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Leno/Conan And World War II: WSJ's Joe Queenan Makes Puzzling Comparison

Jason Linkins | May 25, 2011 | Media
In the Wall Street Journal, Joe Queenan really whiffs badly in an attempt to draw a historical comparison between the Leno-Conan-NBC wars and... uhm... well, Hitler. As they say: "Oy."

Harry Potter Theme Park To Open In Spring

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | May 25, 2011 | Media
Joyous news for Harry Potter fans everywhere! The Harry Potter theme park-- AKA The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- is set to open this spring. On Tuesday, Universal Studios unveiled details of the wizarding world, a 20-acre park in planning since May 2007. The theme park site explains...

Reading Between The Lines: "My Really, Really, Really Boring Dinner With Ahmadinejad"

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
Apart from the free food and general coolness of being at that kind of event — if you're into such things — after reading Stengel's account I am forced to conclude that it was an excruciating evening.

God Is In The Details, Even If They're A Little Late

Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
From the transcript of a chat with J.K. Rowling hosted by original U.K. publisher Bloomsbury and linked on the faithful MuggleNet: Smallbutpowerful: On behalf of all harry potter fans who consider themselves to be hufflepuffs could you please describe the hufflepuff common...

Scholastic Could Continue Potter Books Without Rowling

Forbes | Michelle Kung | May 25, 2011 | Media
By 12:30 a.m. on July 21, after waiting two and a half hours at the local Barnes & Noble, I finally had the seventh and final Harry Potter book in my hands. It all ended with a sleepless weekend filled with sporadic bouts of incessant crying, armed only with my...

Half-Blood Prince, Full-Blooded Synopsis: Your Cheat Sheet To Harry's Last Stand

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
So by now you may have seen the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and you are probably dying to read the exciting conclusion... but you may also realize you've forgotten what happens in between. I for...

Harry Potter And The Self-Hating Grownup Reader

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
Congratulations, New York Observer, you earn our Spoilsport Award with the awful and self-satisfied "Harry Potter and the End of Enchantment" by Mark Lotto, and not just because it reveals a vital plot points two-thirds down on the first page and then says...

Chinese Pirates Sell 2-For-1 Potter Book, Movie Package On Streets

Reuters | Michelle Kung | May 25, 2011 | Media
Harry Potter might possess the powers to vanquish evil wizards -- but not Chinese pirates. Bootleg English-language copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," J.K. Rowling's latest and last novel in her super-selling series, have been appearing on the streets of Beijing -- testimony to local pirates' ability to...

Even Cats Can't Wait To Read Deathly Hallows

GalleyCat | Michelle Kung | May 25, 2011 | Media
"Jarvis likes to sleep on my bed while I work from my desk at home," says Book Standard reporter Kimberly Maul. "Now that I work from home most days, his schedule goes like this:" 7 A.M.: step on my face and wake...

Naomi Watts - Still Pregnant - Rumored To Make "Harry Potter" Film

Cinematical | Katherine Thomson | May 25, 2011 | Media
Watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend (liked it, but for whatever reason it didn't involve me nearly as much as the others), it occurred to me that the Harry Potter franchise has been cast better than just about any film series I can think of....

Harry Potter And The Kind Of Relationship About Which John Edwards Is Internally Conflicted

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
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John Edwards may be struggling with the Love That Dare Not Speak It's Name but YouTube users have no problem with it, as evinced by this touching tribute to Ron and Harry — a friendship...

Potter Magic: Amazon Profits More Than Triple

AP | Katherine Thomson | May 25, 2011 | Media
Investors went on an Amazon.com Inc. shopping spree Tuesday after the Web retailer said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, thanks to strong sales of books, music and electronics worldwide. Wall Street may also have been cheering a slowdown in spending on technology after several years of heavy investment.

Merlin's Pants! Hundreds Of Potter Books Missing Pages

AP | Katherine Thomson | May 25, 2011 | Media
Harry Potter charmed millions of readers this weekend, but the spell was broken at least briefly for some fans when they found pages missing from their precious copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The book's publisher, Scholastic Inc., says a few hundred of the 12 million copies of...

Harry Potter's Fate Is Known, Yet Unknown

AP | Michelle Kung | May 25, 2011 | Media
The fate of Harry Potter and friends, known now to millions of fans, remains officially secret -- sort of. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final volume of author J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, came out Saturday amid an international frenzy to find out whether Harry lived or died. More...

Is That A Locket In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Glad To Be Reading Harry Potter Anonymously?

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
J.K. Rowling: £96 For Every Word In Deathly Hallows: Yet another way of measuring how rich J.K. Rowling is! That book is 759 pages long. And now we know why. [MSNBC] Yes, but were those 8.3 million copies as...

Warning! If You Haven't Read 759 Pages In Three Days, It's Your Own Damn Fault

Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
Can't a girl do a simple search in Google News for "Harry Potter" without being spoiled? Apparently not, though this time I've no one to blame but myself, for not thinking that, gee, the words "Harry Potter" might not be safe to type...

Harry Loves Hermione (And We've Got The YouTube Vids To Prove It)

Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
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Okay, so we STILL don't know if Hermione and Ron get it on at all, but that never mattered to the stalwarts on YouTube — I believe the term of art is "shippers," that is to...

Newsbriefs, 7/23: All Harry, All The Time

Michelle Kung | May 25, 2011 | Media
WWHD? Bloomberg columnist Michael Hassett puts on his economics thinking cap and throws around terms like "new economy" and "network externalities" to explain the Potter phenomenon. Oh yeah, and he predicts Deathly Hallows will outsell the Bible this year. Take that, Jesus! Home Sweet Kabul: Stateside Potter-ites lament not...

Michael Oondatje is Canadian

Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
We're just sayin'. But also, it took a $50 bet between myself and a friend to see who could actually finish The English Patient first because neither of us particularly wanted to. I can't recall who won our little English Patient-off; I only know that no such incentives...

Media Equivalencies, Part II: Emma Watson = Emily Gould, and More!

Rachel Sklar | May 25, 2011 | Media
Okay, maybe — just maybe — we spent some time this weekend perusing Harry Potter fan vids on YouTube, and maybe — just maybe — we got a little distracted by the "Harry Loves Hermione" slice of the oeuvre. But it was...
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