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Borders Finally Announces Release Plans

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 06:49 PM

Borders Group Inc put out a press release today announcing their store plans for the Book V release. All Borders stores will be open past 12am with some great plans - Herbology lessons in Indiana, Diagon Alley in Missouri and the Great Hall in Massachusetts.
We've started a list of book chains aroundContinued...

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No Mathemagician

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 04:54 PM

According to the National Post, Canadian mathematician Dr. Ivar Ekeland blames Harry Potter, at least in part, for the decline in children's interest in the sciences. Ekeland "says the magic and sorcery glorified by the popular books discourage children from wanting to understand the real world through science."Continued...

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Mary GrandPre Interview from Family Fun

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 03:28 PM

Thanks Sandi, for this .pdf of an interview with Mary Grand Pre from June/July's Family Fun magazine.

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Chat with CBBC Newsround's Lizo Mzimba About Harry Potter - Live on TV

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 02:00 PM

Want to be on TV? Want to talk about Order of the Phoenix? Want to talk about Order of the Phoenix on TV? How about win an all-expenses paid trip to London to do it?
The CBBC Newsround show has announced a contest.

Here's what you need:

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OotP Surpasses 500,000 Pre-Orders on Amazon.com

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 10:04 AM

According to Reuters, book pre-ordrs for OotP have surpassed 500,000. And that's just one Web site.

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Reminder: US Contest to win trip to Rowling Event in UK Deadline Today

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 09:17 AM

Thanks to Laura for the reminder - those of you who are not yet 18 and are planning on entering the Scholastic Essay Contest to win an all-expense paid trip to London, England to hear J.K. Rowling answer questions and read from her new novel...need to have your entries postmarkedContinued...

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Chris Rankin AKA Percy Weasley Takes Part in Book V Events

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 08:40 AM

ChrisRankin.com has announced that Chris Rankin, who plays the role of Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, will be participating in 3 Book V launch events - one in Norwich for the midnight release and two on Saturday; one in Barking and another in Windsor.

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Scholastic Launches Book V Site

Posted by: Melissa
May 21, 2003, 08:36 AM

The Scholastic Book V site is now live containing the SPOILERS that were found in the most recent Scholastic catalogue.

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New Site: Harry Potter MeetUp And Read-In (MUARI)

Posted by: Melissa
May 20, 2003, 11:33 PM

Well folks, I've been hinting liberally over the past couple weeks of a big project I've been working on to bring you the maximum amount of fandom participation in the upcoming launch of Order of the Phoenix - I wanted to wait until we had exactly 30 days to go and so I have - it's here:Continued...

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Barnes & Noble announces Book V Campaign

Posted by: Melissa
May 20, 2003, 06:23 PM

Barnes & Noble, today, announced that most stores will be open the night of Friday, June 20th for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Editor's Note:: Most likely those stores within malls will have to negociate the mall staying open. I'm inclined to believe that all standaloneContinued...

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Surprise - Potter said to break all records

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 05:24 PM

The BBC picked up an article from the Wall Street Journal today on some of the stats for book sales in the US.

Scholastic will ship 8.5 million copies of the book to shops in time for its release.

The marketing campaign will cost between $3-4m (£1.8-2.5m).

The four previous Harry Potter books have soldContinued...

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Are You Ready? Scholastic Begins the Countdown

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 05:16 PM

Well, fellow witches & wizards (and sneaky muggles) - it begins. Over the next month you'll be seeing hundreds of articles about one of the largest launches in the history of the book - TLC even has something due out this week to celebrate this massive undertaking.
Scholastic has announced aContinued...

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Information about Australian Book V Launch

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 12:18 PM

An interesting article in the Canberra Times discusses a bookseller whose just started reading Book 1. It also contains some information about the release of Book V, on Saturday, June 21st at 9am in Australia:

I've only just started reading the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher'sContinued...

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Harry Potter Grows Up

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 11:17 AM

In today's Guardian, Natasha Walter takes a look at the issue of aging and the Harry Potter series. She points oit, and rightly so, that Harry is about to turn 15 and at the end of the series, he'll be 18. He has to grow up sometime.

Many children's writers skip over the issue altogether, leaving their protagonistsContinued...

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