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More on the "Nature" of Wizarding Genetics

Posted by: Melissa
September 15, 2005, 07:32 AM

In a follow-up to the letter in Nature Magazine last month, three scientists from Cambridge's Department of Plant Sciences had a response published in the current issue of that magazine. They say:

[i]f the wizarding allele were dominant, rather than recessive as suggested, wizarding children such asContinued...


Infestation on the Candy Aisle

Posted by: sue
September 06, 2005, 08:04 PM

Brace yourself... For your err enjoyment, here is the newest addition to the Harry Potter Candy Collection, The Cockroach Cluster.

Thoughts for Our Friends in Hurricane Katrina's Path

Posted by: Melissa
August 29, 2005, 12:58 AM

We'd just like to send our thoughts and prayers to our readers in Louisiana and Mississippi, as they come under Hurricane Katrina's destructive eye. Please feel free to use the comments below to check in with each other, and please, let us know that you're all right.
If you'dContinued...

Word of the Day

Posted by: Melissa
August 26, 2005, 09:16 AM

Today's Miami Herald notes that rhapdophobia is an unreasonable fear of magic wands.
Guess that explains the Dursleys?

Many UK MPs Bring "Harry" on Holiday

Posted by: Melissa
August 22, 2005, 03:18 PM

A survey of 153 politicians in the House of Commons and 100 in the House of Lords found that Book Six was third on a list of books that they planned to take on holiday; Dan Brown's mystery thriller The DaVinci Code was in first place and William Hague's biography of William Pitt the Younger was in secondContinued...


Hogwarts Online Potter Game?

Posted by: sue
August 16, 2005, 08:24 AM

There is news today about a possible online Harry Potter game made by the people who do work for the Sims online games. New Pencil, a company that makes 3D graphics, apparently has teamed up with EA, the makers of the Harry Potter games, to develop something known as "Hogwarts Online". If you click this linkContinued...

RetroVision's HP News Diary Pushed Back to September

Posted by: Melissa
August 12, 2005, 10:50 AM

Retrovision Magazine's next issue, the Harry Potter News Diary: 1997-2005, will be pushed back one month September to make room for recent news, interviews with David Heyman, director/producer Chris Columbus,
director Alfonso Cuaron, production designer Stuart Craig, visual effects supervisorContinued...

HBP Acknowledged in Parliament

Posted by: Kristin
July 22, 2005, 06:35 AM

In a question and answer session with Great Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair at Parliament, the subject of Harry came up:
Q8. Miss Anne Begg: Now that the summer recess is almost upon us, will my right hon. Friend have time to do what millions of people did this weekend and read the new Harry Potter novel by Scotland'sContinued...

Young People Attend Hogwarts Day Camp

Posted by: Kristin
July 22, 2005, 06:18 AM

Young readers in New Canaan, Connecticut had the chance to discuss the plot of the recent Potter book at a summer camp modeled after Hogwarts.
The "Hop on the Hogwarts Express" program divides campers into Houses. Students participate in activities such as Quidditch, potions class, costume contests,Continued...

Potter Fan Carrie Taylor Confirmed Dead in London Bombing

Posted by: Kristin
July 21, 2005, 06:15 AM

Police confirmed that Carrie Taylor, the Potter fan we mentioned last week, was among those killed in the bombing attack of the London Underground on July 7th. Carrie was 24.
Thanks very much to her friend, Margaret, for letting us know.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Today Show & Harry Potter: Jim Dale Reading, More

Posted by: sue
July 09, 2005, 09:38 AM

As we told you previously, NBC's The Today Show will be featuring our favorite wizard all next week. Jim Dale, the narrator of the US Harry Potter audio books, will be performing a reading on Tuesday, July 12th. Also the contest for the Total Trivia Tournament Champion will air on July 14th. ThereContinued...

A Moment for Thoughts and Hope for Our London Readers

Posted by: Melissa
July 07, 2005, 07:12 AM

We at TLC wish these types of posts didn't come so often, but today we offer our sympathy and wishes for safety to our readers from London, who were hit with what Prime Minister Tony Blair said were most likely terrorist attacks this morning. We sincerely hope you all remain safe, and sendContinued...

Plant a Potter Garden

Posted by: Kristin
July 06, 2005, 06:03 AM

Are your kids making your crazy, waiting for the 16th? Are you making your kids (your significant other, your friends, your co-workers, your pets) crazy, waiting for the 16th? Bella Online offers instructions for a weekend diversion - plant a theme garden, featuring plants used in the first five books of the series.

Hello Muggle! Hello Fadder!

Posted by: Melissa
June 28, 2005, 12:45 PM

Kids in Shreveport, LA, Canadaigua, NY and the Penn State area can find summer fun at camps inspired by the Harry Potter books, Newsweek magazine reports. Thanks to Penny from the Lexicon for the tip!
Also, in the last few hours, we've had some tips about other magic-themed camps, including the California Science Center'sContinued...

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling on Forbes Celebrity Power List

Posted by: sue
June 16, 2005, 08:11 PM

Forbes magazine has released yet another list, this one of the most powerful celebrities. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is listed this year at number twenty two, falling from last year's spot at number six. The top spot went to talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

One of a handful of billionaires on theContinued...