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by: Mike L..
There is no doubt the rip roaring success in the entertainment world in the last couple of years has been the Harry Potter series. The phenomenon has catapulted J K Rowling into millions of dollars and a life of celebrity.

The first five books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide since the debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone in 1997, and the films have made a tidy sum of more than $2.5 billion.

Rowling recently released the title of the sixth instalment, but has yet to release a date for the guaranteed sell-out.

The massive popularity of Rowling’s teenage wizard and his magical pals has inspired online betting agent bluesq.com to offer bets on who will die in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The author hasn’t actually said anyone will die, but bluesq are giving 6/4 odds on Hagrid, the giant groundskeeper of Hogwarts School being killed off. Robbie Coltrane plays the hairy wizard in the silver-screen version of the Potter story.

Other favourites for the slice are Ron Weasley, Harry’s redheaded wizard cohort and Harry’s female friend Hermione Granger. Both these magical adolescents are being given odds of 5/1.

The most surprising of bets is that Harry Potter himself kicks the bucket. Odds are offered at 16/1; however, it seems a pretty unlikely scenario, as Rowling has definitely announced plans for a seventh book. Perhaps his talented pals bring him back to life after a bungled fight with the series’ villain, Voldemort.

No bets are yet being offered on the identity of the ‘Half Prince’ mentioned in the book’s title, but the creator has said the culprit is neither Harry nor Voldemort, and surprisingly, bluesq is currently the only bookie taking money on the quiddich-playing youngster at all. But seeing as Potter has captured the imagination of so many, from young to old and everything in between, I am sure that other bookies will be cashing in on the Rowling genius soon enough.

Whoever dies - or indeed doesn’t die, is unlikely to matter to the millions of adoring fans who will flock to their nearest bookshop to buy the treasure once it’s released. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the next movie adaptation to hit our cinemas, and is due to be released in November of next year

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