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  Potter mania goes on after night-time rush
Updated 21 June 2003, 16.42
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The magic of Harry Potter is still in the air on Saturday - despite thousands of fans queuing up the night before to get their books.

Children packed book shops all over the UK to buy more copies of OOTP, to take part in the fun and games, or just to soak up the atmosphere.

Bookshops laid on fancy dress competitions, readings and even live snakes to keep the kids amused.


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"It's absolutely amazing," Esther, who runs the Dublin Bookshop in Ireland, told Newsround's website. "It's still all about Harry. If anyone comes in to buy something other than Order of the Phoenix, we'll be very shocked."

Mark, who runs the Borders shop in Speke, Liverpool, said the atmosphere was different to Saturday - but it was still great!

"Friday night was frenzied, but Saturday is all about a sense of fun," he said. "We've got loads going on - fancy dress competitions, live owls and snakes in the shop. We've never known anything like it before."

'Buzzing with excitement'

The Order of the Phoenix is expected to be the fastest-selling book ever. A spokesman for WH Smiths has already said it's broken all records and was "flying off the shelves at a rate of eight per second".

Graham, the manager at Printworks in Manchester, added: "It's still manic the next day! It's a bit calmer but everyone's buzzing with excitement.

"The main difference is on Friday lots of people were dressed up - Saturday people are 'normal customers'".

It was the same in the Shetland Times Bookshop in Scotland - one of the most northerly stores in the UK.

'Wiped out'

Owls and snakes have appeared at lots of bookshops
"We're still very, very busy, but it's not quite so intense," said Edna, who runs it. "The kids don't even want their copy to go in a bag - they want to start reading it there and then. We've been wiped out of copies now - we're waiting for more from the suppliers."

"Things are a bit steadier," said Linda, from Borders bookshop in Swansea, Wales. "But there's so much going on. We had a Hogwarts breakfast banquet and there are pottery classes where the children are making little dragons and wizards."

Henrietta from Falmouth Bookseller in Cornwall added: "We're seeing the same kids who were here on Friday back again on Saturday. They've got their book but they've come back for the magical atmosphere. Everyone's having so much fun.

"No one wants it to end!"

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