September 11, 2004

Remembering September 11th Three Years Later

As we remember today, I have come across a quote from Professor Dumbledore that seems to speak meaning for today.

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided...Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

Our hearts go out to all the victims' families of 9/11.

Posted by xAmarisx at 09:33 AM

September 10, 2004

Happy Birthday, Chris Columbus!

Happy Birthday to Chris Columbus, director of both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Columbus, who was a producer of Prisoner of Azkaban (and also executive producer for Goblet of Fire) was born on September 10, 1958. Happy 46th Birthday to him!

Thanks, El Cronista de Salem of HarryLatino.

Posted by M17 at 03:36 PM

September 09, 2004

Yule Ball is in!

An HPANA interview with Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe) quotes him as noting that the Yule Ball scene will remain in the GoF movie. It had been reported earlier, however, that this scene would still be drastically cut.

Read more at the links above!

Posted by xAmarisx at 07:53 PM

John Cleese shows off his wine expertise on TV

John Cleese, who plays Nearly Headless Nick in the Harry Potter movies, is bringing his wine wisdom to TV in America in the form of a new special.

The wine connoisseur will present John Cleese's 'Wine for the Confused' on The Food Network in America in October.

The show, which features Cleese inviting guests like The Mummy star Brendan Fraser to his home in Santa Barbara, California, to sample wine, includes hilarious anecdotes about the star's life.

Source: Wizard News

Posted by Bunny at 04:55 AM

Harry Potter bewitches NIU

When Matt Birchler bought his textbooks at the beginning of the semester, he was surprised when he found his English books were from the Harry Potter series.

“I had never read any of the books or seen the movies before this class,” Birchler, a freshman communications major, said. “If I knew the class was using Harry Potter as a text, I probably would not have taken the class, but having actually read one of the books now, I have to say they’re way better than I ever expected.”

Many students, like Birchler, walked into English 105 skeptical.

“I was never interested in Harry Potter before this class began. To me, Harry Potter was always a little kid type of entertainment,” Veronica Butts, a freshman public health administration major, said. “But it is actually interesting.”

Though some may question the books’ ability to challenge advanced English students, Angela Schult, a freshman elementary education major, said she believes they are working at a college level.

“Just because the books may be an easy read doesn’t mean that they cannot benefit us,” she said. “We were told at the beginning of the semester that reading anything makes us better writers, whether it’s Shakespeare or a copy of the Enquirer.”

However, not all students think the books are college material.

“I feel that Harry Potter is a children’s book and should stay a children’s book,” said Sheila Vance, a freshman political science and Spanish double-major. “I was reading more advanced stuff freshman year in high school.”

The class’ teacher, Karley Adney, believes focusing on these books is useful because it exposes students to popular fiction, which is a type of writing that they may or many not have had the chance to read in a classroom setting.

“It is valuable that students are exposed to all genres of writing because then they are able to make their own educated decisions about what constitutes good writing,” Adney said.

Adney chose the Harry Potter books because the series is packed with themes and issues she says we can all relate to. “There is classicism and racism, and other issues like loss, rejection, popularity, family and acceptance - all of which are issues that we have dealt with and still do deal with on a daily basis,” Adney said.

The class syllabus includes a reading log, an argumentative paper and summarizing exercises, Adney said. She teaches two sections of the class, and all books used are either from the series itself or deal with analyzing the Harry Potter books.

Although the course has many educational goals, some students are looking forward to more than just grammar and writing.

“I should say I want to become a better writer [in the class], but really, right now I just want to see what happens next in the Harry Potter story,” Birchler said.

Source: Northern Star Online

Posted by Bunny at 04:43 AM

September 08, 2004

Harry Potter in English Students Books

The English book is called 'Citizens' (Longman
Publisher) and it is for the last course of school, 2nd of
Bachillerato. In the chapter of Books and Films, appear J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. You must do exercices about them. It is a strategy to make the student book more interesting, and thanks to HarryLatino we have scans of the Book Cover, the 1st page, the 2nd page, the 3rd page, and 4th page.

Posted by Alice at 01:33 PM

September 07, 2004

J.K. Rowling New Site Award

JKRowling's site has been updated! Seems it has come to our knowledge that our affliate Mugglenet has won the fan site award. Congrats!!

Posted by xAmarisx at 04:18 PM

September 06, 2004

GamesMainFrame.com reviews POA

GamesMainFrame has posted a fairly in-depth review of the POA video game for the XBOX system. This review provides some new bits and pieces of information that you may find appealing as well as your typical POA pros and cons.

Click on the link above to check it out.

Posted by Andrew at 07:20 PM

Remembering Mattie Stepanek

Good Morning America pays tribute to Mattie Stepanek, a Harry Potter fan, who died of muscular dystrophy in June.

A poet since the age of 3, Mattie started writing in part to help him deal with his disease, which causes generalized muscle weakness and difficulty in regulating such body functions as heart rate and breathing. He used a power wheelchair, ventilator and supplemental oxygen, in addition to other treatments.

His mother, Jeni Stepanek, has a milder, adult-onset form of the disease, but was not diagnosed until her four children were born. Mattie's two brothers and a sister also died of the disease.

Posted by Jasen at 01:54 PM

Apologies from The Sunday Mail

In response to an earlier publication, in which they claimed J.K. Rowling based the character of Gilderoy Lockhart on her ex-husband, Jorge Arantes, The Sunday Mail has issued an apology:

ON August 22 we published an article headlined 'JK: My revenge' in which we mistakenly stated that JK Rowling had revealed that she had based her Harry Potter character Gilderoy Lockhart on her ex-husband Jorge Arantes.

Subsequently, we were contacted by Ms Rowling's solicitors and, as a result, we are happy to accept that she made no such revelation and that the character is not based on Mr Arantes in any way. We apologise for any embarrassment caused.

Posted by Jasen at 01:49 PM

Abarat Author Credits J.K. Rowling

Reader Julez writes:

Hi,

Found this excellent interview with Clive Barker talking about his Abarat books (the new one is out at the end of this month) up on icLiverpool's site.

Barker credits JK Rowling with changing publishers' attitudes, meaning that writers of adult fiction can turn their hands to children's literature without a fuss.

Posted by Jasen at 12:25 PM

Even Harry Potter Can't Help

Reading books is no longer a favourite pastime with kids as a survey in Britain has revealed that children do not like to read beyond their text books.

According to The Sun, the research for the Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation, found that kids' favourite pastimes included watching TV and playing computer games while they found creative writing the least exciting.

The research revealed that 47 per cent of the children were not interested in reading, in fact the antics of the boy wizard Harry Potter too failed to entice them.

More at WebIndia.

Posted by Jasen at 12:17 PM

September 05, 2004

Art Exhibit Showcases International Potter

The work of children's book authors is on display at the Northwestern University library in Chicago. Included are international translations of Harry Potter books.

The featured artwork includes 27 nominees for the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award... the exhibit includes children's books published in more than 25 languages, including editions of Harry Potter in Turkish and Finnish.

Harry Potter eta Sorgin-Harria, the Basque translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is on the International Board on Books for Young People's Honour List.

Source: Chicago Tribune. Subscription may be required.

Click here to see Northwestern University's website on the exhibit.

Posted by M17 at 05:45 PM

Harry Potter Going Mobile!

Pocket Lint has reported that Electronic Arts plans to create a downloadable Harry Potter game for a cellular phone near you. This decision comes from the increasing popularity of FIFA 2004 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour games that already exist for the mobile phone.

Remember that you heard it here first!

Click the link above to read more.

Posted by Andrew at 02:51 PM

Mary GrandPre to Illustrate for Minnesota State Fair

Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPre has agreed to create original art for next year's Minnesota State Fair commemorative poster, AP (via WCCO) reports...

Mary GrandPre says there are always new things to do at the fair, no matter how many times a person goes back. GrandPre says the fair is always changing, and each time she goes she fines something else to call her favorite thing.

Posters and signed numbered prints will be produced in limited quantities and will be available only through the Minnesota State Fair Foundation beginning next summer. Proceeds go to supporting the fair's property and programs.

2005 will be the second year that a fine arts poster has been created for the fair. Before this year, the fair used advertising billboard art.

Source: Associated Press via WCCO.

Posted by M17 at 08:25 AM