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December 27, 2009
The big questions: What we'll still be talking about in 2010. "American Idol." Will we miss Paula Abdul's parade of verbal nonsense -- "I want to squish you! Squish your head off and dangle you from my rearview mirror," she told runner-up David Archuleta in 2008 -- after Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut? (Jan. 12) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Must we begin saying goodbye to Hogwarts? Can no one imperio J.K. Rowling into writing more?
June 30, 2004 | From Times wire services
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.
July 18, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
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.
October 4, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
“Horns,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Alexandre Aja, has been picked up for distribution by Dimension and Radius-TWC, with plans for a 2014 theatrical release. The supernatural thriller premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Radcliffe also appeared in the romantic comedy “The F Word” and as the young poet Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings.” The 24-year-old actor seems to be in the midst of fully launching himself into the next phase of his career after his run in the “Harry Potter” franchise.
June 22, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
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
July 25, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
June 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
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.
October 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look. It even has a Hogwarts-style "Great Hall" that can be rented out for children's birthday parties and is reminiscent of a hall of the same name in the "Harry Potter" series' fictional boarding school for wizards. Now the Miracle Mile shop is the target of a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros., distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks.
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