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New Potter film darker

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The long awaited trailer for the next Harry Potter film reveals a decidedly darker tone than previous Potter films, the London Telegraph reported Friday.

Trailer for third Harry Potter film on Web

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The first trailer for the third Harry Potter film is available on the Internet, the BBC reported Thursday.

Thompson and Rickman, together again

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman have worked together on so many occasions, they actually behave like a married couple.

Latest Harry Potter's a real headache

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. pediatrician has determined the latest installment of J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter books can cause headaches in children, a report said Thursday.

Harry Potter books giving kids headaches?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Young fans of the extraordinarily popular Harry Potter books may have more to fear than Harry's archenemy, the evil Voldemort. A pediatrician reports, somewhat jokingly, he has detected a new condition in avid readers of the Potter series called Hogwarts
STEVE MITCHELL, Medical Correspondent

Thompson, Rickman old hands together

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman play husband and wife in their new film and really behave like an old married couple after working together so often.

Harry Potter books inspire Nokia tech boss

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Yrjo Neuvo, chief technical officer of Nokia cell phones, reads J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books for inspiration, which could lead to new phone gimmicks.

Rowling lauded for 'moral' books

MADRID, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, speaking in Spain, said her books are "highly moral" but she is "not preaching" to children, the BBC reported Sunday.

Harry Potter movie walk-ons auctioned

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The two highest bidders at a Multiple Sclerosis Society of Scotland event will win walk-on parts in the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" movie.

Books challenged in schools

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Harry Potter and Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" are some of the American Library Association's most frequently challenged books.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

For sale: one of Prussia's grandest houses, 44 rooms, panoramic view, chapel, torture chamber -- going cheap.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

N.Y. City Opera continues Handel festival

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The New York City Opera has opened its 60th anniversary season with George Frideric Handel's seldom-performed "Alcina," continuing its retrospective of Handel's
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Watercooler Stories

For decades municipalities followed the lead of the federal government and did not tax nonprofits, but that is changing rapidly, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

A wedding reception in Garden City, N.Y., ended with three friends of the groom in jail and two police officers injured.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
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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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