Harry Potter

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...

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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.

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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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Potter upheld again — Mother loses latest attempt to remove books

After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.
Laura Mallory, who has challenged the use of the books in schools since 2005, said she was not surprised by Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor's decision to uphold the Gwinnett County Board of Education's ruling.
"I've done the best I can by myself," said Mallory, who argued her case without an attorney. "Perhaps we need a whole new case built from the ground up."

Quick! Get On the Harry Potter Bandwagon and Ride

More Harry.

The Wall Street Journal reports on publishers efforts to squeeze the Harry lemon dry; works of non-fiction such as "The Making of the Potterverse: A Month-by-Month Look at Harry's First 10 Years" by Edward Gross, and George Beahm's "Muggles and Magic: An Unofficial Guide to J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon."

On July 21, titles that speculate on the series's ending will be "worm food in the landfill," according to John Granger, author of "Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader."

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How Low Can 'Harry Potter' Go? Indie Bookstores Diss Amazon

Indie bookstores say they might end up buying their stock of the final Harry Potter book from Amazon.com if their price beats the publishers, Scholastic. Publishers Weekly's Claire Kirch reports.

First printing of 12 million for final Potter book

News: The final Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling will have a record breaking, back-breaking first printing of 12 million copies, Scholastic, Inc., announced.

And, for those who somehow don't know about Potter 7, Scholastic also plans a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign in support of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which comes out July 21.

The Scholastic campaign is called "There Will Soon Be 7" and will feature a Knight Bus National Tour, stopping at 40 libraries in 10 "major metropolitan areas" and millions of Potter bookmarks, easel backs and tattoos.

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37 Libraries To Host Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour

37 Lucky Libraries Across the Country To Host the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour: Scholastic, the global
children's publishing, education and media company, announced today the 37
library tour schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight
Bus Tour. The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described
in the Harry Potter books, will launch on June 1, 2007 from New York City
and will travel to 37 libraries across the country over a seven-week period
ending back in New York at Scholastic headquarters to kick off the release
of the seventh and final book in the series at 12:01a.m. on July 21, 2007.

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