Library first to fall under Harry Potter's latest spell

THE first copy of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set to be donated to the National Library of Scotland.

The book, the latest in the series about the adventure of the young wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, is set to go on sale at the end of this week.

It is expected to prompt a mad rush for copies among fans old and young, breaking all sales records in the process. Video footage of JK Rowling signing the novel has also been donated. Library bosses expect the clips of the famous author to stir up plenty of interest among Potter fans.

Martyn Wade, national librarian, said: "I am delighted that JK Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland.

"The Harry Potter books continue to enthral readers of all ages across the world, and we are delighted to add this special copy to the library, which is located close to where Harry Potter was written, and lies in the heart of the first UNESCO City of Literature.

"We look forward to welcoming the many children and adults who will want to come to the National Library of Scotland and see this unique book."

The book will be delivered to the National Library next Saturday, the same day as it hits the shops.

Publishers Bloomsbury are also releasing footage of Jason Cockcroft, who drew the book's cover illustration. Mr Cockcroft said: "It's exciting but sometimes daunting drawing the artwork for the Harry Potter book jackets."

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