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What do protests about Harry Potter books teach us?

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:48
According to scholar Christine Jenkins, people who try to censor texts often hold a set of false assumptions about how reading works. One of those assumptions is that particular literary content (like positive portrayals of witchcraft) will invariably produce particular effects (more witches in real life). Another is that reactions to a particular text are likely to be consistent across readers.

Three new e-books written by JK Rowling appear on multiple bookseller websites

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 08:05
Now, three new e-books set in the fantastical world are reportedly set to be release. While Rowling hasn’t officially announced the releases, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple's US iBook store have all listed three E-Books, written by the author about the world of Harry Potter.
From Harry Potter: Three new e-books written by JK Rowling appear on multiple bookseller websites

Harry Potter's 20th birthday to be marked with British Library show

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 20:24
Ideally positioned in King’s Cross, just a stone’s throw from the mythical beginning of the journey to Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4, the British Library has announced it will be marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone next year with a new exhibition about JK Rowling’s wizarding world.
From Harry Potter's 20th birthday to be marked with British Library show | Books | The Guardian

A Muggle's Guide to Harry Potter Locations

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 21:18


Any Harry Potter fan worth their salt has dreamed of traveling to Hogwarts, The Ministry of Magic, and The Forbidden Forest. Though you may never be able to visit the magical fictional locations from Harry Potter, you can visit some of the real-life destinations pictured in the movies.

Harry Potter: GCHQ 'intervened over Half-Blood Prince leak'

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 20:57
Bloomsbury's Nigel Newton said GCHQ contacted him in 2005 after it apparently discovered an early copy of The Half Blood-Prince on the internet. However, after a page was read to an editor, it was determined to be fake. A spokesperson for GCHQ told the Sunday Times: "We don't comment on our defence against the dark arts."
From Harry Potter: GCHQ 'intervened over Half-Blood Prince leak' - BBC News

J.K. Rowling's new play, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' will be published as a book

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:39

When J.K. Rowling announced last October that her Harry Potter series would get a new story—in the form of a play that featured her beloved book characters as adults—fans greeted the news with mixed feelings. As I wrote at the time, it was exciting to see the author experiment with a new medium and a non-Harry-centric tale in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play picks up the story 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and focuses on Harry’s relationship with his son, Albus Severus.

How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:38


“If you think about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, that’s it,” writes /Film’s Germain Lussier. “Those columns pretty much encompass the whole story.” Rowling, of course, hardly counts as the only novelist to write with such techniques, and based on this example, hers don’t get nearly as elaborate as some.

1st Edition 'Harry Potter' book with author's notes up for auction

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 08:41

A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and original illustrations is going on sale at a charity auction.

The personal annotations from the bestselling author included comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel. They also included a note on how the bestselling author came to create the game of Quidditch.

Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:38

"They remind me of my childhood the way music reminds you of things when you were younger," she said. "The reason we cling to these books isn't because they were fun and we grew up with them; we cling to them because of deeper themes, because of friendship and because of loyalty and because of human connections."