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Harry/Internet

Posted by: Kristin
August 17, 2003, 12:27 PM

Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Harry Potter now have one thing in common: they are Australia's most searched-for names on the Internet.

Cyber Scams

Posted by: Kristin
August 17, 2003, 12:23 PM

Do you get those emails from rich overseas businessmen/royalty/etc. who are in dire straights, wanting the use of your bank account for a temporary funds transfer, and promising a huge return for your time and effort?
The Austin American-Statesmen offers up this informative article on cyber scamming, along with an amusing response fromContinued...

Harry & Spirituality

Posted by: Kristin
August 17, 2003, 12:15 PM

Rabbi Richard Eisenberg of Connecticut remarks on what he thinks is important about Harry:
These volumes, like so many other books of fantasy, stimulate us to look beyond life as we know it. They remind us that the things we perceive with our senses are not all there is.

Thanks to Jeff for the link!

Disney HP Ride? Questions Answered and Raised

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2003, 12:06 PM

Several readers have sent us a link to Disney Expert Jim Hill's "Why For" article on the possibility and progress of a Harry Potter Disney theme park ride. Quotage:

...Universal Creative never actually got the opportunity to present their proposal to J.K. Rowling. Why for? Because -- whenContinued...

Visit Scotland

Posted by: Kristin
August 16, 2003, 11:43 PM

Scotland hopes Harry's popularity can be turned into a draw for tourists.

The Hogwarts Diet

Posted by: Kristin
August 16, 2003, 11:41 PM

UK's Telegraph comments on the book that toppled Order of the Phoenix from the #1 spot on the best seller's list, as well as on a new diet plan:
Some of you might be wondering by now if it would really be possible to lose weight on the Harry Potter diet. I can assure you that the pounds will simply melt off, so long asContinued...

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling in September Biography Magazine

Posted by: Kristin
August 16, 2003, 11:33 PM

We've received this tip from multiple TLC readers (including Carol and Donna), and can now finally provide a link to the correct issue - stop by your newstand to pick up this month's Biography for an article on J.K. Rowling.
Thanks to our readers for keeping us informed!

Books

Potter Featured in Nancy Cartoon

Posted by: Melissa
August 16, 2003, 10:37 AM

This Nancy cartoon showcases the return appeal of the Harry Potter series.

Movies

One More Set Report From PoA

Posted by: Melissa
August 16, 2003, 10:30 AM

iharrypotter.net has yet another set report from the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Thanks, Jim!

Movies

Report From the PoA Set

Posted by: Melissa
August 15, 2003, 11:39 AM

iharrypotter.net has a new report from the set of PoA.
Thanks for the tip, Richard!

Movies

Fourth Movie To Be No Longer Than First Two?

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 06:50 PM

From CBBC Newround:
Many people reckoned the hefty 636-page book would be split into two films, so Potter fans wouldn't be disappointed by losing their favourite scenes. But sources say Steve Kloves, who adapted the first three books, has been asked to make a single two-and-a-half-hour film.

If theContinued...

On Being Silly

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 09:43 AM

From the San Francisco Chronicle, an article on the joy of acting young, and of sometimes being silly. While not a Harry-centric article, perhaps it is a good response to the Esquire Magazine post from earlier this week:
And then there's Harry Potter, of course, who seems to have reintroduced reading to an untold number of adults.Continued...

Movies

Hogwarts Express Sets Fires

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 09:32 AM

From This Is York:
The famous Harry Potter Hogwart's Express train left a trail of fire behind it as it steamed along the York to Scarborough line.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said a faulty cinder box had meant red hot cinders were spilling out on to the bone dry trackside.

Thanks to Simon for the link!Continued...

It's All About Harry

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 07:19 AM

Commentary on the series from an English major and teacher:
Adult readers empathize with Harry as they remember all too well not being invited into conversations even though they had much to offer. Olivia however, as an 11-year-old Harry Potter fan, adds another perspective. "Harry throws way too many tantrums and theContinued...

The Career Track

Posted by: Kristin
August 13, 2003, 03:16 PM

Ron Wolfe of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Harry Potter has changed what kids dream of growing up to be:
" In stories, most wizards are born with the gift of magic. Every child wishes to be that different. They wish to be acknowledged as unique and admirable. "

And while a cowboy needs a horse, and a spacemanContinued...

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