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"Order of the Phoenix" and Emma Watson Receive Nominations at 2008 Constellation Awards

Posted by: Edward
April 22, 2008, 09:14 PM

The nominations for the 2008 Constellation Awards have been announced and have recognized the “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” film and actress Emma Watson for awards. First, Miss Watson was nominated in the category of ‘Best Female Performance in a 2007Continued...

HBP Film

EA Announces "Half-Blood Prince" Game Due This Fall

Posted by: sue
April 22, 2008, 05:20 PM

Attention all Harry Potter video game lovers! EA, makers of the Harry Potter games, announced today that the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game will be released to coincide with the arrival of the sixth Harry Potter film, which is due in theaters November 21, 2008. AccordingContinued...

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Complete Transcripts

Posted by: Kristin
April 22, 2008, 04:29 PM

We now have the transcripts of the trial, courtesy of Stanford Law School.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Author Neil Gaiman's Thoughts

Posted by: Kristin
April 22, 2008, 04:00 PM

Author Neil Gaiman has posted on his blog about the trial and fair use:

“Most commentary on the internet seems to break down into people picking sides based on personalities and opinions. As with most grey areas of law, it isn’t cut and dried, and even when an appeals court-sizedContinued...


Celebrate Earth Day on the Leaky Lounge

Posted by: Edward
April 22, 2008, 02:23 PM

Activities galore can be found on our Leaky Lounge forum today as we celebrate Earth Day! Neville kicks off this eco-friendly event which will feature fun games, quizzes, discussions, and much more. An environmentally-conscious scavenger hunt is set to commence at 12pm EST today and run until 4:30pm. InContinued...

J.K. Rowling

New Documentary on JK Rowling Due on ABC this November

Posted by: sue
April 21, 2008, 03:29 AM

There is news tonight that a new documentary on J.K. Rowling is being prepared by ABC News. This behind the scenes documentary will include “several interviews, the book tour for the final “Harry Potter” installment, and a tour of locations that inspired her characters. ItContinued...

HBP Film

New Half-Blood Prince "Quidditch Ron" Statue from Gentle Giant

Posted by: sue
April 21, 2008, 03:06 AM

New York Comic-Con took place this weekend, where many toy and collectible manufacturers displayed some of their new products for the upcoming year. Among those at the event was Gentle Giant, makers of fine statues and mini-busts. Cool Toy Review has the first look at what is a statueContinued...

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: SVA Interview with BBC

Posted by: Kristin
April 21, 2008, 01:47 AM

BBC Radio 4 has a short interview with Steve Vander Ark – click the image of the HP Lexicon’s front page to play.

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: "Pro Jo" Editorials

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 09:35 PM

In contrast to recent editorials that have slammed J.K. Rowling and WB for pursuing litigation in the case of Steve Vander Ark’s Lexicon book are two editorials in support of the author:

From Natalie Haynes of the Times Online:

“RDR, the publishers of the lexicon, have described it as aContinued...


Attention Jane Austen Fans: Mr. Darcy Requests Your Presence in the Leaky Lounge

Posted by: sue
April 20, 2008, 04:12 PM

Calling all Jane Austen fans! The Leaky Lounge is proud to announce that Jo’s Book Nook, our non-Harry Potter book reading group, has now started on Jane Austen’s masterpiece: Pride and Prejudice. While we can’t promise an appearance by the dashingContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Guardian Editorial

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 02:04 PM

Marina Hyde of the Guardian has an opinion piece in which she speaks unfavorably of J.K. Rowling and WB’s decision to pursue litigation, in part arguing that the potential publication of the Lexicon will have little impact on the series in the face of other, sanctioned projects:

“As forContinued...

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: The "Blurry Line" of Copyright Law

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 12:22 PM

The Associated Press has a brief history of the trial, as well as the challenges of deciding when the claim of fair use has gone to far:

“Lawrence Pulgram, an intellectual property lawyer who represented Napster in a copyright fight with the rock band Metallica, said deciding whereContinued...


PotterCast 148: The Trial

Posted by: Edward
April 20, 2008, 01:11 AM

The 148th episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, is online this evening with an extended discussion of the JKR/WB vs. RDR Books trial which took place in New York City this past week. First, we bring you a few Harry Potter news updates including Jim Broadbent’s comments on his character of Horace SlughornContinued...


Reading from Emma Watson to be Featured in Upcoming "Travels in Written Britain" Episode

Posted by: Edward
April 20, 2008, 12:19 AM

In addition to the “My Boy Jack” reminder this weekend, UK television channel ITV1 is slated to air an episode of “Travels in Written Britain” featuring actress Emma Watson reading from a selected work. An update from Emma Watson’sContinued...

Companion Books

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: MSNBC Editorial

Posted by: Kristin
April 18, 2008, 10:14 PM

In this MSNBC opinion piece, author Helen A.S. Popkin, who appears to think that J.K. Rowling is in the wrong, advises the author to settle the case (as also suggested by the judge), explains how the Internet and the Creative Commons license have changed creative practice, and likens Steve Vander Ark toContinued...

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