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  French fans finally get Potter 5
Updated 03 December 2003, 10.55
Young French Potter fans grab their copy of OOTP
Harry Potter fans in France have finally got their hands on a copy of book five in their own language.

The French edition of the Order of the Phoenix has come out there six months after the much-awaited novel was released in the UK.

And magically, more than a quarter of a million people have pre-ordered a copy.

The demand for the fifth book was so huge in France that the English version became the only English book ever to top the best-seller list there.

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A young fan gets her copy of Potter 5
The publishers said the book has taken so long to translate because they only got a copy of the original text when it was officially released worldwide, to avoid any of the plots creeping out.

The five Harry Potter books have now sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

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