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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 is writing another Harry Potter book... sort of!

Get ready for this: J.K. Rowling is in the midst of penning a Harry Potter encyclopedia, confirming the long-standing rumor on her official website.

“For a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now,” said Rowling in the FAQ section of the site. “Some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.” READ FULL STORY

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

This is no April Fools’ joke. On April 1, Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet announced as a prank that the next book by J.K. Rowling would be titled Lairs of Lady Po. Today, Little, Brown released the actual, less whimsical name — The Casual Vacancy — along with other key details.

Rowling’s new novel, which is geared toward adult readers, will be available worldwide on Sept. 27. It begins when the sudden death of a well-liked man rocks the “seemingly idyllic” town of Pagford, England. Beneath its pleasant facade, Pagford is actually a “town at war,” roiled by class conflicts — rich people at odds with the poor — and in-fighting within families. The publisher described the tone of the book as “darkly comic.” READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's adult novel titled 'Lairs of Lady Po'

April Fools’! Yesterday, the merry pranksters at Mugglenet posted the news, which they claimed came from a press release from Little, Brown, J.K. Rowling’s new publisher. They also included an “official image” that depicted an old-timey typewriter holding a blood-splattered sheet of paper — it seemed to confirm rumors that Rowling’s next book would be a crime thriller. The alleged title, Lairs of Lady Po, has a bit of Rowling’s whimsy to it, but as many clever Ravenclaws have pointed out, it’s actually an anagram of “April Fools’ Day.” (Take out your parchment and try it for yourself! It’ll make you feel like Hermione). READ FULL STORY

Poll: Will you buy 'Harry Potter' e-books?

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In 2007, the publishing industry was rocked by two colossal events: the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the debut of Amazon’s first Kindle e-reader. Nearly five years later, these phenomena will finally collide — as of today, all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are available in e-book form.

But here’s the potential fly in the Amortentia: HP fans already own copies of the septet. Heck, because I have two siblings and we all hate sharing, there are no fewer than three copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince floating around my childhood home. Audio versions of each book in the series — recorded by Jim Dale in the U.S. and Stephen Fry in the U.K. — have also been available for years at this point. Do Potterheads feel the need to own the series in up to three formats?

Shelf Lifers, I want to know if you’re planning on stocking your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or generic knockoff e-device with Sorcerer’s Stones, Prisoners of Azkaban, and Goblets of Fire — or if you’ve already got enough Harry in your life. Take to the poll below to share your thoughts. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' e-books are finally available on Pottermore

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For many eager fans, there’s something magical about tapping a button on an e-reader and getting transported to Harry Potter’s wizarding world.

After months of delay, J.K. Rowling’s seven mega-best-selling Harry Potter books are now available in e-book form for the first time ever on her Pottermore website. The prices reflect the length of the novels; books one through three are priced at $7.99, while the four remaining tomes are $9.99. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling is no longer a billionaire

The billionaires club has hit J.K. Rowling with a banishing spell. According to the newly updated Forbes Rich List, the Harry Potter author has gone from billionaire to millionaire (several hundred times over, of course). She apparently broke a few rules of how to stay rich by giving away a lot of her fortune — reportedly $160 million of it — to charity and by paying her top-rung British taxes.

There’s no way that the socially minded Rowling, who once lived on welfare, gives two Quaffles about her standing on the list, and no one should shed a tear over a stratospherically rich woman becoming slightly less so. But I always liked knowing that an author of imaginative, timeless, honest-to-goodness books became a billionaire.

Perhaps Rowling’s upcoming book for adults and the April opening of Pottermore will help bring her back above the line. Honestly, I don’t really care as long as she stays richer than Stephenie Meyer.

Follow Stephan on Twitter: @EWStephanLee

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