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Audio Version of Book V Wins Audie

Posted by: Kristin
June 20, 2004, 08:32 AM

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, read by Jim Dale, was named Audiobook of the Year at the Audies - the spoken word's version of a Grammy or an Emmy.


Lexicon Updated With Info About Rowling-Requested Changes

Posted by: Melissa
June 19, 2004, 03:11 PM

The Lexicon has been updated with information that JK Rowling has provided to her translators. So far she has sent out a list of two small changes to book three which fix minor errors in the text; the changes will now become the official version of the story; one corrects Mr. Weasley'sContinued...

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J.K. Rowing Ranks Sixth on Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity List

Posted by: Kristin
June 18, 2004, 12:45 PM

J.K. Rowling has moved up from fifteen last year to sixth place this year on U.S. magazine Forbes' most powerful celebrities list.
The number one position was given to Mel Gibson. Last year's number one, Jennifer Aniston, is now ranked seventeen.

Thanks to Sirius Kase for theContinued...

Dollars, Pounds, and Galleons

Posted by: Kristin
June 17, 2004, 08:36 PM

Worldwide money exhange company Travelex has released an online Wizard-to-Muggle currency converter, that calculates the value of the dollar, pound, euro, rupee and other local monies into Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts.
While Travelex says it has no plans to offer Wizarding currency at any of their worldwide locations,Continued...

Harry Potter: Meek?

Posted by: Kristin
June 17, 2004, 06:33 PM

James Cook University PhD student Natasha Giardina says most modern children's literature promotes the idea that kids should listen to their elders, and be "meek, mild and obedient":
On the surface the text seems to say, 'Look kids! This is your culture. We're on your side, especially against adult authorityContinued...

Another satirical article hits the Internet

Posted by: Melissa
June 16, 2004, 09:09 PM

The Watley Review, which is a satirical "news" site, posted a story this week about an Americanized version of Harry Potter.

The series, provisionally entitled "HP," will be an Americanized adaptation of the original books, more in keeping with the typical teen dramas which are theContinued...

Rowling's Site, Overanalysis and Authorial Intent, In About 1000 Words

Posted by: Melissa
June 16, 2004, 09:03 PM

The New York Times says the most significant new Harry Potter development is JK Rowling's website, launched last month.

Every revelation, however, is being parsed closely, creating yet more theories and rumors (why does she confirm that Harry's mother is dead but not mentionContinued...

J.K. Rowling Article on Parody Site

Posted by: Kristin
June 16, 2004, 08:05 AM

Many TLC readers have emailed that mock newspaper The Onion reports that author J.K. Rowling has abandoned the Harry Potter series because she has discovered - puberty:
According to [publicist] Knowles, instead of working on the as-yet-untitled sixth installment in her series, Rowling has spent the past two monthsContinued...


Are Harry's Younger Film Fans Moving On?

Posted by: Kristin
June 16, 2004, 07:55 AM

Some pre-teens who loved the first two Harry Potter films claim not to be particularly interested in the third. Industry experts, however, says there's nothing to worry about:
"Harry Potter has proven to be a mainstay and not a fad, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Power Rangers and otherContinued...


Global PoA Box Office: $362 Million

Posted by: sue
June 15, 2004, 04:42 PM

According to the BBC, the Prisoner of Azkaban film has generated $362 million around the world so far, and is set to open in 22 other countries this weekend.

Portugese HP Translation Team to Lexicon: Zabini is Male

Posted by: Melissa
June 15, 2004, 02:32 PM

The Lexicon has been updated with information from the Portuguese translation team as to Blaise Zabini's gender. He's male, as JKR told them in translation discussions. And I owe Steve Vander Ark satisfaction of a bet.


Alfonso Cuaron Interview on PBS Tonight

Posted by: sue
June 14, 2004, 03:10 PM

The interview with PoA director Alfonso Cuaron, which was pre-empted last week, is on tonight's The Charlie Rose Show (11pm EDT) on PBS. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.


Lewis, Phelpses to Answer Questions on Newsround

Posted by: Melissa
June 14, 2004, 03:01 PM

Newsround's special webchat guests today are Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins). Watch a video here!


Newsround: Fleur Cast

Posted by: Melissa
June 14, 2004, 11:54 AM

Fleur has been cast and her name is Clemence Poesy, says Newsround. She's a 21 year old French girl, and is currently in England rehearsing. Fleur's troubles with English shouldn't be a problem for her; this is only the second time she's acted in English instead of French. Pics here and here (thanks to everyoneContinued...


Prisoner of Azkaban Stays at Top Spot; $35M Over Weekend

Posted by: Melissa
June 14, 2004, 09:56 AM

PoA took in $35.1 million this weekend, bringing its 10-day total to $158.1 million, beating out The Chronicles of Riddick and Shrek 2. This is 62 percent down from last week, more than studios usually expect.
Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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