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By Charly Shelton | July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, the Potter franchise struck again. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" opened to record breaking box office numbers, with a $12 million midnight screening, that Wednesday alone. In this fifth movie in the series of seven, Harry (Daniel Redcliffe) returns again to battle the forces of evil and the sinister Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) who has recently come out of hiding. Voldemort is building an army to battle the forces of good, in turn Harry, in conjunction with a secret wizard society called the Order of the Phoenix, builds his forces to do battle with the forces of naughtiness.
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By Charly Shelton | July 12, 2007
Next Friday, fans all across America will wait in lines to buy a book at midnight. The book is the seventh and final in a series about a wizard-in-training named Harry Potter. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is book number seven and the final in the series that chronicles Potter's magical path from abused and lonely child to infamous wizard. The books have taken children and adults to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Potter met friends and discovered his destiny.
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By Leticia Cheng | July 26, 2007
Harry Potter's large fan base stretches also to La Cañada High School, where last March, Christina Zdawczyk, now an incoming sophomore, founded a club in honor of the boy wizard. The organization spent most of last year discussing their predictions on J.K. Rowling's last installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which was released last Saturday, breaking sales records with 8.3 million copies sold in the United States on the first day. The majority of the local club members are in the same class as Zdawczyk, but there a few upperclassmen.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | July 19, 2007
For several years, I refused to read the "Harry Potter" books. After Sept. 11, 2001, without fully understanding why, I sought them out. There was something comforting about a magical world, hidden from our own. A world where good and evil battle, but the good guys win. A world where valor is valued. So, in the days after Sept. 11, I began my retreat to "Harry Potter." Some days, I watched the news. On others, I read the books. And I began to remember the hot July nights of my childhood — root beer floats, midnight stars and dozing on the lawn, looking for bugs and ants.
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By Susan James Valley Sun | September 13, 2007
When Warner Brothers bought the distribution rights to director Rod Hardy’s “The December Boys,” shot in 2005, it was no act of altruism. The small, low budget indie is a quiet, quintessentially Aussie film that will never give the big boys a run for their money. Why was Warner Brothers interested? Two words — Daniel Radcliffe. Hot off of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” with sterling reviews for his London stage debut last February in Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” (complete with nude scene)
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
Melissa Rajala was never afraid to make the midnight trek to the bookstore to pick up the newest book of the Harry Potter series as soon as it hit the shelves, even if she didn’t fit J.K. Rowling’s primary demographic. “I was one of the oldest people there, but it’s one of my favorites,” Rajala said. Rajala, the children’s librarian at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, began wondering what Harry Potter could do for her library after having made such an impact on her. She came up with the idea to host a Wizard Movie Marathon and screen all the available Harry Potter films at the library.
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By Anita S. Brenner | February 22, 2012
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation consistently comes through for our public schools. This month, the LCUSD accepted a $2-million check from the foundation. “Foundation President Paul Murray noted it was a record amount for the organization, exceeding the donation for the previous school year by $900,000.” (Valley Sun, Feb. 9, “ La Cañada Unified receives $2 million from foundation .”) The money makes up the shortfall in public funds, and reduces class sizes, because our tax dollars do not go directly to our local schools.
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By Charly Shelton | November 23, 2005
Two movies to definitely check out over Thanksgiving break are "Zathura" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." The best way to recover from a turkey induced coma is "Zathura." "Zathura" is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg who also wrote "Jumanji" the 1995 film starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt. Just like "Zathura" is an old board game that brings to life anything that the players roll, but in space. "Jumanji" dealt with the jungle coming to the players, and "Zathura" brings the players into space.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 26, 2007
Turning 13 has always been one of those birthdays to remember. Going from just a kid to a teenager one of life's milestone. As a teen, there are so many things one needs, like the newest game, music, DVDs and so much more. But twins Eric and Ryan Kim of La Cañada wanted to make their 13th birthday a little different. They wanted to share their birthday not only with each other and friends, but with the entire community. So they decided to ask all of their friends to bring books to their party ?
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By Anita S. Brenner | February 22, 2012
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation consistently comes through for our public schools. This month, the LCUSD accepted a $2-million check from the foundation. “Foundation President Paul Murray noted it was a record amount for the organization, exceeding the donation for the previous school year by $900,000.” (Valley Sun, Feb. 9, “ La Cañada Unified receives $2 million from foundation .”) The money makes up the shortfall in public funds, and reduces class sizes, because our tax dollars do not go directly to our local schools.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
Melissa Rajala was never afraid to make the midnight trek to the bookstore to pick up the newest book of the Harry Potter series as soon as it hit the shelves, even if she didn’t fit J.K. Rowling’s primary demographic. “I was one of the oldest people there, but it’s one of my favorites,” Rajala said. Rajala, the children’s librarian at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, began wondering what Harry Potter could do for her library after having made such an impact on her. She came up with the idea to host a Wizard Movie Marathon and screen all the available Harry Potter films at the library.
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By Nicole Charky | May 13, 2010
Instead of watching “Lord of the Rings,” “Chicago” or “Gladiator,” Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra will re-create the films’ music with an 84-member orchestra. The orchestra’s spring concert “Lights! Camera! Music!” will be Sunday in Sexson Auditorium at Pasadena City College. The performance will feature music from film genres including action, historical adventures, space odysseys, comedies and musicals. The orchestra has a more than 50-year tradition for students in 10th grade through college.
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September 27, 2007
The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are: 1. ? Harry Potter ?series by J.K. Rowling 2. ? The Chocolate War ? by Robert Cormier 3. ? Alice ?seriesby Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 4. ?O f Mice and Men ? by John Steinbeck 5. ? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ? by Maya Angelou 6. ? Fallen Angels ? by Walter Dean Myers 7. ? It?s Perfectly Normal ? by Robie Harris 8. ? Scary Stories ?seriesby Alvin Schwartz 9. ?
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By Susan James Valley Sun | September 13, 2007
When Warner Brothers bought the distribution rights to director Rod Hardy’s “The December Boys,” shot in 2005, it was no act of altruism. The small, low budget indie is a quiet, quintessentially Aussie film that will never give the big boys a run for their money. Why was Warner Brothers interested? Two words — Daniel Radcliffe. Hot off of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” with sterling reviews for his London stage debut last February in Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” (complete with nude scene)
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By Leticia Cheng | July 26, 2007
Harry Potter's large fan base stretches also to La Cañada High School, where last March, Christina Zdawczyk, now an incoming sophomore, founded a club in honor of the boy wizard. The organization spent most of last year discussing their predictions on J.K. Rowling's last installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which was released last Saturday, breaking sales records with 8.3 million copies sold in the United States on the first day. The majority of the local club members are in the same class as Zdawczyk, but there a few upperclassmen.
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By Leticia Cheng | July 26, 2007
La Cañadans were not immune to the Harry Potter fever that swept the world with Saturday's 12 a.m. release of the seventh and final installment of J.K. Rowling's immensely popular series about a boy wizard with a lightning scar that made him famous. Excitement filled the back of Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse on Foothill Boulevard, where shop owners Peter and Lenora Wannier hosted a midnight release party for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The event was advertised to begin at 11 p.m., but many showed up as early as 6:30 p.m. to receive tickets so they could stand as close to the front of the line as possible.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 26, 2007
Turning 13 has always been one of those birthdays to remember. Going from just a kid to a teenager one of life's milestone. As a teen, there are so many things one needs, like the newest game, music, DVDs and so much more. But twins Eric and Ryan Kim of La Cañada wanted to make their 13th birthday a little different. They wanted to share their birthday not only with each other and friends, but with the entire community. So they decided to ask all of their friends to bring books to their party ?
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By Anita Susan Brenner | July 20, 2007
For several years, I refused to read the "Harry Potter" books. After Sept. 11, 2001, without fully understanding why, I sought them out. There was something comforting about a magical world, hidden from our own. A world where good and evil battle, but the good guys win. A world where valor is valued. So, in the days after Sept. 11, I began my retreat to "Harry Potter." Some days, I watched the news. On others, I read the books. And I began to remember the hot July nights of my childhood — root beer floats, midnight stars and dozing on the lawn, looking for bugs and ants.
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