Across the country, something strange is happening. Bookstores are
opening for business at 7 o'clock this day, two hours earlier than usual.
The reason: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the eagerly awaited
seventh and final installment, is due out today.
And like children around the world, Chinese youngsters can't wait to start
reading it, which is certain to make the Harry Potter series the best-selling
foreign language books in the country's history.
"Never has an English language book attracted such great attention as Harry
Potter," said Liang Jianrui, vice-president of the China National Publications
Import and Export Corporation, China's largest foreign book trader.