Daily Record (England), Jan. 17, 2003
Demand for the is set to break all records after internet bookshop Amazon revealed it had taken 30,000 orders in the first 24 hours.
Even though Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not due out until June 21, thousands ordered the book as soon as the release date was announced.
Amazon.co.uk had so many orders that JK Rowling’s book – the fifth in the series – topped both the adults and children’s “Hot 100″ lists.
The website is taking orders to guarantee delivery to customers upon release and at half of the £16.99 recommended price.
The fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, received 65,000 pre- orders on Amazon.
That record is likely to be broken easily this time round.
Apart from the 30,000 who have already ordered a copy, a further 110,000 Amazon customers had asked to be notified of the release date as soon as it was known.
The website’s managing director, Robin Terrell, said: “Our customers are incredibly excited about the fifth Harry Potter book.”
While internet fans were rejoicing, real witches were furious that the release date coincides with the summer solstice.
On that day, real-life witches perform ceremonies to celebrate the longest day of the year, including one at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
Kevin Carlyon, a white witch, said: “I think there’s a good chance the book could be cursed.”
A spokesman for publisher Bloomsbury said: “The date was not chosen to cause any offence to witches.”