Here Comes Harry Evening Times June 21, 2003
HARRY Potter film-star Sean Biggerstaff helps Glasgow staff unload the first copies of the eagerly-awaited Order of the Phoenix into a city centre bookshop.
The Glasgow-born actor, who played quidditch captain Oliver Wood in the first two Potter movies, helped shift the consignment into Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street under the watchful eye of security guards.
The boxes of books will be kept under strict lock and key until they go on sale to the public later tonight.
City centre bookstores are set to burn the midnight oil in order to get the fifth JK Rowling novel into readers' hands as soon as the book's June 21 release embargo breaks at 12am.
Waterstones will join many others in opening at midnight and after the initial rush plans to re-open at 7am when face-painters and jugglers will be on hand to entertain waiting book-buyers.
Store assistant manager Iain Johnstone said: "It's going to be a very busy day. I'm not allowed to say how many books we've had delivered, but we've taken 1300 reservations for the book."
Borders bookshop in Buchanan Street will be just as busy and has planned a whole weekend of Harry Potter festivities to celebrate the launch.
The fun starts with a screening of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone at 9pm and a reading from the previous book, Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire, at 11.30pm in the lead up to the big sale.