The Spanish-Language Edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Launch Worldwide February 23, 2006

Harry Potter Y El Misterio Del Principe, The Spanish-Language Edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Launch Worldwide February 23, 2006

Lectorum Unveils Latest Spanish-language Book in Bestselling Harry Potter Series in the U.S.

New York, NY (February 15, 2006) -- Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe, the sixth Spanish-language installment of the bestselling Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, published in Spain by Ediciones Salamandra, will be released simultaneously for Spanish-speakers around the world, from Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile to northern Mexico, from the United States to Spain.

Lectorum, a division of Scholastic and the country’s largest and oldest distributor of Spanish-language titles, will release Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe in the United States at 12:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 23, 2006. In celebration of the worldwide release, Lectorum will host an invitation only reception at Librería Lectorum, the country’s oldest Spanish-language bookstore, located in New York City.

When the clock counts down to12:30 p.m., Emmy award-winning Telemundo television personality and author María Celeste Arrarás will draw back the curtain revealing the book for the very first time. Following the unveiling, there will be a special reading by María Celeste from the first chapter of Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe. As part of the celebration and another “first,” Lectorum is presenting a Spanish-language edition of the book, with an author signed bookplate, to the New York Public Library. It will be part of a children’s literature collection, which includes a U.S. edition of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, book five in the series, signed by J.K. Rowling and donated by Scholastic.

“Lectorum is proud to be the distributor of Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe in the U.S. and encourages Spanish-speakers of all ages to pick up a book and enjoy a great read,” said Lectorum President, Teresa Mlawer. “We are anxiously counting down the hours to 12:30 p.m .on February 23rd.”

Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe picks up the story with Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he continues the battle between good and evil. Author J.K. Rowling provides fans with the sinister Lord Voldemort’s back story and ties up various plot lines. Readers know what Harry needs to do next and are left with a keen sense of anticipation for the seventh and final book in the series.

As with the five preceding Potter books, the Spanish-language publisher, Ediciones Salamandra, will publish three different versions of the same translation, which reflect the idiomatic differences of the Spanish language in Spain, Argentina, and the rest of Latin America. The total print run is expected to exceed one million copies. The popularity of the series is universal. More than 300 million copies of Harry Potter books in 63 languages have been sold worldwide.

About Lectorum

Lectorum Publications is the largest and oldest U.S. Spanish-language book distributor, delivering more than 25,000 adult and children titles to schools, libraries, universities, bookstores and other specialized markets throughout the United States. Librería Lectorum, the Company’s retail bookstore and New York City landmark since 1960, serves the reading needs of the Hispanic Community on site and via the web site at A division of Scholastic since 1996, Lectorum is the country’s premiere distributor of Spanish-language books. Lectorum also publishes children’s books in Spanish.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site,


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