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CTV.ca reports Some Harry Potter fans may have found it difficult to decipher the boy wizard's latest adventure.
An unknown number of first edition copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were released with upside-down covers and sideways type.
While Chicago Sun-Times reports some copies of the latest Harry Potter book are missing the first chapter, according to Scholastic, publisher of the fantasy series.
lislemck writes "Michael Gorman appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer this evening to discuss Harry Pottermania Continues to Impact Popular Culture.
She kept waiting for him to say something about "the habit of sustained reading of complex texts," but no luck."
The Pacific Business News says Harry is helping sell books, other books. This refers not just to leach literature that makes money from interest in Harry Potter specifically -- there is a book that defines all the terms in the series, and another that explains the many mythological creatures that appear or are discussed in the books -- but to other series by other authors.
"Harry Potter has done two important things," Gum explained. "The first is that children and their parents now realize that children are perfectly capable of reading very long books. The second is that the Potter series has spawned a whole wave of fantasy and magic books."
The pope has criticized them, churches have burned them.
But the books are still being read.
The â€œHarry Potterâ€? series, which released its sixth volume Saturday, has inspired three blockbuster movies and millions of young readers around the world.
Educators call the books a gateway to reading.
Religious leaders call them a gateway to the occult.More, from The Brownsville Herald.
Anonymous Patron writes "If you're not sick of Harry Potter news yet, here's a few interesting looks at the big boy and what he's up to. Finding Christianity -- in Harry Potter, From The Express-Times, has author John Granger "Her books are stuffed with Christianity and fall over themselves with Christian meaning"
Harry Potter books led millions to love reading reporting the first Harry Potter generation is almost all grown up. Instead of braces, they have piercings. Stubble has sprouted. They're driving, dating, making plans for college. And yes, reading.
From The Economist, Harry Potter and the all-too-rare windfall says Potter is an oddity in an industry that is growing slowly and rarely sees bumper profits."
A tale from Tucson (posted on the library_grrls Livejournal community):
When do 7 of the 9 Library techs leave?
At 2:30 pm.
And when did all of our HP get delivered down at the loading dock?
At 2:25 pm. [More]
The Guardian asked readers to write an account of Albus Dumbledore dying, in the style of an author other than J.K. Rowling.** Versions "by" Dickens, Hemingway, Anne Rice, Hunter Thompson, and many more are here. Some are more entertaining than others, of course.
** (The writing is in the style of another author, not the dying.)
...the stores mistakenly informed many of their customers by e-mail that the books would arrive late.
Heaven (or Hogwarts) forbid!!!
The sad, sad Story .
...by Miranda Puckett, in The Roanoke (VA) Times.
In a brief biographical bit, the author admits, yes, that she's a fan, but "Don't get me wrong; I'm not the most extreme Potter fan in Roanoke. I don't sleep between licensed Harry Potter sheets, cast spells or have a huge crush on Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who plays Harry Potter in the movies). I haven't even dressed up as a Hogwarts character.
From Life Site: a note that said that Pope Benedict XVI (former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) expressed serious reservations about the novels is now finally being revealed to the English-speaking world--still under the impression that the Vatican approves of the Potter novels.In a letter dated March 7, 2003 Cardinal Ratzinger thanked Kuby for her "instructive" book Harry Potter - gut oder bÃ¶se (Harry Potter- good or evil?), in which Kuby says the Potter books corrupt the hearts of the young, preventing them from developing a properly ordered sense of good and evil, thus harming their relationship with God while that relationship is still in its infancy.Thanks Steven M Cohen for the link.