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Released: 8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Augustana University Professor’s Research Leads to Surprising Mating Decision in Butterfly Species
Augustana University, South Dakota

The males of one species of butterfly are more attracted to females that are active, not necessarily what they look like, according to a recent research conducted at Augustana University.The paper, “Behaviour before beauty: Signal weighting during mate selection in the butterfly Papilio polytes,” found that males of the species noticed the activity levels of potential female mates, not their markings.

Released: 11-Jul-2011 3:20 PM EDT
Harry Potter Experts Available
Salisbury University

The world of Harry Potter is coming to an end—or is it? With this week’s release of the final movie in the franchise, experts Ernie Bond and Jack Wenke of Salisbury University are available to speak with reporters on all things Potter.

Released: 5-Jul-2011 9:00 AM EDT
Harry Potter Expert at Baylor University Is Available to Talk About Final Potter Film, Which Premieres July 15
Baylor University

The award-winning author of One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter says the final film in the Harry Potter series, which premieres July 15, "marks the end of an era."

Released: 23-Jun-2011 10:25 AM EDT
Sequel Syndrome: Follow-Ups Don't Mean Moviemakers Are Lacking In Originality, Expert Says
Kansas State University

The names are quite familiar to moviegoers: Harry, Optimus Prime and Edward. Each represents a movie franchise that has seen great success and is poised for a repeat. A record 27 movie sequels have or will be released during summer 2011. This trend represents an investment in a successful brand, according to a Kansas State University movie expert.

Released: 2-Jun-2011 4:10 PM EDT
As Final 'Harry Potter' Film Comes Out, Professor Puts the Iconic Series Under a Literary Microscope
University of Kansas

Writers examine themes of race, religion, morality, gender and class as they explore the sociocultural impact of J.K. Rowling's books.

Released: 12-Nov-2010 10:30 AM EST
The Beginning of the End: K-State Professors Discuss Magic of Seventh Harry Potter Film
Kansas State University

The on-screen battle between The Boy Who Lived and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is nearing its conclusion. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will soon arrive in theaters, much to the anticipation of scores of Muggles, including two Kansas State University professors.

Released: 12-Nov-2010 10:30 AM EST
Fan Response to Harry Potter Remains Strong, K-State Professor Says
Kansas State University

Although the end of the Harry Potter film series may be near, there is no sign of the Harry Potter fan base "disapparating" any time soon.

Released: 10-Nov-2010 3:30 PM EST
Author of New Book on Harry Potter Available for Interview before the Nov. 19
Baylor University

Author Greg Garrett writes about Harry Potter books and movies and their relevance to faith and pop culture.

Released: 24-Jan-2010 11:00 AM EST
Mount Holyoke to Host Harry Potter's World
Mount Holyoke College

The Williston Library at Mount Holyoke College will present Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Jan. 28 through Feb. 26. The Mount Holyoke Library is one of only 12 selected nationwide by the American Library Association to host Harry Potter's World.

Newswise: Maryland Expert Says Despite Omissions - This May be The Best Harry Potter Movie Yet
Released: 21-Jul-2009 10:00 AM EDT
Maryland Expert Says Despite Omissions - This May be The Best Harry Potter Movie Yet
University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland's own Harry Potter expert, Jennie Levine (Director, Digital Collections, University Libraries) weighs in on the latest Harry Potter movie.

Newswise: Final Book Seals Potter Series as a Classic
Released: 26-Jul-2007 10:25 AM EDT
Final Book Seals Potter Series as a Classic
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Harry Potter expert Jennie Levine reviews the final book in the Harry Potter series. "Finally, with the entire canon complete, we can truly claim that this is a story of good against evil."

Newswise: A World Without Potter?
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Released: 19-Jul-2007 12:00 AM EDT
A World Without Potter?
University of Kentucky

Children and even some adults around the globe will be saddened this weekend by the loss of characters in the final book from the Harry Potter book series. Many consider this a valuable opportunity for parents to discuss the topic of death and dying with their children.

Newswise: Reading Motivation Post-Potter
Released: 10-Jul-2007 6:20 PM EDT
Reading Motivation Post-Potter
International Literacy Association (ILA)

Leading reading researcher available to explain what motivates children to read and how parents can encourage a lifetime reading habit.

Newswise: UIndy Professor Offers Thoughts on Final Harry Potter Book
Released: 6-Jul-2007 10:00 AM EDT
UIndy Professor Offers Thoughts on Final Harry Potter Book
University of Indianapolis

As the release of the final Harry Potter book draws near, University of Indianapolis English Department Chair and avid Harry Potter fan Toni Morris offers her thoughts about the popularity of the series and raises some questions about its cultural significance.

Released: 3-Jul-2007 2:00 PM EDT
"Harry Potter" Experts Make Predictions About Final Book
Kansas State University

J.K. Rowling's seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series will hit bookstores this month and there is no shortage of anticipation among Harry Potter fans. Kansas State University's Philip Nel and Karin Westman are no exceptions.

Newswise: Harry Potter Expert Available for Comment on Final Book
Released: 2-Jul-2007 8:00 AM EDT
Harry Potter Expert Available for Comment on Final Book
Central Michigan University

J.K. Rowling's anxiously awaited final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be released July 21, when readers of all ages will once again be swept away to Hogwarts Academy and into the life of the one and only Harry Potter. Expert is available to comment on the release of this book.

Released: 29-Jun-2007 3:05 PM EDT
Harry Potter Casts a Positive Spell on Children
Dick Jones Communications

Harry Potter casts a positive spell on children, say three researchers at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, based on research they published in 2005 and a new study that they have just completed.

Released: 26-Jun-2007 9:00 AM EDT
British Literature Expert Available to Discuss Final Harry Potter Book
University of New Hampshire

British literature expert James Krasner is available to discuss the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, scheduled for publication July 21, 2007. Krasner, a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, can discuss the book in the context of the genre in which it is written "“ British Public School novels, a popular writing style of 19th century Britain that may be unfamiliar to most Americans. He also can share his thoughts regarding what characters he believes will or will not survive J.K. Rowlings' final book.

Newswise: Expert: Harry Potter Fans Anxiously Await the Final Chapter
Released: 6-Jun-2007 12:10 PM EDT
Expert: Harry Potter Fans Anxiously Await the Final Chapter
University of Maryland, College Park

Harry Potter fans have two major events coming next month. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix debuts on the silver screen July 11. But most fans are anxiously awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the final installment in the series. The University of Maryland has one of the top Harry Potter experts in the nation - Jennie Levine. Read her essay, then give her a call!

Released: 1-Feb-2007 3:30 PM EST
British Literature Expert Predicts Harry Potter Will Survive July 21
University of New Hampshire

Harry Potter will survive past July 21, 2007, the publication date of J.K. Rowling's final Potter book, according to an English and British Victorian literature expert at the University of New Hampshire, because in the end, good has to win over evil.

Released: 18-Jul-2006 8:00 AM EDT
Harry Potter Will Not Die, According to British Literature Expert
University of New Hampshire

According to a British Victorian literature expert, Rowling's threat to kill at least two main characters in her final book is her way of taking control and is not unlike actions taken by other authors whose books have become extremely popular with readers.

21-Dec-2005 3:45 PM EST
Harry Potter Protects Children from Injury
British Medical Journal

Harry Potter books seem to protect children from traumatic injuries, according to a study.

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Released: 8-Nov-2005 3:15 PM EST
Are "Difficult Times Ahead" for the New Harry Potter Movie?
University of Maryland, College Park

Harry Potter fans are once again waiting anxiously for the release of a new movie - this time it's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" - the fourth movie in the series. Maryland's resident Harry Potter expert - Jennie Levine - once again gives her take on the upcoming movie.

Released: 23-Aug-2005 8:00 AM EDT
Magic May Be Magic No More...
New Global Initiatives

The new Harry Potter book recently hit the shelves and flew off them at an unprecedented rate. These stories transport readers into an alternate existence where Wizards and Witches have learned to tap energy and capabilities denied to "normal" people. But there are many magical things that may NOT be so far out of our reach.

Released: 18-Jul-2005 4:20 PM EDT
Children Should Read for Pleasure in Summer, Literacy Expert Says
Purdue University

A Purdue University literacy expert says one of the best ways children can stimulate their brains during the summer is to read books they enjoy.

Released: 15-Jul-2005 12:20 PM EDT
Harry Potter Can Help Children Understand, Deal With Death
Purdue University

As millions of young fans worldwide dive into the latest Harry Potter book, a Purdue University expert on childhood grief and mourning says the book's portrayal of death provides a great educational opportunity.

Released: 8-Jul-2005 11:30 AM EDT
Maryland Expert Anticipating the New Harry Potter Book
University of Maryland, College Park

Maryland's own Harry Potter expert, Jennie Levine, can hardly wait for book six to come out. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is set for release July 16. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about the upcoming book and why the Harry Potter series has become so endearing to fans of all ages.

Released: 5-Jul-2005 4:25 PM EDT
Harry Potter Marketing Wizards Ready to Cast Multimedia Spell Again
Purdue University

A Purdue University marketing professor says Harry Potter's originality goes far beyond the pages of a book. "J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter has shifted perceptions of the book industry and turned major book releases into full-on extravaganzas to rival blockbuster movie releases."

Released: 1-Jul-2005 12:25 PM EDT
Is Your Family Hog-Wild About Hogwarts? Start a Family Book Club
Saint Louis University Medical Center

The new Harry Potter book presents a painless way parents can discuss growing up with their children and is good summer fun, a Saint Louis University pediatrician says.

Released: 17-May-2005 11:00 AM EDT
Experts on the Economy, Families, Film, Health, Tourism, Sea and Sky
Florida State University

Florida State University's nationally ranked academic programs and faculty include highly respected experts who can comment on a wide range of seasonal and topical concerns.

Released: 10-Jun-2004 1:00 PM EDT
Experts on Film, Tourism, the Economy, Beaches, Children, Health
Florida State University

1) Film industry and social responsibility; 2) Travel trends and gas prices; 3) Environmental law and eroding beaches; 4) Oceanography, astronomy and lightning; 5) Food safety and hot-weather exercise

Released: 27-May-2004 4:10 PM EDT
Potter's Mythical Hogwarts Comes to Life at Sewanee: Univ. of South
Dick Jones Communications

The movie "Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkhaban" will be out Fri., June 4, and again center on Potter's adventures at the fictitious school Hogwarts. While the school doesn't exist, its imagery can be found on a fog-shrouded mountain in Tennessee at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Released: 26-May-2004 6:30 AM EDT
Teachers Tackle Trickle-down Potternomics and Pottergate Policies
Ball State University

Two Ball State professors run to cinemas not so much to discover what perils Harry Potter will conquer next, but to learn about the links between the budding wizard and the subjects they teach.

Released: 13-May-2004 6:20 AM EDT
Experts Discuss Grief and Fear in Harry Potter Movie
Purdue University

When "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is released to movie theaters June 4, parents should be wary that even children who are old enough and mature enough for the books may not be ready to see the movie, says a Purdue professor who has researched the topic.

Released: 5-May-2004 3:10 PM EDT
Experts are Sirius about Harry Potter
University of Maryland, College Park

Excitement is building for Warner Brother's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, opening in theaters June 4. One of UM's own Harry Potter experts - Jennie Levine - says that "Prisoner of Azkaban" is her favorite book of the series. She thinks this film will be the best to date.

Released: 28-Oct-2003 6:20 AM EST
Is The University of Maryland Haunted?
University of Maryland, College Park

Is Maryland haunted? With Halloween right around the corner, that question is being asked by more than just a few on campus - just ask some of our experts. Or take the tour below yourself - and see what you think!

Released: 8-Aug-2003 4:00 PM EDT
Students Explore "Banned Books" In New English Class
Academy Communications

What makes a banned book controversial"”and sometimes truly great? Students at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., will seek answers this fall as part of the college's newest English course: "Banned Books."

Released: 20-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Play Quidditch with Maryland's Harry Potter Experts
University of Maryland, College Park

What is it that makes Harry Potter such a phenomenon with young and old alike? The fifth installment in the series - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - already has the entire world buzzing. Millions of books are in print and anticipation is building for its release Saturday, June 21st.

Released: 19-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Harry Potter and the Marketing Wizard
Kansas State University

Bookstores across the nation are hyping the June 21 release (12:01 a.m., to be exact) of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the anxiously anticipated fifth installment of J.K. Rowling's seven-book series.

Released: 19-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Some Christians Embrace Harry Potter; Prof Explains Why
Baylor University

Although some Christians are concerned about witchcraft and wizardry in the Harry Potter books, there are compelling reasons that justify Christians -- taking them seriously and enjoying them.

Released: 19-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Book Tips
Purdue University

Purdue University experts can discuss issues related to the next book in the popular Harry Potter series and the return of Oprah's Book Club. In each book of the Harry Potter series, death has played an increasing role in both the plots and in Harry's development and growth.

Released: 13-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Harry Potter's 'Phoenix' Perfect Symbol of Adolescence
Gettysburg College

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" invokes a powerful symbol of adolescence and rebirth, said Gettysburg College English Prof. Christopher R. Fee, co-author of "Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain".

Released: 12-Jun-2003 12:00 AM EDT
Next Harry Potter Expected to Hit More Issues
University of Alberta

A University of Alberta English professor specializing in the Harry Potter series and who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the topic says the J.K. Rowling's stories are getting much more complex and hitting more issues.

Released: 18-Jan-2003 12:00 AM EST
Expert Discusses Announcement of Fifth Potter Book Release
Kansas State University

Harry Potter fans who have waited more than two years since the release of the fourth book in the series will only have to wait a little longer for the fifth book -- a release date of June 21 has just been announced for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Released: 13-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Why Are Some People Not Wild About Harry?
Hollins University

In two recent essays, Amanda Cockrell, director of the graduate program in children's literature at Hollins University, takes a close look at why the Harry Potter series has generated some surprisingly hostile reactions.

Released: 2-Nov-2002 12:00 AM EST
Expert Available to Discuss Release of Second Harry Potter Movie
Florida State University

A professor in the School of Information Studies at Florida State University and an expert on children's literature believes that young Harry Potter fans are on board for life in the same way that those who discovered the "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" books as children remain fans of the books and movies as adults.

Released: 29-Jan-2002 12:00 AM EST
Backyard Bird Count Includes Harry Potter's Snowy Owls
Cornell University

The fifth annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 15-18, 2002, will focus attention on Harry Potter's pet, the snowy owl, which already is making appearances in the northern U.S. from its normal habitat in the Arctic tundra.

Released: 11-Dec-2001 12:00 AM EST
Lord of the Rings, Similiar Story to Harry Potter
Dick Jones Communications

The much-anticipated movie "The Lord of the Rings" will open in theatres nationally next Wednesday, Dec. 19, and according to a film and pop culture expert at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., the story has many similarities to the popular Harry Potter books.

Released: 8-Dec-2001 12:00 AM EST
"Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" Offer Audiences Reassurance and Comfort
Swarthmore College

By promising classic battles between good and evil, the new movies "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" appeal to audiences' desire for reassurance, says a Swarthmore College English professor.

Released: 15-Nov-2001 12:00 AM EST
Expert Available to Discuss Release of Harry Potter Movie
Florida State University

Harry Potter, the fictional protagonist of a popular series of children's books by J.K. Rowling, will make his big screen debut later this month. But the bespectacled fighter of evil forces is not without controversy.


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