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Harry Pottermania

Harry Potter is riding his Nimbus 2000 from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry into publishing history. With advance orders at 1.8 million, the fourth book in the popular series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," was a bestseller before it hit the shelves. British and American publishers ran a record-breaking first print of 5.3 million copies.

Chances are you know who Harry is, as the frenzy started with the publication of the first book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Whether you are a die-hard H.P. fan or just intrigued with the hysteria, the following sites can help you decipher all things Harry.

Harry Potter's Extra, Extra!

The New York Times added a Children's Bestseller list because of the phenomenal success and presence of the Harry Potter books on its regular fiction list. See how many weeks the books have made the list. The New York Times also invites us All Aboard the Potter Express to learn more about J.K. Rowling's rise to success from humbler beginnings.

Salon.com's Harry Potter Directory offers a list of related articles and reviews.




Virtual Potterland

Scholastic Books, the American publisher of the series, has an official Harry Potter site that features a pronunciation guide, discussion guides for teachers, summaries, sample chapters and a discussion chamber that challenges kids to think about the books in new ways.

The British publisher, Bloomsbury, lets surfers enter a Muggles site or a Witches & Wizards site. Once in the Muggles site, you can read an introduction to the Harry Potter series, find out what awards the books have won, read reviews from major U.S. and UK newspapers, read FAQs, order Harry Potter books, browse through a glossary of book terms and read a biography of author J.K. Rowling. If you choose to be a Witch or Wizard, you must first pass a quiz to enter the site. Once you have proven your sorcery powers, you can read about J.K. Rowling's creation of the Harry Potter books, join Bloomsbury's Harry Potter Web Club, send a Howler to friends or play an interactive trivia game.

Kidsreads.com's Harry Potter site offers reviews and excerpts from the books, an interview with J.K. Rowling, trivia, puzzles, a Who's Who guide, a What's What glossary and a display of Harry Potter book covers from around the world.

More Potter Fodder

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hit the silver screen Nov. 16, 2001. Check the official movie site for trailers and news updates.

  • The Harry Potter books have also inspired music. Download this song about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or read the lyrics.

  • Kids Domain presents recipes for Harry Potter-style treats and crafts.

  • InfoPlease.com's Kids Almanac has converted dialogue from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone into Haikus. Submit your own!

Fan Fever

Hagrid's Hut collects ideas from the book and tries to bring them to life in its virtual tour of Diagons Alley, Hogwarts and the Hogsmeade candy shops.

Scandalous Sorcery?

That's right. The Evil Voldemort is not the only one who's got it out for Harry Potter. Read more about the debate at these sites:

Kidspeak is a coalition of people against the banning of books in schools and libraries.

The American Library Association has a list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000 as well as other resources on challenged and banned books.

Read about objections to the Harry Potter series at the Family Friendly Libraries' site. Under the table of contents, click on FLF Book Reports and scroll down the left sidebar to view articles.




   --- L. Judge

 
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