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Books-A-Million Prepares for Harry Potter Spellbinding Birthday Parties: All Locations To Host Celebrations on July 31

From Books-A-Million --

Books-A-Million, Inc. announces a special celebration. Harry Potter, one of the most popular book series characters in publishing history, celebrates his birthday on July 31 – and every Books-A-Million store across the country will host a party that all his fans can enjoy, muggle and wizard alike.

Since the release of the first novel, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,’ on June 30, 1997, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide. As of July 2013, the books have sold between 400 and 450 million copies, making them some of the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into 73 languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final installment selling approximately 11 million copies in the United States within the first twenty-four hours of its release.

Books-A-Million has had a special history with Harry Potter events, and has been a destination for fans since its onset. Beginning at 6 p.m. on July 31, fans are invited to come to stores dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character. Also, all Potter enthusiasts who are knowledgeable of J. K. Rowling’s richly detailed series will have the chance to demonstrate their expertise of the beloved series with various games, activities, and trivia.

“Please join us in celebrating our favorite hero, Harry Potter, for his birthday celebration on July 31st,” said Sandra Wilson, Kids’ and Teen Senior Book Buyer for Books-A-Million. “Relive the excitement of the series at our stores with activities for fans of all ages.”

For more information about Books-A-Million or the Harry Potter birthday party events on July 31, interested attendees can contact their local store, but preferably not by owl.


Quidditch Global Games Begin on July 19

From Quidditch Global Games --

The FIFA World Cup may have ended, but international sports competition is continuing this weekend with a new tournament: the 2014 Quidditch Global Games! The world's best quidditch teams are competing this Saturday, July 19th, in Burnaby, Canada, in a real-life, full-contact version of the magical sport depicted in the Harry Potter series. Over 120 players from seven nations and three continents will be representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all fighting for the title of world quidditch champion.

Real-life quidditch has swept the globe as an intense, dynamic, co-ed sport, with more than 200 official teams, 4,000 players, and hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. Each team in the Global Games event comprises the best quidditch athletes in their country, selected by national organizing bodies, and flying from continents away for the chance to compete internationally. While quidditch pundits favor the United States to win, competition should be stiff, with teams bringing full rosters of veteran players. The tournament will take place at the Lake Sports Complex West in Burnaby, but fans who can't make it in person to the games can follow the live scores updates and photos on twitter at @IQAglobalgames, or check out match videos posted after the event to

The sport of quidditch is played with seven active players on each team, who must run with a broom held between their legs at all times. Each team has three chasers who attempt to move, pass, or score with the quaffle (a volleyball) by shooting it through their opponent's three hoops, two players who hurl bludgers (dodgeballs) to temporarily knock opposing players out of the game, one keeper to defend the hoops, and one seeker on each team to chase the snitch, a velcro tail attached to the shorts of a very swift runner dressed in yellow. The game ends when the snitch is caught, and the winning team earns an extra 30 points, equivalent to three goals. A full rulebook is available at:

The International Quidditch Association is an international group dedicated to organizing the sport globally, and is working closely with US Quidditch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the hosts of the upcoming event. Global Games, the IQA, and USQ are not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Bros. or Time Warner.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter USJ Grand Opening Events

From Warner Bros and Universal Studios Japan --

On the eve of its Grand Opening, Universal Studios Japan celebrated the much anticipated opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter today, Monday July 14, beginning at 7:15 pm. Approximately 1,000 specially invited guests celebrated the opening along with a dazzling display of fireworks.

At 7:15 pm this evening, guests arrived and walked the red carpet on their way to a specially constructed stage for these grand opening events in Hogsmeade village amid thunderous applause.

At approximately 7:40 pm, with the special guests gathered on the stage, including Tom Felton who played Harry’s rival Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood in the film series and who also attended the April 18 opening date announcement event, joined the 1,000 Harry Potter fans and incanted the Lumos! spell together, illuminating Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade village in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The spell set off a magnificent display of fireworks, colorful confetti, and thunderous applause from the crowd marking the historic moment of the opening of this 45 billion yen national level project and its economic effect of 5.6 trillion yen over ten years.

 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an area meticulously recreating the world of the Harry Potter stories, opened this morning (Tues., July 15) at 7:35 AM at Universal Studios Japan.

At approximately 7:15 AM, Mr. Tom Felton and Ms. Evanna Lynch, who both starred in the Harry Potter film series, joined USJ Co., Ltd., President & CEO Mr. Glenn Gumpel, and commenced an Opening Ceremony at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s entrance archway to much applause from guests anxious to enter. Mr. Felton and Ms. Lynch led the guests with the Revelio spell as the archway was filled with smoke, which slowly lifted to reveal Hogsmeade village prompting cheers from waiting park guests. Then so many guests stepped into Hogsmeade village with excitement and were welcomed by Hogsmeade villagers.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a 45 billion yen project with a 5.6 trillion yen projected economic impact over ten years, is sure to meet the expectations of a national level project of its size and attract many guests over the coming years.

• Tom Felton Actor: Harry Potter film series “Draco Malfoy”
• Evanna Lynch Actress: Harry Potter film series “Luna Lovegood”
• Glenn Gumpel Chairman & CEO, USJ Co., Ltd.

Be sure to check out the special interactive USJ website where visitors can fully immerse themselves in the world of Harry Potter and virtually experience every corner of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Daniel Radcliffe Will Read J.K. Rowling’s New ‘Harry Potter’ Story

From Extra --

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“Extra’s” AJ Calloway caught up with Daniel Radcliffe.  Daniel commenting on the news regarding Harry Potter, the character that made him famous, after J.K. Rowling revealed a look at the grown-up boy wizard in a new story posted her Pottermore website.   Daniel saying he will read the short story, “Of course I’ll read it…I’m obviously going to read it.”  But, Daniel not as sure he would be interested in playing the older Harry Potter,  “As far as I know Harry is 36 in those stories…I’m about to turn 25, I’m not sure if that’s quite in my playing age yet.”

Radcliff admitting he doesn’t really have an opinion in what happens to his Harry Potter character, “I never had an opinion on what should happen to the character, I’m watching with the rest of the world now, fascinated to see what she does with it.”

The actor was in NYC promoting his BBC TV series, “A Young Doctor's Notebook and Other Stories,” also starring Jon Hamm.



The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Now Open At Universal Orlando Resort

From Universal Orlando Resort--

It's the day millions of people around the world have been waiting for…

This morning, Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members welcomed thousands of excited guests as they entered the all-new spectacularly-themed land for the very first time.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley brings even more of Harry Potter's adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. This fully-immersive area expands upon the global phenomenon launched by Universal Orlando when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure in 2010.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is filled with incredible entertainment experiences for the whole family. You arrive aboard the Hogwarts Express, which takes guests on a journey between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and are transported into a spectacularly themed environment. The new area includes incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic food and beverages, a towering dragon that breathes fire and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a new attraction unlike any other that takes you on a mind-blowing ride through the Gringotts vaults – pulling you into an incredible adventure.

More details about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and available vacation packages can be found at

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