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Germans in Potter book fight.

MIDNIGHT parties organised by retailers to welcome the German edition of the latest Harry Potter novel deteriorated into shoving matches yesterday as thousands of tired parents and children fought for the book.

'This is not a kids' party, it's just jostling and shoving,' said one forlorn 11-year-old boy who turned up at Berlin book and music superstore Dussmann equipped like his hero with bookish round glasses and a broom.

'This is all about business,' raged an elderly woman about the price of refreshments at the launch before storming out with her granddaughter.

Most of the 3,500 visitors stayed until midnight to snap up their copies of the book.

Retail parties in Munich and Cologne also saw brisk trade, with thousands of copies of the German edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sold in the first hour.

CHILD star Haley Joel Osment has blasted the forthcoming Harry Potter movie, saying that the character should never have been adapted for the screen.

The youngster, nominated for an Oscar after appearing in The Sixth Sense, says: 'Harry Potter is 70 per cent imagination. When the movie comes out, it's going to be such a stereotype.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2000
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