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Mayor Mel Lastman [Toronto\'s chief Muggle] gave J.K. Rowling the key to the city yesterday, and when she spoke at a fundaraiser for the Osborne Collection of the Toronto Library, she admitted she\'s just terrified about the big event. Part of the International Festival of Authors is a reading by Rowling at the Sky Dome, Never Been?(it\'s quite a place, worth the trip, wherever you are). Her biggest audience in the past was 2,000 in Germany, the Sky Dome holds 36,000. Did you know her friends call her Jo?
``The reading is a way to reach a lot of children. But I\'m plainly not a rock star, not the Rolling Stones.\'\'
Yahoo! News was one place with this.
J.K. Rowling has annouced that Book 5 will be called \"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix\". Rowling has no deadline for the book and said it would probably
not be ready by July, as had been rumored. Two other books will be out soon ``Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them\'\' and ``Quidditch
Through the Ages\'\' - will benefit Comic Relief.
``Fantastic Beasts\'\' is a title on the boy wizard\'s school
supply list in a previous book. The second new volume will be an
anthology of Harry\'s favorite sport, quidditch.
Times UK a shocking Story on the first
Harry Play. A 17 Year old girl will play Harry after J. K.
Rowling gave permission for a boarding school to
stage the world premiere of Harry Potter and the
Philosopher\'s Stone. North Foreland Lodge, a girls-only
school near Hook in Hampshire, wrote to the author
after two staff decided to adapt her first novel for its
Christmas production. She gave her approval, despite
a seven-year block on performing rights because of the
impending Hollywood film.
Someone suggested this story.Amy Hollingsworth has written a very interesting Story at Christianity.com. She says Harry ain\'t so bad after all, and she\'s glad she read the book, after all she heard.
\"Evil is real. It exploits those who give their lives to it and then leaves them for dead (which is what happened to poor Professor Quirrell). That’s what Voldemort represents. What conquers that kind of evil is not a magic wand, but the goodness and bravery Harry is best known for. I’m not really sure why Harry Potter has been singled out. I have a hard time believing that the masses cried foul when C.S. Lewis wrote about a White Witch exploiting a young boy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or when the Queen of the Night took center stage in Mozart’s The Magic Flute or when L. Frank Baum unveiled the Wizard of Oz. Maybe they did. But if I had to answer the question, “Who’s afraid of Harry Potter?,” my guess would be: Mostly those who haven’t bothered to get to know him yet.\" -- Read More
\"We think it\'s important to remind people that free speech has to be fought for on a daily basis,\" said Chris Finan, an organizer of the event and president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. \"It\'s often the best books that get attacked. If we can\'t use these books, we can\'t do a good job educating our children.\"
\"It\'s not the normal way we do business,\" said Doug
Ross, chairman of the board, on Tuesday. \"If their only
intention is to see the books banned then they\'ll never
be happy, because were not in the business of banning
books or censoring material.\"
No word on how
many students were turned into witches.
This just in from CNN: Residents of Alaska and Hawaii may now participate in a Harry Potter essay contest run by Scholastic, according to this story. When the contest was first announced, only kids from the Lower 48 could enter. Alaskans cried foul, and Scholastic corrected the rules.
\"Your company\'s treatment of Alaskans -- particularly our children -- as second-class citizens reminds me of the colonialist attitude which the federal government often displays to our state and residents,\" [Ketchikan mayor Bob Weinstein] wrote. \"In closing, you can be like Harry Potter or Voldemort -- the choice is yours.\"
The Associated Press has this story about parents who would not let a school give out certificates that said Hogwarts\' Certificate of Accomplishment because it exposed them to witchcraft. It seems that they don\'t care that they expose their children to censorship, free speech violations, and stupidity.\"The certificate, meant to encourage children to read, honored its recipient for completing a term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school young Harry attends. The books feature Harry fighting against the forces of evil, aided by spells, flying brooms and magical instruments.\" -- Read More
Wired has a Story on the Harry Hype, but they also cover how good Harry has been for Libraries. More than 350,000 people preordered book 4, there\'s the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster and Harry video games, official websites in both the U.S. and in Britain, and there are scads of others sites, both for and against.
\"When people felt kids were only involved with video games, it\'s heartening to see a book so well received,\" said Neal Coonerty, president of the American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independent bookstores. -- Read More