Potter fans clamber to get new book

PUBLISHED: 12:22 26 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

POTTER mania arrived in Ely at midnight on Saturday at Burrows Bookshop. On both sides of the Atlantic, 11 million copies of the seventh and final book were sold in the first 24 hours of it hitting the shelves. Annabelle Reddick of Burrows said: “It was m

POTTER mania arrived in Ely at midnight on Saturday at Burrows Bookshop. On both sides of the Atlantic, 11 million copies of the seventh and final book were sold in the first 24 hours of it hitting the shelves. Annabelle Reddick of Burrows said: "It was m

POTTER mania arrived in Ely on Saturday. The city s Burrows Book Shop had people queuing round the block to buy the latest and final instalment of the Harry Potter saga - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Annabelle Reddick of Burrows said: Although 1

Enjoying the launch party of the Harry Potter book at Burrows bookshop. Photograph Patrick and Gilly Photography.

POTTER mania arrived in Ely on Saturday. The city's Burrows Book Shop had people queuing round the block to buy the latest and final instalment of the Harry Potter saga - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

Annabelle Reddick of Burrows said: "Although 110 people had reserved tickets, many more turned up on the night. It was great fun everyone took so much effort, children and adults alike came in fancy dress."

The winner of our Ely Standard Harry Potter competition was Andrew Bosworth-Daft, 10, of Red Cow and Bells Drove in Littleport. He won a copy of the new book and a framed photograph of Harry Potter.

Those who attended were treated to a potions class, instead of musical statues they played 'petrified potter' and 'what's the time Professor Lupin?'.

Andrew Bosworth-Daft. Photograph by Geoff Durrant

Annabelle said: "At midnight, we had a story-telling session of the last chapter of book six, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. When it ended, a box of new books was delivered to the shop by a mysterious headless woman!"

The children all left with goodie bags clutching a copy of the new book.

The book was discounted in many stores, particularly some of the leading supermarkets where it was sold for just £5.

Annabelle commented: "I was really worried last week when I saw this in the news, but I was thrilled that everyone turned up, and more, I think people are beginning to realise that we need to shop locally.

The wizards – Francesca, Hugo and Shoshana.

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