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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Eerie special effects, monstrous makeup, and shock editing all contribute to the thrills of a spooky movie. But it may be the film's music that has the greatest influence.

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The Takeaway

Celebrating Rowling and Her Voracious Readers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fifteen years ago today, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" hit bookshelves in London. Today, her books are converting young readers to the idea that a new book can be as exciting as a new video game, that a novel is just as thrilling as a 3D movie, and that good writing is as valuable as good food.

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Features

'Harry Potter' Fans Prep for City's Quidditch Tournament

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Stony Brook University quidditch squad is just one of a hundred teams from as far as New Zealand that are set to compete in the fifth annual Quidditch World Cup on Randall’s Island this weekend.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Rise of The Planet of The Apes'

Saturday, August 06, 2011

In this week's Movie Date Podcast, Kristen and Rafer discuss the latest "Planet of the Apes" movie, and why it's far from your daddy's Charlton Heston flick. They also talk about motion capture animation, and how the technology can offer cinema magic or a bit of an empty feeling. As far as whether the film was a good or bad date, you'll have to listen to find out! 

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apparently there's a big movie out this weekend, though Rafer and Kristen can barely remember what it is. Kidding! They both saw the new Harry Potter movie, as did The Takeaway's former Digital Editor Jim Colgan — a self-described fan who loves the books and movies equally. The three of them discuss the final big screen installment, ten years later, of J.K. Rowling's cultural phenomenon. 

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The Takeaway

Does the Final Harry Potter Film Deliver?

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's been 10 years since the first Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," first debuted in cinemas, and 14 years since the novel first hit bookshelves. This weekend, the final installment of Harry Potter films, "Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows: Part 2," opens in theatres and — as is inevitable with a fanbase this immense and dedicated — anticipation for the film is high. It's already managed to sell out 2,000 screenings across the country.

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Features

Does It All End Here? Searching for Harry Potter's Successor

Thursday, July 14, 2011

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” raked in $158.4 million domestically over the weekend, breaking records which "The Dark Knight" had held, according to Warner Bros. The film's world premiere marks the end (for now) to the adventures of Harry Potter. WNYC reached out to book publishers, teen lit reviewers and librarians to find out what new titles have the potential to fill the gap.

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Features

'Harry Potter' Fans Gear Up for Exhibit in Times Square

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Harry Potter: The Exhibit," which previously passed through Toronto, Boston and other cities, is arriving at Discovery Times Square on Friday.

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WNYC News

How Do You Say "Quidditch"?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg and, on his right, Adrian Benepe, Parks Commissioner and Quidditch expert. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg certainly didn't know. In this snippet from this morning's ...

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Studio 360

Deconstructing Harry

Friday, July 13, 2007

Kurt considers the shockwaves surrounding the final installment of modern literature’s most beloved English school boy, Harry Potter. Will JK Rowling really bump off the little wizard? We'll hear from obsessive pre-teens, child psychologist Wendy Mogel, and Sara Nelson, the editor of Publishers Weekly, ...

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Studio 360

Potter, Mars, Griffin

Friday, July 13, 2007

Little reminders of our humanity. We’ll consider the fate of Harry Potter, find out what it takes to photograph something much bigger than ourselves: Mars. Then we’ll hear a story from Miranda July that might break your heart. And later, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin performs.

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