15 years of HARRY POTTER magic
Ireland’s biggest HARRY POTTER fan revealed
Alissa Howard, a 17-year-old
from Somerset, has been selected as the UK and Ireland’s biggest Harry
Potter fan. Her entry was chosen as the best in the recent competition
run by Bloomsbury to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication
of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
Alissa’s entry was selected from
over 6000 posted in bookshops and libraries throughout the UK. Alissa’s
piece stood out for the originality in her poetic wording and in her
colourful and neat artwork. Her last line of “You inspired a generation,
now that’s magical” was especially loved.
After hearing of her win Alissa
said: "I was quite surprised to hear that I had won, and now I just
can't believe it. It'll take time for it to sink in but I am really
happy to have been chosen as the winner."
Alissa has won a family holiday
to experience the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry
Potter™ only at Universal Orlando® Resort, plus a leather-bound and
numbered 15th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone, signed and dedicated by J.K. Rowling. 14 runners-up have also won
copies of the leather-bound and numbered 15th Anniversary Edition of
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, signed and dedicated by the
author. With only 15 of these exclusive editions being signed by J.K.
Rowling for the UK, the books will be a rare and unique item for the
lucky Harry Potter fans.
To celebrate the 15th
anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone Bloomsbury launched a nationwide competition to find the UK’s
biggest HARRY POTTER fan. 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 a local bookshop or library and posting their
letter in the specially designed postboxes. Over 1800 bookshops and
libraries signed up to take part.
From an idea born on a train
journey, to its creation in a small café 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 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
The competition results will be
available to view from Saturday 1st September on the HARRY POTTER
competition website –
Alissa’s entry was posted at the
Yeovil branch of WHSmith.
The 14 runners up are: Holly
Smillie from Manchester (age 12), Julie Mason from Hounslow (age 17),
Megan Wright from Derby (age 16), Nina Hamblen from Southampton (age
21), Chloe Esslemont from Cumbria (age 16), Rhiana Purnell from Oundle
(age 10), Mackenzie Steele from St Helens (age 7), Catherine Smith from
Glasgow (age 13), Carina Haouchine from Glasgow (age 15), Thomas James
Weightman from Derby (age 8), Shafaye Abbott from Kent (age 16), Cliona
Stubbs from Dublin (age 16), Alana Chalmers from West Lothian (age 14)
and Charlotte Couch from Essex (age 11).
Entry to the competition was
only available through bookshops and libraries in the UK and Ireland.
Terms and conditions applied and no purchase was necessary. Other
international competitions ran in other territories.
The Harry Potter novels have now
sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated
into 73 languages. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for
her books in an unprecedented fashion. She was the first children’s
author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also win the British
Book Awards Author of the Year. J.K. Rowling lives with her family in