Pull out the lawn chairs and throw down the beach towels Harry Potter fans, it’s official Summer Solstice is Here!

This is Stonehenge Aotearoa for those of  you that are wondering. It’s a really interesting place.  Check it out if you’re ever in New Zealand.

Built on the same scale as Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England. Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica.  It is a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. In this awe-inspiring place, people young and old can explore the mysteries of our past and learn how early cultures, including New Zealand Maori, used the Sun, Moon and stars for life and survival.

Awesome! But equally awesome is JK Rowling’s upcoming announcement regarding Pottermore, the website, due to take place Thursday (6AM EST/ 3AM PST). Interested in hearing more? You  can click an owl to  go through to the Pottermore official countdown on youtube. But that’s about all you’ll discover.

There’s been rampant speculation about what Pottermore is or will be and so we’ll weigh in with our flights of fancy.

Hate to say it, but odds are heavily in favor of it being a pure merchandizing site. Books, memorabilia, plastic figurines, all that sort of thing. An updated rerelease of the books, that most likely merchandizes the movies, and merchandize associated with the movies.

It would be nice though, if the site were for Potter books legally released as eBooks, to date they haven’t been released legally. And if that were the case, we’d expect those eBooks would be to some extent interactive with additional content stored on the pottermore website. (6/23/11 update: see, we were totally right!)

Alternatively, perhaps the books are being released in a simple graphic comic book form, for younger readers, or readers whose grasp of language is not up to the level that reading the actual books requires.  JK Rowling has always been dedicated to promoting literacy and this would be an ideal opportunity to advance that cause.

Finally there’s a good chance Potter will go the way of many other popular children’s books and become a saturday morning comicbook-style tv series. It’s the next logical progression for the series. And the graphics on the website do lend themselves to that notion.

We don’t really think there’s any “more” coming in the real sense and in fact, JK Rowling has already said, “No more Potter books.” But then again, authors always say that.

However, if you’d like to know more about Harry and Potterworld in general, and you don’t yet have this title check out  An Unauthorized Harry Potter Companion (Formerly titled: The Harry Potter Companion, but JK Rowling’s lawyers asked that the title be chanced because they thought the word “The” made it sound definitive.) It’s 537 pgs of revelations. And by friend of the firm, Acascias Riphouse.

This book is the ultimate, exhaustive companion to the Harry Potter series, complete with maps, illustrations, diagrams, recipes, biographies, spells, timelines, terminology, bibliographies, class schedules, houses, demerit counts . . . you name, it’s here and then some!

Covering books 1–5 and small assorted books that were published by JK Rowling related to the series, it intentionally does not cover the final two volumes of the series, so as not to spoil any surprises.

Think of this 537–page book as the ultimate fact check. It’s that pause in the series, that chance to dig into the details of the books and prolong the fun, before reading the exciting concluding volumes. A must have for every Potter fan.

AVAILABLE FROM

Virtual Bookworm Publishing

http://www.virtualbookworm.com

Amazon.com Or Any Fine Book Retailer

ISBN: 1–58939–582–4

6” x 9”

537 Pages

TRADE PAPERBACK ONLY

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