Bookstores will be opening on the Sabbath, the Jewish holy day, to sell the final instalment to eager fans. Most shops are normally closed for trade on the Sabbath, which runs from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.
Steimatzky, part of Israel's biggest bookstore chain, is hosting a gala event in Tel Aviv to launch the book. The chain says that it has received ten of thousands of advance orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and has no plans to cancel or postpone its event. "We are required by the publishers to start selling the books at this time," said store buyer Nancy Ayalon.