Harry Potter


"Harry Potter Book Out on Cassette"

(Associated Press, April 2, 2001)

LONDON - Devotees of the young British wizard Harry Potter have snapped up more than a million advance copies of his latest adventure on audio tape.

The cassettes were to go on sale Monday in Britain for about $70. Fans can also pick up the 21-hour CDs for about $128 and listen to actor Stephen Fry reading every word of ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.''

Author J.K. Rowling is full of praise for Fry, who has also read the earlier adventures of the schoolboy magician on tape.

``He has a very, very attractive voice. It's quite patrician - but there's a touch of anarchy that's just right for the books,'' Rowling said. ``He's like somebody's uncle who's really good at reading aloud. It's a very intimate feeling.''

Fry also sees a serious strength in the stories.

``You couldn't have a higher moral purpose than to inculcate a high doctrine of friendship and loyalty amongst the young,'' Fry said. ``Stoutness of heart and sweetness of nature are seen as greater qualities in Harry Potter than intellect, strength or power.''

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Children's Edition, Unabridged 6 cassette set), J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry (Narrator)
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