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Review of New HP Book

Posted by: Kristin
November 18, 2003, 01:06 PM has up their review of the new book New Clues to Harry Potter Book V:
The structure of New Clues is straightforward - it analyzes each chapter of Order of the Phoenix in three sections: Frequently Asked Questions, Running Bits (clues derived from JK's wordplay), and Hints. The analysis itself is based on theContinued...

Mexico's New Generation

Posted by: Kristin
November 16, 2003, 07:19 AM

Newsweek has an article on Mexico's latest generation of directors, which mentions Harry Potter director Alfonso Cuarón:

“It’s very hard to put films together in Mexico,” Cuarón said last week from the “Harry Potter” set. “What is ironic is that at a time when there’sContinued...

Harry Readers Less Stressed Than Oprah Viewers

Posted by: Kristin
November 10, 2003, 06:30 PM

A recent study suggests that Harry Potter readers are far less stressed than Oprah viewers.
New York Times best-selling author Hale Dwoskin, who commissioned the American telephone survey, says adults who said they are fond of the fictional character were 50% less likely to take medication to easeContinued...

Public Interest Group Slams Marketing Practice

Posted by: Kristin
November 10, 2003, 06:11 PM

The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has issued a report that accuses certain companies of bypassing parents and marketing directly to children.
Report author Margo G. Wootan said characters like Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, SpongeBob SquarePants and Elmo, as well as games,Continued...


Posted by: Kristin
November 09, 2003, 07:58 AM

U.K.'s Home Secretary David Blunkett will appear on the quiz show Mastermind, where he will answer questions about the Harry Potter series.
You may recall that Blunkett, who is blind, expressed frustration this past summer at the cost of the audio books, as well as that they were not scheduled for release in the U.K. until September.Continued...

Get Fuzzy likes HP

Posted by: Melissa
November 08, 2003, 11:50 PM

Asked about Harry Potter allusions in his comic strip "Get Fuzzy", cartoonist Darby Conley said that his character "Satchel would like Neville and my favorite characters are the Weasley twins. I'm glad you like the Harry Potter references. I'm already waiting for Book 6." Thanks for the link, Andy!Continued...

Harry Escapes Malaysian Ban on Books

Posted by: Kristin
November 06, 2003, 07:33 AM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, which strictly censors foreign movies and books, has decided to ban tomes with "ghostly" tales and those touching on the supernatural, reports said on Thursday.
These include books within the categories of mystery, mysticism, fantasy, occultism and superstition, he said.


Harry Potter: The U.S. Tour

Posted by: Melissa
November 04, 2003, 03:23 PM

Tess, who works at the St. Joseph Press, alerted us to today's edition. It would seem that a concerned reader left a message on their anonymous reader-comment voicemail in regards to "That Harry Potter who is coming to America and speaking at our schools and that our kids are reading his sick, multi-volume manifestosContinued...

Harry Fans Hounded

Posted by: Melissa
November 04, 2003, 10:52 AM

The Payson Roundup reported that a group from the Victory Chapel gathered outside of the Payson Public Library to protest the library's "Harry Potter, a Kid's Night Out" event. The protesters used bullhorns to annouce to the children that, "God would think Harry Potter is an abomination".

Nimbus Paper Published

Posted by: Kristin
November 04, 2003, 07:16 AM

The Touchstone magazine has published the article The Alchemist’s Tale: Harry Potter & the Alchemical Tradition in English Literature by Nimbus 2003 presenter John Granger, author of the book The Hidden Key to Harry Potter.
Thanks, Alison!

J.K. Rowling: UK's Richest Woman

Posted by: Melissa
November 03, 2003, 08:34 AM

CBBC reports that J.K. Rowling is now the wealthiest woman in Britain, and ranks 5th on the list overall. Also on the list is Harry Potter himself...Daniel Radcliffe.
Thanks, Raquel!

Harry Potter in Flightdeck

Posted by: Melissa
November 01, 2003, 11:49 AM

Thanks to everyone who sent in this all too true comic.
I hope everyone had a great Halloween, and Happy Los Dios de los Muertos!

Harry Potter Part of English Textbook

Posted by: Melissa
October 31, 2003, 04:16 PM alerted us to the fact that an English textbook from Spain features J.K. Rowling and Harry in an exercise. It lists Rowling with literary greats such as Shakespeare, Shelley and Stevenson!

Mike Newell in Lincoln

Posted by: Melissa
October 30, 2003, 01:30 PM

Mike Newell, the British film-maker who is sent to direct GoF, will be in Lincoln on December 16th to officially open Sparkhouse Studios for the University of Lincoln. Newell will not only preside over the opening, he will also be interviewed in front of a live audience.
Editor's Commentary: Hopefully the interview willContinued...

Harry and Fluffy Spotted in NYC

Posted by: Kristin
October 30, 2003, 09:04 AM

How cute is this?
Thanks to Jason for bringing it to our attention.