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YAR: David Thewlis to play Lupin?

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 12:43 PM

David Thewlis to play Lupin?
No, not a pirate...that's Yarrr. Yet Another Rumor: The Daily Mirror is reporting that Dinotopia actor David Thewlis has been cast in the role of Professor Remus Lupin in PoA. I have to admit, I like this rumor a lot more than I did AICN's mistake that Timothy Spall was going to play the kind DADA expert.Continued...

Hits and such

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 12:29 PM

FYI: Yesterday this site received nearly twice the amount of hits we usually get in a day - though not as many as the day of the auction - and today we're already where we usually are twelve hours from now. Excited much, guys? Heh. So are we. Anyway, wanted to point out that our server gave not one asthmatic wheeze throughoutContinued...

"Chamber of Secrets" Nominated for Orange Film of the Year

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 12:12 PM

Other films in the running include Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Spider-Man. (See the full list at Ananova.)

UK Audio Book available for Pre-Order

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 11:55 AM

Reader Paul sent us this link for CovertoCover, publishers of the UK audio book. They're taking pre-orders for Order of the Phoenix already.

Audio Book Update....

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 09:16 AM

We're looking into who will be doing the various audio books. I'm trying to find out from Scholastic if Random House's Listening Library won the contract for the US version of the books on tape and, in turn, if the fabulous Mr. Jim Dale will be doing said recordings.

We'll keep you posted.

TLC mentioned again in the Daily Telegraph

Posted by: Melissa
January 16, 2003, 09:11 AM

In yet another book release article, the Daily Telegraph mentions TLC's charity bid. "Last year," the article reads, "a card on which Rowling had written 93 words providing an outline of the plot of the long-awaited fifth book fetched £28,680 at auction. The words, such as: "Ron,Continued...

Book Five Prices

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 10:16 PM

Order of the Phoenix can be pre-ordered at Barnes and Noble for $17.97 ($17.07 "Reader's Advantage" price). Amazon US also set the price at $17.97, while Amazon UK's pre-sale price is 50% off (£16.99 list cost, £8.49 pre-order cost). has set the pre-order sale price at $31.50CDN (regularContinued...

South Africa joining the rest of the world...

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 06:55 PM releasing Harry Potter at the same time. According to The Natal Witness, South Africa's Jonathan Ball Publishers "are embargoed from selling the book until 00:01 am BST (British Summer Time) on Saturday, June 21".

Radio Five Live time changed -

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 06:00 PM

- the segment will air about 40 mins later than planned, so listen around 8:45 to 9:30ish EST. :-) It might be even later than that, but I won't be around to update. If anyone does catch it and can zap us an MP3, it would be fantastic! Thanks!

A Midsummers' Night.... Potter Party!

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 05:16 PM

Some of our readers have pointed out that the book release is on the eve of the Summer Solstice otherwise known as Midsummer or Litha. I know a lot of Witches who will be celebrating more than one thing that night.

First store to speculate on midnight opening?

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 05:09 PM

The Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Pittsford, NY is already considering plans for a midnight opening.

OotP already No. 1 at Amazon

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 05:01 PM

This is great - Amazon has put out a press release stating that "Order of the Phoenix" has already jumped to #1 on their Best Seller's List within Two Hours of being listed for pre-orders.


Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 03:10 PM

We've added comments to posts now - though we are working out some kinks, be advised our rules go like this (and will be posted in the comment box itself soon):

We reserve the right to delete any comments that contain flames, "curse" words, telephone numbers, addresses, or any private (i.e. not reported in the press) informationContinued...

Radio Five Live

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 03:01 PM

I'll be on Radio Five Live on BBC this evening (somewhere between 8 and 8:30 pm EST) to discuss the release of the book, fan expectation, fan rumors, and all other things "fan". You can listen at that link (I hope!).

Nimbus - 2003 Reminder

Posted by: Melissa
January 15, 2003, 02:46 PM

Today is the last day to register for Nimbus - 2003 (the first international Harry Potter symposium) at the initial rate of $99.75 - tomorrow, the registration fee goes up by thirty dollars. Hundreds of HP fans (including some well respected authors and scholars from around the world) have already registered - and the listContinued...

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