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Harry Potter

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Hero of the children's fantasy stories by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, who has been grudgingly brought up by his aunt and uncle, attends Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards, to learn ...

Potter, Harry

Potter, Harry   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature
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155 words

..., Harry Orphan hero of J. K. Rowling 's seven‐part fantasy series ( 1997–2007 ) set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry's parents, James and Lily Potter , were killed by Lord Voldemort , the embodiment of evil, when he was an infant, leaving him in the charge of his nasty aunt and uncle who live in the non‐magical ‘Muggle’ world. He was marked with a distinctive lightning‐bolt scar in the encounter. On his eleventh birthday Harry is astonished to learn that he is a wizard, and is taken to Hogwarts, where he becomes friends with Ron...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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Literature
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160 words

..., Harry Orphan hero of J. K. Rowling 's seven‐part fantasy series ( 1997–2007 ) set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry's parents, James and Lily Potter , were killed by Lord Voldemort , the embodiment of evil, when he was an infant, leaving him in the charge of his nasty aunt and uncle who live in the non‐magical ‘Muggle’ world. He was marked with a distinctive lightning‐bolt scar in the encounter. On his eleventh birthday Harry is astonished to learn that he is a wizard, and is taken to Hogwarts, where he becomes friends with Ron...

Harry Potter

Harry Potter (1997–2007)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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1,659 words

...Rowling’s darkest creations. But it turns out that Black was framed; he was a friend of Harry’s parents, and is Harry’s godfather. Other key participants in book three are Lupin (a werewolf), Harry’s nasty schoolmate Draco Malfoy, and Buckbeak, Hagrid’s hippogriff. After the summer break, it is announced that the Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts, and this great competition is the centrepiece of book four, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ( 2000 ). Harry is one of four students chosen to compete in a challenge to complete a number of...

Harry Potter

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
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History, Social sciences
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226 words

... Potter Phenomenally successful British children’s book series by J. K. Rowling published 1997–2007 . The seven titles, starring the boy wizard Harry Potter , began their publishing lives modestly, with Rowling ’s *literary agent struggling to find a publisher, before the eventual acquisition of the first book by *Bloomsbury for a small *advance . By the time of the midnight publication of the final book—commercially, the biggest single publishing event in history—the Harry Potter series had become an unprecedented global phenomenon, shifting 2.7...

Potter, Harry

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( 1999 ; see also Azkaban ) describe, respectively, Harry's second and third years at Hogwarts. They were followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ( 2000 ), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ( 2003 ) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ( 2005 ). One final volume is planned in the sequence, bringing Harry up to the age of 17 (the last chapter of the last book is said to have already been written, and locked away in a bank vault). The strictly coordinated release of a new Harry Potter...

Potter, Harry

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

..., Harry hero of the children's fantasy stories by J. K. Rowling , Harry Potter , who has been grudgingly brought up by his aunt and uncle, attends Hogwarts , a boarding school for wizards, to learn how to fight the evil Lord Voldemort who has caused his parents'...

Harry Potter

Harry Potter  

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Phenomenally successful British children’s book series by J. K. Rowling published 1997–2007. The seven titles, starring the boy wizard Harry Potter, began their publishing lives modestly, with ...
Harry Potter

Harry Potter  

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Hero of the children's fantasy stories by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, who has been grudgingly brought up by his aunt and uncle, attends Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards, to learn how to fight ...
20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914

20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914   Reference library

Claire Squires

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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4,043 words
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Oxford University Press

...which Penguin also sought in the 1940s with its *Penguin Classics . Another instance of change is the global phenomenon of the * Harry Potter series in the 1990s and 2000s . J. K. Rowling ’s stories illustrated the overwhelming commercial potential of the British book, founded on packaging, brand management, *rights sales, merchandizing, and relations with other media. Yet, some 100 years earlier, Beatrix Potter’s * Peter Rabbit books employed the same sorts of strategies to foster their international success. These examples afford a view of only...

15 Children’s Books

15 Children’s Books   Reference library

Andrea Immel

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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5,066 words
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Oxford University Press

...fads such as the Goosebumps series—by international corporations (e.g. Walt Disney Enterprises) and publishers (e.g. *HarperCollins , *Scholastic ) on a scale not envisioned by the Victorians. Dr Seuss, Potter’s *Peter Rabbit books, Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, C. S. Lewis ’s Chronicles of Narnia, and J. K. Rowling ’s *Harry Potter series have all become the basis for literary brands. These books are then periodically repackaged, exploited for merchandizing spin-offs, adapted for television and film versions, and promoted through highly...

Henry VI Part 1

Henry VI Part 1   Reference library

Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,505 words
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Oxford University Press

...(1988) Jones, Emrys , The Origins of Shakespeare (1977) Leggatt, Alexander , ‘The Death of John Talbot’, in John W. Velz (ed.), Shakespeare’s Histories A Quest for Form and Genre (1996) Marcus, Leah , Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Reading and its Discontents (1988) Potter, Lois , ‘Recycling the Early Histories: “The Wars of the Roses” and “The Plantagenets”?’, Shakespeare Survey , 43 (1991) Rackin, Phyllis , Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (1990) Taylor, Gary , ‘Shakespeare and Others: The Authorship of Henry the Sixth, Part...

Richard Duke of York

Richard Duke of York   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,705 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Harris (eds.), Early Shakespeare (1961) Jones, Emrys , The Origins of Shakespeare (1977) Liebler, Naomi Conn , ‘King of the Hill: Ritual and Play in the Shaping of 3 Henry VI ’, in John W. Velz (ed.), Shakespeare’s Histories: A Quest for Form and Genre (1996) Potter, Lois , ‘Recycling the Early Histories: “The Wars of the Roses” and “The Plantagenets”’, Shakespeare Survey , 43 (1991) Rackin, Phyllis , Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (1990) Swander, Homer D. , ‘The Redisovery of Henry VI ’, Shakespeare Quarterly 29...

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,732 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Frame of Disorder: Henry VI ’, in John Russell Brown and Bernard Harris (eds.), Early Shakespeare (1961) Craig, Hugh , and Kinney, Arthur F. (eds.), Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship (2009) Jones, Emrys , The Origins of Shakespeare (1977) Potter, Lois , ‘Recycling the Early Histories: “The Wars of the Roses” and “The Plantagenets” ’, Shakespeare Survey , 43 (1991) Pugliatti, Paola , Shakespeare the Historian (1996) Rackin, Phyllis , Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (1990) Swander, Homer D. , ‘The...

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies   Reference library

Paul Goldman

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
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History, Social sciences
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5,997 words
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Oxford University Press
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3

...nearly all non-fiction trade books were routinely illustrated by photographic means. The only genre of imaginative book to attract illustration today as a matter of course is that of young children’s books, while works aimed at teenagers, such as J. K. Rowling ’s *Harry Potter series, remain unillustrated. Some publishers like the *Folio Society still commission new illustrations for their high-quality reprints. Such books are printed in commercial numbers, though theoretically limited, and hence are available relatively inexpensively. With...

42 The History of the Book in Japan

42 The History of the Book in Japan   Reference library

P. F. Kornicki

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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8,152 words
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Oxford University Press
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4

...that there has been a decline in sales of new books and in the number of bookshops (though there are still more than 8,000). On the other hand, the number of new titles published each year has continued to rise (74,000 in 2002 ), and when a translation of J. K. Rowling ’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in Japan, the first printing was of 2.3 million copies. This may suggest that Japanese publishing follows global trends, but the globalization of Japanese books still has a long way to go. It may be easier to buy them now in London or...

28 The History of the Book in Italy

28 The History of the Book in Italy   Reference library

Neil Harris

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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10,132 words
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Oxford University Press
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1

...exhibition catalogues, where the leading firm is *Electa . Another application for this expertise has been developed by Panini in Modena, which patented collectable cards with pictures of footballers, and which now offers many card albums on diverse subjects, including *Harry Potter . In the 1990s , it applied its skill in polychrome printing to make perfect *facsimiles of Medieval and Renaissance MSS, most notably the Bible of *Borso d’Este , marketed in numbered editions intended for wealthy bibliophiles. The success enjoyed by this and other...

Hogwarts

Hogwarts  

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In the books of J. K. Rowling, the school for wizards attended by Harry Potter.
Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit  

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English children’s book series (see 15). Beatrix Potter’s animal characters first appeared in illustrated letters. As with the Harry Potter books, Beatrix Potter initially struggled to interest a ...
Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury  

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UK publisher. Founded in 1986, Bloomsbury holds the English-language rights to Harry Potter outside the US. Floated on the stock market (1994), the company chiefly publishes fiction, children’s ...
Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart  

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Associate Justice, 1958–81• Born: Jan. 23, 1915, Jackson, Mich.• Education: Yale College, B.A., 1937; fellow, Cambridge University, 1937–38; Yale Law School, LL.B., 1941• Previous government service: ...

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