Saturday, 21 Jul, 2007 Offbeat

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Saturday, 00:00 - Sales Start


The second most awaited event of this summer worldwide, after the iPhone, is the last book of adventures of Harry Potter and his friends.

The sales of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" began on Friday night. Fans in America, England, Australia, Peru and Ireland were eager to find out what the adventure will end with. But first they had to get the book.

John Howells, spokesman at Waterstone's, London's Piccadilly, said that the fans were expected to appear only on Friday night, on the day of the sales start, but they were there two days before the vent. They even had to stand some time under a heavily pouring rain in a miles' queue. People, who stood in the queue for an iPhone, probably understand best, what it is like, wanting something very badly.

Young people from Canada and Netherlands where among the first to get the book and the only thing they dreamt of after taking the prize in the hands was to get to their rooms and start reading as quickly as possible.

People at Waterstone's presume that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be sold at a number of 3 million copies across all bookstores within 24 hours. This should make Harry Potter most wanted hero of all times.

The author of the book, JK Rowling, also made her appearance on the day of sales start: she was reading excerpts of Harry Potter's adventures in London's Natural History Museum.

Unfortunately, there were some unpleasant moments accompanying the event: some delivery trucks were stuck in traffic because of a heavy rain, thus some bookstores might have experienced shortage in Harry Potter books.

However, all concerns have been taken to provide as many children with the Harry Potter books as possible. The most distant bookstore in Britain at Lock Croispol in Sutherland received 36 copies of the book, despite the fact that only 20 children live there.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the 7th adventure of the young magician, and apparently, the last. Many readers will be disappointed with its ending, but everything comes to an end sometimes. JK Rowling said the book was the most dark, as some heroes will die; yet good moments are also the most intense in this novel.

Since Harry Potter started his first adventure 10 years have past. There were 325 million copies of the book sold, they were translated into 64 languages, and 5 popular movies were filmed, based on his adventures.

Another interesting fact about the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is that a young lady, Ann Jones, has read it in only 47 minutes(!). No wonder she IS the world's fastest reading person.

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