- Title: UK: FOURTH HARRY POTTER ADVENTURE HITS UK BOOKSHELVES
- Date: 7th July 2000
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 7, 2000) (REUTERS) EXT EXTERIOR WATERSTONE'S BOOK SHOP WITH WESTMINISTER CITY SCHOOL SCHOOLBOYS SEATED OUTSIDE MV BOYS HOLD UP CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF HARRY POTTER CHARACTER (3 SHOTS) SV SOUNDBITE (English) SCHOOLBOY: (ANSWERING QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HE THINKS THE PLOT OF THE NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK WILL CONTAIN "Well, my guess is the dragon causes destruction near Harry Potter." SV SOUNDBITE (English) ANOTHER SCHOOLBOY: "In the fourth book I am expecting a good story, lots of adventure and entertainment." MV HARRY POTTER BOOKS ALREADY AVAILABLE ON RACK BOYS LOOKING AT HARRY POTTER BOOKS ALREADY AVAILABLE SV SOUNDBITE (English) SCHOOLBOY "My favourite character as to be Harry Potter and his friends because they are always so exciting, doing a different thing in each story. Quiddich matches are brilliant. I really enjoy those and I like the endings because it is always what's been going on and then you find out at the end , so that is really good." PAN BOOKS ON RACK TO SCHOOLBOYS AND WATERSTONE'S EMPLOYEE TOM SURREY, WHO IS DRESSED AS A WIZARD SV SOUNDBITE (English) SURREY: "I imagine it will be phenomenally successful A lot of people have been waiting a very long time for this and there are a lot of Harry Potter fans out there waiting with bated breath for this moment." SV SOUNDBITE (English) WESTMINISTER CITY SCHOOLTEACHER JO CLIPSHAM: "I would think that anything that encourages boys to read is a step in the right direction." SLV SCHOOLBOYS BY POSTER PROMOTING NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK CU POSTER PROMOTING NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK SLV SCHOOLBOYS POSE WITH CARDBOARD CUTOUTS OF HARRY POTTER (2 SHOTS)
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- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: The fourth Harry Potter adventure, which hits the bookshelves shortly after midnight on Friday, has already broken Internet sales records, as schoolchildren prepare to queue for copies of the fourth book in the hugely popular series by Edinburgh-based author J.K. Rowling.
London book packaging staff worked through the night to get orders ready for shipping before publication on Saturday (July 8) of Harry Potter's latest wizard adventure, which has already become the biggest seller in the history of online book sales, according to Amazon.Co.UK.
On Friday (July 7), Steve Frazier, head of Amazon.Co.UK said the new book, entitled Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", is the single biggest selling title the internet company has ever dealt with. He said that since Thursday night the company had taken 65,000 orders for customers who wanted the new book delivered on Saturday, the day of its release.
Devotees of Harry Potter will be forming queues on Friday night at Waterstones book stores in the United Kingdom to ensure that they pick up the latest record-breaking adventure as it finally hits bookshelves.
Relying on experience of reading the previous Harry Potter books, children throughout the world, and many adult afficionados too, are expecting lots of adventure and entertainment from the new book.
Waterstones bookseller Tomm Surrey, who was on hand at a central London Waterstones store on Friday, said he expected book sales to be phenomenal because of the success of the previous Harry Potter books.
Scottish author J.K. Rowling has captured young imaginations around the globe with her tales of a geeky teenager's adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The first three Harry Potter books sold 30 million copies and have been translated into 31 languages.
Young readers will have plenty to enjoy in the latest book, Edinburgh-based Joanne Rowling wrote up to 10 hours a day so she could finish the latest saga which, at 640 pages, is one of the longest children's books ever written.
Rowling said on Friday that she had found the hype surrounding the launch of the fourth Harry Potter book extremely stressful. But she said she was looking forward to events at London's King's Cross Station on Saturday, when children will be able to see a train decorated to look like the schoolchildren's transport train which features in her books.
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