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19/06/03
Shops Get Ready for Angry Harry
- New Potter book to feature teenage troubles

LONDON bookshops are gearing up for the launch of the new 'angry teenager' Harry Potter book at midnight on Friday night.

Waterstone's flagship store on Piccadilly is hosting perhaps the most glamorous party of all for the publication of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The list of stars set to appear includes Dame Judi Dench, Nigella Lawson, Meera Syal and Sting.

WHSmith is using its Kings Cross branch, at Kings Cross station from where the Potter books' Hogwarts Express departs, to recreate applicable scenes from JK Rowling's best-selling series.

Other shops are to hold Harry Potter fancy dress events and hundreds of stores are due to stay open until past midnight as Potter fans queue to get a copy of the latest, fifth, instalment of the series about the boy-wizard.

The Order of the Phoenix is the longest of the five books, weighing in at some 766 pages, and Rowling says her hero "is very angry - he's angry for most of the book."

The source of his anger is yet to be completely revealed, but it is clear girl-trouble plays a part. "It is a very confusing time," said Rowling. "He doesn't understand how girls' minds work. Poor Harry!"




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