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Hermione Granger, Class President

Posted by: sue
October 05, 2006, 07:53 PM

Earlier this summer we told you popular website UGO.com had launched a "Versus" competition, featuring fictional characters in a race for class president. The votes have now been tallied, and the results are in: Hermione Ganger WINS as Class President! Hermione beat out another famous witch, Willow RosenbergContinued...

Misc

Hermione for Class President (vs. Freaks and Geeks)

Posted by: Melissa
August 17, 2006, 01:00 PM

Entertainment site UGO.com has set up a "Versus" feature in which several known fictional teens are competing for class president; you can see Hermione's campaign video here. Her first matchup is with Haverchuck from Freaks and Geeks - so not a match for our favorite witch. Vote forContinued...

Poppy Pomfrey Publishes Study in Medical Journal

Posted by: Melissa
July 16, 2006, 03:37 PM

Madam Poppy Pomfrey is listed as one of the authors of a study recently published in Annals - Academy of Medicine Singapore. This is a real article, published in the journal's "free papers" issue.
The article's title and abstract read:

Interesting In- and Outpatient Attendances atContinued...

Movies

Hogwarts Express Transports Muggles

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2006, 09:47 AM

The Hogwarts Express steam engine was called into service for Muggle transportation yesterday in Scotland. The train took over the summer steam service between Fort William and Mallaig because the regular engine for that route had broken down. The locomotive will also be used today as part of a nine-day "Pottermania"Continued...

Mazel Tov, Julie!

Posted by: Melissa
June 01, 2006, 12:13 AM

We have a bit of personal, celebratory news (late, as usual, when it comes to this stuff): On May 20, our lovely editor Julie became a Bat Mitzvah, after two years of study, at the age of for-coughcough. We all admire Julie's dedication to her faith and think she's about the coolest thing since Ice Mice for seeing this through.Continued...

Misc

Scientists Attempting to Make Invisibility Cloak Magic a Reality

Posted by: sue
May 25, 2006, 11:04 PM

Scientists are working on a way to make Harry's Invisibility Cloak a reality for all of us. CNN is reporting that researchers in England and the US are developing a blue print for making a cloak like the one Harry inherited from James, and have issued a call for help with obtainingContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Jurassic Hogwarts

Posted by: sue
May 22, 2006, 07:05 AM

A recently discovered species of dinosaurs will bear a name given in honor of the Harry Potter novels. Approved by J.K. Rowling, "Dracorex Hogwartsia" is being unveiled this morning at The Children's Museum in Indianapolis. This new species was discovered at the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota, and PaleontologistsContinued...

J.K. Rowling

Press Conference with JKR in New York August 1

Posted by: sue
May 16, 2006, 07:13 AM

As part of the "Evening with Harry, Carrie, and Garp" event, author J.K.Rowling, along with Stephen King and John Irving, will hold a press conference Tuesday, August 1 at 10am at Radio City Music Hall. Later that night, the authors will hold their special charity reading. TLC will provideContinued...

Grint

"Driving Lessons" Given "15" Rating in UK

Posted by: sue
May 13, 2006, 11:44 PM

Driving Lessons, the new film starring Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), has been given a "15" rating by the British Board of Film Classification for "strong language." Driving Lessons will screen next at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17. International releaseContinued...

Books

Arthur Levine Talks J.K. Rowling

Posted by: sue
May 12, 2006, 07:38 AM

Earlier this week, Scholastic kicked off their summer reading program with a panel discussion in New York called "The Next Best Seller: The ABC's of Creating a Children's Book." Hosted by Deborah Norville, this panel featured Arthur Levine, editor of the U.S. edition of the Harry Potter novels,Continued...

Movies

Harry Potter Movies for Download

Posted by: sue
May 09, 2006, 05:05 PM

Hoping to combat illegal piracy of their films, Warner Brothers announced today that they will be releasing movies for legal download via the net. Using BitTorrent, the site that was "once blamed for aiding the swapping of illegally copied films and programs", Warners will make more than 200 movies availableContinued...

Honors/Awards

Fiennes, Griffiths, and Dale Receive Drama League Noms

Posted by: sue
April 21, 2006, 12:31 PM

Three performers from the world of Harry Potter have received nominations for their work on the stage. Actor Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon), and audio book narrator Jim Dale were nominated with awards from the Drama League. All three men were nominated in theContinued...

Products

2007 Harry Potter Calendars Due in July

Posted by: sue
April 21, 2006, 08:46 AM

A sneak peek of the new 2007 Harry Potter calendars are now online. These calendars, which will feature scenes from all four Harry Potter films, include new wall calendars, a desk calendar and a day- to- day calendar. There are two new nice photos from the artwork included in the Mini-Wall calendarContinued...

Radcliffe

Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson to Star in Play for Queens Birthday Celebration ?

Posted by: sue
April 15, 2006, 09:41 PM

Previously, we told you that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling would be attending a special celebration in honor of the Queen's 80th birthday on June 25 at Buckinham Palace. Jo is also scheduled to make a reading at this celebration, where 2,000 lucky children will attend.Continued...

J.K. Rowling

New Essay from J.K. Rowling on Growing up Female

Posted by: sue
April 15, 2006, 12:42 AM

A new book by Willa Shalit called Becoming Myself:Reflections on Growing Up Female contains a essay written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. This book is a collection of thoughts and reflections on being female from sixty-seven notable women including Jo, as well as others such as poet Maya AngelouContinued...