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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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Jo Rowling Donates Signed Books to Support Firefighter's Fund-Raising Efforts

Posted by: Kristin
July 17, 2004, 11:51 AM

The Leaky Cauldron's favorite author has donated a signed set of Harry Potter books in support of Tayside fire officer Gordon McKenzie, who is fund-raising on behalf of both the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of ScotlandContinued...

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Rowling Letter Prompts Removal of Caged Beds in Czech Republic

Posted by: Melissa
July 13, 2004, 02:02 PM

Talk about power of the pen: The Scotsman reports that the caged childrens' beds that enraged J.K. Rowling have been removed from psychiatric facilities in the Czech Republic, at order of the government. This happened just one day after President Vaclav Klaus received Rowling'sContinued...

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Sunday Times: Rowling Advocates Child Care Reform in Czech Republic

Posted by: Melissa
July 11, 2004, 10:06 AM

Mild parental warning for graphic subject matter.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, J.K. Rowling has appealed to Stefan Fule, the Czech ambassador in London, about the plight of disabled children who are locked in cages at care homes in Eastern Europe.

She was urged, theContinued...

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J.K. Rowling to Appear at Edinburgh Book Festival

Posted by: Melissa
July 10, 2004, 07:26 AM

On her website today, J.K. Rowling announced that she will be reading and answering questions at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15th August this year. 500 tickets will be available by ballot rather than on a first come, first served basis. To apply for tickets, buy the Herald newspaper on SaturdayContinued...

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JK Rowling Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2004, 12:12 PM

Leaky reader Alan has sent us pictures from today's ceremony at the University of Edinburgh, where Jo Rowling received a doctor honoris causa. Not a goatee in sight!
Jo gets her degree

Jo talking to fans in the car park afterward, where some had gathered to get books signed.

Thanks Alan!

Update: CheckContinued...

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J.K. Rowling to Receive Honorary Degree

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 04:39 AM

J.K. Rowling will receive an honorary degree ("doctor honoris causa") from Edinburgh University today.
Her response to the announcement, which was made in February, was "I am delighted and honoured to be receiving an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh, my adopted home city.”Continued...

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