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  Post office takes urgent Potter action
Updated 15 June 2003, 16.32
OOTP hits the shops on 21 June
Spare a thought for your poor old postie when you're waiting for your copy of Order of the Phoenix.

The fifth Harry Potter book weighs a whole kilogramme and most postal workers will struggle to carry more than a few copies at a time.

So Royal Mail is laying on loads of extra vans to save their staff's muscles working overtime.

Not disappointed

Royal Mail are laying on extra vans
Around half a million copies of OOTP are expected to be delivered by the post office on Saturday 21 June.

The extra vans and staff should make sure that none of the young (and old!) fans are disappointed, a Royal Mail spokesman said.

But they did warn people to stay at home if they're expecting the book to come through the post.

Stay in

Because the book is so large - it's 768 pages long - it won't fit through most people's letter boxes.

If fans aren't in when it arrives, they'll get a note saying they have to collect it from the Royal Mail sorting office.

You've been warned!

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