Harry Potter

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."


Miniature Harry Potter book sells at auction for 11,000 pounds

A miniature book containing a guide to everything Harry Potter needed for his life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has sold for 11,000 pounds (16,000 euros, 20,000 dollars), Sotheby's auction house said. Full Story.


Harry's Hot at Guantanamo Bay Prison Library

Pretty amazing story from the Australia Sun Herald about the borrowing habits of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are fighting over who gets to read which Harry Potter books.

Ex-US Air Force translator (and former prisoner)Ahmad Al Halabi, librarian at Guantanamo Bay prison, said (accused terrorist) Australian David Hicks was one of several inmates who were "always arguing about which volume of Harry Potter they could have".

Of course the reading matter was highly suspect ...investigators thought a series of numbers next to Hicks's name on a cell block roster were part of a secret coded message between Al Halabi and Hicks. But the "code" was in fact the reference numbers for the Harry Potter books in the library.

You've got to read it to believe it here


Say it ain't so Rowling say it ain't so!

lordjim_2001 writes "It looks like another character is going to die in the next Harry Potter novel: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. CNN.com has the scoop.

Anyone want to start the betting pool on who it is?"


The Rewards of Reading

Ah, the summer book program, along with summer, are drawing to a close.

In Southern California, a few fortunate children are celebrating their reading accomplishments by being rewarded with school supplies, backpacks and CD players, donated by the La Quinta Senior Center.

Jared Reed read for 32 hours for fun.

His book of choice was "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone."

"The story is really cool," he said.

He enjoyed the book so much that he tried to read as much as he could in one sitting.

"Once I get into the middle of a story, I want to read more," said Reed, 10.

"You want to read till your eyes pop out," he said.The Desert Sun.


Will Rowling Bury Harry in Book 7?

search-engines-web.com/ sends " several links to articles about an interview with JK Rowling in which she hints at less than a happy ending for the Harry Potter series. You can try and read between the lines here 1, here 2, and here 3."


Author 'chilled' to learn Harry's half-blood status has Nazi parallels

JK Rowling Says she made the "chilling" discovery that villains in her books used the same twisted logic as the Nazis when she visited a Holocaust museum, the author has revealed.

Ms Rowling was asked by a fan to explain why some people in the stories - including the hero Harry Potter - are referred to as "half-blood" wizards.


Now Rowling takes internet by storm

The Telegraph Says a website set up by J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has had a record 220 million visits in eight weeks and now receives 27 million "hits" a week. Sky.com adds one day day it received a peak of 600 hits per second with a huge 16 million in just 12 hours.


Harry Potter Inspires a Christian Alternative

"GP Taylor, an Anglican vicar, one-time roadie for the Sex Pistols and former all-around sinner, was roaring across the Yorkshire moors on his Yamaha XV1100 in a lightning storm when the idea for his hit Christian children's book, "Shadowmancer," came to him.

Like some other committed Christians, he had been disturbed by the amount of witchcraft and the occult in children's literature. "Harry Potter," for instance. The best-selling author J. K. Rowling gives too much power to the forces of evil in her books, he told parishioners. Well, one congregant replied, why not write your own book then? Read all about it.


Harry Potter, Market Wiz

What happens when a bunch of literary theorists get together and decide to explore the underlying message and the structure of Harry Potter's school? They come up with something like this:

"Harry Potter, probably unintentionally, appears as a summary of the social and educational aims of neoliberal capitalism. Like Orwellian totalitarianism, this capitalism tries to fashion not only the real world, but also the imagination of consumer-citizens. The underlying message to young fans is this: You can imagine as many fictional worlds, parallel universes or educational systems as you want, they will still all be regulated by the laws of the market. Given the success of the Harry Potter series, several generations of young people will be indelibly marked by this lesson." Read the rest. [requires registration]



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