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JK Rowling Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2004, 12:12 PM

Leaky reader Alan has sent us pictures from today's ceremony at the University of Edinburgh, where Jo Rowling received a doctor honoris causa. Not a goatee in sight!
Jo gets her degree

Jo talking to fans in the car park afterward, where some had gathered to get books signed.

Thanks Alan!

Update: CheckContinued...


Radcliffe not to Play in WWI Movie

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2004, 12:04 PM

There's an Ananova item parading as news, implying that Daniel Radcliffe could play in the film version of Sebastian Faulks' WWI book, Birdsong.
This is patently untrue for many reasons, the most important of which is that Daniel is on set until the spring doing GoF, and then will be taking his GCSEsContinued...


China Delays PoA Release

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 07:07 AM

The release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has been delayed through the school holidays as part of an official government crackdown aimed at strengthening morals.
Although the government has not described how the movie might have a negative impact on Chinese youth, the media speculates it is due to concern overContinued...

Sotheby's to Auction Potter Items

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 06:51 AM

Sotheby's in London today will auction Harry Potter items, including two preliminary drawings by Giles Greenfield for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (lots 364, 373, and 374).
Sotheby's site notes that the artist, whose artwork was used in the U.K. for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was initiallyContinued...

Despite Harry, Fewer Americans Reading

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 06:38 AM

The National Endowment for the Arts has found that fewer than half of over 17,000 American adults surveyed read literature (defined as 'poems, plays, or narrative fiction'), a drop of 7 points over the last decade.
NEA chairman Dana Gioia expressed concern for the results: "We have a lot of functionallyContinued...

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling to Receive Honorary Degree

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 04:39 AM

J.K. Rowling will receive an honorary degree ("doctor honoris causa") from Edinburgh University today.
Her response to the announcement, which was made in February, was "I am delighted and honoured to be receiving an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh, my adopted home city.”Continued...

Harry & the Potters Are On Tour

Posted by: Melissa
July 07, 2004, 05:52 PM

Harry & the Potters are going to be in Illinois this week, then along the west coast through July before returning to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massacheusetts towards the start of autumn. Check out their full tour schedule here - and a special note: their September 17 show in Brookline, Mass will be followed by aContinued...

Get A Clue 2 Update: $6,300 Donated to Book Aid International

Posted by: Melissa
July 06, 2004, 10:57 AM

It's been a while since we mentioned the Get a Clue 2 T-Shirt drive, but our full report on our trip to Book Aid International's 50th birthday party is finally up. After costs, your contributions yielded $6,300 – an incredible amount for such a brief call to action. WhenContinued...

J.K. Rowling Poll Question About Mark Evans Answered

Posted by: Melissa
July 06, 2004, 10:17 AM

Head over to's FAQ poll question to find a highly hilarious answer to the "Who is Mark Evans?" question that's been plaguing all of us since last year. We're not posting it here, but the comments are spoiler-areas, FYI. To get to the post on her site, hit the paperclipsContinued...

Harry Potter: capitalist neo-liberal or anti-globalist lefty?

Posted by: Melissa
July 05, 2004, 03:18 PM

The Independent reports on a debate in the French periodical Le Monde, which started three weeks ago when Ilias Yocaris, maître de conférences of French literature at the Institut Universitaire de Formation de Maîtres in Nice deemend the "fantasy universe of HarryContinued...

Michael Moore Won't Be Directing Harry

Posted by: Kristin
July 05, 2004, 07:08 AM

Various film websites are reporting that documentary
writer/producer/director Michael Moore has been invited to direct the film
version of book VI.
It appears to us that this rumor got started when satirical news site the
Spoof "reported" the "news". Chinese news site apparentlyContinued...


Domain Names Registered

Posted by: Kristin
July 04, 2004, 07:28 AM

CBBC Newsround reports that Warner Brothers, Lightmaker, and Seabottom Productions have purchased domain names related to the title of book six.
Among them, the companies registered such names as ''. Lightmaker is the company that created J.K. Rowling's website; Seabottom isContinued...

Can you answer Question #3 correctly?

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2004, 06:13 PM

If you're a Leaky regular, we certainly hope you know the answer to question number three on the BBC's quiz about events of the past week!. Thanks to Peter for the pointer!

Dan Deemed a "Hunk" by TVGuide

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2004, 06:11 PM

TVGuide in the US has listed Dan Radcliffe at number 5 on the "TV Guide Channels Hottest Summer Movie Hunks" countdown, Hermionellony tells us. Full Bloom (an Orlando Bloom fansite) reported that the show first aired on June 27, but if you click here and register, TV Guide will tell you when the show willContinued...

J.K. Rowling "Do Not Disturb" Sign Returns

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2004, 09:17 AM

Many Leaky readers have written to let us know that the "Do Not Disturb" sign has returned to the door on What does it mean? She told us that the door would open again, and again, and again with more info - so perhaps there's another nugget to come rather soon.
There's alsoContinued...

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