Seventh title will go on sale this July

The final Harry Potter book will hit shops on 21 July.

Publisher Bloomsbury has confirmed that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – the seventh and final book in series – will go on sale in the summer.

Author JK Rowling has warned fans to expect some sinister shocks, including the deaths of two main characters.

She says: ‘We are dealing with pure evil here. They don’t target extras, do they? They go for the main characters – well, I do.’

Thousands of fans are already placing orders for the book online, even though they’ll have to wait six months to get their copy.

Christopher North, head of books at amazon.co.uk, says: ‘Demand is already incredible. July 21 will be Harry Potter day all over the world.’