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Richard Griffiths, star of Harry Potter movies and Withnail & I, dies

Richard Griffiths starred in cult hit Withnail & I. Photo: Reuters

British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles as Harry Potter's uncle and in the cult film Withnail & I, has died aged 65, his agent said yesterday. The stage and screen star, one of Britain's best-loved character actors, died on Thursday from complications following heart surgery, Simon Beresford said.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 3:58am

Collectibles: the Harry Potter factor

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, founders of The Printorium; The Marauder's Map (above right), one of their designs.

You might think that after creating props for Harry Potter films for more than a decade, Miraphora Mina would have reached her boy-wizard threshold. But that's not the case.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

And the Oscars (should) go to ...

1. Black Swan

Black Swan was nominated last year, but it did not win. This movie made us ponder the definition of perfection. It should be re-nominated and win this year's Oscar.

Sonia Tsui

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fast-paced fantasy tale fails to fill Harry Potter's shoes

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx By James Rollins Published by Orion ISBN 9781 4440 0085 6

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'Harry Potter' starlet braves snap-arazzi and charms the VIPs

If there was a miniature tidal wave lapping at the shores of Central this week, blame the screaming fans who lined up around Italian restaurant Spasso as Harry Potter star Emma Watson walked in to the Harbour City Mall to be greeted by the squeals of young fans trying to capture her on camera.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Jobs bio pre-sales rival Harry Potter

Pre-sales for Steve Jobs' biography in Hong Kong are rivalling that of the last Harry Potter novel, say major retailers ahead of the book's worldwide launch on Monday.

'I can't tell you how many have been sold, but it's just as tremendous as the last Harry Potter,' said Norman Fung, manager of the Swindon book store in Tsim Sha Tsui.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Shreya Thapa, 12, St Margaret's Co-educational English School

cd: Doo-Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars contains the hit Just the Way You Are and loads of other catchy tunes.

dvd: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Great special effects, epic part 1 to the end of the saga.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Li Sze-tung, 17, Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College

cd: Dark Light by rock band, HIM, the first Finnish band to have a gold album in the United States.

dvd: Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is one of the greatest movies ever.

movie: The Smurfs. A welcome alternative to the omnipresent Harry Potter.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Kristine Yeung Tsz-ying, 16, Good Hope School

cd: Born This Way, pop artist Lady Gaga's latest album. It might have been released in May but it still rocks!

dvd: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Touching.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories...

Chief to report on cultural hub progress and his vision

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Arielle Yuen Mei-wat, 18, Hong Kong Academy

cd: Other Side of Down by David Archuleta (inset). The Asian Tour limited edition.

dvd: 127 Hours. Nominated for several Oscars, 127 is a true story of survival in the Grand Canyon.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

About a boy

Scotland's most famous viaduct (no one I ask can think of a runner-up) sneaks up on you. It is a curved construction that leans into the landscape beyond and can be glimpsed only briefly as the train thunders over it.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

hot picks

Candace Ng, 12, German Swiss International School

cd: Taylor Swift's Speak Now. Debuting at No1 on the US Billboard 200, the title track alone will convert non-fans to devotees.

dvd: Little Fockers. An amusing film starring big names that is fun for everyone in the family.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Oliver and James Phelps


24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Potter casts blockbuster spell on fair with big sales

The Harry Potter series may have ended, but the boy wizard has come to the rescue of English-language book publishers in Hong Kong who had been bemoaning the lack of international blockbusters this year.

Sales of the complete set of Potter books have picked up since the final movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, hit Hong Kong screens.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am