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First Night: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Leicester Square, London

Magical end to franchise that cast its spell on cinema for a decade

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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Potter moves online (official)

Harry Potter author JK Rowling unveiled her latest project yesterday, Pottermore, an interactive website aimed at encouraging reading among young people.

JK Rowling gifts fans Harry Potter website

Previously unpublished Harry Potter material will be released on a new website in a move described by author JK Rowling as a "give-back" to her millions of fans.

Harry Potter's secret is out after PR slip gives the game away

One literary public relations executive needed.

Rowling campaigns for Europe's 1m institutionalised children

Today is International Children's Day. Although it doesn't have a particularly high profile in Britain, it is celebrated widely across Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South America and markes the anniversary of the world conference or the Well-being of Children held in Geneva in 1925.

Jeff Kinney: Diarist of a Wimpy Kid

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Thirsty Work: The coffee shop as office

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Diana Wynne Jones: Doyenne of fantasy writers whose books for children paved the way for JK Rowling

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.

Paul Vallely: The Bookless Child and the Postcode Lottery

Libraries in the PM's backyard have had a reprieve, but closures elsewhere eliminate young borrowers at random

No Potter plagiarism

An american judge has dismissed a case alleging J K Rowling copied ideas for Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire from The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard by the late Adrian Jacobs.

US judge dismisses JK Rowling plagiarism claim

An American judge has dismissed a case alleging that Harry Potter author JK Rowling copied her ideas from another writer.

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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
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