Can you guess Harry?s secret?
By LEONIE BRANN
STEVEY-LEE GINGER thinks she knows the secret to the sixth Harry Potter book.
After spending most of her free time reading one of the other five Potter books, the 17-year-old from Byron Bay reckons she will have read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before the weekend was out.
The sixth book of the boy wizard fantasy series by JK Rowling is being released internationally, under a cloak of secrecy, todayzat exactly 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Stevey and fellow Potter-head Joe Weiley, 13, of Seven Mile Beach, think they know the secret that has been guarded about the new book.
"I think the halfblood prince will be a new character, maybe the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher," Stevey-Lee said.
"JK Rowling has given hints on her official website, and on muggle net, where the fans talk on the internet, we all think it won't be Harry, that will be too cliched."
Joe concurred. The Byron High student was the first to sign up for a pre-sale copy of the book from Book City Byron Bay, and for his efforts he was given a free ticket to attend a Magicians Breakfast to celebrate the launch.
"I was the first to sign up for the book, I had to have it," said Joe who put his name down for the book in April.
"Harry is older in this book so I think it will be interesting to see what happens," she said.
Book City Byron Bay has pre-sold about 150 copies of the book and gave the first 50 readers a free invitation to attend the breakfast at Earth and Sea Pizza in Byron Bay this morning.
About 150 Potter fans will dress the part with pointy hats and wands and share wizard's pizzas and slurp on magic potion drinks at the break- fast from 8am.