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'Harry Potter's' Uncle Vernon, Richard Griffiths, dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 65. Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.


Book trailer reveal: Director Chris Columbus' first novel

The director of 'The Goonies' and two 'Harry Potter' films has written 'House of Secrets' with Ned Vizzini. Take an exclusive look at the book trailer. Who better to help Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter movies, with a fantasy book targeted at middle school readers than the Potter creator herself, J.K. Rowling?


This invisibility cloak is thinner than anything in Harry Potter's closet

Invisibility Cloak - NBC News

If you liked last year's bulky invisibility cloaks, you'll love this year's fashionable ultra-thin invisibility wrap — which is just a tenth of a millimeter thick but can still make the objects inside undetectable to microwave scans."This is the first time an ultra-thin cloak has been realized, much thinner than the wavelength," Andrea Alu, a materials-science researcher at the University of Texas...


Fans stand and cheer for author J.K. Rowling

Just the mention of her name, J.K. Rowling, had the audience screaming and on its feet. The "Harry Potter" author spoke for just over an hour before a capacity crowd Tuesday night at Manhattan's Lincoln Center in her sole U.S. public appearance to promote her first novel for grownups, "The Casual Vacancy."


Rowling not ruling out another Harry Potter book

J.K. Rowling says she plans to return to writing for young people - and doesn't rule out another book set in Harry Potter's magical world....


JK Rowling to build Hogwarts-style tree houses

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is building two tree houses fit for a wizard. Despite some complaints from neighbors, the City of Edinburgh Council said Thursday it has approved the Harry Potter author's application to create the large tree houses in her garden for her children.

Senh: Just let her build it. It'd be the coolest thing ever for her kids.


'Hunger Games' tops 'Harry Potter'

The Hunger Games

Girl wonder beats boy wizard. The Hunger Games trilogy has surpassed the Harry Potter books to become the best-selling series on Amazon.com, the company announced Friday.


Rowling webcast will promote new Potter kids club

J.K. Rowling's next book is for adults, but she will be on hand this fall to help promote a new club for kids, the Harry Potter Reading Club.


Harry Potter adventures go on sale in e-book form

Harry Potter

At last, Harry Potter's adventures are available electronically. The seven novels about J.K. Rowling's boy wizard are for sale as e-books and audio books on the author's Pottermore website, the site's creators announced Tuesday.


J.K. Rowling has deal for new novel for adults

J.K. Rowling

Adult fans of J.K. Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grownups. The kids will have to wait and see. The author of the mega-selling "Harry Potter" series has an agreement with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to release her first adult novel, the publishers announced Thursday. The title, release date and details about the book, long rumored, were not announced. A neighbor of Rowling's in Edinburgh, author Ian Rankin, tweeted Thursday that he thinks Rowling has written a mystery novel.


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