Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter and the Black Market

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Here's the cover of a new addition to the Harry Potter series: "Cho Chang and the Monastery Murders", a book detailing adventures experienced by Harry's schoolmate Cho Chang. Judging by the English, the text looks like it was translated from Chinese via Google's translating feature.

Roy Berman blogs that he's posted scans from two completely fake sequel novels published in China, as well as a very slick Harry Potter fan manga published in Japan. The two Chinese books, "Harry Potter and the Big Dipper" and "Harry Potter and Beaker and Burn," were purchased in ordinary bookshops in China! See The ultimate sequels aka Asia loves you,哈利波特

It's a tribute to the power of Rowling's series, of course, that such fan-generated sequels have become a minor, black-market industry. Fake Harry Potter books have been around since 2002, when "Harry Potter And Leopard Walk Up To Dragon" was released in Beijing.

From the Philippines: "Looking for a pirated DVD of Harry Potter - the Order of the Phoenix, Die Hard 4 or the Transformers? Beware! The guy pestering you to buy dibidi or the vendor you approached in looking for a nice combination of 12 movies which includes your favourites may well be a terrorist in disguise. That is, if the claims of an American expert Jeffrey Williams, a former a special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), are to be believed. " [more]

The Philippines is also the stage for the latest "Harry Potter Suicide" - someone reportedly "dies" every time a nwe Potter manuscript is pirated...

More: "Fake" Books: Foul or fair?

Professor Steve Steve meets Harry Potter [A Blog Around The Clock]

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe recently hit the studios of Fuse TV to talk to Steven of The Sauce about a bunch of things, including the new Harry Potter movie The Order Of The Phoenix and his taste in music. Arjanwrites has the rest of the story.

This appeared in last Thursday morning's Albany Times-Union:
Potter fans tread a fine line
Avoiding plot spoilers a struggle for faithful

This appeared last week on this blog:
Muggles, this strikes me as the perfect time for a Harry Potter post! The new book and movie come along at the perfect moment in summertime! It's all good (well, mostly all good)! 16 publishing houses worldwide have committed to using recycled, or ancient forest friendly (AFF), paper for the final instalment of J.K. Rowling's wizard tale "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Stamp collectors take note: Britain issued a series of seven postage stamps depicting the covers of the best-selling Harry Potter books Tuesday. Potter stamps can only be used in the U.K., but they're available internationally on the Royal Mail's Web site.

I got interested in the boy-wizard right around the time the first movie was released. I saw the movie and found it quit enjoyable. I've been a fan ever since. My friend Isabella Chen offers a pair of Potter Posts: Harry Potter and Life in General and Harry Pothead! Izzy, I love your style! I'll bet if we were neighbors, we'd have brainstormed all sorts of digital nonsense by now!

Tasses blogs "I have been rereading the Harry Potter series from a writer's perspective, taking notes, and thinking about Rowling's style. I've written an elaborate post on my efforts. I'd love to hear feedback from writers (or even just readers) ..." [more]

This book must be great fun for Potter lovers, because they can experience their favorite hero to grow into his best and funniest age. Geeks of Doom look at Harry Potter 5: The Book Vs. The Movie... I'm planning to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend. Blogger Amu, from Kuwait, can’t wait to watch Harry Potter and review it on his blog. Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif calls upon cinemas to admit people in costumes free to the new Harry Potter movie.

Is it ethical to "spoil" the Potter Experience for fans? despite all efforts to control the release of Deathly Hallows, some Muggles got advance copies. Read Harry Potter spoilers: The literary terrorists have won
and Harry Potter Fans Transcribe Book from Photos. The Sun's book reviewer obtained an early copy and posted the book's first review today.

The National Legal and Policy Center found downloads of Transformers and Order of the Phoenix available on Google Video Wednesday. (Both films have since been taken down.) Check out Schneier on Harry Potter Leakage

Other Keyboards:
Harry Potter and the Parallel Internet World - Even Fans have Fans
Try Casting Magic Missile: Use Harry Potter "Spells" To Control ... - Mugglenet News Feed
Harry Potter - Harry Potter News Feed
HPFF: Updates for Sex, Lies, and Secrets - Updates from Syndicated News - Harry Potter news and updates from around the globe updated daily by a dedicated staff. - L'Encyclopedie francophone Harry Potter : plusieurs centaines d'articles (personnages, lieux, créatures, sorts, etc.). this is in French, but it's really cool! Click your Google translator or have your French dictionary handy (or use both, like I do!)

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  1. fakes and all i love potter

  2. Nice post thanks for share this post. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a nice movie and story of this movie related with magic school.


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