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Scholastic Plans Action Against Premature 'Harry Potter' Distributors

Scholastic, which distributes the "Harry Potter" book series in the United States, said Wednesday it will take legal action against two companies, for distributing and selling copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" before it goes on sale July 21.

Scholastic said distributor Levy Home Entertainment and online store DeepDiscount.com made the copies available before the official release date.

That violated an agreement to hold the book, Scholastic said.

"We are also making a direct appeal to the 'Harry Potter' fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com, and may receive copies early, requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st," Scholastic said.

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