Germans snap up English-language Harry Potter

18th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2005, BERLIN - Thousands of young German witches and wizards snapped up English-language editions of the new "Harry Potter" book at booksellers nationwide. With the German-language edition not scheduled to appear until October, bilingual readers queued up at English-language bookshops early Saturday to get the book ahead of everybody else in Germany. An estimated 100,000 copies of the English-language edition were shipped to Germany, automatically making the book a bestseller in this country. In Do

18 July 2005

BERLIN - Thousands of young German witches and wizards snapped up English-language editions of the new "Harry Potter" book at booksellers nationwide.

With the German-language edition not scheduled to appear until October, bilingual readers queued up at English-language bookshops early Saturday to get the book ahead of everybody else in Germany.

An estimated 100,000 copies of the English-language edition were shipped to Germany, automatically making the book a bestseller in this country.

In Dortmund, scores of Potter fans costumed as characters in Harry's adventures rushed into the Mayersche bookshop at one minute past one o'clock in the morning - a minute after midnight British time - to buy their copies.

A number of other foreign-language booksellers also held midnight readings. Most, however, opened their doors at usual Saturday trading hours, as was the case at Munich's Hugendubel booksellers on Marienplatz in the heart of the city where about 50 fans gathered.

J.K. Rowling's Potter saga has been translated into 62 languages.

DPA

Subject: German news

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