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Shops set for Harry's new magic; THE BOOK'S NOT OUT FOR A MONTH, BUT ALREADY THERE'S HOGWARTS FEVER.

Byline: DEAN VALLER

HARRY POTTER is weaving a magical spell over muggles (that's non- wizards to you and me) with thousands of fans ready to buy his next book - even though it's not out for another month.

Evil Lord Voldemort, Hermione Grainger and Harry's arch-enemy Draco Malfoy are all back for more in the fifth instalment of author JK Rowling's massively popular series.

The latest tale from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - comes out on June 21.

Paula Cornwell manager of Peter's Bookshop, in Talisman Square, Kenilworth, said the shop had taken over 70 orders for the book already - making it the most popular title ever.

She said: "The appeal is in the brilliant plots, which appeal to all ages, the characters are good and it makes you smile."

The shop is holding a competition, giving away three of the books - two to children and one for adults - who come up with the best Harry Potter poem.

WH Smith, in Coventry city centre, is putting on special tills for customers buying The Order of the Phoenix.

Customer services assistant Lynda McLachlan said: "People have been waiting so long for it - there's more interest in this book than any we've had recently."

Warwick University bookshop manager Mark Potter said: "We've had about 30 or 40 pre-orders and while we won't be as busy as the high street shops we will be selling it anyway."

Alan Farnell, owner of The Nuneaton Bookshop, in Abbey Street, has had 25 to 30 orders so far. He said: "There seems to be plenty of enthusiasm about this new Harry Potter book."

dean.valler@mrn.co.uk

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