Thursday, February 01, 2007


The newest Harry Potter book arrives July 21!

I'm so excited by this news for a number of reasons: because I am an avowed JK Rowling fan, because I love the idea of bloggers receiving press releases along with the MSM, and because I'm lucky enough to be on a publisher's mailing list. How could I not share this information with you?

Sadly, I don't have time to craft a proper post out of it, so I'll just reprint the press release verbatim:

Canadian publication announcement for the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series by J. K.Rowling

(Vancouver, February 1, 2007): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling will be published around the world in the English language on Saturday, July 21st ,2007.
The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series will be available across Canada at one minute past midnight local time on July 21st.

Raincoast will be publishing the children’s hardback edition (ISBN: 978-1-55192-976-7) and an adult hardback edition (ISBN: 978-1-55192-978-1). The books will sell at a suggested retail price of $45.00 CDN.

In making the announcement, J. K. Rowling’s Canadian joint publishing partners, Raincoast Books and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, said they are delighted at the prospect of publishing this most anticipated of books.

2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Harry Potter series has gone on to sell 325 million copies worldwide and been translated into 64 languages. The most recent book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold 650,000 copies in the Canada on the first weekend of its release in 2005, making it the fastest-selling book of all time. All six Harry Potter books have been number one bestsellers around the world.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is embargoed until 12:01 AM local time on Saturday July 21st , 2007 across all Canadian time zones.

Edited to add: if you want to see Harry Potter as you've never quite imagined him, check out this article in the London Telegraph (and the accompanying photograph - don't miss the photograph!) about Daniel Radcliffe's latest thespian adventure, naked on a London stage. Yowza! Now I know how Beloved feels when he talks about feeling like a dirty old man when he watches the perky young things on Hi-5. I think I need a cold shower...