Harry Potter

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Time for a little Harry Potter news and/or speculation (of the cinematic variety), from the soon to be sold Publishers Weekly.

J.K. Rowling's Dark Mark

Over On Slate Tim Wu Says There is a necessary and healthy line between what the initial author owns and what follow-on, or "secondary," authors get to do, and Rowling is running over that line like the Hogwarts Express. The creators of H.P. Lexicon may not be as creative as Rowling, but they are authors, too, and deserve a little respect from the law.

JK Rowling drops hints of possible eighth Harry Potter book

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has strongly hinted for the first time that she could write an eighth book in the series.
Rowling, 42, admits she has 'weak moments' when she feels she will pen another novel about the boy wizard.
One of her biggest fans – her 14-year-old daughter Jessica – has already put pressure on her to revisit the character.

Amazon revealed as mystery Rowling book buyer

Online retailer Amazon revealed Friday it was the mystery buyer of British author J.K. Rowling's first book since the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" was sold at auction at Sotheby's Thursday to art dealers on behalf of an unidentified client for 1.95 million pounds (2.72 million euros, 3.95 million dollars), 40 times its expected price.

J.K. Rowling Fairy Tales Sell for $4M

A handwritten book by Rowling called "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" has sold for $4 million. Amazon.com was the buyer. Here is the story from the Associated Press and here is the story at the Amazon.com website.

Harry Potter Boxset Not Going Over Well With Customers

The Harry Potter boxset is not going over well with customers because in the pictures it looks like the box the books come in is wooden when in reality the box is cardboard. This did not get into the description of the product until a week after it was available for sale. Pre-orders were available for at least a month so numerous people purchased the set without the description. Click here for additional details.

Spell wears off as children ditch books

The end of the Harry Potter saga has seen children ditching books in favour of their PCs, according to a new survey.

JK Rowling's series on the pint-sized wizard took the plaudits for the surge in children's improved literacy, but as his magic starts to wear off, children are becoming less enthusiastic about reading. Results show the next generation of young readers are not as enthralled in the books as children who were brought up on Harry Potter and as a result Scottish children have recently lost confidence in their reading ability.

Longest title of a book with 1022 words

Seeking an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, a college principal on Monday released a book with the longest title of "1022 words with 4805 characters and no space." Dr Subramonian, Principal, Dr R V Arts and Science College, Karamadai, about 25 km. from here, has written a book about Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor, who gave life to J K Rowling's character Harry Potter.

Publisher delays Potter reference work

After being sued by J.K. Rowling, a publisher has agreed to delay its plans to release an encyclopedic reference work on the fictitious world of the Harry Potter novels. RDR Books Publisher Roger Rapoport said he volunteered to halt typesetting on the planned "Harry Potter Lexicon" until a judge rules on whether the work constitutes a violation of Rowling's intellectual property rights, or the copyright on her novels held by Warner Bros.

Harry Potter the most re-read book in the UK

Nearly 80 percent of Britons have re-read a book, with the Harry Potter series the most likely to be picked up again, a survey revealed on Friday. Some of the books that are re-read for pleasure are classics such as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".

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