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Harry Potter &The Half-Blood Prince - 16 July 2004

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
To Be Published On 16th July, 2005 In The United Kingdom, The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand And South Africa.

LONDON, ENGLAND: NEW YORK, NEW YORK: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:
12 noon London, 21st December, 2004

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, the sixth in the bestselling series, has been scheduled for publication on 16th July, 2005 in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, it was announced today by Bloomsbury and Scholastic, her British and American publishers. On her website, www.jkrowling.com, J.K. Rowling announced last night that she had completed the book and delivered the manuscript to her two English language publishers.

In making the joint announcement, Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing in the United Kingdom and Barbara Marcus, President of Scholastic Children’s Books in the United States, said: “We are delighted to announce the publication date. J.K. Rowling has written a brilliant story that will dazzle her fans in a marvellous book that takes the series to yet greater heights. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince delivers all the excitement and wonder of her bestselling Harry Potter novels.”

In the previous book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the last chapter, titled ‘The Second War Begins,’ started:

‘In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has returned to this country and is once more active.

“It is with great regret that I must confirm that the wizard styling himself Lord – well, you know who I mean – is alive and among us again,” said Fudge.’

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point as Voldemort’s power and followers are increasing day by day, in the midst of this battle of good and evil.

The author has already said that the Half-Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort. Intriguingly, the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been brewing in J.K. Rowling’s mind for 13 years.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book, was released on 21st June, 2003, and was the fastest-selling book in history on the first weekend of its publication. All five Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, have all been Number One bestsellers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

Allen & Unwin will be releasing the standard Bloomsbury children's hardback edition (ISBN 0747581088) and in addition a Bloomsbury adult hardback edition (ISBN 074758110X), (the same text but with a different jacket) at the same time. Australian and New Zealand retail prices are yet to be confirmed.

Sale of the book in all time zones preceding the United Kingdom is embargoed until 00:01am BST (British Summer Time) on Saturday 16th July, 2005.

The on-sale times therefore across Australia on Saturday 16th July, 2005 are 7:01am AWST (Australian Western Standard Time), 8:31am ACST (Australian Central Standard Time), 9:01am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) and in New Zealand 11:01am New Zealand Time.

See also www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/news

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