RECORD crowds are expected outside a Huddersfield bookshop when the final Harry Potter title hits the shelves.
Waterstone's in the Kingsgate Centre is expecting a huge demand from fans.
Manager Gerard Rumfitt said: "There were a couple of hundred people queuing outside last time.
"But we're expecting more this time because people will want to find out how the story ends."
Author J K Rowling announced on Thursday that the last edition of the wizard saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will hit shops on July 21.
And local fans will be able to get their hands on the final instalment right away.
Mr Rumfitt said: "We opened at midnight last time and we'll be doing so again in July.
"We'll also be putting on events in the centre to keep people entertained while they wait."
The previous book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold more than 2m copies in Britain on the first day of its release in July, 2005.
Mr Rumfitt expects to order a few thousand copies of the new title - but he promised not to take a sneaky peek.
He said: "I'm a fan of the books. I really enjoy them.
"But the parcels are very strictly embargoed and we're instructed not to open them."
The tales of the young wizard have sold 325m copies worldwide, been translated into 64 languages and spawned five blockbuster films.