Contest Information to Hear JKR Read from “Deathly Hallows” Plus New HP Site from Bloomsbury


May 23, 2007

Posted by SueTLC

As a follow up to the big news that author J.K. Rowling will be reading from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the release of the novel midnight July 21 at the Natural History Museum in London, England, UK publishers Bloomsbury US publishers Scholastic, and UPDATE Canadian publishers Raincoast have now released more information on how fans can win a chance to hear Jo read and meet her as she signs the book. Important is the following first from Bloomsbury:

1,700 fans will have the opportunity to meet JK Rowling and have their book signed at the Natural History Museum. The first 500 randomly selected winners will attend the midnight reading. The subsequent signing is expected to last until dawn. Every ticket holder will receive a free book from Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tickets to the event are free and will be available by prize draw which will run from 23rd May to 11th June. Winners will be notified by 18th June.


Now for the US information:


Entries for Moonlight Signing contest must be received by June 15, 2007. Open to legal residents of the United States who are under 21, there “will be seven (7) Grand Prize Winners who will get a trip for two to London, England to attend a J.K. Rowling event at midnight on July 20, 2007. Trip includes round-trip coach airfare for two (2) people from the major commercial airport closest to winner’s residence (winner and guest must travel together on same itinerary) and three (3) nights hotel accommodations (one (1) double occupancy room); ground transportation while in London, England, and $500.00 spending money. Each Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest will get to attend a J.K. Rowling event at the Natural History Museum in London -on July 20, 2007 at midnight.” They will also receive a US edition of the book.

UPDATE: Canadian publishers Raincoast have now launched their contest for one lucky fan between the age of 8-18 to win a trip to London for this signing. More details are available here via the Raincoast Harry Potter site.

UPDATE 2: Australian publishers Allen & Unwin have posted on their website that they will also be participating in this contest, with an announcement regarding the entries due later.

Finally, Bloomsbury has launched a rather nifty new Harry Potter website “Swot Up on Potter” as part of this contest. Be sure to poke around on this site for details about characters, the books as well as audio excerpts read by Stephen Fry. Enjoy and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

247 Responses to Contest Information to Hear JKR Read from “Deathly Hallows” Plus New HP Site from Bloomsbury

Avatar Image says: Hey if you go on carriage #6. out the window is the Castle on the UK children's ver. Just thought that was pretty cool, check it out! Avatar Image says: And I guess you're either living in the UK or the US, Cian?!? I know I'm getting the book the same day as everyone else and Im sooo excited about that, but i still want to be able to get to see Jo read, or get my book signed! It's not my fault I'm Norwegian and not English!!Avatar Image says: Please note that Jo said, "Other English-speaking publishers may also be allotted tickets", so those of you in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa aren't out of luck yet. Are there any other countries I'm forgetting? (Yes, I know Canada and South Africa are bilingual. One of the languages is English, right?) I just wish that Scholastic would remember that thousands, if not millions, of HP fans in the States are adults. Would a separate contest for us be too much to ask?Avatar Image says: No matter what nationality Cian is, he's speaking a lot of sense.Avatar Image says: What a shame I don't live in the UK. *sigh* But on the plus side, there'll be no queue when I'm getting my copy in my small town in Germany. And nobody will be there to shout spoilers all over the place because simply nobody will be aware a new "Potter" is out. Who am I kidding??? I do envy the Brit people!Avatar Image says: This is one of the many occasions where i wish that I was British! It would be awesome to hear JK reading the new book!Avatar Image says: This is so exciting! I love the natural history museum - it's a perfect place to do the reading.Avatar Image says: Entered and begging the heavens above i win!!! if anyone else wins please contact each oter for a meet up in London a few hours or during the day on fRIDAY!!Avatar Image says: Whee! I've entered! :DAvatar Image says: Scholastic sucks! Do they not understand that there are fans of the books who are older than 21? Uuuggghhh!!! I really wanted to enter.Avatar Image says: So if you are over 21 you can't enter? Oh, I hope I read that wrong!Avatar Image says: I am just a bit too old to enter. PS That was a lie.Avatar Image says: For those who haven't been on to the new "Swot Up" site, when you get on the train you can see Hogwarts through the window. It's the illustration that appears on the back of book 7, which confirms that we will be seeing Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows!!!! Also, the picture on the web site is a full picture of the castle.Avatar Image says: WHY CAN I ONLY TAKE PART IF I AM UK AND US THATS SOOOOOOOO MEAN *crys* I am going to London too.Avatar Image says: Lalalala I'm years older than eight and I've entered!!! I am not ashamed! Wearing my potter badge loud and proud! Thanks Jo for giving adults an opportunity too.Avatar Image says: I usually hate the country in which I live, and I hate the age at which I am at, BUT AT THE MOMENT I LOVE BEING AN ENGLISH 16 YEAR-OLD :) xxxAvatar Image says: Bravo, Cian for your good common sense. I have no chance of attending either, but I'll be happy for the ones who get to go. I've been part of the first generation of readers -- that's plenty lucky for me.Avatar Image says: I was so excited to read about this contest, until I came to the part that US residents have to be under 21. Are they kidding us? Most of us who started reading the series in 1998 are now over 21. Thanks Scholastic for snubbing long-time readers!Avatar Image says: YAY, UK and Ireland! Woot for Bloomsbury for including the Irish!Avatar Image says: Well, I'm thrilled for everyone who is allowed to enter and will be equally thrilled for those who win. I expect any LL members who win to let us know! It's the right thing to do, lol! But I have to admit I'm bummed a bit, too. Only 7 winners from the US? I know UK should have the majority because let's face it, HP started as a UK phenomenon. But only 7? And you have to be 21 or younger to enter? I grew you with these books and I'm over 21 so I still can't enter. I seems when I was under 21, you had to be under 16. What's up with that? Anyway, disappointment aside, it's a great contest and great opportunit for the winners. Good luck to all TLC members who entered!Avatar Image says: how many times can you enter? and my younger brother is 21 can he come if we enter as a family????Avatar Image says: 7? Only 7 from the U.S.? *breathless* oh crap!Avatar Image says: Sometimes I think Jo doesn't like adults...especially American ones....sigh, oh well, someone will let us know what happens at the event, so we'll have to live vicariously through them.Avatar Image says: Do you think... if you have a party of 4 people over 16, you can enter 4 times, rotating the name of the "group leader"?Avatar Image says: is this all expenses-paid for US? im getting mixed signals... that just the tickets are free... but the air-fare is not? or is?Avatar Image says: Harry Crazy I don't think its Jo who sets up the rules. I think Scholastic doesn't like adults, not Jo. Avatar Image says: Cool, I might enter it. It will certainly beat having to wait in line for a copy at Whsmiths. Avatar Image says: Why only UK and Irish residents, Jo? I'm travelling from Holland to the UK for the midnight release and I'm not allowed to enter the prize draw for a ticket for the J.K. Rowling signing! Unfair for all the other foreigners travelling to the UK for the midnight release! :( I'm very disappointed in Jo...Avatar Image says: i was wondering about the same thing. it doesn't mention that you can only enter once. hmmm....if i print out about 1000 and send a few in each day until the announcement?!?;)Avatar Image says: Stupid scholastic.... if we were under 21 when we FIRST read Harry Potter, can't they do the math and figure that some of us might be, say, 22 by now??? Ugh... It's not a kids book anymore!!Avatar Image says: Under 21 to be eligible for US residents?! I can feel my heart breaking! Bah, the discrimination. And I was already planning to be in London that week.Avatar Image says: I should think that the restrictions are due to visa restrictions and/or immigration constraints. Not some anti-American conspiracy. Come on - you people get plenty of fun stuff too...Avatar Image says: "Why only UK and Irish residents, Jo? I'm travelling from Holland to the UK for the midnight release and I'm not allowed to enter the prize draw for a ticket for the J.K. Rowling signing! Unfair for all the other foreigners travelling to the UK for the midnight release! :( I'm very disappointed in Jo... Posted by Manon on May 23, 2007 at 9:09 AM " Its not Jo that has set these rules you know. The rules for entering are totally the responsibility of the publishers. If you want to be disappointed at someone you should be disappointed at them. Avatar Image says: No one said it was an anti-American conspiracy. And besides the only thing you need to go from the US to England is a passport. And you need one no matter what your age is.Avatar Image says: I'm sorry... I'm not cross at Jo... Of course SHE didn't put this prize draw up, but Bloomsbury... You're right! But I'm still disappointed at Bloomsbury anyway because I can't enter because I don't live in the UK or Ireland...Avatar Image says: WOOOO!! Ive entered! Hopefully Jo likes my name! lol!!Avatar Image says: What can do the non residents? We are fans too! I will be this night in London. It has been my dream to see JKR from years ago. I am less than than the UK people? Because Bloomsbury doesn't allow me to asist! :-( I am going to write them. Non-UK should do the same. Maybe they heard us... Maybe no.Avatar Image says: Growing old has just become more miserable. (sigh) Good luck to all you youngsters. My heart will be with you all. OMTAvatar Image says: I'm very sad I cannot enter. Oh, well, if you are not British or American your chance to meet JK is zero. :(Avatar Image says: So...if Bloomsbury's sending 500, and Scholastic is sending 7...where are the other 1193 coming from?Avatar Image says: So I have decided to send a letter with the form to the USA anyway (maybe to the other as well), even though I am not allowed. I mean trying costs only a few porto and its better than thinking that I havent tryed anything.Avatar Image says: Remember that we Americans have already had a huge chance to see Jo--last year in New York at "Harry, Carrie, and Garp." It does suck that only kids can enter for this one, but let's be fair--our country had a huge opportunity that many other people will NEVER have.Avatar Image says: Only 7 from the U.S.? It's times like these that I hate living in Ohio, and I think this is the only time I have ever been glad to be under 21!!! Ah, well I still plan on atleast trying :)Avatar Image says: OMG!!!!! I've signed up as a 25 yo British male. Fingers crossed. I'm going to be at Sectus anyway, so I intend to win a ticket, get my book signed, then return to the Sectus reading party to SHOW OFF AND DANCE!!!Avatar Image says: I live in Paris, it's only 2 hours away by train from London, but we don't have the right to apply!!! I'm so incredibly disappointed and sad...! And as France is not an English-speaking country there's no chance we'll get tickets! I really really feel like crying...Avatar Image says: Those excerpts from the books are very interesting choices. I think these are the pieces of he books that could prove important in DHAvatar Image says: NOT FAIR!!! Where's austrlia's entry form!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.... I NEED IT!!!!!Avatar Image says: under 21? to hell you go.Avatar Image says: Why, oh, why am I 24? I know why they have it be under 21: to have mostly those who started reading the books when they were young enter. Though, is there an age limit on the UK contest? If not, that's not fair. Though, they could pretty much just hop on a train or bus; we have no choice but to hop on a plane, so it's more expensive.Avatar Image says: So why's it only for British and US guys? I am older than 21 anyway, but what a shame for all the little English speaking ones in other countries... :(Avatar Image says: I am DISGUSTED. I am fan since 1999. I grew up with Harry. So I am obviously a little over 21. I REALLY don't understand....Avatar Image says: Under 21? It should be "Any fan who is old enough to pay for their own airplane ticket!" Come on!Avatar Image says: OMG thats total age discrimination. Can it count if you *look* under 21? :P *pouts*Avatar Image says: I once dreamed that I met Jo in a caff'e in London, even though I have never been to the UK. We sat at a small table in a corner and talked about the most random non-HP things. She was just an average person like anyone else, lol Oh, how I would LOVE to meet her in person! :) I am glad that I am 19 and I plan on sending in my form A.S.A.P.Avatar Image says: Alright... I need to find myself someone under the age of 21 in the US that I would need to chaperone to UK if they win--preferably someone who has rich parents who will pay for the plane and the hotel... Anyone know anyone like that? LOLAvatar Image says: Wow... please can we get some perspective? Think about all those people who couldn't have the chance to go and see Jo when she was in America. I would have loved to go, but I couldn't because I wasn't from the USA. I entered to go to the Natural History Museum, but I hold out no hope of actually being drawn out of the pot. Probability is highly against me, let's face it! I'm also 24, and I'm not sure whether or not that precludes me from getting tickets. More than that... Harry Potter was taken to other countries because of (in no small part) the success enjoyed in the UK. Why *shouldn't* we Brits get more of a chance to see her?Avatar Image says: Im entering now! Dont really expect to win but it would be exciting!Avatar Image says: Here's some perspective, just because she came and visited the US doesn't mean all the kids here had a chance to go and see her. I believe in that situation you had to pay your own way, plane tickets (not everyone lives in NY, domestic plane tickets in the US can be expensive), hotel, and tickets to see her. And if you were underage that meant you had to have your parents pay for it. So don't be down on any of the kids that are upset.Avatar Image says: When I click the link on Scholatic's website to download the form, I just get the error "We Couldn't Find The Page You Requested." Granted, I'll be 30 by July 21st... but I was just going to lie about my age and enter anyway. (I look young for my age).Avatar Image says: Titsy> I don't think there is an age limit for the Bloomsbury one, not from what I have read anyway. From what I understand it is purly names will be pulled out of a "hat" type thing and it won't matter if you are 14 or 84. Avatar Image says: I wonder if Canadian Bloomsbury will have something simillar, I can enter my son :), I'm waaay older than 21, nevertheless, I want to go to London and get a signed copy! whooooa, just imagined the possibility! got myself all excited!Avatar Image says: Its not fair that its open to those 21 and younger :(Avatar Image says: so this swot up on Potter website pretty much confirms that the castle on the back of the DH cover is hogwarts because when you click on it, it gives you info about the hogwarts staff. there goes my beaubatons Image says: No application for the fans outside UK and USA (doesn't matter how much you love the books, how important they're for you, and how long you've been a fan). No application for the fans older than 21 in the States (doesn't matter how much you love the books, how important they're for you, and how long you've been a fan).. I don't understand. I feel betrayed. Avatar Image says: Under 21?!?! Hey what about the fans that are 22 and up that love HP and J.K. Rowling?? -pouts- I want to meet Jo too.... .... ~JohnsAnnarielleAvatar Image says: Notice what Jo wrote on her website: "Other English-speaking publishers may also be allotted tickets; keep an eye on their websites" (Thanks to Titsytotsy for quoting this earlier.) If you're an over-21 US fan, I understand your frustration. (I'm one too!) But you do still have a chance to go as the guest of an under-21 entrant. The Scholastic prize includes an expenses-paid trip for two with spending money, so it makes sense that they're only offering seven slots. And even though the books have many over-21 fans, I'm sure we can swallow our frustration a little and be gracious and offer the limited number of spots to the younger people among us. (And then offer them candy if they agree to take us along as their one allowed guest.) I think it's like offering your seat to an old lady on a crowded bus. (And then offering her candy... okay, maybe not so much.)Avatar Image says: Wait, so what happens if we ARE 21? is the contenst open to 21 and under, or just under 21 (which would mean 20 and under) ... because I read it as 21 year olds cannot enter ... but others here in the comments seem to think differently ... Avatar Image says: This is so dumb Why not just have a que for people and people can que and first come first served. All this rubbish compition stuff is silly as millions upon millions will enter so we have no chance of winning. At least if people have to que then you have earnt your right to met JKR And its just the u.s.a that is under 21 right ? as it says nothing about the u.k people have to be 21 and underAvatar Image says: "I'm sure we can swallow our frustration a little and be gracious and offer the limited number of spots to the younger people among us. (And then offer them candy if they agree to take us along as their one allowed guest.)" Well .... probably not my place to say as I'm from UK anyway but ... that's what I think Annarielle. It would be prize of a lifetime for kids - (well ok for everyone but still ...) - I mean it would be a bit bad if all the 7 prize-winners were adults! Over-21s can accompany so it's effectively a prize for the accompanying adult too ... BTW UK entrants have to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses to London (NOT cheap by the way and might prevent some from entering) and the US prize is therefore quite major by comparison. Good luck to entrants :D I'm not entering even though I work close-by as I don't think I could stay up all night .... I'm an old woman in a young body these days :)Avatar Image says: 21...grrrr. I turned Image says: I agree that, while exciting, this is all also very confusing and somewhat unfair. First, it says on the Scholastic website that of the entries mailed to them, there will be 7 Grand Prize Winners, or (I assume this means) a total of 14 people going from the US? Out of 1700? That doesn't seem very fair, though I understand it's an expense to fly them and such. My answer to that would be, if I were in charge of the world, that Jo would come to New York and give a second reading, but, oh, well . . . The second way this is unfair -- a child and his guardian, unless you're between 18 and 21 and then you can bring any guest you choose. So, here I am, 45 your old mother of 2 boys who are under 21. Of all of us, I want to go the most. So I could enter both of my kids and then what if one of them wins? Chris will be absolutely crushed if Dan wins and Chris doesn't get to go. Dan will feel bad if he doesn't get to go, though he'll get over it. My husband, who would love to accompany us to London though he wouldn't care if he met Jo, would prefer I not to at all but if I must, he'd want me to take both boys, as he will be left with the other one if I were to take just one. So I thought -- if I win, I'll just pay the extra airfare to bring the 2nd kid. But then I thought, would they let the 2nd kid into the reading and any other event they have planned? Great, mom drags Dan all the way to London and leaves him in the hotel room while she and Chris attend the book signing. As long as there were video games in the hotel room, or at least a TV, Dan wouldn't care, and he is old enough to be left alone for a couple of hours, but it still isn't very fair, isn't it? So I'm down to whether I should even enter at all. Contests are supposed to be fun. This, so far, has not felt very much like fun. Obviously the rules were thought up by someone who doesn't have kids.Avatar Image says: So much for the kids in Canada applying, or did I misunderstand and kids in Canada can actually have a chance to win also?Avatar Image says: "It annoys me that when something is done for the fans that so many people have to start on the "its not fair they should include us all" thing." I'm sorry if you're annoyed, Sarah, but I'm downright disappointed in the whole business!! I'm Italian and I've been a fan of the Potter books ever since 1999 and have read them in 4 languages, first and foremost ENGLISH. Why should I not ba allowed to enter?? I don't care if Bloomsbury cannot afford (or, likely, wouldn't) fly me over: I can walk all the bloody way to London!! Just so you know, it's not compulsory for them to offer transportation: Scholastic probably does it for publicity, but I don't think Bloombury will pay every train/plane ticket, bus fare or gas fare to English winners, least of all accomodation. If a Scottish or an Irish fan can afford to drive down to London for the weekend, why couldn't someone from France, Germany, Italy and so on?? They could just ask for confirmation before actually naming the ticket to you and be sure you can get to London (as already suggested): if a 12 year old from Korea entered and has no means to go, they just draw again and have a 20 year old Italian instead. And for everyone who keeps posting the thing about "English-speaking countries", that just means Australia, Canada and some African states where the official language is English (notice that that's not even so for the States): no other European Country is considered and, funny enough, we are the ones who live closer and would get to London easier. This is ROWLING, people!! Not some random bookstore party. It's the real thing!! And it's our last opportunity!! No wonder we're bummed!!Avatar Image says: *flail* This might be the last chance to see Jo reading! Omgomgomg *flail again* Is there an age limit on the UK one? O_o Because you have to tick boxes to agree to "the above child/children" blahblahblah... but I'm not a child!Avatar Image says: How disappointed that old people can't enter the contest!! I was willing to not go to a conference to attend the party in England. I still have the happiest week of the year for a calligrapher to look forward to....wondering how I'm going to read the book while making beautiful letters. I was so excited, and still am for all those lucky winners!Avatar Image says: NOOOO, I thought being being 21 was supposed to be a good thing! This is sooo not fair.Avatar Image says: Well, I am certainly going to enter this contest. I never win anything and so I think now would be a great time for my luck to change! Luckily I am under 21 but over 18...yay. Good luck to anyone else who enters. The chances are definately slim but there is still a chance!Avatar Image says: I can't find anything that says that you can only enter once. I know that is sometimes in a rule in sweepstakes. I guess that means I have to enter about fifty times a day before the contest ends! LOLAvatar Image says: Please people, calm down! I know some are disappointed that the competition isn't more international friendly, but there has to be limits. It was, after, published by Bloomsbury originally in 1997 for the UK and Ireland and as such they're the regions it feels it represents most. This isn't to say that her other publishers won't do things like this in the future, it's just she must feel obliged to end the series that night with Bloomsbury, the company that without whom we wouldn't be talking. If you can't participate, please just take a step back and remember that no matter what, you're still getting the book and we should be grateful for all that she's done for us. And to be happy for those that will get the opportunity to see her. It's not about what we're entitled to because you read the book X number of times. It's about the night, and the book. Just remember what matters most.Avatar Image says: I agree about the age limit and am disappointed :( Not only have people "grown" while the books were being written but the maturity level of the books have too Avatar Image says: So fans from non English speaking countries won't get a chance at all? This is so unfair! Avatar Image says: Just thought I'd say, if it hasn't already been made clear: The travel costs are actually not included in the prize of the British contest. I think it would be fun to participate but I hadn't really counted on going where Jo would be anyway. Edinburgh baby! Cannot wait!!Avatar Image says: NO Canadians. That's really, really, really unfair. I'm speechless that this could happen. UK, American, but no Canadian? That's disgusting. Completely DISGUSTING. I was excited, but now I have no chance. None whatsoever. Just because I live in Canada, which is right beside the US and with fairly close ties to the UK, I can't enter a contest that loads of other people can? That's just wrong. I'm sorry, that kind of thing just seems really, really wrong. :(Avatar Image says: Ughhh I want this so bad. I'm sixteen, yet I have NO IDEA what I'm doing this summer. I have fifteen noncommital plans to do things..*sigh*...Avatar Image says: Thanks for your words guys, as it happens, I'm Irish and could enter but by the laws of fate I shall be in America for the whole summer without hope of getting back to the signing, if I were accepted. So in some ways, i could rant about how unfair life is that I could have gone but can't. I'd like to think I'm far too grateful for everything she's done for us to feel resentful. And I'll be thrilled for the ones that do go, they'll have a ball. After all, there aren't as many fan gatherings in England as in the US. And there aren't events in my country (Ireland) at all, and sometimes it feels there are any fans here! Don't remove this nice gesture from the English and Irish fans please. Avatar Image says: For the Canadians - only one winner though.Avatar Image says: Oooh, crap ! Nothing for us, poor little frenchies ? Not even the slightest scribbling from you on the back of a laundry bill ? Well, it's still time to move in England, thers's still 2 months left ! You 1700 guys are so lucky...Avatar Image says: Us Canadians can enter Image says: Wow. That's all I have to say, wow.Avatar Image says: Cian, I also believe than fans are entitled to voice their disappointment without moralist lectures... Jo is great to allow fans to see her and get their books signed. I really think it is great and all... But I also believe that being disappointed is a human feeling....Avatar Image says: just one from Canada? I will probably envy that person, but really hope he or she will be a real fan! still just one??? and again, I am happy for anyone who will win!Avatar Image says: blah i don't live in the UK or the US!!Avatar Image says: I am soo entering all my grands (14) and all my adopted children (8) who all love, read, re-read, debate, and listned to on itunes,our many copies of everthing Harry Potter are warped and we might even have as many notes as Jo...WE ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE A HARRY POTTER FAMILY!Avatar Image says: You have to be under 21? UGH.Avatar Image says: U.S. contest limited to people under 21? That sucks!Avatar Image says: Why only for English speaking people?? I can agreewith respect to the age limit to favour children, but why to deny this joy aprioristically to many HP fan from non UK-US-Canada-Ireland countries? We are HP lovers as well as english-speaking people. not fairAvatar Image says: Hi!! I live in Madrid and today they have aired in a local channel a report on the dubbing of OotP!! ^^ And I have seen new footage in it!! They were dubbing the scene where Harry faces Dudley and his buddies!! ^_^Avatar Image says: Are you kidding me.....I just turned 21...yesterday...darn schoolastic rules.Avatar Image says: We should write a petition for change this. We can! Fans together as DA students against injusticies. Unfortunately my English has a lot of mistakes. I can write it in Spanish and translate it into English, but poorly. Can anybody help? If we don’t do nothing, publishers won’t change. But we can! US +21 are fans as -21. Non UK residents are fans as UK residents. And this is the last book, this is the book! Publishers should hear our voices. I'm sure they will :)Avatar Image says: The entry form isn't loading for me! It says done at the bottom of my browser but the page is blank. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?Avatar Image says: Sometimes it is very rewarding to be a parent... =)Avatar Image says: Margaret , I get an invalid url, the contest opens tomorrow, that is probably why...Avatar Image says: I turn 21 in a month. I guess that means I can sign up?!Avatar Image says: I totally cannot wait to enter! Squee! :D I can understand that people are upset that its for -21 in the US and -18 in Canada, but there's so many other events like conventions and such just for adults, especially in the US. This event has been aimed at the younger generation (well not in the UK really).Avatar Image says: Soccer tournaments that take place on July 20-22 deserve to die. Lol. Avatar Image says: oh i want to win sooo bad!!! but only 7!! Seriously limits my chances.... at least I can enter all my friends as well! lol. Oh God! Please let me win!! :]Avatar Image says: Really....all the conventions in the U.S. COMBINED can't hold a candle to a night meeting Jo.Avatar Image says: Cian, awsome idea: you enter and if you win I go!! Man, I'm good!! I'm sorry, though, but the fact that the book was first published in the UK is just the beginning: Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon, translated but especially in its original version. Bloomsbury might have published it first, due to the fact that Rowling is English, but if it weren't for the rest of the world we wouldn't be here either. And the Bloomsbury edition is the one which gets sold (in English) in any non-English speaking Country: I'd be surprised if they made more money in the UK rather than abroad. Therefore, I fail to understand why we shoul "leave this to the English and Irish fans" as I don't feel in the least less a fan than any of them: it's like saying that second-generation Italians shouldn't have been allowed to cheer at the Soccer World Cup final. Again, this is not one event of many: it's J.K.ROWLING presenting THE LAST book of the series. I have been waiting for months for the announcement of what she'd be doing for the release, and now I'm told I cannot attend because apparently I'm a second-rate fan?Avatar Image says: That's age discrimination, to say that you must be under a certain age. There are loads of adult fans, and they don't even get the chance. How unfair.Avatar Image says: I love this fandom. We're so delightfully crazy =D JKR signs 1700 books in a night? Oppreshun! Avatar Image says: I'm too old for Canada. Why is our age limit lower than the others?Avatar Image says: I'm sorry for everyone who is disappointed (me, too!). But, it's been strangely quiet around here - haven't heard a peep from Melissa or Sue since the announcement. I wonder if they are up to something - like maybe a BIG announcement about where they will be or a live PotterCast that night in London or something huge! (i'm hoping and hoping it's something like this!!!) Kirstin Avatar Image says: "I have been waiting for months for the announcement of what she'd be doing for the release, and now I'm told I cannot attend because apparently I'm a second-rate fan?" That's all well and good, but if it makes you feel any better, and this is for all of the people complaining: Even if you could have entered, you almost certainly wouldn't have won anyways. Just be happy your getting the BOOK.Avatar Image says: I guess Bloomsbury and Jo thought they'd make the fans happy with this. I guess they were wrong. Can't say they didn't try, I guess they willingly and explicitly decided to exclude fans based on their nationality. I didn't think Jo would do that but i guess I was wrong. I mean, I guess we should start hating Jo and Bloomsbury now.Avatar Image says: anyone know, if you win, will scholastic give u a ride to UK, or are you on your own?Avatar Image says: I must say, I, too, am a bit heart broken over the eligibility requirements put forth by Scholastic. I am 22 with no children, so I've no hope in going unless an 18 - 21 friend wins the contest and will take me. *sigh*Avatar Image says: I can understand why you are complaining. Given how some of you are behaving, who on earth would believe you were over 21!?! You deserve a chance to win as much as any tot - your attitude matches. This is really getting out of hand. All this bitter talk about second-rate fans etc. Did it ever occur to you guys that this is a HUGE event and will therefore be massively difficult to organise? If so, did it then occur to you that it would be easier to have mainly British fans? And let's face it, if this were an American book by an American author or an Italian book by an Italian author or whatever - there'd be the same deal! Us Brits would be lucky to get a look in. It's just logical. The whole thing is NUTS. You guys are sore coz you want to see JKR. And you want to see JKR because she wrote these great books that you love. It just doesn't make sense to let anger and pettiness grow from something so positive as your love for something. You have to think of this as more an act of celebration than a worldwide party - get some perspective!Avatar Image says: Am I right in thinking there is no minimum age to enter? Avatar Image says: Well I don't know about the rest of you, but I am looking forward to buying my book, taking it home and reading it. I don't need a trip to meet the author - as nice as that would be - I'm quite satisfied with getting to finally read the finishing touches to her Magnum Opus. After all when it comes down to it, it's about the book, not fancy parties and book signings, and Jo isn't snubbing us by inviting mostly British people to be there that night, it's just the most practical thing to do, not to mention a big thank you to the people who got the ball rolling in the first place. As fun as it would be, lining up to get a book signed would delay me getting started on the book - and that's what is most important to me. Avatar Image says: The Scholastic prize includes flights and accomodation, the Bloomsbury one is only for the reading/signing. People may not like the contest limitations, but they shouldn't come as that much of a surprise given what happened for HBP. It is also logical that Bloomsbury are aiming the contest at those who buy books from them, and that Scholastic are providing much fewer places because each place costs them much more. Probably the chances of being selected are pretty slim even for the Bloomsbury contest because I can see them getting entries for maybe 100,000 tickets.Avatar Image says: I hope the online petition could change something... We have to try, no? roonwit, I hadn't thought on it, but you are right. I am very dissapointed with this event :-(Avatar Image says: Why did she pick the natural history museum?Avatar Image says: I agree with Loopy's entry. Everyone is so upset with this but we can't all have our way can we? Yes, it's unfortunate that not every single one of her fans will have the chance to enter, I agree. But even if you did have a chance you'd still be complaining how there wasn't enough spots available and tickets given away. Yes, we will curse the lucky winners at night wishing it was us (don't pretend you won't) and that's understandable. But everyone is being talking about second-rate fans and it's utterly ridiculous. It's such a massive event of course they couldn't fit the gigantic fandom. I'm sure that if Jo REALLY had the time and didn't have her 3 beautiful children to take care of she would try her very best to accommodate as many fans as possible. Over the years since Harry began she's done so much for her fans and it's been an amazng run. It' plain and simple, stop complaining- be grateful. Avatar Image says: of course it is impossible all the fandom to assist, but GAVE THE CHANCE to all the fandom to assist. I haven't had the chance. And as me, thousands. Despite it, Bloomsbury sells thousands of copies of 'Deathly Hallows' in my country, Spain. But I can't enter on the contest. Yes, they are considering me a second-rate fan. And to the USA adults too. And to all the africans, asians, europeans except UK and Ireland... but WAIT! All us buy their books. Fans have reasons to be dissapointed. We understand the public has to have a maximun (1.700) but the restrictions can not be defended.Avatar Image says: You get a free round trip Kevin, every thing's free really... I think! and thank you Loopy! Thank you for saying that!Avatar Image says: So wait..... I live in the US..... am 26..... but I have a 14 month old daughter. can she enter? i mean, i don't see anything about a minimum age, and since "she" would be able to take a guest........ have i just found a way I can enter? :DAvatar Image says: Kelly, I believe you'e found a loophole! =)Avatar Image says: You know, I guess you're right, it's stupid to think that my whole family might have a chance to win something this cool, I should just be happy that half of us could win and the other half will have to just settle for looking at the pictures we might take while we're there. I think Jo should come to the U.S. That's what I think. I hope she does, at some point, in some capacity that I might have a chance of coming within a mile of her at least. But what I really want now is the COVER ART FOR THE DELUXE EDITION. I'm starting to despair that we'll ever see it.Avatar Image says: I'd go for it Kelly. Avatar Image says: I am very dissapointed In ALL the people who planned this contest. Why does there have to be an age limit? I am 57 and just as excited and versed in Harry Potter as someone under 21. I listen to PotterCast and Mugglecast every week just like someone under 21.Where do these under 21's get the money to buy all the books and the movie tickets and all the game an everything else Harry Potter? I bet they get it from mommy and daddy and I bet they're over 21. This is very discriminating. Needless to say I am very disgusted. Avatar Image says: What I don't get is how come over 1,000 people from England are going to win tickets and only 7 U.S people are going to be able to go. I'm gonna need a miracle to win.... Avatar Image says: Kelly, those were my thoughts exactly. Except that my son is 7. There is a minimum of 8 yrs old for the Canadians. But not for the US. Geez, lets hope they don't change that before they get my (sons) entry. P.S. My son loves the movies but the books are beyond him still.Avatar Image says: IT'S NOT FAIR. WHY CAN'T ADULTS PLAY TOO. THAT'S OKAY I HAVE AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD.Avatar Image says: SO what about people, that are not from the UK or US??Avatar Image says: I was sooooooo excited when I heard about this until I found out about the upper age limit. 23 isn't that much above 21 but it is still too old to enter. I don't know anyone young enough that I could chaperone either. Frankly though, I'm appalled that they would set this maximum age limit. There are so many wonderful adult fans out there who deserve to get a chance to meet Jo just as much as the young ones! Good Luck to everyone young enough to enter!Avatar Image says: I was so excited about this contest and then I saw the age limit. Grr... I agree with the comments that there will always be complaints... but couldn't there be a contest for those of us that are over the age of 21? I just wish I had a chance... or even someone under 21 to enter... just to have a chance. Oh well, that's life I guess.Avatar Image says: While I feel the plight of so many of you who are too old to enter these competitions, spare a thought for Australia... Sure, the UK and the US get the chance to see JK Rowling, but she's never bothered to visit Australia to see her countless fans here. Apparently we have one of the biggest fanbases in the world, but she's never visited us. America and the UK are lucky, you've at least had the opportunity to see her, we Australians, have not. And what about the movie premieres? The stars stay in the UK, or travel to the US or Japan when the films are released, but we get none of that. I know I should be happy that I'm getting these books and movies, but still, I think people should be more aware of those less fortunate.Avatar Image says: The Allen and Unwin (Aus/NZ distributors) website has been updated to say that they have tickets, and will make an announcement in the coming weeks: Image says: What's with the age limits. Can't a 22 year old want to go and hear Rowling read from DH??Avatar Image says: It says in the terms and conditions on the UK entry form that before entry is allowed, proof of age will be checked by showing a birth certificate or passport. I would imagine the US entries would have to be 8 or over too otherwise it makes no sense. It's a shame that my son will be just under age but I've applied for one for me anyway. UK entries will also be allocated a time slot that you have to stick to (the first lucky 500 getting the all-important midnight slot, of course), so it could be that you are expected to go there at 4am or something which will mean standing around in the street for hours because there'll be no public transport running in the early hours of the morning, apart from the odd (k!)night bus. As for why the vast majority of the tickets are being given to British people, well Jo's British, the books are set in Britain, it's a British publisher that's organising it and the event it taking place in Britain. Why wouldn't British people get most of the tickets?! I would imagine Bloomsbury asked Scolastic and the Canadian and other English-speaking countries how many people they were prepared to pay for to come over here for the event, so Americans and others really need to take it up with their local publishers. Personally, I think Jo's wonderful to do this all night for her fans. As someone else has said, she certainly didn't have to do this and anyone who gets a ticket is very very lucky and will treasure that time and hopefully come on here afterwards to share it with us! The rest of us will just have to stick to plan 'A'!Avatar Image says: OMG... i was so excited until i read the age restriction for Canadian residents, and then read that only ONE person is gonna go from canada!!!! eck! whats that about? I'm a fan, arent I? I am 20.5 but that shouldnt stop me from going on these i get THAT lucky to win the ONE spot...peuh! anyway, whatever, lucky to those that can go...the rest of us will just sit here and pretend this event never took place.Avatar Image says: Um, how about the fact that England is quite small so travelling to London for the weekend is not much of a difficulty whereas travelling from the US to London costs a fair bit of money - they can't rightly offer tickets to US people without providing them travel/accomodation there.Avatar Image says: Jo, if your reading these comments, sorry. Just not good enough. This little plan that you and Bloomsbury had to have a nice little celebration with a few fans, do a reading, sign a few books, talk to a few fans, just isn't good enough. No, you see your little plan that was simple and fairly straightforward enough to organise which involved mostly British fans, who you know, live not far away so it's easy for them to get there, is just not good enough, no, you had to think global, take in the whole world. Oh, I know, your publishers have organised for a few fans from the US, Canada, and possibly Australia and New Zealand to come across, but still, not good enough. No, you really needed to invite 1700 people from every single country in the world who has ever read your books, because you know, then you are being equitable and fair (you see being simple and practical and just wanting to have a bit of fun just isn't enough these days). I don't know where you would fit them all - maybe you should book out Wembley Stadium instead - or how long it would take you to organise all the airfares and accomodation ( which of course you or the publishers would pay for) but hey, you don't want to be seen as treating your international fans as second class citizens just because you holding a book signing in Britain, you know, where it all started for you. Oh, and just be fair again, you better go on a worldwide tour after you launch the book because you really have been ignoring all your international fans, all these years by not constantly travelling the world to see them. Oh, I know, you've been having babies,and bringing up children and writing books, but really, you should have made time to travel the world because, well, if you don't you are just being discrimantory about who are your important fans if you don't. Gee, and there you were thinking you were organising a fun get together that a few lucky fans would get to go to that would be simple and nice way to spend this special night for you, and that your fans would appreciate and get behind, and wish those well who are lucky enough to get the chance to go. Think again, Jo, think again.Avatar Image says: Um,Gillyweed, I'm sure Jo will have planned everything out before announcing her plans. Anyway, WOW! I've never seen a competition I've wanted to win so much in my life! And that includes the lottery! I hope there's something for us NZ fans!Avatar Image says: "Um,Gillyweed, I'm sure Jo will have planned everything out before announcing her plans." Um, popsy, I take it you didn't catch the note of sarcasm in my post. I wasn't complaining, I was commenting on the complaining. It seems Australian sarcastic humour doesn't travel.Avatar Image says: "I'm not saying she needs to visit us every year for the rest of her life, but come on! But how about giving something back to her international fans who have given so much." Give something back?! In case you've forgotten, she *did* give us the entire book series itself, and by extention the entire movie series aswell. Good. Grief.Avatar Image says: Hurray for Gilyweed! For god's sake people: put your toys back in the pram. I'd understand it if you were children and upset because the chances of you going are low... as it is, most of you are grown adults who are acting like children instead. You really aren't doing yourselves any favours. What, exactly, do you think Jo owes you? Perhaps instead of going "waah waah what about meeeeeeeeeee!", it might be worth thinking of those in developing countries for whom getting their hands on just a copy of the book is like golddust. Life isn't fair, guys, and people in those countries have a far worse deal than you.Avatar Image says: @gillyweed, get a life! Seriously, Jo Rowling as an author has given more of her time and effort to her fans than any other author EVER! She is but ONE PERSON and cannot split herself into many pieces to cater for Harry Potter fans everywhere in the world. She can only be in ONE PLACE at a time and it is only fitting that she carry out her final reading and signing in the country where it all began, mostly among the fans that FIRST STARTED BUYING THE BOOKS. Now hopefully there will be transcripts and maybe even a video available on-line afterwards for fans that couldn't make it but FOR GOODNESS SAKES please stop bashing the lady who gave us the Harry Potter universe just because you're disgruntled at not being able to have more of her. Jo, if you're reading this MOST OF US HERE THANK FOR YOU THE BOOKS, THE MEMORIES, THE HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE (and for inspiring many of us to become writers ourselves, or to just go for our dreams).Avatar Image says: gilyweed - *giggles* Australien humor seems to be rather similar to the British and German one... I have a British friend here (and am German myself), and we frequently were misunderstood. I remember someone writing me a very lengthy reply about how nasty a certain potions master was and how very wrong it was for girls to like him and so on, because that person really believed I was in love with Snape after my friend joked about it :D Nevertheless, I am one of those commenting about only admitting US and UK people (and some other English speaking countries, as I now learnt) as well. As much as I like the idea with the contest, I am puzzled that it involves only English speaking countries. I would guess it is not more difficult to get someone from, let me say France, Spain, Czech Republic whatever else, to Britain than it is from the US. And since you can sign up via the net anyway I do not get the reason for that decision. So is there an organizational reason for that or does it just come out of the blue?Avatar Image says: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI!!! now that i have your attention, you fellow green and gold mongrels!! back in your corners!! yah, yah!! *whip cracks*!! hehehe!! sarcasm, one of the most under-rated art forms :) Listen we all know that us here in the southern hemisphere AUS AND NZ!!(which is, according to astronomists, the correct top of the planet and not 'down under') are pining for Jo, but it is not a matter of life and least we have the books, and each other, for a little ANZAC spirit - come on, me ol' chinas! be true blue and kiss and make up - or at least end each other a smiley :) Avatar Image says: I agree with El cronista del Salem: you'd be surprised to know how many people here in my country buy the Scholastic edition of HP series. Everyone who can understand and speak a little English buy the English edition because is far more interesting to read JK's words than a translation. But we are not given the chance to enter this competition (and I want to point out that I can agree with the age limit to favour CHILDREN in a magic event like that)... and people saying that all this controversy is rubbish and just childish... maybe you are right, but i think it is natural and I'd really like to see how you'd honestly feel if you were in us. Avatar Image says: I don't believe this! I cannot believe that they have moved the launch of what has been a SCOTTISH book down to england! At a time in which Scotland is trying to rejuvinate its pride they have swapped the launch away from the place of its birth down to London which gets every other launch there is! I am disgusted. Whose decision was this anyway?Avatar Image says: "Hurray for Gilyweed!" Thanks Tistytosty (and Emmalinde)- at least somebody gets my sense of humour,lol. S.Benj - you and I are on the same page on this, but my sarcasm got the better of me.Avatar Image says: Bloomsbury is, to be fair, a London-based publisher, and anyway, HBP was launched in Edinburgh Castle. It may well be that they couldn't get a large enough space in Edinburgh with comparatively short notice. Possibly. I dunno; some places you have to book years in advance. I get your point; I like Edinburgh more than London. But the Natural History Museum's a very cool place.Avatar Image says: Count me in on those who can't believe the amount of bad-natured and ungrateful whingeing around here. She's not Santa people, and it is very unusual for authors to give signings/readings as big as this. I imagine that Bloomsbury is only opening their end of the competition to British kids because they are a British company and the UK and Ireland form the vast majority of their sales. If the German/French publishers are doing nothing, Bloomsbury have no obligation to provide tickets. Getting children from mainland Europe or even further abroad would not only be expensive but a legal and health and safety nightmare. The Health and Safety forms for a gathering of 1,700 people in the dead of night are going to take some poor soul weeks to complete in the first place. And let's not start on adults begruding kids the chance to go, as if they'd already secured a ticket and had it taken off them...Avatar Image says: Mhairi, why do you say HP books are Scottish books? Although the books after PS have been mostly written in Scotland Jo is English,she first got the idea for the books in England and Harry and most of the other characters are English. We assume Hogwarts is in Scotland but I don`t think that Jo has even ever actually said that. Avatar Image says: I'm a Brit and I'm NOT gonna enter. As much as I would love to meet Jo, I want to get hold of that book and read it for the first time in the peace and comfort of my home. It is more than enough excitement for me. Am I the only one who feels this way? Avatar Image says: Well. I think the confusion on what the Castle is on the UK cover is over. If you get on the new Bloomsbury website and pick a book number, hogwarts is outside the window and clicking on it gives you hogwarts info.Avatar Image says: I'm a well over 21 years but as I have 10 year old son I could enter even if I were living in US. But as I live in UK I can enter anyway - with my family - and I've just done so. To me it seems a bit silly to go to London to see her as she lives about 3 miles away from my house - LOL. I have actually seen her already - at the Snowcake premiere here in Edinburgh. Anyway I entered just for a laugh - I don't expect to win. Avatar Image says: Yes, Karen Hogwarts is in Scotland: "Is Hogwarts possibly located in Scotland? I am an American and have never been to the United Kingdom, but from reading the first book and going by the train station Harry leaves from and how long the trip takes, I am guessing it may be Scotland? Thank you. You are absolutely right. If you travel north from King's Cross, you do indeed arrive in Scotland." URL: Avatar Image says: Give the poor woman a break. She's British, she lives in Britain, it makes sense that she's holding a big Harry Potter event in the place she lives - Britain. I think it's right that the majority of tickets goes to British fans because events like this very rarely happen here anyway. This event is hardly going to cater to all the British fans, so I don't see why it should have to cater to fans from other countries too. And how do you know that there won't be any other events held in other countries? Maybe this is just the first of many. The only thing that I agree is unfair is the age limits, but let's face it, there has never really been an event aimed at the older readers, which is a shame, but nothing new.Avatar Image says: I know where Hogwarts is! It's in our imaginations ;) Missed the age cutoff by **counts on fingers** twenty years! Dang! I could enter one of my sons in the contest. However, if he won, his twin wouldn't take too kindly to being left behind and missing all the excitement. It's all so very, very disappointing. **sigh** **rubs hands together** I think we all need a couple chapter titles to cheer us up. Or perhaps, an introduction to a new, slightly obsure character. Or an early release of the book. Yes, that would definitely cheer us up! :-))))))))Avatar Image says: I take it all the people moaning aint from the U.K ??????????????? For everybody else just get over yourself. If she was in the U.S and it was U.S book she would of launced it there but she didnt as she is from the U.K And its good no age limet on the u.k compition.Avatar Image says: Well, I entered for me, my boyrfriend and my 2 sisters... It's a massive long shot and probably won't win but at least I've tried. We're going on holiday the same day so I am going to be exhausted if we win. eeeeek....excitement! My exams finished yesterday and it was the best bit of news ever! EmmaLouiseAvatar Image says: You are so lucky ! Here in France I don't have this chance to meet Jo. Guess I have to put all my hopes in the midnight party in a small bookstore here in Lyon. I hope they'll do something great ! Maybe Jo will come to France for the french release around october but I doubt it.Avatar Image says: For what I've read, this event will be the only one, no more events with Jo.We are not saying it's Jo's fault.Of course not. I understand that you think "it's the english publisher, if the publishers from other countries don't do anything it's not our problem" Right, did you know that a lot of people from all over the world is able to buy the english or US edition of the books? Both scholastic and bloomsbury sell their editions here in Spain, for example. And we know that they can't give us traveling&accomodation. But, who's asking for that? We ALREADY have our flights and acommodations.We will be in London anyway. So that's not the point of our petition. It's the last book, it's something special for every fan, for everyone of us.We are not saying they should let everyone in that day (we know that's impossible for Jo), we only say that, since we will be there anyway, we are also fans, and we buy bloomsbury&scholastic books too, we should have the same opportunities, just a chance at least. It's not the end of the world for me, I wanted to visit Edinburgh&London too.So, I'm glad for those who will have the opportunity of meeting Jo. We will be there enjoying with all the harry potter fans around there anyway ^^ But just think of people who're travelling from a very far place. It's their life's trip, but they won't have any chance. I hope you can understand us now. Don't take that as a complaint, I'm just trying to explain you how a lot of people feel by now, and why they're asking for reconsidering the prize. With love ^^Avatar Image says: Grr... In case people are forgetting, even UK entries have a one in a million chance of winning! The odds are not good either way, so let's be realistic! Avatar Image says: You have to be under 21?? :( SOOO Not fair.. I grew up on these books!!! BOO No FAIR! Avatar Image says: It's not fair! I can't compete.. I live in Belgium.. This makes me so sad! :( Luckely I still will have the book (but not the 21st because it's a special holliday here and no store's will be open) This makes me even more sad!Avatar Image says: I find it highly frustrating that everytime there is a special contest like that we, people from France, Belgium, Italy, and the list goes on, never have a chance to participate. I think it's very much unfair and honestly, I wish the people in charge of that kind of contests would just understand that Harry Potter fans are not JUST the fans living in English speaking countries. I'm seriously and officially pissed off, everyone should have a chance.Avatar Image says: I registered moi, my partner and my son. I registered last time too, but no luck. Oh well! If anyone makes it, do report, we want to live vicariously through you.Avatar Image says: I saw the announcement on Jo's site first. It didn't mention the age restriction (in the US) least I didn't see it. Anyway, I went to the scholastic site, printed the form, filled it out, and sent it in. I didn't really read the rules. I'm past 21 (by a couple of decades). Oh well... I'll just have to be satisfied with my original plan...which is to go to a midnight release party with my pajamas under my clothes, get home by 12:10, start reading by 12:15, fall asleep, wake up and read straight thru until I'm finished. I plan on finishing by Sunday. In the interim, I will NOT be reading the paper, watching TV, or getting on the internet. I don't want to risk being "spoiled"Avatar Image says: Wait a min. has anyone thought about the remaining tickets? I mean they are talking about 1700 fans getting to go to the book signing right? So the 500 from the UK, 7 US, 1 CAN, and however many from Aus/NZ get to go to the reading then go and get their books signed. But from how I understand it the reamaining tickets are for book signing only. So are they doing another contest just for that? Are they randomly given away? Or are they going to be friends of the publishers, media (Leaky and Mugglenet?), and people like that? I know it sucks we all can't enter the contest for the book reading. But maybe we should be concentrating on the remaining tickets instead? Just a thought.Avatar Image says: "If anyone makes it, do report, we want to live vicariously through you" When I was little I thought living vicariously meant living like a vicar. By all means, live like a vicar through me... *sups at the communion wine - Martje made me do it!!* Avatar Image says: argh!! it sucks to be old and not british!!! =(Avatar Image says: Why is there an age cutoff? I know that these books are marketed as children's books, but there are obviously many, many fans who are over 21. I can understand different amounts of tickets, but an age restriction is terribly unfair.Avatar Image says: Ive just applied. gosh im so unluck but i reaaly really wish i get this!! eek!! applied for 2 tickets for me and my sis! wow- cant belive its in london- but wont be able to bleive it mroe if i cant be there!! Avatar Image says: "That's all well and good, but if it makes you feel any better, and this is for all of the people complaining: Even if you could have entered, you almost certainly wouldn't have won anyways. Just be happy your getting the BOOK." Ever considered that actually entering the competition would give us a chance more compared to *not* entering the competition. If Bloomsbury had a bit of initiative they would have simply opened the draw to anyone and then proceeded to sort the majority of tickets from Brit contestants and spare some for foreigners (blaming it all on Big Numbers). For those who asked: the Bloomsbury contest will have 1692 winners for the book signing, the first 500 among them super-winners who'll attend the reading. By the way, NO ONE is blaming Jo and NO ONE is saying the event is "not enough". People are just complaining about how Bloomsbury handled (not!) the whole thing internationally. And rightly so, in my opinion.Avatar Image says: I thought the Hogwarts in Scotland thing was confirmed in the Fantastic Beasts book - the Ron note added to the entry about spiders? But I can't check, I haven't got the book on me. There's that Dufftown remark in the PoA movie too. Is it in the book?Avatar Image says: Shockingly enough, Bloomsbury are a UK publisher. They are not a global publisher in the manner of the big players like HarperCollins or Random House. So the idea that they should be catering to international fans is, quite frankly, ludicrous. They don't have the resources to be in a position to do that. "Haven't they taught you that answering back to someone acting immature puts you on their same level?" No-one is "answering back". Some of us -- and not just Brits, might I add -- are fed up of logging on to TLC and finding yet another horde of people having a tantrum on the basis that the UK publishing industry doesn't revolve around them. There's nothing TLC or anyone here can do about it, and for those of us who *could* have a chance to go, the mood is somewhat soured because of several people making us feel like terrible people just because of where we happen to live. Avatar Image says: Good luck to everyone under 21 (in the US), but I must say I find it very annoying that the US one is always for children and never acknowledges the rather large proportion of adult Harry Potter readers. Bloomsbury, however, has it set up so that there is an age minimum which makes a lot of sense, making it more family friendly--so good luck to all of you as well. Oh, well, I'll be at day camp that week anyway and couldn't go if I did win, but it's disappointing to see that I couldn't enter if I wanted to. (I noticed that the contest has extended to English speaking countries--is that just a logistics thing so the organizers won't have to worry about having translators? Just curious.) Avatar Image says: The Dovetown remark is only in the film, though Seamus does tell Harry near the beginning of Chapter 7 of PoA that a muggle caught sight of him not far from Hogwarts. There is an interview where she does confirm that Hogwarts is in Scotland, but that is not a surprise as the Ford Anglia was sighted from Peebles which is in Scotland (close to Edinburgh) so unless the train takes a huge detour and doubles back on itself, there is nowhere other than Scotland that it could be heading for.Avatar Image says: I have thought a lot about this since it was first posted and I've come to the conclusion that this should not have been a joint contest. Bloomsbury should have run this contest and gone by whatever rules they wanted to go by. Scholastic should have had a totally different contest, with some other prize and not a prize of allowing a small amount of 2-people groups to be able to win something that could make the other family members jealous because they can't go, too. This really broke my heart when I read the rules, realizing that we'd be better off not even entering because if one of my kids won the other would want to go, too. So, I think we're not entering. I'm even thinking of writing to Scholastic and asking if they even thought of how it would feel for a family of greater than 2 members to have one member win and only one child and one of their parents be able to go. I don't hold anything against Jo, or even Bloomsbury, but Scholastic just did a dumb thing here. I still hope Jo will come and do some sort of tour of the US at some point, even if it's not to promote an book being published. Maybe to promote the paperback. Yeah, I think I'll write and suggest that. That would make me feel a lot better.Avatar Image says: for the canadian you can enter once a day? someone confirm this for me pleaseAvatar Image says: :( I'm coming back home from NZ to Germany almost 2 months earlier, than I was suppose to, to go to the UK for a cool release thingy and now it's only for people from the UK :( That really sucks...well hopefully there will at least be a cool Pottercast/leakymug for the thousands of people who dont win tickets...or dont even have the chance to compete :(Avatar Image says: Shaka the 1700 tickets (minus the USA, Canada, Aus/NZ and other English-speaking countrties ones) are all for the UK. Out of these the first 500 will attend the book reading at midnight, the other 1200 will be spread across the rest of the night. I would be very surprised if the US etc. ones were not part of the first 500 allocation, so although you don't get many at least the ones you do get will be the best! I would also be very surprised if Jo does not do a book signing in at least the USA at a later date too, possibly a similar thing to this with the paperback release.Avatar Image says: To the UK enters: I bagan to fill in the entry form but it won't allow me to enter the NAME and AGE of the 2 other people in my family who want to go. If anyone has had this problem could you please explain what I have to do? Or is it my computer?Avatar Image says: Salma: Did you select the right number of tickets? It should allow you to enter the number of names (including the top one) that you asked for.Avatar Image says: to answer all queries: Hogwarts is in Scotland. the use of glenfinnen and glencoe in the movies should confirm that, as well as the mention of Dufftown, which is a small town in the speyside region (malt whiskey country) As for HP being a Scottish book. It was written in scotland with, as Jo recently mentioned, edinburgh clearly in mind. it was also, as you all know, finished in Scotland in the same city. True, Jo is English, but the time she has spent living in Scotland would be eneough to give her Scottish citizenship. My main annoyance though, is the fact that, when a book is published, it should be launched in the country in which it was made in. Harry Potter is a Scottish Book and therefore it should have been in the capital, not in the capital of a another country.Avatar Image says: I'm too old to enter! (according to Raincoast) :(Avatar Image says: I find really UNFAIR that only Uk and Ireland residents can participate. I'm Italian and I have ALL the books by Bloomsbury!!! Are we less important than English readers??? I'm very disappointed! (and I hope Bloomsbury can read this post, one day or another!)

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