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Need Information about International Book Chains & Launch Events

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 12:56 PM

We have heard rumors that several book chains across the world have plans for the Harry Potter release but have had little success in getting "official word". Below is a list of stores we're waiting to hear from and contact information on reaching them. If you could assistContinued...

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Canada HP Publisher Raincoast Books Hosts Charity Launch Event

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 12:36 PM

We received a press release this morning that the Raincoast Books launch event will be a charity fundraiser for Canuck Place Children's Hospice.


Join us Saturday June 21st when Raincoast Books hosts the Harry Potter Launch Party, especially for grown-up Harry Potter fans. CelebrateContinued...

Joss Whedon a HP Fan

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 12:15 PM

Thanks so much Rachel, for sending us this blurb from SPIN magazine, which has one of my favorite creative people ever talking about one of my favorite creative people ever:

JOSS WHEDON (Buffy creator; science fiction and fantasy
savant):
I think the Harry Potter books are the finest of the century! JK Rowling is one of the twoContinued...

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Borders International Stores Announce Midnight Events

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 11:46 AM

According to a press release we received this morning, all 21 Borders UK stores will stay open through midnight June 20th, 2003 to sell Book V. All those who preorder at Borders stores will be automatically entered to receive a copy signed by J.K. herself. We have received details of what eachContinued...

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74 Schools Selected by Bloomsbury to Attend 6/26 Event with J.K. Rowling

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 11:32 AM

Bloomsbury has posted the list of schools selected to attend the June 26th Royal Albert Hall event with author J.K. Rowling. Perhaps some lucky readers will be in attendance either as students, teachers, or chaperones. Don't forget there are still contests ongoing in SingaporeContinued...

EA Quidditch World Cup Site Now Online

Posted by: Melissa
May 28, 2003, 09:35 AM

For those who have been asking, here's the official site for EA's Quidditch World Cup video game. Now if they could only get something like this working in Virtual Reality.

Movies

New Prisoner of Azkaban set pics

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 03:57 PM

DigiCasey.com has some excellent new closeups of Hagrid's Hut under construction. These appear to be the hi-res versions that RexFeatures took.

Movies

Lockhart/Branagh Weds in Secret

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 03:49 PM

According to the BBC, actor Kenneth Branagh who played Gilderoy Lockhart in the recent "Chamber of Secrets" movie secretly married his sweetheart, Lindsay Brunnock.

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Meetup.com Press Release

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 01:49 PM

Meetup.com along with The Leaky Cauldron on behalf of MUARI sent out a joint press release today announcing the Harry Potter MeetUp And Read-In. Please take a moment and send this release to your local newspapers. The more people who hear about MUARI, the better chance we have of capturing all the events going on acrossContinued...

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Singapore's Popular Bookstore has Harry Potter "Trip to London" contest

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 09:53 AM

Thanks to a reader for informing us that Singapore's Popular Bookstore will have the same contest several other countries are participating in that will send 3 kids to Royal Albert Hall in London.
The same reader has said that Popular locations will be open at 7am on Saturday,Continued...

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Over 620 People Plan to attend OotP Meetups!

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 09:13 AM

Checking Meetup.com this morning, I've noticed we have over 620 people signed up for the June 20th Meetup around the world. This may sound like a lot, but only 35 of the 225 locations have 5 or more people signed up for them. Each Meetup location needs to have at least 5 people signed up or the eventContinued...

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Canada Publisher Raincoast Books Uses 100% Recycled Paper for OotP

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 08:57 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, local Badger Paper Mills has made 3 million pounds of what's known as post-consumer paper for 935,000 copies of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" being published in Canada by Raincoast Books.


And if Canadian readersContinued...

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Tuscaloosa Alabama Gears Up for Potter

Posted by: Melissa
May 27, 2003, 08:49 AM

Tuscaloosa News has an article about local kids gearing up for book five, profiling some of the release events.

Books

Harry Potter vs. the Evil Vicar

Posted by: Melissa
May 26, 2003, 02:14 PM

No, it's not some representative of the church trying to ban Potter books. According to snippets from The Express sent to us by a reader, Bloomsbury rival Faber & Faber plan on releasing their own book on June 19th. It's called Shadowmancer, written by vicar Graham Taylor, of Cloughton. The book, allegedlyContinued...

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Harry Potter Is Good For Science

Posted by: Melissa
May 26, 2003, 12:16 PM

Canwest News Service's John Robson wrote a rebuttal dealing with Canadian mathematician Dr. Ivar Ekeland's statements that Harry Potter is bad for science.
(Editor's Note: Although it's nice to see someone rebute Ekeland, in my opinion Robson does it in a very negative way and I also disagree withContinued...

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