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Deadline for Nimbus 2003 Art Contest, Low Registration Fee

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 04:32 PM

The Nimbus 2003 T-shirt and Program Cover Art Contest deadline is tomorrow. Entries must be sent as a URL to Also, tomorrow is the last day to register at $149.75 - as of Friday it goes up to $179.75.

Help Us Collect Book 5 Event Information

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 01:21 PM

Between now and June 1st we will be launching a comprehensive Web site containing all you need to know about the launch for Book 5 events - but we still need your help connecting information! Follow these links to help us find out about events at your local bookstores and libraries - spread the word!

Casting Rumors Debunked

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 09:57 AM

As we suspected would happen, a WB source has confirmed that there is there is no truth to the rumors about Voldemort and Frank Bryce being cast. A director must be chosen for the fourth movie before anyone is cast. We still have a year for the third film's release! And a Trelawney to find!

Mum Dursley Up for Tony Award

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 08:50 AM

Fiona Shaw, best known for her role as Aunt Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, is up for a Tony in the category "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play" for her role in Medea.

Harry Potter Cast Stuck Buying Book 5 Like Rest of Us

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 08:28 AM

There's Wicked Whispers in today's Daily Mail about the cast from the Harry Potter films attempts to get a hold of Book 5:

The regular cast of the Harry Potter films has been rebuffed, after asking for preview copies of the new J. K. Rowling book, The Order Of The Phoenix, due out nextContinued...

Bloomsbury to do Harry Potter in Latin, Welsh

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 08:21 AM

According to the Bristol Evening Post, Bloomsbury plans on publishing both a Latin version (titled "Harrius Potter Et Philosophi Lapis") and Welsh version (titled "Harri Potter Maen Yr Atbronydd") of Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone this July. Here's a cute exampleContinued...

Scholastic Spot On with OotP Timing

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 08:11 AM

There's an article in this week's Publishers Weekly that discusses how smart the timing of "Order of the Phoenix" is and how carefully Scholastic has planned the release.

Win a free Harry Potter sleepover the night of Book 5's release

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 08:08 AM

Menlo Park's Almanac has an article about the Las Lomitas Education Foundation's Hoedown - their 18th annual auction and fundraising event being held May 17th at Portola Farms - will be auctioning off a special Harry Potter treat:

A read-into-the-night sleepover in the La EntradaContinued...

Roundup of "plagiarism accusations"

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 07:57 AM

Today's Guardian has a great roundup of authors, writers and artists accused of "copying" someone elses material or taking action over being copied themselves. It includes a list of J.K. Rowling's recent troubles:

JK Rowling was accused of violating the intellectual property rights of Nancy KContinued...

Many Movie Animals for HP films were stuffed

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 07:53 AM

An interesting article from icWales that mentions Snowdonia Taxidermy Studios in Llanrwst, Conwy provided many of the animals in the films including an owl and a snake.

Man Pleads Guilty for Stealing Harry Potter Book

Posted by: Melissa
May 14, 2003, 07:48 AM

According to the BBC, Donald Parfitt, 44, of Worlingham, Suffolk, (a forklift driver at Clays Printers in Bungay), admitted to stealing & trying to sell 3 chapters from the book to various newspapers.

Casting Rumors

Posted by: Melissa
May 13, 2003, 04:46 PM

The Z Review is reporting that a source close to WB says Rowan Atkinson (of Mr. Bean fame...) has been cast as Voldemort and they're looking at Richard Wilson for Frank Bryce. Reasons this is not to be considered anything other than rumor: Trelawney hasn't even been cast in the third film yet; no one has been castContinued...

Brazilians - Pre-Order OotP at Submarino

Posted by: Melissa
May 13, 2003, 03:52 PM

Thanks to Ginny for taking the time to find the URL for pre-ordering OotP (the English version) in Brazil through Submarino. It will be R$106.90 (or $37.21 US) and will ship after 6/23/2003. Perhaps some local bookstores will do midnight sales like some of the other countries.

If any of you hear about midnightContinued...

Mea Culpa and Bad Journalism

Posted by: Melissa
May 13, 2003, 02:17 PM

I've posted a bit of a mea culpa in a recent post of mine. Interview with Mary GrandPré

Posted by: Melissa
May 13, 2003, 01:40 PM

Yasmeen sent us this exclusive interview with Mary GrandPré - illustrator of the US version of the series and one of a small handful of people that have read "Order of the Phoenix". Let's hope someone talks to Jim Dale soon.

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