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Nov 19, 2005, 2:10 PM
Scholastic, the book's American publisher, is printing a record 10.8 million copies of "Prince." That dwarfs the previous record of 8.5 million copies boasted by the book's predecessor, 2003's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
The New York buyer said she would return the book; in the Canadian case, a judge ordered purchasers to avoid disclosing the plot if they wouldn't return their copies. According to some reports, they were even told not to read it. "I love his work," she said. "I'm planning on setting up a tent outside the bookstore to get his book." Romance has begun entering the air -- perhaps even involving Harry, not to mention his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger -- and so has death. "She (Rowling) manages to make some jokes," she said. "The awful betrayal!" said Katie Oxman, 13, of New Canaan, Connecticut, just minutes after reading the climax. It was so shocking, she said, she screamed out to her father. They had become attached to the characters over the years, worrying and rooting for them during difficult times. city limits, though good luck ordering a pizza there.) The scene is likely to repeat itself at midnight local time in the United States and Canada, and fans are snapping up the book in spectacular fashion. eller last year -- received a first run of 1.5 million copies. And Rowling, who a decade ago was an unemployed single mother writing the first Potter book in an Edinburgh cafe, is now believed to be the richest woman in Britain, worth an estimated $1 billion. Potter Web site MuggleNet even offers a page of rumor debunkings, including "[Hogwarts Headmaster] Dumbledore is not a relative of Harry," "Harry Potter will not be the new Minister of Magic" and "There will be no character named Icicle."