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28 Things and Happy Belated Birthday, Harry!

Last Wednesday, of course, was Harry Potter’s thirty third birthday. Ah, kids grow up so fast nowadays. 🙂 Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday, Harry!! Very glad that all is still well with you.

It was also Joanne Rowling’s birthday, too, as strangely enough she and Harry share the date, July 31st. Hmmm, she’s only one year older than me. Anyway, John Granger has a post on the birthdays over at Hogwarts Professor. He has three thoughts on it, which I sum up here. 1) Have you ever had or attended a birthday party for Harry and/or Rowling; 2) What would you write to Rowling in a birthday card; and 3) If it was your birthday and Rowling said she’d answer one question as a gift for you, what would that question be. Check out Granger’s post and also feel free to share your answers here.

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Hogshead Christmas in July Giveaway!!

As a thank you for sticking with us during our recent hiatus due to nargles and other assorted nasties, we’ve decided to do a giveaway. The prize is a Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-book Reader. It’s an older model and fairly basic but new and unused. Plus, if you win the giveaway, it’s free! 🙂

To enter the giveaway, please comment and tell us how you first found The Hogshead. Also let us know how involved you still are in the Harry Potter fandom. To give everyone who wants to participate plenty of time to do so, the giveaway will run through when this is posted till Monday, July 22nd, at 6 PM Mountain Time. If you would like to check out what Kobo has to offer for books, you may find their bookstore here. At the end of the giveaway, I’ll assign each entry a number and then use a random number generator to pick the winner.

So, thank you again for patronizing the Pub and comment away!!

(Just a brief note, the members of the Blogengamot are, of course, ineligible for the giveaway, but they should also feel free to comment.)

Top Ten Books Read So Far in 2013

You’ve perhaps heard of Top Ten Tuesdays, a meme hosted by the blog The Broke and the Bookish. Now, I’m not planning on posting on this theme every week and as you may notice, today is Monday not Tuesday. As a good post-modern I don’t feel bound to societal constructions. 😉

However, I liked the topic for last Tuesday and I took my time thinking about it. That is, what are the top ten books you’ve read so far in 2013? There are two main ways to go with this. One, confine yourself to books which you’ve never read before and which you just read this year, or Two, it doesn’t matter if you’ve read a book before or not, just pick the ones you’ve read so far this year which are top ones for you. I’m going with the second option, but feel free to define your own criteria.

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Hogshead Forum Reminder

While the main site was under assault and shut down by the nargles and other nasty creatures, The Hogshead Forum has been plugging along. A small but dedicated cadre has kept it alive. Right now, some of the main topics are 2013 Books Read, Stuff We Watched on DVD or BD, What’s Playing at the Movies 2013. There are also many other topics that occasionally get some play as well as many older topics that have languished a bit. The Forum is still a great place to start topics on whatever subject you might find interesting. Consider checking it out and giving it a whirl. Maybe revive some old topics. Here’s a great one to try. 😉

New Potter Cover Art Coming

You may have heard this news already but I thought it worth posting and thinking about. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the start of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic, the U.S. publisher, will release all seven books with new cover art. Kazu Kibuishi, a graphic novelist, will be doing the new artwork. This will only be on the trade paperback editions. The artwork of Mary GrandPre, who did the original U.S. covers, will still appear on the hardback and digest paperback editions. Scholastic will also release the boxed set of the “school” books, namely Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

As to why Scholastic is releasing the books with new artwork, Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade Publishing says, “In the last year, we’d been thinking of how to make Harry Potter accessible and relevant to a new audience of eight- and nine-year-olds…We started the Harry Potter Book Club as a way to bring kids, some of whom maybe only knew the movies, back to the books, and introduce this wonderful world to them. Mary’s covers are so iconic to all of us, and they will remain on the U.S. hardcover and digest paperback editions. But we were trying to figure out a new look, with new appeal, and with the 15th anniversary coming up, it seemed like a good idea to hook into that.”

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Guest Post: Harry’s Visits to the Forbidden Forest

The following is a guest post by commenter Christine aka Nana. She graciously agreed to share this essay she wrote some while back on the trips that Harry took into the Forbidden Forest. It is a good complement to Kris Swank’s post on Harry Potter Numerology: Seven (Completion). Enjoy!

Considering the number seven and its relationship to Harry’s journey, I wondered how many times he actually went into the Forbidden Forest because I always felt each time was significant.

The Forbidden Forest is the deep place, a place of mystery, and a fearful place because it is not certain what we will find there. It is also a place of initiation where we make acquaintance with the unconscious. Harry did indeed enter the Forest seven times. Each provided him the opportunity to face his fears and acquire knowledge about the world and himself.

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All Hallow’s Read Redux

Several weeks back Mr. Pond posted about an All Hallow’s Read. For reasons beyond his control, he was unable to put together the list of books and stories he came up with. So, by his request, I’m putting up the list here. Unfortunately I’ll only be able to list the titles without any Skull Ratings (TM Red Rocker) or any commentary on the stories and their suitability for different ages. But I must needs return to watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 🙂

Here’s the list:

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Four Free Kindle Books About Harry Potter

Starting tomorrow, September 26th, Winged Lion Press will, for four days, offer four Kindle books on Harry Potter for free. This is to celebrate the release of J.K. Rowling’s new novel, The Casual Vacancy. The four books are:

Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at Harry Potter Fandom by Valerie Frankel

The Order of Harry Potter: Literary Skill in the Hogwarts Epic by Colin Manlove

Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor’s Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader by James Thomas

Rowling Revisited: Return Trips to Harry, Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch & Beedle the Bard by James Thomas