Harry Pot­ter fans lose out be­cause of lapse


J.K. Rowl­ing fans in the United States were dis­ap­pointed when the au­thor an­nounced she’d be mak­ing just one stop in US this year to pro­mote her up­com­ing book, The Ca­sual Va­cancy, at New York’s Lin­coln Cen­ter to a crowd of just over 1,000.

Tick­ets ac­ci­den­tally went on sale early and now the highly an­tic­i­pated event is over­sold.

Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany, the pub­lisher putting out the new book, ar­ranged for the event to take place in the Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter the­atre on Oc­to­ber 16. Rowl­ing is set to be in­ter­viewed on stage by au­thor Ann Patch­ett, an­swer a few au­di­ence ques­tions, and sign copies of The Ca­sual Va­cancy for ev­ery­one with a ticket.

Tick­ets for the event were pub­li­cised as go­ing on sale 10 a.m. on Septem­ber 10 but went on sale 12 hours early, at 10 p.m., on Lin­coln Cen­ter’s web­site only. They quickly sold out but the mes­sage didn’t get to the box of­fice. Sales took place in per­son the fol­low­ing morn­ing be­fore the glitch was re­alised.

Due to a se­cu­rity breach, tick­ets for the J.K. Rowl­ing event on Oc­to­ber 16, 2012 were made avail­able pre­ma­turely at 10 p.m. on Septem­ber 9. Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter is in the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing how this oc­curred and what ar­range­ments may be made to hon­our each ticket pur­chased, and will pro­vide an up­date as quickly as pos­si­ble. Nei­ther Rowl­ing nor Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany are re­spon­si­ble for this sit­u­a­tion. Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter apol­o­gises for any in­con­ve­nience, the Cen­ter said in a re­lease.

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