July 18, 2011 |
The eighth "Harry Potter" film flew into theaters this weekend and cast a spell over fans worldwide, as the final movie about the boy wizard had the highest-grossing opening of all time at the domestic and international box office. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" conjured an unprecedented $168.6 million in the U.S. and Canada in just three days, whizzing past the $158.4-million record set by 2008's "The Dark Knight," according to an estimate by distributor Warner Bros.
June 30, 2004 |
No word yet on when the next Harry Potter book comes out, but at least there's a title: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." Author J.K. Rowling revealed the title on her website. Judy Corman, a spokeswoman for her U.S. publisher, Scholastic Corp., confirmed the title Tuesday. Rowling said that she decided to reveal the title after a hoax title was circulated via the Internet.
June 22, 2007 |
The mystery surrounding the end to fictional British boy wizard Harry Potter's saga deepened Wednesday with a computer hacker posting what he said were key plot details and a publisher warning that the details could be fake. The hacker, who goes by the name "Gabriel," claims to have taken a digital copy of author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by breaking into a computer at London-based Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000
Re "Potter Books Realize Fantasy for Librarians," July 19. The media hoopla over the release of the fourth Harry Potter book has been wonderful, but it focused on retail outlets. I want to let everyone know that the Ventura County Library has purchased 90 copies of this exciting new book! On the big day the new book was released, the library's copies ended up at a bookstore in Laguna Niguel but our doughty manager of children's services, not wanting to delay getting them into the hands of our eager young customers, drove down there to pick them up. STARRETT KREISSMAN Library Director Ventura County Library
November 18, 2010 |
What's the latest Harry Potter film like? If you've seen the previous six, you already know. If you haven't there's no point in trying to catch up now. It's a tribute to how much the series' true believers are being counted on to carry the film that this latest episode makes little attempt to bring newcomers up to speed about what's come before. Much of the plot of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" involves the attempt to find and destroy a series of Horcruxes, and if you haven't a clue about what they are or why they're important, you might as well stay home.
July 25, 2007 |
J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series, said she plans to write an encyclopedia about the boy wizard and his magical world. Rowling, whose seventh and final Potter novel hit stores Saturday, plans to use 17 years of notes to supply details that didn't make it into the stories, she said in an interview with Meredith Vieira on NBC's "Today" show that begins airing today. NBC released excerpts Tuesday.
December 5, 2011 |
For someone so famous for inspiring the imaginations of her readers, J.K. Rowling now seems determined to cut them off at the pass. In the introductory video for her new interactive website, Pottermore, she makes the announcement that the site will contain "additional information that I've been hoarding for years about the world of Harry Potter. " One of the major draws of the site, still in testing stage, is the opportunity for Rowling fans to learn character histories and trivia about the boy wizard's magical world.
June 25, 2010 |
What rises beneath the picturesque iron signs, just past the steaming engine of the now iconic Hogwarts Express, is not so much a theme park as an eye-widening, heart-lifting testament to the unassailable power of imagination in the 21st century. A story conjured in the head of a young woman 20 years ago as she rode on a train from Manchester to London has become not just a book franchise, not just a film series, but an actual place: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure.
July 7, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has its world premiere in London. Watch the events, streaming live from Trafalgar Square. ( Los Angeles Times ) Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker top the list of highest-paid actresses. ( Los Angeles Times ) Harry Potter comes of age, one Daniel Radcliffe portrait at a time. ( Wall Street Journal ) Taylor Swift postpones her tour, citing bronchitis.