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Digital forensics: from the crime lab to the library

Archivists are borrowing and adapting techniques used in criminal investigations to access data and files created in now-obsolete systems.
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A Muggle's Guide to Harry Potter Locations


Any Harry Potter fan worth their salt has dreamed of traveling to Hogwarts, The Ministry of Magic, and The Forbidden Forest. Though you may never be able to visit the magical fictional locations from Harry Potter, you can visit some of the real-life destinations pictured in the movies.


Harry Potter: GCHQ 'intervened over Half-Blood Prince leak'

Bloomsbury's Nigel Newton said GCHQ contacted him in 2005 after it apparently discovered an early copy of The Half Blood-Prince on the internet. However, after a page was read to an editor, it was determined to be fake. A spokesperson for GCHQ told the Sunday Times: "We don't comment on our defence against the dark arts."
From Harry Potter: GCHQ 'intervened over Half-Blood Prince leak' - BBC News

J.K. Rowling's new play, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' will be published as a book

When J.K. Rowling announced last October that her Harry Potter series would get a new story—in the form of a play that featured her beloved book characters as adults—fans greeted the news with mixed feelings. As I wrote at the time, it was exciting to see the author experiment with a new medium and a non-Harry-centric tale in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play picks up the story 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and focuses on Harry’s relationship with his son, Albus Severus. The casting choices that were later announced—with a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, in the role of grown-up Hermione—were even more heartening.

From J.K. Rowling's new play, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' will be published as a book by Scholastic and Pottermore - The Atlantic


How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet


“If you think about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, that’s it,” writes /Film’s Germain Lussier. “Those columns pretty much encompass the whole story.” Rowling, of course, hardly counts as the only novelist to write with such techniques, and based on this example, hers don’t get nearly as elaborate as some.


1st Edition 'Harry Potter' book with author's notes up for auction

A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and original illustrations is going on sale at a charity auction.

The personal annotations from the bestselling author included comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel. They also included a note on how the bestselling author came to create the game of Quidditch.

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Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

"They remind me of my childhood the way music reminds you of things when you were younger," she said. "The reason we cling to these books isn't because they were fun and we grew up with them; we cling to them because of deeper themes, because of friendship and because of loyalty and because of human connections."

New Harry Potter Book?

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling isn’t ruling out return to wizarding world
.K. Rowling plans to return to writing for young people — and the author says she doesn’t rule out another book set in Harry Potter’s magical world.

Rowling became the world’s most successful living writer with her seven novels about a boy who discovers that he is a wizard and is pitched into battle against the forces of evil.

Rowling’s first book for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” is being published Thursday, five years after the release of the last volume in the Potter saga.


Amazon, B&N make concessions for Potter ebooks

Amazon.com Inc and Barnes & Noble Inc unveiled Harry Potter e-books on Tuesday in deals that suggest the companies made big concessions with author J.K. Rowling for electronic access to the hit series.

Amazon said it struck a distribution deal with J.K. Rowling's new website pottermore.com.

Amazon customers can search for the Harry Potter e-books in the company's Kindle Store, but will be directed to the Pottermore Shop to register and buy them, then add the titles to their Kindle library, the company said.

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Commentary by publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin about Amazon not being able to sell Potter ebooks directly.

Harry Potter e-books coming soon to schools and libraries

Harry Potter e-books coming soon to schools and libraries
Harry Potter e-books are coming to schools and libraries, at a date to be determined. OverDrive Inc., a leading distributor for the school and library markets, announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website to make downloads of the seven Potter books available for students and library patrons


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