July 22nd, 2007

Not A Spoiler Question

But did the American Print of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have cursing in it?

I was sorta surprised to see "arse", "arsehole" and "bitch" in my version here - but then it occurred to me that those might only be in the UK version of the book.


I think I have a reading hangover.

I drank nothing yesterday (and in fact did nothing but read for like 12 hours) and today I feel as sluggish as if I'd done 10 pints.

Harrry Potter News

London (AP) - Bloomsbury Books has announced a record setting contract to publish three additional novels in the hugely popular Harry Potter book series.

According to a joint statement released by author J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury Books President Luke S. George, the novels will serve as a prequel to the events in the initial seven books.

"I really want to take some time and show what life was like before the rise of Voldemort's empire ," Rowling said. "I also want to go into the relationship between magic and subatomic particles that can be detected and used to differentiate between Muggles and Mudbloods."

Mr. George said he thinks that while people liked the characters in the Harry Potter series, they will really be much more interested in the lives of earlier personas, including childhood versions of Severus Snape, James Potter, Lilly Evans and Sirius Black.

"Wouldn't it be really fun to see Snape before he knew how to use his power," Mr. George commented. "Until the third book, he'll look and dress like a normal student - but then his budding romance with Lilly Evans pushes him to the Dark Arts."

Additional plot points being discussed, Rowling said, include sections on the construction of Hogwarts as well as discussing the time - pre House Elves - when most of the chores at the famous wizarding school were performed by "astromech droids."

"The truth," Rowling said, "is that Voldemort was not always a bad person. Originally he was just Tom Riddle - an orphan boy with powers he couldn't understand. "