SOURCE: Virgin Entertainment Group North America

July 16, 2007 09:00 ET

Virgin Megastore Times Square Celebrates Latest "Harry Potter" Book With Night of Events on the Eve of Its Release

New York City Virgin Megastore Prepares for Hot Harry Potter Release With Pre-Sale, Contests and a Late Night In-Store Event Featuring Illusionist Paul Carpenter

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - **UPCOMING EVENT**

WHAT:      Hogwarts comes to Virgin Megastore, Times Square in celebration
           of JK Rowling's long awaited release "Harry Potter and the
           Deathly Hollows." Visit the Virgin Megastore for a night of
           magic as the store is transformed into Hogwarts Academy.
           Customers are encouraged to dress in character for the costume
           contest and will be entertained while waiting for the midnight
           sale to begin by Professor Dumbledore and the Sorting Hat.
           "Ripley's Believe or Not" featured Illusionist, Paul Carpenter
           will perform grand illusions involving swords, sightless vision
           and an unusual ability to bend silverware with his mind.

           EVENTS START AT 10 PM

WHERE:     Virgin Megastore/Times Square
           New York City

INFO:      Watch the Harry Potter films on our Jumbo Tron. Joining us at
           11:00 PM will be illusionist Paul Carpenter to perform illusions
           and magic tricks. From Houston to Miami to New York City and
           LA, Paul Carpenter has performed his own brand of magical
           artistry in dozens of venues across the US. A finalist in
           VH1's "In Search of the Partridge Family," Paul is best known
           for his fork bending psycho-kinetic abilities and is the
           international record holder for the Standing Straight Jacket

           For more information on the event and pre-sales of the Harry
           Potter release go to