Discount on Potter book may hit retailers

Updated on May 16, 2007 03:46 AM IST
Following indiscriminate discounting retailers are unlikely to make profits expected from massive sales, reports Vijay Dutt.
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The diamond fizz from one the biggest publishing event of the millennium seems to be under threat. Pandemonium is expected to engulf bookshops across Britain the night of July 20 when cape-wearing kids with owls on their shoulders and scars on their foreheads fight to get their hands on the final Harry Potter book. However, following indiscriminate discounting retailers are unlikely to make profits expected from massive sales.

Potter fans however have a piece of good news. The seventh volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, although the last to be penned by JK Rowling, is set to be followed by a new guide to the world of Harry's wizardry, promising to be as fascinating as all the Potter books.

The multi-millionaire writer is said to be preparing for one last look at the magic world of Harry, Hermione and Voldemort. Using notes scribbled at random from time to time over the years she has been writing the Potter books, Rowling will compile an encyclopedia of magic which will provide the ultimate guide to the world of wizardry.

Insiders said it would cover historical figures, for instance about the founders of Hogwarts school and elaborate genealogies of the main characters. This would possibly provide Rowling some solace from pangs of parting from Harry. She had said, "I always knew that Harry's story will end with the seventh book, but saying goodbye has been just as hard as I always knew it would be."

She told her fans through her website that although it was unlikely that she would write an eighth Potter book, she might compile an encyclopedia for charity so that "I could use all the extra material that's not in the books". This possibility has been confirmed by her agent Christopher Little who said that Rowling had kept all the rights in Potter series, including any companion book she might write herself.

The fans and book retailers are of course rubbing their palms with glee and anticipation with this news. The notes are said to be as copious as those made by JRR Tolkien for his fantasy Middle-earth. According to Waterstones, one of the biggest retailers in Europe such an encyclopedia would rival the sales of those of Deathly Hallows.

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