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  'Chamber' is Britain's most borrowed book
Updated 11 April 2003, 09.59
Chamber of Secrets is Britain's most borrowed library book
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has broken yet another record!

It's the most borrowed book in libraries across Britain - having been lent out more than half a million times in a year.

For the last 17 years, a Catherine Cookson book has been the most popular, so Harry, Ron and Hermione have had stiff competition to beat!

Harry in Chamber of Secrets. The DVD could break more records
The wizards and witches of Hogwarts have obviously been waving their magic wands to get both kid and adult Muggles to rent out the novel.

The Chamber of Secrets was the top children's book when it first came out, and the film had the most successful opening weekend of any film in the history of UK cinema.

JK not most popular author

And there are likely to be even more records broken.

The DVD - which is out on Friday - could become the most popular ever, because so many people have pre-ordered it.

But despite the success with "Chamber" in the libraries, JK Rowling is only the 15th most popular children's writer who's being loaned out.

Far more kids prefer to take out books from Jaqueline Wilson.

And Catherine Cooksoon is the most borrowed author in libraries overall.



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