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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.
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 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.
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.
November 18, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
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.
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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