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This story from Ananova reports that the original artwork from the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone, is to be auctioned at Sotheby\'s of London and is expected to fetch about 25,000 pounds sterling (just under $40,000). It is a 1977 watercolor by Thomas Taylor, though the editions I have seen of Harry Potter and the Sorceror\'s Stone (as it was called in the US) had a different cover, I think.
Sotheby\'s will also be auctioning a letter in which JRR Tolkien apparently accuses Walt Disney of being a business cheat.
This could be the funniest thing I\'ve ever read. Harry Potter rides his broomstick with the brush part at the back in the upcoming movie.
A high priest of British White Witches said broomsticks should be ridden the other way round, and has wished for the film to do badly at the box office until the studio admits it got it wrong.
``Warner Bros claims the film is an accurate portrayal of things that happen in witchcraft, yet woodcuts from the 16th and 17th centuries show broomsticks being ridden with the brush part in the front,\'\' said Kevin Carlyon, who has his own coven in Sussex, southern England.\"
Oskaloosa Public Library put an advert in the local paper for a summer reading program based on the Harry Potter books, calling it \"Muggle Studies\". Residents complained, someone threatened a lawsuit and the program was cancelled. The full story from CBS News.
\"They felt threatened by the evil factor.\"
James Nimmo writes:\"Professors are drawing
parallels between Harry Potter stories and classic
medieval legends, proposing that medieval archetypes
are persistent throughout popular culture.\"
Charles Davis sent in this one,
it seems that Rowling has some friends in high places.
The Queen (of England, not the U.S.) is going to meet
JK Rowling, you may have heard Harry is already a
favourite of the Prince of Wales.
During the so-called royal \"theme
day\", the Queen and
Duke of Edinburgh are to see
various aspects of the book
industry. Other visits included a
bookstore, school and
A book entitled \"The Legend of Rah and the Muggles\" was written by Author Nancy Stouffer in 1984, way before Harry took over. \"Rah and the Muggles\" includes a character named Larry Potter, has a character named Lilly Potter, and they say J.K. Rowling\'s books use similar illustrations.
\"This is all absurd,\" -Scholastic Inc.\"