Harry Potter

Petition Seeks to Ban Popular Book Series

The Pampa [TX] Independent School District faced a decision about banning the Harry Potter series from its curriculum. Last week, some residents gave the board a petition containing 750 signatures. In a 5-2 vote Monday, the board decided to keep the series in schools.
Full Story.
\"I\'m also concerned with the fact that in 4th and 5th grade, in grade school here, parents had no knowledge that these books were being read to the children,\" said parent Sue Scothorn. She went on to say that after attending a Christian convention in Colorado, she became convinced that the Harry Potter series was detrimental to children. \"It\'s a subtle introduction to witchcraft for children and all 19 points of witchcraft are contained in these books,\" she said.


Teen\'s $20,000 birthday bash

Here\'s One that says a couple on holiday in far-north Queensland spent more than $20,000 creating a Harry Potter fantasy for their son\'s 13th birthday party this week.

In a stunning re-creation of J.K. Rowling\'s best-sellers, the American boy found his room at the Port Douglas Mirage Resort full of mist and flying letters, then was visited by an owl with an invitation from Hogwart\'s School of Magic.


US Woman Accused of Harassing JK Rowling Deported

James Nimmo passed along This Odd Story about an American woman who was accused of harassing Harry Potter author JK Rowling, has been deported from Scotland. British newspapers reported Cho bombarded the author with letters and phone calls, and made numerous visits to her Edinburgh home. She also pretended to be the beneficiary of a trust set up by Rowling in an attempt to get more information about the author.


Fake Harry Potter book takes China by storm

Here\'s An Odd One, sent in by Bob Cox, that says a fake Harry Potter book portraying our hero as a fat hairy dwarf has gone on sale in China and become an instant hit. \"Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon\", is selling in Beijing street markets for one pound.


Mom Says, \'Harry Well Written, but not Suitable for Schools\'

Here is more of the same on Harry Potter. The mother of a school student is saying that she has read the books, thinks they are well written, and may be acceptable for public libraries, but have no place in school. Read More.


;-) AP: \'\'Harry Potter Trailer Debuts Online.\'\'

Potter [\"Chamber of Secrets\"] Trailer Debuts Online.
-AP via -WashingtonPost 

At HarryPotter.com
click on the \"Daily Prophet,\" (direct link: \"Watch
the Chamber of Secrets Trailer!
scroll to the bottom and pick a player and your connection speed.

Meet Dobby
the Elf and watch Ron and Harry fly a car (poorly).


\"Harry Potter...\" DVD Release Date Approaching

The DVD for \"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone\" will be out on May the 28th. Below are three links to reviews of the DVD release. Everyone seems to agree that the transfer
from film to DVD is a bit sketchy at times, but the sound is great.

Also, the reviews concur that Disc 2, which contains the extras, will
not appeal to anyone over the age of 10. There are seven deleted
scenes, but accessing them is time consuming. Here are the
first steps:

Deleted Scene Access InstructionsSo you\'re braving it, eh? Okay then. With Disc Two in your player,
from the main menu, select \"Diagon Alley\". You\'ll be faced with a brick
wall from which you\'ll be asked to select the right bricks to let you
inside. Just click on a few - the third time you fail to get the right
combination, the disc will let you in anyway. Inside Diagon Alley,
select the key on the Gringots sign. Inside Gringots, select the coins
to get the money you\'ll need to buy a wand. Next go to Olivanders and
select a wand. Once you\'ve finally found one that works, leave Diagon
Alley and go back out to the main menu. Select \"classrooms\". When you
get to that page, select \"down\" on your remote to highlight the
creatures on the statue and hit enter twice. You\'ll be taken into the
third floor corridor, where you\'ll see a three-headed dog. Select the
flute and hit enter. Next you\'ll be taken to a room with flying keys.[taken from The Digital Bits]

Beleive it or not there are more steps. This interactivity
is meant to appeal to kids, and might, but no alternative is provided for adults.

From The Digital Bits

From DVD File

From The Home Theater Forum

P.S. If you\'re really hardcore, you\'ll buy the Canadian DVD \"Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone.\"


Harry Potter and the Quest for the Unfinished Volume

The Lovely and talented Carrie passed along This NYTimes Story on when will the next Harry Potter book appear. The answer? No one knows, not even J. K. Rowling.

\"There are, like, millions of Web sites,\" said Ms. Ruskin, the 11-year-old fan. \"One person told me that J. K. Rowling got mad at people for pushing her so she decided to start over.\"


Schools Return Harry Potter to Shelves

In Springfield, MO, Harry Potter books have been returned to the shelves. They had been removed after the district received a complaint about their contents. The Board had the books removed and appointed a review committee to investigate the matter. More


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- April Fools

Editors Note: This was an April Fools Joke

As expected, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix handily topped the bestseller list this week. It\'s shorter, at a relatively scarce 410 pages, but just as full of intrigue. When Hermione stumbles into a ritual of Dumbledore\'s magical militia (named for his pet phoenix Fawkes, whose tailfeathers are in Harry\'s wand -- and Voldemort\'s), they try to keep her quiet by making her prefect. But when Harry finds out, he\'s determined to enlist... no matter what the cost to friends and loved ones. If you haven\'t read it yet, you\'re missing out.

Editors Note: This was an April Fools Joke



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