Ms. Rowling on TLC PotterCast, Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Read about it here. Ms. Anelli promises “new canon.”

Oh, well. I look forward to reading the transcript at Madame Pince’s, where I learned this news today.

Any guesses today about what we’ll learn tomorrow? More future relationships or will we learn about events and choices that took place outside Harry’s restricted view? As we’re reading Goblet of Fire, I keep thinking it would be nice to know what Ludo Bagman was up to…. but if it were included in the story, that line would probably require otherwise unnecessary action on Harry’s part to bring the information into his line of sight or would distract and dissipate the reader’s attention from more important story elements.

It’s been two years since what Linda McCabe has called “the interview from Hell” post Half-Blood Prince. Here’s hoping sans Master Spartz that Ms. Anelli asks a few thoughtful questions in with the softballs she is obliged to pitch as the representative of all Fandom.

In Defense of Albus Dumbledore: Regina Doman

Regina Doman, accomplished novelist, Harry Potter expositor among Roman Catholics, and friend of this blog, has written a ‘Defense for Albus Dumbledore’ for The Rambler, the online newspaper of Christendom College. Coming from the pen of a professional story teller and of a mother about to give birth to another member of the Harry Potter generation, it is a challenging apologia and unlike anything you’ll read in the Main Stream Media. I commend the whole piece to your attention and ask for your reflections after reading it. Here is a short clip to whet your appetite: [Read more…]

Tales of Beedle the Bard: “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”

One more for your edification! Please share your thoughts on this specific tale and how it works with the first three… I’m assuming the fifth tale is “The Three Brothers” about which we know a little more than the story (e.g., it’s connection to Chaucer). Do you see any connections with other Chaucer tales? Boccaccio? Grimm?

Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Warlock’s Hairy Heart

Number three is up at Amazon.com. (Scroll down the page.) We’re looking positively Grimm — and my friends from Who Killed Albus Dumbledore are speculating we’re seeing a “a booklet on virtues as illustrated by quaint little wizarding vignettes standing in for the usually fairy tale approach” (Professor Mum).

What do you think?

Tales of Beedle the Bard: The Fountain of Fair Fortune

And here is the second Tale, as reviewed at Amazon.com. Waddya think?