Harry Potter

  • Film

    July 31, 2014

    What If's Daniel Radcliffe Knows He Makes You Feel Old

    Harry Potter talks rom-coms and tabloids.

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Weekly Weather: Summer Heat and Ding Dong Dorian is Dead

    It's the dog days of summer are upon us. We did manage to get just a bit of rain over the weekend. As I talked about last week, showers were widely scattered but a few areas got over an inch of the wet stuff. Most of the city only saw a trace, unfortunately. This week should be fairly typical with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Julie & Julia Redux: Top 5 Cookbooks I'd Work My Way Through Besides MtAoFC

    I admit, I've got a bit of a copycat streak in me. When I first read Julie and Julia , I was so intrigued with the project I wanted to try it myself. (Me and one million other foodies. Here's hoping Powell believes imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). But I would repeat with a difference: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    5 Fictional Foods That I Wish Were Real

    As a child, I dreamed of diving head first into Roald Dahl's famous chocolate river. As an adult, I still do. Every. Single. Day. Here are five other Fictional Foods That I Wish Were Real (in no particular order because truly, I want them all):

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    The Mean, Evil, Bored & Ashamed Faces on 13 NFL Team Logos, Ready for Their Close-Ups

    Our long national nightmare, otherwise known as the football offseason, is nearing an end. Exhibition Preseason games are in full swing, for better or worse. (If you watched all -- or even most of -- the Cowboys' 3-0 win over Oakland Monday, seek help.) Still, the appearance of the pads and unis i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Top 5 Pop Literary Lexicons

    When you get right down to it, the concept of books about books is a little weird. After all, if you'd read the book in question, what could you have possibly missed that required another book to explain to you? Well, it turns out a lot. Sometimes you're dealing with a huge series that is so full o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    What Do You Mean You Haven't Seen Deathly Hallows Part 2 Yet?

    "You can't wait until the 2nd week...grosses will drop 60%!"​Well, that was quick: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" set another debut mark Monday by racking up $481.5 million in worldwide receipts, a media report said Monday. The film -- the last of eight "Potter" installments - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Rappers And R&B Stars Who Would Make Great Tween Authors

    Beanie Sigel will NOT be asked to illustrate 50's book.​So did you hear the one where 50 Cent writes a young-adult book about bullying called Playground? No, this one is not a joke. Apparently, 50 wants to explores his inner tween and examine the negative effects of bullying on young people be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Twilight vs. Harry Potter And 9 Other Geek Throwdowns

    Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.​Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    English Desserts for the Royal Wedding

    Flickr user: Allerina & Glen MacLartyBanoffee Pie​Well, ladies, the jig is up. It's official; none of us will be the future queen of England. As the world waits with bated breath to see what Kate Middleton will wear, whether anyone will make a faux pas, and how much better Prince Harry will lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    App of the Week: Are We Over-Sharing?

    Imagine DeNiro's stalker fan character with an iPhone.​Normally, each week we'd reserve this space for some awesome mobile app or cool website that would help improve your mobile experience. This week, instead of an app, we have a question: are we, as a society, over-sharing? When skimming ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Weasley Brothers Coming to Houston: Ummm, Yay?

    The Weasleys: One's Fred, one's George​Comicpalooza has announced a new bunch of guests for its Memorial Day Weekend event, and the biggest news is that they include some Harry Potter stars!! Well, co-stars. Actually, let's just say they're characters. But they do show up in every film!! Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Harry Potter Fans Take on Bullying

    Is this a wizard-movie poster or an indie-rock publicity shot?​Say what you will about fervent Harry Potter fans who are above legal drinking age, but many of them want to use the characters and plotlines in JK Rowling's series to make the world a better place.While they're counting down the month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Five Musicians Who Would Make Kick-Ass Parade Balloons​Rocks Off does not go to actual parades because we'll be damned if we'll waste clean pants on something that doesn't involve booze or Harry Potter, but we always make sure to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the teletube. We are, however, getting a little sick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Harry Potter: Wizard Rock's Greatest Hits

    ​For the past few years, a genre centered around J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe has been growing on the Internet and elsewhere. We don't think anyone involved in it is older than 25, but that's okay. Sometimes sheer youthful enthusiasm can make up for the songwriting being a little green ... More >>

  • Film

    November 18, 2010

    The End Is Near

    In Harry Potter finale the kids are not alright

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Top Five Non-Alcoholic Beers

    Lukas VermeerThere's non-alcoholic beer in here somewhere. ​The city's beer nerds are all excited for Houston Beer Week. But for some random reason, this brew celebration has just made me crave my favorite non-alcoholic "beers." Here are my Top Five: 5. Birch Beer. Earlier this year I blogged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    A Second Chance at The Chocolate Bar

    ​I quickly forgave The Chocolate Bar for my mediocre slice of Really Rocky Road Cake. It wasn't hard. I'm far too much of a cocoa-crazed fiend to spurn the town's only establishment solely dedicated to my drug. As some readers pointed out, I probably should have immediately returned the cak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    To Get You In The Mood For Summer Movie Season, The Worst Blockbusters Of The '00s

    ​For better or worse, the summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the release of Iron Man 2 (which I believe is a Black Sabbath documentary).It's the time of year when temperatures rise and IQs drop as folks looking for relief from the sweltering heat seek shelter in air-conditioned theate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010
  • Culture

    March 4, 2010
  • News

    December 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Win A Free Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince DVD By Answering A Few Not-So-Simple Questions

    ​As the release of the sixth Harry Potter DVD -- Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince -- comes closer, it seems like the perfect time to review your Harry Potter knowledge.Sure, you know the name of Ron's pet rat and his true identity, but are you a true Potter aficionado? Try yourself on the qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Last Clue For Our Harry Potter Trivia Test: The Non-"Dumbledore Is Gay" Edition

    ​This is it -- the last day before our freakin' difficult Harry Potter trivia quiz which could get you a free DVD of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.Of course, the actual contest will be posted tomorrow at 6 p.m., at which time all of Houston will be blanketed by six feet of snow, if the we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    More Help For Our Hard-Core Harry Potter Trivia Contest

    ​Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out on DVD Tuesday, and we here at the Houston Press are giving them away.Well, we're not actually giving them away -- we're making you earn them.At 6 p.m. Friday we'll be posting one hard-ass Harry Potter trivia quiz, and the first three people to sen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Here's Some Help In Winning A Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince DVD

    ​Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out in DVD a week from today, and we are giving away three of them to only the most devoted Potter fans.We've asked a local expert to work up a 20-question quiz. Now, we've read all the books and seen all the movies, so we expected to do somewhat all r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Sell Me On New Moon

    ​I'm going to step away from the sarcasm for a minute and present you with an honest overture that will hopefully foster understanding and goodwill between yours truly and certain segments of the Hair Balls readership. To wit: can somebody -- anybody -- tell me what tell me what the big deal is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    And So It Begins: Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (Updated With Speech Analysis)

    It's too late, parents....Unless you filled out the proper paperwork offering definitive proof you're a right-wing radical blinded by Fox News, your kid is being subjected to the amazing hypnotic power of Barack Obama at this moment.You can watch here, if you dare.Will you recognize your kids when t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    InPrint: Bill Bryson

    The author of I’m a Stranger Here Myself pays a visit to Houston

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2007

    The Remus Lupins

    Accio music!

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Junior High Kid Goes Big-Time, Zero Tolerance

    She's glad her 15 minutes are up

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    Harry Potter and the Sisters of Mercy, or Goth Like Me

    Hermione? Is that you? Like millions of others in their 20s and 30s with no reservations (or shame) about reading a series of books intended for people half their age, I’m currently devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And yes, the first thing I did after buying the book was skip strai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2007

    Harry Hallowed Potter

    It took Pradnya Bhawalkar an hour to put together the gloves, robe and rest of the witch costume the 18 year old wore to the midnight Harry Potter party at the Barnes and Noble at First Colony Mall in Sugar Land last night. The parking lot was so full, I’d had to park in another one and hike over ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    Jim Dale Reading

    The voice of Harry Potter stops off in Houston

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007
  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    Touchdown Harry!

    A new look at nerd trivia

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Don't Be a Squibb

    Take the whole damn family out to see Harry and the Potters

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    July 13, 2006

    Turning Japanese

    Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Fire Flies

    The fourth Harry Potter rushes through its paces

  • Calendar

    July 14, 2005

    Where's Harry?

    Nab the new Potter book at these parties around town

  • Film

    June 3, 2004

    Harry Goes Scary

    The Prisoner of Azkaban takes a Sirius-ly dark turn

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    It's My Party

    Not everyone was celebrating Juneteenth in Harris County

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Wonder Boy

    Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first

  • Film

    November 15, 2001

    The Magic Touch

    The big-screen Harry Potter lives up to its considerable hype

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Midnight Fire

    When kids and parents press for the hottest book ever, Potter's world turns Harried

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