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Unread 05-02-2002, 07:07 AM
Harry Potter

My daughter loves Harry Potter. She was so enthralled at 12 with the movie I took her to see, that I had to read the books! I was extremely skeptical when I heard she read the first book back in 4th grade. She wasn't ready for it yet and didn't like it. In 6th grade the surge came again and she picked up the first one from the library and loved it. We gave her the set for Christmas last year.

They aren't filled with anything but imagination in my opinion. I'm a Christian and I really can't see how imagination is bad. She loves writing and books like these really fuel the fire in her!

I cannot wait for the movie to come out on DVD this month~we'll be watching it over and over again! I want my hubby and oldest to see it as well. As it will be at home, I don't have to worry about sitting for 3 hours. I had a lot of pain when I took her in November, this will be better! I have reserved it for months on Amazon, waiting, patiently. I think she's forgotten, so it will be a surprise until one of her friends tells her!

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Unread 05-04-2002, 10:55 PM
Unhappy - Harry Potter Grrrrrrrrr!

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It's from today's (May 5th) New York Times, I think the link is only good for a week.
Unread 05-05-2002, 09:49 AM
Harry Potter

I went and sent the article to myself, it's below, thanks Marian my surgery sis!


Harry Potter and the Quest for the Unfinished Volume

May 5, 2002


Each time Rachel Ruskin, 11, enters a bookstore in her New
York City neighborhood, she walks straight to the
information desk to ask a question pressing on the minds of
millions of children around the country: When will the next
Harry Potter book appear?

No one knows, not even J. K. Rowling, the British author
who invented Harry Potter and the famous Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry. After turning out four Harry
Potter books at a rate of one a year through July 2000, Ms.
Rowling is already months late in completing the fifth book
in time for its planned publication in July. She has
explained to her agent and publishers that writing this
next book is proving to be more involved than she initially
expected. Scholastic, the United States publisher for Ms.
Rowling's previous books, has told its watchful
shareholders only that the company expects to publish Ms.
Rowling's next Harry Potter book some time before June

Although writers missing deadlines may be nothing new, with
a phenomenon like Harry Potter even the failure to publish
can be a momentous event. As a second summer reading season
arrives without a new Harry Potter book, questions about
the timing of the next book's appearance are deepening into
urgent mysteries in the minds of Ms. Rowling's legion of
fans. Already the unfinished fifth book has become the
subject of heated debates about issues like what effect the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had on Ms. Rowling's story
outline or which girl stands the best chance of winning
Harry's adolescent heart.

Bored, perhaps, with rereading the first four books, many
of Ms. Rowling's youngest fans now congregate online. In
the last year, thousands of Web sites have sprung up where
swelling ranks of visitors eagerly swap their own theories
and "facts" about the progress and contents of the
forthcoming book.

"There are, like, millions of Web sites," said Ms. Ruskin,
the 11-year-old fan. "One person told me that J. K. Rowling
got mad at people for pushing her so she decided to start

Not so, said Judy Corman, a spokeswoman for Scholastic. Ms.
Rowling is hard at work and her publishers are patient, she
said. "Clearly we understand that her readers are eagerly
waiting for it but you can't hurry the creative juices and
we understand that," Ms. Corman said. "She is writing. She
is working hard on the book. We will be happy when we get
it." Scholastic never announced a date, she said. Once the
manuscript is completed, releasing it will take four or
five months.

Scholastic is not the only company with much riding on Ms.
Rowling's next opus. Ms. Rowling now sits at the center of
a sprawling network of companies capitalizing on the fruits
of her imagination. Scholastic alone has sold more than 67
million copies of her first four books, and the appearance
of her last book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,"
bolstered sales at Barnes & Noble and Borders enough to
merit special discussion in their quarterly reports.

For a time, Amazon.com, the online retailer, accepted
preorders for the expected fifth book, "Harry Potter and
the Order of the Phoenix." Amazon is no longer taking
orders because of the delay. More than 320,000 people have
asked for e-mail notification when the book arrives.

In the weekend it opened last fall, a film of Ms. Rowling's
first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," took
in a record $90.3 million for the Warner Brothers division
of AOL Time Warner. A sequel, "Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets," planned to open this fall, was previously
expected to dovetail with the publicity from the new book's
release this summer. Toy companies, video-game makers and
other companies also now sell a host of related
merchandise, counting on new books and films to renew

Success has changed Ms. Rowling's life too. She devoted her
attention to the making of the film and the licensing of
her characters. Ms. Rowling was also dating Dr. Neil
Murray, an anesthesiologist. They married on Dec. 26 in her
recently acquired 19th century Scottish mansion. But their
honeymoon was brief so that both newlyweds could get back
to work.

Ms. Rowling herself has acknowledged feeling "an edge of
external pressure," as she told the magazine Entertainment
Weekly two years ago, because of her books' soaring
popularity. In her last book, she ended up deviating for
the first time from her preconceived outline for the plot
and missed her deadline by two months, she said.

Ms. Rowling has also pledged to take on even more delicate
subjects in her next book. "There are deaths, more deaths
coming," she said in an interview with the British
Broadcasting Corporation in December, adding that one
character's end will be "horrible to write."

And she plans to introduce some of life's other
complexities, too. "They are 15 now, hormones working
overtime," she told the BBC.

For some young fans, the delay is accomplishing what once
seemed impossible: dulling their fascination. "Since the
fifth book hasn't been coming out for a long time I have
gotten absorbed in a lot of other books," said Raphael
Helfand, 7, of New York, whose father waited outside a
bookstore at midnight two years ago to buy the fourth book
the day it appeared. "A year ago I was more eager. Now, I
can wait."

Others expressed some annoyance. "Now that you mention it,
I am getting sort of impatient," said Jacob Bradford, 11,
of Brattleboro, Vt., "The books are getting dusty on my
shelf. I am not sure if I am going to remember everything."

Laura Aragon, 11, of Bethesda, Md., concurred: "I hope she
hurries up and finds something to write about."

Absent a new book to digest, many of Ms. Rowling's fans
have turned their attention to dissecting her cryptic
comments - and each other's gossip - for clues about
Harry's future.

"I think he will have a girlfriend but not a character"
from the previous books, Ms. Ruskin opined. One prominent
female character already seemed destined for another boy,
and the other candidate for Harry's affection was "a little
annoying," she said. Others hold to the "bachelor theory,"
that Harry will become the object of several girls'

Steve Vander Ark, a school librarian in western Michigan
who operates a popular Web site for students,
www.i2k.com/~svderark/lexicon, said he had "a pretty good
idea what is taking so long." Hasty work, he said, had led
to some internal inconsistencies in the fourth book,
including one involving the chronology of the deaths of
Harry's parents. Fans first debated the hidden meaning of
the discrepancies but then realized that they were simply
mistakes. "Now she realizes how closely people will be
looking at the details of her work," he said.

Heidi Tandy, a lawyer in Miami who administers another
Harry Potter Web site, said she believes the events of
Sept. 11 played a role. In the fourth book, a set of
characters called Death Eaters "resemble terrorists more
than anything else," Ms. Tandy said. She guessed Ms.
Rowling felt obliged to take recent events into account.

Thousands of teenagers and adults have attempted to fill
the gap left by the delay in the fifth book with Harry
Potter stories of their own, usually posted on Web sites
and sometimes running to hundreds of pages. It took decades
of "Star Trek" reruns to inspire a genre of "fan fiction,"
but just two years without a Harry Potter book.

Ms. Tandy helped start a Harry Potter "fan fiction" Web
site, www.FictionAlley.org, and said its number of
registered users had grown from zero to 4,000 in the last
10 months. In one popular story, Harry Potter and his
schoolboy nemesis, Draco Malfoy, grow up to be gangsters
and gay lovers in London. Ms. Tandy said her site tries to
exclude children under 13 and avoids posting "X-rated"
material. Other Harry Potter "fan fiction" sites are less

Frustration with the delay among teenage and older Harry
Potter fans online has often spilled out in feuds.
Hard-core fans debate which characters will end up
romantically linked. They call their rival camps "ships,"
short for relationships, and some partisan Web sites
denounce or ban advocates of rival "ships."

Barraged with questions, bookstore clerks have done their
best. "There are some disappointed people," said Virginia
Mulholland, children's events coordinator at the
Joseph-Beth bookstore in Cinncinnati. Her explanation to
customers: "I found out from my sources that it is already
done and they just pushed it back to go along with the

Ms. Mulholland was stunned to learn that the book was not
finished. "`Oh! Oh my God!" she said, "I'll have some angry
people. Are you serious? Stop it! No!"
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Unread 06-12-2002, 06:22 PM
Smile - Harry Potter New News on Harry Potter

I was just on line at www.harrypotter.com with my DD and found several really interesting things for any true Harry Potter fans out there.
First, There is a Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie Trailer you can see. It's a 30 second tease of the movie to come.
Secondly, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be released in North America and the U.K. on November 15th, 2002 by Warner Brothers Pictures, (an AOL Time Warner Company). You can read all about the actors, who's returning in the same roles, and who is being added. It was a lot of fun reading tonight.
You have to look under the side bar listing of (I think) the Daily Prophet. It's the newpaper from Hogwarts.
Take care!
Unread 01-16-2003, 12:59 AM
At long last!!!!

Book Five is officially due in June!!!!!!
Unread 01-16-2003, 08:45 AM
Harry Potter

Marian, That's great news!!! Where did you hear that at. I've not seen or heard anything about it. Thanks for letting us know.
Unread 01-16-2003, 02:51 PM
Harry Potter

I just heard the news myself....book 5, all 768 pages of it, is due out on June 21st (which also happens to be my birthday!) I told my DD that it would be a great present for ME and she didn't quite agree !! LOL
Unread 01-23-2003, 07:59 AM
The Second movie is due out in April

I just read at IWon.com, in the news headlines, that the next Harry Potter movie will be released on April 11th.
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is scheduled to be released in both DVD and VHS on April 11th. I guess I'm off to the video store to put in my hold for it. (Where I go,If your pre-order it, they always have a cheaper price than the actual release price). Something new to wait on, along with Book 5. I guess they really have us all hooked now, don't they.

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