Copies of the new Harry Potter novel have gone on sale in Canada a week early by mistake.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE isn't due for release until 16 July (05) - but a small number of copies accidentally found their way onto shelves at a shop near Vancouver last week (ends08JUL05).

Publishers are now desperately trying to get back all the books bought and are promising eager fans of the wizard adventure book plates autographed by author Jk Rowling as an incentive.

Canadian Potter distributor Raincoast Books Ltd has also obtained a court injunction banning those lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the sixth Potter adventure from revealing the plot.

12/07/2005 09:15