for that matter, any and all Harry Potters — please stand up? Abebooks.com, the online bookseller, is promoting the July 16 release...
Would the real Harry Potter — for that matter, any and all Harry Potters — please stand up? Abebooks.com, the online bookseller, is promoting the July 16 release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by calling on people who share the bespectacled child hero’s name to share their experiences.
The online retailer has posted several of the profiles it has already received on its Web site. They include a criminal lawyer/part-time priest from London, as well as a retired Navy seaman from Florida who is the fourth person in his family to be named Harry Potter. “Prank phone calls from kids are the biggest problem,” the retiree wrote.
Visitors to the Web site will vote on their favorite profile, and the winning Harry will receive $1,000, plus have $1,000 given to the library, literacy charity or school of his choice.
For more information and contest entry details, go to www.abebooks.com/harrypotter.
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The sixth installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is already setting records, and it’s not due for several more weeks: Scholastic, Rowling’s U.S. publisher, plans to issue 10.8 million copies of “Half-Blood Prince” in its first printing, surpassing the previous first-printing record, held by 2003’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which launched with 8.5 million copies.
Tyrone Beason, Seattle Times staff reporter