Security high for 'Half-Blood Prince' printing

  May 23, 2005 at 11:50 AM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via The Age)
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With ever growing security needed to stop leaks or thefts of the Harry Potter books, German printers, GGP Printing Works, in Eastern Germany have hired a private security force of 40 to guardopens in new window Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from falling into the wrong hands.

According to a worker at the plant:

Since the contract came in we have all been photographed and have to walk around with these special badges on display at all times.

Two guards are positioned permanently in the space dividing the book-binding department from the printing presses. It has stopped short of body searches so far, but who knows, they check everything else. There is even a guard on the giant shredders that destroy pages that have errors.

The shredded stuff is guarded in a container, and guards ride shotgun on that container when it is driven away to be disposed of somewhere else.

We heard that the British publishing house that gave our company the contract wrote a clause saying that we would be liable for something like EUR3 million ($A4.9 million) if a single word of the new book leaked out before publication day.

Tape recorders and mobile phones that take pictures have also been banned from plant.

For some reason some people can't read the story without registering, MuggleNetopens in new window has a typed version of the story that appeared in the UK tabloid The Sun, which you can read hereopens in new window.

Thanks to Amy for tip.


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