Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today the winners of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
national sweepstakes. Seven lucky muggles were selected from more than 40,000 entries to join author J.K. Rowling in celebrating the July 21st release of the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series. The seven winners and their chaperones will travel to London and attend the “J.K. Rowling and the Moonlight Signing” event at London’s Natural History Museum, where the author will host a midnight reading and book signing for fans. In addition, each Scholastic sweepstakes winner will be given a copy of the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
at 12:01 a.m. on July 21 to be signed by J.K. Rowling after the reading.
The Scholastic sweepstakes winners are as follows:
· Andrew Lee, age 9, Havertown, PA
· Paige Raudenbush, age 11, Boise, ID
· Ayoluwa Hill, age 12, Atlanta, GA
· Sophie DeGroot, age 13, Seattle, WA
· Joseph Walsh, age 15, Cincinnati, OH
· Anne Harbaugh, age 17, Spring, TX
· Yanira Rodriguez, age 20, Hialeah, FL
“We are thrilled to be sending seven lucky U.S. fans to London to celebrate the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book with J.K. Rowling,” said Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Trade and Book Fairs. “Just like millions of other fans in the U.S. and around the world, our sweepstakes winners have been inspired and touched by Rowling’s genius work, and this is sure to be an unforgettable experience.”
Scholastic sweepstakes winners will attend “J.K. Rowling and the Moonlight Signing” at London’s Natural History Museum along with 1700 fans from around the world and will also be among the lucky 500 fans who will attend a midnight reading with the author. The sweepstakes winners will also enjoy a three-day/three-night vacation in London, England, with air transportation provided by American Airlines and hotel accommodations by Thistle Victoria, compliments of AA Vacations.
About Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, J.K. Rowling’s sixth Harry Potter book, was released on July 16, 2005, and was the fastest-selling book in history selling 6.9 copies in the first 24 hours. All six Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’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
, as well as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
have been number one bestsellers in the United States, Britain, and around the world. Scholastic is printing an unprecedented 12 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
which will be release at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007. The American editions of the Harry Potter books are published under Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine imprint.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com