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steven bell writes \"I\'m not a fan of Harry Potter, but I am amused by the sillyness that results from the hysteria about the book. This story was reported in Sunday\'s Phila. Inquirer - about a Lancaster County police/fire squad that would not support an event at a local YMCA because (this is from the story):
The conflict is set not at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but in a wee Central Pennsylvania town 10 miles north of Lancaster. There, a squad of eight volunteers who direct traffic at fires, accidents, and special events has refused to work the annual Lancaster YMCA triathlon this fall. Their reason: They claim the Y promotes witchcraft by reading the Potter tales in children\'s story hours.
In a letter to Y officials in December, Penryn Fire Police Capt. Robert Fichthorn wrote that he was \"horrified\" that a group that \"professes to hold Christian beliefs would hold classes for young and receptive minds on the subject of witchcraft.\"
See the story. \"
Someone point out SFGate has This Story on the fact that Rowling has thus far signed no final contract for \"Order of the Phoenix\", still tentatively scheduled for this fall, David Kipen, asks:
\"What if Rowling turned her back on the notoriously screwy publishing industry and, like Dylan, went electric?\"
He says The consequences would be threefold and immediate, First, many nice neighborhood bookstores would curl up and die overnight, Second, those same nice booksellers would have plenty of company in bankruptcy court, Third, a downloadable Harry Potter book would put the fast-expiring micro- industry of e-book publishing incontrovertibly on the map once and for all.
Cavan McCarthy writes \"\"Last year\'s top-grossing film, ``Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone,\'\' received just three nominations, for art direction, costume design and original score.\"
The first film installment of J.R.R. Tolkien\'s fantasy classic earned 13 Nominations.
Someone passed along This One from up in Mayfield, MI.
More than 200 people showed up to the school board meeting night with the intention of keeping Harry Potter Books out of the schools.
The board then voted 5-0 in favor of using the four released Harry Potter books as supplemental reading for eighth-grade Fundamental English students. Worried this would endanger future millage requests, a teacher said:
\"BELIEVE ME, our schools are in bad shape,\" he said. \"The community must pull together for this.
\"Part of the voting community is alienated by insisting upon the use of the Harry Potter books,\" he continued. \"What do we have, really, to lose if we give up the use of the Harry Potter books?\"
If this is true it is about the stupidest thing I have ever read.
The police department in Penryn, PA has refused to direct traffic at a YMCA triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter books to children.
``I don\'t feel right taking our children\'s minds and teaching them (witchcraft),\'\' Fichthorn said. ``As long as we don\'t stand up, it won\'t stop. It\'s unfortunate that this is the way it has to be.\'\'
Yahoo News says it\'s a A volunteer group that directs traffic at fire scenes.
From The New York Post via Fox News, Bill Hoffman writes...
\"Here\'s a peek at the next Harry Potter film, and it shows that the boy wizard is going to have a little competition in the love department. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets features a dashing new character named Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. The golden-haired Lockhart comes to the Hogwarts School to teach a class in \"Defense Against the Dark Arts.\" And Harry\'s pal Hermione promptly develops a crush on Lockhart, much to the teen\'s chagrin. The professor will be played by handsome Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh, 41, whose past loves include Helena Bonham Carter and ex-wife Emma Thompson. The next film, which reportedly is due out Nov. 15. Potter No. 2 is a darker tale of good versus evil in which Harry returns for his second year at Hogwarts to find pupils mysteriously turning to stone.\" More
There are some questions about the details of the next installment, including how Ms. Rowling will address Harry\'s growing interest in girls and whether she will stick with her previous American publisher, Scholastic.
From The Guardian...
\"A Harry Potter \"hateline\" phone service set up in Austria has been extended to the UK, Ananova reports. Callers pay a minimum of 75p to vent their anger at the boy wizard.
The books may be bestsellers and the film has been a smash hit, but it seems not everyone is Harry Potter mad. The phoneline has been extended to Britain, Germany and Switzerland \"by popular demand.\" More
James Nimmo passed along Another Story with more details on the big book burning in NM.
800 protesters showed up against the fire, which lasted little over half an hour, focused primarily on the book burning - referencing biblical uses of fire as a tool of cleansing, the \"evil\" influence of witchcraft, and the righteousness of ridding oneself of so-called spiritual hindrances.
J.R.R. Tolkein, \"Star Wars\" material and \"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare\", Popular fashion magazines such as \"Cosmopolitan\" and \"Young Miss,\" and various adult magazines, were also burned. Even a ouiji board was tossed on the fire.
One protester displayed a Stephen King novel she allegedly rescued from destruction.
Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church founder and pastor, said the books burned Sunday were \"a masterpiece of satanic deception.\"
Across the street, protesters chanting \"Stop burning books\" stretched in a line a quarter of a mile long.
CNN also points out inside the Alamogordo Public Library was a display highlighting the books.
\"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock,\"