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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.

Harry Potter end 'a fitting climax'

Jason Isaacs thinks the end of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' is a "fitting climax to a 10-year adventure'.

Video: Stars shine at Potter farewell

It's the end of an era as the stars of Harry Potter descend on Trafalgar Square for premiere of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Tears in Trafalgar Square as Harry Potter hangs up his wand

It wasn't just the fans camped in Trafalgar Square who shed a tearful goodbye to the boy wizard. The premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 marked the end of a £2bn spell cast over the UK film industry.

Stars arrive at Harry Potter premiere

The sun came out for the final instalment of the Harry Potter series as the film's stars arrived for its world premiere.

Hundreds camp out for final Potter premiere

Feverish anticipation continued last night as today's premiere in London of the final Harry Potter film drew near. The film will bring to an end the eight-film saga of JK Rowling's boy wizard, a series that has spawned an era of international obsession. Fans camped overnight in Trafalgar Square ahead of the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, sheltering beneath ponchos, tents and coats. Some devotees wore costumes of the character, and Lara Teresa, 16, even travelled from Germany for the occasion.

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Gay Pride has lots of sparkle, lots of pink plus a hint of grey

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Women mobilise for first British 'SlutWalk' rally

Thousands of provocatively-dressed women are expected to march through London next month when the growing "SlutWalk" phenomenon reaches these shores.

A day for the people to share in a young man's journey from sadness to joy

The forecast was rain. The forecast was drizzle, and clouds and probably showers, but, actually, when a young helicopter pilot from London SW1 placed the ring on the finger of a young party-accessories supplier from Bucklebury, the sun, briefly, shone.

Police crack down on 'troublemakers' as royal wedding nears

Police warned protesters that "robust" action would be taken against anyone planning to disrupt the royal wedding, with more activists expected to be arrested ahead of Friday's ceremony.

Sombre ceremony marks US Civil War

Sombre period music, flickering candlelight and booming cannons ushered in America's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Album: Roy Orbison, The Monument Singles Collection: 1960-64 (Monument Legacy)

It's long been conventional to regard the gap between the fading of rock'n'roll's 1950s thunderclap and the first landing of the British Invasion in 1964 as a sort of taste vacuum in pop.

The jacket that defines Britain

Everywhere Mat Snow looks, he sees people in jeans and North Face jackets. Why are we dressed to depress? It's our duty to be flamboyant in times of recession, he argues – not a nation of black-clad Calvinists
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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