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A Christmas Carol With TLC

Posted by: Kristin
September 11, 2003, 05:16 PM

Do you live in or near New York? Are you free the evening of December 12th? The Leaky Cauldron is looking to put together a group interested in seeing A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Dale, at Madison Square Gardens. Tickets are $35 (mezzanine seating), $55 (side orchestra), and $72 (front and center), with a slight discountContinued...

Report From the HP Conference in Australia

Posted by: Melissa
September 07, 2003, 08:39 AM

Sheba sent us a report from yesterday's day of lectures, debates and forum discussions at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia:


Admission was free and about 60-70 people turned up. Participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academics, writers, teachers, librarians etc, andContinued...

Harry Potter at the Branson Estate

Posted by: Melissa
August 27, 2003, 04:04 PM

Mark in the U.K. has let us know about an event at Sir Richard Branson's estate this past weekend:

Once a year, Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin empire) allows the extensive grounds of his house to be used for a garden party in aid of the British Red Cross. Despite living nearby for many years, thisContinued...

More on Australian HP Conference

Posted by: Kristin
August 25, 2003, 07:42 AM

The Adelaide conference we mentioned last week now has a website with registration and content information.
Thanks to Marc for the link!

HP Discussion Day

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 07:44 AM

Griffith University in Queensland, Australia will host Harry Potter Discussion Day on September 6th.
Thanks to Anna-Louise for the link!

HP Conference in Australia

Posted by: Kristin
August 20, 2003, 01:27 PM

The first ever Australian Harry Potter conference will be held in January in Adelaide.

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...

USAToday Chat Transcript is up

Posted by: Melissa
July 31, 2003, 03:49 PM

The transcript from my chat on USAToday is now up - enjoy (and thanks to everyone who sent in questions!) - and feel free to discuss, comment, tell me where you disagree, etc.

USAToday Chat Thursday

Posted by: Melissa
July 29, 2003, 02:46 PM

On Thursday, I'll be hosting the noon (Eastern US time) Book Club chat on USAToday's website, in honour of Harry's 23rd birthday. Check back here on TLC later today for access information and learn how to submit your questions - although, of course, you can always ask me questions here on TLC or on our YahoogroupContinued...

HP Art Linkage

Posted by: Melissa
July 28, 2003, 01:18 PM

In my Nimbus 2003 in Pictures post, I forgot to give credit to the two excellent pieces of art (Sirius and Remus and Ron getting his badge) I photographed. The one of Ron was done by the wonderfully talented and terrifically sweet Alicey; for more of her work, check out Floo.nu; the one of Sirius and Remus is Maggie's terrificContinued...

Witchcraft & Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
July 26, 2003, 08:07 AM

Religion columnist Terry Mattingly offers a brief article on the examination of witchcraft and Harry Potter at the recent Nimbus 2003.

Nimbus 2003 in Pictures

Posted by: Melissa
July 24, 2003, 05:47 PM

In lieu of another wordy report, here's my experience of Nimbus in pictures. Still worth mentioning: The "Wizarding World: Past, Present and Future" panel in which Steve Vander Ark presented the only interesting History of Magic lesson ever, the Double Double Feature (both movies, back to back, twice. It wasContinued...

A View of Nimbus

Posted by: Kristin
July 24, 2003, 07:03 AM

Colette Bancroft of the St. Petersburg Times spoke to Nimbus 2003 attendees and organizers (including TLC editor Heidi Tandy), and offered her take on the recent event:
Literary conferences tend to be a long way from wild. For one thing, hardly anyone dresses up in costumes for them. For another, they don't often feature panelContinued...

Author Roger Highfield Discusses Nimbus

Posted by: Melissa
July 23, 2003, 09:31 AM

Roger Highfield, author of The Science of Harry Potter, discusses his experience at Nimbus 2003 in this article from The Daily Telegraph.
Editor's Note: This may require free registration. Thanks, Hedwig!

Quidditch!

Posted by: Kristin
July 21, 2003, 08:52 PM

Another article on Nimbus - this one details the Quidditch match that took place at the event.
Thanks to Tyler for the link!