| Jul 14, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Those who have grown up with Harry Potter will appreciate the level of maturity displayed by the young adult wizard and his pals in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." This emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series ensures that the...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 8:39 PM
For many teenagers and young adults Friday's release of the final Harry Potter movie marked the end of a defining character for their generation.
"It's saying goodbye to something we've known for so long," said Sam Martin, 21, of Mansfield. "We grew up...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 3:33 PM
Things I simply just don’t get: So, the last Harry Potter movie just came out.
Spoiler Alert: J.K. Rowling is a gazillionaire.
And leading up to the release was a gauntlet of publicity about the middle-aged actors pretending to be 17-year-old...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 10:38 AM
Plan your week with our guide to what's happening
MOVIES OPENING (Friday)
Captain America: The First Avenger
Friends With Benefits
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Guiliana & Bill (season premiere; 8 p.m. Monday; Style)
| Jul 21, 2011
| 3:38 PM
Capes? Check. Brooms? Check. Snitch? Check.
It's Quidditch time.
Wednesday was day two of Harry Potter Camp in Laguna Beach, hosted by Cho's Academy co-owner Dana Sara.
The day included spells, potions, a Quidditch match and a dark arts squirt gun...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Our group is made up of women who live in the Del Webb community of Huntley. We meet monthly in each other's homes.
We really liked "Escape" by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer. "Escape" tells the story of Jessop's life in the Fundamentalist Church of...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:45 PM
Our club is truly intergenerational. It was started by a 9-year-old and a 67-year-old who shared a love of reading. The group has been meeting about every other month for more than two years.
One of our favorite books was "The Book Thief" by Markus...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Our book club has only three members. We work at the same company, which allows for ongoing discussion of the book as we read. We've been together for almost four years and are on our 38th book.
Sometimes our book selection inspires field trips....
| Aug 5, 2011
| 10:44 PM
Q. With the Harry Potter movies wrapped up, a blogger has published an article calling the main character “one of the most Christian symbols of modern pop culture.”
Writing on RelevantMagazine.com, Ryan Hamm argues that, for all the criticism...
| Aug 10, 2011
A collection of a writer's prefaces and random prose pieces often feels like the mustard-stained bread crusts on a child's plate after lunch. Nutritive quality? Low. Value? Marginal. Overall response? Ugh.
That verdict, fortunately, doesn't apply to...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:00 AM
To Zac, my son:
As you prepare to enter college, one of your childhood pleasures — the "Harry Potter" books and movies — is ending in theaters around the world. What a journey author J.K. Rowling provided for you and millions of young...