[ 2007-02-02 18:04 ]
Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Joanne Christie (R) are seen in this
undated handout publicity picture for Equus, a play in which
Radcliffe plays Alan Strang who has a passion for horses. Equus
opens at The Gielgud Theatre Theatre in London on February 27, 2007.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the last of seven
installments of the boy wizard 's
adventures, will be published July 21, author J.K. Rowling said Thursday.
Rowling announced the publication date on her Web site.
Bloomsbury, her British publisher, said it would publish a children's
hardback edition, an adult hardback,
a special gift edition and an audio book on the same day.
Scholastic Children's Books, the U.S. publisher, said it would offer a
hardback edition at a suggested retail
price of $34.99, a deluxe edition at $65.00 and a reinforced
library edition at $39.99.
Bloomsbury noted that this year is the 10th anniversary of the publication of
the first "Harry Potter" book in the phenomenally successful series.
The "Potter" books have sold 325 million copies worldwide and been translated
into 64 languages, Bloomsbury said.
The last book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," sold 2,009,574
copies in Britain on the first day of its release, Bloomsbury said.
The Potter franchise is so important to the company's earnings that it
announced the publication to the London Stock Exchange.
Bloomsbury shares were up 2.2 percent to $4.40 after the announcement.