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Thursday, November 14, 2002



Free JK Rowling!

We are total fans of JK Rowling, creator of the classic "Harry Potter" series. In our very own household, we have two youngsters who basically taught themselves to read so they could make it through the first books without having to wait for Mom or Dad to read the stories aloud. When the fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" came out, we bought three copies (Mom is not a great sharer, either). 750 pages and two days later, I had three copies available to read. We are talking commitment here.

However, time is passing. Where is book five in what has been promised to be a seven part series? Over two years have gone by, and no relief is in sight!

OK, Ms. Rowling has gotten married, and is expecting a child. We applaud this, especially the traditional sequencing. But our fear is that the studio is taking too much of her time, consulting with her on details about the film adaptations - the movie version of book two is coming out tomorrow, as you may have heard.

This was fine for one film. But the delay in the release of book five is no longer acceptable. Therefore, it is with deep regret that I must announce the following:

Free JK Rowling! No Book, No Movie!

If Hollywood won't let her deliver the book, then we must stand firm and boycott the movie! Send a message - We Want Book Five! Give us "The Order of the Phoenix"! We are not going to foolishly buy tickets for a movie today in the hope of getting a book next year. Show Me The Manuscript! When a release date for the book is announced, this boycott will end. Only solidarity amongst Harry Potter fans can free JK Rowling from the clutches of the Hollywood studios!

This message caught on like wildfire in our household. Desperate for Book Five, my two no-longer-quite-so-youngsters seized on the boycott as a beacon of hope. Last year, we drove straight from school to a 3:30 showing on the Friday afternoon that the movie was released. Well, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on you. This year we are standing firm - my girls have rallied their friends, and ten of them are steadfastly refusing to see the film until Saturday afternoon.


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