Potter Mania Hits Local Bookstores - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/21/03

Potter Mania Hits Local Bookstores

The witching hour has come and gone, and so is the latest book from the Harry Potter book series. The boy wizard is back, 8.5 million copies of him, which is the largest first printing in history.

Just after midnight on Friday, fantasy became reality for Harry Potter fans as bookstores rang up the first official U.S. sales of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Children and adults lined up for hours at Lubbock bookstores awaiting the stroke of midnight. Barnes and Noble, Walden Books, and Hastings celebrated the event with Harry Potter release parties.

Many store managers say that a large percent of their books were already sold on reserve. The U.S. publisher of the Potter books says that it's too soon to know exactly how many copies of the book have been sold nationwide on Saturday. But stores here in town say they are sold out.

Fans hooked by the four previous bestsellers and the two blockbuster movies had waited three long years for the fifth book. The first four books sold almost 200 million copies world wide, and have been translated into 55 languages in 200 countries.

JK Rowling's first book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was published in 1997. Since then, she has accrued more wealth then even the Queen of England.

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