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TAPE_NUMBER: EF00/0759 IN_TIME: 03:00:53 - 07:28:13 - 09:16:05 LENGTH: 03:18 SOURCES: All APTN except shots 11 & 18 = BBC RESTRICTIONS: BBC = No Access UK/CNN/Euro News/Fox/CNBC FEED: VARIOUS (THE ABOVE TIME-CODE IS TIME-OF-DAY) SCRIPT: English/Nat XFA Eager young hands grabbed at volumes of the latest episode of the Harry Potter series at the stroke of midnight on Friday as bookstores around Britain rang up the first official sales of the boy wizard's fourth magical adventure - a massive hit even before its publication. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the fourth book in the best-selling series by J-K Rowling, which has proven hugely popular with children and adults around the world. Thousands of kids queued for hours to get their hands on the eagerly-awaited volume as bookstores stayed open to accommodate the huge rush on the book. For once these British children have been allowed to stay up way past their bedtime for a reunion with an old friend - Harry Potter, the magical hero of J-K Rowling's books. The adventures of the young wizard have cast a spell over children worldwide, and made the author a publishing phenomenon. The demand for copies of the fourth book 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' has been intense. These children ordered their copies months ago. And on Friday they were invited to a slumber party at Waterstones bookstore to celebrate the launch of the book. Magicians and storytellers entertained the children until the launch at midnight local time (2300 GMT). SOUNDBITE: (English) "I never used to like reading, that much. Harry Potter has got me gripped, so I won't put the book down, I won't do my home work I just read all day." SUPER CAPTION: Emily Starrs, Harry Potter Fan That's great for business as both traditional vendors and internet sellers slug it out to sell the most copies. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Its completely changed children's bookselling. We have eleven year old boys who never read coming in and saying, when is the next Harry Potter coming out.I think its great. So it hasn't just helped the sales of Harry Potter, its improved the sales of children's books across the board." SUPER CAPTION: Jane Smith, Children's Bookbuyer, Waterstones The success has come as a shock to the book's author. Responding to the question of why she thinks the Potter series has become such a craze, Rowling remains modest. SOUNDBITE: (English) "You really should ask the readers. Because there is no formula. I just wrote what I wanted to write. It's the kind of thing I like reading." SUPER CAPTION: J-K Rowling, Author Adults and children have loved the three previous books, buying a total of 35 million (m) copies. SOUNDBITE: (English) "I read the first one in a day, I managed to squeeze the others in yet, but I'm looking forward to doing that.(to his son) And you enjoy it ? (son) Yeah (Father) So it gets him reading and keeps him occupied and entertained." SUPER CAPTION: Stephen Normanton, Harry Potter Fan As midnight approached the excitement was getting too much for some. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Three, two, one (cheering)" SUPER CAPTION: Children At over 700 pages, the book has been criticised as being too long for many children. But in an interview, the book's author, J-K Rowling, justified the latest's installment's length in simple terms. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Well that's how long it needed to be to tell the story. I never set out to write a book of that length. It took me by surprise when I saw the final printout but I think when people have read it they will understand that's how long it needed to be." SUPER CAPTION: J-K Rowling, Author What's certain is that the Harry Potter series is helping the internet generation discover the pleasure of books. UPSOUND: (English) "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter One. The village of Littlehampton still called it the ....." SUPER CAPTION: Pip Railing, Harry Potter Fan Similar scenes are expected elsewhere around the world as the book receives its worldwide launch over the coming days. On Saturday, J-K Rowling will be touring England on a special steam train-part of a campaign of hype normally associated only with adult fiction blockbusters. SHOTLIST: London, UK - July 7, 2000 APTN 1. Children with books 2. Children acting excited 3. Mid shot girl lying reading 4. Close up of girl reading 5. Wide of children 6. Girl lying with her eyes closed 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Emily Starrs, Harry Potter Fan 8. Pan of room 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jane Smith, Children's Bookbuyer, Waterstones 10. Little girl reading book, camera pushes into book cover BBC 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) J-K Rowling, Author APTN 12. Little boy waiting outside 13. People waiting inside 14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Stephen Normanton, Harry Potter Fan 15. UPSOUND: (English) "Three, two, one (cheering)" 16. Various children get their books 17. Magician gives out books BBC 18. SOUNDBITE: (English) J-K Rowling, Author APTN 19. Various people buy books 20. UPSOUND: (English) Pip Railing, Harry Potter Fan 21. Close up book cover ?