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Rival Publishers Happy About Potter

Posted by: Kristin
July 04, 2003, 09:33 AM

From Reuters:
Rather than envy U.S. Potter publisher Scholastic Corp's success, industry insiders are grateful that Rowling's magic touch has fired up interest in children's books.

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Potter Braille Drive

Posted by: Melissa
July 03, 2003, 06:30 PM

Thanks Petra, for this item about the National Braille Press's efforts to provide Potter books to the blind:

Here's a chance for HP fans to help make OotP accessible & affordable to the community of Braille readers: on Sat., 7/26/2003, assemble and box volumes of OotP in Braille for National Braille Press in Boston,Continued...

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Potter in Pakistan

Posted by: Melissa
July 03, 2003, 06:26 PM

Sci Fi Wire has a report on pirated OotP's that have turned up in Pakistan. Thanks Courtney for the heads up!

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Harry Potter and the War of Stars

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2003, 04:46 PM

Our friends at TheForce.Net have created a concept-by-concept, spoiler-filled comparison of OotP and the Star Wars series. You'll probably agree with some of it, and you might disagree with other parts, but it's an interesting read.

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Newsround 'Pure Potter'

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2003, 04:12 PM

Ack, meant to link to this a while ago - check out Newsround's 'Pure Potter' chat, in which Lizo Mzimba chats with kids about the fifth book and a BBC correspondent sits Chris Rankin down for a talk about the OotP revelations (and whether Dan Radcliffe has the temperament to portray the 15-year-old Harry). NotContinued...

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Boston Globe Fanfic article

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2003, 11:09 AM

The Boston Globe magazine has highlighted TLC editor Heidi Tandy for her fanfic work:


"With Harry Potter, people are always trying to figure out what's going to happen next. Fanfic just puts that speculation into narrative form," says Heidi Tandy, a Miami intellectual-property lawyer who has no problem usingContinued...

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Lexicon Update: Ministry of Magic, Spells, Thestrals

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2003, 07:14 AM

There's been an update to the Lexicon - check out the Ministry of Magic section and an update to the Thestrals entry. Also, work has begun on updating the spell encyclopedia.

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Royal Albert Hall report

Posted by: Melissa
July 01, 2003, 01:36 PM

Okay! I finally did it. Go here to read up on the event as I experienced it - complete with a LOT of pics, a better scan of the autographed book, a message from JKR to all of you, and my favorite picture ever.

Edit - the sound file in there is now also an mp3, thanks to our brilliantly fast readers. You guys are amazing.Continued...

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CNN Review

Posted by: Melissa
June 30, 2003, 10:23 PM

Check it out, quotage:


Recently, a friend asked me if Potter was worth the hype. I'm not sure if anything is worth the hype that the modern entertainment industry produces: overblown publicity machines for works that will vanish in a weekend.

But if anything is worth the hype, it's Harry Potter. The books enrapture children, entangleContinued...

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OotP Bestseller in France - in English

Posted by: Melissa
June 30, 2003, 06:19 PM

Apparently the French don't mind what language their Harry comes in. The English OotP is at the top of the charts.

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Lexicon Update: Summary of Chapters

Posted by: Melissa
June 30, 2003, 05:49 PM

The HP Lexicon has been updated with chapter summaries from OotP written by Maureen Knight.

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The Stephen King review of OotP

Posted by: Melissa
June 30, 2003, 04:02 PM

Apparently it's extremely positive. See, the geniuses all get it. When we know when it's coming out, we'll let you know.
Some of you have said you can get it through AOL, but I have AOL and have been unsuccessful, and also have word it's being saved for the print magazine first.

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OotP Obituary

Posted by: Melissa
June 29, 2003, 05:26 PM

The Toronto Star has posted an obituary for the death of someone who died in Order of the Phoenix. Not quite as heartfelt as those I've seen from fans - but if you come across more, send them to us.

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Harry Isn't The Only One To Cause Chaos

Posted by: Melissa
June 29, 2003, 04:51 PM

In their time, Sherlock Holmes, Little Nell, and Dracula raised quite the excitement.

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Potter Success Due to Merchandizing

Posted by: Melissa
June 29, 2003, 04:39 PM

Dr. Allison Simpson of Sydney University claims that the Harry Potter series wouldn't be nearly as popular if it weren't for the video games, movie and supplemental merchandizing keeping kids interest.

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