Harry Potter set to break all US records

JK Rowling's sixth Harry Potter book will have the highest initial print run in US history, it has been announced.

Record breaker: The latest Harry Potter book

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is expected to sell 10.8 million copies when it hits the US bookshelves on July 16

If so, it will break the record set by the previous Potter book, Order of the Phoenix.

That book, the fifth in the series, made publishing history in 2003 when it sold five million copies in 24 hours.

Barbara Marcus, president of US publisher Scholastic, expects Potter fans will want Rowling's latest offering the moment it goes on sale.

"We wanted to be ready so that every single child, every single person who started out with Harry Potter when it began and every family that wants multiple copies will be able to get them," she said.

Scholastic revealed that the Half-Blood Prince will be 672 pages and that the cover of the US edition will feature Harry and Professor Dumbledore.

A multi-million dollar marketing campaign will be launched on April 7 marking the "100 Day Countdown to Harry."

Harry Potter's writer: Latest is greatest

LONDON: British writer J.K.Rowling has reviewed her latest Harry Potter book and pronounced it one of her best yet."Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," her sixth in the stunningly profitable series, is set for a July 16 release, the Daily Mirror said Thursday.

"Book six does what I wanted it to do and even if nobody else likes it, and some won't, I know it will remain one of my favorites in the series," she said.

Rowling also said she plans to take several months off to look after her new baby daughter before she starts writing the seventh and final novel in the Potter series. (World News)

Zip around England like a wizard from Harry Potter

Q. We're interested in taking our 11-year-old grandson to England on a Harry Potter tour. Any recommendations?

A. We've heard the popularity of Harry Potter tours is waning but you can still find a few that travel to film locations and sites associated with author J.K. Rowling's bespectacled boy wizard. British tour operators Astral Travels (www.astraltravels. and Back-Roads Touring Co. ( have combined to offer nine two-night tours.

Stops include Dursley's House, where the film adventure began, and the city of Gloucester, where the cathedral and the King's School were used as locations for Hogwarts School.

Prices start at #349 (about ) per person, plus #269 (about ) for a child sharing a room with two adults.

You can also do a private one-day tour with London Taxi Tours (, which takes guests to Oxford University, where some Hogwarts School scenes were filmed, then returns to London to visit more sites. Tours can be extended by two hours or shortened to 31/2 hours.

The shorter tour costs #128.50 (for the taxi, not per person), about .

If you want to do it yourself, contact VisitBritain, the British Tourism website and request a Harry Potter tourist map.

From Harry Potter to “Hairy” Potter

London, Mar. 31: Harry Potter wizard Daniel Radcliffe is sporting a brand new “hairy” look in his latest film “Goblet of Fire”.

The 15-year-old child actor has grown into a long-haired teenager from a flighty kid who made his debut as Harry Potter in 2000 for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

The fourth Potter film, out in November, also stars Clemence Posey, 21, as Fleur Delacore, Roger Lloyd Pack, 61, as Barty Crouch and Michael Gambon, 64, as Professor Dumbledore.

The sixth JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will have the US’s highest initial print run on July 16 with 10.8 million copies, reports The Sun.(ANI) (World News)

Harry Potter ban raises kids ire!

Tuesday, 05 April , 2005, 14:07
London : For kids who are the greatest fans of Harry Potter movies, nothing could be more frustrating than being barred from a chance to experience life as a student wizard at Hogwart's Academy.

According to Female First, Professors and academics are meeting at England's Reading University this summer to devote three days to the boy wizard stories, by holding seminars about Potter's life, playing magic sports like broomstick flying, and testing out potions made by evil professor character Severus Snape.

However, organisers have excluded those under-18 from the Hogwarts experience. "They are being really silly. The real Harry Potter fans will have a much better understanding of the books than some stuffy professors. Why do you have to be 18 to go?," a fan was quoted as saying.

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Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools.

Meanwhile, supporters of Harry's nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), send a shockwave of fear throughout the wizard community when their Dark Mark scorches the sky at the Quidditch World Cup, signaling Voldemort's return to power. But for Harry, this is not the only harrowing news causing him anxiety…he still has yet to find a date for Hogwarts' Yule Ball dance.

Bulgarian Harry Potter Superstar: I'm More of a Heart Pleaser

The Bulgarian boy that was picked for the role of Viktor Krum in the fourth blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finally spoke to the press, it appeared on Wednesday.

Bulgaria-born Stanislav Yanevski, living and studying in London, dark and appealing as Quidditch star Viktor Krum, shared his experience as a neophyte actor to a reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. On my first few days, we did the maze scenes. In the very first scene, I had to fight with Cedric. I remember my heart pumping because it was the first time that I was in front of the cameras, the charming teenager said.

When ask whether he sees himself as a potential heartbreaker, the Bulgarian said laughing, "I'm more of a heart pleaser."

Yanevski's personality was veiled in mystery until January when his face was finally shown to the public. He turned out to be the favourite choice of director Michael Newell. Back then the public was informed only of the name of the winner but his face was hidden from all fans and journalists.

Last year Bulgaria was obsessed with the Potter mania after it was reported that a Bulgarian boy is wanted for the role of Viktor Krum. The special casting organized in Sofia attracted great interest with over 600 kids trying their luck.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter novel series. It will be released in November 2005. Its Bulgarian premiere has been scheduled for December 2005.

Devon says we'll just have to wait and see

Devon Murray, who plays Seamus Finnegan in the Harry Potter movies, made an appearance at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday.

About the latest Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which is due in theatres on November 18, Devon said, "We've just finished filming the fourth film two weeks ago," but he wouldn't give away any details.

"You'll have to wait and see, y'know," he said.

Today is the last day of the show, which is open from 10am to 6pm at the RNA Showground in Bowen Hills.


ROBBIE Coltrane has hinted that he may not re-appear as the lovable giant Hagrid in the next Harry Potter book to be filmed, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Coltrane, who next week returns to the Scottish stage for the first time in 15 years, has also revealed he would like to take part in productions with the new National Theatre of Scotland.
The actor, currently rehearsing for his role in Peter McDougall's The Brother's Suit, which is on at Oran Mor in Glasgow every day next week, said he was unsure whether he would rejoin the Potter franchise after this year's movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
He has made the hefty role of Rubeus Hagrid his own since the JK Rowling books were first translated for the screen. However, asked if he would be returning as Hagrid after this year's episode, he said: "It's open to negotiations . . . I know the answer and it's 'I don't know'. That's that."
He declined to comment any further on the future of the role, instead praising the Goblet of Fire, although he admitted it was a very complicated plot.
On the National Theatre of Scotland, which is due to stage its first productions next year, the 55-year-old actor said: "Of course I would be tempted.
"I was offered a big theatre part in Scotland recently which I could not do because of other commitments, but yes, of course. I can't tell you what the part was, because someone else did it." He said "the bulk of what's on at theatres now is bloody musicals, endless bloody musicals.
"I do think that's a shame. The big issues of the day, like the Iraqi war, are very rarely discussed in the big theatres now. I think it's a shame because it's a platform to discuss ideas that cannot be discussed anywhere else, with the agenda on television being so sanitised. I hope the (National Theatre) does address these things."
Coltrane said he was enjoying rehearsing for the stage again, for the Oran Mor play, The Brother's Suit, part of its series known as A Play, A Pie and A Pint.
"The trouble with theatre is that once you are a name they want to have you doing it for 18 months but I would go insane doing it for that long," he said.
"I'm doing this for a week and I know by the end I will be saying 'I want to do it again!'."
Coltrane said that he was a "big fan" of McDougall's, it was a "beautiful piece", and he did not mind being the centre of press attention over his role.
Rowling said she would soon be taking several months off to look after her new child and will not start writing the final Potter novel for some time.
On her official website she said: "I have just completed the very last tiny edits on Half Blood Prince so I'm now taking a few months off to concentrate on my new daughter (not to mention the old daughter and the not so old son).