(June 11, 2002 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Home Video (WHV) announced today the name of the very lucky grand prize-winner of the worldwide online “Owl Prowl” game, created to bring Harry Potter fans across the globe together in celebration of the May DVD and VHS release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Joel Willoughby of Navarre, Florida, is on his way to becoming a star! The eleven-year-old was randomly selected from more than 1.5 million entries worldwide to win a trip to England for a walk-on role in the upcoming theatrical release “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” “We are thrilled for Joel and his family as they prepare to fly to England for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Mark Horak, WHV Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. “The ‘Owl Prowl’ game was extremely popular and succeeded in bringing Harry Potter fans around the world together through the power of the Internet.” In the three weeks from May 8 to May 25, the “Owl Prowl” game generated more than 100 million page views at www.owlsightings.com and other participating websites including America Online and participating international websites. More than 17,000 instant win prizes were awarded to players around the world. Participants around the world took part in “owl prowls” through various websites such as Cartoon Network, Yahooligans, Neopets and Nickelodeon and globally on AOL Germany, Cartoon Network in Japan and Yahoo in England, and used their “owl intellect” to answer up to 85 Harry Potter movie-themed questions. Players in twelve different countries competed in seven different languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Portuguese and English) on www.owlsightings.com, powered by Warner Bros. Online. Each day, participants had the opportunity to answer five questions in order to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize and one of the thousands of instant-win prizes, including a variety of Harry Potter merchandise. With operations in 78 international territories – more than the video division of any other studio – Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. WHV’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top-quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Company, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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