Harry Potter

21 Jul

Harry Potter Parties Delight Fans and Booksellers

Now that hundreds of thousands of cartons of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have been opened, all previous publication-day sales records have been topped, and booksellers have picked the last Bertie Botts jellybean out of their carpets and hung up their sorting hats, many yearn for a few months off.

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12 May

Potter Plans Percolating Aplenty

The Harry Potter phenomenon continues as booksellers use their experience with the previous books in the series to prepare for the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Scholastic) on July 16. Innovative ideas sprout up every day, like so many Abyssinian shrivelfigs.

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28 Apr

Harry Days Are Here Again

When Scholastic's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the penultimate book in J.K. Rowlings' series, materializes in stores on July 16, no frog, owl, broom, or jellybean will be safe. The eve of the laydown dates of the previous Potter books has been magical for many independent bookstores.

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