July 02, 2004

Harry Potter 6

It's official: The title of the sixth book in the blockbuster Harry Potter series will be . . . Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince [full story].

I have been hunting around on J. K. Rowling's official site for a good 45 minutes and can't find the announcement, although there was a hint dropped in the News section that the "HBP is neither Harry nor Voldemort," or words to that effect. (Apparently a hoaxer spoofed Rowling's style and had everybody thinking that the next title would be the incomprehensible Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgé, leading Rowling to come clean herself.

As to when the book will be out, at this point that's anybody's guess.

Incidentally, if you haven't visited Rowling's site, give it a shot. You'll have a blast. (It uses Flash.)

In related news, apparently Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has begun filming. Rumour has it that Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, Quiz Show) is being considered to portray You Know Who. We'll see.