Monday, September 03, 2012
New Zealand’s biggest HARRY POTTER fan revealed
A 15-year-old girl from Feilding has been selected as the biggest Harry Potter fan in New Zealand. Her entry was chosen as the best in the recent competition run by Bloomsbury Publishers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Fifteen-year-old Darneesha is the official New Zealand winner of the Harry Potter Biggest Fan competition. Darneesha’s entry was selected from hundreds of entries posted in bookshops throughout New Zealand.
Darneesha has won a very special limited-edition, leather-bound, signed, dedicated and numbered 15th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This limited edition book has been produced exclusively for the competition and is not available for purchase. Darneesha has also won a boxed set of the Harry Potter books and a boxed set of the Harry Potter audio books.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury launched a nationwide competition to find the biggest HARRY POTTER fan in New Zealand. Bloomsbury invited fans to write a letter of no more than 50 words explaining why they love HARRY POTTER. Fans could only enter by visiting one of the 180 bookshops in New Zealand taking part and posting their letter in the specially designed postboxes.
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).