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  • Review: ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ but phone it in

    By Melissa Weller

    October 22, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Those who walked into the theater hoping to walk out with an enlightened appreciation of the significance surrounding these legendary writers and the Beat Movement they inspired were surprised, at best, to find a chick flick noir instead. Set in 1943, “Kill Your Darlings” follows...

  • Daniel Radcliffe turns from magic to murder and mayhem

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The actor who played Harry Potter may be the richest and most famous human of his generation on the planet, but during an interview at the Four Seasons hotel, Daniel Radcliffe, now just 24, exuded none of the cockiness one might expect of a celebrity best known for demolishing...

  • Campaign 2012 election day updates from your favorite fantasy movies [TOP 10 List]

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Jeff Hensiek and Adam Wills contributed to the post.

    1) Star Wars, Episode VII:

    Han Solo casts the ceremonial first ballot in the first free elections since the fall of the Empire.  

    2) Harry Potter

    Voting by Owl accounts for most accurate election results in history of...

  • Is Harry Potter the Jewish idea of the messiah?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 21, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I posted an earlier version of this piece prior to the release of the film, but after seeing it, I have some fresh thoughts, which I’ve limned below.

    The marketing campaign for the final installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise saw billboards throughout the country declare...

  • HARRY POTTER: The Deathly Hallows 2 Does Not Disappoint

    By Misha Henckel

    July 18, 2011 | 11:27 am

    If you haven’t yet seen the last of the Harry Potter franchise, you should. It’s a superb adaptation of the book, and the viewer will find that the saga comes to a most satisfying conclusion. My 14 year old daughter, an obsessive Potter fan, turned to me as the credits rolled and...

  • “Harry Potter’s” Jason Isaacs on Playing “Racist” Lucius Malfoy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    “Lucius Malfoy espouses the language of racism and eugenics,” said Jason Isaacs, the British actor who has portrayed the Muggle-loathing wizard supremacist in seven of the eight “Harry Potter” films, concluding with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part II,” opening...

  • “Harry Potter” Producer David Heyman’s Jewish Connection

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 14, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    As the final chapter in the boy wizard franchise “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” hits theatres July 15, producer David Heyman – who last spoke to me about his 2008 Holocaust film, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas—will be closing a 12-year chapter of his life.

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Harry Potter and Deathy Hallows: Part II’ Review

    Joan Alperin Schwartz (Video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    July 14, 2011 | 12:36 am

    ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows-Part 2 is the final adventure in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. The film is directed brilliantly by David Yates and cleverly adapted for the screen by Steve Klos.

    This is not only the last film in the franchise, but it is the best.

    From the first...

  • Why Carmageddon won’t happen on Harry Potter’s watch

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 12, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    You can’t pass a billboard in Los Angeles without seeing the ubiquitous Harry Potter campaign pronouncing, “It All Ends”—- July 15.

    How ironic then, that L.A.’s Westside will be subjected to its own apocalypse of sorts – popularized as “Carmageddon” – when a dense...

  • Daniel Radcliffe reveals recent drinking problem

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 5, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe talks about a drinking problem he had during the making of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” MTV.com reports.

    Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about giving in to one of the pitfalls of fame. In the new issue of GQ magazine, the actor reveals...

  • Brother of Harry Potter actress jailed after attacking her for dating ‘non-Muslim’

    January 21, 2011 | 11:29 am

    The brother of Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad was jailed on Friday for six months for attacking his sister after discovering she was dating a non-Muslim.

    Azad, 22, who played Padma Patil in the hit film franchise, allegedly feared for her life during the three-hour ordeal last...

  • Harry Potter and the “Half-Blood” Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    As “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” opens today to mostly stellar reviews, the title itself evokes why the book and film series have so resonated with Jewish audiences. Like all the “Potter” films – based on J.K. Rowling’s best-sellers – “Prince” is rife...

  • Harry Potter still part of the Zionist conspiracy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 1, 2009 | 2:00 am

    Two years ago I mentioned the Iranian revelation that Harry Potter was a Zionist tool meant to subjugate and manipulate the goyim. Obviously. No word yet on “Twilight.” Above is a more recent Iranian report, from December, that claims Zionists are employing “witchcraft and...

  • Producer David Heyman and the lives of outsiders, from ‘Potter’ to ‘Pajamas’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2008 | 3:43 am

    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" isn't the sort of film one might initially expect from David Heyman -- the British producer who bought the rights to the "Harry Potter" books in 1997 and steered the film franchise to become the highest grossing in cinematic history.

    Harry Potter,...

  • Hermione is Dawkins’ daughter

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 28, 2008 | 2:34 pm


    Funny photo at the Friendly Atheist comparing the headshots of Hermione, head of the class at Hogwarts, with Richard Dawkins, the atheist evangelist and Jewish-power conspiracy theorist.

  • Santa Claus, Harry Potter and Baby Jesus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 30, 2007 | 11:33 am

    Sometimes being politically correct is just so wrong:

    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — The annual Nativity creche on the Walton County Courthouse lawn will look a little different this year.

    The County Commission decided this week to include secular items such as a snowman to the display...

  • Happy New Year—shofar so good!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Whether you spend Rosh Hashanah in services, in the kids' room or in the hallway, when it's time for the shofar to blow everyone listens. Fill in the blanks with the words below and learn more about the shofar (visit jewishjournal.com for the answers):

    The shofar is made from...
  • Harry Potterstein?

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As I, along with millions of others, sped through "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," I found myself picking up on more than a few new spells and the ingenuity of J.K. Rowling's enthralling writing (don't worry -- it's safe to read on. No spoilers here).

    Behind Harry's...

  • ‘Harry Potter’ a ‘Zionist conspiracy’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 1, 2007 | 9:50 am

    Of course. We should have known it all along. Harry Potter isn’t Christian. He couldn’t be. The only explanation for his insane popularity is that he’s part of a Zionist global conspiracy. Thanks, Iran for foiling this devious plot. From Israel National News:

    Kayhahn, an Iranian...

  • You get when you give

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It is very cool to give. Whether you can give your time through volunteer work or give money though tzedakah, every little bit helps. If you need some inspiration, check out the following two stories:

    "The Giving Tree," written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, begins: "Once...
  • Gawker: Jews will do anything for a dollar

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 25, 2007 | 1:54 pm

    So I was hip to the Harry Potter Shabbat crisis (actually my GeekHeeb colleague was and I poached). Gawker‘s super-hipness regarding Harry manifested itself last week in the from of age-old anti-Semitism.

    The post—dealing with the same story that though Israeli bookstores were...

  • The Harry Potter gospel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 23, 2007 | 11:47 am

    An Amazon.com search for “gospel according to” nets over 11,000 hits. You can read “The Gospel According to Superman,” “The Gospel According to the Simpsons” or, shockingly, “The Gospel According to Jesus.” Personally, I prefer the Gospel of Mark; it’s a quick read.

    And today,...

  • Selling Harry Potter on Shabbat against the law

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 18, 2007 | 3:04 pm

    Who cares whether Harry Potter is a Christian, you’re about to get fined whatever his faith if you’re an Israeli bookseller planning on making bank when the final installment in the “Potter” series comes out Saturday morning. My colleague Adam Wills is talking about the story over...

  • Is Harry Potter a Christian?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2007 | 8:07 am

    I didn’t even realize this was a possibility, what with J.K. Rowling accused of being a Wiccan and some
    Christians not thinking it safe for their children to read the Harry Potter books.

    But the seventh and final installment comes out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and the news stories are...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Fire Within

    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead, Harry. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right ... and what is easy."

    These are the words of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film based on the...

  • For The Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Adventures of Jacob

    Did you know Jacob was an adventurer and a scientist? He figured out that if speckled sheep mate only with other speckled sheep, then their babies will all be speckled. That's how he became a rich man. He told his father-in-law, Laban, that he wanted "only"...

  • Jewish Wizard Takes Flight in New Potter Book

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are there Jews at Hogwarts? The world's most famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry might be muggle-free, but it is possible that it has an equal-opportunity policy for Jewish wizards.

    In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth of seven books in J.K. Rowling's...

  • Your Letters

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Irv Rubin

    Jewish organizations had a field day denouncing Irv Rubin and his Jewish Defense League. All claimed he had no support in the Jewish community anywhere.

    Rubin is innocent unless proven guilty at trial.

    It is difficult to believe that this intelligent, articulate Jewish...

  • What’s so Jewish about Harry Potter?

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, we asked our young Journal readers to answer that question. Since we got so many great essays, we decided to publish sections from some of them. And Congratulations to the winners of our drawing!

    "Is Harry Potter Jewish, you ask? No. Harry Potter just exhibits many...

  • Your Letters

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian Statehood

    It is hard to believe that thoughtful people in the Jewish community can still oppose a Palestinian state and think that moral, political and economic catastrophe can be avoided while Israel continues to occupy 1.5 million people ("The Dangers of a Palestinian...