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Dragon liver can cure a cold - Dragon powder grows hair!

Posted by: Melissa
April 29, 2003, 04:44 PM

And The New York Times' Science section highlights dragons in an article that notes how

scholars drawing on primitive art, fossilized bones and ancient legends are struggling to explain how cultures that had no contact with one another constructed mythical creatures so remarkably similar.Continued...

Upcoming Game from EA

Posted by: Melissa
April 29, 2003, 02:32 PM

Thanks to everyone who let us know about a new game from Electronic Arts entitled "Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup." More information is available in this press release from Hoover's Online.

Book Magazine Scans

Posted by: Melissa
April 28, 2003, 12:16 PM

Thanks to, you can see scans of the Book Magazine article in its entirety, and I can stop feeling guilty about it lying about the house unscanned. :-) It should be noted that while there's no new information about canon in the article, it's a very nice summation of everything that's been said byContinued...

A "Darling" Article about Jason Isaacs

Posted by: Melissa
April 28, 2003, 04:31 AM

Jason Isaacs, who's playing the dual role of Mr Darling and Captain Hook in the upcoming PJ Hogan production, speaks a bit about films, childhood, and the unctuousness of Lucius Malfoy here. No snake-headed canes in sight, unfortunately.

Harry Potter and the Missing Glencoe Props

Posted by: Melissa
April 28, 2003, 01:02 AM

Reader Emily sent us this article from The Electronic Herald [UK] on how souvenir hunters have spirited away some of the prop polystyrene pumpkins and plaster rocks from the Harry Potter film set.

JKR Now Richer Than Queen Elizabeth

Posted by: Melissa
April 27, 2003, 12:31 AM

Thank you to everyone who sent us the link to this article from CNN, which reports that J. K. Rowling has passed Queen Elizabeth on Britain's "rich list," published annually by the Sunday Times [UK].

Bloomsbury gives us a new screen saver!

Posted by: Melissa
April 25, 2003, 04:07 AM

Thanks to Hanna for pointing us to the new screen saver (for PCs now, MAC version forthcoming) which features all five book covers. Share and enjoy!

The Effect of Harry Potter on Travel in the UK These Days

Posted by: Melissa
April 24, 2003, 03:40 AM

The Guardian has an article today stating that Harry Potter is rescuing England's ailing tourist industry "from the demons of foot and mouth" disease. Thanks, Emily, for the link!

TLC Staffers Make Book Magazine

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 09:10 AM

They're too modest so I thought I'd post that the May/June 2003 edition of Book Magazine highlights Harry Potter Book 5 including a picture of J.K. Rowling on the cover. One of the many articles includes various predictions from around the world - including those from our own Heidi Tandy and Melissa Anelli:Continued...

Change in Potter Adult Edition Cover?

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:49 AM

Eagle-eye JFA pointed out to us this morning that the announced cover of the Adult Edition of Order of the Phoenix (seen here on Amazon) and the one on Bloomsbury's Web site (here) don't match. Why the change?

Pottering About Down Under

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:44 AM

It seems the Orange City Library in Central Western Australia had a Harry Potter Party this week for local kids. I would have missed this if it weren't for the picture.


Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:37 AM

As we eagerly await the release of Book 5, we encourage you to celebrate World Book Day - being held today, April 23, 2003. Activities are going on all over the world - with UNESCO announcing Delhi in India as the World Book Capital. In the UK, the World Book Day Online Festival has interviews with other well-known fantasyContinued...

AK-47 Cheaper than Harry Potter Book

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:25 AM

According to South African author Pieter-Dirk Uys, it is cheaper to buy a second-hand AK-47 assault rifle than a new copy of a Harry Potter book. As part of World Book Day, Uys is working to have the 14% VAT (Value-Added Tax) on books removed by the South African Parliament. So far Uys and his campaign hasContinued...

Fans continue where Rowling left off

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:13 AM

The Toronto Star has a cute article from last week where they asked Potter fans to write in their continuation of what is allegedly the first line of the book: (Highlight to see text)


"The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, squareContinued...

Hagrid feeling a bit down

Posted by: Melissa
April 23, 2003, 08:08 AM

According to various news reports, Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, has been a bit depressed lately due to a split-up with his wife. Looks like he's working to beat it and we'll be seeing his huge smiling face in the next Harry Potter movie due out next year.

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