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Harry Potter alert! this just in…

An alert reader emailed us about the rampant pirating of Harry Potter books going on in China, which makes the illegally leaked U.S. early releases of pages from Book 7 in the series look like, well, child’s play. Everything from illegal copies and unauthorized translations to pure inventions featuring Harry Potter (my favorite title: Harry Potter and the Big Funnel) are whizzing around China at top speed, at least one of them penned by a parent whose child just couldn’t wait for the next book. Here’s the link to NY Times article about the phenomenon.