Big News for Potterheads: MuggleNet’s Expo Patronum!

Everyone’s favorite Harry Potter fan site, MuggleNet has announced its first live event will take place April 18th in London.  MuggleNet Live! Exp Patronum will feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet actors from the Harry Potter movies, attend guest panels, and generally celebrate the past, present, and future of the Harry Potter fandom.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for Lumos, an international charity founded by JK Rowling to end the institutionalization of millions of children around the world. In the last four years, the charity has supported the move of more than 12,000 children from harmful institutions to families or supported independent living, saved a further 644 children suffering from malnutrition, severe neglect or a lack of access to medical treatment, and trained more than 17,000 people on the issues, ranging from social workers and medical professionals, to civil servants and policy makers. Most recently Lumos launched its #LetsTalkLumos campaign in order to further raise the profile of their cause.

New guests and programs are being announced daily at the Expo Patronum website. Here’s a sneak peak of the famous guests making an appearance at the event:

Percy Weasley

Chris Rankin – Known for his role as Percy Weasley

Dudley

Harry Melling – Known for his role as Dudley Dursley

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis — known for his roles as Professor Flitwick AND Griphook!

Anna Shaffer

Anna Shaffer – known for her role as Romilda Vane

Jessie Cave

Jessie Cave — known for her role as Lavender Brown

Follow @ArtofSpying on Twitter for more updates on this awesome event!

Event Details:

Date: 18th April 2015

Times: 10am- 6pm

Ticket price: £100

Location: The Platinum Suites, Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Tickets Available Here!

How to Win a Free Copy of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

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As you probably know by now, we are giving away five copies of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying on Goodreads in the month of February. We had nearly 1,000 readers enter to win our last Goodreads Giveaway in July. So how do you help make sure that you are one of the five lucky winners? Read these tips to find out!

First – Goodreads’ method of selecting winners:

‘If more people are interested in a book than there are copies available [which is nearly always the case], we will pick the winners at our discretion. The factors that go into our algorithm are: randomness, site activity, genre of books on your shelves, current phase of the moon, and more.’

This is SO important! In order to up your chances of winning a copy of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, you need to get active on Goodreads. Here are some tips:

1. Write reviews

Did you LOVE Gone Girl? Then write a line or two about it on Goodreads. Better yet, have you gotten into indie books lately? Then do those writers a big favor and tell the world what you think! Even if you didn’t love a book, more reviews give other readers a better idea of whether or not they should try it. More importantly, we, as authors, want to hear what you think!

2. Visit Goodreads more often

If one of the criteria is “site activity,” it’s important that you get on Goodreads and demonstrate that you make good use of your account. Goodreads wants to give books to people who will review them on their website, put them on a few lists, and vote in a few polls. Do all of the above and you might move to the top of the list!

3. Add some books to your shelves

If you add books that are in a similar genre to the one you want to win, many people believe it will increase your chances of winning the giveaway.

4. Rate books

If you have books on your “Read” shelf that you haven’t rated yet, rate them now! It’s an easy way to increase your chances of winning.

And the best way to increase your chances of winning a free book? Follow the Art of Spying blog, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. That way, you’ll always know when we are hosting new giveaways!

February Goodreads Giveaway – Five Reasons You Should Enter

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We are giving away five copies of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying through Goodreads in the month of February!

So now you’re asking yourself, why should I enter? Here are just a few reasons:

1. Harry Potter and the Art of Spying has been recommended by potterheads and indie book reviewers from all over the world. Check out this excerpt from Escaping Reality Book Reviews:

The depth and detail was enthralling! You learned immense amounts about the intricate functioning of the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore’s Army, and much more. This book merely expanded upon the genius that is the world of Harry Potter, and made you understand JUST how great it REALLY is.  In addition to that, with many personal stories and real-life events, you get to learn how the muggle world of espionage works, as well! It was a very enlightening read on many levels.

2. The authors, Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest, really engage with the Harry Potter fandom. Check out their interview on Alohomora! here: http://alohomora.mugglenet.com/episode-84-ootp-7-the-names-potter-harry-potter/. Or, take a look at these blog posts from our time at LeakyCon 2014!

3. You will learn something about Harry Potter AND something about the real-life world of espionage. Our readers are high school students, devoted potterheads, and experts from MuggleNet and the Harry Potter Lexicon. All of them have commented that Harry Potter and the Art of Spying surprised them in some way.

4. Do you like discussing what motivates Harry Potter characters with your friends? Do you wonder if invisibility cloaks or DA coins or polyjuice potion exists in real life? Then this book will help resolve some of your innate curiosity!

5. You can ask the authors anything! If you still have questions once you read the book, feel free to email the authors using the contact page on this website!

But how do you win one of the five books? Check back tomorrow for hints and tips to winning a Goodreads Giveaway!