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Potter mania takes book stores by storm

Staff Reporter

Last in the series of J.K. Rowling’s books on the young wizard sold out

– Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

First-comer advantage: Two children reading the last book in the Harry Potter series at a bookshop in the city.

Hyderabad: The most awaited book of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is here and what else could be more exciting for fans of the young wizard who waited impatiently outside book stores early in the morning, waiting to grab a copy.

Speculations, rumours and debates have finally come to an end as the ‘Potterheads’ in the city rushed to their nearest book store to grab a copy of the final book in the Harry Potter series.

Diehard fans of ‘the boy who lived’ waited impatiently until shops opened at 5 a.m. in the morning. Eagerly waiting for the book release, one could see the excitement of the fans who had gotten up early just to be in time for the launch.

Those who pre-ordered the book three months in advance lined up at the counters, grabbed their copies and started reading elatedly.

For Indraneil, a student of engineering, it was months of waiting patiently, following up developments over the net, going through speculations, sites and forums of the final book in the series. “I just couldn’t wait to get the book and I wanted to be the first person to get the last book of the series,” he said. Even parents who accompanied their children bought separate copies for themselves and started reading the book over a cup of coffee at Crossword, a book store. Silence spawned after a few minutes of the release as one could see people sitting all over the place reading the book with utmost concentration. “The number of pre-ordered copies across India is 11,000 and at Hyderabad, we ran out of books within two hours of opening sales,” said Crossword manager Md. Faheenuddin.

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