Potter mania strikes at dawn


New Delhi : Snaking queues, excited faces and an electric atmosphere. For the thousands of Potter fans across the country the moment they have been long waiting for has finally arrived – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", the seventh edition of the Harry Potter series, has been released early Saturday morning.

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Book shops opened at 6.30 a.m. to cash in on the Potter mania as parents and children lined up to buy what its author J.K. Rowling said was the final edition of the Potter series.

For the staff of Penguin India, the publishing house that represents the Harry Potter series here, the build-up to the excitement started the night before.

"Most of us stayed back in the office at night feeding on the sixth edition book of Harry Potter and all the Potter movies," Hemali Sodhi, the chief spokesperson of Penguin India, told IANS.

"Harry Potter is a phenomenon and we are proud to be a part of the glorious publishing moment. Till yesterday morning, the booking for the book was 2,40,000 but by evening it crossed the 2,50,000 mark," Sodhi said.

Shagufta Rehman, a 19-year-old college student who was among the Potter fans to have lined up for the book at the Oxford Book Store in the capital, said that she could not sleep at night because of the excitement.

"Last year, the sixth edition Potter book sold 100,000 copies on the first day of its release in India. This time we are sure it will smash all records," said Sodhi.