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  Chinese Potter book finally hits shelves
Updated 22 September 2003, 17.33
OOTP's been published early in China
The Chinese language version of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix has finally gone on sale.

A total 800,000 copies of the novel have been sent to stores across China and booksellers reckon they'll have sold out by the end of the week.

The book's been a best-seller around the world

The books were brought out 10 days earlier than planned in a bid to beat so-called "pirates" who have made illegal translations of OOTP.

Hundreds of kids lined up outside China's bookshops to get their official copy of the fifth instalment in the boy wizard's adventures.

Balloon

Some booksellers made sure Potter fans got their hands on OOTP as soon as possible - packing the blue-bound books into bags, so customers could get to the tills straight away.

In one city, a huge balloon was put up on a main road, saying: "Harry Potter is here. Are you?"

The Harry Potter books have now sold more than 200 million copies in 50 languages.



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