Tuesday 26 June 2012

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone's 15th Anniversary - Competition to Find UK and Ireland's Biggest Harry Potter Fan

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. RowlingCelebrating 15 years of Harry Potter magic
The search for UK and Ireland’s biggest HARRY POTTER fan

From an idea born on a train journey, to its creation in a small cafe in Edinburgh Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the book that started a global phenomenon.  Rejected by many publishers and with an initial hardback print run of 500 copies, it has now sold over 90 million copies worldwide. It is the book that put Harry’s destiny in motion and created a whole new generation of readers. It is hard to think now that before 1997 none of us knew about Hogwarts, Quidditch or Voldemort (who was voted as the favourite literary villain in a recent Bloomsbury poll).

Watch this video made to celebrate Harry's anniversary!

You can also read 15 interesting facts about the first book in the series.

Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Biggest Fan Competition

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury is launching a nationwide competition to find the UK’s biggest HARRY POTTER fan.

Bloomsbury is inviting fans to write a letter of no more than 50 words explaining why they love HARRY POTTER. We are looking for the most creative, clever and entertaining reasons and, while the word limit is set to a strict 50 words, entrants are encouraged to draw, doodle and make their letters as elaborate as possible.

HARRY POTTER fans can only enter by visiting a local bookshop or library and posting their letter in the specially designed postboxes. Over 1800 bookshops and libraries have already signed up to take part. The competition will run from Tuesday 26th June to Tuesday 31st July 2012 after which we will name the UK and Ireland’s biggest HARRY POTTER fan. The winner and runners up will be announced on Saturday 1st September.*

The competition is an ideal opportunity for fans to show how much they love HARRY POTTER as well as supporting their local bookshop or library. Details of how to enter and a list of participating bookshops and libraries can be found on the website: www.bloomsbury.com/harrypottercompetition

*The winner will receive a family holiday to experience the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ only at Universal Orlando® Resort and a leather-bound, signed, dedicated and numbered 15th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The limited number 15th Anniversary Editions are exclusive to the competition and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Fourteen runners-up will also each receive a leather-bound, signed, dedicated and numbered 15th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

A few details:

· Entry to the competition is only available through bookshops and libraries in the UK and Ireland. Terms and conditions apply, and no purchase is necessary. Other international competitions will be running in other territories.

· Bloomsbury will be unable to return any entries. All entries become the property of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc; by participating in the competition, entrants consent to the use and publication of their names and contributions by Bloomsbury.


  1. Gosh, 15 years already... I feel old!

    1. I know! I was still at primary school when this book first came out! It's mad!

  2. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Australia is running a competition too. The first prize is slightly different, but the important part is the same for first and runner ups.... THE FREAKING SIGNED AND DEDICATED BOOK *DIES*

    I NEED ONE. I NEED ONE. I NEED ONE. OH GOD, I WANT ONE! I'm mulling over ideas for my letter. It needs to be something epic haha. So excited!

    And man... 15 years. It wasn't until 5 years after release of the first book did I get into the series, but WHAT A RIDE IT HAS BEEN <3

    1. Oh my gosh, Brodie! You're enthusiasm is contagious! :D I wasn't sure if I would enter or not. Not sure my love could be put into words awesome enough to win. It would take me aaaages to write it. I can't see it happening really, lol. But I guess you've got to be in it to win it.

      I started reading them in... 1999, methinks. Maybe 2000? I had all three books published at the time given to me and my brother as a Christmas pressie. LOVE!



    Can you believe it? :O

    1. Hahaha! I love you two! :D Such enthusiasm! And 15 years has gone SO quick! I can't believe it's been 12 or 13 years since I started reading them. And five years since they finished! :O!

  4. I love that this is only available through bookshops and libraries - because, after all, where the magic came from in the first place. (Well... after JKR's imagination, the publishers, printers etc...)

    1. Haha, yeah, it is pretty cool! And while you're there, you can pick up another book! That's probably the reason, lol.

  5. wow 16 years now... i wasnt even born then!