Court Order Preserves ‘Harry Potter’ Mystery

The Canadian publishers of the new Harry Potter novel have obtained a
gag order to prevent a leak of the book’s closely guarded secrets–after
copies of the book went on sale in Canada a week early by mistake.

Distributors, Raincoast Books Ltd sought a court injunction after a “small
number” of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince books were accidentally sold
in a shop near Vancouver on July 7, a week ahead of the official release

The injunction prevents anyone disclosing any part of the plot and ruining
the eagerly-awaited adventure for other fans.

Jamie Broadhurst, marketing director at Raincoast Books Ltd, says the innocent
fans who bought the book would not be penalized.

He explains, “We look to them to ensure that the excitement and mystery of
the story is preserved for fans around the world until July 16 by co-operating
with us and observing the terms of the court injunction.”

The company will accept returned copies until July 16 and will reward
fans who sacrifice their novels with a bookplate signed by author J.K. Rowling
and a limited edition T-shirt.

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