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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.
\"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.\"
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.
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
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.
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 . . .
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...
All of these are from Ananova(she\'ll read you the news)
Not just for book reports anymore, the Harry Potter books were the subject of a thesis at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education by Michele Fry. Ms. Fry\'s paper has been accepted for publication in the New Review of Children\'s Literature and Librarianship Her conclusion? That the books should be called the Hermione Granger books- she\'s the real heroine.
It\'s True! Harry Potter is about real wizardry Students in Austria attend a six term Hexenschule to learn \"ancestral wizardry.\"
At 2 hours and 23 minutes, Harry\'s new movie too short
If you know Hagrid, The Dursleys, Hogwarts and everyone from the Harry Potter series, then This Story from The Sun Sentinel will interest you. They have the run down on who you\'ll see when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone opens Nov. 16, and I know you\'ll be there opening night!
And speaking of Harry, Potter publisher Bloomsbury Publishing has reported a doubling in first-half sales and said it expected a dramatic rise in sales as the fictional boy wizard makes his film debut. Full Story, I guess his magical powers include creating money.
I keep thinking this Harry Potter thing has gone to far, and then it goes a bit further.
We now have Harry Coins.
More than 25,000 Harry Potter coins sold out in under five hours in England. The coin is legal tender in the Isle of Man.
\"It has gone manic here. People are going crazy buying them. We sold more than 25,000 in five hours on Wednesday, Taya Pobjoy, managing director of Pobjoy Mint, told Reuters on Thursday.\"
Slashdotters are discussing the 2001 Hugo awards, which include J.K. Rowling\'s latest tome Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Best Novel. Although Hugo awards often go to \"hard\" science fiction, fantasy is of course also a part of speculative fiction (sf). It\'s nice to see a novel that\'s accessible to both sf fans and children (and no comments from the peanut gallery, please, about the two groups being identical).
Calliope pass along This Story from MSNBC on the burgeoning Harry Potter Porn stories on the web. They say it\'s produced and consumed almost entirely by young women. Google Points The Way.
Warner Bros. is not very happy:
“It is not only our legal obligation, but also our moral obligation to protect the integrity of our intellectual properties,” the statement says. “This is especially true in the case of indecent infringement of any icon whose target audience is children.”
It\'s funny to read the have morals.