21 July

So much for all of my predictions, and 21 July it is for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, according to JK Rowling. Let the Pottermania begin: Half Blood Prince sold almost seven million copies on the first night…I would be awfully surprised if Deathly Hallows didn’t top it. The sales certainly will: the list price is $34.99, which is the highest I’ve ever seen for a children’s paperback. This had better be one thick-ass book, is all I’m saying.

According to Rowling’s accouncement on her website, the book: “will be published on Saturday 21st July at 00:01 BST in the UK and at 00:01 in the USA. It will also be released at 00:01 BST in other English speaking countries around the world.” So, apparently, readers in Hawaii will have to wait 11 hours after it is released in Britain to get their hands on a copy, but Canadians get it when it’s midnight in Britain. No fair! We’re a former colony too!

[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]