Date: 17th January 2003

Thousands of Harry Potter fans pre-order new book

Bookshops around the UK have been inundated with orders for the new Harry Potter book, despite a five-month wait until its release.

Fans have had to wait more than two years for the fifth book - The Order Of The Phoenix, which is out on June 21.

More than 30,000 readers have placed pre-orders on internet bookshop, within 24 hours of hearing its release date.

And Waterstones and Borders stores say they have had a "phenomenal" amount of interest from customers, reports the Daily Express.

More than 190 million Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide.

Source: Press Release