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Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

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Fifth Harry Potter Due on June 21
LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter fans will get a weighty fifth installment in J.K. Rowling’s series about a boy wizard when "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is released on June 21, her publishers said on Wednesday.
Bloomsbury of Britain and Scholastic of the United States said the manuscript has finally been delivered for the book, which will be a third longer than the series' fourth installment, the 734-page "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Potter fans have had to wait three years for "Order of the Phoenix," now set for release in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia and other countries on the same June Saturday.
"Goblet of Fire," published in July 2000, was the fastest-selling book in history on the first weekend of its publication. Movie versions of the series' first two books, which adapted Rowlings' world of witches and wizards living in a world hidden to ordinary humans (known as Muggles) for the big screen, have grossed more than $1.7 billion.
"We expect it to be as popular as the previous four, and it will probably be more expensive and have higher margins (because of its size)," said SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Frank Gristina.
MUGGLE SHARES RISE
Shares of Bloomsbury and Scholastic climbed on Wednesday as investors were relieved that the book's release was on the horizon at last. The series makes up a substantial portion of the publishers' revenues.
Since "Goblet of Fire" was published, Rowling has gotten married and is pregnant. Her baby is due this spring.
"The risk was that she is due to deliver her child in February, and if she hadn't gotten the manuscript in before that then the book might have been delayed," said Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Rich Fine.
"It's always good to have a title in the summer -- you're catching kids during summer break and that's when they do their pleasure reading," Fine added. "Luckily my kids aren't at the stage any more where I needed to FedEx (the books) to them at summer camp."
Bloomsbury's stock rose 27-1/2 pence, or 4 percent, to 720 pence on the London Stock Exchange. Scholastic shares were up $2.88, or 8.34 percent, to $37.41 in late-afternoon Nasdaq trading, on a day when most U.S. media stocks were in negative territory.
"We knew the book was coming but the timing was not set," said Gristina. "Publishers trade on a multiple of forward earnings; now Scholastic can trade on Harry Potter earnings."
GLOBAL APPEAL
The British bookseller Waterstone's said that within two hours of the announcement "the interest has been phenomenal."
Like "Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix" is being released on a Saturday. So eager fans will not have to miss a day off school or work to buy the new book.
By then, most will likely know the first few sentences -- "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive." -- by heart.
All four Harry Potter books -- "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," as well as "Goblet of Fire" -- are still on bestseller lists around the world.
For Scholastic Corp., a New York-based publisher of children's and educational books and the top operator of book fairs in U.S. schools, Potter has been a huge success.
The four titles generated combined U.S. hardcover and paperback sales of about 80 million copies, Scholastic spokeswoman Judy Corman said. It was their dominance of the U.S. fiction market that prompted the New York Times to launch a bestseller list for children's titles.
"In fiscal 2001 when this title peaked, it contributed $200 million in sales ... about 10 percent of their total sales" Merrill Lynch analyst Fine said. That year, the fourth title was published in hardcover and the second title in paperback.
The success of the series has also been a significant driver for Scholastic's stock, which topped out at nearly $57 in April 2002, up nearly three-fold during the main run of the first four books.
But the company's bottom line and stock price have suffered in recent quarters as the "Order of the Phoenix" launch was pushed back into Scholastic's fiscal year 2004, beginning this June 1. (Additional reporting by Adam Pasick in New York)


Fifth 'Potter' Book Set for June Release
LONDON (AP) — More Muggles mania is expected after J.K. Rowling's publishers announced that her fifth book about wide-eyed junior wizard Harry Potter will be published in Britain, the United States and several other countries on June 21.
Much anticipated, and somewhat delayed, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is 768 pages long, and by word count one-third longer than its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," published in 2000.
That's just about all that was revealed in a joint statement Wednesday from Britain's Bloomsbury Publishers and Scholastic Children's Books in the United States. Details of Harry's latest adventure remain as secret as the whereabouts of Diagon Alley, where Harry famously buys his wizard supplies.
But young fans were delighted.
"I am so excited — it has been much too long since the last one," said 10-year-old Phillip Weekes, who heard the news as he came out of his primary school near Bishop's Stortford, 30 miles north of London. "I'll buy it as soon as it comes out."
"Cool," said his friend, Alexandra Ball, 11. "I am dying to know what's in it."
The plot remains a mystery, but the publisher did reveal how the book begins: "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. ...The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four."
And youngsters will have a few months to ponder what Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore means when he tells Harry, some pages on, "It is time ... for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.'"
Rowling's books have served as rebuttals to those who predict the death of reading. Kids anticipate a new Potter the way teenagers once hurried out to buy Beatles records. Within hours of Wednesday's announcement, the new book was No. 1 on Amazon.com, months ahead of its release date.
Fans have pestered book sellers and obsessed on Web sites about the next installment. Hunger for news about Potter V drove an American collector to pay more than $45,000 last month for a card full of clues about the plot that contained 93 words, including "Ron," "broom" and "sacked."
Kids aren't alone in celebrating Wednesday's news. Publishers, too, are elated. The industry endured its slowest holiday season in years, with many complaining about the lack of a "must-have" book to get shoppers in stores. Few books are more "must-have" than a Harry Potter story.
"It's an emotional lift, something to drive business and put books back in the news," said Carl Lennertz, publisher and program director of BookSense, a national marketing campaign for indepedent bookstores in the United States.
Some fans may have to squint through the "Order of Phoenix." One reason for all those pages is that publishers have used a smaller type. "The last book was pretty chunky, and we wanted to prevent this one being too big," said Bloomsbury spokeswoman Rosamund de la Hey.
When the book failed to make it into print last year, as expected, there was speculation that Rowling — now one of Britain's richest women — was suffering from writer's block. She denied it, but the book has taken far longer to complete than its predecessors, published every year from 1997.
With readers eager to hear about Harry's meetings with monsters and Muggles (non-magic people), and his fast-moving games of quidditch (a sort of aerial hockey played on flying broomsticks), booksellers now anticipate another bonanza. After all, fans stood in line at bookstores to be first to buy previous volumes.
"With the amount of interest and excitement surrounding Harry Potter, we expect the interest in advance reservations to be enormous," said Lesley Miles of book chain Waterstone's. "We know Harry's fans can't wait to get a copy of the new volume." In Britain, it is possible to reserve books in advance.
Rowling's four published titles have sold an estimated 192 million copies worldwide in hard and soft cover, and the books have been published in at least 55 languages and distributed in more than 200 countries. The first two books have been adapted into hit movies.

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  • here are some quotes from HP and tOotP

    "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive...The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four."


    "Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.' "


    i'm so excited!!!!!
  • well look at that.

    jellybeans21 naunahan mo lang ako by 2 minutes. anyway good to know na nde lang ako ang excited. i'm sure tulog pa yung ibang potterheads.

    anyway magkaiba naman yung mga articles natin.

    hey operator, you could just merge these 2 threads okay.

    thanks.
  • :bounce2::bounce:
  • WaGGyWaGGy PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    YEHEY!!!!!!!


    I can't wait....
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