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J.K. Rowling Romanian Visit and Interview to be Broadcast on TV, Internet

Posted by: sue
January 23, 2006, 10:56 AM

Previously, we told you that author J.K. Rowling would be visiting Romania to take part in a charity dinner as part of an effort to help raise funds and awareness of the plight of orphans in Eastern Europe. This visit is to take place this week, on January 25th and the 26th.Continued...

Cover Art

Spanish HBP Cover Published Online

Posted by: Melissa
January 20, 2006, 04:09 PM

The cover of the Spanish translation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may now be viewed at HarryLatino.com. As we have reported, the book will be released on February 23, 2006.
Thanks, Pablo!

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HBP Book Thief Sentenced to Prison Term

Posted by: sue
January 19, 2006, 09:10 AM

In June of last year, we reported on the case of two men, who stole early copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and then tried to sell them to the tabloids. These men were later caught and arrested. Today, one of the men involved was sentenced to four - and -a half years in jail for his involvementContinued...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be Released in Paperback July 25 in US, Canada

Posted by: Melissa
January 18, 2006, 11:04 AM

Scholastic, the American publishers of Harry Potter, announced this morning, in a release sent to TLC, that the American edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will come out in paperback on July 25, 2006. This 2 million-book print run willContinued...

Dale

Jim Dale Named Children's Audiobook Narrator of the Year

Posted by: Melissa
January 11, 2006, 09:14 PM

Publisher's Weekly has named Jim Dale, narrator of the US Harry Potter audiobooks, Children's Audiobook Narrator of the Year. In a short question and answer article in that publication's January 2 issue, Mr. Dale discusses winning a GRAMMY award, what he most enjoys about recordingContinued...

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Signed Copy of HBP Goes for £4500 on eBay

Posted by: Melissa
January 08, 2006, 08:13 PM

We told you about the autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that J.K. Rowling donated to be auctioned for the charity Peace Hospice. The auction closed today, and the winning bid was £4500 -- that's $7,965.45 according to today's exchange rate. CongratulationsContinued...

Character Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Severus Snape

Posted by: sue
January 08, 2006, 07:03 PM

Well, after the events of Half-Blood Prince, it surely is hard to write this, but the calendar on JKRowling.com has been updated to wish a Happy Birthday to Severus Snape. Hiss! ;)

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HBP Tops Best-Seller List for 2005

Posted by: Melissa
January 06, 2006, 09:01 PM

Reuters is reporting that, according to industry sales tracker Nielsen BookScan, more copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were sold the first day it was out than any other book sold in the country in all of 2005. According to sales figures released on Friday, 4.1 million copies of HBP were soldContinued...

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A Sneak at Italian Harry Book Cover

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2006, 01:44 PM

Reader Mariano has sent us what appears to be the Italian cover art for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; you can see the whole thing here He has also given us a loose translation of the back text, which is this quote from HBP (which is from the English editions, not a translated Italian one):

""Oh,Continued...

Book Awards

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Wins Oppenheim Award

Posted by: sue
January 04, 2006, 12:45 PM

We know this news is slow in coming but The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2006 Platinum Awards were announced and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was named as one of the best books for children in the" Early School Years" category. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is an independentContinued...

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Followup: JKR Signed HBP Book on Ebay for Charity

Posted by: sue
January 04, 2006, 10:22 AM

A few days ago we told you that author J.K. Rowling had donated a specially signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be auctioned off for the charity Peace Hospice in the UK. The bidding has now started on Ebay, which you can see via this link. This is an autographed first editionContinued...

PotterCast

Ask Arthur Levine Your Questions

Posted by: Melissa
January 03, 2006, 08:25 AM

As mentioned on a previous PotterCast, on Jan. 12 TLC will interview Arthur Levine, co-editor of the Harry Potter books and publisher of the Scholastic (American) edition, and we just can't wait. Part of the interview will consist of fan questions, so if you have one, call (in the U.S.) 1.702.42.LEAKY (1.702.425.3259)Continued...

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Buona Festa! The Italian Edition of HBP arrives Jan. 6

Posted by: sue
January 02, 2006, 02:25 PM

The Italian edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince goes on sale at midnight on January 5. January 6 is the La Befana holiday in Italy where legend has it that the "Befana" or an old woman with a broom, goes and delivers presents to children. The Italian publishers of theContinued...

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One New Year's Eve in an Orphanage in London...

Posted by: sue
December 31, 2005, 02:17 PM

...some 79 years ago, a boy named Tom Marvolo Riddle was born.
This year we learned in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince more about the cirmcumstances of the birth of the boy who would become known as Lord Voldemort. While we at Leaky do not wish him particular happiness this day, for he has wroughtContinued...

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J.K. Rowling Donates Signed HBP to Peace Hospice; Also Nominated for Italian Vogue's Woman of the Year

Posted by: sue
December 30, 2005, 09:32 AM

Author J.K. Rowling has reportedly donated a signed first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be auctioned off to help raise funds for Peace Hospice in England. The spokesperson for the charity hospice is quoted in the WatfordContinued...