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Harry Potter > some facts July 22, 2007

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* At one minute after midnight on July 21, the final Harry Potter book will be released. Following are some facts about the Harry Potter novels and their spin-offs.
 
* J.K. Rowling completed the manuscript of her first Harry Potter story, called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1995, having written some of it in local cafes in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she was a single mother drawing state benefits.
 
* After being rejected by a series of publishers, Barry Cunningham, then of Bloomsbury publishers, signed up Rowling and the author and company never looked back. Rowling is known as the world’s first billion-dollar author.
 
* Rowling has sold 325 million copies of the first six books of the seven-book series about young wizard Harry Potter, his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his battles with evil foe Lord Voldemort.
 
* The seven books are called: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (published in 1997 and as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US in 1998), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007).
 
* The final instalment is due to be released on July 21. Rowling has said she will kill off at least two characters, but has declined to specify who. The main speculation among readers and gamblers is whether or not Harry will survive at the end.
 
* Warner Bros. have distributed four Harry Potter movies so far, amassing a worldwide box office tally of around $US3.5 billion. The fifth is in cinemas now.
 
* Daniel Radcliffe, who soon turns 18, has played the central role of Harry throughout the film series, turning him into a household name in Britain. He has signed up to star in the final two films.

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Spoiler! How Harry Potter ends July 22, 2007

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News Com Australia reports >

OUR gossip blogging pal over in the US, Autumn, has seemingly got her mitts on how the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows ends.

Now we’re not going to spoil it for those die-hard fans, but for those who just can’t wait to find out what happens, scroll down and highlight the white area below for some key plot lines. 
Don’t say we didn’t warn you – click out of here if you don’t want to know what Autumn has heard.

In fact, why not check out our HARRY POTTER special section?

OKAY … FINAL WARNING: If you highlight the text below, you will be ruining the story for yourself. Also, the validity of the plot lines cannot be verified.

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Daniel Radcliffe wore padded undies July 22, 2007

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Daniel Radcliffe had to wear padded underwear to protect his manhood while filming the latest Harry Potter movie.

The 17-year-old actor also needed easy access stripper-style trousers for scenes in which the teenage wizard takes to the skies on his broomstick.

Radcliffe said: “I had padded shorts under my trousers. I also other trousers that must have belonged to the Chippendales because they’ve got Velcro that rips apart to get the harness on for flying, then sticks back together.”

The young star’s assets were allowed much more freedom in his recent stint on the London stage in Equus. For his role as Alan Strang, who becomes erotically obsessed with a horse, Radcliffe had to bare all every night.

He said: “It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done. I did it to shake up people’s perception of me. People tend to think I’m a Peter Pan figure, but I’m definitely not, I promise you.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is on cinemas worldwide.

In Pictures > Warning Signs of an Internet Attack July 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet Safety.
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Online crooks are constantly switching tactics in an attempt to invade your PC. Be on guard for these latest sneaky tricks.

Internet Threat Protection Guide > Internet attacks have become a business. And as with any business, the product must be ever-changing in attempting to entice you. But where a slick legit ad campaign might sway you into buying a gadget you don’t really need, these social engineering techniques try to trick you into infecting your computer with malware you surely don’t want. Look through these images of some of the latest tricks from malware pushers and phishers so that you can keep your most important security tool–you–up-to-date. And if you receive any of these messages, be sure not to click any links in them or follow their instructions.

Watch all 9 pictures from MSN/Microsoft by following this link > here

Learn from this simple tutorial and protect yourself!