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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."
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.
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.
"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.
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]
JK Rowling has been presented with the prestigious 'doctor honoris causa' from Edinburg University (Scotland) for her contributions to children's literature. According to Professor Pamela Munn "the impact of the Harry Potter series of books on children around the world has been phenomenal. Reading has become cool with even the most reluctant readers, in the shape of teenage boys, being caught up in the world inhabited by Harry Potter."
The degree is one of the University's highest honors. No word from [Dr. Rowling] though about the next Potter novel. Read More.
phoenix04 spotted a NYTimes Piece on the debut of J. K. Rowling's home page last month. www.jkrowling.com is smoothly "executed and witty." The author is said to have written it entirely herself to help dispel rumors, share unpublished material and hint at what's ahead in Book Six, the penultimate volume of the Potter saga.
From the Sun Herald...
"Kasey O'Connor read her first Harry Potter book at age 7, but now she's 12 and would rather hang out at the mall than at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "My friends and I don't want to see the new movie," she said. "We'd rather see 'Mean Girls' or '13 Going on 30.'
Jeffrey Rhodes, 15, also is less than wild about Harry these days. "I'm out of that mystical and magical phase," he said. "Now I'm more into chicks and cars and movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Eurotrip.' Read More
Interesting piece from the Hartford Courant about why the Harry Potter series is seldom assigned for serious study in jr high and high school classrooms, but seems to make an appearance on college reading lists. While many secondary school educators dismiss the books as low- or middle-brow, college instructors have embraced the series. Trista M. Merrill, who received her doctorate last year from the State University of New York at Binghamton often uses the series in courses.
"I remember one day we started having a discussion about the house elves: whether the way they were being treated was fair or not. It led to a discussion of apartheid and slavery in our own country."