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JKR's Dad Speaks About Sotheby's Auction in Sunday Mirror

Posted by: Melissa
December 15, 2003, 03:29 PM

The Sunday Mirror (not always the best source) has reported an exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling's father (from which Contact Music fashioned its own article without credit - it's the same source) over the Sotheby's auction items that have been a topic of hot discussionContinued...


More Order of the Phoenix

Posted by: Kristin
December 15, 2003, 11:44 AM

Slovenia now have a translation of the fifth book- thanks to Kaja for the link!


Harry Potter and the Big Read

Posted by: Melissa
December 15, 2003, 08:36 AM

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took fifth place in The Big Read.
Thank you to everyone who sent this in! :)


Large Movie Scans

Posted by: Kristin
December 15, 2003, 07:45 AM

Several readers have pointed us toward, which has up links to large scans of PoA photos, as well as a few shots from the next movie calendar. Here's what's new:

Emma Watson calendar image
Daniel Radcliffe in a calendar image
Thanks guys!

In the Market for a Pensieve?

Posted by: Kristin
December 15, 2003, 07:30 AM

In the past year, a handful of separate research projects have surfaced, all sharing the same goal: offloading our memories to machines. Sunil Vemuri, a graduate student at the M.I.T. Media Lab, has spent the last two years wedded to a voice-activated microphone that makes a digital recording of everyContinued...


OotP To Be Released in Bulgaria

Posted by: Melissa
December 12, 2003, 01:11 PM

Krum will finally have the chance to get his hands on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - the fifth Harry Potter novel will be launched in Bulgaria on December 13th at the 24th International Book Fair.
Editor's Note: The HP information can be found near the middle of the article.


More Sotheby's Results

Posted by: Kristin
December 11, 2003, 11:00 PM

Sotheby's of London today auctioned off several Harry Potter books, which included two copies of Philosopher's Stone, a set of the first four books, and a copy of Chamber of Secrets. Prices ranged from 2040 GBP to 14,400 GBP for one of the first in the series. has a mention of the auction, with an interestingContinued...


Harry in Hebrew

Posted by: Kristin
December 11, 2003, 10:51 PM

Many readers wrote to let us know that Order of the Phoenix has been released in Hebrew - the book as the same cover art as the American version, and, according to Yoni, is printed on recycled, environmentally-friendly paper.
Thanks to everyone who emailed!


Emma Watson Attends LOTR Premiere

Posted by: Melissa
December 11, 2003, 10:06 PM

Emma Watson appeared tonight at the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King premiere tonight in the Leicester Square Odeon Theatre.

Thanks very much to Page from for the pic and the heads-up!

Suzi also sends us a link to this BBC gallery in which they call her "Emily Watson."


Happy Birthday Gilderoy!

Posted by: Melissa
December 10, 2003, 08:41 PM

Kenneth Branagh, A.K.A. Gilderoy Lockhart, celebrated his 43rd birthday today.
Happy Birthday to Kenneth!

Thanks, Grace!


Sotheby's Auction of HP Books

Posted by: Kristin
December 10, 2003, 02:47 PM

As previously reported, Sotheby's in New York auctioned four Harry Potter books personally inscribed by the author. Prices ranged from $9660 for a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to $48,000 for Goblet of Fire; also auctioned were copies of Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling Supports Increase in Child Tax Credit

Posted by: Kristin
December 10, 2003, 01:01 PM

As reported in The Mirror:
Hundreds of supporters of the National Council for One Parent Families called for an increase in the Child Tax Credit.

JK Rowling, once a single mum living on benefits, has thrown her weight behind the campaign to slash child poverty. The charity wants an extra £5Continued...


Interview with Mike Newell

Posted by: Melissa
December 10, 2003, 11:09 AM has an interview with Mike Newell discussing GoF.
Thank you to everyone who sent this in! :)


Cuarón & Potter

Posted by: Kristin
December 10, 2003, 07:37 AM

Cine Premiere Mexican film magazine has an article this month about Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as a short "20 Mexicans that made it in 2003", which includes Alfonso Cuarón. was kind enough to send us the translation.
Thanks, Fran!

We will see the next ‘Harry Potter’Continued...

Fan Fiction - Flattery

Posted by: Kristin
December 10, 2003, 07:31 AM

The Guardian has a piece on fan fiction that mentions Harry Potter and J.K.Rowling:

In fact, a representative for Rowling's agent states that "the general feeling is one of flattery" - as long as it's clear that the author isn't JK Rowling.

Thanks, Ree, for the link.

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