The Toronto Star reports: “This Sunday’s New York Times will be Potter-less for the first time since
Best-selling sf or fantasy novels rarely get any play from Hugo voters, but a lot of fans enjoyed the stories and even more were grateful to Rowling for inspiring many children’s love of reading. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a Best Novel Hugo nominee in 2000. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire actually won the award in 2001.
The ensuing controversy over a fantasy novel winning the Hugo (completely within the rules) does not seem enough to explain why another Harry Potter novel never made the final ballot. After all, every Harry Potter movie has been a Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo finalist: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone nominated in 2002, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2003, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2005, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2006, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2008.