Harry Potter

Signed Harry to one lucky library

Katie writes "Apparently one lucky library will be the recipient of a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince thanks to a Scholastic contest due to be announced on June 1st. Yahoo! story"


Odds Are It's....[Potential Spoiler]

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.


Gentle Reminder about Spoilers

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.


Potter book just too big

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.


'Ginormous' Tops Non-Dictionary Word List

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" — bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous — followed by "confuzzled" for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and "whoot," an exclamation of joy. A "lingweenie" — a person incapable of making up new words — placed 10th.

He also spotted "a number of Harry Potterisms" among the entries."


Castle turned into Hogwarts for Harry Potter book Six launch

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 castle’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.


Harry Potter ready to work another spell for book sales

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.


'Potter' Tops Hot Summer Reading List

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 — after "
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," that is.


Alternate Harry Potter Soundtrack Bites Copyright Dust

Daniel writes "http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story Id=4582190I wonder if this could have been defended under the parody exemption?"


Rowling says latest Potter book is 'best yet'

Rowling says latest Potter book is 'best yet': Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been teasing readers waiting for her latest book.

Rowling has said the latest installment in the boy wizard's adventures, which will be released on July 16, is one of the best she has written.



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