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The Harry Boat is Leaking Like a Sieve

...more from the Houston Chronicle (but they're not telling what happens...)

and here's more news from the Chicago Trib of a leak lawsuit in the works, and

...finally the esteemed Michiko Kakutani's review of HP7 in the NY Times . Round-up of these stories on Bloomberg.com.


Couple Plans Wedding, But There'll BeThree on the Honeymoon (Bride, Groom & Harry)

One Oregon couple's wedding night will be especially magical. Courtney Lanahan and Shawn Gordon of Clackamas are heading straight from their wedding reception Friday to a Barnes & Noble to get the final Harry Potter book.

How do we know all this??? WaPo has the story of the nuptials and the groom's little treat for the bride, an elementary school teacher. Wonder if they'll name their first kid Hermione?

Harry Potter Spoilers Spread Story on Internet

How would you feel if the end of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were revealed in advance of the highly anticipated release date this Saturday? Well if you're a library or bookstore involved in one of those pajama parties, or J.K. Rowling or Scholastic, you probably would be none too happy.

But according to CTV.ca, both "the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail published alleged plot details of the final book documenting the adventures of the young wizard and his band of friends.

"What is drawing out the headlines is one particular version of the book that's available on the Internet that seems to be very convincing, that if it's a hoax, it's an elaborate hoax," Kris Abel, CTV's technology expert told CTV Newsnet.

"It consists of a collection of 397 digital photographs that are taken of a physical, paper-bound book, that someone has managed to get their hands on and in a brief period take photographs of each and every picture and upload that on line."

Abel said some of the photos are slightly out of focus and are difficult to read, but much of the book is legible from the images.

Those of you who wish to investigate further, please feel free to do so, but please do not divulge the outcome to those (hey, I don't give a fig but some people do) who don't want to have their fun ruined.


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

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...


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


Final Harry Potter Book's Cover Unveiled

Search-Engines writes "picture shows a dramatic gold and orange sky and a teenage boy in glasses reaching upward? It's the cover to the seventh and final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," coming out July 21. As always, the cover was designed by illustrator Mary GrandPre, U.S. publisher Scholastic, Inc., announced Wednesday
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New Potter book to hit U.S. with 12 million copies

Yahoo! News: Publisher Scholastic Corp. said on Wednesday it would release a record-breaking 12 million copies for the first U.S. printing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which hits stores on July 21.

"Harry Potter" books have sold 325 million copies and have been translated into 64 languages. The series has spawned four feature films. A fifth film based on the fifth installment, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," will reach theaters a week ahead of the new book's arrival.


The Tale of Harry Potter and the Naked Role Not Quite Deathly Hallows

- New York Times: "Equus" opened last week, and the consensus so far is that Daniel Radcliffe has successfully extricated himself from his cinematic alter ego, Harry Potter.

Mr. Radcliffe told The Telegraph that "I thought it would be a bad idea to wait till the Potter films were all finished to do something else." There are still a few to go. The fifth, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," is scheduled for release on July 13, and Mr. Radcliffe has signed on for the final two installments as well. (Meanwhile, the seventh and last book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will hit stores on July 21.)


Potter author sues eBay over pirated books

Potter author sues eBay over pirate booksIn fiction his enemies are evil wizards and magical beasts, but Harry Potter's latest adversary is a real corporation with a turnover of more than $2 billion.

J. K. Rowling, Harry's creator, is suing the online auction hosting service eBay after unscrupulous sellers used the Indian version of the website to sell unauthorised versions of her books.

Rowling is not the first person to sue the website for breach of copyright, but she has won a unique victory by obtaining an injunction that prohibits eBay from listing illegal copies of her work. The court order is a setback for eBay because it is the first time the company has been obliged to police its sellers regarding auctions for copyrighted material.


Library begins Potter waiting list

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" doesn't hit bookshelves for five months, but many local libraries already have begun a waiting list.

Act fast and you might not have to wait long if you don't want to buy.

The Clark County Public Library is nearing 40 holds.

"It will build as it gets closer to the date in the summer," spokeswoman Allison Peck said.

Author J.K. Rowling announced on her Web site this month that the book would go on sale July 21.

About 250 patrons reserved the most recent Harry Potter book by its release date, Peck said.

The library got about 500 of those books but is unsure how many "Deathly Hallows" editions it will purchase, she said.

Rowling mourns, celebrates Potter's end - Yahoo! News

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."


No E For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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.


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