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Harry Potter Encyclopedia On the Way

Famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling isn’t only working on her first adult novel; she’s still got more Potter in the works! And this time it’s a Harry Potter encyclopedia, set to answer all of the questions we’ve ever wondered about the teenage wizard and his friends.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Rowling took to her popular Pottermore web site to make the announcement. She said some of the encyclopedia’s content forms the new content on Pottermore. She also said it will likely be a time-consuming process. That makes sense. After all, it took her four to five years to put Pottermore together after publishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007.

So no release date has been set. But EW‘s Hillary Busis has already started coming up with questions she hopes are answered in the encyclopedia. For instance:

Where do Hogwarts professors go during their summer vacations? What are the 12 uses of dragon’s blood? What’s behind that locked door in the Department of Mysteries? And why in the world did Hermione and Ron name one of their kids Hugo?

What questions do you have for Rowling??

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Encyclopaedia Britannicas Selling Fast

In its final days, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is seeing a resurgence. The oldest continuously published encyclopedia in the English language has been flying off the shelves since the company announced last month it would discontinue its print editions.

According to this article by The New York Times, sales of the Encyclopaedia Britannica — a 32-volume set that weighs 129 pounds — had greatly decreased in recent years. Thanks to the Internet and sites like Wikipedia, the need for print editions of encyclopedias has become scarce. Before the March 13th announcement, only 60 sets — at a cost of $1,395 — were sold per week.

Since then, the 4,000 copies stored in the Britannica warehouse have gone so quickly, there are now only a few hundred left. On average, 1,050 are now being sold per week. They’re all expected to be sold by the end of April.

According to Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, “When they thought it would be around forever, there was no rush to buy one,” Mr. Cauz said in an e-mail. “But now, suddenly, it’s a scarce item.”

It’s not surprising that the company would opt to discontinue publishing the print editions. After all, print encyclopedias are a dying breed. Nonetheless, it’s still sad to see the end of an era. Just another item that has become irrelevant in our society — like the Walkman and answering machine.

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