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Posted by: Melissa
November 06, 2005, 09:34 AM

The Daily Telegraph sent 14 year old author Emma Urquhart with Elizabeth Day to see the film. Emma was unfazed, but Elizabeth said she could not stand the 'unutterable' terror of the film. The pair of reviews show contrasting views of the more violent scenes in the film, and discuss issues parents should consider whenContinued...

Book Reviews

Harry Six Goes 'Into the Gloom,' says The Guardian

Posted by: Melissa
August 01, 2005, 09:27 AM

In a review published Saturday by The Guardian, reviewer John Mullan says HBP leaves readers with "a gloom not to be dispelled."

The odd glumness of this novel is partly a consequence of its loss of a satisfying plot, its lack of shape. There is, I think, a clear reason for this, evidentContinued...

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

EW HBP Review by Author Christopher Paolini

Posted by: Kristin
July 21, 2005, 05:58 AM

Christopher Paolini, author of the fantasy series Inheritance, reviews Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for Entertainment Weekly:

It's heartening, both as an author and a reader, to see that J.K. Rowling is brave enough to experiment with her beloved series, and that she has remained true toContinued...


2004: The Year in HP: A Leaky Cauldron Review

Posted by: Melissa
December 31, 2004, 06:26 PM

Happy New Year everyone! Because 2005 is going to be such a big year for Harry
fans, we thought now was a good time to look back at 2004, which
wasn't too shabby either where we're concerned. Editor Sue scoured our archives
and found all our 2004 highlights, so we hope you enjoy this littleContinued...

Companion Books

REVIEW: Unofficial Half-Blood Prince by WF Zimmerman

Posted by: sue
December 20, 2004, 03:06 PM

With the excitement building for the release of J.K.Rowling's newest installment in the Harry Potter series, it was inevitable that someone would write a book about the upcoming sixth novel to help pass the time. We at Leaky received a review copy of one such book, the Unofficial Half-BloodContinued...


PoA DVD Launch Party: TLC's Report on the Way!

Posted by: Melissa
November 18, 2004, 09:24 PM

Hey all - it's just about 3:10 a.m. here in England but I'm still tap-tapping away at my report of tonight's PoA Launch party, an evening awash with sweets, color and tea leaves. Hang tight, because the details are forthcoming. Tomorrow, we'll have exclusive interviews with David Heyman,Continued...

Concert Review: Harry and the Potters

Posted by: Melissa
September 23, 2004, 08:09 PM

TLC reader Lauren Goodnight, a staff reviewer for, attended a performance of the band Harry and the Potters in August and very kindly wrote in with a review and some great pics. Quotage:

"There is no greater feeling within the heart of a musician or music lover than when rock 'n'Continued...

Disabilities in Harry Potter Fanfic

Posted by: Melissa
April 08, 2004, 10:41 AM

The Ouch! section of the BBC's website has an article focusing on fanfics about characters with disabilities. Reporter Christina Papamichael writes about how fanfic authors, including those with disabilities including cerebral palsy and neuromuscular diseases, use creative writingto explore how witches andContinued...

Pullman More Adult than Potter?

Posted by: Melissa
January 05, 2004, 11:30 AM

Reader Richard Blaber pointed out comments in this Daily Telegraph review of the stage version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials that seem to indicate, at least from the writer's point of view, that Harry Potter books are primarily for children:

Whenever I see adults reading Harry Potter on the train,Continued...


Yet Another Review of OotP

Posted by: Melissa
July 29, 2003, 12:58 PM

A review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from The Spokesman-Review.
Reading this book makes me realize how unlikable Harry really is. He is full of self-pity and unrepentantly takes pleasure in the troubles of even his friends when they displease him. He's not your typical hero.

Registration is required,Continued...

A Guessing Game Review of Harry

Posted by: Melissa
July 24, 2003, 03:59 PM

Jason Torrente, a columnist with The South End newspaper, reviews Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix...after reading only 304 pages in. Guesses abound.

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

Posted by: Kristin
July 18, 2003, 04:47 PM

The Edmonton Journal asked its younger readers to submit their reviews of Order of the Phoenix; they received nearly 200. Here are the winners (who shared almost $1000 in prize money), excerpts from their reviews, and judge commentary.
A few of this editor's favorites:

I didn't like the transition from the laid-backContinued...

The Spectator's Review Of HP5

Posted by: Melissa
July 14, 2003, 09:53 AM

Philip Hensher with The Spectator reviews Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, which he calls a crowd-pleaser...but not a classic.

Book Review

Posted by: Kristin
July 10, 2003, 06:37 AM

From the San Fransico Chronicle, Neva Chonin reviews Order of the Phoenix:
"Come here, boy," a wizard known as "Mad Eye" Moody tells Harry Potter in the third chapter of "The Order of the Phoenix." "I need to disillusion you."

Moody means he's going to cast a concealing charm to protect HarryContinued...

Taking Another Look At Harry Potter

Posted by: Melissa
July 07, 2003, 05:05 PM has posted a piece by Michael Bronski of The Boston Phoenix that takes an alternative look at the themes, plots and points of Harry Potter.

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