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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? to Cast Spell on Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Fla (PRWEB) June 7, 2007

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Envisioned as a “theme park within a theme park” and titled “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the new environment will become part of the experience within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort.

“Over the years we’ve received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts and the wonderful locations described in each of J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories,” said Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Working with Universal Orlando Resort, we are confident that we’ll be able to provide Harry Potter fans with an incredible experience that upholds the richness of J.K. Rowling’s books and delivers on the authentic detail portrayed in our films.”

“We will rely on our company’s rich movie heritage and expertise in transforming film concepts into theme park entertainment experiences,” said Ron Meyer, president and COO, Universal Studios. “The Harry Potter stories are among the most compelling of our time. The millions of people who have read the books and seen the movies will now be able to experience the world of Harry Potter in person.”

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the films – “The Wizarding World of theme park Harry Potter” will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the magical world of Harry and his friends. The fully immersive, themed land will enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself.

“The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” said J.K. Rowling.

“We have a profound sense of responsibility for the Harry Potter franchise at Warner Bros. Bringing the magic of J.K. Rowling’s written word to the motion picture screen was the first step in expanding this amazing and imaginative world. Working with Universal Orlando Resort to bring it to life in a physical environment that you can walk through, relax in and ride on is the natural next step for fans to experience and enjoy,” said Alan Horn, president and COO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Expected to open in late 2009, the new environment will feature immersive rides and interactive attractions, as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world’s best known establishments. Also debuting will be a state-of-the-art attraction that will bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in an exciting way that guests have never before experienced.

“We are going to devote more time, more money, more expertise and more executive talent from throughout our entire organization and creative team – as well as from Warner Bros., our partners – to ensure that this entire environment is second-to-none,” said Tom Williams, chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts.

Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products, added: “In Universal, we found the right partner whose unparalleled commitment will ensure that this is a world class destination. Their track record of success and the consistently high level of entertainment at all of their parks gave us the confidence to know that they will meet–or exceed– the extremely high expectations we all have for this project.”

The Academy Award-winning production designer Stuart Craig, who has worked to bring the world of Harry Potter to life in all of the feature films to date, leads the creative design for the area to ensure it remains faithful to the look and feel of the films.

“Our primary goal is to make sure this experience is an authentic extension of Harry Potter’s world as it is portrayed in the books and films,” said Craig. “I am very excited to be working closely with the Universal Orlando team to bring the area to life.”

The Universal Orlando resort destination (http://www.universalorlando.com) includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios motion picture and television theme park and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando’s most thrilling and exhilarating theme park. Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining, shopping, club and live-entertainment venue as well as premier on-site Loews hotels and world-class film and television production facilities.

Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. The series of books by author J.K. Rowling has been translated into 65 languages with more than 325 million copies sold in over 200 territories around the world. The films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $ 3.5 billion at the box office worldwide. Each of the four Harry Potter films produced to date has the distinction of making it into the all time top 20 grossing films worldwide. The fifth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?, will be released in theatres on July 11, 2007.

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Harry Potter: The Hit Series

Harry Potter has found his way into the hearts of millions worldwide. The character created by British author J.K. Rowling began gaining popularity since his introduction back in 1997. Since then, six other books were written and all of them became major motion pictures. 450 million copies of the books have been sold as of June 2011. The books have been translated into 67 different languages.

The book series is about a young wizard named Harry Potter. He is an orphan who is forced to live with his unruly Aunt and Uncle who took him in after his parents died. They are extremely cruel to him and never treat them the same as they treat their own son. Harry Potter’s life changes significantly when he finds out that he is a wizard. He is destined for great things and is faced with vast responsibilities.

Along with two friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry Potter encounters lots of adventure. The series features mythical creatures like dragons, werewolves, mermaids, trolls, giants, and many more. The three of them attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn how to use magic.

Harry soon learns that everyone knows his name and that he is the key to defeating the most powerful dark wizard, Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort was responsible for the death of his parents which Harry witnessed as an infant. His parents did not want to use their magic for evil so Lord Voldemort killed them. He tried to kill Harry as well but failed only leaving him with a small lightning shaped scar on his forehead. Lord Voldemort knew that one day Harry would try to defeat him and that he was the only one that stood in the way of world domination.

J.K. Rowling wrote seven books in the series. The books are titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Each book takes place in one year of Harry’s training at Hogwarts.

The Harry Potter book series is enjoyed by individuals of all ages and in many different countries. It was an instant hit and has been made into everything from a lunch box to a theme park attraction.

For more information on going on a Harry Potter Tour London or the popular Harry Potter Walk why not check out Brit Movie Tours who are a London based tour company offering many other London film Locations tours.

Harry Potter Rules Top Grossing Book Apps List

The Harry Potter franchise has a new app available called Harry Potter Film Wizardry. As of Tuesday, the app was the Top Grossing iPad app in the books category on iTunes.

The interactive app is all about the making of the final Harry Potter flick. It debuted last week, in advance of the film’s release. The $12.99 app includes behind-the-scenes filmmaking stories, unpublished photos and interviews from the film’s actors.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Harry Potter film grossed $481.5 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, making it the best worldwide debut of all time.

Last month, J.K. Rowling announced that she has a new Harry Potter website in the works. Pottermore will bring the world of Harry Potter to life with thousands of words of new content from the author and new interactive experiences. The site will also sell Harry Potter eBooks, which will be released for the first time this year.

Harry Potter Apps Debuts In Top Grossing Book Apps

The Harry Potter franchise has a new app available called Harry Potter Film Wizardry. As of Tuesday, the app was the Top Grossing iPad app in the books category on iTunes.

The interactive app is all about the making of the final Harry Potter flick. It debuted last week, in advance of the film’s release. The $12.99 app includes behind-the-scenes filmmaking stories, unpublished photos and interviews from the film’s actors.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Harry Potter film grossed $481.5 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, making it the best worldwide debut of all time.

Last month, J.K. Rowling announced that she has a new Harry Potter website in the works. Pottermore will bring the world of Harry Potter to life with thousands of words of new content from the author and new interactive experiences. The site will also sell Harry Potter eBooks, which will be released for the first time this year.

Top Ten Most Memorable Harry Potter Moments

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?

For more information on going on a Harry Potter Studio Tour or the popular Harry Potter Walking Tour why not check out Brit Movie Tours who are a London based tour company offering many other London film Locations tours.

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Oh No They Didn't!


Potter fan sites from around the globe helped us with the Pottermore name reveal, and now those same fan sites have been kind enough to tell us what their readers most want to know about the Pottermore experience.

While we can’t give everything away (even though we know you’d like us to!), we’d really love to answer some of your questions …

Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?
Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce more languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.

Will Pottermore be free?
Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; you won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore Shop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – or not – won’t affect your progress through the story as the Shop sits outside of the online reading experience.

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘online reading experience’? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn’t Harry’s story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across.

So Pottermore isn’t a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you’ll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.

Isn’t there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?
Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you’ll also be able to earn house points – and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.

Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you’re over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn’t a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums.

I saw the Sony logo at the top of Pottermore.com. What’s Sony’s involvement with the site?
Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.

Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we’ll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site.

Once I’ve been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you’ve been sorted, you won’t be able to change; the Sorting Hat’s decision is final!

What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.

I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we’ll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you’ll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.

Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability…

What’s going to happen on 31 July?
We don’t want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (
http://insider.pottermore.com) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details.

Is the Pottermore Owl Twitter account official?
No, it’s not – but we kind of wish we’d thought of it!

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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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