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Previously unpublished Harry Potter material will be released on a new website in a move described by author JK Rowling as a "give-back" to her millions of fans.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

Forget Harry Potter – Kinney's books have sold more than 50 million copies and spawned a major film franchise. James Mottram meets him

Thirsty Work: The coffee shop as office

Coffee shops are the unofficial offices of an army of modern workers thanks to free wi-fi, good company and caffeine on tap. But, says David Crookes, cafes have been places of business for centuries

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.

‘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
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Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

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The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

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Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

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BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride