Lismore Book Warehouse manager Sarah Jones (left) and assistant Luisa Sanetti try out the costumes they will wear when Harry Po
Lismore Book Warehouse manager Sarah Jones (left) and assistant Luisa Sanetti try out the costumes they will wear when Harry Po

Harry Potter casts his latest spell

By MARY MANN

SARAH Jones does not have the magical skills of Harry Potter, but she is an old hand at donning a pointy wizard's hat.

The manager at The Book Warehouse in Lismore is just one of thousands of Northern Rivers residents who are wringing their hands in anticipation of the seventh and final in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, to be released on July 21.

It is expected the release will be the biggest yet. Book stores throughout the North Coast have already received thousands of requests for the book, with many locals putting their orders in more than three months ago.

"We've already sold 100 pre-paid vouchers for copies of the book, and we expect heaps more in the next couple of months," Ms Jones said.

"Everyone is Harry Potter crazy. And it's not just the kids, it's males and females of all ages."

The Book Warehouse team will be dressing up as witches and wizards for the release, as they did when book six was released in 2005.

And in Byron Bay, at Byron Books, Carmel Peters and the team will also be partaking in a bit of fancy dress on July 21.

"It will probably be our biggest day of the year," she said.

"The plots are exciting and there are so many twists and turns, which is why the stories appeal to a broad audience."

Many local stores will call in extra staff to serve the rush of customers on the day.



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