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U.S. ARMY + Potter = Copyright Dispute

Search-e person sends these two articles from the Timesonline.co.uk/ and the Sunday Herald>

A Harry Potter lookalikes comic published by the US Army is being investigated by representatives of the author JK Rowling. A collection of characters – with striking similarities to the actors who portray Rowling’s creations in the film adaptations of her books – have graced the pages of Preventative Maintenance (or PS) Monthly, a free guide to keeping military equipment in working order distributed to 80,000 army personnel in the US.The magazine includes a cartoon character called Topper, a boy wizard, who attends Mogmarts school of magic. Harry Potter, Rowling’s boy wizard creation, attends the Hogwarts school of magic.

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Rowling Warns Potter Fans - Watch Out for Scams

Anonymous Patron writes "Muggles Beware, Author JK Rowling has warned Harry Potter fans to watch out for Internet fraudsters claiming to sell electronic copies of her latest wizard saga -- they are trying to steal bank and credit card details."

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The grave site of Corporal Harry Potter

The U.K. - AFP reports on Fans of literary boy wizard Harry Potter have been beating a path to the tomb of a 19-year-old British soldier who is buried in a cemetery close to Tel Aviv.
Corporal Harry Potter, a member of the Royal Worcestershire regiment, was killed 66 years ago during fighting in the southern West Bank town of Hebron and was subsequently laid to rest in a cemetery in the town of Ramle.

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Potter author names baby daughter

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who gave birth on Sunday, has named her baby daughter Mackenzie Jean.

She said she and husband Neil Murray were "absolutely delighted" by the new arrival and described her as "ridiculously beautiful".

Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray is the author's third child, and her second with Murray, who she married in 2001.

Their son David was born in 2003. She also has an 11-year-old daughter, Jessica, from a previous marriage. From The Beeb

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Rowling's New Edition

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News - Rowling's New Edition
The mega-selling Potter mastermind gave birth to a baby girl Sunday in Scotland. "Both parents are thrilled, and mother and baby are doing well," Rowling's British publisher, Bloomsbury, said Monday.

There was no immediate word on the child's name or her birth stats, but a spokesperson for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary said Rowling and newborn were doing well and checked out Monday."

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Already #1

Amazon Lists Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) as the number 1 best seller already, even though the book won't be released until July 16, 2005. Barnes & Noble agrees, and also has the Half-Blood Prince listed as #1.

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J.K. Rowling Completes 6th Potter Novel

Harry Potter book 6 is in the can! The AP reports J.K. Rowling announced Monday that she has completed the sixth Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."Only recently, the book's completion seemed far away. In a message posted Dec. 10, Rowling said she had nothing "noteworthy to report, because I have been spending nearly all my time sitting in front of my computer writing, rewriting and taking the occasional break to bang my head off the desk in frustration or else rub my hands together in fiendish glee (I think the latter has happened once)."

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J.K. Leaks out Tidbits of Book 6 - and other News

search-engines-web.com send along a couple Harry bits. Wizard News Says something about Gideon and Fabian Prewett being somehow related to someone. A few other bits in there on Godric’s Hollow and other things that make no sense to anyone who hasn't read the books or seen the movives [like me]. I won't post more just in case you don't want any of the story spoiled.
Meanwhile, in Harry-net news, JK Rowling, has won an order for the transfer of two domain names - www.kjkrowling.com and www.-jkrowling.com - that had been registered by Alvaro Collazo, of Uruguay, a known typosquatter.

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Magic day spells trouble for library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Rochdale Observer, a paper in the UK, reports a Councillor has provoked a storm by writing to Rochdale library chief Paul Guy complaining about a ‘Hotter than Potter’ event at Smithy Bridge library last month.One local resident is so angry with the councillor he has written to Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party, to complain about her.

The Councillor wrote: "Halloween can be a frightening time for a lot of children who are scared of the dark. I have never read the Harry Potter books, but there is no such thing as a good witch and as a Christian I believe we should be teaching children about goodness and light."
Funniest quote is from her boss: "This is just a storm in a cauldron..." not sure if he meant the pun or not though."

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3 New Book Chapter Titles Revealed on Rowlings Brain Teaser Website

search-engines-web.com writes "The Sun Reports Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed the titles of three chapters from her next book.The names are found on her website – but fans need patience and a bit of wizardry to find them."

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