Pottermania sweeps Germany ahead of launch

30th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 September 2005, HAMBURG - Thousands of delivery service employees worked overtime Friday to deliver two million copies of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to booksellers nationwide ahead of Saturday's official book launch.

30 September 2005

HAMBURG - Thousands of delivery service employees worked overtime Friday to deliver two million copies of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to booksellers nationwide ahead of Saturday's official book launch.

At the stroke of midnight Friday night young Germans will at last be able to read about Professor Dumbledore's dastardly murder at the hands of Professor Severus Snape in the thrilling climax of the sixth instalment in the record-setting Potter book series.

At one courier service alone, 1,500 drivers were called in to deliver books to residents' doorsteps between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m.

In contrast to previous Potter launches, few bookshops planned to open their doors at midnight. But most scheduled extra personnel to handle the throngs during shopping hours on Saturday.

Potter-mania is rife in Germany. When the English-language edition was launched on July 16, Germans snapped up a million copies. That put the English-language edition at the top of the Der Spiegel bestsellers list - ahead of all German-language titles.

DPA

Subject: German news

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