British Library staff pose for a picture at the  Harry Potter   A History of Magic  exhibition. AP PHOTO
British Library staff pose for a picture at the Harry Potter A History of Magic exhibition. AP PHOTO

Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

LONDON (AP) - A new British Library exhibition is tracing the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

With the orphaned boy wizard as guiding force, the exhibit opening Friday has broken records for advance sales at the London library. More than 30,000 tickets have been snapped up so far.

The exhibit, "Harry Potter: A History Of Magic," looks at magic and the nature of belief, revealing that many of the things fans of the series thought were imaginary were actually based in fact - or folklore.

Actor Bill Pullman picks up the broken Woodstock Film Festival award. DAILY FREEMAN
Actor Bill Pullman picks up the broken Woodstock Film Festival award. DAILY FREEMAN

The show features rare books and manuscripts from around the world, together with cauldrons, broomsticks, crystal balls and potion manuals that offer insights into Rowling's inspiration for the Harry Potter books.

Pullman wins and breaks award

KINGSTON, N.Y. -Bill Pullmanreceived and broke his Woodstock Film Festival award right during the festival's ceremony at BSP Kingston in Uptown on Saturday night.

Right after receiving the Excellence in Acting Award from Jared Moshe, Pullman slightly climbed the lectern and the award, which was placed to the right of it, fell from the stage and into the floor, breaking in two.


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The Maverick Award trophies are handcrafted by local artisanSteve Hellerof FabulousFurniture in Boiceville, who was seen in attendance earlier during the night.

"Oh, my God!" Pullman said. "I've got two awards tonight!" he added to laughter and applause.

Pullman returned to Woodstock on Sunday morning for the annual Actor's Dialogue with novelist and celebrity interviewer Martha Frankel, who said on Sunday that Heller, who is her husband, had fixed the award.

- THE DAILY FREEMAN

Ron Howard. TWITTER PHOTO
Ron Howard. TWITTER PHOTO

The Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie now has a title

Add this to the list of closely guarded "Star Wars" secrets that are now fully out of the bag: Director Ron Howard has been filming the Han Solo origin story - in which we presumably see how the future space smuggler got his wings (literally and figuratively) and more importantly, how he and Chewbacca got their act together and took it on the road.

And Howard, the child-actorturned- adult-actor-turned-director, thanked cast, crew and fans, and revealed the title of the upcoming film in a single Instagram post: The movie will be called "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

- LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS