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Two men near London were arrested after trying to sell two stolen copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to reporters from two British newspapers.
The sixth and newest Harry Potter adventure has sparked massive interest since author J.K. Rowling revealed a major character will be killed in the book.
With a flood of bets in late May that it was *********** who would die, many bookmakers suspended betting, suspecting that information had been leaked.
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Charlotte Church Is Quoted in the Herald and Weekly Times as saying "I'm from a Catholic family. But I don't like this new pope,""He even wants to ban Harry Potter! He says it is because of witchcraft and other bad stuff."
And the singer, who has read every Potter book, says the pontiff should read them before judging. "If he bothered to sit down and read it he'd understand the morals of it."
But former cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is adamant Potter is evil -- despite his predecessor, John Paul II, praising author JK Rowling for helping children understand the difference between good and evil.
In even more interesting Harry news, Two men have been arrested after shots were fired during what was thought to be a newspaper deal to buy a stolen copy of the new Harry Potter novel. The Beeb Has More, apparently The Sun newspaper said it was intending to obtain the book and inform police.
A spokesman for The Sun said the paper had been approached by someone claiming to have a copy of JK Rowling's latest novel.
United Press International Online British bookies resumed taking bets Wednesday on which character gets killed off in the sixth "Harry Potter" novel.
Betting on which character will die began eight months ago after author JK Rowling confirmed a key character would be killed off. But after a rash of bets began pouring in from the British town of Bungay, where the book is being printed, Internet betting Web site Blue Square Tuesday suspended betting for fear the manuscript had been leaked.
After assurances from Potter publishers Bloomsbury there was no leak, the site reopened betting, but at prohibitive odds, the BBC said.
The favorite so far has been Hogwarts' headmaster Dumbledore, whose newest odds Wednesday were 1-5.
I imagine that we'll be talking about Harry Potter a lot the next couple months. If you're going to post anything as a story or comment that talks about plot points, please put "Spoiler" somewhere in the title or risk the wailing and gnashing of teeth from devoted HP readers.
Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Winnepeg Sun about a Canadian printer who is unable to run the latest JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, on his press because the job would overburden his press. There are over a million copies of the title on order, all of which will be printed by larger American presses.
Anonymous Patron writes "'Ginormous' Tops Non-Dictionary Word List:
The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary.
First place went to "ginormous" â€” bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous â€” followed by "confuzzled" for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and "whoot," an exclamation of joy. A "lingweenie" â€” a person incapable of making up new words â€” placed 10th.
He also spotted "a number of Harry Potterisms" among the entries."
The Scotsman Reports SEVENTY children from around the world are to meet JK Rowling in the Capital and will be the first people to read the new Harry Potter book.
The youngsters will get to travel to Edinburgh Castle, which will be transformed for a weekend into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, for the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
And one lucky Evening News reader will be among those going along to meet the author.
JK Rowling herself will appear - as if by magic - from a secret panel in the castleâ€™s Great Hall at the stroke of midnight.
And she will give each of the youngsters a very special gift - a signed copy of the latest book. The author will also read from the first chapter of the book, which is likely to smash all the sales records set by previous installments.
Not since Willy Wonka printed golden tickets for five lucky children to come and tour his chocolate factory will a competition have roused so much excitement among children.
Seventy newspapers around the world have been invited to send a young reporter to meet J K Rowling at the Harry Potter children's press conference on the weekend of July 15-17 to mark the launch of the sixth Harry Potter book - the only book launch event the author will attend.More AT FT.com.
Associated Press says The hot books this summer are as varied as the shades of the sea, but book sellers agree that Nicole Krauss' "The History of Love" is at the top of the sand pile â€” after "
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," that is.