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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?\"


\'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.


Taking a Peek at Potter II

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


The Fifth \'Potter\' Raises Questions

The NYTimes raises A Few Questions on the next Harry Potter Book.

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.


Harry Potter Hateline Launched in UK

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


Gather Round The Book Fire

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.

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Harry Potter Hotter Than Ever

There\'s a CNN Story and one at ITV.com as well on the anti-Potter sermon at the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico.

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.
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\"These books teach children how they can get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard or warlock,\"


\'Harry Potter\' author J.K. Rowling was married December 26th

The AP is reporting
via Salon.com that \'Harry Potter\' author J.K. Rowling married her boyfriend
December 26th, 2001.  That\'s a nice way to ring in the New Year. 


Pastor to hold book burning

Bob Cox passed along This One that says Christ Community Church pastor Jack Brock plans to publicly burn Harry Potter books in a bonfire Sunday in New Mexico.

Brock says he hasn\'t read any of the books.


\'Harry Potter\' to Be Released in Latin.

Hermit ;-)
writes \"For the Harry Potter-Phile\'s: author J.K.
Rowling is having \"...the Philosopher\'s Stone,\"
translated into Latin and ancient Greek in an effort to
make learning those languages \'more fun\'. According
the AP story the Latin version is coming along crisply
\"at the rate of a page a day.\" The article mentions the
book\'s advice, \"\"Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus\'\'
(Never tickle a sleeping dragon).\" Seems like good
advice to me... \"



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