Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling Tours the States

Seated on "an enormous gold throne with plush red cushions," J.K. Rowling opened her brief U.S. tour Monday morning at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, where she read from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, answered a few questions and then signed free copies of her book for 1,600 lucky students.

Check this LA Times story to see how tickets were distributed; video feature and print article.

Potter Pads Scholastic's Pockets

Scholastic has never been in better financial shape, tip of the hat to J. K. Rowling, Harry et al.

Publishers Weekly reports that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came through for Scholastic in the first quarter ended August 31, helping to drive up revenue 75%, to $586.9 million. Hallows, along with the six previous Potter titles, contributed sales of $240 million in the period, propelling revenue in the children's book publishing and distribution segment to $342.5 million from $112.6 million."


Has Harry Helped Young People Read? Yes and No

Here's a refrain from an earlier article, with a different spokesperson for The National Endowment for the Arts. Exploring the Harry Potter phenomenon, the NEA finds "that Rowling's wizardry hasn't changed youth reading habits much."

"Even in the era of Harry Potter, the research shows that the numbers of youth reading for pleasure still decrease considerably as they grow older," reports Inside Bay Area.

"Regardless of the Harry Potter phenomenon, these declines do exist," said Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Harry Potter and the Logistical Nightmare

How do you get 12 million books to appear all at once? Well, it could be magic (!), or it could be a major coordinated effort from publishers, printers, binderies, packers, trucking and transport companies. Here's the story from Business Week about how U.S. publisher Scholastic managed the magic of distributing HP7 to thousands of retailers around the U.S.


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About HP7 /If You Don't Want To Know, Skip It

...from MSN J. K. Rowling explains the finer points of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Draco, Neville, Snape and more are covered.


Harry and the Strange Logic of Book Discounters

The tangled web of Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling, Harry's British & US publishers, on-line bookstores (Amazon), bookstore chains (Barnes & Noble, Borders), non-bookstore chains (Wal-Mart, Costco), independent bookstores and all those Harry Potter fans/readers is examined in Saturday's New York Times.

Some Potter fans find pages missing

Good News! You got the new Harry Potter book.
Bad News! It's missing some pages!
Good News! You bought 2 copies because you're "just that psychotic about it."
Scholastic Inc., says a few hundred of the 12 million copies of the book are reported to have pages missing. The gaps have left hardcore Potterphiles rushing to stores to exchange them; or filing them away as mementos of the book's epic release.


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.



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