Potter fans, mark this date in your diary.. Book No6 is 'dazzling'.Byline: By Robert McAulay
IT'S the date all Harry Potter fans have been waiting to hear about - the next book will hit the shops on July 16.
Author JK Rowling had intended to wait until Christmas Day to make the announcement.
But she decided to give her millions of fans an early present instead.
And publishers Bloomsbury say the sixth Harry Potter wizard adventure is the best yet.
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince will be published simultaneously in the UK,the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. and South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. .
A joint statement from Bloomsbury and US publisher Scholastic said: 'JK Rowling has written a brilliant story that will dazzle daz·zle
v. daz·zled, daz·zling, daz·zles
1. To dim the vision of, especially to blind with intense light.
2. her fans in a marvellous book that takes the series to yet greater heights.
'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince delivers all the excitement and wonder of her best-selling novels.'
The book takes up the story of Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, when the young hero finds himself pitted against his evil nemesis Nemesis (nĕm`ĭsĭs), in Greek religion and mythology, personification of the gods' retribution for violation of sacred law; the avenger. Sometimes she was said to be the goddess of good and ill fortune. Lord Voldemort Lord Voldemort (IPA: /ˈvoʊldəmɔː/) is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in the Harry Potter novel series written by British author J. K. Rowling. .
Rowling has refused to reveal who the Half-Blood Prince of the title is, although she has said it is neither Harry nor Voldemort.
One of her characters will be killed off in the new book but the author is remaining tight-lipped about who it might be.
Fans can be reassured that the schoolboy wizard himself is safe - earlier this year the Edinburgh-based millionaire author said Harry will definitely survive to the seventh and final book.
In a message to her fans, Rowling said she was more than happy with the finished sixth book.
Writing on the official website, she said: 'I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day.
'But I was sure that those of you who celebrate Christmas have better things to do on the day itself than fight your way into my study.
'Whereas those of you who don't celebrate Christmas would definitely prefer not to wait until the 25th of December.
'I needed to tinker with the manuscript to my satisfaction and I am as happy as I have ever been with the end result.
'I only hope you feel it was worth the wait when you finally read it.'
The last book, The Order Of The Phoenix, was released in June 2003 and became the fastest seller in history, shifting 1.7million copies on its release.
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