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Harry Potter at Royal Albert Hall

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On June 26 author J.K. Rowling will be interviewed on the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall by comedian Stephen Fry, who has narrated the Potter audiobooks, before reading from the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and will then answer questions from children:

    Competition for a place in the Royal Albert Hall is expected to be fierce. Teachers were invited to apply for tickets for groups of up to 50 children. Winners will be drawn in a ballot.

    Scholastic, the American publishers of the Potter books, will fly in 10 competition winners to London for the event.

    Readers desperate to know what happens to Harry in his latest adventure have already been given some tantalizing clues.

    Last December, a private U.S. buyer coughed up $485 a word for a synopsis of the fifth book that Rowling offered for a charity auction in London.

    “Thirty-eight chapters … might change … longest volume … Ron … broom … sacked … house-elf … new teacher … dies … sorry,” were more than enough to generate vigorous bidding.

    Six years on, Pottermania shows no sign of abating as publication date draws near. Print runs on both sides of the Atlantic already run into millions and bookshops will be opening from midnight on June 21. [Reuters]

I may even read the damn thing.

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  • caz

    FANTASTIC BOOK 5! Here are some reasons for it being fantastic:
    1) We meet a really horrid Defence against the Dark Arts Teacher… Professor (“hem,hem”) Umbridge who brings out so much hatred and emotion whilst reading. It’s the strongest emotion I’ve felt for a character in a book in all my life.
    2) We laugh and cry alot, it’s very effective.
    3) The wit is amazing, the Weasley brothers are hilarious…”doing a Weasley” and Ron’s personality is even more funny this book than in the others.
    4) Harry gets his first kiss which is really sweet.
    5) We find out lots of really important information about Harry and what we can expect from the last two books.
    6) It’s completely engrossing. The description is, as ever, completely amazing, we feel like we are at Hogwarts and we can escape from our life.
    7) Although it’s about magic, it’s completely believable as normal people are not forgotten in the storyline.