J.K. Rowling

  • Film

    November 20, 2014

    The War Goes Viral in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    Mockingjay is sharp on propaganda but soft on celebrity.

  • 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

    February 16, 2012

    What Bootown's Grown Up Story Time Could Be Doing Better

    On the third Tuesday of every month, theatrical group Bootown hosts Grown Up Story Time, in which writers submit short essays to be performed by readers selected and matched by the staff at Bootown. Usually, an attentive audience gathers at Rudyard's to get a little drunk while listening to stories ... More >>

  • 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

    August 11, 2011

    Lady Gaga Allegedly A Song Thief, Sign Of Ragnarok

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Marco Torres​Lady Gaga is under fire from allegations that a song ... More >>

  • Film

    July 14, 2011

    Final Destination

    Harry Potter — franchise king, hero of a generation — fights his last battle.

  • 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

    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 30, 2010

    Good Riddance, Dobby

    I come to bury Dobby, not to praise him.​Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 was number one at the box office for the third straight week. With over $600 million in worldwide grosses, the first half of the final installment of the film franchise looks like it will probably surpass the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    "Straight Outta Hogwarts": The Birth Of Wizard Rap

    ​The beginning of the end is here, as Rocks Off and approximately 1.21 gazillion fans flock to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 to see the end of the saga. Many things have sprung up in the wake of the awesome cultural phenomenon. Great things like Potter Puppet Pals! Terrible thin ... 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

    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 >>

  • Film

    October 22, 2009

    One Vampire Movie That Really Sucks

    Cirque du Freak tries to get in on the trend. Fails.

  • 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 >>

  • Film

    July 16, 2009

    Prince of Darkness

    That old black Potter magic continues to beguile in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Aftermath: Harry and the Potters at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Alex Begley What do you call punk rock for kids? Pid Rock? Kink Rock? Maybe just Wizard Rock, the genre that Harry and the Potters have summoned up around them in last five years. For those of you without literature-obsessed teenagers, Harry and the Potters are a brotherly duo out of Bost ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    Harry Potter

    Houston joins the craze

  • Film

    July 12, 2007

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    New Potter mines the depths of adolescent angst

  • 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
  • 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

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003

    Sleepy Muggles

    The Blue Willow Bookshop hosts a Harry Potter read-a-thon

  • Culture

    February 13, 2003

    The Bleeding Edge

    A decade ago, Vertigo started a revolution by making comics for adults

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Wonder Boy

    Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first

  • Film

    December 27, 2001

    The Unthinkable

    In the Bedroom, a couple's anguish turns to rage and then rational madness

  • Film

    November 15, 2001

    The Magic Touch

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

  • Culture

    July 20, 2000

    Dream Weaver

    Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Midnight Fire

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