As pointed out by the Sunday Express (via the Daily Mail), the German Shepherd that played Sirius Black’s animagus (or, animal form) is up for adoption in Britain, as his owner, stuntman Paul Thompson, can no longer take care of him. => http://huff.to/rawymq
Think you know a snitch from a bludger and the difference between divination and defence against dark arts? Test your wizarding knowledge and find out if you’d make it at Hogwarts => http://bit.ly/hv910Z
from Alison Croft
I love Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling for many reasons. There are a lot of little things that add up to make it a fantastic book but I’ll pick three big reasons.
Find out ALison’s three reasons
‘Potter’ pic charms box office
‘Half-Blood Prince’ full-bodied with $22.2 mil
A first-edition Harry Potter book was sold for about $19,000, according to an auction house in Dallas, Texas.
Normal copies of the Harry Potter books go for under $20, unlike the autographed first edition that sold for $19,000.
The soft-cover book was one of 200 copies printed and is a rarity compared with later editions of the popular series that were printed in the millions, the Heritage Auction Galleries said.
[Via Children's Bookshelf]
Warner Bros. has announced the official release date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two: it will be July 15, 2011. The studio has split Deathly Hallows, the final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, into two movies. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One releases November 19, 2010.
Lawyers for RDR Books have filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals regarding Judge Robert P. Patterson’s ruling in J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros.’s copyright infringement suit against the publisher. The appeal was filed on November 7 by RDR’s legal team, which includes lawyers from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. In September, Judge Patterson ruled in favor of Rowling, issuing a permanent injunction against the publication of The Harry Potter Lexicon by Steven Vander Ark and awarding damages in the amount of $6,750.
Care for a cup of tea with J. K. Rowling? To celebrate the U.S. release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Scholastic, Rowling’s U.S. publisher, is sponsoring a national essay contest for U.S. kids—and the five winners and their chaperones get an all-expense paid trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend an exclusive event at the National Library of Scotland.The December 4, 2008 celebration includes a children’s tea party, where Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter books, will read from Beedle the Bard and then take part in a question-and-answer session hosted by Barry Cunningham, publisher of the Chicken House imprint and Rowling’s first editor. read more…
While British readers have been able to pick up the paperback edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows since July, fans in this country will have to wait a bit longer. Scholastic has announced that the U.S. paperback will arrive on July 7, 2009, just a few weeks ahead of the big-screen debut of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was pushed back to July 17 from a planned release this November.
The U.S. paperback will pub two years after the 2007 hardcover publication of Deathly Hallows, and almost exactly one year after the British paperback release. That edition sold more than 46,000 copies in its first few days on the market, with British supermarket chain Asda nabbing 79% of the initial sales, following a limited-time £1 “Magic Price” promotion, according to the Bookseller. (Asda’s deep discounting drew complaints from booksellers, and the Guardian’s Book Blog contemplated whether this had diminished the Potter brand.)
|Many Harry fans came
to the read-a-thon
On September 1, 1998, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the U.S. Since it was the first book of the series, no one was eagerly anticipating its release, as they did for the more recent installments, so there was no fanfare. Now that the book has been out for 10 years and has sold over 120 million copies, Scholastic decided to celebrate the aniversary with an all-day read-a-thon at its headquarters in Manhattan. Hundreds of Harry Potter fans sat in J.K. Rowling’s throne (the one she read from at Radio City) and read, bit by bit, the entire book over the course of the day, as thousands more fans watched via a live webcast from home or school.