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.
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...
Sci Fi Wire has a report on pirated OotP's that have turned up in Pakistan. Thanks Courtney for the heads up!
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.
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...
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...
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.
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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...
Apparently the French don't mind what language their Harry comes in. The English OotP is at the top of the charts.
The HP Lexicon has been updated with chapter summaries from OotP written by Maureen Knight.
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.
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.
In their time, Sherlock Holmes, Little Nell, and Dracula raised quite the excitement.
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.