Originally created 02/22/06

Spanish translation of sixth 'Harry Potter' in stores Thursday

NEW YORK - The wait is almost over for Spanish-speaking Harry Potter fans.

The Spanish-language edition of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the series, will be released worldwide on Thursday.

Millions of readers snapped up "Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling when it was published last July, but fans hoping to read it in other languages besides English had to wait.

The Spanish edition, "Harry Potter y el Misterio del Principe," will be released worldwide in three slightly different translations - one in Spain, one in Argentina and one in Latin America. Spanish-language readers in the United States will get the non-Argentine Latin American version.

The publication of "Misterio del Principe" will be celebrated Thursday with a reception at Libreria Lectorum, a Spanish-language bookstore in Manhattan that is a distributor of Spanish titles and a division of Scholastic, Rowling's U.S. publisher.

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