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  • Harry Potter fans wait in line SEVEN HOURS to get on new theme park ride (Universal-Orlando)

    07/09/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    AP and Reuters ^ | July 9, 2014 | Staff
    Lines to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort were more than seven hours long on opening day Tuesday. Fans began lining up before dawn for the public opening of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley’ attraction, modeled after the London shopping district for wizards that is featured in Rowling's book series. The area quickly filled to capacity, leading to staggered admissions into the self-contained attraction, employees handing out tickets with return times, and – according to one visitor – the creation of a nap zone in the waiting area for sleepy...
  • Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

    04/24/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/24/12 | Matt Cover
    “Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. “No-one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands. The comments came after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on energy issues. Salazar said prices were set by “global economics.”
  • Ben Bernanke: GLOBALIST TRAITOR

    04/22/2011 10:06:27 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 24 replies · 1+ views
    United Nations ^ | 4/20/2011 | U.N. Press Release
    THE ONLY PART YOU NEED TO SEE: "United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke noted that economic indicators did not adequately capture the economy in relation to the Earth’s natural systems. “This is like flying a very large airplane with no map,” he said. Societies had already exceeded planetary boundaries in terms of climate, biodiversity laws and overproduction of nitrogen. A “de-growth” agenda was essential. “We have to get discourse about de-growing the economy going, especially in North America,” he insisted. The sustainable development discourse should be grounded in the Earth Charter, a document developed over a decade of...
  • Michael D. O'Brien on EWTN [on Harry Potter, etc.]

    04/08/2011 2:21:28 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 13 replies
    E-mail | 4-8-11 | Michael D. O'Brien
    8 April, 2011 Dear friends, Last month I was a guest at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in Alabama, taping programs for a series on the paganization of culture. Thank you very much for your prayers for me. The shows will be broadcast on the Women of Grace program, hosted by Johnnette Bencovic, each day this coming week. The general theme of the series is "Occult Fiction: Inroad to the Culture." Both Johnnette and myself, as well as researcher Sue Brinkmann and Fr. Edmund de Silva, comment on various aspects of the spiritual war that is taking place in...
  • Harry Potter Actress Beaten and Branded a Prostitute by Her Family After Dating a Non-Muslim

    12/23/2010 2:42:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 12.23.10 | Robert J. Avrech
    The only thing notable about this story is that it’s being reported. And the only reason it’s being reported is because Ms. Azad is an actress in one of the most popular franchises in movie history. The facts are simple as they are horrific. Afshan Azad has been secretly dating a non-Muslim. Her father and brother found out, branded her a “slag,” beat her, and threatened to murder her. She made her escape by climbing out of her bedroom window. The unfortunate youg woman is now in hiding. She refuses to press charges because she knows that the British police...
  • Harry Potter star 'beaten after meeting non-Muslim man'

    12/20/2010 11:46:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12/20/10 | staff
    A Harry Potter star was beaten, called a ''slag'' and threatened with death after she met a young man who was not a Muslim, a court heard today. Victim Afshan Azad, 22, played Padma Patil, a classmate of the teenage wizard, in the blockbuster Hollywood films based on the children's books by JK Rowling. She was assaulted and branded a ''prostitute'' after meeting a young Hindu man, a relationship which brought anger from her father, Abul Azad, 53, and brother, Ashraf, 28, Manchester Crown Court heard. The frightened actress later fled through her bedroom window after threats were made to...
  • The Pro-Life Leader Who Is Also an Exorcist [Renowned exorcist - HARRY POTTER opens gates to evil]

    11/22/2010 10:20:36 AM PST · by null and void · 168 replies · 2+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | 11/22/10 | Deal W. Hudson
    Having just read Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuers's new book, Exorcism and the Church Militant, one of the first things I asked him was whether he was afraid of demons. I shivered more than once reading through its short chapters, arranged as basic questions about the devil, demons, possession, and the rite of exorcism. "Not at all," Father answered with a smile. "God has given me the grace to remain unafraid." When I expressed my surprise, he explained, "Demons are basically handcuffed, and they know it." Father Euteneuer does not speak as a theorist. Since 2003 he's had extensive experience ministering...
  • Harry Potter is Dangerous for Both You and Your Children

    11/22/2010 10:08:57 AM PST · by mlizzy · 353 replies · 2+ views
    Mary Immaculate Queen ^ | 12-16-01 | Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI,
    Adapted from a Sermon of Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI, 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 16, 2001 On the First Sunday of Lent every year, we read in the Gospel of the devil tempting Our Lord. First he tries to tempt Him to gluttony, and Our Lord resists. Of course, Our Lord, because He is God, cannot be inclined to sin. But the devil, not knowing that, first tries to tempt Him to gluttony, and then to pride and power and materialism. He says to Our Lord, “Why don’t you throw yourself off this high elevation? God will save you.” Our...
  • From Harry to Harvard: Quidditch Takes Flight in the Muggle World

    11/12/2010 10:43:59 AM PST · by knittnmom · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2010 | Diane Macedo
    It's part rugby, part dodgeball and part fantasy. But as Harry Potter's magical, fictional game of Quidditch takes off as a real sport, it's only part fun and games. Quidditch, the brainchild of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, has taken flight in hundreds of colleges and high schools in America. It's given birth to an international organization and it's even inspired a competitive World Cup, which is being played in the heart of Manhattan this week.
  • Step closer to Harry Potter's invisible cloak

    11/04/2010 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/4/10 | ap
    A new material that could be used to create a real-life Harry Potter-style "invisibility cloak" has been designed by British scientists. The material, called "Metaflex", may in future provide a way of manufacturing fabrics that manipulate light. Metamaterials have already been developed that bend and channel light to render objects invisible at longer wavelengths. Visible light poses a greater challenge because its short wavelength means the metamaterial atoms have to be very small. So far such small light-bending atoms have only been produced on flat, hard surfaces unsuitable for use in clothing.
  • At The Potter's House (Our Process of Re-building Begins Tuesday)

    10/29/2010 1:55:18 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 1 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | circa 570 B.C. | Jeremiah
    This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the LORD came to me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in...
  • [ECUMENICAL] Teens Show Affection With Love Bites [The "Twilight" Effect]

    07/09/2010 7:56:13 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 84 replies
    Allure of "Twilight" sparks new trend. Teens bite one another to show ...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exclusive excerpt from Father Euteneuer's book on exorcism

    06/16/2010 3:24:59 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 318+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 6-11-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Below is the Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant, a new book authored by Father Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International. ------- Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant:Draw your strength from the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS} The Maternal Heart of Mary

    06/07/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 6-5-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Mother Potter's Marian MissionAt the end of 1874, Mother Potter received the inner certitude that she and the religious Congregation she was to institute (The Little Company of Mary) were called to foster devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. "We are chosen," wrote Mother Potter, . . . to promulgate in God's Church an increase of devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. We must increase our love for Our Lady and her sweet Maternal Heart, which makes us desire to propagate that devotion and to lead as many of God's vast family as we can to love and...
  • Emma Watson..at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida

    05/21/2010 9:49:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies · 1,104+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2010 | Chris Johnson and Matt Fortune
    Emma Watson took some time away from her studies to enjoy a behind-closed-doors tour of the muc- hyped Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at the Orlando Resort in Florida. The 20-year-old actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, was joined by some of her co-stars, including Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Oliver and James Phelps (Weasley twins Fred and George). Dressed in a short blue summer dress, Emma, who is currently studying at Brown University in Rhode Island, was given a tour around the $200m stunning attraction ahead of its official opening in June.
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture [Absolutely Chilling!]

    05/10/2010 9:58:40 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 80 replies · 1,684+ views
    Studiobrien ^ | Februrary, 2010 | Michael D. O'Brien
    Preface to Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, by Michael D. O'Brien This book grew out of a series of articles which were written over a ten-year period for various Christian periodicals. At first, I had no interest in reading the Harry Potter novels, and indeed felt that I had already expended considerable time researching the field of fantasy literature when writing a book on the subject in the mid-1990’s. Moreover, the constant reviews of the Potter series had given me a general sense about the stories and the popular opinions. Oceans of spilled ink and electronic text seemed...
  • Harry (Radcliffe) lends his magic to Lib Dem's campaign

    03/21/2010 6:51:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 21, 2010 | Nathan Kay
    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed his latest role – as an adviser to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The 20-year-old self-confessed Lib Dem supporter met Mr Clegg in December and the pair often talk politics on the phone. During the meeting, Radcliffe, who plays the boy wizard in the film adaptations of the J.K. Rowling books, agreed publicly to support the Lib Dems to help attract young voters.
  • 'Harry Potter' will have nude scenes with costar in upcoming film (Deathly Hallows)

    12/08/2009 8:28:17 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 79 replies · 3,040+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 8th 2009, 4:00 AM | BY Olivia Smith
    The director of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - the two-part final cinematic chapter based on the series of seven books - says Daniel Radcliffe will do several nude scenes in the upcoming movie, one of them of the steamy variety....a monster tortures Harry's friend Ron (Rupert Grint) with images of Harry in some sort of tryst with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), with whom Ron is passionately in love.
  • Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is an atheist and respects Richard Dawkins

    07/06/2009 1:59:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies · 1,947+ views
    examiner ^ | July 4, 2009
    It is no secret that people have long protested not only the Harry Potter books but the movies as well. Many of those people who protest do so with their religious conviction in mind. Back in 1999, an Associated Press writer reported that a group of parents wanted the books kept from classrooms. One parent, Elizabeth Mounce, was quoted as saying, "'The books have a serious tone of death, hate, lack of respect and sheer evil.'" At the time, the school principal, Jerry Locke, asked teachers to stop reading the books in classrooms until the issue was resolved. He...
  • Actor Jamie Waylett Reportedly Arrested for Drug Possession in London

    04/09/2009 5:02:41 AM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 18 replies · 810+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | 4/8/09 | Sue
    We have some troubling news to report tonight regarding one of the actors in the Harry Potter films. Stemming originally from a UK tabloid, world wide media have now carried the story that actor Jamie Waylett, who portrays actor Vincent Crabbe in the beloved film series, was arrested on charges of possessing an illegal substance. A rep for Scotland Yard told the BBC that police made the arrest after searching a car carrying 19 year old Jamie and a friend. "The car was searched and officers found eight bags of a substance believed to be cannabis," he said. The report...
  • WB Releases New Half-Blood Prince Trailer (#4)

    03/08/2009 3:49:10 PM PDT · by SC Swamp Fox · 9 replies · 816+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | March 05, 2009 | Melissa
    In this trailer released by WB, Dumbledore narrates the story of Tom Riddle. We see glimpses of the inferi, more orphanage footage, the gates of Hogwarts as Harry and Luna travel up to them, Harry under his invisibility cloak on the train, Dumbledore grabbing a chain from the cave, a close shot of Narcissa, Draco working on the wardrobe, explosions in Diagon Alley and fire at the Burrow, Harry battling off the Inferi, Fenrir Greyback, Harry shouting at Snape, the bridge collapsing, and another "Once again, I must ask too much of you, Harry."
  • Report: Stuntman for Dan Radcliffe Injured on Set of "Deathly Hallows"

    01/29/2009 5:21:05 AM PST · by CholeraJoe · 16 replies · 662+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | January 28, 2009 | Sue
    UK tabloid The Mirror is reporting tonight that a stuntman "who doubles for Harry star Daniel Radcliffe," was injured as part of prep work for filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The paper says that the accident with the stuntman happened while "rehearsing a flying sequence using a harness when he was sent plummeting by the blast, which was part of the stunt. He was conscious after smashing to the ground but told horrified colleagues: “I can’t feel my legs.” The paper continues: A source said: “The stunt double was badly hurt. He was rehearsing a flying scene...
  • Half-Blood Prince Movie Pushed to July 2009

    08/14/2008 2:13:24 PM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 38 replies · 242+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | August 14, 2008 | Melissa Anelli
    The sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, originally scheduled for a November 21 release, has now been moved to July 17, 2009 in the US and major international markets, according to MarketWatch.com. WB has confirmed the move to TLC. The press release says the reason for the move was two-fold: First, the studio says summer releases are better for "family tentpole" events, and second, they are still feeling the aftereffects of the writers' strike and need the time to make sure the film reaches the widest audience possible. The new date, said Jeff Robinov, president of...
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer

    07/29/2008 11:01:06 PM PDT · by null and void · 63 replies · 380+ views
    MovieFone ^ | 7/29/08
    Muggles Rejoice! 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' A young Dark Wizard emerges in this exclusive first look. Watch the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' trailer in HD: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 114 Days to Theater Premiere Fri Nov 21 00:00:00 EST 2008 Synopsis Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is...
  • Maggie Smith Diagnosed with Cancer; Prognosis "looks good"

    03/19/2008 4:50:55 AM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 33 replies · 853+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | March 18, 2008
    The Telegraph has reported today that Dame Maggie Smith, known to Potter film fans as Prof. McGonagall, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has had a tumor removed and has undergone a course of chemotherapy; the prognosis “looks good,” a friend of hers told the paper. Everyone on staff at, and, we’re sure, reading Leaky wishes this fine actress a double measure of luck and health to counteract this difficult turn of events. You can write to Dame Maggie Smith at Leavesden Studios: c/o Harry Potter Production Leavesden Studios P.O. Box 3000 Leavesden, HertfordshireWD25 7LT United Kingdom
  • Potter Author JK Rowling Equates Christians Who Avoid Potter with Islamic Fundamentalists

    03/17/2008 7:44:22 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 431 replies · 4,669+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 3-12-08 | John-Henry Westen
    Potter Author JK Rowling Equates Christians Who Avoid Potter with Islamic Fundamentalists Says "fundamentalists across all the major religions, if you put them in a room, they'd have bags in common! They hate all the same things" By John-Henry Westen EDINBURGH, March 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The newly released edition of the Edinburgh University Student newspaper, the oldest student newspaper in the UK, includes an interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.  In the interview Rowling claims to have received death threats from Christians opposed to her novels, calling Christian 'fundamentalists' "dangerous" and comparing them by inference to Islamic fundamentalists....
  • Last 'Harry Potter' Book Becomes 2 Films

    03/12/2008 7:05:56 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Hollywood Reporter via Reuters ^ | March 12, 2008 | Borys Kit
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The final "Harry Potter" book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be adapted into two films, Warner Bros. said Wednesday. Titled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the movies are set to be released in November 2010 and May 2011. They will be shot back-to-back by David Yates, who is directing the adaptation of the sixth novel, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," due in theatres November 21. Steve Kloves, who has written all but one of the "Potter" movies, also is returning...
  • 'Harry Potter' Glasses Sent To Holocaust Exhibit

    01/06/2008 4:36:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 147+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-6-08 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) British actor Daniel Radcliffe, who is best known for his role as the famously-bespectacled magical prodigy "Harry Potter," will donate the first pair of glasses he wore as a child to a Liverpool exhibition remembering those who died in the Holocaust. The glasses will be linked with others to form the shape of a railway track, reminiscent of those upon which Jews were transported to concentration camps throughout Europe. The 18 year-old actor, whose mother is Jewish, sent the oval, gray metal-framed glasses he wore as a 6 year-old to be part of the memorial. Former British Prime Minister...
  • Research Finds Harry Potter Descended from Wizards

    12/21/2007 6:47:24 AM PST · by CholeraJoe · 38 replies · 167+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | December 2, 2007
    As if any more evidence was needed, researchers from Oxford University who have been studying aspects of wizarding genes, found that evidence points to Harry Potter descending from a magical bloodline. The Telegraph has a fun look this evening at ‘an analysis of wizardry’ study on the genetics of wizards from the Harry Potter novels. Their aim is to study wizard lineage in hopes to “address the heritability of magic.” They have found, and have published in the British Medical Journal, that magical ability could indeed be passed down from generation to generation. Basing its research on elements of the...
  • Harry Potter is a lefty, says French philosopher

    10/27/2007 12:20:41 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 17 replies · 227+ views
    AFP ^ | Fri Oct 26, 7:10 AM ET | by Hugh Schofield
    PARIS (AFP) - Harry Potter is a left-winger and the seven books by J.K. Rowling are a diatribe against Thatcherite Britain, a French philosopher said Friday on the day of the last novel's publication in French. "It must be said from the start that Harry Potter is deeply political and that the books speak of today's England," Jean-Claude Milner told the left-wing newspaper Liberation. "Reading it, one can see that J.K. Rowling -- like many cultured English people -- believes there was a real Thatcherite revolution, that it was a disaster, and that culture's only chance is to survive as...
  • Harry Potter's Koran

    07/24/2007 8:28:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 485+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 7/25/07 | Zvi Bar'el
    "The story line is not important. We have to take into account that reading itself is what's lacking in Arab nations. Those nations do not even read the Koran. I say we must learn the love of reading from the West without saying that reading that book is a waste of time. Hundreds of thousands of [Westerners] stood in line to get a copy of the book and no one in the Arab nations even goes into a bookstore more than once a year. There's no crowding in bookstores. People crowd around the television, and they're highly skilled in wasting...
  • Potter may help the devil: Mexican priest

    07/21/2007 6:34:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 140 replies · 1,280+ views
    AP ^ | July 21, 2007
    Saturday, July 21, 2007 (Mexico City) The leading exorcist of Mexico's main archdiocese said the popular Harry Potter book and film series could allow the devil to enter children's minds, and does ''a lot of damage.'' The Reverend Pedro Mendoza, a Roman Catholic priest and exorcist coordinator of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, made the comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in Mexico City. ''If you put all these ideas in a child's head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in,''...
  • Fans Wild For 'Harry' Flock To Stores

    07/20/2007 8:06:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 245+ views
    The witching hour is almost here. Thousands of would-be warlocks, sorcerers and ordinary, non-magical Muggles lined up outside bookstores from Sydney to Seattle on Friday, eager to get their hands on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final volume in the boy wizard's saga. In a now-familiar ritual that is part sales frenzy and part Halloween party, bookstores across Britain were flinging open their doors at a minute past midnight Saturday. Shops as far afield as Singapore and Australia were putting the book on sale at the same time; the United States was to follow from midnight...
  • Couple Wedding Plans Include Potter

    07/19/2007 7:14:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies · 411+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday July 19, 9:51 am ET | Sarah "Marky" Skidmore,
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- One Oregon couple's wedding night will be especially magical. Courtney Lanahan and Shawn Gordon of Clackamas are heading straight from their wedding reception Friday to a bookstore to get the final Harry Potter book. The book's official release date is Saturday but many stores will be hosting midnight events to celebrate the debut of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The wedding starts at 7. The reception will follow. And at 11:30 the limo will whisk the new Mr. and Mrs. Gordon away -- to the mall. "It's the best wedding present," Lanahan said. The couple...
  • Web abuzz over Potter leak claims

    07/18/2007 8:22:58 AM PDT · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 11 replies · 448+ views
    FT.com ^ | July 17, 2007 | Ben Fenton
    It was either the biggest trick since Harry Potter turned invisible, or internet pirates had on Tuesday night beaten all publishers in getting the final episode of the boy wizard’s adventures into a public arena. The web buzzed night as users visited a site offering a download of scanned images of pages from a book purporting to be the seventh and final episode of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
  • Life after Harry Potter? Fans and publishers are wondering what to do next

    07/08/2007 3:13:21 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 86 replies · 1,602+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | July 8 2007 | Chauncey Mabe
    Nearly a decade ago, Eileen McNally caught an NPR interview with an obscure writer named J.K. Rowling. The book being discussed, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, sounded like fun, so McNally picked it up for her 9-year-old niece. "I bought it for her to read on the plane home to Buffalo," says McNally, now director of the Florida Center for the Book at the Broward County Library. "But Shannon read the entire thing standing in line at Disney World. I was flabbergasted. That's when I knew this was something special." Special, indeed. The six Harry Potter books published since...
  • In Search of the Perfect Person for Won-Won

    06/26/2007 5:34:58 AM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 15 replies · 458+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | June 25, 2007
    Previously we told you there was to be an open casting call in the coming weeks for the roles of young Tom Riddle as well as Lavender Brown for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. MTV now has an article online quoting director David Yates about his quest to cast the perfect person to play Lavender Brown, the girl who will capture WON-WON's fancy in the sixth Harry Potter film. The director has a test in mind, and it involves...snogging.
  • Ga. Judge: Keep Potter Books In School

    05/29/2007 1:55:29 PM PDT · by yahoo · 196 replies · 2,518+ views
    Ga. judge: Keep Potter books in schoolThe adventures of boy wizard Harry Potter can stay in Gwinnett County school libraries, despite a mother's objections, a judge ruled Tuesday. Laura Mallory, who argued the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft, said she still wants the best-selling books removed and may take her case to federal court. "I maybe need a whole new case from the ground up," said Mallory, who was not represented by an attorney at the hearing. Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor's ruling upheld a decision by the Georgia Board of Education, which had...
  • An Open Letter to J.K. Rowling

    04/24/2007 1:49:43 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 324+ views
    The Atlas Society ^ | Robert James Bidinotto
    Dear Ms. Rowling: I am writing to you today for a couple of reasons. First, I want to tell you how much pleasure I’ve been taking in the Harry Potter series. Now, I realize that you’ve heard that from thousands of fans, and that there’s no reason that my enjoyment deserves any special consideration from you. Still, I did want to tell you how much the amazing adventures of your boy wizard and his intrepid friends—Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore, and the rest of your brilliant creations—have meant to me. In fact, I am distraught that, with the next installment, Harry’s...
  • Deathly Hallows Cover Art and Summaries Released! Brit Page Count Confirmed!

    03/28/2007 5:50:21 AM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 62 replies · 818+ views
    The Leaky Cauldron ^ | March 28,2007 | Melissa Anelli
    Here it is, the cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This post will continue to be updated with links to the art and the text of the summaries. Bloomsbury has also confirmed that the book is 608 pages in their edition.
  • "Potter" puts model trains back on track

    03/04/2007 7:53:07 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 73 replies · 1,302+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Mar 3, 9:25 AM ET | Reuven Fenton
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sales of model trains are picking up steam again thanks to deals linking them to the "Harry Potter" and "The Polar Express" movies, along with a new approach to marketing the old-fashioned toys. Lionel, one of the big names in model trains in the 1950s, has watched as its business had to focus less on selling toys to kids than serving an older but much smaller hobbyist market. Folk-rock singer Neil Young, 61, is so passionate about trains that he bought a fifth of the company in 1995. Now, the company is bringing trains back to...
  • A Very Harry Ending

    02/20/2007 2:08:05 PM PST · by CholeraJoe · 262 replies · 6,208+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 20, 2007 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    February 18, 2007 -- HARRY Potter is not going to die. But Professor Snape will. Harry Potter will not hook up with Hermione. But his best friend will. And Harry Potter will never see Dumbledore alive again. But Dumbledore will still manage to help him. How do I know these things about the recently completed seventh and final book in the beloved Harry Potter series? I don’t. Like millions of other Potter-loving muggles, I’m just guessing. That’s half the fun.
  • Georgia rules [Harry] Potter can stay on school shelves

    12/15/2006 8:06:50 AM PST · by Hadean · 32 replies · 997+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/14/2006
    ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) -- Harry Potter fans in Gwinnett County, Georgia, can breathe a sigh of relief. The Georgia department of education Thursday upheld a decision by the county board that would allow the wildly popular series by British author J.K. Rowling to remain in school libraries, Gwinnett school system spokesman Jorge Quintana said. In October 2005, Laura Mallory, a mother with children at Gwinnett elementary schools, asked a local committee to ban the books about a young wizard, saying they were violent and promoted witchcraft. The application was denied, so she appealed her case before different local and state...
  • Who's That Guy With Harry Potter?

    12/10/2006 1:03:45 PM PST · by GOP Jedi · 13 replies · 584+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Dec. 18, 2006 | Sean Smith
    (snip) "Phoenix," the fifth book in author J. K. Rowlings's series, is by far the most ideological, and seems allusive to post-9/11 politics. Harry knows that the evil Lord Voldemort has been reborn and is building an army, but the wizarding government, the Ministry of Magic, refuses to believe him. .... "There's a really interesting principle at the heart of this story," says Yates, in an exclusive NEWSWEEK interview. "The ministry is this bureaucratic authoritarian regime trying to impose a fundamental doctrine on this liberal wacky school. The ministry isn't very good at accepting the beauty of differences. Everything has...
  • Ga. mother seeks Harry Potter ban

    10/04/2006 6:54:36 AM PDT · by SmoothTalker · 110 replies · 1,956+ views
    "A suburban county that sparked a public outcry when its libraries temporarily eliminated funding for Spanish-language fiction is now being asked to ban Harry Potter books from its schools." "Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction series is an "evil" attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion." "Board of Education attorney Victoria Sweeny said that if schools were to remove all books containing reference to witches, they would have to ban "Macbeth" and "Cinderella.""
  • Fans shocked by Harry Potter's off-color skit

    10/03/2006 9:41:50 AM PDT · by CapnBarbosa · 81 replies · 3,485+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 10-03-06 | Jeannette Walls
    The star of the flicks based on the wildly successful fantasy books appeared in an off-color skit, dressed as a Boy Scout, propositioning an older woman (played by Dame Diana Rigg) and playing with a condom. The skit has been picked up by YouTube, where it’s drawing some outrage, but mostly amusement
  • Stephen King Begs J.K. Rowling: Don't Kill Harry Potter

    08/01/2006 4:55:15 PM PDT · by TightyRighty · 208 replies · 2,133+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 1, 2006 | By Claudia Parsons
    Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises. "My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The author of "The World According to Garp" and a string of other bestsellers said he and King felt like "warm-up bands" for Rowling, who is working on the seventh and last book...
  • Rowling: Two 'Potter' Characters Will Die

    06/26/2006 5:25:47 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 216 replies · 2,271+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 6 26 06 | Associated Press
    4 hours ago LONDON - Author J.K. Rowling said two characters will die in the last installment of her boy wizard series, and she hinted Harry Potter might not survive either. "I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I've always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books," Rowling said on Monday's "Richard and Judy" television show. "I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks, `Well, I'm gonna kill them off because that means there can be no non-author written sequels. So it will end with me,...
  • Ex-priest says Harry Potter led him to Wicca

    04/02/2006 2:51:59 PM PDT · by peyton randolph · 268 replies · 3,864+ views
    Spero News ^ | 03/26/06 | Martin Barillas
    A former Episcopalian priest claims reading Harry Potter during a mid-life crisis led him to eventually decide to become a Wiccan priest...Haney is now a practicing minister of the Sacred Birch Society, a Wiccan group that meets regularly in the Lapeer Michigan area. Claiming that he does not proselytize, Haney hopes nonetheless to be a resource for enquirers into his new found faith. Wiccans claim that their system of beliefs is compatible with other religions, even while they deny Christian teachings as to the identity of Jesus Christ.   According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Haney says that it was...
  • Madonna bans her daughter from auditioning for Potter flick!

    01/18/2006 12:53:27 PM PST · by warpcorebreach · 26 replies · 824+ views
    NewKarala ^ | 1-18-06
    London: Pop diva Madonna has reportedly refused to allow her daughter Lourdes from auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in the next Harry Potter flick. The star stopped her nine year old daughter from joining hundreds of other girls who tried out for the role, in new movie'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'. Lourdes, who is also known as Lola, was desperate to audition after film bosses