The USA Today has a Story on Harry Potter\'s biggest fans organizing a worldwide boycott of merchandise because stupid clueless Warner Brothers has been sending nasty letters threatening legal action over copyright violations to kids who have created fan Web sites.
have launched the Defense Against the Dark Arts project.
You would think that being owned by AOL would give Warner Bros. a clue, but they must\'ve missed that memo.
\"Our intention was never to harass fans,\" says Warner Bros.\' Diane Nelson, who adds that letters are no longer going out en masse. \"The tone of the letters did not take into account that Harry Potter is unique, and many of the recipients were innocent, young fans,\" she says. \"We would encourage anyone who believes they received it erroneously to contact us.\"
The Age has a Story on The Christian Outreach College on the Sunshine Coast (in Australia) banning Harry. The man in charge said he only had to read one chapter from the latest book - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - and he had been exposed to four murders.
\"I believe these are dangerous stories, because the children are learning about murder and casting spells,\" Dr Gullo said.
J.K. Rowling says she plans to publish two Harry Potter specials to bring in up to $33 million for deprived children. Suppliers, printers, distributors and booksellers are all waiving their profits, fees and payments on the books. Three dollars from each sale will go to Comic Relief.
``You should buy them because they will save lives,\'\'
Irina Ibraghimova was kind enough to send in This Story from Russia on Harry Potter. The books are selling very well in Russia. Even though former President Boris Yeltsin\'s memoir is disappearing twice as fast.
\"There\'s something about the books that makes people a little crazy,\" said Natalya Chuprova, research director for the Moscow-based Moskva bookstore chain. \"It\'s quite popular, especially for a foreign book.\"
In yet another example of clueless corporate idiocy, Warner Bros. is going after Harry Potter Fan sites. They purchased the film and merchandising rights, as well as the trademarks and copyrights to the characters, from the books\' author, J.K. Rowling. For some reason, they now think no one should have a tribute site, to show how much they love Harry Potter.
\"I\'ve just read the news that the Evil Dark Arts experts a.k.a. Warner Brothers are trying to cast some dark charms and shut down this site. GOLLY! What total ROT. We have got to get some good charms and wand waving to seriously sort them out,\" wrote a fellow Harry Potter fan on Field\'s Web site.
Are you a Hogsmeade?
Had any good Severus Snape lately?
I don\'t know what that means either, but you can find out at the Harry Potter Lexicon, a nifty site put together by Steve Vander Ark.
A lexicon is technically a list of words. In this case, it\'s a lot of lists of words, all describing various aspects of the Harry Potter universe.
Charles Davis sent in This Story from Ananova.com on a copy of the first edition of the first Harry Potter that sold for more than £6,000 at auction. They only pressed 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone when it was published three years ago. An 1885 first edition illustrated copy of Robert Louis Stevenson\'s Treasure Island went for just £100.
Freedomforum.org has a Report on some Harry trouble in NH. A woman there is requesting that parents have more say in what teachers read to pupils. She wants teachers to give parents reading lists so they can decide whether their child should leave classrooms when certain books are read aloud.
She said Harry Potter teaches about killing, reincarnation and the occult. To prove her point, she read a segment of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer\'s Stone aloud to the board, and it speaks of drinking blood and damaging the mind and body of a witch.
Is this an unreasable request?
Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian Library and Divinity School, Oxford will feature in the new Harry Potter
film following filming by Warner Brothers earlier this week.
The film is based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone, the first in the hugely popular series by novelist J K Rowling.
Duke Humfrey\'s Library will feature as the library in Hogwarts School,
while the Divinity School will be transformed into the school hospital.
The Toronto Star has the Full Report on J.K. Rowling\'s huge reading at Sky Dome in T.O. on Monday. 20,000 folks showed up to hear her do some reading even though seats down in front were $235(I think that\'s about 2 bucks in U.S. Dollars).
\"A young boy, maybe 10, sat between his mother and his sister. He wore no costume and made no fuss, but he carried a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
As Rowling read, he followed along. The first time she spoke a line as Harry, he broke into an enormous grin. \"