Harry Potter as Wheel of Fortune answer
Harry Potter as Wheel of Fortune answer

Google's new video search helps 'Harry' fans

  February 1, 2005 at 7:59 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA
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Search engine Google's new video searchopens in new window feature adds another useful weapon to Harry Potter fans' arsenals when looking for new tidbits and mentions of their favorite fictional hero.

The tool, introducedopens in new window this week, hunts through indexed closed-caption texts that the company captures from various television networks, looking for a user's search phrase. A preview page shows still-frame images of the actual video at the precise time the search phrase is mentioned.

As of this article, searching for "harry potter"opens in new window brings back mentions of the boy wizard on:

  • an infomercial for a speed-reading product
  • a puzzle on the TV show Wheel of Fortune
  • an episode of PBS' kids series Buster
  • an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, in which a Braille edition of one of the Potter novels is found in blind and autistic 14-year-old Lance Varden's bedroom
  • an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show
  • a discussion on C-SPAN's Book TV show
  • and news of author JK Rowling's birth of her baby daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray.

The service also tells when a certain show will re-air. No doubt Harry Potter fans will find this new resource fun and invaluable.

Read more about Google Videoopens in new window at Google's web site.

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