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More on Australian HP Conference

Posted by: Kristin
August 25, 2003, 07:42 AM

The Adelaide conference we mentioned last week now has a website with registration and content information.
Thanks to Marc for the link!

Eastern Influences on Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 10:34 AM

Ahmed Fadl Shablool of Egypt speculates as to the possible eastern influences of Harry Potter.
While we recognize that there are a few translation misspellings in this article, it's still an intereresting read.


It's All About the Set Reports

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 10:26 AM

Thanks to Bill for pointing out this new set report at

Son of HP Star Following in Showbiz Footsteps

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 10:23 AM

Dillion the Armadillo is currently starring at the Edinburgh Zoo in an attraction called 'Animal Antics'.
Thanks to Ralph for the link!


More on Tom Felton

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 07:48 AM

The Syracuse Post Standard has an article on Tom Felton's participation in the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament.

HP Discussion Day

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 07:44 AM

Griffith University in Queensland, Australia will host Harry Potter Discussion Day on September 6th.
Thanks to Anna-Louise for the link!


Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 12:14 AM

The Leaky Cauldron would like to wish Rupert Grint a very enthusiastic Happy 15th Birthday!

The Americanization of Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 11:33 PM

Kimberly Noles of Oklahoma State University thinks Americanizing the Harry Potter series was a missed opportunity:
Most adults know that other countries spell words differently, but children don't. Seeing the words like colour, favourite and honour spelled differently opens the lines of communication forContinued...


Jason Issacs

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 11:21 PM

Susan King of the L.A. Times offers a short piece on our favorite pony-tailed dad, Jason Issacs.


Tom Felton, Fisherman

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 11:09 PM

NPR has an audio clip on Tom Felton's entry into the Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament.
Thanks to Joya for the link!

Liberal Leanings?

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 01:58 PM

From the American Prospect:
Although some reviewers have inexplicably branded the books "monoculturalistic" and even "sexist," Rowling has admitted to being "left wing" personally and hoped that "every reader will bring his own agenda to the book." Rowling has an enormous audience -- andContinued...


New PoA Pics

Posted by: Melissa
August 22, 2003, 06:03 PM

Thanks go out to Jasen with who has just informed us that they have some new photos from the PoA set!


New Boxed Set of Harry Potter Available

Posted by: Melissa
August 22, 2003, 01:04 PM

A limited edition boxed set of the first five Harry Potter books is scheduled to go on sale in September. The hardcover boxed set can be purchased at Barnes & Noble. The box is decorated with OotP artwork and comes with a leather, Harry Potter bookmark as well.

J.K. Rowling

Nobel Prize Drive Update

Posted by: Kristin
August 22, 2003, 07:33 AM

The BBC tells us that while more than 100 people emailed the Nobel Prize Committee, no one wrote an actual letter.
We also learn that James Downey, the U.S. author behind the drive to have J.K. Rowling nominated for the prize, was also behind a project to get people around the world to point laser pens at the moon in anContinued...


A Harry Analysis

Posted by: Kristin
August 22, 2003, 07:26 AM

The San Francisco Bay Guardian offers this essay, comparing Order of the Phoenix to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones:
Rowling's artistic achievement is as extraordinary as her sales figures. Rather than offer readers a Sebold-style imaginary escape from death's reality, the Harry Potter books admonish readers to faceContinued...

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