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J.K. Rowling Follows Her Agent & Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency

UK literary agent Neil Blair will be leaving the Christopher Little Literary Agency, taking client J.K. Rowling with him. The Bookseller reports that Blair will be setting up his own firm, The Blair Partnership.

Here’s more from the article: “Blair’s current base is at strategic digital agency TH_NK’s offices in east London. TH_NK and Blair worked together to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be sold exclusively as e-books, though it is not yet known if TH_NK will be involved in Blair’s new company.”

According to scotsman.com, freelance readers  convinced agency founder Christopher Little to sign the author in 1996.

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Jeff Bridges Hopes To Adapt Lowis Lowry’s ‘The Giver’

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges will team up with producers Nikki Silver and Neil Koenigsberg to adapt Lois Lowry‘s The Giver. According to Variety, Bridges and Silver “came close” to making the feature film back in 2006.

Here’s more from the article: “They had been developing a feature version of the popular book for nearly a decade before it wound up at Warner Bros., which ponied up nearly $1 million to set up the tome with Red Wagon’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher in 2007. When the rights became available again, Bridges and Silver stepped up to reacquire them.”

Lowry set The Giver in a dystopian world starring 12-year-old Jonas. The book won the 1994 Newbery Medal and the 1996 William Allen White Award.

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J.K. Rowling Unveils Pottermore

Author J.K. Rowling made the official announcement about her new Pottermore site on YouTube this morning. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Pottermore will be the exclusive and reportedly DRM-free eBookstore for digital audiobooks and eBooks of the Harry Potter series. Rowling promised that Pottermore will be “a safe, unique online reading experience built around the Harry Potter books,” but she didn’t mention any specific details on how fans will be able to use the site.

The site will officially open in October. However, a select group will have early access to help “shape the experience.” Rowling vaguely instructed that one needs to “simply follow the owl” to be one of the lucky few; perhaps later on there will be a goblet of fire to act as a judge.

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Possible Pottermore Memos Leaked

Two confidential documents concerning J.K. Rowling‘s mysterious Pottermore website have surfaced. A memo was reportedly sent to the Times UK by mistake and it describes the site as “a sophisticated online game” involving a treasure hunt.

Here’s more from paidContent.org: “The Times UK notes that it is ‘not clear whether the treasure hunt is Pottermore itself, or merely a marketing drive for another product,’ and it is also unclear whether the memo was actually accidentally leaked or is simply a savvy marketing ploy.”

With less than 19 hours to go until Rowling’s official announcement about the site, Harry Potter fans have been speculating that the site could be an eBookstore or a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

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Screenshots from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore Possibly Leaked

An unoffical Facebook page has been created for J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore website with some mysterious screenshots. The Facebook account has attracted more than 2,000 “likes” so far.

The page’s administrator has uploaded what could be three screenshots from the soon to be unveiled site.

Here’s more from paidContent.org: “The images, which could absolutely be fake but are quite detailed, show a library with bookshelves, a bookstore storefront, and a larger shelf with books on it.”

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J.K. Rowling To Make Mystery Announcement

Author J.K. Rowling has launched a mysterious website called “Pottermore.” The site links to a YouTube page counting down to “J.K. Rowling’s announcement” in six days (as of this June 16 writing).

So far, the site (pictured) features a picture of two owls and a “Coming Soon” message from the author. The site’s Twitter account already counts more than 35,000 followers.

Rowling’s spokeswoman explained in The Bookseller: “It is not another Harry Potter book but we cannot reveal any more at this stage, fans will have to keep an eye on the website. It will be launching soon.”

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New Harry Potter Promo Video Features the First Screen Test

Warner Brothers has released another promotional video for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In the video embedded above, viewers can see the first screen test for the-then-adolescent stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

Movie fans will notice clips from all seven of the previous films have been included. Director David Yates promises “a big bang” for the epic conclusion. (via Wired)

WeArePotter Hashtag Helps Harry Potter Top Twitter

Harry Potter fans took over Twitter this morning, tweeting the reasons they loved the boy wizard with the hashtag “We Are Potter.”

Harry Potter Secrets (pictured, via) summed up the movement: “Yes, WeArePotter. We grow up with the trio, live through the Potter’s Decade, and we call ourselves POTTERHEADS … We Are The Harry Potter Generation. Proud. Forever. Always.”

A number of Potter-themed feeds joined the event. Harry’s nemesis, Lord_Voldemort, got involved: “WearePotter is trending. Great, I guess that means I have to kill you all. There goes my plans for the day.”

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New Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer

Warner Bros. has released another trailer for Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In the video embedded above, fans get a glimpse of the final face off between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Flashes of Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Professor Severus Snape can be seen throughout the trailer.

In a previous video, director David Yates promised “a much more spectacular action picture.” What part in the movie are you most looking forward to? (via Shelf Awareness)

Alan Rickman Reads ‘Sonnet 130′ by William Shakespeare

Happy National Poetry Month!

To end the month, we’ve dug up a video featuring Alan Rickman and his recitation of William Shakespeare‘s “Sonnet 130.” While many have come to know Rickman for playing Harry Potter potions master Severus Snape, he is also a respected stage actor.

Shakespeare wrote this piece in iambic pentameter and it follows the the AB-AB/CD-CD/EF-EF/GG rhyme scheme. What’s your favorite sonnet?

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