The first ever Australian Harry Potter conference will be held in January in Adelaide.
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...
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.
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...
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...
Religion columnist Terry Mattingly offers a brief article on the examination of witchcraft and Harry Potter at the recent Nimbus 2003.
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...
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...
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!
Another article on Nimbus - this one details the Quidditch match that took place at the event.
Thanks to Tyler for the link!
To close out the weekend, another article on Nimbus 2003.
Karen Hicks of Houston, Texas, won the 7 day/6 night contest to Great Britain, sponsored by Beyond Boundaries, VisitBritain, and Border's Books & Music. Congratulations, Karen!
Heidi's been nice enough to keep us posted on what's going on at Nimbus.
First off, Nimbus was featured on CNN News this morning!
Also, banners made by Gena Priest went for over $1100 and a bidding war ensued over the padfoot banners - in the end one went for $420 and the artist agreed to do a secondContinued...
Fans of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe raise more than £1,000 for the National Autistic Society.
Nice work, everyone - and much thanks to Tara for keeping us updated!
Check out this latest article on Nimbus 2003. Thanks to Maureen for the link!