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22-year-old adult James Ashford recently visited Harry Potter World on his own. This is his sorry tale

JK Rowling in deal for first adult novel‎

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has signed a deal to publish her first novel for adults.

The Blagger's Guide To...The Woman In Black

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The Weekend's Viewing: Call the Midwife, Sun, BBC1
Sherlock, Sun, BBC1

I do understand why creators don't much care for critics.

Potter casts one final spell on Bloomsbury

As fans waved goodbye to Harry Potter with the release of the final film in the series, the teen wizard once again cast a spell over publisher Bloomsbury, whose sales "surged" in response.

Harry Potter: little known facts and figures

Harry Potter is breaking records all over the world, here are some little-known facts and figures from ten years of movie-making magic.

Harry Potter: The story of Snape

Behind-the-scenes analysis by the filmmakers, actors and JK Rowling about the complex storyline about Hogwarts headmaster Professor Snape.

Harry Potter: Interview with Tom Felton

As the last of the films is released, the young star speaks about terrifying children and his new role in Planet of the Apes

Harry Potter: The End

For Laurie Penny and her friends, the Harry Potter stories offered a spellbinding escape from adolescent reality. As the final part of JK Rowling's saga hits the cinema, she explains why they have been left bereft.

Video: Exclusive Harry Potter world premiere report

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.

Video: Emma dazzles at Harry Potter premiere

Hermione takes to the red carpet for the final time at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Harry Potter and the furious feud: Rowling banishes her literary agent

After 16 years, man behind author's first deal will miss new chapter of e-book millions

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Previously unpublished Harry Potter material will be released on a new website in a move described by author JK Rowling as a "give-back" to her millions of fans.

Culture Club: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Readers review this week's big film

Oscar-winning film duo move into video games

The directors behind the Oscar-winning animated short "Logorama," are moving into the live-action world - but they aren't going Hollywood just yet.
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