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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?
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.
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.
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.  ...
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 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 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.
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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