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Rowling mourns, celebrates Potter's end Book Seven How does J.K. Rowling feel now that she has finished the seventh and final Harry Potter book? As the author herself confided Tuesday on her Web site, "Charles Dickens put it better than I ever could":
"It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years' imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever," reads the passage from Dickens' preface to "David Copperfield."
EEK! You will be able to read the new
Harry Potter on paper, listen to it, probably purchase it in Braille. But don't expect to download the text at least legally.
J.K. Rowling has not allowed the first six Potter stories to be released as e-books and has no plans to change that for the seventh and final work, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Neil Blair, a lawyer with Rowling's literary agency, told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The British bookstore chain, Waterstones, is planning on setting up a helpline for Harry Potter fans who may or may not fall apart when finding out who author J. K. Rowling has killed off in this the final Harry installment. Here's your hanky, and here's the scoop on Waterstones plans.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the last of seven installments of the boy wizard's adventures, will be published July 21, author J.K. Rowling said Thursday.
Rowling announced the publication date on her Web site.
Bloomsbury, her British publisher, said it would publish a children's hardback edition, an adult hardback, a special gift edition and an audio book on the same day.
One From The Buffalo News: Three new bookstores are expected to open in and near Buffalo area malls sometime this year - including the Walden Galleria and McKinley Mall - and one insider hopes the pending, final Harry Potter book will prompt construction to go quickly.
"We're kind of trying to push for things because of Harry Potter," said Dawn Everett, community relations manager for the Amherst Barnes & Noble store. "It would be such a great thing to be able to be open."
Following up on our story last spring , Laura Mallory's request to remove the Harry Potter books from libraries in Gwinnett County GA schools has again been rebuffed by the Georgia Board of Education who voted today to keep the books on the county's library shelves.
From the AP article : "Mallory, a mother of four from Loganville, questions the educational value of the fiction series.
"That's the kind of stuff in these books; murder and greed and violence. Why do they have to read them in school? If parents wanted to get these books, they could get them in bookstores," she said.
She said she has fought to ban the books from the classrooms; where she said teachers are assigning the books as homework rather than restricting them from school libraries. "It's a clear promotion of the books," she said. "And the books promote witchcraft."
J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final "
Harry Potter" book as carry-on baggage. Had security agents not relented, the British author said on her Web site, she might not have flown. "I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't; sailed home probably," she wrote. The posting was dated Wednesday.