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Town named top for Potter-mania
Extract from the Harry Potter book cover (courtesy of Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released on 21 July
An Oxfordshire town has been named as the most Potter-mad place in the UK.

Wallingford tops the list for pre-orders of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, according to Amazon.

The town, which was the home of Agatha Christie, has the highest number of pre-orders per capita anywhere in the country.

Pre-orders on the UK website have reached 250,000, while global pre-orders with the internet bookseller have hit one million.

The Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final instalment of the hugely popular Harry Potter series.

Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Marlborough, Wiltshire
Okehampton, Devon

"The postman in Wallingford is certainly going to be busy on the morning of Saturday 21 July," said Christopher North, head of books at Amazon.co.uk.

Author JK Rowling's previous six Potter novels have sold 325 million copies.

The writer had always planned seven books, each following the characters for one school year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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