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JK Rowling drops hints of possible eighth Harry Potter book

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has strongly hinted for the first time that she could write an eighth book in the series.
Rowling, 42, admits she has 'weak moments' when she feels she will pen another novel about the boy wizard.
One of her biggest fans – her 14-year-old daughter Jessica – has already put pressure on her to revisit the character.

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Amazon revealed as mystery Rowling book buyer

Online retailer Amazon revealed Friday it was the mystery buyer of British author J.K. Rowling's first book since the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" was sold at auction at Sotheby's Thursday to art dealers on behalf of an unidentified client for 1.95 million pounds (2.72 million euros, 3.95 million dollars), 40 times its expected price.

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J.K. Rowling Fairy Tales Sell for $4M

A handwritten book by Rowling called "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" has sold for $4 million. Amazon.com was the buyer. Here is the story from the Associated Press and here is the story at the Amazon.com website.

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Harry Potter Boxset Not Going Over Well With Customers

The Harry Potter boxset is not going over well with customers because in the pictures it looks like the box the books come in is wooden when in reality the box is cardboard. This did not get into the description of the product until a week after it was available for sale. Pre-orders were available for at least a month so numerous people purchased the set without the description. Click here for additional details.

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Spell wears off as children ditch books

The end of the Harry Potter saga has seen children ditching books in favour of their PCs, according to a new survey.

JK Rowling's series on the pint-sized wizard took the plaudits for the surge in children's improved literacy, but as his magic starts to wear off, children are becoming less enthusiastic about reading. Results show the next generation of young readers are not as enthralled in the books as children who were brought up on Harry Potter and as a result Scottish children have recently lost confidence in their reading ability.

Longest title of a book with 1022 words

Seeking an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, a college principal on Monday released a book with the longest title of "1022 words with 4805 characters and no space." Dr Subramonian, Principal, Dr R V Arts and Science College, Karamadai, about 25 km. from here, has written a book about Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor, who gave life to J K Rowling's character Harry Potter.

Publisher delays Potter reference work

After being sued by J.K. Rowling, a publisher has agreed to delay its plans to release an encyclopedic reference work on the fictitious world of the Harry Potter novels. RDR Books Publisher Roger Rapoport said he volunteered to halt typesetting on the planned "Harry Potter Lexicon" until a judge rules on whether the work constitutes a violation of Rowling's intellectual property rights, or the copyright on her novels held by Warner Bros.

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Harry Potter the most re-read book in the UK

Nearly 80 percent of Britons have re-read a book, with the Harry Potter series the most likely to be picked up again, a survey revealed on Friday. Some of the books that are re-read for pleasure are classics such as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".

JK Rowling launches claim over book

Pity poor JK Rowling... Harry Potter author JK Rowling has accused the publisher of an upcoming reference book on the boy wizard series of infringing her intellectual property rights. Rowling and Warner Bros, the distributor of the films, launched a claim in the Southern District of New York federal court against RDR books over the forthcoming Harry Potter Lexicon book.

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Pastor Orders Harry Potter Books Removed From Catholic School

I'm not sure where the Rev. Ron Barker of St. Joseph's School in Wakefield, MA has been for the last ten years (in his study?), but apparently he became aware--last month--of the character Harry Potter, and the seven books in which he was the title character. The following report is from Fox News, so read it at your own discretion:

"A Catholic pastor at a Massachusetts parochial school has made all the Harry Potter books there disappear, saying they are spiritually dangerous for children and could encourage them to engage in witchcraft.

The Rev. Ron Barker of St. Joseph's School in Wakefield, Mass., said he stripped the library there of the fantasy series by British author J.K. Rowling in the last month after discovering the novels were among the 10,000 volumes on the shelves.

"This is a parochial school and I have the moral authority to do this," he said in an interview with FOXNews.com. "For some people, reading those books is a vehicle to become involved in the occult. ... My basic premise is for the spiritual protection of the children."

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Bloom off the Rose? Critic Begs Rowling to "Shut Up"

I suppose it's time to slam Harry's creator, as columnist Jeffrey Weiss does in this article from the the Dallas Morning News. "With the greatest of respect, I'd like to say something to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

Shut up. Please.

Stop talking about what Ron will do for a living, whom Neville will marry, what kinds of creatures Hagrid will raise.

If you didn't put it in the books, please don't tell us now.

I guess I don't want you to stop explaining completely. I'd love to know more about what inspired some of the plot details in the books. If you want to dish about how you decided on those particular inscriptions for the headstones, how you came up with the names for the characters, or how you cleverly planned the religious underpinnings of the broad arc of the story; I am all ears.

But telling us that Dumbledore is gay, as you did last week? Why would you do that?

As a fan, I can understand both the authorial impulse and the public interest. As a reader, it's making me nuts.

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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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