Fans of the series have stampeded their keyboards to pre-order the book from the online retailer.
“The fact that the book has already hit number one in our chart shows how incredibly excited customers are about the sixth Harry Potter,” an Amazon spokesman said.
J.K. Rowling had said she would announce the date on Christmas Day, but said she devided that people, “have better things to do” during the festivities than check her website.
Speculation is rife as to who Rowling will kill off in this latest installment as well as what is in store for Harry.
At a question and answer session at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival she did give some hints:
“The first question that I have never been asked—it has probably been asked in a chatroom but no one has ever asked me—is, “Why didn’t Voldemort die?” Not, “Why did Harry live?” but, “Why didn’t Voldemort die?” The killing curse rebounded, so he should have died. Why didn’t he? At the end of Goblet of Fire he says that one or more of the steps that he took enabled him to survive. You should be wondering what he did to make sure that he did not die—I will put it that way.”
You can read more about that talk in this article.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.