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  Shops prepare to go Potter-mad for 21 June
Updated 14 June 2003, 15.09
OOTP hits the shops on 21 June
The biggest event of the year for millions of muggles is only one week away.

On the stroke of midnight, 21 June The Order of the Phoenix comes out - as if you need reminding!

And CBBC Newsround's website have found out there will be some strange sights across Britain as the midnight hour approaches.

Ghostly stories

Witches and wizards will be roaming the streets, shops will be visited by magicians and a few owls and ghost stories could be thrown in for good measure.

People who don't know their muggles from their mandrakes will be mystified by the events.

But every dedicated Harry Potter fan will know that as soon as the clock strikes 12am they'll be able to get their mitts on book five.

Head north!

Site of Britain's northernmost OOTP outlet - Shetland

Anyone who's scared of the dark should set off for Britain's most northerly OOTP shop in the Shetland Islands.

Its geographical position means the sun won't be setting on the Shetland Times Bookshop in Lerwick.

No chance of bumping into a dark wizard there then!

Watch out for owls!

At the other end of Britain, at Ottakar's in Newport on the Isle of Wight, owls will be greeting Potter fans.

Wonder if Hedwig and Errol will be among them?

Boarding schools like Hogwarts are famous for their midnight feasts and several book shops will be celebrating into the small hours.

Owls will greet customers in the Isle Of Wight

Readers will be partying in their pyjamas at Hammicks in Bracknell, where there'll also be readings and fancy dress.

Meanwhile, Borders in Edinburgh is holding a treasure hunt. Wonder if they'll have to find a golden egg, like Harry in the Triwizard tournament?

And down in Cornwall, The Falmouth Bookseller promises to create a totally spooky atmosphere. It's throwing open its doors at midnight, when the shop will be lit by candles.

Padlock

At Borders in Swansea, one lucky reader will get to open the padlock on the first crate of books to arrive there!

And a magician called Billy Bubbles will be entertaining the queue at The Dublin Bookshop in the Irish capital.

Bet Billy could teach Gilderoy Lockhart a trick or two!

Speed readers will be showing off their skills at Books, etc. in Manchester.

Hope they get plenty of rest before the event!

With OOTP being about 768 pages long, they could be there for some time!

CBBC Newsround will be giving you loads to read and do next week in the run-up, so make sure you check back!

And we'll be in the queues keeping you company at Waterstone's in London on Friday night - so watch out!

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