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

50p Harry Potter fetches pounds 4,830

50p Harry Potter fetches pounds 4,830

Letter: Muggled thinking

Sir: J K Rowling's use of the term "muggles" is not original ("Harry Potter goes to court over muggles", 24 November). This is a long- standing slang term for marijuana, and the title of a recording made by Louis Armstrong in 1928.

Harry Potter goes to court over muggles

OWL POST message to Harry Potter: urgent that you muster magical powers to vapourise American author Nancy Stouffer. If this is not convenient, don't panic. Your creator, J K Rowling is taking her to court.

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HARRY POTTER is a hero for Everyman. Teachers, children and parents alike have melted before the all-conquering power of the hero of Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, a source of addictive delight for millions, full of reassurance and rebellion in equal measure. JK Rowling has created a fictional character who seems certain to flourish well into the 21st century.

Love and death in new Harry Potter

HARRY POTTER'S adventures, already dark and spooky for children and adult readers, will become even scarier. The author, JK Rowling, says "there will be deaths" in the fourth Harry Potter book - and fans fear for the fate of Harry's best friend Ron.

Harry Potter casts his spell

ONE OF the most heavily hyped stunts of the publishing world seemed to have paid off yesterday when it was revealed that sales of the latest novel featuring the boy wizard Harry Potter had smashed those of its nearest rival.

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Latest Harry Potter casts a spell of hype

THIS IS the tale of Harry Potter and a marketing wheeze. Today will see hordes of children rushing from school to buy the latest book in the adventures of the Nineties' most popular children's fiction hero.

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Harry returns in a blaze of hype

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Harry Potter goes to Hollywood

HARRY POTTER, the schoolboy wizard adored by 156,000 adults and children since the publication last summer of J K Rowling's book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has been bought up by Hollywood in a "seven-figure" film deal.

Macabre, dry, mad about reading. Like Roald Dahl really, says the late author's wife.

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THEATRE / Bulletins from a class war: Paul Taylor on The Queen and I and Road in a double-bill at the Royal Court, and T W Robertson's Caste at BAC

There can be few actresses who have had the privilege of playing, in the one day, both a busty, sex- starved, working-class blonde whose squaddie pick-up is so plastered he pukes over his pie and chips, and Her Majesty the Queen of England. On Saturday, this honour went to the wonderful Pam Ferris in Max Stafford-Clark's double bill at the Royal Court of Jim Cartwright's Road (1986) and Sue Townsend's stage version of her best-selling novel The Queen and I.

REVIEW / Out of the wings on a prayer: Rhoda Koenig on Richard Crane's Under the Stars, where understudies are given their big break

'YOU'RE going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star]' It's the call to glory that every understudy dreams of, while thinking that if Ruby Keeler could be a star not only could he or she but anyone. The ladies in waiting in Richard Crane's Under the Stars, however, haven't gone anywhere for quite some time. Regina has spent 25 years sitting in her dressing-room on the chance that 'the Dame' might literally break a leg; the likewise inappropriately named Stella has been 32 years in the business without making an impression. As two famous actresses create on-stage magic and off-stage scandal, Regina and Stella endlessly rehearse their roles as, respectively, Clytemnestra and Helen, with only the downtrodden assistant director for an audience.
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