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Christian mom rewrites Harry Potter sans 'witches'

Christian mom rewrites Harry Potter sans 'witches'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) --A Christian mother is rewriting the Harry Potter series to make the books more "family friendly" and promote her own values instead of those of "witches."
Ben Hooper
Emma Watson threat a hoax by spammers claiming they're trying to shut down 4chan

Emma Watson threat a hoax by spammers claiming they're trying to shut down 4chan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) --A website threatening to release nude pictures of British actress Emma Watson was reportedly created as a marketing stunt to shot down online forum 4chan.
Veronica Linares
Emma Watson talks feminism, gender equality in passionate U.N. speech

Emma Watson talks feminism, gender equality in passionate U.N. speech

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) --United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a powerful speech Saturday while launching her new campaign to end gender inequality, HeForShe.
Veronica Linares
Scottish referendum: Who says 'yes' and who says 'no'

Scottish referendum: Who says 'yes' and who says 'no'

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 18 (UPI) --The debate over Scotland's independence has polarized Scots and the world alike, with many Scottish and English celebrities voicing varying opinions.
Matt Bradwell
'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' nabs 'Harry Potter' director

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' nabs 'Harry Potter' director

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --"Harry Potter" director David Yates is in talks to helm "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," author J.K. Rowling's "extension of the wizarding world."
Annie Martin
J.K. Rowling releases new story set in 'Harry Potter' universe

J.K. Rowling releases new story set in 'Harry Potter' universe

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling posted a new, biographical short story about "Harry Potter" singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck on the Pottermore website Monday.
Annie Martin
Lindsay Lohan to address past lovers, drug use in autobiography

Lindsay Lohan to address past lovers, drug use in autobiography

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been meeting with several publishing houses in London to finalize a deal for her upcoming tell-all book.
Veronica Linares
Brendan Gleeson says 'Calvary' role was emotionally draining

Brendan Gleeson says 'Calvary' role was emotionally draining

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) --Irish actor Brendan Gleeson admits playing a doomed priest in John Michael McDonagh's film "Calvary" was emotionally draining.
Karen Butler
Brendan Gleeson shares screen with son Domhnall in 'Calvary'

Brendan Gleeson shares screen with son Domhnall in 'Calvary'

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Brendan Gleeson says working with his son Domhnall on John Michael McDonagh's film "Calvary" was difficult due to the nature of their characters' relationship.
Karen Butler
Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) --New research suggests those who read Harry Potter books and identify with Harry are more likely to empathize with immigrants, homosexuals and refugees.
Brooks Hays
Scottish expatriates seek referendum vote

Scottish expatriates seek referendum vote

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 28 (UPI) --Voters in Scotland will participate in an independence referendum in September, and some expatriates are angered they are ineligible to vote.
Ed Adamczyk
Gary Oldman watches his many death scenes on 'Conan'

Gary Oldman watches his many death scenes on 'Conan'

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) --Gary Oldman has died many, many times in movies, and watched a supercut of his onscreen deaths compiled by Conan O'Brien on Tuesday.
Annie Martin
J.K. Rowling has at least six more Cormoran Strike novels planned

J.K. Rowling has at least six more Cormoran Strike novels planned

HARROGATE, England, July 22 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling says her Cormoran Strike crime novels will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books.
Annie Martin
Gary Oldman covers Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

Gary Oldman covers Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) --Gary Oldman puts his own spin on 'Fancy' by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
Danielle Haynes
'Tarzan' begins shooting in the United Kingdom

'Tarzan' begins shooting in the United Kingdom

BURBANK, Calif., July 17 (UPI) --Principal photography has begun in the United Kingdom on the latest installment in the "Tarzan" film franchise.
Karen Butler
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Daniel Radcliffe arrives for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on July 9, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to subjugate non-magical people, conquer the wizarding world, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Since the 30 June 1997 release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of June 2011, the book series has sold about 450 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages, and the last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.

A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age (with elements of mystery, thriller, and romance), it has many cultural meanings and references. According to Rowling, the main theme is death, although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Harry Potter."
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