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Barnes & Noble Invites Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Fans to “Explore the Magic” Event Celebrating the Wizarding World on November 17

November 7, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Barnes & Noble, Inc.(NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced a special event in stores nationwide to “Explore the Magic” and celebrate the Wizarding World, in honor of the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. On Saturday, November 17, beginning at 2 PM, stores across the country will invite fans to participate in activities including a Harry Potter-themed pop-up book activity, a LEGO ® group building challenge, cosplay, and a photo opportunity with a special movie backdrop.

“We are thrilled to share in the excitement of the new Fantastic Beasts screenplay and the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures movie with Wizarding World fans across the country with this special event and great offers,” said Stephanie Fryling, Vice President of Merchandising, Children’s Books, at Barnes & Noble. “Our booksellers always enjoy celebrating the exhilaration of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies and movie tie-in books, and we look forward to sharing this special event with fans.”

One day after the November 16 theatrical release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Barnes & Noble will host fans for various activities, giveaways and photo opportunities including:

Creating a take-home Hedwig pop-up to celebrate Insight Editions newly released Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts by Matthew Reinhart A LEGO Fantastic Beasts group building challenge A photo opportunity in front of an exciting movie backdrop Wizarding World-themed trivia and coloring activities Dress-up and cosplay with 10% off wearables the day of the event Wizarding World giveaways, including a Fantastic Beasts movie poster and mini book kits brought to you by Running Press, while supplies last.

“We know how much our customers love our new, exclusive and fan-favorite Wizarding World-related toys, games, and wearables, which is why we are bringing in, for one day only, a limited supply of our Exclusive Harry Potter LEGO Mini Figure Black Friday offer,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “This way, customers who love LEGO & Harry Potter can get the first chance at this highly coveted and collectible gift with purchase.”

Barnes & Noble’s in-store only exclusives and promotions on Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts -related items in November include:

A $10 reward card with the purchase of Scholastic’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay (11/16 to 11/21) Free set of four exclusive LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures with any LEGO purchase of $75 or more, while supplies last (11/17, and then again on Black Friday) Special offers on select Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts wands and wearables such as the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter Glasses, and Dobby Ears (11/17) Special offers on the new Jelly Belly Harry Potter Inspired Chocolate Wands (11/17) and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans (11/1 to 12/31) Free WREBBIT3D™ Harry Potter Ford Anglia™ Puzzle w/ the purchase of a Harry Potter WREBBIT3D Puzzle (11/17)

Customers can sign up for this special event online at BN.com, or by speaking with a knowledgeable bookseller at their local Barnes & Noble. They can also read more about the event at BN.com/ExploreTheMagic, and shop from a wide selection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products on BN.com.

Fans can join the conversation on TwitterInstagramPinterest, Snapchat (bnsnaps) and  Facebook, using the hashtags, #BNHarryPotter #FantasticBeasts and #WandsReady.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 629 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com ( www.bn.com ). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK ® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store ®. The NOOK Store ( www.nook.com ) features digital books, periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps ™ available for Android ™, iOS ® and Windows ®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble ®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers ® and Barnes & Noble.com ® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK ® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The ensemble cast is led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers. Opening on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

About The Wizarding World

More than two decades ago, a young Harry Potter was whisked onto Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, and readers everywhere were swept along with him into a magical universe, created by J.K. Rowling. In the years since, the seven Harry Potter bestsellers have inspired eight blockbuster movies, an award-winning stage play, and, more recently, the successful start of the Fantastic Beasts five-film franchise. People of all ages have been enthralled by these extraordinary adventures, set within an ever-widening shared universe, inspired by the vision of J.K. Rowling.

For today’s growing worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, the Wizarding World welcomes everyone to explore more of this magical universe—past, present and future. The Wizarding World also provides fans with an instant, trusted kite-mark of quality and authenticity.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

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Corporate Communications

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