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J.K. Rowling could cast her spell with Harry Potter e-books

April 4, 2011 | 12:52 pm

J.K. Rowling considering Harry Potter e-booksThis post has been updated. See note below for details.

J.K. Rowling could bring Harry Potter back to life (again) in the form of an e-book.

Perhaps that Avada Kedavra killing spell is losing its potency.

The British author noted for her tales of the boy wizard -- and also her doorstop-weighing 800-page books -- is thinking about finally making them available on iPads and Kindles.

"We are currently actively looking at all the various options for Harry Potter in this space, that is e-books," Neil Blair, Rowling's London-based agent at Christopher Little Literary Agency, told the Associated Press in an email.

Blair said Rowling had been watching the developing market and waiting for the right moment to release her books in that format. Um, because the author worth $1 billion needed to make more money?

About 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. That's a lot of pages that required costly printing, which would be much, much cheaper if produced in the e-format.

It would also be a dream come true for those of us who sometimes pretend our iPad is a real-life version of Harry Potter's Daily Prophet newspaper.

Harrypotterexhibition_re In other Potter news, the magical world comes to life at Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Squre in New York, manifesting the wizarding world and Hogwarts for viewers to experience. The 14,000-square-foot showcase of movie sets, costumes and props, which already apparated in Chicago, Boston, Toronto and Seattle, is scheduled to continue its tour outside North America.

Spoiler alert: At CinemaCon, "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman gave away some secrets about which scenes made the cut in the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II."

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the seven-book series, was released in 2007 and the final installment of its big screen adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will hit theaters July 15.

Updated, 2:30 p.m. April 4: This post originally said producer David Heyman was at WonderCon.  Heyman was actually at CinemaCon. The post has been revised to reflect that.

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-- Nardine Saad
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos, from top: "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling; a room in the Harry Potter: The Exhibition traveling attraction in New York. Credits: Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty Images; Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

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