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News From Eurpoe Booksellers across French-speaking Europe saw legions of Harry Potter fans scramble to their shelves this weekend, as the sixth book in the bestselling childrenâ€™s series went on sale in translation at midnight on Friday.
Hundreds of bookshops in France, Belgium and Switzerland stayed open past the witching hour to welcome hoards of Harryâ€™s young admirers, eager to purchase their copy of Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mele (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).
Publishers Gallimard have printed a record 2mn French copies of the penultimate tome in British author J K Rowlingâ€™s astronomically successful series, predicting a fresh outbreak of the â€œPottermaniaâ€? which has surrounded previous instalments of the boy wizardâ€™s adventures.