December 5, 2011 |
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.
November 24, 2011 |
The paparazzi outside her door. The callers posing as someone else to glean information. The reporter who slipped a note into her daughter's backpack. It was a relentless pursuit by the press that she couldn't just make vanish, and on Thursday, the creator of boy wizard Harry Potter described the impact it had on her and her family. "It feels threatening to have people watching you," J.K. Rowling said, adding: "The cumulative effect … becomes quite draining. " She even tried chasing down a photographer who had lain in wait in front of her home when she emerged with her newborn, until her older daughter told her to "calm down.
June 23, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Quoth the Rowling, "Pottermore!" The "Harry Potter" author unveils an "online experience" for muggles going through magic withdrawal. ( Hero Complex , Jacket Copy ) Report: PopCap, creator of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, is set to be acquired for more than a billion dollars. Dr. Evil impressions running rampant in the corporate hallways? ( Tech Crunch ) Jamie Foxx is close to signing on as Django in Quentin Tarantino's slave revenge tale, "Django Unchained.
September 1, 2010
Rowling targets MS Author J.K. Rowling has given $15.4 million to set up a clinic to treat and research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother in 1990. The creator of Harry Potter said Tuesday that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and that she hopes it will become "a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology. " The university said Rowling's gift is the largest single donation it has received.
July 4, 2010 |
Reporting from Orlando, Fla. — Imagine if Peter Jackson had been able to chat with J.R.R. Tolkien while directing "The Lord of the Rings" films, or if Walt Disney had been able to run the plans for his new Captain Nemo ride by Jules Verne. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two weeks ago at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure, will no doubt prove to be many things to many people — a haven for die-hard Potter fans, a starting point for the uninitiated, a template for park and ride designers — but it is also a monument to speed.
December 28, 2009 |
For those who know Louisa May Alcott only as the author of some of the most enduring classics of children's literature, "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' " will be a revelation. For those already familiar with Alcott's Transcendentalist-boho childhood, her sensational tales of love and horror under the pen name A.M. Barnard and her refusal to diminish her personal and economic freedom by marrying, the dramatically reenacted documentary gives life and texture to a woman of extraordinary talent and determination who became as great a celebrity in her day as J.K. Rowling is in ours.
July 24, 2009 |
For some people the Harry Potter books made for good beach reading, but for others they inspired a call to social activism. Andrew Slack, the 29-year-old director of the nonprofit Harry Potter Alliance, sits firmly in the second camp.
July 5, 2009
While working on the series' sixth film, the actors talk to Times writer Geoff Boucher about 'The Half-Blood Prince,' music, friendship and getting older. -- 'Potter' trio looks beyond graduation There were so many faces. "Thousands. It felt like every kid in England wanted to be in the first 'Harry Potter' film."