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Harry Potter Stamps Angering Collectors

Harry Potter Is Not Casting a Spell on Stamp Collectors

Originally posted 11/29/2013 09:00AM

Muggles may not be able to have their Christmas cards delivered by owls, but the new Harry Potter stamps from the U.S. Postal Service are a close second.

The United States Post Office recently began offering Forever Stamps emblazoned with the faces of Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the cast of the Harry Potter films. There are 20 different stamps in the new collection, meaning that Potter fans will have plenty of choices when it comes to deciding whether friends should get Slytherin or Hufflepuff stamps on their greeting cards. You can even send Grandma a thank you card with a Lord Voldemort stamp on it if her present warrants such treatment.

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How Do You Get to Hogwarts from N.Y.C's Penn Station? Real Life Harry Potter Tries to Find Out

Originally posted 11/19/2013 04:00PM



Be honest. Some part of you is still waiting for that owl to swoop up to your stoop and drop off your invitation to Hogwarts. The early days of Harry Potter are far behind us, but the franchise's curious magic lives on.

One Harry Potter look-alike took matters into his own hands, with a little help from NYC collective Improv Everywhere, packing his bird and setting off to find Hogwarts himself.

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A Look Back at the First Harry Potter Film's World Premiere | Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

A Look Back at the First Harry Potter Film's 2001 World Premiere

Originally posted 11/04/2013 12:30PM

The Harry Potter cast has come a long way since Hogwarts.

On Nov. 4, 2001, a very fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint hit the red carpet at London's Odeon theater for the world premiere of the franchise's first big-screen installment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.).

Radcliffe, then 11, gushed about his excitement for the star-making role, telling PEOPLE, “My face and my stomach are vibrating!"

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Watch: Ohio State Marching Band's Amazing Tribute to Hollywood

Ohio State Marching Band's Amazing Formations Salute Hollywood

Originally posted 10/28/2013 10:20AM

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … the Ohio State Marching Band!

Just a week after moonwalking into everyone's hearts – and social media – with its celebration of the 25th anniversary release of Michael Jackson's album Bad, the Ohio State Marching Band has done it again, this time during Saturday's halftime show of the Ohio State-Penn State football game.

The new theme was Hollywood Blockbusters, and, in the midst of the main title to this year's Man of Steel, band members split into two groups, one of which formed a leaning building while the other created the figure of Superman, complete with cape, flying across the field to right the falling structure.

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Daniel Radcliffe Does a Lot of Nude Scenes, but Says He Doesn't Request Them | Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen DeGeneres

Daniel Radcliffe Does a Lot of Nude Scenes, but Says He Doesn't Request Them

Originally posted 10/05/2013 08:10AM

Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing boy wizard Harry Potter, but there's something else he's getting a reputation for – taking off his clothes.

The actor, who shocked fans when he appeared naked on Broadway in Equus in 2008, has stripped down in three movies this year – and shared a bathtub with Jon Hamm on TV – but he told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that his nude streak was "not intentional."

"I'm comfortable with it, but I do like to point out, I don't request it," he jokes.

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J.K. Rowling Is Writing More Magical Movies About the Harry Potter Universe | J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling to Write More Magical Movies for Warner Bros.

Originally posted 09/12/2013 04:30PM

J.K. Rowling's world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – but without Harry Potter.

Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard's stories.

The story will focus on the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series.

Rowling said in a statement the movie "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."

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Georgia Tech Sophomore's Welcome Speech Makes Him a Viral Video Star

Originally posted 08/23/2013 02:30PM



Call it the ultimate back-to-school pep talk.

Students returning to classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology got a rock solid bit of inspiration from one of their own this week, when sophomore mechanical engineering student Nicholas Selby stepped up to speak to the school's incoming freshmen.

Wearing a black mortarboard hat and traditional academic robe, Selby, 19, took to the stage at the school's opening convocation on Sunday with Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathrustra (also known as the opening theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey) soaring in the background, to deliver a stirring speech that has since gone viral on YouTube, urging the new students to shoot for their dreams.

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Adorable Photos from Will, Kate & Harry's Studio Adventure | Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince William

William, Kate and Harry Visit the Home of Harry Potter

Originally posted 04/26/2013 09:35AM

Britain's young Royal Muggles had a magical day out with a visit to the studio where the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry toured Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden near London, home to the newly launched Making of "Harry Potter" studio tour.

There, the royals, accompanied by 500 children and adults from charities they support, got a wand lesson, visited the Hogwarts Great Hall and saw props, costumes and models from the Potter series as well as some other movies.

"Where's my brother, why isn't he doing this?" William, brandishing a wooden wand, said during the lesson.

As Kate (who also had a wand, and wore a cream-colored dress with black spots from TopShop) and William giggled, they were given some "spell techniques' by tour guide Scott Heron, then asked to face a group of children called "Dumbledore's Army" – to whom William bellowed, "Expelliarmos!"

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Harry Potter Actor Richard Griffiths Dies

Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter Actor, Dies at 65

Originally posted 03/29/2013 10:05AM

Richard Griffiths, the well-spoken, rotund presence perhaps best known for playing Muggle guardian Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series – and who costarred again with Daniel Radcliffe in the stage drama Equus – died Thursday from complications after heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, his agent announced Friday. He was 65.

"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him," Radcliffe said in a statement to the BBC.

Griffiths also won a Tony in 2006 for playing slightly wayward teacher Douglas Hector in Alan Bennett's The History Boys and was the outlandish Uncle Monty in the 1987 cult movie Withnail and I.

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MTV to Honor Emma Watson for Her Unique Career | Emma Watson

Emma Watson to be Honored by MTV Movie Awards for Her Unique Career

Originally posted 03/26/2013 11:00AM

Emma Watson's come a long way since Harry Potter, and now she's being honored for her achievements in acting.

The British actress will receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer Award – which honors the best young actors who are creating their own unique careers in the film industry – during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Watson, 22, is also nominated for three other MTV Movie Awards for her role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower: best female performance, best kiss and best musical moment.

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