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A Gift for Harry Potter Fans: Limited Edition Books About the Making of the Films

posted by Nell Minow

For the Harry Potter fan in your life — there’s a new 3000-copy limited edition book series about the making of the films: Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition), with eight books, each a replica […]

Recipes for Children’s Book Favorite Foods

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to taste one of the delicious concoctions described in one of your favorite books?  Huffington Post has gathered some recipes inspired by classic books for children, from Harry Potter’s butterbeer and Narnia’s Turkish Delight to Anne […]

LeakyCon 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I wish I could be in Chicago for this year’s LeakyCon, the sold-out Harry Potter fest that begins today.  The schedule includes all kinds of gatherings, from “ship-ers” who think that it should be Harry and Hermione who end up […]

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

posted by Nell Minow

Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31, like the woman who imagined him, J.K. Rowling.  Happy birthday, Harry!

For Harry Potter Fans: A Potter-esque Place to Stay While Visiting the Sets

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter tour in London gives fans a chance to explore the enchanting sets where the eight Harry Potter films were made.  And they can now live out their fantasy in a luxurious apartment in the rafters of […]

Harry Potter and the Curse of the Non-Fair Trade Chocolate

posted by Nell Minow

The last of the Harry Potter films is out and Fandango reported over 5000 shows were sold out before opening day. It’s a likely candidate for this year’s box office champion with multi-million dollar revenues from tickets and perhaps even more from the […]

We Are Wizards: Documentary about Harry Potter Tribute Bands

posted by Nell Minow

Check out We Are Wizards, a documentary about Harry Potter Tribute bands, streaming now at no charge on Hulu.  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images
Movie Release Date:July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date:November 8, 2011
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images
Movie Release Date: July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

Before I tell you about this film and about how much I liked it, I want to say thank you to J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers for the care and devotion they gave to this extraordinary story.  On the page […]

The Last Harry Potter Coming Soon!

posted by Nell Minow

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:November 18, 2010
DVD Release Date:April 12, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: November 18, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011

Harry, Hermione, and Ron have to grow up quite literally in the gripping second-to-last installment of the “Harry Potter” movie series, based on the first half of the seventh and final book.  Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron […]

Holiday Movie Highlights 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The holiday movie season kicks off this week with one of the biggest movies of the year, the second-to-last in the Harry Potter series. Here are some of the movies I am most looking forward to for the rest of […]

Harry on Facebook, Draco on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has created social media for the students at Hogwarts for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog and it is one of my favorite kinds of funny — not snarky but imbued with a deep knowledge of and […]

Fall Movie Preview

posted by Nell Minow

Here are my thoughts on fall movies: Sept 24 “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” Director Zach Snyder is known for striking visuals (“300″ and “The Watchmen”) so his first family-friendly film, the 3D animated story of Kathryn […]

Harry Potter: Looking Back

posted by Nell Minow

As we get ready for the new Harry Potter movie and look forward to the final two, it’s a good time to remember where it all started. Look at how young the stars were in the first film, Harry Potter […]

‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Clip and App on iTunes

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited about the new Harry Potter movie, opening next Wednesday and already setting records in ticket sales. Want an early peek? Making its worldwide debut today is an exclusive podcast titled “Being Me Has Its Privileges,” from the […]

2009’s Family Movie Coming Attractions: Harry, Miley, and More

posted by Nell Minow

The movie slate for 2009 has some upcoming family-friendly releases that look very promising. “Inkheart,” based on the book by Cornelia Funke and opening January 23, stars Brendan Fraser as a man who has the power to bring the characters […]

Harry Potter Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

The new trailer for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is out!

J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Speech

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite authors spoke about one of my favorite subjects when Harry Potter author Joanne Rowling addressed the graduating class at Harvard University. Many commencement speakers urge the new graduates departing from the ivory tower to succeed in […]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Movie Release Date:July 11, 2007
DVD Release Date:December 11, 2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Movie Release Date: July 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007

Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and that […]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language
Movie Release Date:2001
DVD Release Date:July 11, 2011
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language
Movie Release Date: 2001
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2011

Prepare for the final movie in the Harry Potter series by watching the first one again: I loved it. And I can’t wait to see it again. Based of course on the international sensation, the book by J. K. Rowling, […]

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