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

DVD: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (12)

The profitable Potter franchise nears its end with this, the first half of the dark final book.

Harry Potter star 'beaten after meeting non-Muslim man'

A Harry Potter star was beaten, called a "slag" and threatened with death after she met a young man who was not a Muslim, a court heard today.

Harry Potter and the death of an industry

The wizard has cast a spell on British film. But he vanishes soon

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

Readers review this week's big film

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, David Yates, 146 mins (12A)

If you haven't read the books, the latest Potter plot will whizz over your head like a broomstick

Imogen McSmith: I grew up with you, Harry, but it's over

Our writer moves on, as screening of the last tale begins

First Night: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1

Appetiser that will leave Potter fans hungry for the finale

Harry Potter star sports skimpy dress for premiere

Harry Potter star Emma Watson turned on the magic with a barely-there dress as she bewitched fans at the premiere of the latest Harry Potter film tonight.

Harry Potter stars face future as films draw to close

The first of two movies that wrap up the hugely successful Harry Potter adventures has its world premiere in London on Thursday, leaving its young stars eyeing an uncertain future.

Harry Potter and the class of Hogwarts 2000

From Confundus charms to deathly decoys, Harry Potter's pals have helped him out of countless scrapes. Now the movie franchise is drawing to a close, we find out what they're planning next.

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

Hallowe'en holidays: Hogwarts heaven for families

Kevin Rawlinson catches up with Harry Potter's wizardly escapades at Orlando's new attraction

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - preview photos

Take a sneak peek at the hotly anticipated penultimate Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, with this selection of preview snaps from the film.

Bloomsbury to relaunch Harry Potter series

Bloomsbury publishing said the relaunch of the Harry Potter series to tie in with the keenly awaited movie of the final book would help drive a stronger second half after interim profits fell 48 per cent.

Harry Potter actress to appear at family death threats trial

A Harry Potter star will be called to give evidence at the trial of her father and brother accused of threatening to kill her, a court heard today.

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