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Signed Harry to one lucky library

Katie writes "Apparently one lucky library will be the recipient of a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince thanks to a Scholastic contest due to be announced on June 1st. Yahoo! story"

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Odds Are It's....[Potential Spoiler]

United Press International Online British bookies resumed taking bets Wednesday on which character gets killed off in the sixth "Harry Potter" novel.

Betting on which character will die began eight months ago after author JK Rowling confirmed a key character would be killed off. But after a rash of bets began pouring in from the British town of Bungay, where the book is being printed, Internet betting Web site Blue Square Tuesday suspended betting for fear the manuscript had been leaked.

After assurances from Potter publishers Bloomsbury there was no leak, the site reopened betting, but at prohibitive odds, the BBC said.

The favorite so far has been Hogwarts' headmaster Dumbledore, whose newest odds Wednesday were 1-5.

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Gentle Reminder about Spoilers

I imagine that we'll be talking about Harry Potter a lot the next couple months. If you're going to post anything as a story or comment that talks about plot points, please put "Spoiler" somewhere in the title or risk the wailing and gnashing of teeth from devoted HP readers.

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Potter book just too big

Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Winnepeg Sun about a Canadian printer who is unable to run the latest JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, on his press because the job would overburden his press. There are over a million copies of the title on order, all of which will be printed by larger American presses.

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'Ginormous' Tops Non-Dictionary Word List

Anonymous Patron writes "'Ginormous' Tops Non-Dictionary Word List:

The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary.

First place went to "ginormous" — bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous — followed by "confuzzled" for confused and puzzled simultaneously, and "whoot," an exclamation of joy. A "lingweenie" — a person incapable of making up new words — placed 10th.

He also spotted "a number of Harry Potterisms" among the entries."

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Castle turned into Hogwarts for Harry Potter book Six launch

The Scotsman Reports SEVENTY children from around the world are to meet JK Rowling in the Capital and will be the first people to read the new Harry Potter book.

The youngsters will get to travel to Edinburgh Castle, which will be transformed for a weekend into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, for the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

And one lucky Evening News reader will be among those going along to meet the author.

JK Rowling herself will appear - as if by magic - from a secret panel in the castle’s Great Hall at the stroke of midnight.

And she will give each of the youngsters a very special gift - a signed copy of the latest book. The author will also read from the first chapter of the book, which is likely to smash all the sales records set by previous installments.

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Harry Potter ready to work another spell for book sales

Not since Willy Wonka printed golden tickets for five lucky children to come and tour his chocolate factory will a competition have roused so much excitement among children.

Seventy newspapers around the world have been invited to send a young reporter to meet J K Rowling at the Harry Potter children's press conference on the weekend of July 15-17 to mark the launch of the sixth Harry Potter book - the only book launch event the author will attend.More AT FT.com.

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'Potter' Tops Hot Summer Reading List

Associated Press says The hot books this summer are as varied as the shades of the sea, but book sellers agree that Nicole Krauss' "The History of Love" is at the top of the sand pile — after "
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," that is.

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Alternate Harry Potter Soundtrack Bites Copyright Dust

Daniel writes "http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story Id=4582190I wonder if this could have been defended under the parody exemption?"

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Rowling says latest Potter book is 'best yet'

Rowling says latest Potter book is 'best yet': Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been teasing readers waiting for her latest book.

Rowling has said the latest installment in the boy wizard's adventures, which will be released on July 16, is one of the best she has written.

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Record Harry Potter printing planned for Potter Book 6

This News probably comes as no suprise, Scholastic Inc. is betting that people are more interested in Harry Potter than ever.

The U.S. publisher of J.K. Rowling's series announced Wednesday a record-breaking first print run of 10.8 million copies for the sixth volume: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which will go on sale in the United States at midnight on July 16.

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Dust Jacket for New Harry Potter Revealed

Have a gander at the cover for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due out in July.

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Harry..." the AntiChrist"?

Here's a look at one extreme viewpoint of J. K. Rowling's popular series, Harry Potter:

Paw Creek Ministries

Minister Joseph Chambers refers to the series as "a creation of hell helping prepare the younger generation to welcome the Biblical prophecies of demons and devils led by Lucifer himself." In case you're in agreement, they sell a video on their website that goes along with the article.

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Film crew get Potty ending

search-engines-web.com Spotted News that staff on the new Harry Potter movie are to have their names appear on GRAVESTONES in the film.

The tombstones feature in the climax to Goblet of Fire which sees a graveyard fight between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and arch-enemy Voldemort.

The film’s lawyers were worried about using names that might be the same as real people’s.

So they asked the production crew if they could use their monikers.

An insider said: “It was a bit of fun for the staff — and means they get a very unusual film credit.�

The new movie — the fourth in the Potter series — is out in November.

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U.S. ARMY + Potter = Copyright Dispute

Search-e person sends these two articles from the Timesonline.co.uk/ and the Sunday Herald>

A Harry Potter lookalikes comic published by the US Army is being investigated by representatives of the author JK Rowling. A collection of characters – with striking similarities to the actors who portray Rowling’s creations in the film adaptations of her books – have graced the pages of Preventative Maintenance (or PS) Monthly, a free guide to keeping military equipment in working order distributed to 80,000 army personnel in the US.The magazine includes a cartoon character called Topper, a boy wizard, who attends Mogmarts school of magic. Harry Potter, Rowling’s boy wizard creation, attends the Hogwarts school of magic.

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Rowling Warns Potter Fans - Watch Out for Scams

Anonymous Patron writes "Muggles Beware, Author JK Rowling has warned Harry Potter fans to watch out for Internet fraudsters claiming to sell electronic copies of her latest wizard saga -- they are trying to steal bank and credit card details."

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The grave site of Corporal Harry Potter

The U.K. - AFP reports on Fans of literary boy wizard Harry Potter have been beating a path to the tomb of a 19-year-old British soldier who is buried in a cemetery close to Tel Aviv.
Corporal Harry Potter, a member of the Royal Worcestershire regiment, was killed 66 years ago during fighting in the southern West Bank town of Hebron and was subsequently laid to rest in a cemetery in the town of Ramle.

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Potter author names baby daughter

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who gave birth on Sunday, has named her baby daughter Mackenzie Jean.

She said she and husband Neil Murray were "absolutely delighted" by the new arrival and described her as "ridiculously beautiful".

Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray is the author's third child, and her second with Murray, who she married in 2001.

Their son David was born in 2003. She also has an 11-year-old daughter, Jessica, from a previous marriage. From The Beeb

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Rowling's New Edition

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News - Rowling's New Edition
The mega-selling Potter mastermind gave birth to a baby girl Sunday in Scotland. "Both parents are thrilled, and mother and baby are doing well," Rowling's British publisher, Bloomsbury, said Monday.

There was no immediate word on the child's name or her birth stats, but a spokesperson for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary said Rowling and newborn were doing well and checked out Monday."

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Already #1

Amazon Lists Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) as the number 1 best seller already, even though the book won't be released until July 16, 2005. Barnes & Noble agrees, and also has the Half-Blood Prince listed as #1.

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