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A struggling writer living in Edinburgh when the first Harry Potter book was published, Rowling is now thought to be worth more than £500m following the astronomical success of the franchise. She has given £10m to research into multiple sclerosis at the city's university, which claimed the life of her mother

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A model of Hogwarts at the new studio tour

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Tomorrow, The Making of Harry Potter tour opens to the British public – and it's wizard, says 15-year-old Holly Hatfield, who's had a sneak peek

Luke Blackall: Always check the loos after the Baftas to see if anyone's forgotten their award

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DVD: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12)

Harry Potter's film incarnation can now settle where he belongs – the pre-Christmas shopping melee.

Tom Felton is first of Harry Potter stars to bag a blockbuster role

With the Harry Potter valedictory lap, replete with fans declaring their childhood officially over and photo-montages tracking its junior cast from pre-teen to young adults, finally over, people may be surprised that the franchise's first youngster onto their next blockbuster role, isn't Harry, Hermoine or Ron, but their scheming nemesis Draco Malfoy, aka actor Tom Felton, with his lead role in new prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (12A)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Laurie Penny: Elitism, Hogwarts-style

Young people who grew up with the Harry Potter books and films are beginning to tire of waiting to be chosen

DVD: Clash of the Titans (12)

Ralph Fiennes tries his hammy best (channelling a heady mix of Richard III, Fagin and Rigsby) as miffed Hades, god of the underworld, in this humourless and noisy Greek-myth actioner.

DVD: Clash of the Titans, For retail & rental (Warner)

This CGI-heavy remake of the 1981 adventure film has Perseus (Sam Worthington) battling monsters, while the ridiculously wigged and made-up gods of Olympus (Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes) look on.

Clash of the Titans (12a)

The week's other 3-D adventure swaps Vikings for the ancient Greeks, who have apparently become so uppity that Zeus (Liam Neeson) intends to make an example of them.

DVD: The Reader, For retail and rental, (Entertainment in Video)

A film that was always going to bring a tear to the eye – for lead actress Kate Winslet as she accepted her Bafta and Oscar trophies.

DVD: The Reader (15)

With Billy Elliot director, Daldry, at the helm, playwright David Hare penning the screenplay and Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes in the leading roles, The Reader should surely be a classic.

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