Re: Harry Potter book 7 avaible for shipping on amazon, release date 7-21-7
With the announcement that JK Rowling has finished writing the final chapter in the Harry Potter series, fans have been going ballistic. Online pre-sales are through the roof, everyone is forming an opinion as to which two characters will meet their ultimate demise, and a support line has been activated for fans who just can't deal with the end of the Harry Potter franchise. To add one more piece of Harry Potter memorabilia to the world, JK Rowling as marked the spot where she finished the seventh and final Harry Potter novel.
USA Today has reported that Rowling left a message in a room at Edinburgh's five star Balmoral Hotel on an antique-style statue. The message, which is sure to attract Potter fans from around the world, reads, "J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room on 11 Jan 2007." The news of the date and location where JK Rowling scratched the final words to one of the most popular book series in history comes just one day after Rowling announced that Harry Potter's final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will reach bookstands on July 21.
While JK Rowling has not herself stated the Balmoral Hotel was the location where she penned the final words of the Harry Potter, Rowling's spokesperson was willing to confirm the rumors. Nicky Stonehill was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "I can confirm she did write some of the book at the Balmoral last month and did complete the book at that hotel." While the Balmoral Hotel does not condone guests writing on hotel property, this case has been granted a special exception. Balmoral Hotel spokesperson Jessica Trotter told the Associated Press that, "Obviously this is quite a unique case. We're honored and flattered she chose the Balmoral as surroundings to do her writing."
With the book being completed three weeks ago, according to the note JK Rowling left in the Balmoral Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is already smashing records. Amazon.com has reported that the first day of advanced orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have exceeded that of its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by a staggering 547 percent. Reuters reports that in the first day of pre-orders, Deathly Hallows exceeded the first two weeks of pre-orders for Half-Blood Prince, which was the sixth novel in the epic series. Amazon.com has said Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince generated a total of 1.5 million pre-orders, and the Harry Potter publisher, Scholastic, has said Half-Blood Prince was the fastest-selling book in U.S. history as it sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours.
The July 21 release date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows means the novel will come out eight days after the fifth movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the lovable Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as his sidekick, Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, is released in theatres. The coupling of the two release dates in sure to create a surge in popularity for the young wizard, whose novels have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide in 64 different languages. While fans await the seventh and final novel with trepidation, James Krasner, a professor of British literature at the University of New Hampshire, has said he believes fans do not have to worry about Harry Potter being one of the two main characters to die. Fosters quoted the professor, who explained, "If you take your kid to see "Shrek" and Shrek ends up being killed in the end, you don't come out saying, 'What an intriguing work of art.' You say, 'I'm really mad! Certain art forms are meant to fulfill, to give gratification."
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