Charles, the Prince of Wales, said the imminent end of J.K. Rowling's series of books on Harry Potter is “awful” and will dissuade more children from reading.
The eighth and last film from the wizards’ tales will open this Friday.
The British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported that Charles, visiting Salcombe in Devon along with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, made the comments to children at a local primary school.
Sue Warne, a teacher at the school told the paper: He asked them whether they liked reading, whether they liked Harry Potter and whether they had read the books and seen the films. He said how awful it was that there no more Harry Potter books to come.
As of June 2011, the Potter series has sold about 450-million copies worldwide.