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Wishing you the best …

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year, Happy-whatever-you-may-celebrate, and all the best to you in 2017! May it be a brighter year for us all.

As a gift for my readers, who have had little to read from me in recent years, I have packaged up a few seasonal stories and published them as an epub. I wrote them between 2008 and 2015, so they span a few years.

You can pick up Yuletide Stories on box.com.

I am also participating in the Hoggywarty Christmas Party again this year. I’m anticipating a lot of great fic and art, as has been the case in past years. If you’re looking for some good Hogwarts Christmas/winter stories, stop by and check out the party or read the entries from the previous years. The quality is really outstanding.

Fanfic Rec: And Madam Pomfrey Cried

This is a one-shot I found as a result of the sad demise of OWL (the Online Wizarding Library). I haven’t been able to login to OWL in well over a year, but with its imminent death, I glanced through the titles on their archive and found this one. Happily, it’s also available on fanfiction.net.

Since I write stories with Poppy and Severus in them, I was interested in seeing another author’s take on the two characters. “And Madam Pomfrey Cried” by Tall Oaks is canon-compliant and set at the end of Book 7.

Pottermore Shop and British Editions

If you live in the U.S. and want the U.K. editions of the Harry Potter eBooks, Our Mirror of Erised has a post describing how to obtain them. Look for the post I made on 29 March 2012.

Pottermore Store Open

PottermoreThe Pottermore Store is now open, selling English-language copies of the Harry Potter books. Other languages will be coming soon.

The good news: the books are pretty reasonably priced ($7.99 for the first one).

The bad news: if you live in the U.S., you can’t buy the original version but are forced to buy the U.S. language version.

For a lot of people, maybe most, that won’t matter, but I read them originally in  British English, the original, and I don’t want them in U.S. English. So my excitement about having them available, following many months of anticipation, was quickly turned to major disappointment. Since JKR owns the digital rights to her books, I don’t understand why she would keep people from buying them in the original just because they live in the U.S. It’s not like where different companies in different countries have the rights to them. Anyway, after this long wait, sadly I will not be buying the books in e-book format.

What is Harry Potter “canon”?

The Pottermore conundrum for fanfic writers.

PottermoreNow that details are being revealed from the new Pottermore site and the new info that JKR is making available there, all kinds of previously held canon facts are being thrown into question. For example, Minerva McGonagall was always estimated as having been born in 1924 or 1925, and that she began teaching at Hogwarts in her early thirties. (This was based on a statement Rowling made in an early Scholastic.com interview, in which she said that McGonagall was a “sprightly 70,” presumably in the then-current book, Goblet of Fire, which took place in 1994-95. Subtract 70 from 1994 and you get 1924, and since her birthday is in October, Minerva would have been 70 for most of the 1994-95 school year if she were born in October 1924.)

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