Pirating market in China fixed on Harry

  August 8, 2003 at 7:57 PM ET
  James     iharrypotter.net (via Daily Yomiuri)

The Daily Yomiuri reportsopens in new window that the Eastern market is ever-present at night and has proved to be a very profitable venture indeed, however illegal.

Once the sun goes down, a number of booths selling such items as accessories and art pieces spring up, forming a narrow street stretching hundreds of meters.

Asked if he sells the latest Harry Potter book, a man displaying books on the ground said, "I don't have the fifth volume today, but I have the first through to the fourth."

He laid out some thin, poorly finished and obviously pirated books and said, "How about 20 yuan (about 300 yen) for the set of four?"

Authentic Harry Potter books should cost more than 100 yuan for the set of four volumes.

These illegal translations are very early. The official publishing date for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is October 1.

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