The Pensieve

An Academic Guide to Harry Potter

USA Today

Written By: Dana - Jul• 14•05

In anticipation of Saturday’s release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, USA Today has released a series of articles about the Boy Who Lived.

First in the series is an an article about Potter Parties (for the record, I’m going to be at this one, with my dad and my daughter, who placed second in a team trivia competition at this one).

You can brush up on Potter Speak — nothing deep, and certainly only helpful to real newbies. You can also learn about a few Potter websites, all of which and more are already linked here. Also included are decent summaries of the first five books. The coverage wraps up with an article about the security and rumors surrounding the novel.

A forum I frequent, Diagon Alley, has been issued cease and desist orders from JKR’s solicitors for divulging spoilers. I’ll be honest and say I can’t remember what it was that was said, but apparently something was on the mark.

Is it me, or does it seem crazier this time than when OotP came out? Can you imagine the frenzy when Book 7 is released? Oy…

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