A plum prize for Pottermaniacs

20th May 2005 at 01:00
Represent The TES at the launch of J K Rowling's new book? Adults need not apply, reports Geraldine Brennan

Who is the biggest Harry Potter fan in your school (not counting the staffroom)?

The one who cannot wait for midnight on July 15 when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out, and will probably stay up all night to read it?

The one who knows who won the Quidditch World Cup (Ireland, of course)?

The TES is searching for two Pottermaniacs from UK schools to be our representatives at JK Rowling's children's press conference at Edinburgh Castle on the publication weekend of the new book.

Only 70 children in the world will get to interview her (no adult journalists are allowed); two of them will be reporting for The TES and The TES Scotland.

The international press pack of eight to 16-year-olds will be led by Hogwarts prefects to the Great Hall of the castle to hear Rowling read from the opening pages of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the stroke of midnight on Friday, July 15.

They have until 11am on Sunday, July 17 to read their signed copies and devise their questions for the press conference at 11am.

To sustain them, there will be a grand Hogwarts-style banquet on Saturday night (again, no adults; they will be fed out of sight).

The prize includes travel to Edinburgh and two nights' hotel accommodation for our reporters plus one parent or guardian each, and all activities at the castle.

The TES correspondents for the weekend will be:

* keen readers who have read the first five Harry Potter books and will enjoy reading the new book at speed alongside other Potter fans;

* eager newshounds who will make the most of their world exclusive and enjoy writing it up by Monday, July 18;

* aged between eight and 16 on Saturday, July 16;

* in schools somewhere in the UK; you have three weeks to tell us about them.

You can nominate just one pupil from your school. Nominations must arrive by June 10 and the correspondents will be announced on June 24.

Write to Potter Press Pack, Books Department, The Times Educational Supplement, Admiral House, 66-68 London E1W 1BX. Tell us in 200 words maximum why you think your pupil should get the job and include one question that they would like to ask JK Rowling. Nominations from schools in Scotland should be sent to Potter Press Pack, TES Scotland, Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ.

Don't forget full contact details for the school and the pupil's home. For full terms and conditions, see: www.tes.co.ukharrypotter

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