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In August 2000, Harry Potter was the hottest thing going. One month earlier, the fourth volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, had disapparated onto the scene. Bookworms queued up at bookstores in lines that stretched around city blocks to find out what perils and magical curriculum awaited The Boy Who Lived in his fourth year at Hogwarts. Newscasters proclaimed Harry Potter-mania the biggest sensation in all of entertainment.