It’s official: The last installment in the seven-part Harry Potter series has been named and a release date has been set:
The print run and number of pages have yet to be revealed, but judging from the suggested cover price, a meaty $34.99, $5 more than Potter 6, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the last book will likely match or exceed the 600-plus page length of previous releases.
“We have held the price for the past four years,” Scholastic publicist Kyle Good told The Associated Press. “In that time, costs of production, paper, trucking, gas and security—to be sure all readers can enjoy the book at the release time—have all increased.”
Many fans will pay much less for “Deathly Hallows,” with Amazon.com quickly announcing the book would be sold for $18.89, a 46 percent discount. Price competition has been so intense over the years that many retailers have acknowledged they don’t make money on the fantasy series, depending instead on customers buying other books along with Potter.
The Harry Potter is such a big hit with my family that in the past we’ve often purchased two or more copies of a book when it was released so that more than one of us could read it at a time. Word that a release date is imminent for the last book is sure to stir up excitement in this household.
Update: Not two seconds after I hit submit and an email came in from Amazon.com with details about the pre-order special.