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J.K. Rowling considering a 'director's cut' of the 'Harry Potter' books

We have magical news for you, readers! (Alas, it will not be delivered by owl.) J.K. Rowling has announced that she is considering releasing a “director’s cut” of the Harry Potter books. Commence your freak out accordingly.

In an interview with the BBC, Rowling confessed that she wishes she’d had more time with some of the Potter books. “I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut,'” Rowling said. “I don’t know.”

The 47-year-old scribe went on to say that she won’t rule out another new Harry Potter book either. “[I]f I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it,” she admitted. “I am very averse to the prequel-sequel idea. A sidestep could maybe … well, we’ll see.” READ FULL STORY

Weekend Book Pick: 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy

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Hey, readers! I’m really excited so many of you were Relic fans. Let’s see if we can continue the streak with this week’s pick. Let me offer a quick disclaimer before we start: This book is actually a children’s book, but it doesn’t read like one (aside from the enormous font) so I hope you’ll give it a chance regardless.

The Choice: Skulduggery Pleasant (2007) by Derek Landy.

You’ll like this if: You’re a fan of Harry Potter or Grimm. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling live! The 'Harry Potter' author to take the stage for a one-time U.S. event

You may wish you could Apparate to New York City come Oct. 16.

J.K. Rowling will be making a rare public U.S. appearance to discuss The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults, which chronicles a small British town roiled by scandal. The Harry Potter author will be joined by State of Wonder author Ann Patchett for a conversation in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

Tickets ($43 if purchased online, $44 if purchased via phone, $37 if purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office) are available starting Sept. 10 and will include a copy of The Casual Vacancy (Sept. 27).

Does this sound like the best book club meeting ever?

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Katniss wears the crown: 'Hunger Games' supplants 'Harry Potter' as best selling-series on Amazon

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Move on over, Harry.  It’s Katniss’s turn to wear the crown.

In a statement released today, Amazon.com announced  that  The Hunger Games trilogy has supplanted Harry Potter as the best-selling series of all time on the website.

“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said.

In what is yet another testament to the immense popularity of Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic novels, the three-part Hunger Games saga overtook the seven-book Harry Potter series in just four years.

The figures take both print and Kindle book sales into account.

Does this news have you itching for some Katniss? No need to fret, ‘The Hunger Games’ Blu-ray/DVD hits stores tomorrow.

'Harry Potter' tops NPR's poll of 100 best young-adult novels

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The Harry Potter series conjured its way to the No. 1 spot in an online poll of best teen novels of all time conducted by NPR. J. K. Rowling’s series edged out The Hunger Games in second place and Harper Lee’s 1960s classic To Kill a Mockingbird in third. Other required-reading titles in the top 10 include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

The top 10 also includes some deserving, non-franchise contemporary best-sellers. John Green, who has one of the most fervent followings of any YA author out there, had two titles in the top 10 — The Fault in Our Stars at No. 4 and Looking For Alaska at No. 9 — and five total in the top 100. Marcus Zusak’s inventive 2006 Holocaust novel The Book Thief came in at No. 10.

It looks like the Twihards didn’t mobilize for this particular poll. READ FULL STORY

See the cover for 'The Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling

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Little, Brown has released the cover for The Casual Vacancy, which is sure to be one of the buzziest books of the year when it’s released Sept. 27. Following the aesthetics of recent literary titles like The Marriage Plot and The Art of Fielding, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel will sport swoopy script, solid colors, and minimal design. The checkbox on the cover is likely a nod to the political themes of the book, which takes place in a small England town roiled by controversy. The novel will be 512 pages long. Here’s an updated plot summary from the publisher: READ FULL STORY

The Queen names new litter of dogs after 'Harry Potter'

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee officially commencing this weekend, the royal family is in the news more than ever — with the exception, of course, of that little wedding last year.

Today, another nugget of info about the Queen Elizabeth’s personal life came out: She’s named a litter of Labradors after Harry Potter. Royals: They’re just like us. According to MSN, the Queen named one of the dogs “Gryffindor” which of course is one of the four Hogwarts houses, and not the name of an actual character from the books. No word on whether there is a Hufflepuff dog as well, which, being the house that is loyal and true, seems a perfect match for a canine pal. Gryffindor is the only name so far that is being reported, but one has to assume Sirius Black made the cut. This isn’t the first time the Queen has shown her Potter love. In 2006, J.K. Rowling helped the Queen celebrate her 80th birthday.

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New 'Harry Potter' box set to be released

It’s not the long-rumored Harry Potter encyclopedia, but there was more news today on the Potter front. Bloomsbury announced it will be releasing The Hogwarts Library Box Set later this year.

The set will contain Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through The Ages (both published together in 2001) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was published a year after the final Harry Potter novel in 2008. READ FULL STORY

Original ‘Harry Potter’ manuscript goes on tour

There’s been a bunch of Potter-related news items lately, between e-reader availability and the — at long last! — launching of Pottermore.

Now the story that started it all is back in the spotlight, with part of the original manuscript of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone being shown at British Library.

According to Jamie Andrews, head of English and Drama at the library, “Writing Britain celebrates the incredible collection of great literary works held at the British Library, spanning more than 1,000 years to the present day. These rare and unique collections will help give a fascinating and new insight into the creative thinking behind iconic British novels, poems, illustrations and more.”

Other works in the show include JRR Tolkien’s artwork for The Hobbit and the original manuscript of The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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'Harry Potter' books to be part of Kindle lending service

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Accio your Kindle over, because e-reading got a lot more magical today. Amazon.com announced that e-book editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will become part of the Kindle service available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Members can download a book for free once a month.

As previously reported, this is in addition to the e-books now available for download on Pottermore, which officially launched last month.

So for those of you who still haven’t checked out Hogwarts, or for those that want to go back and digitally reread Prisoner of Azkaban, mark your calendars for June 19, when the Amazon Prime lending begins.

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J.K. Rowling announces title, release date, and details of her next book
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