Parlez-Vous ‘Potter?'8 May, 2002 By: Hive News
As if Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone wasn't already an international event, Warner Home Video has launched a multilanguage online "owl prowl" game promotion that will bring Harry Potter fans across the globe together to celebrate of the DVD and VHS release.
By registering at owlsightings.com, fans may compete in seven different languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Portuguese and English) to test their Harry Potter movie knowledge, leading them to hidden owls throughout the World Wide Web and giving them a chance to be in the next movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, set for a November theatrical release.
One grand prize winner will be flown to England to join the cast and crew to film a walk-on role in the upcoming sequel. Nine first prize winners and their families
will win a trip to London and be among the first to see the second film. Game winners will be announced May 28.
From May 8 through May 25 (7:59 p.m. GMT), participants around the world can take part in "owl prowls" through various Web sites such as Cartoon Network, Yahooligans, Neopets and Nickelodeon and globally on AOL Germany, Cartoon Network in Japan and Yahoo in England. The sites will lead players to register on owlsightings.com, where they will be assigned an "Owl Prowler" name and receive a virtual game board with questions about the movie. Each day, five Harry Potter-themed questions will test the player's knowledge of the movie. Challengers will receive a new game board daily to collectively catch up to 85 owls, with a chance to win instant prizes throughout the 17-day game. Players around the world can connect using bulletin boards on
harrypotter.com to help each other with the owl challenges while competing to become the "Top Owl Prowler" on the worldwide scoreboard.
Each day, players must use their "owl intellect" to answer one question to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Players also have the chance to win one of the 1,000 daily instant prizes including a variety of Harry Potter merchandise.
When participants complete their game boards by catching all five owls on any day
during the game, they will get a digital reward such as a Harry Potter screensaver - with new ones featured each day. Each player has up to 17 chances (one per day) to be entered for the grand prize
Warner Home Video will support the game with a media campaign targeting kids all over the world. Placements will be featured in general circulation publications such as People as well on both television and radio.