AOL has creative challenges for Harry Potter fans

NEW YORK: As moviegoers across the world count the days until favourite boy wizard returns to movie screens in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, America Online announces two new creative challenges that reward and recognise the most devoted Harry Potter fans.

AOL members can enter the Be a Red Carpet VIP Contest by submitting a video of themselves as an entertainment show host. The winner will receive a trip to New York to co-host AOL's broadcast of the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets red carpet premiere on 10 November and see the movie with the stars five days before its release in the US. America Online will determine the top five finalist videos, which will be judged by creativity, presentation, quality of questions and personality. The final five will be broadcast online, and members will vote for their favourite to select the winner.

AOL has also launched a Wizard of the Week feature, a weekly opportunity for members to demonstrate their creativity and enthusiasm for Harry Potter's world, and be a "star" on AOL's "Wizard of the Week" fan page. Each week, America Online will announce a new task for members seeking Wizard of the Week status. Creative entries may include fan photos, homemade fan pages, Harry Potter-inspired poems, themed desktop designs and more. AOL will select one member as its Wizard of the Week who will receive a personal spotlight on the AOL service at AOL Keyword: Wizard of the Week and AOL Keyword: Harry Potter, which includes their photo, bio, their favorite movie character and a link to their submission.

Video submissions for the Be a Red Carpet VIP Contest must be received by 18 October . Voting by AOL members of the five finalists will take place between 28-31 October. Parental consent is required for children's submissions. . The film will be released in North America and the U.K. on 15 November by Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.


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