J.K. Rowling Announces “Deathly Hallows” Plans!

Jo Rowling has updated her website with her plans for the release of Book 7. According to Bloomsbury:

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on 21st July 2007, J.K. Rowling will be signing the night away at the Natural History Museum in London.

Ten years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the launch of this, the final book in the series, returns to where it all began: with a book, the author and her readers.

1,700 fans will have the opportunity to meet J.K. Rowling and have their book signed at the Natural History Museum. The first 500 randomly selected winners will attend the midnight reading with J.K. Rowling. The subsequent signing is expected to last until dawn. Every ticket holder will receive a free book from Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tickets to the event are free and will be available by an online draw from 23rd May. The deadline for applicants is 11th June. To apply for tickets visit Bloomsbury’s website.

US residents can apply at scholastic.com. Other English-speaking publishers may also be allotted tickets; keep an eye on their websites (for the US).

Jo says, “It has been a long time since I’ve done a signing and had the chance to speak to readers individually, so I’m delighted that we are launching the book in this way. It will be wonderful for me to get the chance to speak to people who have already read a few chapters while in the queue!

Good luck if you’re applying for tickets, and if you’re successful, I’ll see you shortly after midnight on July 21st!”

UPDATE: Good news! Raincoast is now offering one Canadian fan a chance to also participate in this event! Thanks to Shoshana for the tip.