Harry Potter

The Harry Potter Effect

According to Heidi Benson of the San Francisco Chronicle, "Despite what has been dubbed the "Harry Potter Effect" -- which credits J.K. Rowling's blockbuster book series with turning Game Boy addicts into lifelong readers -- reading is in serious decline among teens nationwide, according to a forthcoming federal study."

"What we need is a Harry Potter every week," said Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who oversaw the study.

The endowment's report on children's reading rates, the first of its kind, compiles results from more than 24 government agencies, including the Department of Education, the Census Bureau and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Harry Potter Fever...Do You Have It Bad?

OK, you've read the poll, and hopefully you've voted (if not please do!!)

According to the Today Show, there are seven warning signs to look for that will determine if you've got the fever really bad.

The Harry Boat is Leaking Like a Sieve

...more from the Houston Chronicle (but they're not telling what happens...)

and here's more news from the Chicago Trib of a leak lawsuit in the works, and

...finally the esteemed Michiko Kakutani's review of HP7 in the NY Times . Round-up of these stories on Bloomberg.com.

Couple Plans Wedding, But There'll BeThree on the Honeymoon (Bride, Groom & Harry)

One Oregon couple's wedding night will be especially magical. Courtney Lanahan and Shawn Gordon of Clackamas are heading straight from their wedding reception Friday to a Barnes & Noble to get the final Harry Potter book.

How do we know all this??? WaPo has the story of the nuptials and the groom's little treat for the bride, an elementary school teacher. Wonder if they'll name their first kid Hermione?

Harry Potter Spoilers Spread Story on Internet

How would you feel if the end of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were revealed in advance of the highly anticipated release date this Saturday? Well if you're a library or bookstore involved in one of those pajama parties, or J.K. Rowling or Scholastic, you probably would be none too happy.

But according to CTV.ca, both "the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail published alleged plot details of the final book documenting the adventures of the young wizard and his band of friends.

"What is drawing out the headlines is one particular version of the book that's available on the Internet that seems to be very convincing, that if it's a hoax, it's an elaborate hoax," Kris Abel, CTV's technology expert told CTV Newsnet.

"It consists of a collection of 397 digital photographs that are taken of a physical, paper-bound book, that someone has managed to get their hands on and in a brief period take photographs of each and every picture and upload that on line."

Abel said some of the photos are slightly out of focus and are difficult to read, but much of the book is legible from the images.

Those of you who wish to investigate further, please feel free to do so, but please do not divulge the outcome to those (hey, I don't give a fig but some people do) who don't want to have their fun ruined.

From the Mouth of Harry's Creator...a few Choice Tidbits

Do you know want to know....

...how Harry's surname was chosen?

...if Rowling had to approve of the three Harry film directors?

...how does Rowling feel about her books being banned in some areas of the U.S.?

...how does Rowling feel about the nickname "Voldie"???

If you do, read this interview with author J. K. Rowling in CTV.

ALA <i>not</i> in Orlando in 2010, <i>and not</i> Visiting Harry at His Theme Park

Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.

The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Scheduled to be completed in 2009, the attraction will be the park's most
expensive venture, according to Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal
Parks.

ALA Schedule: June 21 to 27, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
June 26 to July 2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA;
July 9 to 15, 2009 - Chicago;
June 24 to 30, 2010 - Orlando;
June 23-29, 2011 - New Orleans, LA;
June 21-27, 2012 - Anaheim, CA;
June 20-26, 2013 - Washington, D.C.;
June 26-July 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV;

Why no show in the capital of the civilized world, New York City???

(update)Thanks to reader John Overholt, we discovered that ALA has amended its location list eliminating Orlando. Here's the corrected list of ALA meeting locations.

Defenders of Secrets, Unite!

Harry Potter fans are sweating out the last 24 days awaiting the final title in the series, and don't want to know the outcome (or maybe they do?) Here's a report from the NYTimes on some efforts to spoil the surprise and the efforts of others to protect it (website the Leaky Cauldron along with Rowling's own site ). The Times also has a blog that asks readers to surmise how the series will end.

Hey, you librarians who have the book in the back room, have you taken a peak yet? Better reply as anonymous...

Harry Potter and the Equally Lucrative Success

Editor Barry Cunningham, formerly of Bloomsbury, who was the first to spot the potential of JK Rowling's boy wizard, thinks the next big thing in childrens books is "Tunnels" (check out the cover art). It's a fantasy tale about a boy archaeologist, self published by authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. More from The Guardian.

Harry Potter magic spells losses for booksellers

Big Sale On Harry Potter! Online retailer Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have slashed nearly 50 percent off the book's $34.99 list price, forcing many independent booksellers to follow suit to stay competitive. Wwith widespread discounting biting a gigantic chunk out of any potential profits, many booksellers are not enthused about its release. And for smaller, independent book stores, the discounting makes for a hard calculation.

"The bookselling trade has lost millions by having to discount Harry Potter as heavily as they do," said Caroline Horn, children's editor at Bookseller, a British trade magazine.

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