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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Live "Call-Out" PotterCast Tonight

Posted by: Melissa
July 26, 2007, 08:03 PM

It’s Deathly Hallows reaction time on PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, which means we’re having a call-OUT show at 8 p.m. EST. If you would like us to call you to talk about Deathly Hallows, send us a message at with your Skype name or phone number! Less than four hours untilContinued...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

JKR Gives New Epilogue Type Information During "Today Show" Interview

Posted by: sue
July 26, 2007, 11:48 AM

In the first of a two part interview seen on NBC’s the “Today Show,” author J.K. Rowling gave some wonderful new “Deathly Hallows”epilogue type information, where she revealed jobs and more for certain characters in the Harry Potter series. The interviewContinued...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Leaky to Ask First Question at J.K. Rowling Web Chat on Monday

Posted by: Melissa
July 24, 2007, 10:23 PM

As many of you have noted, you can currently submit questions to J.K. Rowling for a live Web chat the author will be doing on Monday. This morning, Jo and Bloomsbury invited Leaky to ask the first question, an awesome and intimidating honor, as most of the staff here has more questionsContinued...

OotP Film

First Newspaper Review of "Order of the Phoenix" Film

Posted by: sue
June 28, 2007, 04:03 PM

The Times newspaper in the UK has published what they are calling the first review of the “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” film. Giving it 3 out of five stars, the review was based after seeing the premiere in Tokyo, Japan. The article is favorable towards the performancesContinued...


USA Weekend Article on NBA Star and Goblet DVD

Posted by: sue
April 15, 2006, 12:22 AM

The April 16 edition of USA Weekend, a magazine found in many Sunday newspapers here in the States, will feature the fourth Harry Potter film in their DVD Insider column. This column has celebrity opinions about the latest DVDs, and NBA star Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards weighs inContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Editorial: Stanford Daily Invokes Jo Rowling in Appalling Piece of Satire

Posted by: Melissa
February 22, 2006, 01:50 PM

This is a rare editorial piece here on Leaky; as such, a few warnings apply. Parents, the discussion material contained in the quoted article is not suitable for young children. Kids, if you have questions about this you should go directly to your parents/guardians.


Christian Science Monitor: Harry Potter and Good and Evil

Posted by: Melissa
January 04, 2006, 11:37 PM

The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article on Harry Potter, and the influence of J.K. Rowling's books on millions of children all over the world. The piece alludes to the continuing debate over the morality of the novels, saying

"Belief in magic is an old trait in mythContinued...


Sue's Top Ten Leaky/Harry Potter Moments of 2005

Posted by: sue
December 31, 2005, 04:00 PM

2005 was a difficult year for many. We saw unparalleled global disasters; a suffering, sadness, and life altering events with such scope and scale that our world was forever changed. There were political, ecconomical, social ,and a host of other problems that made this year a hard one to get through.Continued...

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Half Blood Prince Ranks on Stephen King's List

Posted by: sue
December 16, 2005, 09:19 PM

Potter fan and best selling author Stephen King has posted his 10 Favorite Books of the Year list for his Pop of King column he writes for Entertainment Weeklymagazine. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is ranked at number five. He writes:

"The miracle of the Harry Potter series isContinued...

Harry Potter: Good vs. Evil, or Intro to the Occult?

Posted by: Melissa
November 16, 2005, 01:30 PM

News agency AFP is running a story outlining the positions of the proponents and the critics of the use of magic in the Harry Potter books and films. One camp, represented by Christian preacher Steve Wohlberg asserts that the stories "[present] really evil, versus greater evil, it is not reallyContinued...


How Much Constant Vigilance Should Parents Display?

Posted by: Melissa
November 14, 2005, 05:51 PM

The Salt Lake City Tribune spoke to a few parents about whether they will allow their children to see Goblet of Fire, which has been rated PG-13 in the United States. One parent said, that knowing that Harry will survive his climactic encounter with Voldemort takes some of the edge off the film'sContinued...

Sunday Mail Columnist: "Grown-Up Harry Fans Are Potty"

Posted by: Melissa
November 12, 2005, 08:12 PM

Sunday Mail columnist Elaine Smith fires the newest salvo against adult Harry Potter fans, deeming them "potty" and claming that the books themselves "books are great for kids but asking me to read them for my own pleasure would be like inviting me to take up majorettes."Continued...

"Professor of Brooding" - a Teacher's Take on Professor Snape

Posted by: Melissa
November 11, 2005, 10:11 AM

MSNBC has an amusing essay on the classroom stylings, behaviour and attitude of Professor Snape. Contributor Mary Beth Ellis writes that he is

a man who dressed for occult success; you can’t swing an appointment as an instructor in Defence Against Dark Arts when you’reContinued...


"Times" Has Mixed Review of GoF

Posted by: Melissa
November 05, 2005, 06:54 AM

The Times today published its review of Goblet of Fire, and gave the film only three stars. While the spoiler-tinged review feels more like a summary of the film than a critical analysis, critic James Christopher notes one of the elements of the film: "One of the perennial joys of J. K. Rowling’sContinued...

Harry Potter and the Infrastructure of Government

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2005, 09:39 PM

A columnist for the New Hampshire Union-Leader has been musing on the role of the government in the HP series.

The Department of Magical Law Enforcement acts as a sort of KGB, rounding up citizens to appear before the Wizengot, where the accused are tried in a dungeon while bound to a chair. TheContinued...