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HP Can Stump Even Presidential Candidates
- [ M17 @ 06:19 PM . PST . General ]
In a recent poll given to presidential hopefuls Wesley Clark and Joseph Lieberman, both failed to correctly answer the question: Who wrote the Harry Potter series?
Clark had actually read the books, but failed to name the author. Lieberman has yet to read the series. Some other questions that they missed are: Who was the first American Idol? (Clark answered Elvis Presley), and what group is Justin Timberlake in? (Clark answered the Beach Boys).
Signed HP Audiobooks Up For Charity Auction
- [ Jasen @ 04:25 PM . PST . General ]
A whole host of celebrity memorabilia from the sublime to the ridiculous goes under the hammer at a charity auction near Axbridge tomorrow (Friday). People who attend the event at the Webbington Hotel, Loxton, will be able to bid for a magnum of champagne signed by the 1966 World Cup Team.
...For Harry Potter enthusiasts, there is a CD set of Harry Potter and the The Prisoner of Azkaban, with all CDs signed by the actor Stephen Fry, who narrates the story.
Read up here.
Having Troubles? Try 'Potter' Therapy
- [ Nick @ 03:48 PM . PST . General ]
Canada.Com has this:
EDMONTON -- Young students who are angry, depressed or over-anxious about tests, sports championships or life in school hallways could use a little bit of Harry Potter therapy by envisioning an imaginary Hermione, Dumbledore or Hagrid coaxing them on, says an Edmonton psychologist.
"Harry Potter is all about bravery and courage and wisdom," said Neil Mulholland, who works with kids who have extreme behavioural or anxiety issues. "This is a way for kids to imagine themselves as brave and courageous."
Mulholland spoke about Harry Potter and other positive role models for kids to a room full of teachers and counsellors attending a convention.
Teachers heard how kids can learn to decrease their anxiety by imagining themselves surrounded by loyal friend Ron Weasley, curly-haired and clever Hermione Granger, or Hagrid the giant.
"It's an imaging technique," he said. "What would that character be saying to you about how to handle the big game or the test tomorrow? ... We have to counter the negative thoughts with a positive spell."
When children replace their negative self-thoughts -- failing tests, experiencing stage fright or going blank during a class presentation -- with positive encouragement from imaginary friends flying over them on Quidditch sticks or sitting beside them as if they were both at Hogwarts school, the students begin to gain confidence in themselves, he said.
Mulholland said eight to 12 per cent of children experience anxiety, but it's often a difficult problem for teachers to pick up. Some kids may get physically ill from worrying about exams or volleyball tournaments.
Like these students, Harry Potter's life is full of anxious situations. He meets the evil Voldemort in the form of a poisonous snake. He faces regular emotional abuse from his Muggle cousin Dudley. He has to steal a golden egg from a Hungarian horntail dragon's lair. And he loses the bone in his arm after a Quidditch bludger ball breaks it.
"This young guy was faced with one thing after another," Mulholland said. And yet Harry is able to rise above his troubles with the help of many unique friends and wise wizards. Patient Albus Dumbledore, headmaster at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, accepts Harry even though he does anti-school activities, such as sneak through the corridors in his invisibility cloak when he's supposed to be in bed.
"I wish I had him around when I was a kid," Mulholland said of Dumbledore.
He said Harry Potter characters, or ones like Yoda, the wise Jedi master in Star Wars whose strength is the quiet force within him, offer positive role models to children who have few real role models in their life. Harry Potter characters also have their own quirks and foibles, making them more realistic role models than other superheroes.
Mulholland said many children who use his imaging technique hear the characters tell them that everything will be okay.
"Good always triumphs over evil," Mulholland said. By envisioning Harry Potter or Professor McGonagall with them during stressful times, students allow their imaginations to free them from anxiety and change negative thought patterns.
"Kids not in good situations, enduring terrible times, have hope that some magic or better people will come to guide them," he said.
Thanks to Leaky for the link!
Unveiling the Liverpool Magic Circle
- [ Jasen @ 06:52 PM . PST . General, Interact ]
Daily Post has this:
IT IS a name that conjures up images of a secret society whose mysteries must never be revealed.
Now the Liverpool Magic Circle has been relaunched 50 years after it was first formed.
It is the brainchild of Richie Smith, an entertainer and fundraiser who has been a fan of magic for more than 30 years.
..."We will welcome those people who are just interested in the history of magic, and at our meetings people who are interested will actually be demonstrating magic. We'll also be having brain-storming sessions."
Budding Harry Potters wishing to join the circle will have to pass a strict interview to prove their interest in, and knowledge of, magic.
Check out the article at the link!
Another Result of Potterism
- [ Jasen @ 06:49 PM . PST . General ]
When she was 13, Heather Lawver read a book that changed her life: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Inspired by reports that J. K. Rowling’s novel was getting kids to read, she wanted to do her part to promote literacy. Less than a year later, she launched The Daily Prophet, a Web-based “school newspaper” for the fictional Hogwarts. Today, the publication has a staff of 102 children from all over the world.
Read on here!
Older Readers Lack HP Knowledge...?
- [ M17 @ 05:13 PM . PST . General ]
According to a recent survey (Telegraph), many readers aged 25 to 44 don't know the Harry Potter books as much as the next novel...
...Thirty-two per cent of people knew that the owl and the pussy cat in Edward Lear's verse took "some honey and plenty of money wrapped up in a five pound note". But just 14 per cent knew that J K Rowling's Harry Potter caught his train to school from King's Cross station...
'Getting to Know Sean' Update
- [ Nick @ 06:39 PM . PST . General ]
For all you Sean Biggerstaff fans out there...Sean's Official Site has a new edition of 'Getting to Know Sean', where Oliver Wood himself answers fan questions. Check it out here!
Thanks very much to the folks at Veritaserum for the tip!
Judge Makes Decision on Potter v. Stouffer
- [ Nick @ 01:51 PM . PST . General ]
Nancy Stouffer, a woman claiming Harry Potter was a rip of of her own work, lost in court, and had to pay some hefty fees. Entertainment Law Digest reports:
A federal appeals court has upheld a rare $50,000 judicial sanction against a woman who claimed that the Harry Potter books copied her work. In addition, the appeals court upheld the dismissal of her claims and affirmed the trial court order that she pay her opponents’ attorneys fees.
US District Judge Allen G. Schwartz of the Southern District of New York had found that there was “clear evidence” that Nancy Stouffer had committed fraud in presenting her evidence of copyright infringement.
[ Read More in Depth ]
Felton Hosts Fishing Tournament (Again)
- [ Nick @ 01:41 PM . PST . General ]
North Country Guide has the story:
Over $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the second St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament ™ August 20th and 21st. Young carp anglers will cast for the largest four fish of their two day catch along a beautiful 35 mile section of the St. Lawrence River between Massena and Ogdensburg, New York.
The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce tournament will once again be co-hosted by returning British friends Tom and Chris Felton as well as Martin James. Tom is known for his various movie roles, including Draco Malfoy of the Harry Potter movie series. He is an accomplished carp angler and ecologist. Chris is a noted inventor of carp baiting systems and is credited for inspiring this tournament. Martin is a long-time advocate of carp angling on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, and he brings years of wisdom and expert BBC commentary on fishing and the environment to the competition.
Read the article in its entirety here.
Reality Check Includes Potter
- [ Nick @ 01:53 PM . PST . General ]
Reality Check has a quite humorous comic involving the lightning bolt scar on Harry's forehead.
[ See the Comic Here ]
Ziggy Features An HP Mention
- [ Jasen @ 03:31 PM . PST . General ]
In today's comic!
The Queen of England Knows Her HP Trivia
- [ Jasen @ 01:20 AM . PST . General ]
The Queen had the last laugh yesterday when she answered a question about Harry Potter that had defeated a group of children at church near Sandringham.
She chuckled when, in conversation with the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev John Sentamu, she was able to name Professor Dumbledore as the head teacher of Hogwarts, J K Rowling's school for wizards.
The Queen attending morning service at St Mary's church, Flitcham
"The Queen was laughing because she knew the answer and none of the children did," said the bishop. "She said: 'Fancy the children not knowing about Harry Potter - I knew.'"
Pop Culture Spurring Internet Fan Fiction
- [ Jasen @ 07:04 PM . PST . General ]
From The Age:
In the marketing milli-second that parts the latest Harry Potter book from an impending Harry Potter movie, lunch box or confectionery range, J. K. Rowling's mass audience has found a way to amuse itself. Hungry for Hogwarts, and always eager to follow fresh narratives, addicts of Harry have found a way to take the edge off: they simply create new stories themselves.
Explore the internet or dive into 'zine culture and you'll discover more than 100,000 pieces that employ the characters and settings founded by Rowling in her HP series. Some of the work is stunning, much of it is drivel, and all of it risks inspiring the fury of Warner Brothers and Harry's other trademark holders.
Despite a threat of legal notices and continued aloofness by the more upright literary community, this work is flourishing. HP-inspired fiction has even given rise to its own stars, some of whom rival Rowlings's own talent for rococo prose and colossal word count. These exuberant HP writers are the latest heirs to a literary tradition known as fan fiction, or fanfic. The genre is staffed by fans of a specific book, television show or movie. Using established characters and surroundings, writers arm themselves with a healthy sense of creative entitlement and let it rip.
Read the rest of this interesting article at the link above!
Time Capsule Includes Modern Entertainment...
- [ M17 @ 11:06 AM . PST . General ]
Bettendorf is starting off the New Year with a time capsule.
City officials buried it Wednesday night in front of City Hall.
The time capsule includes a a copy of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,'' a DVD of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,'' a bag of microwave popcorn, magazines, local yearbooks, photographs, letters from local dignitaries and essays by local teenagers.
Source: WQAD IL
- [ M17 @ 11:03 AM . PST . General ]
An Opinion article from SunSpot.net describes why 'Potter' and 'Rings' are such a success...
Both works offer escape and pleasure, and perhaps insight and inspiration. Quite a few youngsters and adults are writing "fan fiction" Harry Potter stories, little pieces based on the characters, and posting them on Web sites, where Rings fiction (based on the J.R.R. Tolkien originals) has long been a fixture. Some moviegoers said they felt energized to make their own art, and make it better, after seeing such a masterful piece...
Radcliffe Causes a Flood of Donations...
- [ M17 @ 11:01 AM . PST . General ]
From The Sun...
...this Christmas Daniel announced on his website that he wanted fans to give donations to a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent, instead.
He said on his website: “In the past my fans have been truly generous in sending me fantastic presents.
“I appreciate these and feel very fortunate to have such loyal fans.
“However, this Christmas, I would like to ask instead of sending me a gift they make a donation to Demelza House, a fantastic children’s hospice that I support.
John Williams Grand Marshal
- [ Scott @ 08:53 AM . PST . General ]
I didn't even realize this until I turned on the tv, but John Williams is the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses today in Pasadena, California. He'll be conducting the band that plays the national anthem at the Rose Bowl, as well as the half-time show. John Williams is the composer of the music for the Harry Potter, as well as many, many other well known films such as Jurassic Park, Jaws, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones.
For our foreign visitors who might not know what this is, the Tournament of Roses is a parade with floats that must be completely covered by some sort of flower, fruit or vegetable, and the designs are extremely amazing. Following the Tournament of Roses is the Rose Bowl, which is a university football(American) game between the top teams in the Big Ten conference of universities and the Pac Ten (Pacific Ten) conference of universities.
Yet Another Guinness Record!
- [ M17 @ 07:51 PM . PST . General ]
This one, however, is apparently not mentioned in the 2004 edition, according to Veritaserum...
Most Character Voices In An Audio Book
In April 2003, British actor Jim Dale created and recorded 134 different and distinguishable character voices for the audio book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. "Jim did an absolutely beautiful job creating the voices," said Executive Producer Orli Moscowitz. And Random House audio-book veteran David Rapkin attested: "I have never, not once, ever had the experience [Jim] provided with an amazing number of distinct, very different, and unique character voices."
New Year's Day @ Seasons Restaurant
- [ M17 @ 12:06 PM . PST . General ]
What's in store at the Seasons Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel (Chicago)?
A buffet-style holiday brunch. Kids' activities include a life-sized Harry Potter castle with videos and arts and crafts...
For more details, visit Metromix.
Magician's Stores Not Affected by HP
- [ M17 @ 11:49 AM . PST . General ]
... reports Godrics Hollow / Wizard News.
Despite the fuss surrounding the release of the fifth Harry Potter book, and in spite of the thousands of children storming book shops in magician's costumes in November, sales of magic supplies at Freer's Zauberladen in the hip Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg have not been transformed. The Harry Potter spell failed to work its magic in this sector...
More at the link above!
Britain's Home Secretary Potter "Specialist"
- [ iruhkoi @ 03:04 PM . PST . General ]
Blunkett, the first member of the Cabinet to appear on Mastermind, chose JK Rowling's Harry Potter books as his specialist subject.
He managed a reasonable score of nine, putting him in third place. Worrall Thompson scored eight answering questions about French chef Augustus Escoffier and Bowen made 12 on the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
Read more at the link above!
Harry Potter isn't Harry Potter Anymore...
- [ M17 @ 11:55 AM . PST . General ]
If Harry Potter isn't Harry Potter, then who is Harry Potter? That's easy to answer...
HARRY Potter is a woman, a court in Australia has ruled.
Designer Clair Jennifer, 35, first thought up the name in 1994 to sell her range of women's clothing. Film giant Time Warner took Clair to court to stop her using the name again in her chain of stores, called Wombat. But Clair, of Sydney, told a judge: ''He was my creation for my label long before JKRowling's books came to Australia.''
And yesterday, she said: ''I'm the real Harry Potter. Now it's been made official by a judge.'' A spokeswoman for Time Warner said they were disappointed by the court finding.
Lucky Number Seven
- [ Jasen @ 05:38 PM . PST . General ]
Harry Potter made USA Today's List of "100 People of 2003", coming in at lucky no. 7:
7. Harry Potter. As you may have heard, thousands of salivating fans lined up to get a taste of the magic man this year. If only David Blaine could say the same …
Find out who else made it at the link!
Chris Rankin Review
- [ Scott @ 12:28 PM . PST . General ]
Chris Rankin's official website has a link to a review of his latest project, the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Here's an excerpt of the review in the Shropshire Star:
I also liked Chris Rankin as Percival, the Queen's nasty helper. One of his other jobs is being Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films. I thought he was clever and made a good job of being very naughty to Snow White - Katie Ray - and the other poor people in the town.
Read the full review at the Shropshire link above, and you'll also see a photo of Chris in character :)
David Copperfield This Weekend
- [ Scott @ 10:17 AM . PST . General ]
Reader Avalonx1 informs us that the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) will be airing Masterpiece Theatre Presents Charles Dickens' David Copperfield starring Dame Maggie Smith, and Daniel Radcliffe as a young David. Other notable performers are Zoe Wannamaker (Madame Hooch) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf in LOTR).
She informs us the air date is Saturday, December 20th at 11:10pm EST in NYC, but check your local listings for possible differences.
Chris Rankin in Panto
- [ Scott @ 01:32 PM . PST . General ]
Chris Rankin, better known to Harry Potter fans as Percy Weasley, will be appearing as Percival (how fitting) the Henchman in the pantomime play Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, at the Oakengate Theatre in Telford. More information about tickets and performance times can be found at the link. The show opens this Friday, December 19th, and closes Sunday, January 11th 2004.
Emma Watson at ROTK Premiere
- [ Scott @ 07:30 AM . PST . General ]
Thanks to the reader who sent us the link to this image of a beaming Emma Watson attending the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King premier at Odeon in Leicester Square in London. The original, full size image is from icLiverpool.
Who says British have bad teeth? Click on the image to view the full size version.
White House, Laura Bush like Potter, too!
- [ M17 @ 03:24 PM . PST . General ]
The decorations at the White House in Washington, D.C., have a new touch this holiday season...
This year's White House Christmas decorations seem just the ticket for a home run by a former school librarian.
Unveiled today by first lady Laura Bush, the decorations feature scenes from children's fiction -- ranging from "Little Women" to "The Cat in the Hat" to "Harry Potter."
In fact, Mrs. Bush told reporters she read the entire five-book Potter series this summer -- and "just loved" them.
The theme for the decorations is "A Season of Stories." Many of the pieces are making a return White House appearance after trimming trees and fireplaces when President Bush's father lived there.
Mrs. Bush says the Christmas season is always special at the White House, with its parties on most nights for lawmakers, staff and friends.
Source: WBAY TV
Harry Potter Grammy Nominations
- [ iruhkoi @ 05:00 PM . PST . General ]
Thanks to iHP reader Kelli for informing us of the just-released list of nominees for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards (US), which include a nomination for Jim Dale for the Best Spoken Word Album for Children Award (Order of the Phoenix) and a nomination for John Williams for the Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or other Visual Media Award (Chamber of Secrets).
Congratulations to them, and let's hope they win!
Read more nominees at 1010Wins.com.
Scholastic Website Update
- [ Scott @ 07:30 PM . PST . General ]
This is an update that's probably months old (it may have even always been there and didn't show up on my computer) but Scholastic now has a black and white image of Mary Grandpré, the illustrator of the American editions.
Dare You Enter The Harry Potter Maze?
- [ Jasen @ 10:54 AM . PST . General ]
NEW YORK, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Smart Adventures Inc. today announced it will be hosting a series of Art Hunts, entitled Potter and the Mythology Maze, inspired by the popular stories of Harry Potter.
Art Smart Adventures will lead children ages 5-12 and their parents on a trivia seek-and-find event through The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City three weekends in December. The "Potter and the Mythology Maze" Art Hunt uses Potter trivia to direct families through a maze among the creations of ancient Greek potters, the antiquities of Rome and Egypt, and the galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
The details here!
The Harry Potter Bandit
- [ Jasen @ 10:44 AM . PST . General ]
Police are searching for a man known as the "Harry Potter bandit," who's been invading the homes of some local elderly residents, Local 4 reported.
Witnesses say the man stands out because the glasses he wears apparently look like those worn by Harry Potter, the main character of the J.K. Rowling books and a series of blockbuster films.
The bandit has hit three times in a Dearborn Heights neighborhood near Joy and Beech Daly roads, according to police.
There's more at the link!
Harry Potter To Be Among Themes In UK Tour
- [ Jasen @ 10:05 AM . PST . General ]
Read about it here.
Are Harry Potter Fans The Craziest?
- [ Jasen @ 11:34 PM . PST . General ]
Well, crazy, no, but devoted, we are. IMDB has a new poll up, asking "Which fans, on average, do you think take their fandom too far in their daily lives?" Vote at the link!
Harry Potter Bazaar Next Weekend
- [ Scott @ 11:22 AM . PST . General ]
Courtesty of the Redbridge Independent:
A CHRISTMAS bazaar with a magical twist takes place next weekend at Holy Trinity Church.
A Harry Potter Christmas bazaar will be held from 7.30pm on Friday, November 28 and from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, November 29.
Residents can enjoy a host of stalls, sideshows, refreshments, a fancy dress parade and a visit by Father Christmas.
Spanish HP Website Shut Down by JKR
- [ Scott @ 02:26 PM . PST . General ]
Thanks to El Cronista de Salem of ExpresoHogwarts for sending us this:
All the spanish ewspaper has commented in their pages about Daniela Raiti, an argentinian who founded www.harrymania.com.ar 5 years ago and it was the first spanish harry potter site, and an exemple for all the webmaster of latinamerica and Spain.
HarryMania has been one of the most visited sites in the last years (botth www.expresohogwarts.com and www.harrylatino.com) but the dream of his webmiss has finished. JKR and her lawyers have closen her site. Why?
Daniela started the 21th June the biggest fan translate in history: translate book 5. Spanish sites support her project and the translate, (a very good translate) was finished 2 weeks ago. More than 100 fans have helped in the project, a professional translator has corrected difficult mistakes and a professional writer has copied finished the work with his style. The book was at harrymania and all the fans could download it free. Spanish fans must wait until 21th February 2004 for the spanish edition (6 months) and is natural the idea.
[Editor's Note] While it may seem a harsh reaction by JKR, the translation was illegal, and the free download was a violation of several international copyright laws.
Salamandra, who publish Harry Potter in Spanish, was shocked with the perfect translate, butthey couldn’t close the site, because they have spanish OofP right since 2004 and no 2003. For this reason, Sigrid Kraus (the director of Salamandra) spoke with Christopher Little and was JKR, Little and the Lawyer who phoned to the harrymania company host and close it.
Now, harrymania.com.ar is not avalible. All spanish fans are angry (as natural) and they want the Salamandra translate NOW. Of course, copies of the harrymania’s translates are in other sites.
As ABC newspaper says, JKR will send a letter to Daniela saying thanks by her support, but saying that they cant translate without the book rights. JKR will not have more troublems with her, but Sigrid Klaus has said to the same newspaper that if other site publish the translate, it will be in serius troubles...
I think this news is very important. HarryMania is the oldest site of harry potter in spain, and they have closed. We must wait 6 months for it, and we cant translate by ourself?
El Cronista de Salem
Harry Potter Healthier than Oprah
- [ Scott @ 05:35 AM . PST . General ]
Here's an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune:
A new survey has found that 50 percent of the nation's most stressed-out individuals are fans of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The telephone poll of 1,015 people, commissioned by Hale Dwoskin, author of anti-anxiety book "The Sedona Method" (Sedona Press, $17), also found that 76 percent of "Oprah" fans wish their lives were calmer (20 percent higher than non-fans) and that "Oprah" watchers are 50 percent more likely to be taking anxiety-relieving medications than adult Harry Potter fans.
One more reason I'm glad I'm not an Oprah fan, hehe.
Jim Dale To Read From "A Christmas Carol"!
- [ Jasen @ 05:16 PM . PST . Books, General ]
At 6:30pm on December 2nd, at the World Financial Center in New York City, Jim Dale will read a selection from A Christmas Carol at the Holiday Lighting Ceremony, part of the Festival of Light and Sound. Thanks to Becky for telling us about the flyer.
Scholastic Website Updates
- [ Scott @ 08:02 AM . PST . General ]
Thanks to El Cronista de Salem of ExpresoHogwarts.com for sending us this info:
Scholastic has Publisher a new screensaver with info of ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, with a funny Tonks (her hair change the color all the time).
this is the link where you will find the screensaver. Scholastic has upload new questions about the fifth too (all about 4 days ago).
An Invisibility Cloak in Use!
- [ M17 @ 07:42 PM . PST . General ]
This isn't directly related to Harry Potter, but a couple of months back, a real-life invisibility cloak was developed. TIME has the current scoop: (and this is a real picture!)
Harry Potter isn't the only academic with an invisibility cloak. A professor at the University of Tokyo has created an optical camouflage system that makes anyone wearing a special reflective material seem to disappear. Here's how: a video camera records the real-life scenery behind the subject, transmits that image to a front-mounted projector, which then displays the scene on the reflective material. The system has obvious military applications and could also be used in airplane cockpits to make landings easier for pilots.
Harry Potter and LOTR To Be Spoofed
- [ Jasen @ 06:53 PM . PST . General ]
Reuters has the scoop, but beware of the movie's description as it is a bit adult-oriented.
Harry Potter Caption Contest
- [ Scott @ 09:20 PM . PST . General, Interact ]
For the next week, I'm running a Harry Potter cartoon caption contest featuring Harry asking
Dumbledore what he sees in the Mirror of Erised. The reader gets to write Dumbledore's response
(a chance to say what he *really* sees). The entries are rated by readers with the funniest
punchline voted on in a week. The contest ends Wed 19 Nov so come check out all the crazy
submissions so far at:
Ewan McGregor's Children Aren't Harry Potter Fans
- [ Jasen @ 05:27 PM . PST . General ]
The Scottish actor has revealed that he refuses to read the popular books to his children, Clara, 8, and Esther, 2, because they do not make good bedtime reading.
Instead, he opts for a series of books by a mystery reclusive author to entertain Clara and Esther.
And Crieff-born McGregor, 32, said he was jealous that he hasn’t been asked to appear in the movie version of his favourite children’s read, A Series of Unfortunate Events.
He said: "Storytelling has become a part of my personal life, as well as being my profession. Most evenings I read stories to my kids."
Scotsman has the rest!
Reviving Traditional Chinese Culture...
- [ M17 @ 09:45 AM . PST . General ]
Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins are helping to revive Chinese traditional culture.
Michael Tong gambled his future on this startling belief in May when he took charge of developing online games for Chinese internet portal NetEase.
NetEase games are virtual worlds designed to be played by thousands - the record is 150,000 at once - full of wizardry, Kung Fu and supernatural sword play.
And Potter mania is helping to conjure up a market.
"Our guess is that in cities like Shanghai or Beijing, Chinese would be looking more to the West, would be reading Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but our guess is they'll still be interested in Chinese myth," says Mr Tong.
Chinese translations of the bespectacled boy wizard's adventures have sold at least 6 million copies, sparking interest in Chinese wizards too.
More from BBC News!
Philip Pullman On Harry Potter
- [ Jasen @ 05:39 PM . PST . General ]
Independent.co.uk has posted questions asked by readers for Philip Pullman, author of the fantastic His Dark Materials series. Here's what he says in response to one question:
Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings?
Mel Robertson, by e-mail
Um. This is one of those Archbishop of Canterbury 12-second silences. I can't really answer the question. I read The Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager and I didn't really like it. I have tried to read it since, but it doesn't really say anything to me because the characters have no psychological depth. The only interesting character is Gollum. And I've only read one Harry Potter book, the second one, and it wouldn't be fair to comment on that basis, although I thought it was funny and inventive. Neither are my particular favourites.
Dr. Rickman, Please Report to Surgery
- [ Scott @ 07:58 AM . PST . General ]
From Yahoo News!
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Alan Rickman and Mos Def will star in "Something the Lord Made," an HBO movie about the true story of heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, a white surgeon and a black lab technician.
The partnership between Blalock (Rickman) and Thomas (Mos Def) began in 1929 when the then-19-year-old Thomas' dreams to go to college and medical school were dashed when he lost his tuition savings in the October stock market crash and took a job as a lab technician at Vanderbilt University's medical school, working for Blalock, a resident surgeon.
The full article's at the link.
More Speculation on Seabottom Titles
- [ iruhkoi @ 01:34 PM . PST . Gaming, General ]
In another update to a story first reported August 25th exclusively here at iHP, Harry Potter fans around the world have been pondering the motives behind the trademark registrations of various Harry Potter titles under the name "Seabottom Productions Limited."
Not only has Seabottom Productions been directly linked directly to the address of Warner Bros. lawyers in Europe, but the numerous trademarks have been registered for the express use of (a) technical equipment, everything from mousemats, mobile phone accessories through to GPS systems and computer memory, (b) packaging and stationary, and (c) software development, installation (of anything) and (technical) support for products.
Thus, many have concluded that these trademarks are for the use of future computer games, and NOT as book titles. For a full list of the trademarks registered by Seabottom, click "more." Thanks to Leaky for the in-depth follow-up investigation.
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Potter Music to "Light up the Violins"
- [ iruhkoi @ 01:12 PM . PST . General ]
from The Daily Herald:
"The sounds of Harry Potter's colorful adventures will be lighting up the violins, trumpets, drums and cellos of the Utah Valley Symphony on Thursday at the Provo Tabernacle. Children from Provo, Alpine and Nebo school districts and the public have been invited to experience the symphony through a guide and short tutorials.
"We want to give the kids a real concert experience," said Cornelia Madsen, vice president of the symphony and first trumpet. The concerts are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. While they are tailored for children, the public is welcome to join the fun."
Read more at the link above!