A New Chapter of the 'Potter' Saga

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Scott Simon reads the first lines of the new Harry Potter book, which focus on a distracted prime minister who awaits an important phone call.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Today's the day Muggles have been waiting for. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" went on sale at midnight. There have been long lines in bookstores from London to Los Angeles. Security surrounding the story of the book's been so tight not even Bob Novak got an advanced look. But we've been provided with a copy and are pleased to read the opening words.

`It was nearing midnight and the prime minister was sitting alone in his office reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind. He was waiting for a call from the president of a far distant country. And between wondering when the wretched man would telephone and trying to suppress unpleasant memories of what had been a very long, tiring and difficult week, there was not much space in his head for anything else.'

Want more? Buy your own. Coming up later in our show, they rush to publish "Harry Potter" in braille. Stay tuned.

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