German magazine More has postedNews
British children love reading the same bedtime books that enthralled their parents a generation ago, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The poll topper among today's children is the all-conquering Harry Potter, JK Rowling's globally popular series about a boy who finds out he has been born to be a wizard.
Thunderpants will open the Leeds Children's Film Festival. The film stars Rupert Grint, best known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film, and Stephen Fry. The festival opens on March 20 and runs until March 26.
Despite runaway successes such as the translations of the "Harry Potter" series, sales of books and magazines in Japan are languishing, posting a fall for the fifth consecutive year.
JK Rowling has banned Swedish radio from reading excerpts from the Harry Potter books on air. She was apparently upset that a children's programme had featured passages from the books without her permission. (Thanks to Christian for the head's-up.)