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French snap up latest Potter book
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Millions of copies of the English version have been sold worldwide
French fans of Harry Potter are snapping up English versions of the Half-Blood Prince.

The teenage wizard's latest adventure came in at number five in a survey of 20 bookstores in Paris - despite the language barrier.

JK Rowling's sixth Potter book will not be published in French until October.

The four books placed above the Half- Blood Prince in the survey are all in French, including Dan Brown's novel Angels and Demons.

Unofficial translations

The English language version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released around the world on 16 July.

It sold 6.9 million copies in the US and more than two million copies in the UK in the first 24 hours, beating all previous Potter records.

Unauthorised Chinese versions of the latest adventure have been sold in Beijing, three months before the official translation is published.

And thousands of illegal copies of the book were seized by police in New Dehli earlier this week.

In Germany, thousands of fans have also posted their own German translations of the book onto an unofficial Potter website.


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