July 20, 2007
Associated Press - July 20, 2007 8:26 PM ET LONDON (AP) - At midnight, like magic, Harry Potter appeared. As Saturday dawned, bookstores across Britain were the first to throw open their doors to fans lined up to buy "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. " The seventh and final volume of the popular series goes on sale around the world as midnight hits each time zone. Stores are even ready in Israel, where law requires most businesses to close on the Sabbath. In Britain, eager readers, many of whom had lined up for hours, rushed away clutching their precious prize, cracking open the book to read the opening lines: "The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow moonlit lane.