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Girl gets early look at 'Potter' book

Laura
Laura, an avid "Harry Potter" fan, is among the very first readers of the fourth book in the series. The book was mistakenly put on shelves at a local store well before the highly anticipated July 8 release  

June 30, 2000
Web posted at: 8:11 p.m. EDT (0011 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Author J.K. Rowling wanted kids to be the first to catch a glimpse of her latest "Harry Potter" book. Just maybe not quite this quickly.

A copy of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" -- which isn't supposed to go on sale until July 8 -- wound up in the hands of an American 8-year-old after it was placed accidentally on a store shelf.

Now the girl, identified only as Laura, may be the first child in the world who has the heavily hyped book, the fourth in the series about a young wizard and his enchanted adventures.

"I think it is great," said Laura, who got the 700-plus-page sequel when her father's friend spotted it in the store. "None of my friends have it. It's just wonderful."

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Despite his daughter's glee, dad didn't rule out selling it for the right price.

"It would have to be an absolutely ridiculous sum of money," he said.

Already a best-seller based on advance orders, the book has been shrouded in secrecy, partly due to Rowling's reported consideration of her young readers.

Book sellers had to sign an affidavit promising not only that they wouldn't sell the book before July 8, but that they wouldn't even take it out of the box. At Amazon.com, the books are cordoned off in a warehouse protected by security guards.



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