Save Muggle Forests

Feature story - July 7, 2005
The long-awaited release of the final Harry Potter book has finally hit the book shelves. We're all excited to learn the secrets in store for Harry Potter, but the book's publisher, Scholastic, has another secret it doesn't want you to know: Its books will not be printed on recycled paper. We have some magic up our sleeves too - a link to the Canadian publisher of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, who can send you a tree-friendly version of this popular book.

Tell Scholastic you're buying your copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from the Canadian publisher.

Forests are magical places, as Harry Potter readers are well aware. That's why thousands of fans called on Harry Potter publishers to print those enchanting tales of wizardry on paper that doesn't destroy endangered Muggle forests. Canadian publisher, Raincoast Books, has agreed to print Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince using 100 percent recycled paper. But so far, American publisher Scholastic is refusing to follow their lead.

Author J.K. Rowling praised the Canadian publishers for helping save Muggle forests:

"The forest at Hogwarts is home to magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. Because the Canadian editions are printed on ancient forest-friendly paper, the Harry Potter books are helping to save magnificent forests in the Muggle world, forests that are home of magical animals such as orangutans, wolves and bears. It's a good idea to respect ancient trees, especially if they have a temper like the Whomping Willow."

It doesn't take Gryffindor ingenuity to stop the destruction of ancient forests. We're working with authors such as J.K. Rowling and publishers to encourage them to stop sourcing paper from ancient forest regions and instead move toward recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. So far, publishers in Canada, Germany, the UK, and several other countries are making great strides.

By publishing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on ancient forest-friendly paper, Scholastic could have helped to save thousands of ancient trees and the homes of many wonderful Muggle creatures - and set the example for Harry Potter publishers worldwide to do the same.

Work your magic for the world's ancient forests and send a message to Scholastic. Let it know you'll buy your copy of Harry Potter from Canada.

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