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HARRY POTTER 6 hits next July

Publication date for second-to-final story announced

By Patrick Sauriol     December 21, 2004
Source: Scholastic


Placement cover for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
© Scholastic
After HARRY POTTER author J.K. Rowling revealed that she had delivered the manuscript to her publisher yesterday on her website, today Scholastic and Bloomsbury announced the publication date for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: July 16, 2005. The hardcover book will be published simultaneously in the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia.

"We are delighted to announce the publication date. J.K. Rowling has written a brilliant story that will dazzle her fans in a marvelous book that takes the series to yet greater heights," said Barbara Marcus, President of Scholastic Children's Books in the United States, and Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing in Britain, in a joint announcement. "HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE delivers all the excitement and wonder of her best-selling previous Harry Potter novels."

Rowling has let slip some tiny morsels of knowledge about the new Harry adventure: throwing water on the speculations of fans, the author said that the Half-Prince is neither Harry or his arch-nemesis, Lord Voldemort. Additionally, Rowling revealed that the opening chapter of the sixth Potter novel has been in her thoughts for the past 13 years.

Scholastic described the premise of HALF-BLOOD PRINCE as follows: "HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point in the midst of the storm of this battle of good and evil."

Mary Grand Pre will return to provide the book's cover and interior artwork. The novel will be priced at $29.99 but the number of pages making up the tale is still presently unknown.


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