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UPDATED: “Harry Potter” cast members to appear at A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort!

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Universal Orlando Resort's A Celebration of Harry Potter is getting closer, and there are going to be some magical special guests in attendance! Find out who will be there! Read More »

Potter Twitter RoundUp: We are Book 8

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Did you miss me? The Twitter Roundup is back, with a jam-packed LeakyCon special! Read More »

Scholastic Store dedicating entire month of July to “Harry Potter”

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The Scholastic Store is dedicating the entire month of July to "Harry Potter"! Find out what cool events they will be holding here. Read More »

“Potter” stars support Scholastic’s “Read Every Day” campaign

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A new campaign has been launched by Scholastic UK, an affiliate of the Harry Potter publisher in America, to encourage kids to "Read Every Day," as the campaign is titled. Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe - who portrayed the title character - and Emma Thompson - who portrayed Professor Sybill Trelawney - are suppporting the campaign. Read More »

Scholastic announces winners of “Harry Potter” 15th Anniversary Librarians’ Contest

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Back in June, MuggleNet reported that Scholastic had announced a contest that would give fifteen public libraries across the United States a Harry Potter party pack to celebrate fifteen years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published. Read More »

New Kazu Kibuishi back cover art revealed for “Sorcerer’s Stone”

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Yesterday the Deathly Hallows 15th Anniversary cover was finally unveiled, and the press release from Scholastic also revealed that Kazu Kibuishi not only created seven beautiful covers for the front of each Harry Potter book, he also created new art for the books' back covers! Read More »

Scholastic’s 15th anniversary “Potter” collection available for pre-order

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As previously reported, Scholastic has brought on artist Kazu Kibuishi to design new covers for the 15th anniversary collection of the Potter series to be released over this year. The new covers can be bought as individual books or as a boxed set, which is now avaliable to pre-order before the release at the end of August. Read More »

Scholastic to release new “Harry Potter” paperback covers celebrating 15-year Anniversary

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According to a new article in Publisher's Weekly, Scholastic has hired artist Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the bestselling graphic novel series Amulet, to design and create a new paperback cover for each of the Harry Potter books in celebration of 15-years since the American release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Read More »

J.K. Rowling surprises fans with answers to questions on LIVE global webcast hosted by Scholastic

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Author J.K. Rowling drew more than a million Harry Potter fans for a live global webcast during which she shared never before heard tidbits about the world of Harry Potter, including back story details, as well as her next writing project and Pottermore. Read More »

Scholastic launches “Harry Potter Reading Club” with a special virtual visit by J.K. Rowling

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Scholastic has just announced a new Harry Potter Reading Club, which will be a collaboration between Scholastic, educators, libraries, after-school program coordinators and parents "who want to organize a book club with access to all the tools they need to host a Harry Potter Reading Club and celebrate the joy of reading. The first 10,000 registrants for the Club will receive a welcome kit including bookmarks, stickers and nametags." Read More »

“Harry Potter” club encourages reading to elementary students

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Many students struggle with reading. One teacher is using the "Harry Potter" series to help build kids' reading skills! Read More »

Scholastic releases official statement after court dismisses plagiarism lawsuit

Back in July of last year, we told you that the estate of British author Adrian Jacobs was suing Scholastic claiming that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was "substantially similar" to Jacobs' 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.

Today, after a court dismissed the lawsuit, Scholastic released the following statement:

Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. 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. Read More »

Scholastic: Beedle raises $8.5 million in first week

Scholastic has issued a press release this morning, detailing the first official international sales figures for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which has sold 2.6 million copies and grossed roughly $8.5 million in its first full week for the The Childiren's High Level Group. J.K. Rowling has expressed her thanks today to all those who have bought a copy of her charity book, making it the fastest selling title of 2008 and raising millions of pounds for children suffering in institutions. “I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised,” she said, “and would like to thank everyone who has so far purchased a copy of the book. All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years.” Read the rest of the press release below. Read More »

Scholastic, NY Public Library unveil original Beedle

Earlier today, one of the seven original handwritten copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was unveiled at the New York Public Library. Performing the honors were Arthur Levine, Scholastic co-editor of the Harry Potter series and Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library. Levine, who has lent his own personal copy to the library for display discussed the importance of the Potter series as a whole and his enjoyment in working on The Tales of Beedle the Bard, particularly the back and forth commentary between author J.K. Rowling and Albus Dumbledore. He went on to say that his favorite tale was the “Fountain of Fair Fortune,” which you can see him reading from later tonight. Video and pictures of Rowling and Levine reading from Beedle the Bard will be available Read More »

BTB Contest Updates: Scholastic winners, Amazon France

There are more contest updates today regarding Beedle the Bard for you. First, Scholastic has announced the five winners of their national essay contest. These lucky Potter fans will each receive a trip to Edinburgh for JK Rowling's Beedle the Bard release event. Congratulations to them! Also, Amazon France is now a part of the signed-Beedle the Bard giveaway. The contest is only open to residents of France, and there are ten signed copies up for grabs. Simply answer five questions and you'll be entered! Don't forget, Amazon is hosting other Beedle-related contests: click HERE for American visitors, HERE for British visitors, and HERE for German visitors. Thanks to Gazette Du Sorcier and Emily for the tips! Read More »

Scholastic updates site with Meet Arthur video

The US Potter publisher's official website has been updated with a nice Q&A with the editor of the Potter series. Arthur Levine talks about his job at Scholastic, his book selection criteria, and much more. Thanks to Sasha for the tip! Read More »

New interviews with Scholastic staff behind Harry Potter

Scholastic's official website has been updated with a very nice new “Quick Quotes Quill” section. It holds interviews with several key members of Scholastic's Potter team. They all discuss how the Potter books are created, promoted, and much more. As an example, Francine Colaneri, VP of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing, discussed how much paper it takes to create Beedle the Bard and Deathly Hallows: Q: How much paper did you purchase for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? What's the typical amount of paper purchased for a non-Harry Potter book's first printing? A: 16,700 tons or 33,400,000 pounds. The typical amount of paper for a non-Harry YA first printing ranges from 10,000 to 200,000 pounds. Q: Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, which Scholastic book have you purchased the most paper for? And how does that compare to the amount for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? A: The Tales of Beetle the Bard requires 2,222,000 pounds; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows required 15 times as much paper. Check them all out right here. Thanks to Lauren and Arcangel24 for the tip! Read More »

Columbus Day Sale at Scholastic online store

As a Harry Potter fan, there's no better way to celebrate Columbus Day than by picking up some new Potter merchandise. Lucky for us, Scholastic is having a Columbus Day sale at their store with savings up to 75% off! You can check out all of their Harry Potter deals right here. One particularly nice item on sale, but not listed in the discount section, is the Sorcerer's Stone Leather Bound Edition. It can be purchased for 33% off its $75 retail price. Most Potter deals range from 10% – 30% off. Thanks to Rudy for the tip! Read More »

Scholastic streaming Cover to Cover event live

UPDATE: The event concluded at 5:22 PM EST, with a Scholastic representative saying they'd be back next year for the 10th anniversary of Chamber of Secrets. A new book and Cover to Cover reading to come? We'll let you know! A few weeks ago we told you about Scholastic's Cover to Cover Sorcerer's Stone reading, which lets fans take turns reading the first book in Scholastic's headquarters. That event is TODAY and is streaming live online so everyone can enjoy the fun. Check out the stream right here. They expect the event to wrap up no later than 5 PM EST. Scholastic also passed along a few pictures from the event that you can see here, here, here, and here, and here. To everyone who went: great job reading! Read More »

Scholastic readies for special edition release

As many of you know, Scholastic will be holding a special event next Tuesday, September 23 in conjuction with the official release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition. Fans will get the opportunity to read from the novel while sitting in the same chair author J.K. Rowling used during her post-Deathly Hallows appearance at Carnegie Hall last October. This morning Scholastic has updated their blog to let fans know that various celebrities will be on hand to read, as well as released a video last night previewing the event. Don't forget that if you can't make it to the store in downtown New York next week you can view the event online. Thanks to Molly for sending this in! Read More »