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"Harry Potter" Sets Publishing Record

Posted by: Melissa
February 11, 2003, 11:29 AM

Stockhouse reports that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will have a first printing of 6. 8 million copies, an all-time United States publishing record.

Cuarón nominated for an Oscar; none for Harry

Posted by: Melissa
February 11, 2003, 10:01 AM

The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and HP3 director Alfonso Cuarón was given a nod for Best Writing of an Original Screenplay for his film Y Tu Mamá También. The film is not up for Best Foreign Language Film. (I saw it this weekend and it was well-worthContinued...

French & Saunders HP Parody

Posted by: Melissa
February 11, 2003, 06:35 AM

French & Saunders (the team behind AbFab and other brilliant British comedy) will be doing a parody of the HP films. It's set to air as part of BBC1's Comic Relief night on March 14, and will be directed by Adrian Edmondson of The Young Ones and Bottom. The send-up will be called Harry Potter And The SecretContinued...

Rumors False

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2003, 11:41 AM

Thank you BBC, for investigating the matter with WB over there in England. According to Newsround sources, Cho Chang has not been cast, and JKR does not have a cameo in CoS. So there you go. That's why they're called rumors, people. :)

JKR "Most Globally Influential Scot", says The Scotsman

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2003, 06:13 AM

JKR was named the top of 50 Scots who are "Shaping World Culture", in a survey published this weekend, and compiled by the critics on staff at The Scotsman.
The paper says that the list represents Scotland’s cultural establishment and profiles those people in the arts world whoContinued...

A Plaque for JKR?

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2003, 06:10 AM

The Scotsman reports that a plaque to author JK Rowling could be erected in the Edinburgh café where she famously wrote the first Harry Potter book. The café will soon become a Chinese food restaurant.

Stern Magazine writes about Harry Potter fanfic

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2003, 06:08 AM

An article in the new Stern magazine reports on Harry Potter fanfic, covering both English and German stories. You can use Babelfish to read a slightly pathetic translation. The article says, in part (thanks to Tom Wieczorek for the translation):

The amateur authors spin their own tales from RowlingsContinued...

A Guide to the PS/SS DVD

Posted by: Melissa
February 10, 2003, 05:43 AM

Petrea, one of our longtime readers, has created a terrific resource for the PS/SS DVD. She's given step by step guides on how to find all the trickily-hidden things on the DVD, like the tour of Hagrid's Hut, and the steps you need to take to get to the Deleted Scenes. Thanks so much, Petrea!


Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 11:04 PM

I just wanted to chime in and thank Heidi for preparing the OOTP FAQ - it's really excellent, and I just wanted to be sure she was noted for it! :-) It's in our template now, so it's right there when you need it.

Cho Chang Cast?

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 03:51 PM

Actress Jennifer Nguyen today told a friend who is one of TLC's regular readers that she got word that she has been cast as Cho Chang in PoA. We haven't had confirmation from WB yet but we're working on getting it, so this is still a rumor, though we hope it's true. Nguyen is half-British - the famous quote aboutContinued...

Cafe Where JKR Wrote First "Harry Potter" Book Sold

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 12:31 PM

An article from The Scotsman tells us that a former Edinburgh cafe where the first Harry Potter book was written is to be turned into an "all-you-can-eat" Chinese restaurant.

Discount Offered on OotP

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 12:25 PM

In Japan,'s foreign book store has begun accepting pre-orders at 50% discount for the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which will be released on 23 June. (Read more at the article from Japan Today.)

Prices Announced for "Order of the Phoenix"

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 12:09 PM

ABC News is reporting that the US edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99. In Canada, according to The Toronto Star, the price will be $43. (Many online booksellers, however, are offering discounts.)

Potter Books Auctioned for Charity

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 11:58 AM

Street children in Ghana are set to get help thanks to a charity auction of Harry Potter first editions. A writer called Simon Singh is donating his own first edition copies of the Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets. But JK Rowling herself has also handed over a signed first edition Goblet of FireContinued...

Announcing our OoTP FAQ

Posted by: Melissa
February 07, 2003, 11:48 AM

We've been seeing a lot of questions in comments and in emails to our staff asking about OoTP ordering, or reminding us of the first line from the book, or asking aout release dates and more importantly, release times.

To keep all the information in one place, and save you having to search through our archives, we'veContinued...

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