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Nov 22, 2005, 7:50 PM
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But Potter has been her world since second grade and she doesn't know how to replace it. The Potter movies have let her down, only reminding her of how much she loved the books. She's even thought of writing her own fantasy novel, but, again, Potter gets in the way.
Romance has begun entering the air -- perhaps even involving Harry, not to mention his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger -- and so has death. With last weekend's midnight release of "Half-Blood Prince," Pottermania shifted from long lines and costume parties to the quiet, solitary adventure of taking in the new story. Some 9 million copies sold in the first 24 hours, and a good number of those had been completed by the following day. Those lucky to be at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are being treated to a reading by Rowling. Fire dancers are expected to perform in the Changing Hands parking lot in Tempe, Arizona, and a New Orleans, Louisiana, bookstore is co-sponsoring a neighborhood Potter adventure, The Associated Press rep "I'm just trying to think of a really good plot that isn't like Harry Potter," she said. If you're looking for something with teeth, several new books have earned early plaudits -- including two that bite hard. Another thing you can bank on is, we
ll, the bank. Scholastic, Rowling's American publisher, is issuing a first printing of 10.8 million copies, by far a record. By comparison, the last Harry Potter novel, 2003's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was issued with 8.5 million copies, the J.K. Rowling had been warning all along that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth of her world-conquering fantasy series, would include the death of a major character. (See book review.) Her promise was fulfilled, although it didn't make her fans, no matter the age, any more prepar 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. Romance has begun entering the air -- perhaps even involving Harry, not to mention his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger -- and so has death. "My Life" -- a best seller last year -- received a first run of 1.5 million copies. The most anticipated of the bunch arrives July 16 with the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." 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. "I thought the writing style was different. It was darker and more depressing. I liked it better," Coppolo said. "The previous books were more uplifting." "She (Rowling) manages to make some jokes," she said. Potter fans, of course, face a far darker prospect than the departure of a single character. The series itself must end -- Rowling expects to start working on the seventh Potter book at the end of the year.