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Pope Opposes Harry Potter Novels

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 böse (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.


Price Wars Round the World for Harry VI

You can't get your hands on it (except you librarians and booksellers, but mum's the word), but it's getting cheaper and cheaper to acquire a copy of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as we get closer to its release on July 16th.

Story from South Africa about reduced prices for Harry in a Cape Town chain store (where the as-yet-released title is called a 'loss leader'), as well as a world-wide round-up (Britain, US, UK, Canada) on cut-rate copies of the book.

And here, from today's copy of the Shelf-Awareness newsletter, a note from Australia about how you hear the book in its entirety FOR FREE:

    "Once Harry Potter goes on sale in Australia (at 9:01 a.m. local time Saturday), a Brisbane FM radio station will broadcast a reading of the book in its entirety. Celebrities, locals and Potter fans will take turns reading 10-minute passages of the book from in front of a Borders. The station received permission to do the reading from the Christopher Little agency, which required that the reading be continuous, for nonprofit use and not recorded."

Potter works wonders for kids' literacy

It transformed a struggling teacher into one of Britain's most wealthy women and created a multimillion-pound publishing phenomenon.

But apart from making JK Rowling Scotland's richest woman, the teenage wizard she created has also persuaded millions of children to spend less time on computer games and televisions and more time with books.

New research by the Federation of Children's Book Groups (FCBG), shows that JK Rowling's storytelling has had a major impact on literacy and reading habits in the UK.

Read the whole story from Scotsman.com


A Hairy Moment...Fourteen Harrys Sold in Error

Canada.com brings us the story of how a bookseller in Coquitlam inadvertantly (so they say) sold fourteen copies of the new Harry Potter.

Raincoast Books won a B.C. Supreme Court injunction Saturday that forbids copying or disclosing any part of the book before 12.01 a.m., July 16.

Geoff Wilson, a spokesman for the Loblaw Companies Ltd., said an employee at its Great Canadian Superstore subsidiary accidentally sold the copies without being aware of a worldwide publicity machine that demands intense security around the book.


Natl. Library of Scotland Falls under Harry's Latest Spell

Story from the Scotsman .

Scottish national librarian Martyn Wade, said: "I am delighted that JK Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland.

"The Harry Potter books continue to enthrall readers of all ages across the world, and we are delighted to add this special copy to the library, which is located close to where Harry Potter was written, and lies in the heart of the first UNESCO City of Literature.


Teenage Potter Fan Wins Rowling Interview

Owen Jones, 14 from Cardiff (UK) won a chance to interview JK Rowling just days before the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jones won the opportunity on a quiz show and will be the only person, fan or journalist, to have a one-on-one with Rowling before the book's release. More here from BBCNews.


Fans Urged To Buy Recycled Potter

JET writes "The BeeB reports that

"Environmentalists are urging US Harry Potter fans to buy copies of book six from Canada, where it is being printed on recycled paper".

...or even more environmentally responsible would be to check a copy out from the library if you are truly concerned about using too much of the paper supply - from recycled or virgin sources..."


Test for Security Efforts: Next Harry Potter Book Book 6

The New York Times covers some of the madness surrounding Book Six. The security plans are in place, the delivery efforts are under way and lawyers are standing by in case any copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" go astray before 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official time of release for the latest installment in the J. K. Rowling series.

Steve Riggio, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble, said the company expected to sell 50,000 of the new Harry Potter book per hour in the first 24 hours after its release. "Less than 1 percent of all books published sell that many copies in a lifetime," he said.


Mums the Word about Harry

Although there are people who know all about the next JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, their lips are sealed. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer. Talking about HP security at Amazon.com, Kristin Mariani, head of public relations says:

"There are only a few entry points and those are guarded 24/7. Only people with special badges can get in. And they have to show their badge when they enter and leave."


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