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In pictures: Wait over for Potter
JK Rowling
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Author JK Rowling appeared at Edinburgh Castle on Friday to mark the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the hugely popular series.
JK Rowling
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Rowling greeted fans who had won a competition to meet her, before reading an extract from the book which had been eagerly awaited by readers around the world.
Josh Read
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Josh Read, 10, arrived at Edinburgh Castle in full uniform of fictional magic school Hogwarts for the occasion.
Sam and Jackson Payne
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American youngsters Sam and Jackson Payne were among the fans who waited patiently outside book stores in London for its midnight publication.
Potter fans in New Delhi
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A Potter fan grabs his copy of the book in New Delhi, India, while another wears trademark Potter spectacles and wizard outfit.
Harry Potter fan Conor Duff-Lennon
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Conor Duff-Lennon, aged nine, from Wicklow, was first to pick up a copy of the new book at Dubray Books in Dublin.
Waterstone's. central London
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In central London, book retailer Waterstone's was among the stores holding special events for the midnight launch, with actors dressed as characters from the stories.
Ho Chi Minh City
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English language versions of the book went on sale in Ho Chi Minh City. The first five Harry Potter books were translated into 62 languages.
Israeli bookstore
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The book began selling rapidly at the Tsomet Safarim bookshop in Gaash in central Israel.
Brothers Kieran and Gerard Church
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Brothers Kieran, aged eight, and Gerard Church, aged 10 (right) came from their home in Epping, Essex, to a midnight launch in central London.
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Ahead of the launch fans queued at stores around the world wanting to be among the first to get their hands on a copy of the Half-Blood Prince.
Potter reader
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The midnight sale took its toll on some Potter fans, despite best attempts to finish the 605-page book in one sitting. Ten million copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were expected to be sold worldwide on Saturday.


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