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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
Amazon tests Kindle Unlimited, a Netflix for e-books

Amazon tests Kindle Unlimited, a Netflix for e-books

SEATTLE, July 16 (UPI) --Amazon is testing a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited that would allow users to access as many Kindle e-books and audio books as they like.
Ananth Baliga
'Harry Potter' actor Dave Legeno found dead in Death Valley

'Harry Potter' actor Dave Legeno found dead in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif., July 11 (UPI) --Dave Legeno, a British actor who played a villain in several Harry Potter films was found dead in Death Valley over the weekend.
Veronica Linares
Daniel Radcliffe not ready to reprise Harry Potter role as J.K. Rowling releases new story

Daniel Radcliffe not ready to reprise Harry Potter role as J.K. Rowling releases new story

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) --Daniel Radcliffe says he's too young to play a grown-up version of Harry Potter for an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's new story.
Kate Stanton
Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Paris Fashion Week

Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, July 8 (UPI) --Jennifer Lawrence playfully pawed Emma Watson's face at the Christian Dior show Tuesday.
Annie Martin
J.K. Rowling pens short story about grown up Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling pens short story about grown up Harry Potter

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling has written a new short story about the adventures of a grown up Harry Potter.
Veronica Linares
Arctic snowy owl gets its own reality show on the Internet

Arctic snowy owl gets its own reality show on the Internet

BARROW, Alaska, July 3 (UPI) --Explore.org has unveiled its latest bird cam, a 24/7 live feed of an Arctic snowy owl and its six new chicks.
Brooks Hays
Emma Watson reportedly under investigation for employing American maid in the U.K.

Emma Watson reportedly under investigation for employing American maid in the U.K.

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) --Emma Watson is reportedly under investigation by U.K. immigration authorities for reportedly employing her American housekeeper in the country.
Veronica Linares
Tom Cruise's rep shoots down 'Star Wars' rumors

Tom Cruise's rep shoots down 'Star Wars' rumors

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) --The Sun reported that Tom Cruise met with J.J. Abrams to discuss a possible cameo in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Kate Stanton
The Roots perform Harry Potter rap on 'Tonight Show'

The Roots perform Harry Potter rap on 'Tonight Show'

MIAMI, June 19 (UPI) --The Roots performed a Harry Potter-themed rap for a viewer on the ''The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Aileen Graef
Harry Potter theme park's Diagon Alley opens for media preview

Harry Potter theme park's Diagon Alley opens for media preview

ORLANDO, Fla., June 18 (UPI) --Universal Orlando began a press preview of the Diagon Alley expansion of their Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park Wednesday.
Aileen Graef
Rupert Grint to make his Broadway debut in 'It's Only a Play'

Rupert Grint to make his Broadway debut in 'It's Only a Play'

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) --"Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint will make his Broadway debut alongside veteran actors Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in "It's Only a Play."
Annie Martin
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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.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Harry Potter."
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