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September 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Muggles, rejoice: Warner Bros. is getting back into business with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. More than two years after the last film in the eight-picture series about the iconic boy wizard hit theaters, Warner Bros. announced Thursday that it will release a "Harry Potter" spinoff of sorts. Rowling is set to pen her first screenplay, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on a 42-page book the author wrote in 2001 to accompany her "Harry Potter" series. In the first "Harry Potter" novel, the protagonist studied a textbook called "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" while at his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Evanesco! Emma Watson and boyfriend Will Adamowicz's relationship has vanished - and for a while now.  The "Harry Potter" actress, 23, who met Adamowicz, also 23, in 2011 while they were studying at Britain's Oxford University, released a statement on the nulled romance through her rep. "Emma and Will separated last summer and are no longer in touch," the rep said via the U.K.'s Mirror, which initially reported the split on Sunday.  ...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Warner Bros. and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling's work. While Harry Potter may be over, the witches and wizards that can be found in Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," along with the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander will live on. "'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway.”  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Rowling will write the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which Warner Bros.
OPINION
December 5, 2011 | By Talya Meyers
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.
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