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Rowling Visits Chancellor's Newborn

Posted by: Melissa
October 17, 2003, 04:33 PM

BBC News reports that JK Rowling visited Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah, following the birth of their son early Friday morning (BST).
On leaving, she said the baby was "really, really gorgeous" and the couple were both well.

Thank you, Rose! And congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brown on the safe andContinued...

Auctions

Posted by: Kristin
October 17, 2003, 07:50 AM

UK's Mirror thinks it's strange that a Harry Potter fan paid £28,000 last year for a card containing 93 words from the then yet-to-be-published Order of the Phoenix. They fail to note that the auction was for charity.

Fan Fiction

Posted by: Kristin
October 17, 2003, 07:46 AM

The PressDemocrat.com has an interesting article on a young fan fiction writer:
Eight-year-old Dezi Gallegos is braced for disappointment if he doesn't get a response to the 300-page manuscript he sent to J.K. Rowling recently.

Gallegos' vivid imagination was on overdrive in the summer as he filled yellow pads with his own storyContinued...

An Interview With Anna Quindlen

Posted by: Melissa
October 16, 2003, 09:48 AM

In an interview with The Post-Standard, author Anna Quindlen discusses her writing and her love for reading.
"It is a miracle. I think we read in bed so much because reading is halfway between living and dreaming."

Editor's Note: While this interview only mentions Harry Potter in passing, Quindlen hasContinued...

Potter Conference Coming to Virginia

Posted by: Melissa
October 15, 2003, 02:36 PM

HPANA reports that a conference entitled Magic for Muggles: A Harry Potter Experience, will take place at Ferrum College in Virginia on November 1st.

'Fictional' Earnings

Posted by: Kristin
October 14, 2003, 09:54 PM

According to Forbes.com, Harry Potter is one of the Top Earning Fictional Characters, right behind a mouse and a bear.
Thanks to both Rachel and Nicole for the link!

Misc

More on 'Seabottom'

Posted by: Kristin
October 14, 2003, 07:00 AM

TLC Reader Cathy wrote to us with a bit of research on what the recently registered Harry Potter titles may mean. Click on the link below to read her notes, but in summary, her conclusion is what Melissa suggested - that these are likely titles of computer games. Thanks, Cathy!
Yesterday, you listed the notification about theContinued...

More Titles Registered from Seabottom

Posted by: Melissa
October 13, 2003, 03:16 PM

Reader Jeff wrote to let us know that two new titles: Harry Potter and the Battle for Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Final Revelation have been registered by Seabottom, who registered two titles a few months ago.

As always, we're researching it, but again, I'd bet my left kidney that these are notContinued...

Critics and Harry Potter

Posted by: Melissa
October 08, 2003, 01:21 PM

Michael Duff of the University Daily turns the microscope around to study and categorize the critics of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Maze of Corn

Posted by: Melissa
October 08, 2003, 12:40 PM

Harry Potter fans can spend a "Harry Potter Day" fighting their way through a giant corn maze at Escobar's Highland Farm in Rhode Island!
Thanks, Amy!

The Forgotten Car

Posted by: Kristin
October 07, 2003, 09:43 PM

Richard Harris' widow recently received a £329,000 parking bill for a car the late actor parked in a New York car park and then forgot about.
Thanks, Deirdre, for the link!

John Williams in Mexico

Posted by: Kristin
October 07, 2003, 09:38 PM

Fran from TotallyHarryPotter.org reports that John Williams will be in Mexico City to direct the "Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México", one of Mexico's most important Orchestras, December 19, 20 and 21 at the Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli.
Fran tells us: although Ticketmaster doesn'tContinued...

Potter Publishing Magic

Posted by: Kristin
October 07, 2003, 09:31 PM

Publishers paid special tribute to J.K. Rowling at Germany's Frankfurt Book Fair.
Thanks to Katie and Dianne for the link!

Just For Fun

Posted by: Kristin
October 07, 2003, 06:49 AM

Hate the paperboard election signs that clutter every roadway from here 'til November?
TLC reader Madhuri sent this in, and while it's not the news, it is grin-provoking. Thanks, Madhuri!

Potter In Ziggy

Posted by: Melissa
October 06, 2003, 10:50 AM

Today's Ziggy cartoon featured Harry Potter.
Thanks, Katie!