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Mad about Harry Potter

The Financial Times has a lengthy Article on the incredible popularity of Harry Potter.

\"From toys and computer games to designer sportswear and pop music, children are, increasingly, a market to be reckoned with. But not until last year, when global sales of J.K. Rowling\'s three Harry Potter books took off, had anyone thought that reading - that most Victorian of pastimes - could seriously compete with the high-tech, multimedia entertainments of today\"

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For Kids Who Need Harry Potter

Associated Press writer Erica Noonan wrote this article about what kids are reading now that they have to wait until the next installment of Harry Potter, which is being released on July 8th. Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament will be over 700 pages long.

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Harry\'s doing what?

Someone suggested this story from the Australian Paper The Age

\"J.K. Rowling, discussing the next instalment in her bestselling Harry Potter series, said last week that sex is about to enter her young hero\'s life. \"He\'s 14 now and has started to realise that girls are quite interesting. I tend to think that if someone is sufficiently engaged in one of the books, he\'s not going to be too disappointed if, at some point, his hero holds hands with a little girl.\"

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Columbus to direct Potter Movie

The highly anticipated film adaptation of \"Harry Potter\" will be directed by Chris Columbus, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday.


You may remember him from such films as Bicentennial Man, Stepmom, Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Only the Lonely, Home Alone Heartbreak Hotel, Adventures in Babysitting

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School bans Harry Potter

THe BBC is carrying a story on A primary school in England that is banning pupils from reading the best-selling Harry Potter children\'s books because she says they go against the Bible\'s teachings.

\"As a head teacher I have a responsibility to ensure that we give the children the best that we possibly can.

\"We are a Church of England aided primary school which means the church ethos is very important to what we do,\" she said.

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Hiawatha couple ask schools to ban book: Request criticizes depictions of occult

Read this story from the Gazzette Online.

A Hiawatha couple is asking the Cedar Rapids school district to withdraw the popular Harry Potter books from school libraries.

Brad and Brenda Birdnow will present their request to remove \"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone\" to the district\'s PTA Reconsideration Committee at 4:15 p.m. today at the Educational Service Center, 346 Second Ave. SW.

Brad Birdnow said he and his wife object to the way the book romantically portrays witches, warlocks, wizards, goblins and evil sorcerers.

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Harry has two fathers

It seems like everyone wants a piece of the potter action. Now a childhood friend of JK Rowling says HE was the inspiration for Harry Potter in this story from Book Magazine.

\"Speaking from his home in the English West Country on Saturday, Ian Potter, a childhood friend of author JK Rowling, said he would be annoyed by anyone who claimed that Harry Potter–the incredibly popular fictional character created by Rowling–was inspired by a Potter other than himself.\"

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Potter author being sued

ABC News was one of the many sites with this story on Harry Potter.

Nancy K. Stouffer of Camp Hill, Pa., argues in her lawsuit that ideas for the Potter series were lifted from her 1984 book The Legend of Rah and the Muggles, which includes a character named Larry Potter.


“I think coincidences happen, but I still say if it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, it’s a duck,” said Stouffer, who also claims she owns rights to the word “muggle.”

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Potter mania grips New Labour MPs

Read this story out of England here. From Yahoo UK.

Once Labour MPs could be relied up to recommend robust reading. Marx maybe, or something with a social conscience. Now they are falling over themselves to endorse a public schoolboy called Harry Potter.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist - which perennially topped the lists of Labour MPs\' favourite novels before the 1997 election - has been overtaken by J.K.Rowling\'s classless Harry Potter. Only one of 100 MPs asked to donate a book to their local library chose Robert Tressell\'s distinctly Old Labour classic.

\"That says it all really,\" said MP Austin Mitchell, who modestly bequeathed his own book, Westminster In Pictures to Grimsby library. \"I\'m only shocked they are not recommending
management manuals and the latest public relations texts.\"

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Parent works to force action on Harry Potter

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I found this story for lisnews.


-- A Zeeland parent is trying to break the spell that has taken the popular Harry Potter books off school library shelves.

Zeeland Superintendent Gary Feenstra and Curriculum Director Chris Guimond-Cairns received written complaints Tuesday from parent Nancy Zennie, who wants Feenstra to drop his restrictions that prevent Harry Potter books from being read aloud in class, placed on school library shelves and circulated freely.

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