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April 6, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
With the unprecedented success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter , Universal Studios executives are already wrestling with the question of how and when to expand the perpetually congested 20-acre theme-park-within-a-theme-park at Islands of Adventure in Florida. Photos : Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions Although officials won't discuss specific plans, several signs point to preparations being made for phase two of Wizarding World: * In January, survey markings that possibly may be mapping out the potential expansion began appearing in the backstage areas behind the Lost Continent, the themed area of the park that was partially taken over to make room for phase one of Wizarding World.
July 15, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" may mark the end of the boy wizard's narrative; however, the franchise may live on as The Film Whose Opening May Eclipse "The Dark Knight. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, it may be a blustery weekend for Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood at the box office, but the new adaptation of A.A. Milne's books is getting honey-sweet reviews. ( Los Angeles Times )
July 24, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
On Saturday, the boy who lived became the boy who did not show up. While Warner Bros. did not commit to appearances by cast members for its Hall H presentation of “ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the studio teased fans in its description of the event, which promised “a program created just for Comic-Con fans... Don’t miss it!” That was enough to draw thousands of Potter enthusiasts, some of whom camped out overnight or arrived before dawn to secure their places in line.
September 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling's new film series -- based on a fictional textbook that the author wrote to accompany her "Harry Potter" novels -- is expected to do big business for the Burbank movie studio. The Sept. 12 announcement that Warner Bros. would turn "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" into a franchise was also huge news for Stan Goldin, the owner of Whimsic Alley, a Miracle Mile specialty shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise, books and costumes. Goldin expects to see a surge in business around the release of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie.
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.
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.
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.
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