Fans of Harry Potter all over the world celebrate his Birthday on 31st July every year. KV Pattom Library along with the Reader’s Club also takes part in the event with competitions and displays.
1. Harry Potter Quiz
Quiz competition on Harry Potter series of Books (all seven parts). Students from class VI to XII can participate in the contest. Interested students should reach the library at 10.30 a.m on Friday, 16th July 2010.
2. Writing Birthday Wishes to Harry Potter Contest
Write birthday wishes to Harry Potter on the Bulletin board fixed outside the Library (22-24 July 2010). Three Best wishes will get fantastic prizes.
3. E-mail a birthday card to Harry Potter
Create a birthday card and add birthday wishes in your own words. Then mail that to firstname.lastname@example.org . Best entries will get prizes. The entries should reach on or before 31st July 2010.
Display of Harry Potter Books in the Library from 26 to 31st July 2010.
For more details visit the Library.
Reuters – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reads at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House …
The estate of late author had said that the plot of the book, the fourth of seven in the wildly successful series that has been turned into a multi-billion-dollar film franchise, copied parts of the plot of his book "Willy the Wizard," including a wizard contest, and that borrowed the idea of wizards traveling on trains.
Scholastic Corp, the U.S. publisher of the books, welcomed the move by judge Shira Scheindlin, quoting the judge as saying "...the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity."
"The Court's swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd," the firm said in a statement.
In October, a judge overseeing a similar plagiarism case at London's High Court said that the claims made by Paul Allen, trustee of Jacobs's estate, were "improbable," though he turned down an application by lawyers for Rowling and her British publisher for an immediate judgment dismissing the case.
According to his estate Jacobs, who wrote "The Adventures of Willy the Wizard -- No 1 Livid Land" in 1987, had at one point sought the services of literary agent Christopher Little, who later became Rowling's agent. It added that Jacobs died "penniless" in a in 1997.
Bloomsbury said Rowling had never heard of Jacobs's book before the copyright claim was first made in 2004, almost seven years after the publication of the first book in the highly publicized Harry Potter series.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; editing by Daniel Magnowski)
Pottermore fansite could mark multimedia publishing revolution.
If Harry Potter opened a whole new world for readers, Pottermore offers citizenship in it.
Though the forthcoming website made headlines for its promise of digital books, some say the bigger story is its "game-ification" of reading -a shift that could have seismic reverberations for the publishing industry.
"There are still reading purists who think books should be on paper, and who turn up their noses at the video game industry. There's a kind of artistic snobbery to it," says Michael Wolf, a digital media expert with market research firm GigaOM. "But the very nature of a book is starting to blur -and I think that's a good thing because it expands the demographic and gets more people to read."
Pottermore, which officially launches in October, will sort site-users into a House, and select for them a custom wand, based on their personality traits; allow them to compete for points in a virtual House Cup contest; showcase newly commissioned illustrations and writing, as well as interactive moments that delve beyond Rowling's original story; and create a social networking experience around the bestselling series.
"This could be the next evolution of social reading," says Wolf, though he hastens to add that the required financial investment could paralyze independent publishers. "To be certain, this is something that, for now, only an elite author like J.K. Rowling can do."
Bridget Hooper, a 17-year-old from Sherwood Park, Alta., submitted her email address to join Pottermore as soon as the site was announced. A fan of Rowling's books for half her young life, the teenager has high hopes of rediscovering the series alongside other members of the virtual community.
"I'm really excited to get sorted into a House," says Hooper, who's a dead ringer for Potter's paramour Ginny Weasley. "I hope I'm in Gryffindor."
Sidneyeve Matrix, a professor of media and mass communication at Queen's University in Kingston, describes Pottermore as a "gated community" for bookworms.
"They have exclusive sales of the e-books, offer an experience you can't get anywhere else, and have a fan base like nobody's business. So from a commercial standpoint, it's pure gold," says Matrix. "From a cultural perspective, I see it as the game-ification of reading, which will appeal in a big way because it connects readers and fans in a way that feels relevant to them."
Amazon recently reported that e-books have surpassed paper books in sales on its site. And Sony, a Pottermore partner, has teased the release of technology "that will help shape the future of storytelling" -rumour has it, a Pottermore reading app for the company's new hand-held game device.
Matrix says these elements could theoretically be applied to entire genres, with publishers creating niche virtual worlds to enhance their various properties.
An online experience built around Harlequin novels, for example, would be ideally suited to romance readers, whose demographics mirror those of the biggest social gamers: females in their late thirties to mid-forties.
In other words, this isn't about simply transporting book clubs online. It's about transporting the entire world within the book and everything that comes with it.
"It's not just me and my book any more; it's me, my book, all my friends, the whole fan community, the publisher, the author's there," says Matrix. "I mean, WOW. Reading just got really fun again."
Varun has a problem. His parents have gone to Japan and he has no one to help him with his homework. So he tries to get help from various sources.
Dear J K rowling,
This is not 1 more dumbo kid wanting to join Hogwarts. My parents won't let me go even if I got an owl. They are not here now. Appa had to go 2 japan 4 2 weeks and amma went 2oo so there is no 1 2 do my homewk. Paati can't understand decimulls. Thatha has to go to work. Deepa says she will fail if she does my HW too. The teechurs are all worse than snape. Instead of wands they have roolers. So pl tell hermyone to come here on a thestral and bring some blue fire in a bottle 2 burn down our school.
A Hypogrif would do. Or Hagrid's bike
VarunDear PC Sorkar,
U r really a magic guy, not like Hogwarts, Deepa says. I saw u cut this girl in half. So please cut my maths teacher. He is called shunkar but we call him stinker. If you fail he calls out yr name and if you go up from the right he throws the book on the left. If you come from the left he throws into the right corner.
He should STAY CUT
VarunTo Illy Ass Kashmeery,
Or Mt. Tora bora
Or anywhere in Pakistan
Thatha says u r the al kida head now. Pl drop a bomb on our school. It is called Tamilnad Vidya lyum. You can do it at night when there is no one.
Today Thatha says the paper says you are now dead. So pl Fwd to who ever is now the head.
VarunDear Mr Obama,
Can you send a drone to take out our skule? Hurry, as the midd terms start on Monday. You can't miss it. It's that dirty grey building.
VarunDear Rolling, Obama and Sorcar,
Amma and Appa are back! At last. Someone to finish my HW and get me passed in the tests. You can leave off the skule. Anyway they would have put me in another.