You wanna be cool, muggles? Drink Coke.
Warner Bros. has picked the Coca-Cola Co. as its sole
promotional partner for the upcoming movie "Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone," the soft drink giant and studio announced
The deal will put $150 million of Coke marketing muscle behind
the film as part of a global campaign tied to the movie's Nov. 16
"It was tremendously important that we create a partnership
that would have the ability to globally support the power and magic
of Harry Potter," said Brad Ball, president of domestic marketing
at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The ad campaign will include the placement of Harry
Potter-related images on Coca-Cola, Minute Maid and Hi-C packaging.
It won't, however, extend to product placement in the movie or
images of Harry drinking Coke.
The campaign also will abandon common promotional gimmicks for
movies geared to children, such as sweepstakes and giveaways
through fast-food chains. Instead, literacy will be stressed.
"The key to our plan will be about relationships, local
communities, connecting with people one-on-one and looking at the
things we traditionally do in a whole new way." said Tom Long,
Coca-Cola division president for Great Britain and Ireland.
The film, based on the first of author J.K. Rowling's
best-selling children's novels, stars 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe
as the child wizard and Richard Harris as his mentor, Professor
In the story, Harry discovers he is among a select group of
wizards when he is invited to a world kept secret from non-magical
people, known derisively as muggles.