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J.K. Rowling

Hundreds camp out for final Potter premiere

Feverish anticipation continued last night as today's premiere in London of the final Harry Potter film drew near. The film will bring to an end the eight-film saga of JK Rowling's boy wizard, a series that has spawned an era of international obsession. Fans camped overnight in Trafalgar Square ahead of the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, sheltering beneath ponchos, tents and coats. Some devotees wore costumes of the character, and Lara Teresa, 16, even travelled from Germany for the occasion.

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Diana Wynne Jones: Doyenne of fantasy writers whose books for children

Diana Wynne Jones was one of this country's most talented and inventive writers of speculative fiction. In a career spanning four decades she influenced generations of readers, including many who went on to become authors themselves, and displayed a range and originality in her approach to fantasy writing that made her unique among British novelists.

Stamps cast a spell

Wizards and enchanters who have brought magic to millions, from the tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of CS Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling, feature in Magical Realms, a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail.

‘This is what MS looks like’

Even her doctors advised Cathy John to keep her illness to herself. She explains why she’s decided to ‘come out’ – and hopes others will follow