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J.K. Rowling Completes 6th Potter Novel

Harry Potter book 6 is in the can! The AP reports J.K. Rowling announced Monday that she has completed the sixth Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."Only recently, the book's completion seemed far away. In a message posted Dec. 10, Rowling said she had nothing "noteworthy to report, because I have been spending nearly all my time sitting in front of my computer writing, rewriting and taking the occasional break to bang my head off the desk in frustration or else rub my hands together in fiendish glee (I think the latter has happened once)."


J.K. Leaks out Tidbits of Book 6 - and other News

search-engines-web.com send along a couple Harry bits. Wizard News Says something about Gideon and Fabian Prewett being somehow related to someone. A few other bits in there on Godric’s Hollow and other things that make no sense to anyone who hasn't read the books or seen the movives [like me]. I won't post more just in case you don't want any of the story spoiled.
Meanwhile, in Harry-net news, JK Rowling, has won an order for the transfer of two domain names - www.kjkrowling.com and www.-jkrowling.com - that had been registered by Alvaro Collazo, of Uruguay, a known typosquatter.


Magic day spells trouble for library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Rochdale Observer, a paper in the UK, reports a Councillor has provoked a storm by writing to Rochdale library chief Paul Guy complaining about a ‘Hotter than Potter’ event at Smithy Bridge library last month.One local resident is so angry with the councillor he has written to Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party, to complain about her.

The Councillor wrote: "Halloween can be a frightening time for a lot of children who are scared of the dark. I have never read the Harry Potter books, but there is no such thing as a good witch and as a Christian I believe we should be teaching children about goodness and light."
Funniest quote is from her boss: "This is just a storm in a cauldron..." not sure if he meant the pun or not though."


3 New Book Chapter Titles Revealed on Rowlings Brain Teaser Website

search-engines-web.com writes "The Sun Reports Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed the titles of three chapters from her next book.The names are found on her website – but fans need patience and a bit of wizardry to find them."


Miniature Harry Potter book sells at auction for 11,000 pounds

A miniature book containing a guide to everything Harry Potter needed for his life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has sold for 11,000 pounds (16,000 euros, 20,000 dollars), Sotheby's auction house said. Full Story.


Harry's Hot at Guantanamo Bay Prison Library

Pretty amazing story from the Australia Sun Herald about the borrowing habits of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are fighting over who gets to read which Harry Potter books.

Ex-US Air Force translator (and former prisoner)Ahmad Al Halabi, librarian at Guantanamo Bay prison, said (accused terrorist) Australian David Hicks was one of several inmates who were "always arguing about which volume of Harry Potter they could have".

Of course the reading matter was highly suspect ...investigators thought a series of numbers next to Hicks's name on a cell block roster were part of a secret coded message between Al Halabi and Hicks. But the "code" was in fact the reference numbers for the Harry Potter books in the library.

You've got to read it to believe it here


Say it ain't so Rowling say it ain't so!

lordjim_2001 writes "It looks like another character is going to die in the next Harry Potter novel: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. CNN.com has the scoop.

Anyone want to start the betting pool on who it is?"


The Rewards of Reading

Ah, the summer book program, along with summer, are drawing to a close.

In Southern California, a few fortunate children are celebrating their reading accomplishments by being rewarded with school supplies, backpacks and CD players, donated by the La Quinta Senior Center.

Jared Reed read for 32 hours for fun.

His book of choice was "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone."

"The story is really cool," he said.

He enjoyed the book so much that he tried to read as much as he could in one sitting.

"Once I get into the middle of a story, I want to read more," said Reed, 10.

"You want to read till your eyes pop out," he said.The Desert Sun.


Will Rowling Bury Harry in Book 7?

search-engines-web.com/ sends " several links to articles about an interview with JK Rowling in which she hints at less than a happy ending for the Harry Potter series. You can try and read between the lines here 1, here 2, and here 3."


Author 'chilled' to learn Harry's half-blood status has Nazi parallels

JK Rowling Says she made the "chilling" discovery that villains in her books used the same twisted logic as the Nazis when she visited a Holocaust museum, the author has revealed.

Ms Rowling was asked by a fan to explain why some people in the stories - including the hero Harry Potter - are referred to as "half-blood" wizards.


Now Rowling takes internet by storm

The Telegraph Says a website set up by J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has had a record 220 million visits in eight weeks and now receives 27 million "hits" a week. Sky.com adds one day day it received a peak of 600 hits per second with a huge 16 million in just 12 hours.


Harry Potter Inspires a Christian Alternative

"GP Taylor, an Anglican vicar, one-time roadie for the Sex Pistols and former all-around sinner, was roaring across the Yorkshire moors on his Yamaha XV1100 in a lightning storm when the idea for his hit Christian children's book, "Shadowmancer," came to him.

Like some other committed Christians, he had been disturbed by the amount of witchcraft and the occult in children's literature. "Harry Potter," for instance. The best-selling author J. K. Rowling gives too much power to the forces of evil in her books, he told parishioners. Well, one congregant replied, why not write your own book then? Read all about it.


Harry Potter, Market Wiz

What happens when a bunch of literary theorists get together and decide to explore the underlying message and the structure of Harry Potter's school? They come up with something like this:

"Harry Potter, probably unintentionally, appears as a summary of the social and educational aims of neoliberal capitalism. Like Orwellian totalitarianism, this capitalism tries to fashion not only the real world, but also the imagination of consumer-citizens. The underlying message to young fans is this: You can imagine as many fictional worlds, parallel universes or educational systems as you want, they will still all be regulated by the laws of the market. Given the success of the Harry Potter series, several generations of young people will be indelibly marked by this lesson." Read the rest. [requires registration]


Rowling Receives Honorary Degree

JK Rowling has been presented with the prestigious 'doctor honoris causa' from Edinburg University (Scotland) for her contributions to children's literature. According to Professor Pamela Munn "the impact of the Harry Potter series of books on children around the world has been phenomenal. Reading has become cool with even the most reluctant readers, in the shape of teenage boys, being caught up in the world inhabited by Harry Potter."

The degree is one of the University's highest honors. No word from [Dr. Rowling] though about the next Potter novel. Read More.


Rowling Announces Next Potter Title

While there's no exact release date, the next Harry Potter book has a title. "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" will hit stores... well... sometime... More from Fox News.


jkrowling website

phoenix04 spotted a NYTimes Piece on the debut of J. K. Rowling's home page last month. www.jkrowling.com is smoothly "executed and witty." The author is said to have written it entirely herself to help dispel rumors, share unpublished material and hint at what's ahead in Book Six, the penultimate volume of the Potter saga.


Harry Potter Isn't the Same Lad He Used to Be

From the Sun Herald...

"Kasey O'Connor read her first Harry Potter book at age 7, but now she's 12 and would rather hang out at the mall than at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "My friends and I don't want to see the new movie," she said. "We'd rather see 'Mean Girls' or '13 Going on 30.'

Jeffrey Rhodes, 15, also is less than wild about Harry these days. "I'm out of that mystical and magical phase," he said. "Now I'm more into chicks and cars and movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Eurotrip.' Read More


Why Harry Potter Isn't Assigned Reading for School Kids

Interesting piece from the Hartford Courant about why the Harry Potter series is seldom assigned for serious study in jr high and high school classrooms, but seems to make an appearance on college reading lists. While many secondary school educators dismiss the books as low- or middle-brow, college instructors have embraced the series. Trista M. Merrill, who received her doctorate last year from the State University of New York at Binghamton often uses the series in courses.

"I remember one day we started having a discussion about the house elves: whether the way they were being treated was fair or not. It led to a discussion of apartheid and slavery in our own country."

‘Potter’ movies may scare kids more than books, experts say

Anonymous Patron writes "A love for "Harry Potter" led two Purdue professors to write a chapter in a book surrounding the controversies of the wizardry novels. In order to gain knowledge about the subject the two professors, Deborah Taub and Heather Servaty-Seib, performed meta-research by reading about research done by other professionals. They then wrote about the trends they discovered in the book Harry Potter’s World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives. One concern that arose from their research is that the movies may be more frightening than the books. Research shows that visual images frighten more than words do, said Taub, assistant professor of educational studies."



Harry Potter Actors a Little Too Long in the Tooth?

http:://search-engines-web.com/ sends " this story from Reuters. Despite speculation that the young stars of the Harry Potter films will outgrow their roles, the director of the latest installment believes they can see the popular series through to the end."It would be amazing to have the whole series with the same kids," Alfonso Cuaron, whose "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" opens worldwide on June 4, said on Tuesday."It would be priceless. It would be something very special, for the ages." 'Azkaban' is the third of a planned seven films based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series about the magical students of Hogwarts Academy. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and cinematic sidekicks Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) have so far maintained their enthusiasm for the work, but many wonder whether they will physically outgrow the characters.The trio, who sign for one film at a time, have already begun work on the fourth movie, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," directed by Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral").The fifth book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published last year."



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