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Harry Potter sells his namesake first edition for $37,000

Oct 19, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone

Imagine if your name were Harry Potter and a book came out where the titular character shared your name. That would be kinda neat, huh? Then imagine the book becomes a series that inspires movies, a theme park, a global fandom, a play, and, uh, a few fan websites. All prominently sporting your name. At …read more!

Helen Mirren to host Hogwarts house competition

Sep 16, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Films, Fun, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, Movies, News, Warner Bros.

Finally, great British actress Helen Mirren will grace the Potterverse. According to Deadline, Mirren will host Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, a new competition series created by Warner Bros. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Competitors will answer trivia …read more!

Evanna Lynch memoir giveaway (for UK residents only)

Aug 25, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Contests, Fun - Contests, HP Cast, Lynch

As Leaky reported earlier in the summer, Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) is publishing a memoir called The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and Glory of Growing Up this fall. The publisher, Headline Books, is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to win an early proof copy of the book along with a gorgeous butterfly …read more!

Harry Potter Reading Magic coincides with Book Night

Jun 24, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Bloomsbury, Books, Events, Harry Potter Book Night, News, Pottermore, Publishers, Scholastic, Wizarding World Digital

It’s Harry Potter Book Night 2021, an annual event that focuses attention on reading the series again, or for the first time. This year’s theme is Diagon Alley. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, many of the usual bookshop gatherings and special events will not take place this year. But that does not mean you cannot …read more!

Richard Robinson, CEO of Scholastic, dead at 84

Jun 19, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, News, Publishers, Scholastic

Most American readers of the Harry Potter series came to know the story when it was published in the United States by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books. Published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Bloomsbury in the UK, the title of the first book in the series was altered to …read more!

Evanna Lynch’s memoir coming in October

Jun 17, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, HP Cast, Lynch, Movies, News

Evanna Lynch has written a memoir called The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and Glory of Growing Up. She posted on her Instagram account that she has completed the manuscript and it is now in the editing phase. Well, we know someone spent their pandemic lockdown time productively! It will be released sometime in …read more!

Harry Potter book and film memorabilia auction to take place in London on May 5

May 04, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Bloomsbury, Books, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, News, Publishers

Before the boy wizard flew his Nimbus 2000 to worldwide fame, Bloomsbury, the book’s publisher, was uncertain that the magical tale would be a success and demonstrated its skepticism by printing only 500 copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We all know what happened next. The global popularity of …read more!

New Harry Potter House Editions Boxed Sets

Apr 04, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Bloomsbury, Books, Cover Art, News, Publishers

Bloomsbury is releasing new editions of the Harry Potter series as boxed sets in house colours in both hardcover and paperback. The cover art for each of the seven books is unique to that house, depicting house themes in the series. Each set will also contain 20 exclusive illustrations, quizzes, feature articles, and trivia about …read more!

Literary Agent Christopher Little dead at 79

Jan 12, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Bloomsbury, Books

We all remember the story of how Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by numerous publishers before finally being picked up by Bloomsbury for £2,500. What you may not remember is the literary agent who took on the job of trying to sell the manuscript. That agent, Christopher Little, deserves some of the …read more!

Start the new year with a fresh House journal

Jan 09, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, News

If Father Christmas did not put one of these new guided house journals from Insight Editions under your tree, it is worth your while to pick one up now to make a fresh start with a new journal for a new—and, we all hope—much better year than 2020. If you are a Gryffindor, your red-bound …read more!



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