Scholastic Kicks-Off Harry Potter 'Wednesdays' Sweepstakes to Win Harry Potter iPods(R) and Copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince With Bookplates Signed by J.K. Rowling Six-Week Online Sweepstakes Launches on WEDNESDAY, March 1st at

www.scholastic.com/harrypotter



    NEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Harry Potter fans will be counting down
 to the July 25, 2006 release of the paperback version of Harry Potter and the
 Half-Blood Prince with an exciting six-week sweepstakes from Scholastic, the
 U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series.  Beginning March 1st and continuing
 with a new installment every Wednesday for six weeks, the sweepstakes at
 www.scholastic.com/harrypotter offers fans a chance to win the grand-prize of
 a Harry Potter iPod(R) package which includes a 30GB iPod(R) etched with the
 crest of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and all six downloadable
 audiobooks from the iTunes(R) Music Store, plus a copy of the Deluxe U.S.
 edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with a bookplate signed by
 author J.K. Rowling.
     Every Wednesday, fans can take part in the weekly online poll, one for
 each of the books published to date. Each week the poll will contain a
 different printable Harry Potter book cover to be pasted onto a downloadable
 entry form.  After all six Harry Potter covers have been collected, the entry
 form can be mailed in for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Just for entering,
 every participant will receive a Harry Potter bookmark. All complete entries
 must be received by April 24th, 2006 and winners will be announced at
 www.scholastic.com/harrypotter on May 1st, 2006.
     "We know how passionate the Harry Potter fans are and we wanted to give
 them something new and exciting to expand their reading experience," stated
 Suzanne Murphy, Vice President of Scholastic Trade Marketing.  "While old fans
 will love the online activities and interactive features, readers new to the
 series can be introduced into the magical world of Harry Potter."
 
     The fabulous Harry Potter "Wednesdays" Sweepstakes Prizes include:
       3 Grand Prize Winners will receive:
       * 1 Harry Potter iPod(R) package which includes a 30GB iPod(R), etched
         with the crest of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and all
         six downloadable audiobooks from the iTunes(R) Music Store.
       * 1 Deluxe U.S. Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
         containing a bookplate signed by J.K. Rowling.
 
       6 First Prize Winners will receive:
       * A "Give the Gift of Harry" set which includes:
            -- 2 Harry Potter hardcover Boxed Sets (one for the winner and one
               to give to a friend who wants to start reading Harry Potter)
 
     In addition to the sweepstakes, the website will offer fun features over
 the next few months, to countdown to the release of the paperback book.  The
 site will feature monthly installments on each of the six Harry Potter books,
 plus an exclusive Harry Potter desktop wallpaper and a new printable Harry
 Potter poster.
 
     Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company,
 will release the paperback edition of J.K. Rowling's sixth Harry Potter novel,
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, on July 25, 2006.  With a first
 printing of 2 million copies, the paperback version brings the total number of
 all six Harry Potter books in print in the U.S. to over 120 million. The
 paperback edition will have a suggested retail price of $9.99 at 672 pages.
     In the United States alone, the hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the
 Half-Blood Prince sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours, making it the
 fastest selling book in publishing history.  The book hit stores at midnight
 on July 16, 2005.  With an unprecedented initial print run of 10.8 million,
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince broke all industry records, including
 that set in June 2003 by Rowling's fifth novel, Harry Potter and the Order of
 the Phoenix.  Since their publication all six Harry Potter titles have
 remained on bestseller lists.
 
 

SOURCE Scholastic

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