Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
Where I Live
A-Z Index
 Find Out
 The Team

Contact Us

  Braille Order of the Phoenix is released
Updated 03 July 2003, 15.57
OOTP is now available in Braille
Blind children are getting stuck into Order of the Phoenix at last after Braille editions of the book were posted all over the country.

The Braille version couldn't be made until OOTP came out on 21 June.

But work started immediately to turn the 766 pages of the book into Braille - a system of raised dots which allows blind people to read.

The Braille version's publishers told CBBC Newsround's website they have had to divide OOTP into 16 A4-sized volumes, each with around 90 pages!

An extract from the Braille alphabet

It takes up quite a lot of space and has to be printed on heavy paper, which means it was impossible to fit all of OOTP into one book.

The first four volumes were sent out earlier this week and the rest of the book will be posted to people over the next two weeks. It will be sent out three volumes at a time.

Big demand

John Donaldson from The Scottish Braille Press told us: "We've had about 80 orders for OOTP - that's big demand for a Braille book."

People have to mail-order their copies.

John said that there had been about 50 orders for each of the previous four Potter books since they were published.

Even though the Braille version of the book is made up of 16 volumes, it will be about the same price as the non-Braille version.

There are around 29,000 blind or partially-sighted people under 20 in the UK.

Hear story Hear story

More InfoBORDER=0
Find OutFULL Potter section
ChatOOTP - Spoiler Zone
ChatWatch our Pure Potter special!
QuizFirst Phoenix quiz
ClubReview: Order of the Phoenix


Past StoriesBORDER=0
Braille Q & A
OOTP is best seller in France - in English!
Potter film extras lose wages to school
JK wows kids at special Potter reading
JK gives Potter 6 hint at kids' reading
Potter 5 selling out around the world


Web Links
The Leaky Cauldron
The Scottish Braille Press
Harry Potter publishers Bloomsbury
Note: You will leave CBBC. We are not responsible for other websites.



E-mail this page to a friend

Full UK Section
Also in UK now:
Work to clear crash track starts
Book features Madonna's daughter
Thousands take part in fox hunts
Harry Potter
Full section
Scotland Northern Ireland Northern England Wales South West England Sout East England Midlands
Your Reports
Click on an area to read stories from your region
World Reports
Send us your questions for Kym Marsh Watch Kym Marsh in our hotseat
Newsround's Man in Parliament reports MiP files: Tony Blair's crucial week
Charlie's Angel Cameron Diaz Stars at Charlie's Angels premiere
Guide to staying safe this summer Have a safe summer with our guide
© BBC Back to top^^
Homepage | UK | World | Sport | Music | TV/Film | Animals | Sci/Tech | Weather
Pictures | Find Out | The Team | Games | Chat | Vote | Win | Quiz | Club