Harry Potter Sales

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some readers in Canada have been ordered by a judge to keep their mouths shut after they were sold copies of the latest Harry Potter book, several days before the book is to hit store shelves.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment in JK Rowling's seven-book fantasy series, is set for release this coming Saturday and has been shrouded in secrecy. But a grocery store in British Columbia accidentally sold 14 copies of the book before realizing its mistake.

A Canadian judge has ordered customers not to talk about the book, copy it, sell it or even read it before Saturday. They've also been told to return the novel to the publisher, which will return it to them after its official release.

As an added incentive, the publisher will include Rowling's autograph and a gift pack.

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