(July 20, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures invites fans to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st by sending the young wizard a personalized electronic birthday card online at www.harrypotter.com. Each card can be signed by the sender and carry an individual message of their own creation. Continuing the festivities, CBS’s “The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson” will host a Harry Potter Birthday Party and Lookalike Contest on July 31st from 7-9 a.m. Fans’ online birthday wishes and personalized messages will be reproduced on a six-foot birthday card, which will be unveiled during the broadcast. Every child who comes to the Early Show plaza to join in the Harry Potter birthday celebration will get to sign the card in person. The official Harry Potter website, www.harrypotter.com, also available to AOL members at AOL Keyword: Harry Potter, offers fans an opportunity to immerse themselves in the magical world of Harry Potter through an exceptional interactive experience. This enchanting, comprehensive environment includes exclusive features, imagery and games, as well as the latest info and news updates on the “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” feature film. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the live action family adventure film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in North America and in the U.K. on November 16. Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” tells the story of a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films/1492/Duncan Henderson Production of a Chris Columbus film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters. Directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling, the film is produced by David Heyman. Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan and Duncan Henderson are the executive producers. John Seale is the director of photography; Stuart Craig is the production designer; Richard Francis-Bruce is the editor; and John Williams is the composer. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.
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