Hogwarts comes to the High Street

PUBLISHED: 14:15 05 April 2007 | UPDATED: 13:54 04 May 2010

CALLING all Harry Potter fans... Only JK Rowling knows what lies in store for Harry and his friends when the final book is released in July, but Burrows Bookshop and the Ely Standard are launching an Easter break competition that puts their fate in your

CALLING all Harry Potter fans...

Only JK Rowling knows what lies in store for Harry and his friends when the final book is released in July, but Burrows Bookshop and the Ely Standard are launching an Easter break competition that puts their fate in your hands as you decide how the series will end.

Annabel Reddick, who runs the High Street Passage bookshop, has decided to throw over the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to younger fans across the district for them to write no more than 100 words about how they think the series should conclude.

"Each entry will be judged on imagination and the ideas that people come up with," Annabel said.

"Although it might be tempting to include lots of description, we just want a brief idea of what you want to see happen - it can be as short as you want it to be, but it must be no more than 100 words."

The competition will be judged by Ely Standard editor Debbie Davies, who said she is looking forward to seeing what youngsters come up with.

"Words are our trade in the world of journalism," she said, "and it's been inspiring to see so many children and young adults reading more because of the Harry Potter phenomenon - the series has really fired imaginations and I can't wait to see how people think the series will end."

The winner will receive a free copy of the new book and will lead the countdown to its midnight launch at Burrows Bookshop on July 21. There will also be themed goodies to win and the second and third place will also win copies of the book.

The shop has celebrated the launch of previous Potter books in style, and this year looks set to finish on a high, with a dressing-up competition, storytelling, goodie bags and a quiz to test the most enthusiastic Harry fan. Anyone who reserves a copy of the new book at Burrows will be welcome to attend.

INFO: The competition is open to children of up to 15 years of age. To take part in the competition, drop in or post your suggested ending of no more than 100 words to the Ely Standard, 38 Market Street, Ely. CB7 4BZ. Alternatively, take part in an on-line version of the competition at www.ely-standard.co.uk

The closing date is Monday, May 7 and the winner must agree to attend the launch.

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