Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Hunger Games Wins Monster $155M Weekend

Unseats 'Spider-Man,' 'Twilight' series

(Newser) - The Hunger Games is the smashing victor of the weekend's box office, vaulting past Spider-Man 3 and the Twilight saga to grab the No. 3 biggest opening weekend of all time with $155 million. It's the biggest opening ever for a non-sequel, notes the Hollywood Reporter , and lags... More »

JK Rowling: I Almost Killed Ron

She wanted to kill one of the trio 'out of pure spite'

(Newser) - Talk about your unforgivable curses. JK Rowling has revealed that she came very close to tossing an Avada Kedavra Ron Weasley’s way somewhere in the middle of the Harry Potter series. “I did seriously consider killing Ron,” Rowling tells Daniel Radcliffe in an interview on the Harry ... More »

Harry Potter Hits $1B

The boy wizard and the cash register on fire...

(Newser) - It took Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 all of 17 days to zoom to the $1 billion mark, becoming the first in the franchise to achieve a feat only eight other films have ever managed. But hot on Deathly Hallows Part 2's tail is Transformers: Dark ... More »

Captain America Vanquishes Harry Potter

Superhero trounces boy wizard at the box office

(Newser) - Just a week after the final Harry Potter movie smashed all kinds of records, Captain America unceremoniously unseated the boy wizard, reports the LA Times. The 3D comic book extravaganza raked in $65.8 million, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took a dive to $48.1... More »

Harry Potter Magic Makes Palin Film 'Disappear'

'The Undefeated ' plays to empty seats, collects $70K

(Newser) - The latest Harry Potter film has chalked up a feat of political magic: It made Sarah Palin's new documentary nearly "obliviate" from the public's mind. The Los Angeles Times calls it a case of "Harry Potter and The Order of Palin," and reports that the... More »

Harry Potter's Real Magic Was on Way We Read

More than a popular book, Potter transformed literature, says critic

(Newser) - With the release of the eighth and final movie in the Harry Potter franchise, stories about the famous young wizard may be over, but the series' legacy—both cultural and literary—will live on, writes John Granger in the Washington Post . "[JK] Rowling transformed our idea of what stories... More »

Harry Potter Conjures Box Office Records

$180 million possible this weekend in United States alone

(Newser) - Harry Potter is shouting "Expelliarmus " to box office records all over the world, as the last film in the Potter series hits cinemas with an unprecedented bang. Factoring in midnight screenings, Warner Bros thinks Deathly Hallows: Part 2 could pull in $80 million today for the best single-day... More »

Deathy Hallows 2: Best Potter Film?

Last movie in Potter series impresses the critics in early reviews

(Newser) - The early reviews are in for the eighth and final film in the Harry Potter series—and the consensus is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is magical. The last Potter film made its world premiere in London, and British and trade papers are raving about the movie,... More »

Fans Gather for Final Harry Potter Premiere

Potter fans sit through London downpour to see actors on red carpet

(Newser) - Thousands of Harry Potter fans have camped out in rainy central London ahead of the premiere of the final film in the series. Braving weather that made it almost impossible to sleep, the fans sheltered under umbrellas today to mark their spot in Trafalgar Square—where the stars of the... More »

JK Rowling Creates Mysterious New Website

But her PR agency says it's not a new book

(Newser) - The mysterious Pottermore.com was the single end to an online scavenger hunt spanning 10 Harry Potter fansites yesterday, but author JK Rowling isn’t quite ready to reveal exactly what Pottermore will be. The site says only "Coming soon" for now. With the last Harry Potter movie hitting... More »

Emma Watson: 'I Want to Live Like Patti Smith'

21-year-old actress talks about life after 'Harry Potter'

(Newser) - Emma Watson is preparing for the next chapter of her life. The Harry Potter actress acknowledges that she needs to find her way out of the bubble, which she describes in part as the safe world of life on the set of the successful film franchise, in the July issue... More »

Between Harry Potter and Osama, ‘Eerie’ Connections

The links could boost Potter's box office, writes Gregg Kilday

(Newser) - Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, the inevitable question: When will the first movie about his death come out? In the Hollywood Reporter , Gregg Kilday makes the case that it might be as soon as July 15 ... when the final Harry Potter installment hits theaters. There have been... More »

Trailer for Harry Potter Finale Looks ‘Epic’

Part 2 of ‘Deathly Hallows’ in theaters July 15

(Newser) - The end of the Harry Potter series is that much closer with the release of the trailer for the grand finale. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is out July 15, and the tease looks promising. "The quiet, almost elegiac opening seconds, though, are what get me... More »

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