Harry Potter lexicon author returns to Monroe

www.monroenews.com: Steve Vander Ark never thought he’d be a poster child for fair use of original published material.

But that’s a label he earned as author of “The Lexicon, An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials” released in mid-January.

Mr. Vander Ark, 51, was one of about 40 authors who signed works at the Writers on the River author and book fair Sunday afternoon at the Ellis Reference & Information Center. The annual event was another big hit, drawing an estimated 400 people.

His original book was the target of a lawsuit filed by J.K. Rowling against the publisher of his book, RDR Books of Muskegon. Ms. Rowling, author of the seven Harry Potter books, was successful in preventing his original manuscript from being published. However, after the three-day trial in New York in April, 2008, Mr. Vander Ark revised the book with a new focus and purpose, mindful of the guidelines set by the court. It was released Jan. 16.

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Harry Potter stars are ‘grounded’

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ok.co.uk: Young actors haven’t let fame change them.

THEY’RE young, talented and have made millions but stars of the Harry Potter franchise aren’t letting it go to their heads.

David Bradley, who plays Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch, insists Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are still the same as they were when they were foisted into the limelight almost 10 years ago.

David told the Daily Express: “You wouldn’t even know that they had made the money they have.”

“Their parents and the people looking after them keep them grounded. They don’t disappear off to their trailers in between bits, they hang around and chat like the rest of us. Those kids work really hard. I really admire them.”

The young actors even have the same dressing rooms as everyone else in the films.

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Rupert Grint in New Harry Potter DVD Feature, Nominated for PCA

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rupertgrint.net: In a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD featurette entitled “The Pitfalls of Teenage Love”, Rupert Grint and his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Jessie Cave are spilling the beans on the relationships that have driven their characters forward (and driven them insane, as well!)

The roughly 4 minute video is an iTunes exclusive available in their video podcast section. It is also available on YouTube.

I’m sure you don’t need a reminder, but just in case.. HBP is out on DVD on December 7 in the UK and December 8 in the US!

Additionally, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have been officially nominated for the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Team! Harry Potter is also up for Best Movie and Best Franchise. You can vote here (repeatedly)! The trio is up against some hefty competition so vote often and spread the word!

 A reminder for all the Harry potter fans!

‘Harry Potter’ DVD/Blu-ray Extras to Premiere on ABC Family December 4-6

insidetv.aol.com: It will be a magical Muggles wonderland — some of it never seen before — the first weekend in December on ABC Family.

During a ‘Harry Potter’ weekend Dec. 4-6, new footage from the kids’ movie mega-franchise will show scenes from ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter,’ an eight-hour documentary series of behind-the-scenes footage that’ll be available on the ‘Harry Potter Ultimate Edition’ DVD and Blu-Ray starting Dec. 8.

Included are screen tests, cast and filmmaker stories, and directors’ explanations behind critical decisions.

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OMG! 10 years for an official Harry Potter Lexicon?! I’m losing hope here 🙁 It’s so great that Rupert is nominated for PCA, he is so great as Ron. I can’t wait for those new DVDs, definitely going on my list! What do you think of today’s HP news? Are you buying the new DVD editions?