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According to the Sylvan Lane Shoppe, the second series of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans will be released either tomorrow or the 3rd. Note: Reader "Last First" informs us that the flavours may include Cherry, Green Apple, Lemon Drop, Bubblegum, Banana, Blueberry, Buttered Popcorn, Grape Jelly, Cinnamon, Watermelon, Toasted Marshmallow, and Tutti-Fruitti, along with Earwax, Sardine, Black Pepper, Dirt, Spinach, Grass, Booger, and Vomit. (And thanks to everyone who wrote to tell us that the new Bertie Beans have actually already been released in some locations!)
More on the "Barry Trotter" parody from the New York Daily News.
Reader Rachel sends us this article from the University of Chicago Divinity School which offers an opinion about why people who are against Harry Potter were supportive of Lord of the Rings.
Nostalgic theme at Hampton Court (from The Guardian):
Peter Rabbit, sandcastles, and romantic ruins provide themes for this year's Hampton Court flower show. The Royal Horticultural Society's annual event opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday.
In the Frederick Warne garden, called 100 years of Peter Rabbit, Karen Maskell has recreated Mr McGregor's vegetable patch, complete with ancient wheelbarrow and half-buried spade handle among the carrots and cabbages. There is none of the scary drama of Beatrix Potter's original tale; everything is reassuringly miniaturised.
That other famous Potter, Harry, seems to have inspired the Very, Very, Very Secret Garden, designed by David Brum for the Garden Gang. Walled in behind gothic gargoyles and rusting chains, it can only be entered through a dark, low, stone passage.