Harry Potter


"More Adventures For Harry Potter"

by Linda Albin ("ABC News," March 12, 2001)

LONDON - Companions to Harry Potter? That's right. And these stories are not just fodder for Potter fans, proceeds for these stories are going to charity.

Two new additions to the wildly popular children's books by J.K. Rowling are being released today. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages provide young Harry Potter with his inspiration for witchcraft and wizardry.
Quidditch, by Rowling's alter ego Kennilworthy Whisp, is a history the most popular sport [hint: racing brooms are involved] at the mythical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Fantastic Beasts is meant to be a duplicate of Harry's own textbook, with notes and writings by Harry and his friends.

The idea for the books came from Comic Relief U.K., a charitable organization that funds children's causes around the world. "I'd just love to write them," Rowling said she replied when asked by the charity, adding "I thought it would be such fun to write and I was completely right."

At Waterstone's in North London, Louise Hollands, a buyer for children's books, says she expects the kids to start pouring in the moment school lets out and the books, which sell for about $4 each, to begin walking off the shelves shortly after.

Hollands has ordered 1,000 copies of each book and expects to sell out.

So what's the secret to Harry's success? According to Hollands, it's a good story coupled with good marketing.

"Harry", she says, "gets kids to read these two new offerings plus raise money for other kids … an unbeatable combination."