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Raincoast Books Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest Starts Today

Vancouver (PRWEB) June 1, 2005

Raincoast Books launches an online contest today, June 1st, in partnership with over 400 independent bookstores, Amazon.ca and other retailers across Canada.

Harry Potter book fans, age 8-16, are eligible to enter at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html

The Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest runs from June 1 to June 16. The Grand Prize is a trip to Edinburgh to meet J.K. Rowling.

The Grand Prize winner will be selected on June 17. The winning Canadian Harry Potter fan (age 8-16) , along with a guardian or parent, will travel to Edinburgh. On the stroke of midnight on the eve of publication on Saturday 16th July J.K. Rowling will read from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the latest installment in the Harry Potter book adventure in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle.

Her audience of seventy aspiring cub reporters will attend the Harry Potter Children’s Press Conference Weekend on behalf of newspapers, and other organizations from around the world. The cub reporters will meet J.K. Rowling who will give them each a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There will be a photographer at the midnight event who will take a photograph of each child with J. K. Rowling as she gives them their book. The cub reporters will then have the weekend to read the book in a specially created Reading Room at Edinburgh Castle before attending the Children’s Press Conference on Sunday 17th July to question J. K. Rowling about the new book.

The Grand Prize winner of the Raincoast Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest will receive:

four night, five day trip for two people (one cub reporter age 8-16 and one adult) to Edinburgh, Scotland

return economy airfare

four nights accommodation (double occupancy) in a hotel located in Edinburgh

airport and hotel transfers in Edinburgh

passes to the Harry Potter Launch Weekend event and the Children’s Press Conference at Edinburgh Castle (July 17).

(approx. value $ 5000 Cdn.)

Although no purchase will be necessary, entrants will need a special Harry Potter password to enter, obtainable on (a) special postcards that are available without charge at participating independent bookstores, Amazon.ca and other retailers, and (b) online at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html . All valid entries submitted between June 1st and June 16th at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html will be entered to win, including residents of Quebec.

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

Jamie Broadhurst

Director of Marketing

Raincoast Books

604-323-7124

Jamie@raincoast.com

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.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) is the beginning of the long goodbye to the most popular and successful movie series of our generation. This chapter is dark, bleak and totally uncharacteristic of the 6 films that preceded it. It is also utterly fantastic. Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 online for free and see this first of the two part ending to this amazing series.

In intense close-up, the Ministry of Magic (first time Potter actor Bill Nighy) bellows that our world has faced no greater threat during a thrilling hellfire and brimstone opening. Whom he is referring to of course, is the embodiment of all things evil Lord Voldemort (awesome Ralph Fiennes).

At the end of the last film (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Voldemort and his soldiers, the Death Eaters, killed Harrys mentor Professor Dumbledore. Since then, Voldemorts armies have seized the government and are on the verge of a complete takeover. Unleashing repressive measures against ‘Muggles (non-magic people) and ‘half-bloods (a mixture of magic and Muggle), one cant help but be reminded of Nazi Germany as Voldemort begins to persecute all non-wizards.

But Lord Voldemorts most pressing objective is to find and kill Harry. Wanted posters with Harrys picture are tacked up everywhere. Once found Harry will be killed, eliminating the last obstacle in Voldemorts plan to rule everything.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are forced to flee Hogwarts since it is no longer a safe-haven with Dumbledore dead. With Voldemort and his armies in constant pursuit, the trio must elude capture (and certain death) while searching for the items that could defeat Voldemort.

These items are the Horcruxes. Scattered throughout the land, each hold a small portion of Voldemorts soul. As these are what make Voldemort immortal, they must all be found and destroyed before he can be killed.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is by far the most violent and unnerving of all the Potter films. There are many scenes of maiming, torture, death and destruction. Harry, Hermione and Ron are constantly battling for their lives and pushed to the limit as the Death Eaters find them no matter where they go. This movie is definitely not for younger viewers as they will almost certainly have nightmares afterwards. There may even be a few adults who see Death Eaters in their sleep.

The acting in Deathly Hallows Part 1 is superb. The Potter films have always boasted a Whos Who of top English actors. Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and others have been essential in supporting roles. But this is the movie where Radcliffe, Watson and Grint really come into their own.

As Harry, Daniel Radcliffe has never been better. He is totally believable as the adolescent wizard trying to save his friends from unimaginable evil. His facial expressions and movements are spot on when conveying both terror and bravery. The scene that has all the critics talking though has nothing to do with evil or danger. It is a quiet, tender sequence where Harry and Hermione dance together in a tent. The background music from an old radio is O Children from Nick Cave. This scene very sweet and will have many viewers tearing-up. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson are just great.

Emma Watson shines in another scene. Fearful for the safety of her family now that Lord Voldemort will stop at nothing to get them, Hermione makes a moving sacrifice. She whispers the word obliviate, and slowly their memory of her fades and then ultimately disappears. The audience sees this as her images fades from all the pictures. Hermione is now all alone except for her two friends.

Rupert Grint is excellent as Ron, particularly when he slowly begins to suspect that his two best friends have feelings for each other. Grint displays just the right amount of anger and envy to make his emotions believable.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 might be a bit long at 2 and a half hours, especially since the middle third of the film seems to drag some. But overall this movie is thrilling and suspenseful, and is certainly a great setup for what is sure to be an epic conclusion when the second installment is released in July 2011.

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Now that the last Harry Potter movie has previewed, some fans are feeling a little disappointed that the phenomenon is over. All seven premiers of the movie broke box office records. Harry Potter fans have weighed in on their favorite moments.  Let’s take a look back at the top ten Harry Potter moments.

10. In the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s or Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid tells Harry that he is a wizard. It was an amazing revelation for an orphan that was stuck with foster parents that treated him very badly.

9. The first Quidditch match in the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Sorcerer’s Stone. The world premiere of the new game created by J.K. Rowling was a thrill for Potter fans.

8. The initial visit to platform 9 ¾ in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Sorcerer’s Stone.

The magic starts with the train ride to Hogwarts and the way they got to the train started it all.

7. The firework show by Fred and George in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was an exciting moment for the students at Hogwarts and the viewers.

6. When Hermione punches Draco in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Draco deserved a good punch in the face, but nobody expected it to come from sweet Hermione.

5. Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Sorcerer’s Stone. This was one of the most exciting parts of the Harry Potter series because we all got a look at the world of wizards.

4. The famous duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The duel that could never be matched until Harry dueled Voldemort.

3. Dobby’s sacrifice that led to his death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows:  Part 1. The courageous actions of a grateful friend was a moving moment in the series.

2. When Professor Snape kills Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This was a moment that made all Harry Potter fans gasp in horror.

1. The initial look at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Sorcerer’s Stone. Every viewer was completely drawn into the world of wizardry at this moment. It is one of the most amazing moments in cinema history.

These are the top ten Harry Potter moments. For over a decade, fans have been enjoying the wonderful wizard world of Harry Potter. The movies have been a large part of our lives and now it is over. In the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow:  Part 2, the ending leaves you wondering whether it’s really over. Will the popularity of the series lead J.K. Rowling to continue the series with the next generation of wizards or will we have to relive the old Harry Potter moments. Did Harry Potter really defeat Lord Voldemort for good?

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The three protagonists of Twilight Eclipse Movie have multiple nominations. Stewart is nominated for the Best Female Performance while other two stars of Twilight Eclipse Movie will compete with each other for Best Male Performance. The Twilight Eclipse Movie is nominated for five categories in the current year award function. One of the categories that the movie is nominated for is the Best Movie. The Twilight Eclipse Movie will compete against Alice in Wonderland, The Hangover, and Avatar. Avatar has recorded the highest gross collection in recent years. Close to Avatar in terms of gross earnings this year are Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince.

The story of Twilight Eclipse Movie revolves around the mysterious sequences and killings taking place in Seattle. Edward left Bella sometime back and in his absence she makes friends with Jacob. When Edward returns, she tries her best to make them friends but in vain. Bella Swan is forced to make a choice between her true love for Edward the vampire and her friendship with the werewolf Jacob Black. The war between the vampires and werewolves continues and evil vampire still continues their revenge with werewolves. Bella, played by Stewart, also has another choice that is between mortality and immortality. Edward, played by Pattinson and Jacob played by Lautner study with Bella. Bella is aware that her choice between the two, her love and friendship carries the potential of igniting a war between them. With her graduation soon approaching, she is forced to make a choice. It is the biggest decision of her life that will change her world forever. The Twilight Eclipse Movie begins with a choice that Bella has to make and ends with her making the final choice of being an immortal.

You can watch Twilight Eclipse Movie at home by downloading it for free from various websites. There are numerous websites that allows free download of Twilight Eclipse Movie for free. You can also read the reviews posted by people before watching the Twilight Eclipse Movie.

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has proved to be the most anticipated release of this year. Its concept and layout, according to the book, has made the whole scene even more sensational and thrilling for the viewers.

The plot of the new film has been quite unexpected along with being fascinating on the other side of the picture. The killing of a major character in this sequel is the most interesting part of all. Albus Dumbledore’s role has been seized in the latter half of the story much to the bewilderment of the readers. This has proved to be quite an unimaginable situation in the book and as expected, it will be portrayed with much compassion of the director in the film.

Albus Dumbledore has been an important character throughout the prequels of Harry Potter series. From the first release to the latest one, he has been performing as a guide and a major helper for our protagonist, Harry Potter. His death in the penultimate has proved out to be the major source of thrill and adventure in the tale.

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As Dumbledore and Harry embark on a journey to retrieve a possible Horcrux from a seaside cave, Hogwarts is left secured with stronger enchantments and Aurors patrolling the corridors. Before the Horcrux could be acquired from the stone basin, a potion had to be drunk.

The potion greatly weakens Dumbledore, weakening his reflexes and senses and making their return journey quite enduring and compelling. However, as soon as they reach Hogsmeade, a village near Hogwarts, they are greatly bewildered to spot the dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower.

With the pounding fear of possible deaths, both fly towards the Tower, removing the enchantments on the way, which Dumbledore had himself placed. On reaching the Tower, he immobilises Harry hidden under his Invisibility Cloak whilst he himself is ambushed and disarmed by Draco Malfoy. According to the orders of Lord Voldemort, Malfoy has been assigned with the objective of killing Dumbledore who by far seems to be much weak for compelling the evident danger.

He tries until his last breath to persuade Draco Malfoy to come by his side, assuring the protection of his family as a result. Nonetheless, the pounding roars of Death Eaters subdue him from what would have been a likely safe agreement. Becoming double minded, he lowers his wand unintentionally and unknowingly, but to the surprise of witnesses, Severus Snape makes appearance and completes the task on the behalf of Draco. Besides Dumbledore’s pleadings, Severus calmly performs the Killing Curse and escapes with the Death Eaters from Hogwarts.

The penultimate of the adventurous fiction series contains some new fabulous ideas from the author’s mind that have actually enhanced the stature of the whole concept to give it a new lineation for the readers. Apart from the revelation of the pasts and activities of its characters, she has side by side, increased the level of suspense and terror regarding others, just like the death of Dumbledore and unravelling of the double agent Severus Snape.

The release date for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is 15th July 2009.

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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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