I’m a little old for this, but thought I’d put this out there!
May 13, 2005
Raincoast Books and Bloomsbury PLC announced today that J. K. Rowling will be launching her long-awaited new book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle on July 16th and that a select group of lucky young Canadians will be on hand to participate in the historic event.
Go to http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter for contest details.
“Her [Rowling’s] audience of seventy aspiring cub reporters (aged 8-16) 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. These pictures will be available to all newspapers(national and international) via satellite that night. 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 Sunda 17th July to question J. K. Rowling about the new book.
Young Canadians (aged 8-16) will have ample opportunity to enter to win one of the coveted spots in Scotland in the weeks to come.
Raincoast Books will be launching an online contest June 1st in partnership with independent bookstores and other retailers across Canada to select a Canadian cub reporter who, along with a guardian or parent, will travel to Edinburgh for the ultimate Harry Potter fan’s dream holiday. The grand prize includes return economy air fare for two from the nearest international airport to the winner’s home, 4 nights accommodation, airport and hotel transfers, and 2 passes to the Harry Potter Launch Weekend event (approx. value $5000 Cdn.)
The online contest begins June 1st and will close on June 16th (Contest Period) and the winner will be announced on June 21st (the second anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Although no purchase will be necessary, entrants will need a special Harry Potter password to enter, obtainable on (a) special postcards that will be available without charge at participating independent bookstores and other retailers, and (b) online at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter. All valid entries submitted between June 1st and June 16th at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter will be entered to win, including residents of Quebec.