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\"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.\"

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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.\"

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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

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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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Harry Potter banned in United Arab Emirates

The Star Says The United Arab Emirates has banned 26 books from private school curriculums, including Harry Potter, and \"Animal Farm\".The ministry warned private schools to abide by its decision and required them to present a list of books to be taught to students.

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More Harry Potter Hysteria

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. \"

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What if Order of the Phoenix Is an eBook

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.

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Books Sweep The Oscars

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.\"

Yahoo! News Has The Story \"


The first film installment of J.R.R. Tolkien\'s fantasy classic earned 13 Nominations.

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School Board board okays Harry Potter

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?\"

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\'Harry Potter\' Prompts Police Boycott

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.

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