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“You should learn to participate,” maintains Paul Rudd's English teacher to timid high-school freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman).

Emma Watson: Squeaky clean... and filthy rich

How did that happen? How did the cute-as-a-button little girl in a kids' movie become the best-paid actress in Hollywood?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, David Yates, 153 mins, (12A)<br>Frozen River, Courtney Hunt, 97 mins, (15)

Don't expect a storyline as teen romances fail to spark and our speccy hero takes a back seat to his arch rival. Still, production design is wondrous ... and there's always the Quidditch

Vatican praises Harry Potter film

The latest Harry Potter film has been praised by The Vatican.

Daniel Radcliffe: 'I won't date Emma Watson'

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said there has been "something really incestuous" about the idea of him dating co-star Emma Watson.

Harlequins 9 Bath 3: Jarvis keeps Quins' heads above water

Borthwick's return becomes the dampest squib for swamped Bath

Public school redivivus

Hogwarts or hotel standards? Jim Kelly discovers why boarding schools are fashionable again

Books: More Fun - and more frights...

HAVING READ the first two Harry Potter books, I was only too pleased when I got my hands on the third. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury, pounds 10.99) tells the tale of how Harry escapes the horrible temper of the evil wizard Sirius Black and his unknown helper.

Why does everyone like Harry Potter?

He is the perfect hero for readers looking for reassurance and a nannyish moral certainty

Books: The dark side of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Joanne Rowling's secret is out

With lightning speed, Joanne Rowling's first book has propelled her from struggling single mother to prize-winning children's author. She tells Ann Treneman that it's as if she'd stepped into one of her own stories ...
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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The geeks who rocked the world

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