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!

The Daily Prophet and the Deathly Hallows


Going Underground:

The Daily Prophet under Ministry control, Potterwatch Begins, and The Quibbler Quibbles

In the final book, the Daily Prophet serves many uses, depending on who is in control of the paper at the time. For example, Professor Charity Burbage successfully publishes a spirited defense of half-bloods. However, she is then captured, tortured, and murdered at Voldemort’s hands in the Malfoys’ home (DH 12).

The paper also contains a positive obituary of Dumbledore written by a longtime friend (DH 15–20) and an interview with Rita Skeeter about her forthcoming negative book on Dumbledore (DH 22–28). Both perspectives become integral aspects of Harry’s rocky journey toward making his own choices and mistakes.

We also learn from the Daily Prophet that Harry is now “sought for questioning” about Dumbledore’s death (DH 207). The Daily Prophet announces the “Muggle-born Register” (DH 208) and that Professor Snape has been selected as Hogwarts’s new Headmaster (DH 225). In addition, the Daily Prophet informs our three good friends, who are on the run, that Hermione is “on the list of Muggle-borns who didn’t present themselves for interrogation” (DH 231). A picture from the Daily Prophet of Harry, Ron, and Hermione escaping from Gringotts on the back of a dragon is later used by the Snatchers to determine that they have just captured Hermione and Harry (DH 451).Without access to other forms of information, the Daily Prophet, no matter how corrupt and biased, provides vital open source intelligence to the Trio.

Once again, Harry is personally attacked as “Undesirable Number One” (DH 252, 315, 525), complete with wanted posters bearing his picture. Once Voldemort is in control of the Ministry of Magic, nothing in the Daily Prophet can be considered credible. Once again, the alternative newspaper, The Quibbler, attempts to describe what is really going on (DH 299). But once Luna is taken by a group of Death Eaters, Mr. Lovegood is forced to attack Harry publicly in his paper (DH 419).

So another means is adopted to get the truth out— and Potterwatch, a radio program, is born (DH 437). This underground source of intelligence deserves more attention that we typically give it. Complete with code names, secret locations, and magical passwords, the makers of Potterwatch used every spy craft tool at their disposal to counteract Voldemort’s Daily Prophet propaganda.

Guess the man behind the curtain…er, I mean, code name:





What password do Ron, Harry, and Hermione use to listen to their first Potterwatch?*

Potterwatch Quotes (Courtesy of the Harry Potter Lexicon):

“. . . [we] apologize for our temporary absence from the airwaves, which was due to a number of house calls in our area by those charming Death Eaters.”

“ . . .  it’s one short step from ‘Wizards first’ to ‘Purebloods first,’ and then to ‘Death Eaters.’ . . . We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

“I suppose it helps, when escaping from Death Eaters, if you’ve got a sixteen-foot-high half brother?” . . .
“It would tend to give you an edge . . . ”
River and Romulus discussing Hagrid’s escape from arrest


*Answers will be revealed on tomorrow’s blog!