JK Rowling and Scholastic Donate One-of-a-Kind Set of Signed Harry Potter Books to LeakyCon


Apr 22, 2009

Posted by Melissa Anelli

Only 29 days left until LeakyCon 2009, and today we have another huge announcement:

J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, and Scholastic, the publisher of the Harry Potter books in the US, have donated a signed 10-book set of American Edition Harry Potter books for fundriaising at LeakyCon. This set is the only one like it in the world. It includes all seven Potter novels as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Scholastic donated the books for our charity conference, and J.K. Rowling has signed them.

Again: This priceless, collectible set of Harry Potter books does not exist anywhere else in the world – it is a one-of-a-kind item donated for LeakyCon and ONLY REGISTERED LEAKYCON GUESTS will have a chance at bringing the set home. You can register for LeakyCon here.

We will have more details on how to enter to win the set, including pictures of the set, before the conference.


In addition to registration, which is flying, tickets to our two announced keynotes are going FAST, so make sure to amend your registration to include:

Q&A with Michael Goldenberg: A special first – a discussion with the scribe behind the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Join us as we discuss the process of adapting the most popular book series of all time to film, followed by a Q-and-A session. We are also doing a special competition on Twitter: If you tweet the phrase “Michael Goldenberg, screenwriter of HP5, will be keynoting @leakycon2009, visit http://www.leakynews.com for details!” you will be entered to win a ticket (you should NOT wait to find out if you won to buy a ticket: if you win and already have a ticket we will reimburse you!). ($60 ticket includes high-quality catered lunch; register at this link.)

Nosh with the Nerdfighters: John and Hank Green of Vlogbrothers fame have built a community around the idea that smart is the new cool, and that brains will always (if eventually) win over brawn. Naturally, the Harry Potter community was the first to catch on to their awesome ideas and has been a huge part of their growth. Come for what’s sure to be a hilarious and enlightening time. ($30 ticket includes cookies and snacks as well as programming; register here).

Remember, the main LeakyCon registration includes:

Welcome Feast
Leaving Feast
The Rocking Charity Ball
THREE enormous wizard rock shows with more than 15 bands performing
All in-conference programming
Vendor Room
Podcasts, including live PotterCast, Spellcast, Spinnerscast and more
Film screenings
And a lot more – an unbelievable value that is unparalleled anywhere. LeakyCon is a charity conference, with all proceeds benefiting Book Aid International and the HP Alliance.

You can see our slate of programming at this link.

Remember you can register for the conference here; you can get a room at our special rate (running out!) at this link.

Remember: The absolute ONLY way to be entered to win the set of signed books is to be registered at LeakyCon.

We have one more keynote to announce and lots more to highlight before LeakyCon: See you in Boston in 29 days!

132 Responses to JK Rowling and Scholastic Donate One-of-a-Kind Set of Signed Harry Potter Books to LeakyCon

Avatar Imagelunalovespudding says: WOW. That would be amazing to own!!Avatar ImageMelissa Anelli says: First a Michael Goldenberg panel and now a full set of signed HP books :) I can't wait for LeakyCon!Avatar Imageginnyrose says: :-( i want to go but cant make it Avatar ImageEmmaLouise says: :( I can't win them from here in the UK...but hooray for someone who can!!Avatar ImageGryfindorprincess09 says: That's so cool. I wish I was able to go. : (Avatar Imagecolorsofinsanity says: OH MY GOD THAT'S AMAZING!Avatar ImageAmySnow says: I can't handle the excitement!!!! Stop with the news! Too much! :OAvatar Imagecolorsofinsanity says: OH MY GOD THAT'S AMAZING!Avatar Imagecolorsofinsanity says: OH MY GOD THAT'S AMAZING!Avatar ImageMini_Moose says: This is so awesome! I'm so happy for you guys! Avatar Imageapril_showers says: !!!!!!! This is so awesome. I feel like awesome has lost it's meaning a bit because everyone says it so much, but this really, really is AWESOME. So freaking cool. I WANT TO GO!Avatar Imagecolorsofinsanity says: I did not mean to comment three times, sorry.Avatar Imagemoglet says: All I can say is WOW and well done Leaky!Avatar ImageNiphai says: WOW, I would love to go to LeakyCon just for this.. great prize! unfortunately I can't come. Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: How awesome would that be to own the set of books! WOW! Avatar Imagesototallyron says: This is so amazing if only i were a year older and i could go to leakycon and have a chance to win the prizes. *sad face* now i am going to go and sulk Avatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: 2 things: 1) asl;dfjkasdkl;fjas;dklfj and 2) adlkfjasdkl;fjas;dklfja; That is all.Avatar Imagehannah abbot says: omg that was nice of jo! :L really jealous.. us in england will just have to cry. because i cant go :(Avatar Imageomgitslouise says: I wish I could go. Stupid important exams >___<Avatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: This is such an amazing gift. Thank you, Jo and Scholastic, for the amazing prize!Avatar ImageKimmyBlair says: WANT! That is so cool!!!Avatar ImageQuestauthor says: O.M.G. I mean really. Oh, My, GOD!!! This is fantastic!! What a huge raffled prize! This is amazing, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to see the look on the person's face who wins (unless that person is me, in which case I won't see my own face, but, well...you get the gist!)Avatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: This is so awesome. I wish I was going, but I will definently be at Leakycon 2011.Avatar Imagemarymackie says: Someone is going to have a really awesome, one-of-a-kind,collectible to enjoy for the rest of their life!!Avatar ImageBookworm Jen says: OH MY GOD! (Sorry, but yes, I am yelling!) That is incredible; I sooo want that set! I keep thinking I can't possibly get any more excited about LeakyCon, and then you announce something else AMAZING! :DAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Oh my! Someone is bound to me very, very lucky! I am jealous! Please, please, at least post what they look like here. :)Avatar ImageProfessorCharms says: Wow, congrats to the LeakyCon planners for getting such an incredibly amazing gift from JK Rowling and Scholastic! Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: thnxs jkr and scholosticAvatar Imagerebel says: that is wicked coolAvatar ImageSuzyLee says: Aww wish I could go -- damm living in the UKAvatar Imagebuthagrid says: Seeing as that I cannot attend, i am nervous to see what other goodies are in store in the next 29 days :/ Avatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: W-O-W... That's AMAZING!!!.... I want to go....!!Avatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: how i wish i could go there....Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: OMG the person who gets that set of books will be SOOOOOOO lucky!!!!!! i'm jealous already!!! Avatar ImageIsabell says: I feel like I have died and gone to hell. I am not going to LeakyCon, because for many reasons I cannot possibly go. This will undoubtedly be a fabulous Con for all fans who attend and for the charities it will benefit. And I am not going. *steps out to howl in frustration at the setting sun* *steps back in* I shall be looking forward to all Con reports - written, photographed, podcasted and vlogged and even audioboo:ed, if you are jumping on that train. If I cannot go I'll be damned if I'm not going to come as close to being there as possible!Avatar ImageMadameSuede says: That is incredible! I want it!! Gimme gimme gimme!Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: OMG OMG OMG! How super amazing is that? Unbelievable. I have run out of words to adequately express the awesomeness that is LeakyCon... definitely worth getting on a P-L-A-N-E for. :)Avatar Imagesallene says: It's insane all the great announcements you all are making!!!!! Way to go!!! I can't wait.Avatar ImageThe Lost Diadems says: Oh my goodness, that's amazing! 29 DAYS!Avatar Imagecowashee says: wowieAvatar Imagedragonsmaidan says: Omg! I would love to have those books! It will be amazing just to see them.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Wow!! That is fantastic!!Avatar ImageLoonyLoopyLunaLovegood says: WOO! I honestly hope that it isn't an auction...no way I would win then. However, an auction would probably raise more money than a raffle...Avatar ImagePewterWolf says: ... WHAT?! So not fair! I'm not going (wrong country and lack of funds!) but am... *sigh* but still, WOW! Leaky, how on earth did you do it?!Avatar ImageMJLeakyCon says: @PewterWolf I guess it was magic. ;)Avatar ImageArithmanceer says: i'm so excited to find out when the raffle drawing will be! like Questauthor, i want to be there to see the face of the person that wins! i'm breathless with excitement!Avatar ImageCeltise says: i have work i cant go. :( can i just buy a registration??!Avatar ImageBrad Ausrotas says: Well holy damn. It's a shame the bidding will be absolutely outrageous.Avatar ImageMadamPenna says: still cant get over this LAAAAHHHHHH!!!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I would love to be able to go. :(Avatar ImageWickedPhan says: I want. I really want!! Avatar ImageWickedPhan says: I want. I really want!! Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This is just marvelous! Whoever will obtain these books will be the envy of the entire fandom, and I must offer my congratulations to them in advance!Avatar Imageloquaciouskook says: Oh, wow. Just.... Wow.Avatar Imageloquaciouskook says: Oh, wow. Just.... Wow.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: :( I will never own them!!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Oh my goodness! Good luck to all who are going! *regrets not being able to go*Avatar Imageavrenim says: i wish i could go! :(Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: Wow...it sucks to be us that can't go right now! :-( But that's cool, and it's a great gesture from Jo and Scholastic. Now all we need is for someone to finally get off their butts and do a Con here in the UK (hello, home of HP!) so we can have some of the fun too! ^_^Avatar ImageLizzieTLC says: Just woah. I want this. If I win, I think I may die from this awesomeness. Just WOAH. and YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY Jo and Scholastic are so awesome for doing this for us. Avatar ImageCourtney Quirke says: ;_; i dunno what i'd do if i won those. Jo and Scholastic are incredible for doing this for LeakyCon and charity.Avatar ImageChaseT says: wow! Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: amazing!!! whoever wins I hope you can take pics of the books to share with us?? omg i would be so tempted to just dump like two weeks salary to win this.....AND it's for charity!!!Avatar ImageMuggleQueen says: Oh my goodness that's SUCH an amazing prize!! I am extremely jealous of whoever wins it but it's awesome that a hardcore fan will get this! Can we see a picture though, just to drool over? Pleeeease? :)Avatar ImageThe Giant Toadstool says: great! lucky!Avatar Imagequoddy says: By Jove! I'm officiallly super jealous of everyone going! xD So officiallly, I put three 'l's in my officiallly....Avatar Imagearkapain says: FML. Why must I not be able to attend Leaky Con =(Avatar Imagegeneliz says: oh my goodness. i unfortunately cannot attend because my high school leaving exams will be a few short after leakycon. however, yay to whoever will get the set! :)Avatar Imagesimdave2000 says: MERLIN'S BEARD! You are making me really regret deciding to call it quits on cons for the year... And I am extremely nervous to see who the last keynote speaker is. If it's who I think it is...dare to think it is...gosh, maybe I should register right now, just in case...*hyperventilates*Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: That would be soooo cool, wish I could go!Avatar Imagetryston009 says: Wow, two amazing announcements in a row! Signed books? Q&A with Michael Goldenberg? What's next? JKR herself making an appearance?! LeakyCon is going to rock!!Avatar ImageMiss Freewind says: I am so happy that I am going to LeakyCon!!!!!!!!!!!! (I signed up as soon as registration opened.) I wish they would hurry up and tell us more info about how to win the books. When I read this, I honestly think that I almost had heart attack. I am still trying to slow down my breathing and heartrate. I probably will have a heart attack or pass out if one of friends or I won this.Avatar ImageZivlok says: WAT. EPIC. NOW I WILL CRY EVERY NIGHT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. CURSE YOU, TLC!Avatar Imagebecmajec says: wow how coolAvatar Imagerealspace says: Well as if LeakyCon wasn't already going to be the best of it's kind ever, AND be done all for charity, NOW THIS! I think that LeakyCon just got as much as an official "Stamp of Approval" from JKR as any convention could ever hope for, by receiving this amazing gift to the cause. I wish I could attend, but for those who will be there I think the announcements this week have proven that Leaky does it right.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: OMG. I can't believe it. Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: That's insane! I want them SO bad! Great job on getting them, though.Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Oh I wish wish wish wish wish I could go!!!!!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: i wish i could go! that's so awesome for LeakyCon!! agghh. Avatar ImageCatherine says: wow!!!! this makes me really feel bad because i cant go!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageErinM says: If I could only go!! What an amazing thing to own. (gasp and sign!)Avatar Imagehp29 says: That is so awesome!! :D I wish i could go.. Avatar Imagekira902k says: awesome!!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: WOW!!Avatar Imagepadfoot4ever12 says: just the possibility of owning these books would be amazing! :D i really can't wait for leakycon!!!Avatar ImageIlzairspar says: To all of you who are going to LeakyCon..... I hate you all. And I mean that in the best possible, highly jealous, half serious, way. I think I need chocolate now...my not being able to go feels like a Dementor has entered the room. ;-P On the non-jealous side of things, this is absolutely AMAZING for the Con. I am happy for all of you who are going to get the chance to pick that set up. Avatar Imagekamidee says: Ahh Vlogbrothers are going to be there? Please tell me that this will be recorded/podcasted for those not in the US :( But those books, wow, I can't get over how awesome Jo is for doing this. Avatar ImageDanielleD says: I Wish I was going!!! :'(Avatar Imageblind_pilot says: Wow! I wish I could go.:(Avatar Image89ravenclaw says: another reason to want to go. gaaaaaaaaaaah moneyAvatar Imagejoelface says: That's really cool, wish I could be there!Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: Okay, I REALLY want to go! I hope I can make it in '11...Avatar Imagelumosshimmy says: That is an amazing thing to donate! Kudos to Jo and Scholastic! I also love the idea that they're supporting LeakyCon - this fandom is huge!Avatar ImageVipera says: Oh my gosh... I am praying to win the lottery so I could buy that... *crosses fingers*Avatar Imagebutterbeer bottle says: Wow, that is AWESOME!!! Unfortunately for me, living in Australia, I can't register for LeakyCon.Avatar ImageVipera says: Not that you could buy that, though.... but I want one! If I had enough money.... never mind.Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: oh wow that is awesome.. you go Jo! :)) i would kill for those books..as would anyone else hahaAvatar ImageVipera says: I want one.... no, make that two!Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: wow! What news!Avatar Imagebellamarie95 says: Awesome prize wish i could go!!!!Avatar ImageAM02135 says: Wow..that sounds so cool! I live in Boston and yet I won't be there for LeakyCon...wish I was though. Whoever wins that will be so lucky! Avatar ImageJersey says: Great just one more thing to make me wish I was goingAvatar Imageginny.potter154 says: I want to go sooo badly..but seeing as how I live in the oc and I'm 13 yrs old I can't..my parents would never take me..:( Well have fun everyone who's going.!Avatar Imagepottercastfan says: How I want that~Avatar Imagekath says: I live in Australia so unfortunately can't attend, but i'm really glad that these awesome signed copies will end up where they belong - with a true HP fan :)Avatar Imagekdp says: Wow that's Awesome! Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: I think it is really awesome that Jo Rowling did that! I hope it will go to a really deserving HP fan who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it if it wasn't restricted to LeakyCon guests only! Go LeakyCon!Avatar Imageslythphoenix says: Will this be an auction-type scenario, or will it be more of a raffle? Just wondering, because I'd be way too broke to participate if it was the former...Avatar ImageLady of the Lake says: I think I'm going to stop looking at the news update for the next, oh I don't know, 28 days or so. I don't think I can handle all of the envy that seeps from my pores every time I hear something about LeakyCon. Avatar ImageSnapesSilverDoe says: Michael Goldenberg - the Best Scriptwriter the series has had!Avatar ImageQuestauthor says: Cody, from what I've heard, it is going to be a raffle, not an auction. We want all guests to have an opportunity to participate and have a chance to win this amazing set of books.Avatar Imageemmalily says: Squeeee! This is Great! I'm sooo happy to be able to go to the Leaky Con! =) Sorry for all those who can't come =(Avatar Imageslythphoenix says: @Questauthor Thanks, that makes me much more excited about this! Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: Love to have that set, but sadly I can not attend. Oh well, there is next year! Good Luck to the ones that are going!!!!!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: That is awesome!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: OMG HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE?? I can't believe it - if only I wasn't 15 and living in England :*( Avatar Imagemewthree says: wish i could have my books signedAvatar Imagekayzz says: Yay! I can't go!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: That would be so freakingg cool!! Too bad I can't go :[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[. Avatar ImageAriel says: That’s cool. I wish I was able to goAvatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: That is amazing - how wonderful of her!Avatar Imagehopkinsdancr22 says: ahhhh!Avatar Imagetreebeliever says: Man, now I'm feeling bad I'm missing LeakyCon.Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: AWESOME!Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: AWESOME!Avatar ImageAugury Feather says: WHY AM I STUCK N AUSTRALIA FTW AND FML hahah sooo jealousAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: that is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!!! but i would never be able 2 read them! i would make a shrine and worship them. i'll even make up my own religion and prayer. but im not going 2 leaky con because i live in the uk and most of the time i live abroad in africa. im british just so u kno.Avatar Imagesaffran says: Have fun you who can go!Avatar Imagecrom says: Good luck to all of you going.Avatar ImageLifeInAPizzaBox says: OMG!!! im so glade that im going to leaky con i don't think i'd win but still theres always a tiny chanceAvatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Wow! The person that wins those books is very lucky!Avatar Imageiconshero says: WOW

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