Pottermania hits local bookstores
By RACHEL AFFLICK
THEY arrived during the week under the cover of secrecy.
But today, at 9.01am, copies of the final Harry Potter book will go on sale at Northern Rivers Coast bookstores.
Dymocks Lismore owner Richard Adams expected up to 100 fans to be waiting at the door when the bookstore opens at 9.01am Eastern Standard Time, the moment when the worldwide embargo on the much awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is lifted.
"With past Harry Potter books we've had kids waiting outside the shop a couple of hours before we open," Mr Adams said.
The Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final Harry Potter book.
It reportedly holds the answers to the big questions that have been raised throughout the series, such as what will happen to Harry and whether he will survive against Voldemort.
Boxes of the books have been locked away at the Dymocks store since Tuesday, with staff members having to sign strict agreements not to touch them until the embargo lifts.
But if you haven't pre-ordered your copy of the Deathly Hallows you may have to wait.
All the copies available through Dymocks sold out two weeks ago. Mr Adams said they had started taking pre-orders three months in advance. "We will be getting more in," he said.
Around the world the books will go on sale at exactly the same time, which means UK fans will have to stay up until midnight to get their hands on the first copies.
If pre-orders are anything to go by, the book has proven popular with children and adults alike.
"It's been an intriguing book because Harry has grown up with the kids that started reading Harry Potter One," Mr Adams said.
"It's not kids any more who are pre-ordering them." This year marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.