Atkinson to play Voldemort in Harry Potter

LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- British comic actor Rowan Atkinson has reportedly signed on to play the villain Voldemort in the fourth Harry Potter film.

The Web: School's out, the kids are online

A series by UPI examining the global telecommunications phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. This week: School is out for the Christmas season, meaning kids have more free time, which, experts say, they are spending increasingly online.

'Lord of the Rings' winner of the Big Read

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Results are in! The BBC announced on Saturday 13 December that J. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" was the favorite book of the Britlish public. The others are,
By United Press International

British Library releases new CD

LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Following the success of two earlier CDs, the British Library has issued "The Spoken Work: Children's Authors."

Rugby victory boosts sale of books

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The victory parade on Monday for the English rugby team brought 1m people into the streets of London.
By United Press International

Last votes for Big Read

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Voting closes Thursday at 6 p.m. for Britain's Big Read competition to find the nation's best-loved novel.

Jim Dale gets Grammy Award nomination

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Actor Jim Dale has been nominated for a Grammy for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" audiobook in the best spoken-word album for children category.

A 'period' book tops British best sellers

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The best-selling book in Britain this Christmas is not Harry Potter but a non-fiction work on punctuation and grammar.

Final 'Rings' film to earn $1 billion

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The final installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy appears poised to become the second film after Titanic to make more than $1 billion at the box office.

Analysis: Box-office blues

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- With the holiday movie season well under way, the U.S. box office stands virtually no chance of matching -- or even challenging -- last year's record grosses.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

250 million Harry Potter books sold

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Global sales of the five Harry Potter books, already translated into 60 languages, have hit 250 million, the agent for the books' author said Monday.

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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.
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Harry Potter
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)

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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