Harry Potter has bewitched detainees at the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay, where tales of the young wizard and mysteries by Agatha Christie top the list of most popular books, a prison librarian said.
"Harry Potter is a popular title among some of the detainee population," said the librarian, a civilian contractor identified only as "Lorie" who works at the prison camp for foreign terrorism suspects at the US naval base in Cuba.
Citing a librarian (identified by the single name Lori) working at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, the Washington Times said JK Rowling's tales about the boy and the school of wizardry are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie novels. More here .
Anonymous Patron writes "Looks like Harry Potter hate sites are starting to pop up. This one in particular not only explains fairly eloquently why they dislike it but actually recommends other books that are supposedly better. Background color, however, is glaringly purple.
Daniel sent over This Essay on Harry and the Canadian Lawyers. In a free and democratic society, a book publisher sought and obtained a court order banning reading and discussion of a childrenâ€™s book. In fact, Raincoast had asked the court to go even further, by compelling purchasers to disclose the names, addresses, and other contact information of any other person with whom they discussed the bookâ€™s contents.
Maybe all that secrecy didn't pay off? The Scotsman Says JK Rowling is set to lose millions of pounds of royalties because rogue translations of her books are appearing on the internet months before the official editions are printed.
Strict secrecy surrounding the latest Harry Potter book, meant that official translators did not get hold of the new volume until the English edition was published, meaning that millions of Potter fans must wait until next year to obtain official copies of the book in their first language.
Zogby's polled Harry Potter readers to find out their political affiliations, and to see in which house of Hogwarts they would place prominent political figures. George Bush will be joined by Hillary Clinton in Slytherin. Those polled also said that they would rather see Hermione as president of the US, by an overwhelming majority, with Ron Weasley being the character least likely to find himself in the White House.
Daniel writes "Sad News for Spanish readers, looks like spanish-speaking Potter fans will have to wait until Spring 2006. While millions have already finished the sixth book in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, fans hoping to read it in other languages will have to wait. Translating a 672-page book is a long process, made longer by the strict security imposed on "Half-Blood Prince" by Rowling and her publishers: Translators didn't get to see the book until it officially came out, July 16."
lislemck writes "Here's a review with no spoilers that seems to put a different gloss on Harry's most recent adventures. Of course, J. K. Rowling does not live in a vacuum, but I don't think of her as political. I haven't read Half-Blood. Anyone who has care to comment?"
Scotsman.com Reports Lynne Jones, the Birmingham Selly Oak MP, wants authors and publishers to stop supermarkets undercutting other outlets by two-thirds. She Said "I therefore call on publishers and best-selling authors like JK Rowling to consider the threat to the viability of bookshops of such practices offering a full range of titles and to set terms in publishing contracts to prevent this extreme discounting."
Meanwhile, ten MPs, led by East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, have put down another EDM defending Ms Rowling against criticism from the Pope that her books might encourage children to become interest in the occult.