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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

New York Times Reviews Half-Blood Prince

Posted by: sue
July 16, 2005, 12:10 AM

It's here; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is officially released, and the first of the reviews has now been published. In a hugely spoiler-ific article, the New York Times calls this "the darkest and most unsettling installment yet."

Harry still has his wry sense of humor andContinued...

J.K. Rowling

When Melissa Meets Jo

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 09:12 PM

As many of you know :) our very own Melissa Anelli is in Edinburgh for the release weekend of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Along with Emerson from MuggleNet, Melissa will soon be sitting down for a very special interview with J.K.Rowling. The Guardian has posted an interview with Melissa, who talks about this wonderfulContinued...

Video of JKRowling Reading from Half-Blood Prince

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 07:18 PM

The video of JKRowling reading an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now available online.
Scholastic video

Also the special two minute video clip of JKR introducing the Half-Blood Prince is now on the Barnes and Noble website here.



First Wire Reports, Photos of JKR at Midnight Release Party

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 06:32 PM

The first wire reports are starting to come out now, with more details of our favorite author at her special midnight release party in Edinburgh, Scotland. This reports quotes JKR as saying:

Excited, I am excited," Rowling, 39, dressed in a black dress and black jacket, told a groupContinued...


Report from Melissa in Edinburgh

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 05:42 PM

We apologise for the problems we were having all day with our news posting system, but we are back to normal now.PLEASE NOTE: Due to spoiler problems our comments are turned off. If you wish to comment, one section of our forum is open HOWEVER , spoilers may be present so you are cautioned.
A short time ago I spokeContinued...

Scholastic to Air JKRowling Midnight Reading Soon

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 05:37 PM

Scholastic will be airing a one minute clip of J.K.Rowling reading from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 7:45pm. Click here to view at that time.


Problems with HBP Book Reading Group Sorting

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 12:52 PM

Everyone, our sorting process for the Half-Blood Prince book reading groups in our forum has encountered a glitch. We are working on fixing that right now. Many of you have emailed; we do apologise for this delay and any problems you may have encountered. Do not worry though, the reading groups wereContinued...


Jason Isaacs to appear at RI Borders

Posted by: Melissa
July 15, 2005, 08:37 AM

Jason Isaacs will be at the Borders Bookstore in Garden City, RI from 9:30 to 11 pm tonight as part of their HBP release events.

Editor's note: Well, I'm jealous!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Britain's Chancellor, Secretary of State Praise Potter

Posted by: Kristin
July 15, 2005, 08:14 AM

In an interview discussing the release of the sixth book, Chancellor Gordon Brown said he believes "JK Rowling has done more for literacy around the world than any single human being", and that the Potter books are are one of "Britain's Greatest Export".
Secretary ofContinued...

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Turns to the Dark Side?

Posted by: Kristin
July 15, 2005, 07:38 AM reports that as people await the release at midnight tonight, they are asking the question - how dark will this book be?

Jennifer Brown, children's reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, said the darkening books should not come as a surprise.

Rowling made clear from the very beginning that Harry would growContinued...


Comments and Forum Reminder

Posted by: Melissa
July 15, 2005, 05:43 AM

As you know, tonight at 5pm EST the entire LeakyLounge will shut down save for one area that will serve as a main discussion group until our moderators have had a chance to read the book and prevent people from getting spoiled. Our comments have been disabled for some time now because of traffic, but they will remainContinued... Updates with FAQ Poll Answer

Posted by: sue
July 15, 2005, 03:29 AM has updated her FAQ Poll at long last. The long sought out answer to how the Order of the Phoenix communicates with each other is now posted. CHECK IT OUT!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Today Show and Harry Potter Tomorrow

Posted by: sue
July 14, 2005, 10:02 PM

All this week NBC's Today Show has been featuring Harry Potter. Today they featured the winners of the Total Trivia where the four lucky winners and their parents competed in a quiz contest. The video is now online and you can see it here ( at link scroll down to where it says " How well do you knowContinued...

Vatican Radio Broadcast Addresses Papal Opinion of Potter

Posted by: Kristin
July 14, 2005, 02:50 PM

Many Leaky readers have forwarded us links to reports that Pope Benedict disapproves of the Harry Potter series, based on two 2003 letters supposedly authored by Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) to German Gabriele Kuby, author of Harry Potter - Gut Oder Böse (Harry Potter -Continued...

Cover Art

Scholastic Magnifys the Deluxe HBP Cover

Posted by: sue
July 14, 2005, 02:47 PM

Scholastic has a fun thing up now on their Harry Potter website. There is a magnifying glass that you can use to get a closer look at the entire cover for the Deluxe Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Check it out!

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