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Jo Rowling Donates Signed Books to Support Firefighter's Fund-Raising Efforts

Posted by: Kristin
July 17, 2004, 11:51 AM

The Leaky Cauldron's favorite author has donated a signed set of Harry Potter books in support of Tayside fire officer Gordon McKenzie, who is fund-raising on behalf of both the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of ScotlandContinued...

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Rowling Letter Prompts Removal of Caged Beds in Czech Republic

Posted by: Melissa
July 13, 2004, 02:02 PM

Talk about power of the pen: The Scotsman reports that the caged childrens' beds that enraged J.K. Rowling have been removed from psychiatric facilities in the Czech Republic, at order of the government. This happened just one day after President Vaclav Klaus received Rowling'sContinued...

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Sunday Times: Rowling Advocates Child Care Reform in Czech Republic

Posted by: Melissa
July 11, 2004, 10:06 AM

Mild parental warning for graphic subject matter.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, J.K. Rowling has appealed to Stefan Fule, the Czech ambassador in London, about the plight of disabled children who are locked in cages at care homes in Eastern Europe.

She was urged, theContinued...

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J.K. Rowling to Appear at Edinburgh Book Festival

Posted by: Melissa
July 10, 2004, 07:26 AM

On her website today, J.K. Rowling announced that she will be reading and answering questions at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15th August this year. 500 tickets will be available by ballot rather than on a first come, first served basis. To apply for tickets, buy the Herald newspaper on SaturdayContinued...

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JK Rowling Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2004, 12:12 PM

Leaky reader Alan has sent us pictures from today's ceremony at the University of Edinburgh, where Jo Rowling received a doctor honoris causa. Not a goatee in sight!
Jo gets her degree

Jo talking to fans in the car park afterward, where some had gathered to get books signed.

Thanks Alan!

Update: CheckContinued...

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J.K. Rowling to Receive Honorary Degree

Posted by: Kristin
July 08, 2004, 04:39 AM

J.K. Rowling will receive an honorary degree ("doctor honoris causa") from Edinburgh University today.
Her response to the announcement, which was made in February, was "I am delighted and honoured to be receiving an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh, my adopted home city.”Continued...

J.K. Rowling Poll Question About Mark Evans Answered

Posted by: Melissa
July 06, 2004, 10:17 AM

Head over to's FAQ poll question to find a highly hilarious answer to the "Who is Mark Evans?" question that's been plaguing all of us since last year. We're not posting it here, but the comments are spoiler-areas, FYI. To get to the post on her site, hit the paperclipsContinued...


Domain Names Registered

Posted by: Kristin
July 04, 2004, 07:28 AM

CBBC Newsround reports that Warner Brothers, Lightmaker, and Seabottom Productions have purchased domain names related to the title of book six.
Among them, the companies registered such names as ''. Lightmaker is the company that created J.K. Rowling's website; Seabottom isContinued...

J.K. Rowling "Do Not Disturb" Sign Returns

Posted by: Melissa
July 02, 2004, 09:17 AM

Many Leaky readers have written to let us know that the "Do Not Disturb" sign has returned to the door on What does it mean? She told us that the door would open again, and again, and again with more info - so perhaps there's another nugget to come rather soon.
There's alsoContinued...


Online Bookstores Open HBP E-mail Notficiation List

Posted by: Melissa
July 01, 2004, 08:35 AM

Already: Barnes and Noble and have notification lists for the publication of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Thanks Robin and Denise!

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HP Hoaxer "Speaks"

Posted by: Melissa
July 01, 2004, 04:04 AM

HPANA has a short interview with the Book Six Title hoaxer, in which the "anonymous" person (who says he didn't expect all the attention yet e-mailed every HP news site with the hoax) says, "If I had not started the hoax, would we all know the real title to book 6 right now?"
Loath as we are to give moreContinued...


J.K. Rowling Confirms Title

Posted by: Melissa
June 29, 2004, 07:44 AM

As we said yesterday, the book six title is indeed behind the door on JKR's site.
It's official and right from the lady's mouth, from her News section.

There's a great and lengthy update about the sixth book and whether she'd hoax us all. (No, thank goodness.)

We're taking the spoiler warning offContinued...

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Book Six Title Behind Brick Wall

Posted by: Melissa
June 28, 2004, 05:45 PM

We've got it in that the title behind the brick wall on JKR's site is the title of the sixth book, says a trusted source (because so many of you asked). Click below to read it (in case you are still valiantly trying to get through the door and find it for yourself, and in which case we say, 'good forContinued...

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Behind's Brick Wall

Posted by: Melissa
June 28, 2004, 04:12 PM

Thank you to everyone who wrote in to let us know that there is a book title behind's brick wall, and how to get to it.
If this is the title of book six (and's anyone's guess...), JKR has used an old working title for a new book.

For more info, the title and how to get to it, read belowContinued...

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JKR Confirms Hoax; Updates All Around Site

Posted by: Melissa
June 28, 2004, 12:02 PM

Check out her Rumors section.

"I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip."

She also creates a rather funny new title rumor. Go to her site to get a chuckle.
(If you ask me, she'sContinued...

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