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Harry Potter Fever Sweeps the Nation. (Entertainment).

Harry Potter has finally come to the big screen. Since its opening on November 16, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone has captivated both kids and adults.

Reviewers call the movie "magical," with "eye-popping special effects." But what does the ultimate authority--Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling--think? "Before seeing the film, I was very nervous," she admits, "but I'm very pleased with it and think everyone will love it."

Rowling, who had a lot of input into the film, adds that the characters "really do look as I'd imagined they would inside my head." That's great news to the more than 30 million Harry Potter fans worldwide.

What's next for these hungry fans? A film sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is currently in the works. Director Chris Columbus says he may film all seven Harry Potter books back-to-back.

Meanwhile, Rowling reports that she is "happily writing" the fifth of the projected seven-book series. So far, no publication date has been set for the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Until then, you can check out two companion volumes to the series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages. Rowling is donating all money she earns for those two books to charity.
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Date:Dec 10, 2001
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