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November 20, 2010
The boy wizard couldn't beat the teen vampires. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1" sold $24 million in tickets in its debut late Thursday night with shows that started at or soon after midnight, according to an estimate from Warner Bros. That's $1.8 million more than the last movie in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," brought in from midnight shows when it debuted in June 2009. It's well short, however, of the record set in July by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which grossed more than $30 million during its late-night launch.
May 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
The publisher of the "Harry Potter" books said Tuesday it feared copies of J.K. Rowling's latest -- as yet unpublished -- novel had been stolen, after a newspaper reported that two of the books were found in a field. The Sun said two unbound copies of Rowling's latest offering, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," were discovered in eastern England close to Clays Ltd., a firm contracted to print hundreds of thousands of copies.
October 24, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter. Everywhere I go now, I hear about Harry Potter. Six weeks ago, I had never even heard the name Harry Potter. I didn't know Harry Potter from Peter Piper. "Who's Harry Potter?" I asked a woman in a bookstore who had just asked about a book by Harry Potter. "Who's Harry Potter!!!" she replied, as if I had just asked who was Donald Duck. "I don't know his books," I said somewhat sheepishly, although I have never actually listened to a sheep.
December 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Proficiat Postaliosa! If Harry Potter commemorative stamps can cast a solvency spell on the U.S. Postal Service, that's some magic we can get behind. Tradition-bound philatelists should back off from their complaints. The stamps, depicting scenes from the movies based on J.K. Rowling's books , went on sale in late November despite vehement opposition from some serious stamp collectors, who objected that they were both un-American and crassly commercial. Michael Baadke, the editor of Linn's Stamp News, summarized the collectors' arguments when he wrote that Harry Potter postage was "dismissing significant established U.S. stamp traditions without explanation.
March 13, 2003 | From Reuters
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has accused a Russian writer of copying her work and asked a Dutch court to block publication of his book in the Netherlands, her lawyer said Wednesday. Rowling has asked an Amsterdam court to prevent the publication of the first Western edition of "The Magic Double Bass" by Dmitry Yemets, which her lawyer says copies her hit book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The Russian book features a girl called Tanya Grotter.
May 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
A printing plant worker pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing pages from the forthcoming "Harry Potter" novel. Donald Parfitt, a forklift operator at the Clays Ltd. Plant in eastern England, claims he found the pages in the parking lot as he was leaving work May 5. Parfitt, 44, was arrested two days later after the Sun newspaper told police it had received a call from "a shifty-sounding man" offering three chapters of the book for $40,000. He is due to be sentenced June 4.
August 2, 2006 | From Reuters
Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises. "My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
July 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Daniel Radcliffe will strip off his Harry Potter eyeglasses and robes for his London stage debut next year. The 17-year-old actor, who plays the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels, will star as a troubled stableboy in a revival of Peter Shaffer's "Equus." The play delves into the psyche of a boy named Alan Strang who blinds six horses with a metal spike.
October 15, 1999 | STEVE CHAWKINS
After I finished snuggling up with the first volume of the famous Harry Potter series, I spent a twisted, tortured night. It wasn't the image of poor Harry, the orphan treated like dirt by his aunt, uncle and pig-like cousin.
December 1, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The "Harry Potter" movies have grossed $7.7 billion at the global box office, sold more than 165 million DVDs and have won zero Academy Awards. Despite being one of the most successful and arguably most influential film series of all time, the first seven "Potter" movies garnered a total of just nine Oscar nominations — all in the craft and technical categories of art direction, cinematography, costumes, music and visual effects. This year, "Potter" studio Warner Bros. has bigger aspirations.
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