While we at Shanghaiist will undoubtedly be half-comatose after a night of liver bashing, if past experience be anything to go by, on 21st July Harry Potter enthusiasts will be lining up in the hordes to await the arrival of the seventh and last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At 7 am on the dot (yawn, yawn) the long-awaited story will go on-sale at stores worldwide, including a handful in our locality (sorry, English only for the time being).
After months of speculation and even hoax drafts floating on the net, Potter fans will finally be able to discover whether Harry does in fact die. Rowling is keeping her lips tightly zipped, but for all those with a morbid bend, she has nevertheless revealed that the book will contain several dark twists and turns ie expect some of the central characters to be killed – sorry, again.
Unfortunately, death isn’t restricted to the magical realm of Hogwarts. At approximately RMB180 a pop (Chaterhouse prices, Amazon are already reducing), it’s quite killer for the wallet too, especially for the little nippers. Lets just hope Wujiang Lu and its street sellers haven’t really breathed their last breathe.