show probably runs closer to 90)
October 19, 2013 |
On Friday and Saturday, enjoy spellbinding activities as Chestnut Hill magically transforms into the Harry Potter Festival. Activities will take place between the 8000 and 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue. Opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Top of the Hill Fountain Plaza, 8705 Germantown Ave., with appearances by Harry Potter characters, winged thestral horses, and a Quidditch team pep rally. The fun continues at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chestnut Hill College with the fourth annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament, where fans can cheer on their favorite team.
September 13, 2013 |
WARNER BROS. and J.K. Rowling are going back to the fantasy well with a movie based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," her textbook to the magical universe she created in the Harry Potter stories. Rowling will write the screenplay. Gee, if this works, maybe they can start making movies based on textbooks for history and algebra. The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series. Rowling said in a statement that the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.
April 1, 2013
Richard Griffiths, 65, one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon, died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, from complications following heart surgery, said his agent, Simon Beresford. Mr. Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical Harry Potter movies.
January 6, 2013
Julie Vick is a freelance writer in Haddonfield and works at the University of Pennsylvania For eight years, my now-22-year-old son and I were part of a mother-child book group. Three boys, two girls, and their mothers started meeting in February 2000, when the children were in fourth grade. The goal was to encourage reading and talking about reading. At the first meeting, we established the format: Go around the room and each person says what he or she liked about the book, followed by a short open discussion, then wrap up, and leave after an hour.
November 28, 2012 |
EVER WISH you could hang out at Hogwarts, mastering its magic and sharing tales of great adventure with Harry Potter and friends? Now you can, Muggle, creating something out of nothing while gaining important life lessons through the power of the Sony PlayStation 3 game system and a special gathering of software and peripherals. Bearing the highbrow and imaginative stamp of Potter author J.K. Rowling and exclusive to the PS3 system, the new augmented reality video game and storyteller "Wonderbook: Book of Spells" requires a would-be conjurer to sit cross-legged on the floor in front of a TV and game console.
October 31, 2012 |
John Bolaris , bon vivant, boulevardier, and baron of barometrics, is bailing out on bachelorhood, thanks to the matchmaking skills of Howard Stern . Bolaris, 55, the former Philly weather guy whose romantic life has long been a bountiful source of material for "SideShow" and similar journalistic enterprises, proposed to gf Erica Smitheman , 33, at Stern's urging during The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM Radio Monday morning. Bolaris was there to do a weather special for Sirius and had brought Smitheman with him. The Stern show website, howardstern.com, recounts what happened next: "Before he left, John introduced his girlfriend, Erica, noting that she was 20 years his junior.
October 29, 2012
WHADDYA gonna be this Halloween? You mean you haven't decided yet? No worries. We've got you covered. Of course, you've gotta be current - Harry Potter might still be popular, but he is sooo four years ago - and it wouldn't hurt if you were at least a little bit something else. Like hilarious. (Andy Reid's mustache!) Or hot. (Melissa Gorga in gold lame!) Could be scary. (Zombies!) Or sassy. (Blue Ivy Carter!) Maybe a little bit controversial. (Who woulda thought, but Big Bird, Bert or Ernie!