19 April 2010

Giveaway: Harry Potter and Gift Card

Scholastic is celebrating all things Harry Potter in their The Real Magic of Harry Potter campaign. Now is the perfect time to find out all about these wonderful books or to spend some time revisiting Harry and his friends.

As part of the festivities, Scholastic has a new website that will draw you and your kids into the magical world of Harry. There are games and other activities as well as information about each book.

But Scholastic hasn't stopped at just a website, they are also offering a trip to Universal Orlando Resort's new theme park called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- four lucky families will a trip to the park, which is scheduled to open June 8, 2010. From now to June 1, kids ages 7 to 14 who are U.S. residents can enter to win one of those trips for their family. Visit the Scholastic Sweepstakes site to get all the details. Who wouldn't want that trip?

Don't forget to visit Scholastic's Facebook page for all things Harry. If you're on Twitter, you can follow there too.

Now what's a promotional without a giveaway! Scholastic is offering a fabulous prize to one of the readers of Beth Fish Reads. One person will win both of these:

  • A $50 Visa gift card
  • One boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books (valued at $89.99)
This contest is being sponsored by Scholastic and is open to readers with a U.S. mailing address (no post office boxes).

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment with your email address and tell me one of things you love about the Harry Potter books or why you are excited to finally read them. Comments must have both of these to be entered into the contest. The giveaway is open until I turn my computer on Tuesday, May 4 (about 5:00 am EDT). I will pick the winner later that day using a random-number generator.

Here's the new Harry Potter trailer to whet your appetite.

I read each Harry Potter book as it was released. Oh the agony of waiting for the next book! One the best thing about this series is that everyone loves them and I remember talking about the books with my entire family -- from the preschoolers to the grandparents. If you haven't yet taken the plunge, now's the perfect time to join the fun and enter the magical world of Harry Potter.


Deborah 4/19/10, 7:37 AM  

One thing I love about the Harry Potter books is Fred and George! They are the best characters in the series and always crack me up. And one of the reasons why I sobbed at the end of the last book.

Deborah 4/19/10, 7:42 AM  

bah that's what i get for not reading directions all the way

beatccr [at] hotmail [dot] com

Infinitracy 4/19/10, 7:48 AM  

peshek.5 [at] gmail [dot] com

My favorite thing about Harry Potter is that it made reading fun for kids in a way I've never seen before. Seeing people dressing up as their favorite characters at a midnight BOOK release was really a wonderful experience. It gave me hope for the future of reading! It isn't really all about t.v. and movies after all, and that's a great thing.

4/19/10, 7:53 AM  

The thing I love about the Potter series is Hermione. She's such a great, strong character that makes nerdy cool.

pamt.reviews at gmail dot com

Beth 4/19/10, 7:55 AM  

990square [at] gmail [dot] com

Okay, confession time. I've never read a Harry Potter book. Not one page. Somehow it just never worked out, even though my sister and my best friend are both Harry Potter fiends. I'm going to Florida in September with both of the fiends, so a trip to the Wizarding World is on our "must do" list. So I'm making a commitment to try to make it through the books this summer!

Kathleen A. Ryan 4/19/10, 7:56 AM  

I agree with Infinitracy, I love the fact that kids & parents lined up at midnight at a book store when a Harry Potter book was being released. My daughter has read several of them, and anyone who has ever read the books rave about them. It's about time I gave them a try!

Thanks for this opportunity!

katcop13 at gmail dot com

DarcyO 4/19/10, 7:59 AM  

I have not read the Harry Potter books although my daughter has. They have been on my TBR list for a long time. I would love to finally read them. Thanks for the chance.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Nise' 4/19/10, 8:05 AM  

How nice of Scholastic to offer your readers a giveaway. Thanks to both of you.

I've only read the first book and that was with my son when it first came out. He did not go on to read the rest of the series. Now that he is older (22), both of us want to finish. He's been busy with college and I've been busy reading hundreds of other books. I'd give him the set of books! We did, however, watch the movies. ;o)


christine 4/19/10, 8:33 AM  

I really do not know why I haven't read any of this series as of yet. I enjoyed the movies and have heard only good concerning the books. Perhaps having the actual books in my hot little hands will push me!! Plus, I would love to add this to the collection of books I am starting for my 5 month old nephew. Perfect!!!!


Bobbie 4/19/10, 9:35 AM  

I love the Harry Potter series. It was the first set of books I read with my tween daughter and we actually discussed them. Those are memories I can't replace.

Debbie F 4/19/10, 9:38 AM  

I have not read the Harry Potter series but one thing that I love about them is how they have gotten so many kids reading that weren't before. Mine included. I would love to read the series so count me in! thanks

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Literary Winner 4/19/10, 9:41 AM  

I love reading about all of the cool shops in Hogsmeade.

Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

Jenn's Bookshelves 4/19/10, 9:46 AM  

What I loved about the HP books--It got kids excited about reading! Kids from all different backgrounds converged over one series. It was a wonderful sight to see. Plus, it got my husband reading! The HP books are the ONLY books I've ever seen him read!

jennsbookshelf AT gmail DOT com

Word Lily 4/19/10, 9:52 AM  

I love that the Harry Potter books create (and live in) such a magical place. WordLily AT gmail DOT com

Jess (The Cozy Reader) 4/19/10, 9:59 AM  

I love this series because it's something my 5 year old is interested in and will sit still while I read them to her. We don't have the full set yet and this would be too cool!

bookreviewsbyjess (@) gmail (dot) com

Bethany 4/19/10, 10:18 AM  

I love that the books are fun for all ages to enjoy! I can read them & so can my nine-year-old and we can talk about them together.

logan 4301 at yahoo dot com

Jessica 4/19/10, 10:48 AM  

Wow, what a giveaway! I refused to read the Harry Potter books for the longest time, since I generally avoid things that are too commercial. However, I had a really long commute (25 miles each way) and my SIL gave me the ENTIRE series on CD to listen to - the British version, no less. They were amazing, and it really helped my day start off right =)

Jessica 4/19/10, 10:49 AM  

Oops, futurelibrarian2038(at)gmail(dot)com

April 4/19/10, 10:51 AM  

What an awesome contest! I would love to be entered, please. In all honesty, I love everything about the HP books. The innocence, the magic, the bravery. They are written to bridge any age range and a great way to bring parents and children together to love reading and sharing that love together!


Jenny 4/19/10, 11:40 AM  

What a great giveaway! I loved it in Harry Potter that the characters didn't just get older, they grew up. Harry gets smarter, he gets more mature, and he definitely has to learn to stand on his own. bastet57 AT gmail DOT com

Bonnie 4/19/10, 11:44 AM  

I love the Harry Potter series for it's creativity and wonderful characters and story. It has inspired so many people both young and old to read more. I would love to win a set of books for my son who has not read the series yet.


melissa @ 1lbr 4/19/10, 12:40 PM  

I really love the quirky secondary characters - each has his/her own personality and so many of them are just plain odd. Odd characters are the most interesting I think :) Plus, I loved how I never saw the ending of any of the books coming. Always surprised and blown away.


nat @book, line, and sinker 4/19/10, 12:53 PM  

i can't wait to get down to the theme park and see it for myself--and i'm 35!!

today i blogged about using a page from a HP book as wall art in my home. :)

thanks for the great giveaway offer.

Emily 4/19/10, 12:54 PM  

I loved so many things about Harry Potter. But, I think the thing that kept me coming back was Dumbledore. By the end though, my favorite character was Snape.

emilysreadingroom at gmail.com

Shelley 4/19/10, 1:03 PM  

I love the characters and the themes. It's easy to make a connection with them.

saz AT chainreader DOT com

Louise 4/19/10, 2:51 PM  

Also confession time for me: I never read a Harry Potter either. I read some parts of book 1 aloud for my nephew, and found that it bored me to tears. I never bothered finishing it or reading any of the other books.

So, I never knew what all the fuss was about :-)

Anyway, this is a wonderful giveaway and contest! And if I was in US I would enter.

Chèli 4/19/10, 3:55 PM  

If I were stranded on a desert island and only had the HP books I would be a happy camper. I love the fact that they show good triumph over evil but especially that the odd kid is the hero.

Please enter me
Cheli's Shelves

Shooting Stars Mag 4/19/10, 4:43 PM  

i love harry potter because the characters are just brilliant, even the awful ones. so imaginative!

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous,  4/19/10, 4:58 PM  

Wow, I'd love to win this. Huge Harry Potter fan here, our entire house is actually, we love the series :)

My favorite thing about Harry Potter is that the book is full of wonderful surprises, magic, and good characters I also love J.K. Rowlings use of foreshadowing, the books are full of hints of what's to come in the next book if you really catch the hints here and there. It's one of my favorite book collections and I definitely want my children to read it someday when they're old enough. Thanks so much!!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Amy 4/19/10, 5:07 PM  

My favortie thing about the Harry Potter books was the anticipation of waiting for the next book! Oh, yeah, and Dobby. :-) I've been wanting a house-elf ever since...

amybethe2 (at) yahoo (dot) com

CT 4/19/10, 5:26 PM  

I love, love, love Ron and Hermione. LOVE!

ct.hark (at) gmail (dot) com

Vasilly 4/19/10, 6:09 PM  

Love Harry Potter. Count me in!

1330vblog (AT) gmail DOT com

Vasilly 4/19/10, 6:10 PM  

One of the things I love about HP: no matter how long any of the books are, they're never long enough.

scottsgal 4/19/10, 8:55 PM  

I like the excitement and creative storylines - fantasy come to life

msboatgal at aol.com

Shelly B 4/19/10, 9:41 PM  

I've never read HP...I know, shoot me! My girlfriend read each one as it came out and she has inspired me to read them. I would love to win this contest so that I could read each one!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Mystica 4/19/10, 10:31 PM  

I love all the characters of Harry Potter and am sad that they are now growing up! Thanks to both of you for hosting this.


Unknown 4/19/10, 10:54 PM  

I love the books for the way they draw the reader in. I can't wait for the theme park!
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Amused 4/19/10, 11:08 PM  

Believe it or not I am one of the few remaining people who havent read this series yet, so I would love to win this set so I could finally join the rest of modern culture and be able to talk about this stuff along with everyone else! :)


Carrie K. 4/20/10, 12:10 AM  

One of the best things about the Harry Potter books is they way the fans cross the generations - I remember sitting by the pool reading HP 7 while my kids splashed when a lady in her 70s or 80s came up and told me how much she loved it and asked if I had cried yet. Love it!

nnjmom at yahoo dot com

Beth Kephart 4/20/10, 6:09 AM  

I am so curious about that theme park!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info 4/20/10, 10:02 AM  

I loved the humor and adventure of the Harry Potter series. Rowling kept me coming back for more. I miss the excitement of waiting for the next book in the series, wondering where she will take Harry next.


Jenners 4/20/10, 9:37 PM  

How cool is this? I have almost a full set sitting there waiting for my son but I would love to have a fully matched set ... not a mishmash like I have. I love the whole Wizarding world that Rowling created ... all the little details, the cool things she invented ( from Quidditch to the house elves to the every flavor beans). I just love the entire universe of the Harry Potter books. Please enter me! : )

Eva @ One Swede Read 4/21/10, 1:39 AM  

The magic. I LOVE the magic!!

the_viking_chick AT yahoo DOT com

Llehn 4/21/10, 9:25 AM  

One of the things I love about Harry Potter is how real the three main characters are. I love their dynamics, I feel their heartache. It's been an awesome journey growing up with them.


susan259 4/21/10, 10:08 AM  

I still remember reading an ARC of the very first one before anyone really knew what a hit it was going to be...thanks Kristin wherever you are for letting me read your copy. I think I finished the day before it's official release.

Amy 4/21/10, 4:13 PM  

I loved Harry Potter for the way it pulled you in. I also loved how J.K. Rowling took seemingly insignificant details and made them huge, important details in later books.

Email address is amyliz2008@gmail.com. Thanks for the giveaway!

jennadol 4/23/10, 3:25 PM  

I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't read any of these yet, though I've always meant to. I couldn't resist entering this!

I'm excited to see how Rowling created such a vivid world and characters that spoke to so many people of all ages. And I want to be able to share them with my sons who'll soon be old enough for this kind of book.

jennadol (at) verizon (dot) net

throuthehaze 4/23/10, 6:47 PM  

I love Harry Potter because the wizarding world is so fun and interesting. I also love the comraderie between Harry and all his friends.

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Katrina 4/23/10, 9:25 PM  

I just love reading the books because it makes me feel so young again! And I have always always had a thing for things that were magical. I loved sci fi and fantasy before it became famous!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Bookie 4/23/10, 11:09 PM  

One thing I love about the Harry Potter books is how it got adults and kids talking about books together.

I also love Hogwarts and the roller coaster the books always took me on.

dawnpnr at aol dot com

Megan Earley 4/24/10, 8:55 AM  

I love the way the HP characters grew up before our eyes as the series progressed.

mearley1979 at gmail dot com

Amy B. 4/24/10, 9:28 PM  

I'm excited to read these with my kids - I've never read them but my husband loves them
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.

Emily N. 4/25/10, 12:52 PM  

My email is in my profile. I've never read the HP series but obviously I've heard quite a bit about them and I'd like to see what they're like for myself.

nomadreader 4/25/10, 5:03 PM  

I love that the characters get to age. It's so rare to see characters in novels grow up one year at a time (almost in real time). I'm looking forward to rereading them all soon!

nomadreaderblog at g mail dot com

Cindy 4/25/10, 10:15 PM  

I love how great they sound when read aloud!

love 2 teach 2 day at gmail dot com

Terra Heck 4/26/10, 5:46 AM  

What I like about them is that they are books my entire family will happily read. We all agree that Harry Potter is filled with magic, drama, suspense, and heroics. Thanks.

Jen - devourer of books 4/26/10, 2:53 PM  

What *don't* I love about Harry Potter? If I had to pick something, though, I think it would be the way that the books grow up with the kids. It is relatively subtle from book to book, but if you look at the difference from book 1 to book 7, it is incredible.


Giles 4/27/10, 11:18 AM  

I loved the entire series and I really enjoyed seeing Harry's progression and maturity throughout the series. His relationship with Sirius was very well done and heartbreaking.
Thanks for the contest!


Katy 4/27/10, 11:36 AM  

I love Harry Potter. Harry is so relatable, even if he is a wizard. His hurts, his fears, his dedication to his friends and loved ones are all things we can connect with as readers. I also love that my 80 year old grandma is an even bigger fan of HP than I am. :)


Rebecca Jo 4/27/10, 11:49 AM  

what a fun give away! I always loved the books because they were so intriguing - never knew where the story would lead.. magic opened it up to ENDLESS POSSIBILITIE! Also enjoyed reading them with my youngest - who was the same age as Harry when the books started - & the same age as Harry when the books ended... that was very special to watch her grow up with these books...

my email is: rebeccavincent777(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sheila (Bookjourney) 4/27/10, 1:04 PM  

I am such a Potter head. I love these books and chat about then all the time. My copies are from all over and to have a new matching set would be like winning a Quidich match. :)

journey through books @ gmail dot com

Nelsby 4/29/10, 1:37 AM  

Although I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, I finally watched the first movie with my mother not too long ago. She is a BIG fan! After watching this wonderful movie, I just knew that I had to read the books. After all, the books are always better than the movies :o)

Thank you for hosting this fabulous giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win!
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous,  4/29/10, 1:27 PM  

One thing I really liked about these books, is that even the children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, seemed to be able to read them with no problems.

Tif Sweeney 5/2/10, 12:14 AM  

What a great giveaway! Thank you for hosting!!

Why do I love Harry Potter? Seriously? Why do I breathe?!? :) Harry Potter is one of those comfort reads to me. One that I can always count on for adventure, love, friendship, humor, and so much more. I can relate to many of the characters. You learn to love some and hate some. And, you simply just want to become a part of that world. Who wouldn't want to visit Hogsmeade, or fly around the skies during a Quidditch match, or discover what the Room of Requirement would be for you in Hogswart?!? I simply cannot wait to re-discover the world again through my children's eyes!!

Okay, I'm done! I think you've got the point from me!!

Thanks again!

tiftalksbooks at gmail dot com

debbie 5/2/10, 6:42 AM  

One thing I loved about the harry potter series, is that alot kids with dyslexia, seemed to be able to read them with mimimal problems.

https://booksthoughtsadventures.com 5/2/10, 7:15 PM  

The best thing in the world for me about reading any Harry Potter book is the sheer joy and delight and wonder at each and every scene and word. These books are magnificent and the wait for the movies makes reading the books even better...

Monica Corwin 5/2/10, 7:22 PM  


I love the fantasy of Hp and I love that the books grow up as the characters grow up.


Rachel Jameson 5/2/10, 7:24 PM  

rachel (AT) racheljameson . com

I love the fact that it has helped so many kids get into and fall in love with the world of reading. I watched my little cousins, when HP first came out, who wouldn't read a book to save their dog, not only want HP read to them, but also wanted to read HP to us. Not only that, but they then started reading everything else they could get their hands on. What could be better?

heatherzilla 5/2/10, 7:33 PM  

What a wonderful story! I absolutely love Harry Potter. My love that it is a story for everyone, from child to adult. Every person I know who read the series, loved it.


Megan 5/2/10, 7:34 PM  

What a most excellent giveaway! I borrowed all but the last two books of the series, and I'd love to have a complete collection. The thing I loved most about Harry Potter is that all of the books were just so unputdownable. I feel like, as an adult, I've had more and more trouble finding books that make me just want to forget about everything else that needs doing (eating, sleeping, working, etc!) and just read for the pure enjoyment of it.

That, and being a bookseller the day the last book came out and selling one after the other after the other all day long. It was so cool, in an era when books and the pleasures of reading are rumored to be vanishing from our society, to see hoards of people lining up to get....a book! And that's not even to mention lugging the massive tome all over the city on public transportation in their eagerness to get it read!

Thanks for the chance!

toadacious1 at yahoo dot com

Jenn 5/2/10, 7:35 PM  

I loved that I would see kids who couldn't be bothered to read before suddenly walking around with 3" thick books they couldn't put down.

I also love all JKR's literary references.

Jenn(at)GirlsJustReading dot com

The Book Girl 5/2/10, 7:42 PM  

My favorite thing about Harry Potter had to be all of the great Fred and George comedy. I've been thumbing through them and I can't help but laugh at practically every line of theirs. But beyond what's inside the books, I love the bigger idea of these books getting kids interested in reading again.


Unknown 5/2/10, 7:48 PM  

What I love about Harry Potter is that it respects the witty, intelligence and thoughtfulness of kids. The book's plots and characters are complex and intertwined like real life. Not everyone is good or evil. There are lots of nuances...


angie 5/2/10, 7:52 PM  

I would love to read these because I think I am the only person left who has not read the Harry Potter books:(
email bangersis at msn dot com

Terchil,  5/2/10, 7:59 PM  

Thanks for the contest. I've not read this series, that why I really want to win!

comethespring at gmail dot com

The1stdaughter 5/2/10, 8:05 PM  

I absolutely love Harry Potter, most of all I love the originality and it's creator's story. The fact that Rowling went from nothing to nearly everything all from a thought in her head and some amazing talent is wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway!

the1stdaughter at gmail dot com

Lydia 5/2/10, 8:35 PM  

I'm continually impressed by J.K. Rowling and her imagination. LOVE the games they play and I love the disappearing map the most!

Benz1966 at gmail dot com

Mari 5/3/10, 1:16 PM  

I would love the opportunity to read these books. Most of the time they are checked out and on reserve at the library.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Unknown 5/3/10, 10:24 PM  

I read all the Harry Potter books. I don't own a one but borrowed all from my daughter. Thanks for the chance to have a set of my own. I could not put these books down. I found the whole whizard life fasinating. It was unbelieveable the imagination the writer had. It totally amazed and engolfed me in the books. Please enter me!

debraldufek AT hotmail DOT com

Aimee 5/4/10, 12:49 AM  

I have read all of them but don't own any of the books. The writing is incredible. I love all books with magic in them, but Rowling's writing makes these books rereading time & again.


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