Daily Archives: November 12, 2011

Latest Harry Potter Book News

Start-up *OpenMargin Lets Users Share Social Notes in E-Books
The idea was, why not get good help, even if it's anonymous? (Even Harry Potter did it.) *Openmargin, a start-up based in The Netherlands, is employing the old used textbook trick to bring a similar experience to just about any e-book around.
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Culinary wizardry: Cookbook offers look into real foods in the Harry Potter series
And though you may enjoy the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding included in the book, it's not going to magically appear on your table without some hard work and a decent eye for a quality piece of meat. In truth, "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook"
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Tips on choosing holiday gifts for kids
Harry Potter Lego: HP sets abound. Reach for the Knight Bus. The purple triple-Decker bus set just out over the summer includes three mini-figures, of Harry, Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang, along with Harry's owl Hedwig. It can be rebuilt as a regular
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Live the Magic with the Harry Potter book series

Article by Colm Dillinger

Just recently it has been one of the most significant weeks in cinema history with the release of the first part of the last Harry Potter movie. All previous box office records are expected to be smashed from the opening weekend of The Deathly Hallows Part I, with this predicted to be beaten again with the release of part II in 2011. However with the recent hype of the new movies it is easy to forget where all the magic was originally conjured up.

It was 1997 when the first Harry Potter book was published by Bloomsbury, from the day it reached our shelves it was an instant hit, winning countless awards and making J.K Rowling a household name. The novels follow the teenage years of a young wizard called Harry Potter and his life growing up at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The stories tell of him trying to overcome his enemies and to attempting to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort who killed his parents when Harry was a baby. The books follow Harry and friends through their progression of school up until they graduate, the themes include coming of age, fantasy, love and death.

Over the years with the gradual release of the seven books the Harry Potter series has provided significant financial success for Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise, this success has made Rowling the first and so far only billionaire author. The books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and been translated into 67 different languages. Harry Potter has brought a lot of imagination to children and adults alike with many growing up with the main characters Harry, Ron and Hermione. This is why it is not surprising why many people love the books and will spend so much investing into the merchandise of the Harry Potter franchise. The storyline has not only captured the imagination of the children worldwide but has produced a lot of positive press surrounding the books with many people suggesting that it has encouraged a lot more young children to take up reading.

If you want to be a part of the magic and own your own Harry Potter books there are plenty of online book stores that sell the books at great prices, whether you want to buy the whole series or just one, Harry potter will take you on a journey through the world of witchcraft and wizardry that will set your imagination alight.

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What’s With This Harry Potter Lego Craze?

Article by Tod Barren

In a very formal definition, LEGO is “a child’s plastic construction set for making mechanical models”. According to this definition, LEGO does not sound any fun at all. Children and mechanics simply don’t fit in the same sentence. A more proper definition of LEGO could be “set of colored bricks which can be put together in order to create buildings, houses, characters and many other fun things”.

Lego is the name of a company based in Denmark, known all over the world for manufacturing these plastic pieces that brought children of many age so much fun over the last years. At first, LEGO was composed of wooden pieces which were a bit heavier for kids to play with all day. Even so, LEGO sets had a huge success amongst kids’ creativity. While Lego has made it easier for parent to choose the right gift, things got difficult when this company started making special sets, similar to puzzles, which could recreate specific characters, building and even entire movie scenes. Today, Lego creates blocks which, once put together, resemble famous characters that children have fallen in love with such as Prince of Persia and the forever-famous Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Lego is actually composed of 2 different branches: you can either buy your child LEGO sets that help the recreate scene from the movies or you can buy the necessary pieces to help them build together a small Harry, Ron, Hermione and other famous Harry Potter characters. The sets which recreate scenes are able to do so in great detail, showing children elements which can be found inside buildings and pushing their imagination to greater limits. While sets are more complex and quite difficult for smaller children, Harry Potter LEGO characters are really fun collectible to have and you can buy some extra and place them all around the new Hogwarts castle which your child just helped build.

Amongst the HP LEGO characters, you can find: Harry Potter himself, his companion Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, old and faithful Rubeus Hagrid, Lucius Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Dobby, Marcus Flint, Rolanda Hooch, Draco Malfoy, Oliver Wood, Ginny Wesley, Professor Flitwich, Argus Filch, Fenrir Greyback, Arthur Weasley, Molly Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Lord Voldermort, Bellatrix LeStrange, Ginni Weasley and the evil and ugly Dementors.

Prices for Lego sets recreating scenes are a tad more expensive as children have to put together many elements until they can come up with the final setting. In other words, sets are more complex and can keep children occupied for hours. Characters are just like action figures and can be collected and maybe exchanged between friends until every child can have the complete collection of Harry Potter characters made from Lego pieces. And if Harry Potter is not what your child fancies the most, you can search amongst the many other LEGO sets available on the manufacturer’s official website. You have to admit, with all those X-men and Power Rangers action figures, Harry Potter LEGO really completes the collection!

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Hollywood Fest honors Ben Stiller, Robert Pattinson, Marisa Tomei, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 7, 2008

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their achievements at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on October 27, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Multi-talented actor, director and producer Ben Stiller will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy of the Year Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award,” the Cast of Fox Searchlight’s “The Secret Life of Bees” with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting of the Year Award” and newcomer Robert Pattinson with the “New Hollywood Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. Said Mr. de Abreu, “It is an honor to recognize the great work and talent of Ben Stiller, Marisa Tomei, the principal cast of “The Secret Life of Bees” and Robert Pattinson at this year’s festival.”

About Ben Stiller: Ben Stiller is a prolific actor, director, producer and writer who continues to imprint his unique perspective on film, television and stage. Stiller can currently be seen starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in DreamWorks’ “Tropic Thunder,” an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the biggest war film ever. Stiller also co-wrote, directed and produced the film through his Red Hour Films production banner. In 2009, Stiller will be seen starring as Larry Daley in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,” the sequel to the hit 2006 comedy “Night at the Museum.”

About Marisa Tomei: Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei continues to prove her versatility in the upcoming film “The Wrestler” as the female lead opposite Mickey Roarke. The film is due for release from Fox Searchlight on December 19. Tomei received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit comedy, “My Cousin Vinny.” Best known for rich comic performances, she took a dramatic turn with “In the Bedroom,” earning her second Academy Award nomination. Tomei was most recently seen in “War, Inc.” a political satire written by and starring John Cusack. She was also seen recently in Sidney Lumet’s critically praised jewel heist drama, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” alongside Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

About the Ensemble Cast: “The Secret Life of Bees,” based on the “New York Times” best-selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964, is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping. The film also stars Nate Parker and is directed and adapted by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

About Robert Pattinson: Robert Pattinson plays the role of Edward Cullen in Catherine Hardwicke’s film “Twilight,” due November 21 from Summit Entertainment and based on the international bestseller by Stephenie Meyer. Prior to “Twilight,” Pattinson joined the Harry Potter cast as Cedric Diggory, and appears in both “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” At 19, Pattinson began his professional career with a role in Uli Edel’s film “Sword of Xanten,” in which he starred alongside Sam West and Benno Furmann. Robert Pattinson got his start as a member of the Barnes Theatre Group, taking on the lead role in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” as George Gibbs. He also played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” played Alec in “Tess of the D’Urbevilles” and starred as Malcom in “Macbeth” at the OSO Arts Centre.

About the Hollywood Film Festival & Hollywood Awards

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival

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