Harry in Hebrew comes just in time for Chanukah

jerusalem | Israeli Harry Potter fans have something to be in high spirits about this Chanukah.

The Hebrew version of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” J.K. Rowling’s sixth book in her magical series, will hit bookstore shelves Dec. 22.

The book, again translated by Gili Bar-Hillel, is co-published by Book in the Attic and Yediot Achronot Books.

Hebrew-reading fans have been waiting since July 16 when the sixth book went on sale worldwide.

According to Books in the Attic officials, some 750,000 copies of Harry Potter books have been sold in Israel to date. Altogether, the Harry Potter books have sold 270 million copies worldwide, in 62 languages.

Ynet reports that there will be an initial run of 120,000 copies of the Hebrew version of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

“A bestseller in Israel usually sells between 900 and 1,000 books in a week,” Eli Melzer of Books in the Attic told the Jerusalem Post earlier this year.

He added that last year the Hebrew version of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” sold a whopping 100,000 copies in its first week of sales.

Continuing the trials of the world’s most famous young wizard, “The Half-Blood Prince” offers a better understanding of You-Know-Who, the villainous Voldemort. Quidditch is also back in the main plot line. Ron, Hermione and Harry’s adventures are packed in too. And of course, there’s the tale of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Another main character also dies in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” While Rowling said she cried when she killed off a more minor character in the fifth book, the character to perish in her latest is a far greater upset.

Meanwhile the newest movie, based on the fourth book, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” opened before that in Israel on Dec. 8. It opened before that in Europe and in North America to rave reviews.