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J.K. Rowling Door Open Again; HBP Excerpt Revealed

Posted by: Melissa
August 16, 2004, 06:42 AM

The "Do Not Disturb" sign is not on the door on JKR's site at present, but at this point, it seems that only people accessing the site from Europe and Asia can access what's behind the door. (Try the UK version.)
Complete instructions (including screenshots) immediately appearedContinued...

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Rowling Edinburgh Reading Transcript; HBP Status

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2004, 06:40 AM

Update: The transcript is now up at J.K. Rowling's website! (Thanks, Meriion!)
As to when we might see book six, Jo had this to say, when asked which book is her favorite:

I would have to say that it is probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, although at the moment—it is unfairContinued...


Happy Birthday, Ginny!

Posted by: Kristin
August 10, 2004, 08:04 PM

According to the calendar on Jo Rowling's site, today (yes, today - it's August 11th in Ottery St. Catchpole) is Ginny Weasley's birthday.

Thanks to all the Leaky readers who emailed, particularly Bonnie and Christine!


Harry Potter and the Book After Seven

Posted by: Kristin
August 03, 2004, 07:43 AM

We've received several emails with this IMDB link, which reports that Jo Rowling intends to write an eighth Harry Potter book:
The English novelist - currently adding the finishing touches to her sixth Potter book - had previously vowed to only create seven adventures about the magical wizard. But she nowContinued...

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Czech President Writes J.K. Rowling

Posted by: Melissa
August 01, 2004, 03:02 PM

Klara of has sent us the text of the the letter the president of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, recently wrote to J.K. Rowling regarding her letter
objecting to caged beds in childcare facilities, a letter which prompted the country's minister of health to order the removal of the bedsContinued...

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Hag Reformer New Wizard of the Month on

Posted by: Melissa
July 31, 2004, 08:24 PM

Check out JKR's newest Wizard of the Month.

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Happy Birthday Harry and JKR!

Posted by: Melissa
July 30, 2004, 11:32 PM

As noted on, today (July 31 in the UK) is Harry's - and J.K. Rowling's - birthday. A wonderful, magic-filled birthday to you both. The wonderfully artistic Marta has sent us a little glimpse into what's going on in Edinburgh right about now on this special day. Click for a larger version.

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JKR Makes Tolkien List

Posted by: Melissa
July 30, 2004, 10:25 AM

J.K. Rowling has been listed at #50 on's Top 50 People in Tolkien History List, compiled in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. She is cited thusly:

50) JK Rowling - I know, some may balk this. But I personally feel she is majorly resposibleContinued...

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Signed JKR Books Bring in 3,600 for Charities

Posted by: Kristin
July 30, 2004, 08:44 AM

A few weeks ago we reported that Jo Rowling had donated a set of signed Harry Potter books to support fund-raising efforts on behalf of both the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund, an organization that provides therapy and support to injured fire fighters and their families, and the Multiple SclerosisContinued...

J.K. Rowling Happy Birthday Neville

Posted by: sue
July 29, 2004, 09:46 PM

J.K.R. has updated her site to wish Neville Longbottom a Happy Birthday! His birthday is officially July 30. You can see this on her site where it normally says "Wizard of the Month." Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

J.K. Rowling 220 Million Visitors

Posted by: sue
July 29, 2004, 09:39 PM reportedly has had 220 Million visits from readers since the website launched. According to this article," when Rowling used the site to reveal the title of the sixth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince", it received a peak of 600 "hits" per second,Continued...

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Bloomsbury Offers a Chance to Meet Jo Rowling

Posted by: Melissa
July 26, 2004, 03:11 PM

Bloomsbury has announced a competition to meet J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival next month.

"Tickets were not sold for this event, but were available through a ballot, which has now closed. But don't panic - we are delighted to offer you the chance to win two pairs of tickets toContinued...

J.K. Rowling Update

Posted by: Melissa
July 26, 2004, 08:16 AM

JKR's FAQ section has been updated with info about HBP (oh, nothing serious, just whether Arthur will be the new Minister, and what exactly HBP has to do with CoS....:) and more.

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Jo Rowling Expecting Third Child

Posted by: Kristin
July 24, 2004, 04:31 AM

Jo Rowling writes on her website that she's expecting a third child, to be born sometime next year, and reassures her readers that while she can't say exactly when book six will be finished, it's well on track and she doesn't anticipate any baby-related delays.
Congratulations to Jo and her family!Continued...

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New Poll on

Posted by: sue
July 19, 2004, 12:50 PM

There is a new poll just posted for us on JK having to do with Percy, Wormtail, and Dumbledore's Howler. To vote, on her site, click on the paperclips, and then "About the Books. " Enjoy!
Thanks Karen!

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