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

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.

Leading Article: Bewitched

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.

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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.

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Books: More Fun - and more frights...

HAVING READ the first two Harry Potter books, I was only too pleased when I got my hands on the third. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury, pounds 10.99) tells the tale of how Harry escapes the horrible temper of the evil wizard Sirius Black and his unknown helper.

Why does everyone like Harry Potter?

He is the perfect hero for readers looking for reassurance and a nannyish moral certainty

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.

Thursday Book: Mesmerising, at any age

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN BY JK ROWLING, BLOOMSBURY, pounds 10.99

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.

Books: The dark side of Harry Potter

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Media: Harry Potter and a marketing whizz

School's out, the bookshops are ready. Watch marketing chiefs create a new superhero in children's literature. By Rachelle Thackray

Harry returns in a blaze of hype

YOU MIGHT be forgiven for thinking that Salman Rushdie's latest Booker-tipped epic will be the publishing event of the summer. But you would be wrong.
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