The Gulf Daily News [Bahrain]

Sep 21, 2002

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The Gulf Daily News [Bahrain] reports that “the latest Harry Potter adventure may be published in time for Christmas, best-selling British author J K Rowling hinted in an interview in The Times newspaper yesterday. ‘Probably’, replied the writer, when asked if her millions of fans could expect a Christmas present from her.”

Chris Columbus has never been one to listen to critics (“They’ll always find a reason to gripe about what I do,” the director says), so he’s not about to start now regarding the follow-up to a movie that grossed nearly $1 billion (U.S.) worldwide. So, if you liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, chances are you’ll be okay with its successor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second of what likely will be a seven-film series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-sellers. (From The Star.)

An article from The Age entitled “Hold on, Harry’s on the way” had this to say: “The news that Joanne Rowling is close to finishing the book will also come as a relief to the folk of Aberfeldy, the picturesque town about 90 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, where just a year ago she bought Killiechassie House, an 1865 mansion on the banks of the River Tay. Rowling had told friends that Killiechassie was where she would finish the fifth – and then the remaining two – books in the Harry Potter series. As speculation mounted that Rowling could not or would not finish the book, Aberfeldy’s townsfolk – who have done much to protect the author’s privacy – found themselves fielding questions about the book.”

Fans of the eagerly-awaited second Harry Potter film will be able to book cinema tickets more than two months before its general release date at many cinemas across Norfolk and Suffolk from today. The young wizard will leap back into action in the adaptation of JK Rowling’s adventure Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, which stars 13-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, on November 14. But Hollywood Cinemas in Norwich, Lowestoft, Dereham, Yarmouth and Fakenham [UK] have taken the unprecedented step of allowing bookings well in advance to stop potential jams nearer the time. (From website

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