The show started with great dignity. Morgan Freeman came out and a friend of mine said, "Is that the one who fucks the granddaughter?"
Darling, I'm loving your blonde wisps these days, and I always adored the shock of red (above) that you've often blared at the world. No matter what shade you're featuring, you just couldn't look bad even if you tried. And you don't try! But for your next flawless visage, might you consid ... More >>
Team Starkid w/Charlene Kaye, Darren Criss and The Gregory Brothers Gramercy Theater Sunday, November 27 Better than: Getting back to Hogwarts. Team Starkid's Harry Potter parody "A Very Potter Musical" shot them to Internet fame in 2009, and since then the spread-out troupe has continued to churn ... More >>
Alex Benepe is not a wizard, but the 25 year-old is nonetheless the first ever Commissioner of Quidditch and the founder of the International Quidditch Association. The Muggle version of Quidditch is an adaptation of the game played in the Harry Potter novels where players fly around on broom ... More >>
Willis PlummerTwo Seekers Search for the Elusive SnitchIn anticipation of the final Harry Potter film, which comes out tonight at midnight, the International Quidditch Association hosted a Deathly Hollows Round-Robin Tournament at De Witt Clinton Park on 53rd Street yesterday. Three teams wer ... More >>
Owl would not approve.The Washington Post's BlogPost asked a really deep question this week: "Could owling be the new planking?" Yes, planking -- which we previously told you about -- has a rival? challenger? friend? -- in the world of trends that aren't really trends but are instead just thi ... More >>
As we all know, the release of the final Harry Potter film tonight marks the end of an era. For many children and young adults around the world, this will be an even more dramatic moment than turning eleven and not receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter. After the jump, we've put together a l ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanA group of six girls have become the celebrities within the encampment of Harry Potter fans awaiting tonight's premiere of the final film, across the street from Lincoln Center in Manhattan. They do not go to Hogwarts -- in fact, they hail from Florida, New Jersey and upstate ... More >>
Eric Asimov remembers Ray Deter of d.b.a., who died Sunday following a bike accident on June 27, calling Deter's bar "groundbreaking." [Diner's Journal] Debra Whiting of Red Newt Cellars and Bistro on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes, a food and wine pioneer in the region, died in a car crash ... More >>
No longer just on YouTube
Well, I was supposed to play your part, but I fucked up my chances--long story; let me not relive the horror--so I ended up with the supporting role of Bud Frump. And I wasn't that awful in it!
via TelegraphNot sure if this deserves the tag of "adorable" animals in trouble, but: Charlie is a white cat who lives at a British animal shelter. The shelter workers are having a tough time finding a new home for him because as you can see, he bears a terrifying resemblance to Voldemort. " ... More >>
via NY PostWilliamsburg is getting a multi-screen, multi-level, mainstream movie theater of its own, planned for a currently vacant lot at Driggs and Grand. According to the New York Post, developer Blue Zees Real Estate will spend $9.3 million on the 850-seat multiplex in a neighborhood that ... More >>
Anthi's Greek Food opened a few weeks ago on Amsterdam Avenue. Hidden among a strip of businesses that include a deli, dry cleaner, hair salon, and barbershop, it's so small that it doesn't even get a full street number -- finding its address, 614A, brings to mind Harry Potter's secret trai ... More >>
via Lauren Johnston, Daily News in its opening weekend, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is on track for a pretty great Thanksgiving weekend. Meanwhile, some New York fans have taken it upon themselves to integrate the world of Hogwarts into our own everyday lives in Manhattan. Th ... More >>
Last night was the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Curious about the pointy hat/bathrobe/nerdliness count in this first of the last book in the series, we sent intern Myles to go check things out. What he found, however, was actually kinda fun, and even a li ... More >>
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Only luck is needed in the Quidditch World Cup
This photo was taken last night, and therefore not on Halloween, though who could tell, really?Well, if you thought the flowing white dress/rock harpist/crowd-jumping-in-unison thing was tough to pull off in the spacious, windy confines of Terminal 5, just way till she tries to do it under th ... More >>
Perhaps one of the dorkiest things to hit college campuses since the first physics club, Quidditch, the mythical sport from the Harry Potter series, is now an actual mainstream event, apparently. This years' fourth annual Quidditch World Cup will be held in New York in November, with 50 teams ... More >>
Lamb salad with pine nuts and polentaThe best reason to go to the Lambs Club is the design--red leather banquettes, silvery art deco flourishes, and a fireplace so gigantic and grand that it could be a Harry Potter set piece. The food can be thought of as old-school Continental meets modern A ... More >>
Nnedi Okorafor steers clear of J.K. Rowling
Sorry to interrupt you from your daily reading about the boring-ass Supreme Court or the boring-ass Rolling Stone or the boring-ass BP oil spill or whatever other boring-ass "important" non-magical thing you read about today, but, um, THE NEW HARRY POTTER TRAILER IS HERE! Click the "More > > ... More >>
An anguished Dad wonders
Imagine a world in which director Chris Columbus never left the Harry Potter franchise after the first two installments
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Forget the snogging! This novel's hero prefers sex and recreational drug use.
The Times asks, "Does Hogwarts have a drinking problem?" The latest Harry Potter movie shows the young wizards coming of age, which includes drinking various potions and going to the pub. [NY Times] An estimated 20,000 protesters marched through Ayrshire and Kilmarnock, where Johnnie Walker ... More >>
With very rare exceptions, sequels aren't green-lighted because there's a burning need to creatively extend the story of the first film. They're done because the first one made a big heap of cash and they want to rake in more of it! As a result, I generally avoid sequels, prequels, and so on like t ... More >>
The Sex and the City movie made bundles of cash last year, so when a followup film was announced, it was about as shocking as the release of a new Harry Potter flick. But since then, the world has plunged even deeper into all kinds of turmoil and despair, and I have to wonder how relevant the story ... More >>
I love the news that the onstage seats at Equus are being raised higher in order to protect star Daniel Radcliffe from potential screaming fans when he gets all naked and shit. But if he's actually hung like a you know, might this change of landscaping not also serve to protect the fans from HIM? Af ... More >>
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