J.K. Rowling Gives Fans the Net Results

updated 06/04/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/2003 01:00PM

"Harry Potter"'s author is ready for her webcast.

J.K. Rowling, whose latest, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," is due to hit bookstores and bestseller lists on June 21, will take to the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall on June 26 to read from the work and answer questions from fans.

But the audience will not be limited to the 4,000 lucky people inside the hall, reports Reuters.

As was done with global webcasts featuring Madonna and Paul McCartney, the MSN Internet network is arranging a live Web feed of Rowling's appearance, to take place beginning that day at 11 a.m. ET.

The webcast has the potential to reach Potter pals in 34 countries, and children from around the world have been invited to pose questions to the author, 37, whose personal fortune was recently estimated to be even higher than Queen Elizabeth's ($450 million).

To date, the first four "Potter" books have sold nearly 200 million copies in 55 languages and 200 countries and have so far served as the basis for two movies (the third began shooting in March).

Also, this latest "Harry" may be even more heavily anticipated than its four predecessors, as it's been three long years since the last book.

Rowling's emcee at Albert Hall on June 26 will be British author and actor Stephen Fry, says Reuters.

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