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Daniel Radcliffe Leaves Potter Behind, Re-Teams with Jon Hamm in UK's 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' Season Two (VIDEOS)

A new season of Brit drama "A Young Doctor's Notebook," once pegged as a four-part miniseries for the UK's Sky 1, now offers Daniel Radcliffe an extended stay in the television realm -- and life beyond Harry Potter.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 9, 2014 12:32 PM
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NBC News Takes a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Harry Potter World

Harry Potter fans are eagerly waiting the July 8 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley in Orlando, and NBC News host Meredith Vieira earned every Potter geek's envy when she recently visited the theme park for a primetime special.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 1, 2014 10:05 AM
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At NYFF Tribute, Ralph Fiennes Discusses Importance of Directors, Imagination

Where last week's New York Film Festival gala tribute to Cate Blanchett focused entirely on the actress in question, tonight's event--purportedly a similar fĂȘte for Ralph Fiennes--went the kill-two-birds approach. First, there was the expected Q&A, which was truncated more quickly than last week's for a screening of the actor-turned-director's newest film, "The Invisible Woman." As if to back up this impression, my ticket for last week's event was marked 'Cate Blanchett Tribute"; tonight's read simply 'The Invisible Woman.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 9, 2013 11:54 PM
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In the Works: J.K. Rowling to Pen First Screenplay, Set in the Wizarding World 70 Years Prior to Harry Potter

Warner Bros. has announced an expanded creative partnership with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. She will make her screenwriting debut with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the first in a planned series of new films, inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 11:28 AM
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Katniss Takes Down Harry on Amazon

Harry Potter's holly and phoenix feather wand is no match for Katniss Everdeen's bow and arrow -- at least, not on Amazon. The company reports that sales for the "Hunger Games" series have overtaken the "Harry Potter" books in both print and e-book sales, making the Suzanne Collins trilogy Amazon's best-seller.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 12:53 PM
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London Opens 'Harry Potter' Studio Tour for Franchise Addicts; Cast & Crew on the Red Carpet (Video)

Warner Bros. Studios has opened the doors to its "Harry Potter" studio tour in London, attracting franchise fans and many of the film's stars. Check out video below of Rubert Grint, director David Yates and more on the red carpet.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 1:29 PM
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'The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection' Is A Nineteen Pound Bundle of Joy for Franchise Fans

"Harry Potter" fans, take note: Warner Home Video is releasing a limited and numbered collection of 31 discs, including all previously released content (eight films in Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy), an additional five hours of never-before-seen exclusive material and collectible memorabilia.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 4:08 PM
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Immersed in Movies: The Makeup Nominees Talk 'Harry Potter,' 'Iron Lady,' and 'Albert Nobbs'

The race for the makeup Oscar is noteworthy study in contrasts: The fantastical characters for the most successful franchise in movie history, recreating Margaret Thatcher, the most powerful woman of the 20th century, and a creative exercise in gender-bending.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 17, 2012 1:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Another 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Emma Watson

Just as one "Beauty and the Beast," with French stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, gets underway, Warner Bros. is pushing Guillermo del Toro to direct his planned production of "Beauty and the Beast," with Brit TV scribe Andrew Davies ("The Three Musketeers") working from his treatment, reports Variety. Del Toro would produce with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 7:37 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Stuart Craig Talks the Long Road of 'Harry Potter'

If anyone could rightly be called the face of "Harry Potter," it's production designer Stuart Craig, the architect of this fantastical world of author J.K. Rowling. He was there from the beginning to the end of the most successful franchise in movie history that touched off the millennium—and now beyond,
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 3, 2012 12:38 PM
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