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Final Harry Potter book may hurry bookstore openings

One From The Buffalo News: Three new bookstores are expected to open in and near Buffalo area malls sometime this year - including the Walden Galleria and McKinley Mall - and one insider hopes the pending, final Harry Potter book will prompt construction to go quickly.
"We're kind of trying to push for things because of Harry Potter," said Dawn Everett, community relations manager for the Amherst Barnes & Noble store. "It would be such a great thing to be able to be open."

Betting Opens on New Potter Plot

GSO writes "BBC News reports:

Bets are being taken on whether boy wizard Harry Potter will die in the final instalment of the series — with his arch-enemy the predicted killer."
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Final Harry Title Revealed

The Guardian reports that the title of the final Harry Potter has been announced by the publisher.

{{flourish of horns}}...it is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

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Anti-Harry Potter Mom Rebuffed Again, May Appeal

Following up on our story last spring , Laura Mallory's request to remove the Harry Potter books from libraries in Gwinnett County GA schools has again been rebuffed by the Georgia Board of Education who voted today to keep the books on the county's library shelves.

From the AP article : "Mallory, a mother of four from Loganville, questions the educational value of the fiction series.

"That's the kind of stuff in these books; murder and greed and violence. Why do they have to read them in school? If parents wanted to get these books, they could get them in bookstores," she said.

She said she has fought to ban the books from the classrooms; where she said teachers are assigning the books as homework rather than restricting them from school libraries. "It's a clear promotion of the books," she said. "And the books promote witchcraft."

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J.K. Rowling challenges airport security

J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final "
Harry Potter" book as carry-on baggage. Had security agents not relented, the British author said on her Web site, she might not have flown. "I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't; sailed home probably," she wrote. The posting was dated Wednesday.

Potter No. 6 claims Thanksgiving '08

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News: " Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of the lucrative franchise, will come out in theaters on November 21, 2008."

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Irving and King Plead for Harry's Life

Top selling US authors John Irving and Stephen King pleaded with Harry Potter author JK Rowling to spare Harry's life in the last book of the series, as reported in this CNN story. The three held a press conference in conjunction with a charity event at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Defending her "sadism," Rowling explained

When fans accuse me of sadism, which doesn't happen that often, I feel I'm toughening them up to go on and read John and Stephen's books," she said. "I think they've got to be toughened up somehow. It's a cruel literary world out there."
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Rowling: Two 'Potter' characters will die

Author
J.K. Rowling said
two characters will die in the last installment of her boy wizard series, and she hinted
Harry Potter might not survive either.

"I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks, `Well, I'm gonna kill them off because that means there can be no non-author-written sequels. So it will end with me, and after I'm dead and gone they won't be able to bring back the character'."

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GA Parent who fought Harry Potter appeals decision to state

Just when it seemed Harry Potter had fought and won his latest battle, he will be facing yet another a series of challenges. And this time, it will be at the state level.
A Loganville Georgia mother of four, is appealing the Gwinnett Board of Education's unanimous decision to keep the best-selling books on school shelves. Her appeal will continue the debate that began when Mallory filed complaints against each of the six books, writing that they included "evil themes, witchcraft, demonic activity, murder, evil blood sacrifice, spells and teaching children all of this."

Rowling tops book magazine poll

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been named the greatest living British writer in a magazine poll.
Rowling topped the poll for The Book Magazine, receiving nearly three times as many votes as second-place author, fantasy writer Terry Pratchett.

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