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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 librarykvpattom@gmail.com . 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.


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Jan 12


Reuters – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reads at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House …

A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling with copying the work of another author when writing "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

The estate of late author Adrian Jacobs 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 thatRowling 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 London hospice 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)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com

Mar 28

I am 14 and would like to read more fantasy novels. I have read all the Narnia and Harry Potter books and enjoyed them, so where should I go next?

Readerholic

There are many wonderful fantasy novels for you to enjoy. You could start with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

Wonderful fantasy writers abound building on a great tradition stretching back to Lewis Carroll's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. You could start with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy or Philip Reeve's A Darkling Plain, all of which have been garlanded with prizes including the Guardian Children's book award. Or, going back to well-loved modern classics you could try The Changeover, The Tricksters or Alchemy all by Margaret Mahy who has a rare ability to slip her characters seamlessly between the real world and somewhere other. Or Peter Dickinson's The Ropemaker and its sequel Angel Isle which take readers to an unknown place and time rich in its own mythology and culture.

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Courtesy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Jun 20
British author JK Rowling has her fans atwitter with the announcement of an upcoming project.
Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

British author JK Rowling has her fans atwitter with the announcement of an upcoming project.

When a new website appeared from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling called "Pottermore," sporting nothing but some owls and a link to a countdown clock on YouTube that, as of right now, has a little less than six days to go until she makes an "announcement," the speculation was rampant.

Of course, the creation of rampant speculation is the only reason to do something like this in the first place. The only reason to announce an upcoming announcement a week in advance is to bring on a round of heavy breathing from fans eager to know what that announcement, when it eventually comes, is going to be.

As Morning Edition mentioned today, the only thing Rowling's publicists will say is that the announcement is not a new book. In other words, "Pottermore" does not mean more Potter, at least not in the way fans might most optimistically think about it. It's important to get that out of the way, because if Rowling's fans convinced themselves that she was going to write another Harry Potter book and then she didn't, nothing else she could possibly announce could be anything other than a massive, soul-crushing disappointment to them.

It seems more plausible that Pottermore could be some kind of a reference site; an in-depth online Harry Potter experience. Rowling won a court case in 2008 against the publisher of a proposed Potter "lexicon," and part of her reasoning was that she intended at some point to write a definitive Potter encyclopedia. It's eminently sensible to suspect that "Pottermore" could be the online home of an interactive version of that encyclopedia if it's to be made available in that format. (She's said in the past that she'd donate any proceeds of an encyclopedia she created to charity, so it makes sense that it might become a free online tool rather than a book from which she took no money.) Fans have also speculated that the site could include online role-playing games, or that it could become a fan site that could compete with existing fan-operated sites (not a prospect everyone is excited about).

There are ups and downs, of course, in what you might call "frenzy marketing," in which you intentionally invite people to come up with fantastical ideas about what incredibly great thingyou have up your sleeve.

Apple does it all the time. Sometimes, to masterful effect — remember iPad day? But sometimes, not so much — remember when they promised that November 16, 2010 would be a day that you'd "never forget"? And remember how it turned out that meant they had Beatles albums on iTunes? That one certainly excited some folks, but it also invited a backlash from people who felt like the availability in the iTunes store of albums that were already owned by anyone who really cared about them didn't justify the "it's so exciting we can't even tell you what it is but we promise you won't be disappointed" level of hype, and Apple might have been better off hitting the importance of that announcement a little less hard. If Pottermore doesn't turn out to be really good, that's the risk.

On the other hand, Rowling has the kind of fans who eat out of her hand happily and consciously, and they don't seem to mind being played with a little — it's very much part of the game. She's certainly gotten people to talk about the possibilities of what's to come (look, we're doing it right now!), so that's worth something.

Anticipation giveth and it taketh away, really, and Rowling knows that very well from the excitement surrounding the publication dates of her books. In a week, we'll know whether this experiment in fan torment has worked as well as intended.

Note: Regarding my incredibly terrible headline of which I am proud with the sickest part of my brain, after it occurred to me, I Googled it to see if, as I anticipated, it was in wide usage. It had not been used as a headline anywhere, so I stuck with it, but I credit The Colorado Springs Independence having the same thought on Facebook.

Courtesy: http://www.npr.org

Jul 08



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."



Aug 12


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

Yr fan,

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

From:

VarunTo Illy Ass Kashmeery,

Try abbotabad

Or Mt. Tora bora

Or anywhere in Pakistan

Dear Kashmeery,

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.

Irritating!

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.

Thanking you,

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.

Yr happy

Varun



Writtenby

Sharda Banu

Courtesy: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/kids/article2157997.ece


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