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USA Today: Tracking Potter's readers' growth

Posted by: Melissa
June 05, 2003, 09:58 AM

Thanks Christopher, for pointing us to this USA Today article, which discusses the Potter audience as it ages, and expectations for Phoenix among that population. Quotage:

Erin Meyers, 18, of Tyler, Texas, is excited, but she won't be wielding a wand on June 21. Having begun the series at 15, the incomingContinued...

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Entertainment Weekly's Letter to JKR

Posted by: Melissa
June 05, 2003, 12:33 AM

Thanks to the reader who sent this; from the June 6 issue of Entertainment Weekly is this funny, tongue-permanently-stuck-in-cheek, piece:

DEAR MS. ROWLING:
It has come to our attention that your children's novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is scheduled to be released on June 21. Frankly, weContinued...

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Events, Contest in Richmond Indiana

Posted by: Melissa
June 04, 2003, 04:23 PM

The Palladium-Item has an article that talks about a rather large mall-wide launch party at the Richmond Square Mall starting at 9pm and closing after all books are sold (around 12:30am).


The newspaper is also having a contest.


What's one trait of your favorite Harry Potter character you wish you had?

To previewContinued...

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Book Page Mag article

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

Thanks Robin, for pointing us to this Book Page article that discusses the release, possible plot points as released in the Scholastic summary (spoiler warning), the auction (though not "Get a Clue"), and a list of book parties that needs help from Meet Up and Read In's database, where over 2,000 signees areContinued...

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Potter Book Thief Sentenced

Posted by: Melissa
June 04, 2003, 10:55 AM

According to the BBC, Donald Parfitt managed to skirt a jail term and was sentenced today to 180 hours of community service and £55 of court costs.

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Scholastic Updates Site, Creates Parent's Guide

Posted by: Melissa
June 04, 2003, 09:28 AM

A visit to Scholastic's Web site has shown it to be remade with the Harry Potter look and feel. Also, in an effort to get parents up to speed (like most parents haven't read the book), they've created a Harry Potter Companion.
Stay tuned for the winners of Scholastic's competition dueContinued...

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Amazon Receives over 1 Million Pre Orders for OotP

Posted by: Melissa
June 04, 2003, 09:03 AM

Amazon.com put out a press release today with some interesting statistics.

To-date more than 550,000 copies of "Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix" have been ordered at www.amazon.com. At
2.8 pounds a piece, that's more than 770 tons of Harry Potter
magic - nearly 3.5 times theContinued...

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Harry Potter & Christianity

Posted by: Melissa
June 03, 2003, 08:50 PM

An interesting commentary on Christianity & Harry Potter from Christianity Today.

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BBC Exclusive to Interview Rowling on June 19th

Posted by: Melissa
June 03, 2003, 01:16 PM

Set your calendars and ready your Quick Quotes Quills - Jeremy Paxman from BBC's Newsnight has already interviewed Rowling in a show set to air on June 19th.

Rowling tells Paxman about Order of the Phoenix, gives him a taster from the new book, and provides an insight into the inspiration behindContinued...

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Rowling Event at Royal Albert Hall to be Webcast LIVE

Posted by: Melissa
June 03, 2003, 01:08 PM

According to the AP, the big event at London's Royal Albert Hall will be webcast live at http://www.msn.co.uk/harrypotter starting at 12pm EDT. Microsoft says it has the ability to reach children in 34 countries in 18 different languages.
Here's the best part:

Before the event, childrenContinued...

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Business 2.0 on Potter Secrecy

Posted by: Melissa
June 03, 2003, 08:17 AM

Business 2.0 has an article talking about the unprecedented secrecy surrounding the printing of Book V.

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Win a Copy of OotP Signed by Chris Rankin AKA Percy Weasley

Posted by: Melissa
June 02, 2003, 01:56 PM

BBC Norfolk has a competition to win a signed copy of OotP by Chris Rankin who plays Percy Weasley in the movies. Just follow the quiz and find the codeword.

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BBC Seeking Potter Fan from Northern England!

Posted by: Melissa
June 02, 2003, 11:06 AM

Are you a rabid Potter fan who lives in Northern England? Specifically North Yorks, Co Durham, Cleveland/Teesside, Tyne and Wear and parts of Cumbria ? If so, the BBC wants to interview you for a possible television feature. EMail us your name, city you live in and email address where you can be contactedContinued...

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Potter still on top at Amazon

Posted by: Melissa
June 02, 2003, 10:40 AM

Reader Ephraim has pointed out that not only is Harry Potter still #1 at Amazon but the Deluxe Edition only recently announced is at #2. Also of note are both the Book on CD and the Book on Tape versions which are #1 and #2 in Audiobooks.

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The Ghost of the school Toilet

Posted by: Melissa
June 02, 2003, 10:29 AM

Sounds like Moaning Myrtle, eh? Reader Todd sent us this article from Ananova and said it reminded him of the sad ghost of a girl from Chamber of Secrets.

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