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The Stellar Seven:
These were our seven most popular news stories for the year.
- Confirmation of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince director David Yates directing Deathly Hallows was accidentally announced by children’s book author Lois Lowry.
- After many rumors, Warner Bros. officially announced that Deathly Hallows would be split into two separate films.
- Warner Bros. announced Harry Potter: The Exhibition, “a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series,” to open in spring 2009.
- It was revealed that J.K. Rowling wrote a short Potter prequel for an upcoming Waterstones charity auction. The story involves James and Sirius three years before Harry’s birth.
- J.K. Rowling spoke at Harvard’s commencement ceremony. As the Harvard Crimson reported, J.K. Rowling “called on members of the class of 2008 to use their capacity to empathize and their experiences of failure to conquer apathy.”
- The first Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer made its way online and played in front of The Mummy in theaters.
- J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard was released in the US and UK. To the dismay of some Potter fans, many bookstores did not hold midnight release parties like they did for each book in the Potter series.