Thursday, June 7, 2007

Calling on Harry Potter Fans!

It is countdown time! Now that I live in this Dr. Seuss land called Central Florida where most people work for a mouse or a group devoted to outer space exploration, I can't wait for Harry Potter to join this happy chaos. Universal Studios Theme Park is adding not only rides, but basically a Harry Potter land. A transcript of the announcement is on the Leaky Cauldron website or the Orlando Sentinel's news story. The planned completion is targeted for 2010.

We never outgrow the wonder found in great children's literature and I am one of the millions who fell under Harry Potter's spell from the first moment. I've ordered my copy of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows from Amazon and I'm waiting rather impatiently for the release of the next movie on July 11. I found the official Warner Bros. website and enjoy watching the trailers and teasers.

It is a two-fer month, July is. A new Harry Potter movie and another book! Sadly the last in the series, unless we can twist the author's arm to continue the saga. Special events are planned with the author, J.K. Rowling including a midnight signing and book reading the day the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, is released. At midnight, July 21, 2007, the author will meet with more than 1,000 lucky readers to sign books at the Natural History Museum in London. Approximately 500 of those lucky few will be invited to listen to the author read.

Not having spent much time online looking for Harry Potter links, I'm amazed at the J.K. Rowling official website and all of the fun bells and whistles! It refers to the Leaky Cauldron site hosted by Melissa Anelli, a freelance writer who is working on a book tentatively titled: Harry, a History of the Fiction, Fans and Phenomenon of Harry Potter to be published November, 2008 by Simon and Schuster Pocket Books. The Leaky Cauldron site is maintained by a whole staff of Harry heads and it is the place to go for all things Harry including discussions of symbolism, trivia, the latest JK Rowling news and interviews, and even a newsletter The Owl Post.

If that isn't enough Harry Potter for you, check out the Fan Links and immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter. In the meantime, I plan to reread the Order of the Phoenix and be ready for the movie's debut.

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