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British researchers report that they have found that the number of Muggle children visiting the emergency room in that country dropped by half on the summer weekends when new Harry Potter books were released. This study involved little magic. Gwilym and his colleagues reviewed the files of all children aged 7 to 15 (good reading ages) who attended their emergency department with musculoskeletal injuries over the summer months of a three-year period.
They then compared the number of emergency-room admissions on weekends a Harry Potter book had been released with admissions on surrounding weekends and on the same weekend in previous years.
The pirated version has been around for months, but China has now distributed some 800,000 copies of an official Chinese edition of the latest Harry Potter book.
The English version of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was released in July and an unauthorized Chinese translation came out two weeks later. It had some missing paragraphs and got a couple of facts wrong. Impatient fans also posted their own translations online.
The new official version hit hundreds of Chinese bookstores on Saturday.
The official Xinhua News Agency reports that People's Literature Publishing House, the authorized publisher, used "a special kind of green paper as the cover and employed state-of-the art technology" in an attempt to thwart book pirates.
A SECURITY guard who tried to sell stolen copies of the latest Harry Potter novel appeared in court yesterday, where he admitted theft and possessing an imitation firearm.
Aaron Lambert, 20, stole two copies of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince from the distribution centre where he worked in Corby, Northamptonshire, on 2 June this year, six weeks before JK Rowling's latest instalment in the Potter saga was due to be released.
Reuters Reports A British cleric and top-selling author of children's books was thrown out of a school where he said Harry Potter was "gay" during a talk to 12-year-olds. Reverend Graham Taylor, who penned the novel "Shadowmancer" which, like the tales of the famous boy wizard created by J.K. Rowling, centers on witchcraft and battling evil, got his marching orders after teachers accused him of homophobia.
"As for Harry Potter, well, he's not the only gay in the village," Taylor told children at Penair School in Truro, southwest England, referring to a catchphrase from the popular British comedy TV show "Little Britain."
Update: Reuters has withdrawn the original story. Now it's "School expels children's author for swearing." No gay angle in the revised version.
Global sales of Harry Potter books have surpassed 300 million, the agent for author J.K. Rowling said Tuesday.
Agent Christopher Little said the series reached the milestone following the publication of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth volume about the schoolboy wizard.
News From Eurpoe Booksellers across French-speaking Europe saw legions of Harry Potter fans scramble to their shelves this weekend, as the sixth book in the bestselling childrenâ€™s series went on sale in translation at midnight on Friday.
Hundreds of bookshops in France, Belgium and Switzerland stayed open past the witching hour to welcome hoards of Harryâ€™s young admirers, eager to purchase their copy of Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mele (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).
Publishers Gallimard have printed a record 2mn French copies of the penultimate tome in British author J K Rowlingâ€™s astronomically successful series, predicting a fresh outbreak of the â€œPottermaniaâ€? which has surrounded previous instalments of the boy wizardâ€™s adventures.
Anonymous Patron writes "BBC NEWS Says The Harry Potter novels have been put on sale as audio downloads in a bid by author JK Rowling to tackle piracy.
All six books, including the most recent release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, can now be purchased via Apple's iTunes site.
Rowling sanctioned the move after fans reported online bootleg editions."
Jay writes "A news story on Harry Potter in the Hindustan Times reports, "Harry Potter, the literary character and a global craze, shares a scene with Lord Ganesha in a tableau created in a Gujarat city for an upcoming festival.
Ganesha is seen helping the fictitious adolescent character in casting a magic spell in one of the many tableaux in Vadodara, 110 km from Ahmedabad."
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Jay writes "Harry Potter has new fans in Ahmedabad. They have not limited themselves to buying Potter books. They are young artists who paint Potter and the characters the book carries and have recently arranged an exhibition of paintings at an art gallery in Navrangpura in the city.
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After book, a painting exhibition on Harry Potter in Ahmedabad."
Harry Potter has bewitched detainees at the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay, where tales of the young wizard and mysteries by Agatha Christie top the list of most popular books, a prison librarian said.
"Harry Potter is a popular title among some of the detainee population," said the librarian, a civilian contractor identified only as "Lorie" who works at the prison camp for foreign terrorism suspects at the US naval base in Cuba.