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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.
April 10, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98 The epic "Harry Potter" saga begins to wind down with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1," which sees the boy wizard and his friends battling against their sworn enemies both in magical realms and in the Muggle world. Aside from a too-long sequence where the good guys wander in the woods, this is an action-packed film with strong undercurrents of emotion, making good use of all the hours that fans have invested in the series.
June 28, 2000
The secret is out: The title of the fourth book in the Harry Potter series will be "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." The title had been a closely guarded secret until it was obtained by London's Sunday Telegraph. It was confirmed Tuesday by the book's American publisher, Scholastic Books. Harry Potter fans have another 1 1/2 weeks to wait before they can dig into the latest installment of the boy wizard's adventures.
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The publisher of the "Harry Potter" books said Tuesday it feared copies of J.K. Rowling's latest -- as yet unpublished -- novel had been stolen, after a newspaper reported that two of the books were found in a field.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 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.
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.
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