Staff Reporter

Bangalore: By the time you read this, scores of delirious youngsters would have buried their noses into their precious copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The worldwide release of J.K. Rowling’s seventh saga of the boy wizard has been preceded by much hysteria, including doomsday predictions of the main character’s fate.

Every major book house in the city has advanced its opening hour to rescue Potter fans from the long- awaited suspense.

Blossoms bookstore flags off the rush for the books with the earliest opening in the city at 5 a.m. followed by Landmark and Strand at 5:30 a.m., the latter with an hour-long jamboree for young fans who wanted a party to mark Harry’s last.

Other bookstores such as Gangarams and Higginbothams are also having an early opening at 6:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. respectively. Crossword and Sapna (Gandhinagar and CMH Road) also open at 6 a.m. Premier Bookshop is all set to keep the suspense going with a relatively late opening at 7:30 a.m.

The Oxford Bookstore at the Leela Galleria has organised a Harry Potter contest at 4:30 p.m., accompanied by a gala show that will include magic shows, tattoo painting, a lucky draw and calligraphy demo.