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By Dave Rosenthal | March 27, 2012
Harry Potter fans, who have waited years for a wizard to transform his tales into digital form, can finally buy ebooks. J.K. Rowling's new website, Pottermore, began selling the ebooks this morning, with prices ranging from $7.99 for the first three in the series, to $9.99. The complete set of seven HP novels sells for $57.54.   Pottermore allows Rowling to sidestep online retailers that would take a cut of the sales price. Few authors command enough loyalty and selling power to make that work, but then again, few books have inspired their own amusement park -- the Wizarding World of Harry Potter . If anyone can make this work, it's Rowling.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. It's going to be a long road to acceptance. The Chicago-based blog Sherman Ave assigned each Big Ten school a corresponding Game of Thrones character last week. Many of their assignments were spot on - Northwestern as the smart, if not physically unimposing Tyrion Lannister; Michigan as the talented, slightly arrogant superpower Jamie Lannister; and Ohio State as the loathsome top dog Joffrey. But scroll to the bottom and you'll see new members Maryland and Rutgers, who join the league on July 1. They weren't exactly deemed worthy of Game of Thrones characters.
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November 16, 2010
I was surprised to learn that the main audience for the newest Harry Potter film will most likely be adults ("Harry Potter casts a spell on grown-ups, Nov. 12). Growing up in Baltimore and with Harry Potter, I never knew that there was such a love for the wizarding world among adults. These adults feel like they get to escape when reading and watching the Harry Potter series. It is sad that they are in need of such escapism in today's society. The stress of their jobs and home lives leads them to Harry Potter.
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By Kristine Henry,
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| February 13, 2014
Last night we were trying to come up with some good family-friendly movies to watch while hunkered down during the snow storm, and for the days afterward while we're mostly home. I asked friends for suggestions, given these parameters: It had to not have too much kissing (so my 11-year-old son wouldn't puke) and not too much scariness (so my 8-year-old daughter wouldn't have nightmares) and no Pixars because I think we've seen them all. Here are some of the suggestions we received, in no particular order: Secret of Kells The Princess Bride Short Circuit School of Rock Nacho Libre My Neighbor Totoro Spirited Away* Sky High Minute Men The Secret of Roan Inish How to Train Your Dragon Princess Mononoke Enders Game Parental Guidance Bend it Like Beckham Bad News Bears Herbie Space Balls Star Wars Iron Giant Hugo TinTin Howl's Moving Castle Hunger Games Despicable Me 2 Harry Potter(s)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2011
Parents taking your kids to "Harry Potter" tonight, don't fret. If you go to Landmark's Harbor East Cinema, at least you won't have to watch the movie sober. The theater's bartender, Ginny Lawhorn, has come up with a "Harry Potter"-themed cocktail menu to coincide with the movie's release. Not that the movie's bad. In fact, reviews have been ecstatic . But who can keep up with all that nonsense about muggles and mudbloods? Now, when your kids - or maybe your significant other with the Harry Potter obsession - is blathering on about Horcrux or Quittich or whatever, you can tune out for a couple of hours with one of Lawhorn's anesthesizing cocktails.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 10, 2012
Harry Potter novels will be available through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Amazon said today, in announcing a deal with J.K. Rowling's Pottermor e website. announced today. Of course, there's a catch. To get access to the library, you'll need to spend $79 for an Amazon program that also offers perks such as free two-day shipping. “We're absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we'll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 10, 2011
OK. You're excited. We're excited. There are just a few short days until the final Harry Potter movies opens. But don't just go and sit boringly in your seat and eat your boring popcorn like some boring loser. Embrace your inner geek and build an awesome, geektastic glow-in-the-dark Potter wand!  The good folks at Instructables.com have spelled out a simple, easy tutorial with which you can build your wand for less than $10 and it's powerful enough to use as a flashlight.  Here's the link for  how to do the job .  We'll see you at the theatre -- awesome, glowing wand in hand.     
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By Katie V. Jones | July 17, 2011
With the release this weekend of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II," the final movie in the "Harry Potter" series, fans around the county have enjoyed numerous events to mark the occasion, with more still planned in the weeks to come. Whether making pumpkin juice, creating a family shield or role playing, fans of the boy wizard can't seem to get enough of the popular children's book series and movies. "A Week at Hogwarts," a SummerKids class for ages 9 to 12, has been held at Carroll Community College every summer for the last five years.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
At a screening in Columbia, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl emerged from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" blissed-out but also fighting because he wouldn't kiss her during the movie — he didn't want to miss a single second of the action. Parents with grade-schoolers and high schoolers, groups of college pals and young professionals out on dates blinked at the lobby lights and maybe blinked away some tears. The scene was being repeated in theaters nationwide, as the final Harry Potter movie rolled out its final chapter this weekend — and audiences responded with explosions of bittersweet emotion and record ticket sales.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 13, 2011
Don’t shed a tear for Harry Potter. Sure, the last film in the blockbuster saga opens this weekend. But you’ll always have the books and the DVDs. Or you can write sexy Potter fan fiction. Or you can just use Twitter to keep up with your favorite Harry Potter characters (or, um, “interesting” versions of them). Here are our four must-follows. Harry Potter, @daboiwholived Who: Uh, Harry Potter Followers: 2,989 Why you should follow him: This is an oddly street-smart Harry, who proclaims he “grew up in da hood of Privet Drive” and advocates for “FOUR LOKO ALL DAY ERRRDAY.” Dumbledore may not approve of his language or his frequent use of the hashtag #prettyboiswag.
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By Kristy MacKaben, For the Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
Acupuncture may have saved Harry. Severe back problems led to partial paralysis for the 11-year-old black Labrador retriever who was named after Harry Potter. After a back operation, Harry was still in immense pain and couldn't move his back legs. His owner, Margaret Thompson of Charles Village , immediately thought of acupuncture. "I'm an acupuncture person. I have done acupuncture myself," says Thompson. "I read how acupuncture in animals produces dramatic results. " So she contacted Fred Wolfson, owner of Acupuncture for All in Mount Washington, who generally treats humans but also works on animals.
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By Dave Rosenthal | July 31, 2012
It was annoying enough to purists when Harry Potter and Twilight books were split into two movies -- a blatant attempt to squeeze more money out of rabid fans -- but now we learn that "The Hobbit" is going to be carved into three movies. If you do the math, that means director Peter Jackson will make a movie for each 90 pages of Tokien's book. And I'm guesssing that each movie will be epic-length, so we're probably in for seven-plus hours of screen time. That's more than enough time to read the book at least twice.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 10, 2012
Harry Potter novels will be available through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Amazon said today, in announcing a deal with J.K. Rowling's Pottermor e website. announced today. Of course, there's a catch. To get access to the library, you'll need to spend $79 for an Amazon program that also offers perks such as free two-day shipping. “We're absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we'll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 27, 2012
Harry Potter fans, who have waited years for a wizard to transform his tales into digital form, can finally buy ebooks. J.K. Rowling's new website, Pottermore, began selling the ebooks this morning, with prices ranging from $7.99 for the first three in the series, to $9.99. The complete set of seven HP novels sells for $57.54.   Pottermore allows Rowling to sidestep online retailers that would take a cut of the sales price. Few authors command enough loyalty and selling power to make that work, but then again, few books have inspired their own amusement park -- the Wizarding World of Harry Potter . If anyone can make this work, it's Rowling.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
When the lights dim for "Hunger Games" at midnight Thursday, Fatimah Nelson, who bought tickets weeks ago, will be there, a bit breathless, at the edge of a plush seat at Arundel Mills. "I've been waiting months and months and months," says the Baltimore 21-year-old. "I'm really excited. " Nelson and millions of others in Maryland and around the country are braced for the opening of "Hunger Games," the latest young adult book series to become a runaway hit and then a movie and, it's looking like, a cultural phenomenon on the likes of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight.
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By Dave Rosenthal | December 29, 2011
One of the highlights of the holiday break that took me away from Read Street was a trip to see Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter movies, in his Broadway debut. Radcliffe has held the lead role as J. Pierrepont Finch (F-I-N-C-H, as he says frequently) in the revival of "How to Succeed in Show Business Without Really Trying. " I admit that I haven't seen the HP movies, so I wasn't among the fans, including my niece, who were dying to see Radcliffe in the flesh.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Alexander Williams was always so reluctant to read that his school arranged to get him special help. But he felt differently about the stories when they were told on a big screen. Most people who love the films begin with the books. But for Alex, the process worked the other way around. When he was finally forced to page through J.K. Rowling's novels to fulfill a class assignment, the characters in the novels took on added life in his imagination. "Alex was completely enthralled, to where he would not put the book down," said his mother, Erin Riley of Belcamp.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2011
Charm City Cakes made this special-effects Hogwarts cake for the party following Monday night's New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" The party was held at the American Museum of Natural History following the invite-only screening at Avery Fisher Hall. It lit up real good!
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November 1, 2011
This week, we asked about your favorite movies from 2011. Here's what you had to say. ••••  “Thor” --A ndrew Daugherty  via Facebook ••••  “The Help” --J ennifer Mundie  via Facebook ••••  I really liked “Hesher”! --K elly Mitchell  via Facebook ••••  “Bridesmaids" was f---ing hilarious and so was "The Hangover 2". --C arol Ann Sonnet-McCall  via Facebook •••• “Midnight in Paris” --R ex Anderson  via Facebook ••••  “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” --T akeeta Baker  via Facebook ••••  “Hugo” --L indsay Wailes  via Facebook ••••  “The Muppets.” I laughed, I cried, I left feeling happy.
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By Marvin Krislov | August 22, 2011
To Zac, my son: As you prepare to enter college, one of your childhood pleasures - the "Harry Potter" books and movies - is ending in theaters around the world. What a journey author J.K. Rowling provided for you and millions of young people everywhere. You have grown up with Harry Potter. I read the first book to you when you were in second grade. Enthralled by the characters, the adventure, the heroics and the coming-of-age stories, you finished reading the series when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published in summer 2007.
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