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\'Harry Potter\' sales remain strong

CNN.com has a story about the record breaking sales online. There was an Article on how well the Harry Potter books are still selling.


\"The U.S. and British publishers of \"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,\" the fourth book in the series by British author J.K. Rowling, have already gone back to the presses for additional print runs.\" 

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Harry Potter and the Onion of Satire

Ben Ostrowsky writes \"Satirical mag The Onion.com has an article about Harry Potter books.

\"In 1995, it was estimated that some 100,000 Americans, mostly adults, were involved in devil-worship groups. Today, more than 14 million children alone belong to the Church of Satan, thanks largely to the unassuming boy wizard from 4 Privet Drive.\" \"

If you\'ve never read the onion, you really should!

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Potter Books Realize Fantasy for Librarians

The LATimes has an interesting Story on what Harry Means to librarians. Libraries around the country have been buying record numbers of the newest potter book, and it seems some librarians like what Harry is doing for the children.

\"They are using reading as a way of exciting their imaginations,\" said Lori Karns, support services manager for the Ventura County Public Library. \"They\'re having to work to make meaningful pictures, whereas TV just feeds it to them. And the language itself in Harry Potter is lots of fun.\"

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J.K. Rowling to play the Skydome

J.K. Rowling (what books has she written again?) is booked to have a reading at the Skydome (seats 60,000) on October 14th. 60,000 screaming children for an author, I love it!! Canoe.ca has the story.\"We really don\'t know how many people are going to come,\" confessed Greg Gatenby, the festival\'s effusive artistic director. \"So we thought rather than book a smaller space and have either a riot or tens of thousands of disappointed fans.\"

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Can 35 million book buyers be wrong?

Harold Bloom at The National Post has written a sharply critical Story that has nothing good to say about the series, or the fans.

\"I will keep in mind that a host are reading it who simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame\'s The Wind in the Willows or the Alice books of Lewis Carroll. Is it better that they read Rowling than not read at all? Will they advance from Rowling to more difficult pleasures?\"

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The Hype of Harry

CNN.com looks at all the hype surronding the Potter books in This Story. Interesting that a book is causing people to go so crazy.

\"Is it dumb?\" asks Dr. Alan Entin, president of the media psychology division of the American Psychological Association. \"Sure, it\'s dumb. But they line up for records, too. So it\'s no more dumb than that

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Treat anti-Harry Potter views with respect

The Desert News has a very interesting Story on Harry, and the other views people have on these books. It raises some Veryinteresting points.

\"Harry Potter IV will make millions of people happy and others very worried. The first crowd will be greeted warmly when it visits public libraries and schools. The odds are good the critics will not. Kimbra Wilder Gish, a librarian at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center sadi : \"These books had everything — witches, warlocks, magic, evil spirits, the whole lot. So I wasn\'t shocked by the controversy. I was shocked that so many librarians were shocked by the controversy. . . . It\'s like they were saying, \'Haven\'t all of those intolerant fundamentalists been wiped out, by now?\' \"

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Wasting money on Potter?

Brian Smith writes \"Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn plays the role of wet-blanket grump and asks whether the money libraries are spending on multiple copies of Goblet of Fire would have gone to better use buying a bunch of other books.
Story at The Chicago Tribune

Also in today\'s Tribune, a letter-writing muggle repeats the dumb-ass warning that Potter=Wicca=danger.

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Harry Gets Patrons Excited

There are about a million Harry Potter stories buzzing aroung the net news sources now. This One from The Orlando Sentinel has a stronger library angle than most.

\"As librarians, this has us excited,\" said Nancy Gear of the Deltona branch. \"If kids read this book, and they see that they like books, we can get them to read other books. It`s that simple. But you have to get them to want to read.\"

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Free Harry Potter!

Excite news carried this editorial about the censoring of Harry Potter\"When libraries, courts and schools like those in Zeeland place a ban or restriction on a book because a few parents disapprove of its theme, it stifles a child\'s learning opportunity and places a restriction on the selection of works children are able to chose and learn from. Harry Potter.\"

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