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Warner Bros. claims Harry Potter sites

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.

Full Story over at ZD Net.


The Harry Potter Lexicon

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.


Harry Potter first edition

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.


Mom Wants say in Reading

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?


Filming To Begin Soon

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.

www.ox.ac.uk/blueprint/2000-01/2610/20.shtml \"


A wiz of a reading

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. \"


J. K. Rowling Terrified in T.O.

Mayor Mel Lastman [Toronto\'s chief Muggle] gave J.K. Rowling the key to the city yesterday, and when she spoke at a fundaraiser for the Osborne Collection of the Toronto Library, she admitted she\'s just terrified about the big event. Part of the International Festival of Authors is a reading by Rowling at the Sky Dome, Never Been?(it\'s quite a place, worth the trip, wherever you are). Her biggest audience in the past was 2,000 in Germany, the Sky Dome holds 36,000. Did you know her friends call her Jo?

``The reading is a way to reach a lot of children. But I\'m plainly not a rock star, not the Rolling Stones.\'\'

The Full Story is at The T.O. Star


Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixPhoenix.

Yahoo! News was one place with this.

J.K. Rowling has annouced that Book 5 will be called \"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix\". Rowling has no deadline for the book and said it would probably
not be ready by July, as had been rumored. Two other books will be out soon ``Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them\'\' and ``Quidditch
Through the Ages\'\' - will benefit Comic Relief.

``Fantastic Beasts\'\' is a title on the boy wizard\'s school
supply list in a previous book. The second new volume will be an
anthology of Harry\'s favorite sport, quidditch.


Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist

Someone pointed us to the funnytimes.com cartoon for the week of October 4, 2000, it\'s entitled \"Harry Potter and the Christian Fundamentalist\".

Check it out.


Harry\'s A Girl?!

From The
Times UK
a shocking Story on the first
Harry Play. A 17 Year old girl will play Harry after J. K.
Rowling gave permission for a boarding school to
stage the world premiere of Harry Potter and the
Philosopher\'s Stone. North Foreland Lodge, a girls-only
school near Hook in Hampshire, wrote to the author
after two staff decided to adapt her first novel for its
Christmas production. She gave her approval, despite
a seven-year block on performing rights because of the
impending Hollywood film.



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