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JK... Back in Belfast.

Posted by: Melissa
January 26, 2003, 09:41 PM

A neat little story about Belfast, which hosted the now famous author a few weeks before she was famous.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling will be given a second chance to weave her magic spell on Belfast when she arrives back in town this summer. For the last time JK turned up for a book signing in the city, only 30 people turnedContinued...

"Chamber of Secrets" Wins Critic's Choice Award

Posted by: Melissa
January 19, 2003, 12:15 AM

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Award for Best Family Film (live action). John Williams also won in the Best Composer category.

Book 5 Speculation

Posted by: Melissa
January 17, 2003, 11:18 PM

The Sun (yes, we know!) has an article comprised of suggestions from Harry Potter fans as to what may happen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


Posted by: Melissa
January 17, 2003, 10:03 PM

Some of you have inquired as to whether the American editions of OotP will be edited in the same way as the other four books have been; we don't precisely know, but I did get word today that both JKR's American and British editors are working on the book. Intuition says it will be the same as with the last four - meaning BritishismsContinued...

Smaller radio file and transcript

Posted by: Melissa
January 17, 2003, 09:23 PM

Thanks Jey, for sending us this 2.5 MB file of the R5L interview, and Dr. C, for sending this transcript of the interview, in which I made comments to make some things clear. It's really sort of terrible, seeing the way you ramble in a transcript like that... anyway, thanks again!

Looking (Way) Ahead to the Paperback

Posted by: Melissa
January 17, 2003, 04:21 PM

The Buffalo News reports on Quebecor, whose paperback plant in Depew "has printed books for Scholastic since Harry Potter left his abominable aunt and uncle and found a permanent home on the best-seller list."

PoA: Scotland Location News

Posted by: Melissa
January 17, 2003, 09:27 AM

According to, part of a Highland auction mart will be taken over by Warner Brothers at the end of March. Construction of a film set will begin in April at Lochaber Rural Complex at Torlundy, near Fort William. Thanks, Sandra, for the link.

"Do Not Open Until June 21"

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 11:55 PM

An article from the Vancouver Sun reports on how one Order of the Phoenix publisher, Raincoast Books, is gearing up for hard-cover press run which is expected to be about 800,000, almost certainly a Canadian record.

Price Wars

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 11:38 PM

Two online Canadian retailers [Indigo and Amazon] have slashed the price of J.K. Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book by 40 per cent, months before its publication date. (From The Toronto Star.)

Midnight Openings Announced

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 11:19 PM

Stockhouse reports that Barnes & Noble stores across the US will remain open late on Friday night, 20 June, and sell Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the stroke of midnight.

Radio 5 Live MP3

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 11:10 PM

BIG THANKS to Sarah, for risking life and bandwidth to get me this mp3. It's 7.1 MB of me rambling, so download at your own risk. :-) Click here - I hope you enjoy!

Listening Library says....

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 06:47 PM

This just in from RandomHouse's Listening Library regarding the Audio Books we hope Jim Dale will narrate:

Listening Library is in the process of negotiating the audiobook rights for
Harry Potter 5, and therefore I can not give you any information on the audio
edition of the book at this time. I encourage you to check ourContinued...

Publishers Weekly: "Potter a Mixed Blessing"

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 03:07 PM

The June arrival of Order of the Phoenix has some publishers possibly rethinking release dates of upcoming books. Quotage:

In July 2000, the big titles coming out at the same time as Potter IV created a perfect storm that picked up publicity, production and sales of other books in its tempest -- and resultedContinued...

Potter reaching record sales all over UK

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 02:30 PM

According to the BBC, Amazon, Borders and Waterstones are announcing record pre-orders for the 5th Harry Potter book. Other bookstores have mentioned phone lines being tied up and a large amount of people popping in to check on the book. Surprising? Hardly.

Waterstones has also announced a day of specialContinued...

Revival of Ian Brown rumor

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 02:10 PM

Thanks to Dennis for making sure we didn't overlook this NME piece about musician Ian Brown making a cameo in the film, despite his agent denying it. Who will he play? With a face only a mother could love, perhaps Stan Shunpike of the Knight Bus or Walden Macnair, Deatheater and Executioner of Buckbeak....

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