Harry Potter

Other Than Visual Effects, Will Harry Disappoint?

Fans are supposedly gobbling up tickets to this weekend\'s release of the Harry Potter film. After reviewing the film, Roger Ebert is comparing it to the Wizard of Oz. Critics David Ansen (Newsweek) and Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywood Reporter) both praise the film\'s special effects, but believe it offers little else. Will Harry\'s big screen debut be all it\'s conjured up to be? More

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Coke Targeted for Harry Potter Campaign

ABC News reports that a health interest group is protesting Coke\'s Harry Potter campaign, charging that Coke is marketing junk food to kids. Part of the campaign includes $18 million to go to literacy efforts, and Coke says it is promoting reading, not junk food. Coke doesn\'t argue that Coca-Cola is nutritious, however.

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Santa Potter Coming to a Theater Near You

With an excitement that seems matched only by the arrival of Kris Kringle himself this time of year, this holiday season is bringing with it, Harry Potter, the live version. Friday marks the arrival of the controversial kid. Theaters will likely be flooded over the weekend by kids, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who is a Potter maniac. Educators and librarians are excited about the most basic aspect of the series of books, which is that kids are interested in reading again. More.

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Harry preps kids for Antichrist

Associated Press has another story about some conservative American Christians complaining that Harry Potter is an introduction to evil.

Besides emphasizing that this view is outside the Christian mainstream, this one also has some fun bits: A pagan says that people in his movement think the Potter books are "rather uncool," and a particularly ridiculous image on one anti-Potter website is mentioned.

A related item: A Sunday morning program at Unity Church in Chicago is supposed to examine parallels between the Harry Potter books and Bible passages.

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Lots O\' Harry Stuff

I seem to have collected a bucket full o\' Harry Potter stories here.

A Small NYTimes Editorial pointed the way to SaveHarry.com, a site to Save Harry from profiteering marketers.

Sexist, satanist, classist on Harry finding himself held responsible for the moral health of the nation\'s children.

SciFi.com has a Small Interview with Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hogwarts groundskeeper Hagrid. He says the film is \"quite shockingly good\".

Movie pirates cash in on Harry Potter mania has details on counterfeit DVDs.

Magic by the books is a general movie story.

And, Ananova tells us fifth book \'shouldn\'t be too long, in which, JK Rowling says the fifth Harry Potter novel should be finished soon.
Ananova also has special Harry Potter and JK Rowling news sections.

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Teachers warn dangers in Potter movie magic

Remember that one scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the one with the witch? This story just made me think of that for some reason.

One of Britain\'s biggest teaching unions has issued a stern warning to parents and teachers that J.K. Rowling\'s phenomenally successful creation could lead schoolchildren into the sinister world of the occult.

Full Story from The Observer sent in by Bob Cox.

\"The premiere of Harry Potter the movie will lead to a whole new generation of youngsters discovering witchcraft and wizardry. We welcome the values this will ingrain, focusing on good triumphing over evil. Though it is important not to over-react to this entertaining phenomenon, the risks are clear.\"

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Larry Potter Not Taking Flight

Salon has This Story on author N.K. Stouffer and her book \"The Legend of Rah and the Muggles\".

This is the book first published in the 1980s that has more than a few similarities with Harry.
Her books aren\'t selling and her lawsuit isn\'t going so well either.

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Harry Goes Long

Yahoo
News
is reporting
some details on the new Harry Potter movie.
It\'s 152-minute 13-seconds long, the bad news is
Chris Columbus directed it, you may know him from
such crappy films as, Bicentennial Man, Nine Months
and
Adventures in Babysitting.
The studio has spent more than $125 million
making the film, already has two sequels in the
pipeline and has rights to Rowling\'s planned
seven-book series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s
Stone makes it world premiere in London on Sunday
under Rowling\'s original British title, \"Harry Potter and
the Philosopher\'s Stone\". Meanwhile, the studio has
already begun preproduction work on bringing
Rowling\'s second novel to the big screen. In fact, Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is due to start
shooting on November 18 on the same soundstages
as the original.

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Harry Potter at the Bodleian

Oxford University\'s Bodleian Library was used as a set for the upcoming Harry Potter film:

In Oxford\'s Bodleian Library gift shop, you can buy Shakespeare notebooks, postcards, quills, writing sets and highball tumblers (inscribed with opening lines and dramatis personae from, among others, Hamlet and As You Like It). There are Alice in Wonderland paperweights, posters, postcards and keyrings and Edward Lear cat mugs to peruse. Pick-me-up sticks (\"A traditional game to test dexterity\"), fridge magnets, mouse mats and silk devore scarves (inspired by the vaulting of the Divinity School) share shelf space with miniature replica gargoyles, a lamp with books painted on its base (£210) and the tome, JRR Tolkien: Life and Legend. The shop accepts Switch, Amex, Visa and Diner\'s Club. You cannot, as yet, buy anything pertaining to Harry Potter. This may well change: the Bodleian Library - in all its delicate, ornately carved glory - is one of the locations used for the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone . . .

More from the Guardian.

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Coca-Cola Launching Harry Potter Campaign

Coca-Cola will be featuring Harry Potter\'s mug on 850 million Coke, Hi-C, and Minute Maid products as part of a campaign intended to boost literacy, as well as sales. Prizes will be awarded to consumers, which include movie tickets and trips to England. more...

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