Harry Potter Launch Weekend Press Conference attended by Four Lucky Canadians

VANCOUVER (PRWEB) July 19, 2005

On July 16, four lucky young Canadians were in Scotland to receive the very first copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — from the author herself!

Eun Ji An and Emmy Chahal of BC, Madeleine Farquar of Ontario, and Michael Farr of New Brunswick were chosen from the thousands of Canadian children who entered nationwide contests to participate in the Harry Potter Launch Weekend and Children’s Press Conference events.

The much-coveted prize was a trip to Scotland for the July 16, 12:01am launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as well as the chance to question JK Rowling as a cub reporter at a special Children’s Press Conference the next day.

Arriving late Friday evening in carriages drawn by black horses through the crowds of excited fans lining the Royal Mile, the four entered the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for this once in a lifetime opportunity. At exactly 12:01am, GMT, the latest instalment in the phenomenal Harry Potter series was unveiled and Eun Ji, Emmy, Madeleine, and Michael were among the 70 cub reporters treated to a special reading by Ms. Rowling. The festive event was televised and broadcast all over the world.

The children spent the next day reading their new books in a Reading Room at the castle, set up just for this event. Sunday morning, they participated in a rare and fast-paced press conference with beloved author J.K. Rowling.

A summary and photo of the weekend’s events is available on the Raincoast website:

http://raincoast.com/harrypotter/wizarding-news.html

A full transcript of the Children’s Press Conference is also available at:

http://raincoast.com/press-releases/2005/0718-hbp-press-conference.html

Raincoast Books is offering readers at home a chance to experience the magic. Enter to win an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by submitting a news story as a nomination for the Fly on the Wall Award.

Details are online at the Raincoast website:

http://raincoast.com/harrypotter/beat-reporter.html

Raincoast Books is a Canadian publisher of the Harry Potter book series. Raincoast is a publisher and distributor based in Vancouver, BC. Raincoast Publishing produces a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. Raincoast Distribution is the exclusive Canadian distributor for some of the leading publishers from the U.K., the U.S. and Canada.

For more information regarding the Raincoast Books publicity and marketing campaign, please contact:

Jamie Broadhurst

Director of Marketing

Raincoast Books

604-323-7124

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