Kochi (Kerala) : Children dressed up as various characters of the Harry Potter series arrived on horsebacks at a bookshop here early Saturday morning for the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".
The children carried copies of the book to the Ravi bookstore here and a special function was held inside the shop during which the books was taken out from a box amidst huge applause from people who had arrived to buy J.K.Rowling's latest offering.
"The first Potter book sold was lesser copies compared to the approximate 250,000 that are expected to be sold in the country this time. I have taken 5000 copies this time and the response so far is the best we have had in recent times," said D. C. Ravi of Ravi Books, who are distributing the books to all shops in the city.
In Thiruvananthapuram, crowds began queuing up at the Modern Book Shop early morning. The book was officially released after a few sentences were read out from it.
Many children were a bit upset when it was blurted out that Potter will not die in the end.
"This should not have been publicised here, it should have been left to the reader. Now that the suspense is over," said E. Swaroop, a school student.
"These books are totally different and every book in this series had something new unlike other books like this because it has magic has a theme," said another fan.