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Hagrid and Fang: A Boy and his Dog

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 11:36 AM

According to today's Daily Star & Daily Express papers, Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane has settled in nicely with the 12-stone neopolitan mastiff named Luigi, playing the role of Fang.

Daily Star
Luigi, a 12-stone Neapolitan mastiff, has finally taken the lead role alongside Coltrane after playing back-upContinued...

Update on Harry Potter and Jhontu

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 11:29 AM

You may recall some months ago that Indian publishing houses Sahitya Tirtha and Nandita Publishers were in a dispute with WB and J.K. Rowling over Harry Potter Kolkataye - a book which author Uttam Ghosh sets the boy wizard in Kolkata and introduces a native boy named Jhontu.
The Times of India has an update onContinued...


Harry Potter Grows Up

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 11:17 AM

In today's Guardian, Natasha Walter takes a look at the issue of aging and the Harry Potter series. She points oit, and rightly so, that Harry is about to turn 15 and at the end of the series, he'll be 18. He has to grow up sometime.

Many children's writers skip over the issue altogether, leaving their protagonistsContinued...


This is now a Movable Type Weblog

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 08:53 PM

You may notice a FEW changes with The Leaky Cauldron. We've moved on from Blogger and YAACS, the commenting system which we incredibly overwhelmed. We're now using a system called MovableType. So it's new to us, (and setup generously by YAACS creator Hossein Sharifi), bear with us as we figure outContinued...

Grownup Fans of Harry Potter Get Beyond Prejudices Against "Children's Literature"

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 08:00 PM

The Seattle Times makes mention of both Harry Potter for Grownups and Nimbus 2003, the first "Harry Potter" symposium for adults, which "will be a hybrid of an academic conference with literary presentations and a Star Trek-like convention where participantsContinued...

Book 5 Craze hits India

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 08:00 PM

It seems that the Indian city of Pune is feeling the frenzy of the boy wizard as pre-orders continue to rise.

Glencoe Rained Out Again

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 08:00 PM

As filming on PoA continues, another day of rain hampers production in Glencoe. However some interesting mentions of a certain executioner visiting Hagrid's Hut.

What Is The Matrix of Modern Thought-Philosophy-Film?

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 08:00 PM

In today's Washington Post, Hank Steuver essays about The Matrix, and also brings in mention of some of the other recent blockbuster films which delve into philosophy, metathinking, meme creation and "the superior feeling that nobody gets the [story] but you."

The Harry Potter childrenContinued...

"With great success comes rampant ripoffs..."

Posted by: Melissa
May 18, 2003, 07:59 PM

Law Professor Peter Yu has an article at about some of the recent - and older - court disputes surrounding infringment of the Harry Potter series; Yu gives legal analysis of the arguments on both sides in the Tanya Grotter situations, as well as the Chengdu, China-published fakes and the vintage-2000Continued...

Financial Times Look at the Upcoming Potter book

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 02:36 PM has a very long but good look at preparations for Book 5.

BBC Interview with Chris Rankin

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 11:01 AM

Check it out here! An excellent piece about filming on Potter three, by Martin Barber. Quotage from Chris:

His style is completely different to Chris Columbus’, he’s going for a real dramatic, tension building to a climax kind of film which I think is going to be perfect for Potter three.
I think the wayContinued...

Teenage Boy Apologizes to Rowling

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 10:43 AM

One of the teenage boys in the plot to sell stolen chapters of OotP to a tabloid wrote a 3-page apology to the author says Norfolk's Eastern Daily Press.

JPG Images of the Deluxe Edition Art

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 10:28 AM


OotP Currently Bestseller at

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 08:19 AM

According to the Canadian Press, as of May 14th, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues to be the bestseller at - and it hasn't even been released yet.

Dymocks Announces Potter Contest - Win a Trip to London

Posted by: Melissa
May 16, 2003, 07:55 AM

The Australian Bookseller Dymocks is sponsoring a contest to win a trip to London as well as some other great prizes. All you have to do is buy the book - thanks to Sarah-Jane for the lead.

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