Hundreds of Harry Potter fans queued early at book shops throughout New Zealand and the world today to buy J K Rowling's final offering. The last book in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, went on sale from 11.01am.
At Borders on Lambton Quay where this photo was taken there were around 150 people outside the store when it opened at 8am today. The fans were kept occupied by magicians and other entertainers, including face painters, until the clock ticked around to the bewitching hour.
The queues were much longer today than for the launch of the last Harry Potter book two years ago. Fans had pre-ordered "hundreds" of copies of the book.
Customers at Dymocks in Wellington were served by staff wearing academic gowns with burgundy capes and academic hats and were treated to magic shows leading up to the book's release. Rowling brought the boy wizard to life in 1997 with her first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Ten years and six books later Harry Potter has become one of the most recognised names in literature and has made Rowling the wealthiest author in history.