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  JK takes action after Potter books are 'stolen'
Updated 06 May 2003, 19.35
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK Rowling is taking legal action to make sure no one can publish any part of the fifth Harry Potter book before it comes out.

She's had to do this after two copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were found mysteriously dumped in a field.

A man stumbled across the ultimate treasure when he was strolling around the town of Bungay in Suffolk.

The fifth book in JK's series isn't out until 21 June and the manuscripts of it are closely guarded.

Thieves?

But the first edition copies were found lying in a field near to the printers Clays Ltd, the company which will print hundreds of thousands of the much-awaited book says the Sun newspaper.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK's spokesman said it looked like the books had been stolen from the printers.

Suffolk Police are looking into the possible theft.

The man who found them realised what he had discovered and telephoned the newspaper straight away.

No covers

He told them: "I wondered what it was and bent down to pick it up. I was astonished when I read the first page and saw it was the latest Harry Potter book."

The copies had no covers on them, but on the first page of each copy was the title and JK's name.

They were dedicated to JK's husband and her two children. The dedication said: "To Neil, David and Jessica who make my world magical."

The newspaper says they have contacted Bloomsbury to return the books and refuse to let anyone know what's in them!

Third copy?

At the moment, the newspaper says it has locked the precious copies away in a safe place.

But they claim a third copy could have been leaked out.

They say they were offered the first three chapters of the OOTP for a large amount of money, but they refused the offer.

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