Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Harry Potter book removed from Southern California's Vista San Gabriel Elementary School library

Officials have removed the latest Harry Potter book from the list of books to buy for Southern California's Vista San Gabriel Elementary School library.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is one of 23 titles the Wilsona, Calif., school board voted to strike from the list -- along with three bilingual Clifford the Big Red Dog books, "Disney's Christmas Storybook" and two books from the Artemis Fowl series, the Antelope Valley Press reported.

In January 2000, Sharon Toyne -- then a Wilsona board member and now board president -- warned against author J.K. Rowling's best-selling books about the boy wizard, the newspaper said.

"The book's wizards and magic all falls in the line of witchcraft," Toyne said at the time. "In our district we are trying to promote character with programs like Character Counts, and I don't see how the book promotes that. I think (the books) could arouse a child's imagination and curiosity of the unknown, of the dark side."

The Harry Potter series made the Top 10 on the American Library Association's "100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-2000," along with "Daddy's Roommate" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has paid £30,000 at a charity auction for a family tree drawn by author JK Rowling

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has paid £30,000 at a charity auction for a family tree drawn by author JK Rowling.

Radcliffe, 16, who plays the schoolboy wizard on screen, bought a handwritten history of the family of Sirius Black, his character's godfather.

Rowling donated the document to the sale by Book Aid International, which provides books for schools in Africa.

The actor also successfully bid for handwritten works by writers Iain Banks and Tom Stoppard, totalling £4,680.
Radcliffe's mother Marcia Gresham bid on his behalf at the central London auction.

She said: "This should put paid to anyone who says that Daniel doesn't like reading.

"Daniel hasn't stopped since he read the first Harry Potter book and he loves Iain Banks and Tom Stoppard."

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Will Harry Potter Die in Final Book?

He could or could not. The answer to the question now lies in the hands of JK Rowling who is currently working on the final book of the Harry Potter series.

Will Malfoy succeed in killing Harry with a powerful wand he received from Professor Snape? Will Professor Dumbledore rise from his grave to protect Harry? Or will it be Harry who will protect the entire Hogwarts community?

I had nothing to do so I though of possible scenarios that could happen in the final book.

Harry and Hermione could end up together and Sirius Black could receive a teaching offer at Hogwarts.

Well, the best thing to do is wait for the final book to be released.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Google Site Map for Blogger Blogs

This is not about Harry Potter, but if anyone of you out there knows how to add a google-compliant sitemap for blogs, please let me know by posting a comment on this entry. thanks ;)

Harry Potter Podcast: Filming of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix Starts

Hello. It's been a while since I updated this blog. It was a frustrating period for me because very few visitors come to my blog since I created this. But I realized that making this blog was, first and foremost, for my personal satisfaction and not for other people. That's the reason why I'm back. I'm going to updated this blog everyday and I hope too that more and more people will come by and read my posts. :)

Harrypotterpodcast learned that the filming of the next Harry Potter movie "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will start today, Monday, in London.

A veteran Academy Award nominee and a 14-year-old unknown will join the cast as filming begins in southern England on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Director David Yates will be at the helm of the movie version of J.K. Rowling's fifth book, due in theaters next year.

The plot centers on the arrival of Dolores Umbridge, an unpopular new professor at wizard academy Hogwarts. She will be played by actress Imelda Staunton, nominated for a 2005 Oscar for her performance in the bleak period drama "Vera Drake."

An Irish Harry Potter fan, Evanna Lynch, will play his love interest in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix after she beat out around 1,50,000 hopefuls.

According to contactmusic.com, Lynch will play Luna Lovegood. Lynch is such a big fan of the Potter series that she named her two cats Luna and Crookshanks. She was even sent a signed copy of the book when she was too sick to attend a book signing.

Her father says, "Words cannot describe how happy she is."