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When it comes to girls, Harry’s working his magic


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The boy wizard of “Harry Potter” is growing up — and so are his fans. Daniel Radcliffe appeared stunned by the enthusiastic reception he received Sunday in Manhattan from hundreds of shrieking fans who lined up outside the U.S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

“It’s really amazing,” the 14-year-old said, trembling a bit as he paused to wave at swooning teenage girls, some holding signs saying “Marry us, Dan!”

Even singer Rob Thomas of matchbox twenty — himself no stranger to screaming women — was taken aback.

“When Harry Potter got out I think you could actually see his hair blow back from the screams,” Thomas said.

Even Alan Rickman, 58, who plays sullen Hogwarts professor Severus Snape, was greeted by a marriage proposal from a somewhat older fan. “She must be desperate,” he responded dryly.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins rushed past photographers with their kids, as did ABC’s Meredith Vieira. Meanwhile, model Christie Brinkley snapped pictures of her husband, children and nephew together on the red carpet.

“My son and I read all the books together out loud, in all the accents,” she said.

Sounds like the work of some hack

A seller on eBay tried to auction off a cough drop that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly used, then tossed into a trash can — listing the item under the heading “Schwarzenegger’s DNA.” But the ad posted on the popular Web site was quickly yanked after eBay decided it fell into the forbidden category of “body parts.” An eBay spokesman said the seller could put the item back up for sale if he or she reclassified it as a collectible. The original listing was accompanied by two photos of a half-consumed cough drop and the words, “Own a piece of DNA from the man himself.”

And maybe someday she’ll return the favor

Gov. Sonny Perdue is urging his fellow Georgians to support “American Idol” finalist Diana DeGarmo.

“I think history will judge me as a man who was neutral in ‘American Idol’ competitions when decorum called for it, but now the rubber is hitting the road,” Perdue said.

DeGarmo, 16, of Snellville, Ga., and Fantasia Barrino, 19, of High Point, N.C., face off tonight for the “Idol” title and a recording contract. The winner in the viewer voting will be announced Wednesday night.

Randy’s running with the big dawgs

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is hosting a new quarterly series in which established idols will get a chance to jam with artists who inspired them.

The first installment of “In Tune Presented by Bailey’s,” airing June 15 on VH1, pairs 26-year-old singer-songwriter John Mayer with 62-year-old singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

“It’s so different from what happens on ‘Idol,’ ” says Jackson. “We have guest judges on, but the kids don’t really get a chance to interact — and they’re not at that level yet. They’re just at the beginning.”

Quoteworthy

Mope-rock maestro Morrissey, on today’s manufactured music: ” ‘Idol’ is an easy target, as the contestants are really just very simple children who are manipulated by truly awful grown-up people. But I certainly think Britney Spears is the devil.”

The birthday bunch

Country singer Tom T. Hall is 68. Actor Ian McKellen is 65. Actress Dixie Carter is 65. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 61. Director-Muppetteer Frank Oz is 60. Actress Connie Sellecca is 49. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 41. Actress Anne Heche is 35. Actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush (“Little House on the Prairie”) are 34. Actor Jamie Kennedy (“Scream”) is 34. Singer Lauryn Hill is 29.

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