Here's a great article that looks at all the books ABOUT the Harry Potter series.
Thanks to readers who sent us this interesting bit of number analysis done by Entertainment Weekly:
192 MILLION: Estimated worldwide sales of the four previous Potter books.
8.5 MILLION: Number of first-print copies of Phoenix set to go on sale June
$3-5 MILLION: Amount spent by marketing Muggles on the publicity of Phoenix.Continued...
CBBC Newsround has done a bit of a roundup of Harry Potter events all over the UK.
Columnist Jacqueline Mroz has written an article on what to read once you're done with OotP. She even suggests some fanfic.
Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe bookstore owner Linda Spiegel refuses to sell OotP books because of how Raincoast treated her when she put Goblet of Fire out for sale two days earlier than anywhere else. Article in The Star.
A fascinating article from Jewsweek, a Webzine for American Jews, about how some are using the Harry Potter series as a teaching tool for Judaism.
According to this press release, the signature on the first and only US signed copy of Order of the Phoenix was penned in J.K. Rowling's study Wednesday night and flown over to New York last night. It is currently being kept in a locked box at a secret location pending its pendingContinued...
The Orlando Sentinel has an article interviewing some college-age Potter fans. Nice to see people catching on that adults DO in fact enjoy the series.
Thanks to the readers who have sent this in - there's a commercial about the Jerry Paxman BBC interview circulating on television - here's what it says:
JP: There's a death in the next book?
JP: The death of a significant character?JKR : Yes
(JKR holds up a copy of Book 5, Bloomsbury edition, whichContinued...
We're here. 3 long years later and we're finally down to the last 7 days. It's been a fun ride though quite somber, as J.K. Rowling has told us it's the end of an era for Harry and just the beginning of deaths.
One thing that is sorely lacking from the launch of Goblet ofContinued...
On Sunday, June 15th it appears CBS' 60 Minutes will be replaying their September 12, 1999 interview with Rowling. This interview is particularly interesting because it shows some of her own drawings for the various characters in the book as well as her filing system which consists of lots and lots ofContinued...
We received the following press release this morning:
Anne Jones, a Leicestershire schoolteacher who is the Mind Sports
Olympiad World Champion at Speed Reading, will devour the new Harry
Potter book starting at 12.01am BST on June 21st. She is expected to
read the entire book in approximatelyContinued...
Yet another Scholastic Winner profiled in their local paper. Thomas Pardee's essay stood apart from the rest because it injected a bit of humor - which was needed to offset some of the other more serious and emotional essays.
Sudipta Bandyopadhyay, who won the Scholastic essay contest for his paragraph on "compelling a wicked man to experience the painful suffering of his victims and the tragic consequences of his actions", was profiled in NJ.com today. Here's an interesting quote:
An interesting article looking at how fans are anticipating the next book quoting Melissa Anelli from TLC.