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Potter-mania hits bookstores

Tanveer Bookwala at Crossword, Bandra, Mumbai.

Crossword Bandra, that printed out preorder receipts to make the Potter process easier were in for a Goblet of Surprise as an entire cauldron of people lined up as early as 4 a.m. and proved that for potter fans, no hour is early enough in anticipation of the national 5.30 a.m. release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - the seventh and final book in the series as early.

The store was confident of the large number of copies they had in stock but in the land of Hogwarts, those numbers are as small as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart's harp-wielding dwarves.

"I'm really thrilled and sad at the same time that the saga will finally be over," said Carter Road Resident Abhishek Ghosh, who brought his 9-year-old son to the event. "I guess all good things must come to an end," he added.

But Muggle Mania has clearly arrived as some families were buying as many as 3 books for 3 people while some loud teenage groups rushed to the last page and threatened to spoil the surprise for one another.

Most kids were gleeful while parents exchanged notes on how it's so difficult to wake up the kids for exams or schooldays.

Dipika Bajpai, a self proclaimed Potter-maniac, said, "It's been in my life for six years, and I'm sad that it's finally coming to an end." She added that she received the e-book as a gift from her boyfriend and spent the previous night reading it until her eyes watered. Potter Mania is sweeping the city and the anticipation from the previous six books in the series have been escalating toward a final battle between Harry and his enemy, Lord Voldemort. Because of a prophecy revealed in book five that one must eventually kill the other, fans outside crossword discussed and even bet upon how the author will finish the series. After all, in many ways, "Deathly Hallows" is the end. And it's the beginning.

Well, there is only one way to find out.

Earlier slide show: The story so far: The Philosopher's Stone
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WARNING: THE HARRY POTTER DISCUSSION BOARDS BELOW ARE LIKELY TO REVEAL PLOT DETAILS AND SPOILERS FROM THE NEW BOOK. POTTER FANS WHO HAVE NOT YET READ THE BOOK ARE ADVISED NOT TO SCROLL DOWN.

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