The queues started just after 10 pm when die hard Harry Potter fans set up camp outside De Gruchy’s and WH Smith waiting for the midnight opening.Police officers watched from a distance as the orderly lines formed and balloons were handed out to waiting fans, who bought the same amount of books in that hour as they did the following day.De Gruchy’s sold as many books at 12 midnight as they did throughout Saturday.Marketing manager Karl Stewart said: ‘When we carried all the books down to the front of the store at 7 pm on Friday we were joking that we would be taking them all back up again, but we sold all of them.’I got there at about 11.20 pm on Friday and there was already a queue of about 100 people.
To see so many people outside the store was great.’WH Smith Store manager Adrian Rankovic said that they were still selling books at a rate of about 100 an hour today.And the story was much the same at Ottakar’s.
Assistant manager Neil Sutton said: ‘It was terrific.
I think a lot of people avoided coming in on Saturday because of the crowds and so the book will continue to sell really quickly throughout the week.’The shop opened at 7 am and had three readings of the first chapter to get people started.
They also had a fancy dress party with children dressed as witches and wizards which was won by four-year-old Jorge Evans.The Printed Word Bookshop also opened at 7 am on Saturday and by 5.30 pm had sold their final book.They are getting more stock in today, so Harry Potter mania can carry on uninterrupted throughout the Island.