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Even though Lily is only 3 1/2 she loves her “Harry Potters.” We picked up the new DVD of the second movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, about a week ago and have watched it three or four times. I’ve concluded it doesn’t hold my attention as well as the first one, is more contrived from the flying car landing in the Whomping Willow, through the marching spiders, to Wailing Wanda or Moaning Myrtle or whatever that annoying ghost in the bathroom is called, on through young Valdemort coming and going from books and the final battle with the bigass snake.

I still love the relationships – between the three friends, within the Weasley family, Hagred and the kids and the school, and the overall atmosphere of magic, but I really hope the next one is less clunky.

With Harry5 just eight days away, Amazon has released a 105-second audio reading of a passage from the book:

    Amazon, which already has advance orders for more than 1 million copies of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” worldwide ahead of its June 21 release, said that traffic to all of Amazon’s audio streams jumped six times since the audio clip was put up on its Web site.

    The audio clip describes teenage wizard Harry and his friends entering a room and facing a choice over whether to use magic or break school rules, but reveals little about the plot of the highly-anticipated book. [Reuters]

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